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Dream of the Month (March 2011)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: Hotels often represent a sense of impermanence around an important life situation.
Recurring dreams of hotels are common to folks who have adopted a temporary measure and have stayed there without noticing how much time has passed. The dreaming mind attempts to highlight this drifting decision by setting the action in a hotel. We all do this and it is neither right nor wrong: sometimes it would serve our ultimate goals and fulfillment if we reassessed the situation, or made a commitment to permanence.
I see these dreams in my practice most often in this way: Either the dreamer has drifted along with a temporary measure for years without realizing it, or they have made a decision to stay, but have not formally committed or put down roots. It is sometimes this rootless feeling that the dreaming mind takes issue with. Only the dreamer can determine which of these situations resonates with her situation; but small adjustments can trigger larger openings of creativity and satisfaction, so it is very worthwhile to examine these questions.
The other clue this dream provides is the recurring image of trying to find a bathroom. Most frequently, there is a need for self-expression, self-care, private time and a sense of authenticity that the dreamer craves. This smaller clue causes me to suspect this is a dream of a temporary situation that has been drifting for some time. If the dreamer can consider what kinds of self-expression feel like they are missing, and what temporary measure has become long-term, she can then evaluate what she may have outgrown, or what she wishes to make permanent.