Dream of the Month (February 1999)
- Title: The Lemons
- Date of the Dream: 1/21/1999 (mailed Friday, 22 January 1999)
The dream started out on the 2nd floor of a building. The building was a factory-like environment where there were huge machines. There was a group of native men dressed in tribal clothing with markings on their bodies and hand made jewelry around their necks. These men were being slaughtered by white people in white lab coats. They were being put into these machines to be killed. One of the natives managed to get away and climb downstairs where a group of native women were being held. He managed to free one of the women who was holding a round basketful of lemons.
They were both running towards a door, the man went through the door first, and the women closed the door behind him, fending off the people in white lab coats that had followed them. The native man was outside the building, which now seemed to be in the middle of the wilderness. He had the basket of lemons with him. He looked up and saw that the people in the white lab coats now had the women he had tried to escape with. On her face was a look of content, because he was free and he had the lemons! He knew she had given her life to save his. As he faded off into the woods a towering voice, like a narrator said: "In the years that followed, (the native man) had to fight to keep the lemon forest safe. This lemon forest later saved the people from scurvy.” Then I woke up.
- Significant life event: None
- Personal concerns/issues: Work is a little frustrating
- Associations: I have no ides
- Pen Name: Tally
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Identifying Characteristics: Factories often reflect our experiences with work and productivity. Native people sometimes represent the natural or “original” self of the dreamer. Deadly machines can reflect the harmful side of treating ourselves as if we are machines.
Some part of the dreamer is squashed or persecuted by factors in her work experience, (or her drive for perfection.) The side of her that doesn’t fit well with the mechanical model of life: (production, perfection, and efficiency) is also the side of her that knows the secret of life. The lemons represent fresh, vital, life-giving energies. The original self is rightfully willing to do anything to preserve this sacred antidote to a potential deficiency.
It is a good idea for the dreamer to support her needs and interests that seem impractical or at odds with her present occupation, and to honor the fresh ideas that come to her. It isn’t necessary to make any drastic changes, but it is wise to realize that she is teeming with potentials that may one day seek expression.