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Dream of the Month (July 2003)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Identifying Characteristics: Modes of travel often reflect our psychic progress with goals and challenges.
This dream may be functioning as a travel-log of this leg of your life’s journey. The territory you are covering, mountains and water, may represent your aspirations and emotional challenges, respectively. If this is correct, then in some sense the challenges you are coping with now may be “driven” by complex feelings and issues that are related to your father (or even his absence.) Most of us have unconscious urges to “show”, “rescue”, “avenge”, or “heal” our parents, and these shadowy urges can make us feel compelled or trapped at various times, even if we aren’t particularly close to or even interested in the parents in question. If this seems relevant, then the dream may be suggesting you make a stronger claim for your own inner authority: that you boldly trace what may be the source of feeling bogged down when you try to fly, and release any baggage you may have been carrying for others. The dream seems to close with the feeling that you want to soar, you want to protect your son, and reconnect with your family, to be where you belong, in your current “real” life with all your choices and powers at your command. This is surely your right, and your gathering awareness of your history and your current freedom is a powerful and wholesome place from which to proceed.