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Dream of the Month (October 1997)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
If we look carefully, murder mysteries in our dreams can explain the emotional and psychological reasons why we've experienced (or even caused) a recent loss, (such as the end of a relationship, or another abrupt change.) The "body" generally symbolizes a part of the dreamer's personality that was "killed off" in response to certain demands in the past. In this case it is likely the dreamer was called upon to be brave, and keep her emotions private when her father was lost in waking life all those years ago. Reasonable and even wise decisions can still carry with them a hefty price tag that we don't even notice until years later. The associated "recent" murder in this dream is likely symbolic of a change, loss or disappointment she experienced. The dream is pointing out how an early decision brought about around the time of her family's loss 17 years ago, is still impacting her choices today. She is right, her father is not the culprit. But an honest review of the brave choices she made earlier can permit her to allow parts of herself to come back to life now, and her options and enjoyment of life may be all the richer for it.