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Dream of the Month (April 1999)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Teeth symbolize core aspects of one’s nature. Mirrors represent self-concept or self-assessment.
Dreams about losing teeth illustrate the cost of a personal compromise in terms of how it erodes the self. In a sense these dreams say: “Look what a high price you’re paying in this situation, an irreplaceable part of your self feels like it is falling away.” But this dream isn’t another signal of loss; it is an assessment of what parts of herself have emerged safely from the corrosive elements that once bombarded her. Although she expects the worst, her core self is quite intact and unsoiled. (Her teeth are there and they are unstained.) There are signs of what she’s been through, but even these weakened areas have strong roots and distinct edges, suggesting that her core and her boundaries are surprisingly solid. Since she takes the mirror from the man, she may be in the process of reclaiming her self-image and releasing patterns from the relationship that affected the way she saw herself. Her sense of having an urgent quest to understand her dream suggests she is instinctively turning toward a personal and enduring level of knowing what is right for her. Even her dreams are showing she has everything she needs to repair wounds and move forward. This is an excellent time to follow hunches, value intuition and get reacquainted with the self.