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Dream of the Month (April 2005)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: Chase dreams sometimes reflect patterns that ebb and flow in our lives, creating tension.
Current events that may not seem terribly dramatic can catalyze worries on profound levels. This is how normal challenges can stir up areas that we became sensitive about in earlier life. When this happens, we sometimes have nightmares of being chased by a very familiar set of monsters.
Werewolves, as creatures that could harm or devour us, sometimes reflect people or situations in life that drain our power, or have a consuming quality. These types of dreams can serve as a wake up call showing stressors are getting under your skin. Usually there is an undercurrent that somehow echoes earlier challenges such as the feeling of being trapped or pressured. The more awake we are to such patterns, the more choices we have about them. Some nightmares are not so much about “bad things happening” as they are about what happens to our power when we’re faced with specific worries or stressors. Where does it go? How does is get misplaced or lost temporarily? How do we arrive at that stuck and anxious plateau? It’s especially important to turn toward recurring nightmares, and record the themes as well as the timing involved. Attention diffuses the intensity of bad dreams, and the willingness to understand their messages makes it unnecessary for such scary telegrams to arrive at all.