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Dream of the Month (January 2006)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: Teeth dreams often occur during subjective crisis when stressors are in deep conflict with life goals or deepest wishes.
Often the first portion of a dream sets the context for the issue being explored. The initial story line here opens with the dreamer’s passage in her journey, which is being “driven” by energy that is associated somehow with mom. Somehow, this passage, and this way of operating has “run out of gas,” or stalled. This suggests broadly that in order to get goals achieved, a new way of operating must be sorted out.
The second, more abstract and symbolic half of the dream illustrates the subjective erosion and process around this chapter of life. We see the damaged teeth on the bottom, suggesting bruises to the self. But more importantly, we also see the “budding” teeth on the top row, suggesting a whole new set of priorities and strengths on the horizon. Commonly, though not always, the upper or topmost symbols in dreams deal with the future. My sense of this imagery is that the lower ravaged teeth represent past pain, and the top row represents a changed and improved future. If you have an impulse to tackle this phase of your life from a whole different posture, trust it. You’re beginning a whole new life.