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Dream 01_200911

Dream of the Month (November 2009)
  1. Title: The Other Side Of Night
  2. Date of the Dream: 2009 (mailed Tuesday, 27 October 2009)
  3. Dream: In the dream, I am a prostitute. I have long black hair and never wear clothes. I float in a room that is always dark and I am constantly used by anyone who wants me. Because I'm more of an object than a person, I have handlers: women who are able to stand on the ground, unlike me, and who clean me up between clients.

    Then I'm pregnant and I don't want to be used anymore. This causes a great fury and I'm cast out. My handlers and I go out into the night, and for the first time I can walk on the ground. Because I've never walked before, I can't do it very well. They are embarrassed to be seen with me and eventually manage to disappear, leaving me alone.

  4. Significant life event: It's been unusually stressful at work.
  5. Personal concerns/issues: I have been speaking up for my team at work, which is hard for me. I often feel alone and not sure how much of the problems would exist if I weren't there.
  6. Associations: Allowing myself to be used and then putting a stop to it, which doesn't go over well. Uncertainty about my new role or purpose?
  7. Categories: Nightmare, Recurring, and Sexual
  8. Pen Name: In the Maple Woods

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking Characteristics: Themes of prostitution are associated with career dissatisfaction.

This dark, almost hypnotic dream shows the dreamer breaking with tradition. The prostitution persona is nebulous and non-human; a shadow of a self, who does not stand upright and is manipulated by “handlers.” She represents the part of the psyche that pays the price for earlier survival decisions made by pragmatic aspects of the personality. There is nothing right or wrong with this, it is simply something we are compelled to do early in life. Typically around puberty, we begin to make survival choices, which cast the more vulnerable, soulful and creative part of us into exile. At a certain stage of life, this side of us re-emerges, often during a crisis, and the dreaming mind begs us to shift strategies. Rather than continue the sacrifice of Self for survival, we are asked to move into a place of authentic power (to walk upright on the ground, without handlers). It is the “pregnancy” that catalyzes this change, and it is likely the dreamer is indeed pregnant with a new life, new potentials and creative energies that are coming through her, ready or not! When we move away from old coping strategies, we feel alone and strange, but this will pass away if we can withstand the initial vulnerability. Being cast out from purgatory is no bad thing! It suggests that fate is on the side of new life and a dramatic shift in purpose and energy. If the dreamer simply stands and puts one foot in front of the other, she will indeed experience a new freedom, aliveness and wholeness that she richly deserves.


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