Dream of the Month (February 2012)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Bugs as a nuisance or contaminant sometimes reflect the energies that eat away at our peace or workable compromise.
This is a dream about what we do when something threatens the idyllic picture of what was expected. The scenes allow this dreamer to witness, evaluate and discard styles of coping and reacting, while arriving at her organic wisdom. Some people become emotional fumigators, trying to stamp out The Other wherever they think they see them. These people inadvertently become toxic in the process, creating a poisonous wave around themselves.
Another approach is to try and stamp out each little detail of the problem one at a time. Those of us who lean toward the obsessive-compulsive camp know this reflex toward challenge quite well. This is very much like trying to control an infestation by searching for one bug at a time and murdering it.
Finally, the dreamer comes to her own realization: some forms are meant to be taken apart; they have a life span and are meant to devolve as part of making way for something new. When we stop the reflexive dance of reaction and worry, we become quiet enough to note that perhaps life has a rhythm, there are seasons to things. Earthworms have a job to do: they plow through the old and make it new, ready for new beginnings.
Even an issue from early life that got under your skin and burrowed into your heart, can, later in life, become part of a much larger adventure, it can become a new ground beneath your feet, a truth to stand on that empowers you and makes you bigger than you would have been without it. Building on wounded foundations is not the same as pretending they were a delight to experience; it is learning to stand your ground and own your truth, even the bits you've spent years trying to outwit or wish away. Letting go of the compensatory moves, the dance, for just a bit can open the way to an entirely new, and very fertile, horizon.