Dream Interpretations in 2007

Dream Interpretations by Dr Katia; 2007


Dream Interpretation 2007

Dr. Katia Romanoff
interprets symbols in dreams and co-writes an advice column with Dr. Lauri
Loewenberg called The Dream Zone, appearing in several newspapers around
the country and Sedona Magazine.

Below are dozens of Dr Katia’s interpretations
of dreams, nightmares and waking visions people send in to her. The same
symbols appear in paintings, songs, and religions of the world. Just start
reading at the top and see if you find any symbols with a message for

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January 2, 2007
I’m not a church-goer, but I dreamed God put me under a diamond floor
to go to sleep. It was in vivid color and sound!
– James 55, Jackson, WY

Dr. Katia: Well, since diamonds
are forever, as is the human soul, this dream might be a message about
“eternity” and things that won’t pass away. Has there been a
loss in your life lately, or something sentimental that no longer exists
and caused you to feel a sense of loss? The message might be that all
things shall pass away but not the Divine. Going under a floor means digging
into your inner space, plunging into the depths of the soul, looking for
the Divine there, where He/She always resides. The sleep part is telling
you to meditate and contemplate spiritual things, in other words, things
larger than yourself. The vividness was letting you know this is a powerful
potent message with the very Source of Life behind it. Cool dream. And
hey, what did God look like? You didn’t say!

replies: Thanks for the insight into my dream. I do think often of spiritual
life, and the perpetual gift of life.

January 8, 2007

Getting shot
I keep dreaming that I’m getting shot in the head with a gun and actually
dying. Everything seems so real about it. When I can’t breathe any longer
I always wake up. – Karen, 34, Roy UT

There is a new you coming up that wants to take over
your life and run the show. So it keeps killing off the old you. You are
getting shot in the head as if to say this involves your thinking habits,
your opinions, thoughts. Also ask yourself what might be going on in your
waking life that makes you feel like dying, or makes you feel “shot
dead”. Who or what is “killing” you. The fact that you
can’t breathe indicates you feel suffocated by whatever issue this is.
Luckily the suffocation, the feeling of being trapped, makes you wake
up. That is symbolic of “waking up” or coming to realize something.
If this dream keeps recurring, visualize yourself taking the gun from
the shooter and asking them who they are and what their message is. Listen
with your inner ear and wait to “hear” their answer (it will
just sort of pop into your head). Whatever you hear or sense is your wise
guidance from this dream.

Being Chased
This has been a recurring dream for most of my life– I usually start
the dream in a big old house. I am very comfortable there, but not familiar
with the layout. Before too long, I find myself being chased by someone,
sometimes by many people, and I know I must get away, or else! I ALWAYS
find a trap door that leads to a series of secret tunnels, passageways,
and hiding places. I may not always get away from whomever or whatever
is chasing me, but I am always able to at least stay one step ahead. I
have not been caught yet! The interesting thing is that I never feel afraid
during these dreams, and I do not consider them nightmares. They feel
more like an action movie. I often wake up tired. I have these dreams
about 2 or 3 times per month. – Shawnette, 37

The big old house is you. Whenever you are feeling unfamiliar
with life’s “layout” you get this dream. You are comfortable
with yourself, yes, but when things are uncertain, you feel like something
or someone is going to catch up with you. Yet you are not that worried
because you always have a way out of whatever situation this is. The secret
tunnels are skills and back-up plans you have but don’t tell anyone about.
Is there something from your past you’d rather not face, that has you
weary (you wake up tired) but yet isn’t that big of a threat because you
are still one step ahead of it? It’s like you know you’ve got it under
control, you won’t have to face and solve this issue whatever it is, but
yet it still causes you some anxiety. Turn and face your pursuer next
time and say, “Why are you following me. What is your message?”
See if you can “hear” the answer. Very fascinating twist to
the being chased dream, I must say!

January 13, 2007

Missing Plane
I had this same dream at least four times in one night. Each time I was
doing a practice run to the airport and had to hurry as if I were going
to miss my plane. Each time some new obstacle got in my way. One time
I forgot my luggage. The next time I wasn’t wearing any pants. The third
time there was a book signing in the middle of the airport, and the last
time the escalator that took me directly to my gate turned into a revolving
ferry that I had to get across at exactly the right time. Each time I
failed to make the plane and I would wake up, but as soon as I fell asleep
I would be right back at the starting line. – Angela, 29

You feel like you are not really making headway toward
your dreams and goals in life. You are stuck in a feedback loop where
life is only a practice run and you are forced to pretend and prepare
for some kind of impending disaster. In waking life whenever you try to
break out of this dead-end, whenever you start to figure things out, some
obstacle blocks your realization and has to be overcome. You can’t seem
to figure out things because you don’t have proper supplies and tools
(luggage) and are vulnerable and exposed (no pants). The desire for books,
knowledge and popularity may block your path (booksigning), and the complicated
puzzles of life (escalator ferry) meaning navigating the waters of relationships
and career. You need to soar, to fly to the heights (catch the plane)
but you can’t seem to get out of the dress-rehearsal mode of life. Are
you in school or self-training for something? That could cause this state
of mind which will end once you finally feel you have made progress toward
whatever your main inspiration or goal is. Good luck and don’t worry,
you will eventually make that flight! The very fact you are having the
dream is part of the awakening toward realization and thus resolution
of the loop you’re caught in.

Thank you for the interpretation.
It does fit in my life right now as I am training for new job responsibilities
and working towards making my dream of becoming a published writer a reality.

My boyfriend and I were at the kitchen table and the top of our heads
were cut in half and this person was swapping our brains. I had my boyfriend’s
brain and he had mine, and I could hear his thoughts. – Heather, 25

Wow. This is a dream’s way of saying you two are coming
in synch and share many opinions and worldviews. However, there is some
irregularity about the method by which you come to this swapping and “open”
exchange of ideas. Some outside force may be influencing your relationship
and the dream isn’t quite clear whether it’s bad or good influence. If
you weren’t concerned and thought the whole brain swap thing was cool
or just plain normal, it means all is well. If you were worried or afraid
during the dream, it could mean there is something not quite right about
the situation. Another layer to the dream shows you are wanting to know
the inner workings of his mind on something, some issue, some aspect of
your relationship. You want to know his thoughts and you want him to share
yours. You may feel like he isn’t listening to you on some area and you
want to bring him to a meeting of the minds!

January 20, 2007

Big Red Ball
I used to have a dream as a kid, that I was being chased by a big red
ball. Whenever it caught me, I used to get sick. I have not had the dream
in a while, but thought it was weird. Any ideas? – Jeffery, Syracuse,

The ball symbolizes your child self and wholeness. The
bigness and redness of it symbolizes energy and health. You would get
this dream whenever your child-self was trying to catch up with you, to
get your attention. You may have needed to stop and play a bit, not be
so stressed. Was there divorce, loss or abuse or something else very difficult
to deal with in your childhood? The ball would come after you relentlessly
following, not giving up the chase. It actually meant you no harm. You
couldn’t hear, but it was saying, come play with me, pay attention to
me and you will be whole and healthy. But you were afraid (natural reaction
in a child going thru stress in waking life), and so you ran from it,
took great pains to avoid it and the issues it represented. That avoidance
got you sick. Then you grew up. You matured and at some point in your
dreams, though you probably don’t remember, you turned and faced that
ball, shrunk it down to size so you could pick it up. You understood its
message at last. That’s when you found resolution, closure, and that caused
the recurring dream to stop. If you should ever dream it again, it is
a message to hark back to the wholeness and healthy play of childhood.
The fact that you are interested in solving the dream’s puzzles now indicates
you have a current need to pay attention to your “inner child,”
especially if there is anything needing closure and healing from back

Shot in the Back
I dreamed I was running with someone but I can’t remember who it was.
We were running through the woods from something that was trying to get
us. When we almost got out of the woods this guy in a tree shoots me in
the back and I die. Then I woke up. – Josh, 14

There is something or someone you are trying to avoid.
You don’t want this issue or situation to catch up with you. The woods
symbolize confusion. You are having a hard time figuring out what direction
to go in life. You are still in school, so it could be you are not sure
you want to go to college some day or just hang out in highschool forever!
You almost get some insight (break out of the woods) when you get shot
in the back by confusion again. Do you notice as you reported the dream
above you were in past tense then suddenly switched to present tense when
you got shot? The present tense words are therefore the most relevent,
the part that is screaming for your attention. To be shot means to have
your energy, your life force, wrongly drained away, ripped from you. And
for it to get you in the back means there is something nagging you just
out of sight, that you can’t see or are unwilling to face. The person
running with you is part of your own personality — an unknown part because
you can’t identify who it is. This personality aspect will help you, he
(or she!) is your power, your own custom-made helper. Just like Sam helps
Frodo on an ultimate cosmic level in Lord of the Rings, this part of you
exists to help you on your life mission. Start planning for college. Let
the scholar in you come out. Face your mission in life. You are part of
the greatest generation returning again. Last time it was here was World
War 2, and you kids are that same hero spirit coming again to save the
planet from ultimate destruction. That’s why all your movies and games
are about saving the world. You’ve got a job to do.

January 29, 2007

I had this dream last night I can’t get out of my
head. I walked into some house, I couldn’t quite see what the house looked
like but when I went to the bathroom it was really dirty. To my right
was a baby lying on the counter but it was like a gray color with really
blue lips. Real scary looking. The baby just kept trying to tell my something
but it couldn’t speak …. then everywhere I went the baby kept popping
up. There was one part in my dream where my best friend was in the bathroom
with me and she could not see the baby. I tried to do the best I could
to listen to the baby but he was really creepy. So I asked him to try
to communicate with my best friend. Even today awake I keep thinking I
see the baby. – Kara

There is a very persistent situation nagging you, trying
to get your attention, but you think it is dirty and creepy. It may be
or maybe not. Babies represent new, precious but vulnerable elements in
our lives. A sickly creepy looking male baby could symbolize something
new but creepy. A relationship with someone you don’t know well? Is there
someone or something that is trying to tell you something but you can’t
understand so you ask your bestfriend to try to solve the question? There
is something unpleasant you wish your bestfriend could handle for you.
The dirty bathroom clues us in about what the message might be since dirty
bathrooms symbolize the inability to wash away negativity and stress in
your life. Your normal stress-busting mechanism is a mess! You have let
things pile up and now you can’t get your thoughts or your life “cleansed”
of day to day negativity. And there is something you need to know, something
a “baby” in your life is trying to tell you but you can’t focus
enough to “get the message.” This powerful dream is sticking
with you even during waking hours because it wants to nag you until you
figure out the message. By getting the dream interpreted and starting
to look closely at your current life situations, you will solve this,
don’t worry!

I go lock the basement door, and am getting ready
for bed. I look one more time to see if it’s locked, but it’s not. Suddenly
I see a man walk to our front bathroom so I slip into the closet. He slashes
my husband’s throat, then goes to my grandfather’s room and kills him!
I run out the front door. When I wake up I’m scared, and I feel like I
was a murderer. – Amber, 22

The basement entrance by the intruder shows that this
is a deep subconscious fear of yours. You are deeply worried some outside
force (the intruder) is trying to silence your husband, symbolized by
the cutting of his throat. Is there anything cutting him off, lately?
The dream is using murder to make a point, exaggerating and shaking you
up with the thought of two tragic losses in order to get your attention.
What in your waking life is threatening to take your grandfather out of
your life? Lately it may seem like your grandfather is becoming “dead”
to you, perhaps you don’t spend time with him like you used to. Feeling
like you are a murderer indicates you are suffering from guilt, like it’s
your fault. Maybe you are afraid your behavior, opinions, or just being
so busy lately has “silenced” your husband, made him feel cut
off and cut out. And if your grandfather is getting ill or more worn out
lately, your subconscious fears of his eventual loss are coming to the
surface. The door not being locked tells us you feel unprotected, vulnerable
regarding this issue, like there is no way to keep intrusions out. If
there is any talk of housing changes, that could also trigger this dream

February 4, 2007

Two or three times a week, I wake up singing, to
a large crowd of people. And I sound so good. I have been doing this for
a while. or else I am talking to a large congregation. What does it mean?
– Claudia, 62

It means you have wisdom and inspiring gifts you need
to share with people! Your voice needs to be “heard,” because
it is good. These kinds of dreams come to us when we have something spiritually
fulfilling that others could benefit from but we are not yet in the right
place at the right time. Join a women’s spirituality circle or some other
group, and let your gifts flow out of you. Don’t keep silent any longer!

I recently got back from Africa. Tonight I had a very vivid dream about
a friend turning insane and going after me with a knife. I remember that
I managed to contain him and tell the psychiatrist that she should keep
him for longer. I also remember telling her that “I am a psychology
major”, and that I would recommend “keeping him longer so that
he would not come after me”. She answered by asking, “He came
after you?” It is very weird because I brought back a knife for my
roommate and I am really contemplating not giving it to him. The problem
was that I could not go to sleep for more than a half hour at a time.
I think that this was a message, because there is a serial killer that
is going around on our campus, and I was meant to have an early class
this morning. It being dark, I also am contemplating changing it. I find
it bizarre that I went to a psychic some time last year and she told me
that one of my friends would not make it through college, I am somewhat
freaked out. I really don’t know whether or not their is evil around this
but I need an answer or some sort of divine intervention – Paul, 20

Dear Paul: I think you are quite safe, although yes
there is always “evil” or negativity, perversions near. But
not that near, not in your own apartment or surely your instincts would
alert you. Your roommate is probably fine! Dreams always exaggerate taking
the dramatic road to get our attention. The message in your dream is,
don’t let your friend drain your energy (that’s what a knife does symbolically),
and watch out for him going whacky. A friend may “go insane”
not in a violent way, but insane as in irrational. I would suggest going
back to the psychic or to another spiritual advisor and getting your fears
allayed. They can “read the evil” in your life and reassure
you that it isn’t about to gobble you up. Your dream and sense of foreboding
afterward is probably also a warning to be on your guard, don’t allow
yourself to be sucked in to anything, especially something that will drain
the life force out of you (symbolized by murder, knife attacks).

February 11, 2007

Deceased Grandmother
I have dreamed for the past two nights that my deceased grandmother has
been in my mom’s bathtub and I have been helping her bathe and when she
stands up she falls back down. There was a snake as well. – Christy, 29

Wow, what awesome symbols. The snake represents initiation
into a higher level of awareness but also immortality! The snake has long
been a symbol of eternal life in the world because it sheds its own skin
and appears to thus be “resurrected” with a new body. The ancient
Egyptians put the snake swallowing its own tail above every doorway to
symbolize immortality to all who entered. So that snake is definitely
a cosmic life element in your dream verifying that this dream came to
reassure you about your grandmother. She is in the spirit realm now but
still part of you. You are cleansing (bathtub) the sad memories and the
grief you have surrounding her, that’s why you are bathing her. You can’t
get her back into your world, though, which is why she falls back down
into the cleansing area when she tries to stand up. She must stay there
for now, but you can “contact” her in your dreams and meditations
— and in your own cells because she is in your DNA. You are the future,
HER future. Go and live the best wholesome healthy way you can and take
her into the future with you.

Ex-husband, Son Dying
I dreamed my ex-husband had 34 lavender night stands in his home. It was
weird because even though I was clearly in his home he and I did not seem
to interact at all. This same night I also dreamed of my son dying twice.
Once having been run over and the other I’m not able to remember.
– Marolyn

That dream indicates that although you were clearly
in your ex-husband’s life, the two of you never interacted properly. It
may also indicate that you are still in his life in some way (is he the
father of your son?) but are avoiding interaction. The lavender night
stands are very intriguing! They indicate the need to sleep and to record
your dreams — the dream journal is often kept on the nightstand. Your
dreams have 34 messages for you, perhaps. What is significant about the
number 34 to you or to him? Were you together 34 years, maybe? Or was
that the age you were when you divorced, or when the problems began, what?
Your son, is he nearing age 34 perhaps? That number has some significance
in your life that only you can discern. Your second dream tells of your
fear of losing your son. These kinds of dreams come to parents often,
even after the children are grown. How do you feel he has been figuratively
“run over” in waking life? Has his father “run over”
him emotionally? Or have you? Lots of questions for you in this interpretation,
sorry about that! Don’t worry, nothing bad is going to happen to your
son, though. The dream is just trying to tell you that you are afraid
of losing him, or that he seems distant “dead to you” sometimes.

February 17, 2007

Wife’s Untimely Death
In August of 2005 my wife Annette at the age of 37 died unexpectedly.
We were married for 18 years. She was my best friend. Three months later
I was visiting my parents out of town, went to bed and had the following
dream. I was driving my pickup truck. Annette was sitting next to me and
my younger brother was sitting next to her by the passenger door. We were
all talking. As the dream went on she quit talking and my brother ended
up sitting next to me and Annette next to the passenger door. I kept trying
see her around my brother. Annette looked into my eyes and then I woke
up. – Jason, Chicago, IL

Because of her death, your wife got further away from
you, just out of sight, while your brother is now closer. Your subconscious
is grappling with the loss of her and may be thinking your brother is
all you’ve got right now in the long-term kinship department. Her going
silent in the dream means she can no longer communicate with you as she
did in life, and being near the door means she is ready to make her exit,
exit thru the door symbolizing death. But wait! She looked into your eyes,
she did not actually exit the truck. The truck represents your specific
life and she is still along for the ride, doesn’t want to leave. She is
saying, Though I am silent and though you cannot see me, I am still here
quietly within your life. Eyes are windows to the soul, her look communicates
that she will always be your soul partner. She “rides” with
you on the great journey of life.

Aimless, Directionless
I have this dream alot. I don’t know where I’m at, I really don’t see
anything. All I know is that I’m running after something, but once I get
to the thing I’m chasing, it takes off running again. And I can’t see
what I’m chasing after. Can you please analyze this? – Ashley 20, Bartlett,

You get this dream whenever you lose your bearings,
aren’t sure where you’re at, can’t see any landmarks to guide you. The
running after something unseen means you haven’t yet figured out your
life goals. You don’t know what you want (what you are chasing after)
in life. Everytime you think you’ve decided on a goal, the ability to
finally commit to it eludes you. Decisiveness is fleeting — runs away.
Yet it keeps you moving, it takes off running saying, “follow me
and I will reveal myself.” This is not a bad dream, but comes to
help you discover your goals, decide on your aspirations. You are young,
so goals may change over the next ten years (or more!). Don’t worry, just
try to keep yourself organized and thoughtful. Ponder your options in

February 26, 2007

Almost since we have been married, my husband has
dreamed he sees me and the kids or just me in the distance, but can’t
get to us. The closer he comes to us the farther away I go. Then I am
gone to a different area of the area or country. He doesn’t dream it every
night but enough in the 47 yrs we have been married to call it a recurring
dream. In fact, last week he had a doctor appointment and the waiting
room was full, so I went out and walked around the parking lot. He was
finished with his appointment and came looking for me and he saw me walking
in the parking lot, when he came out I was nowhere to be seen. As he looked
around he saw me in the back part of the parking lot. He said that reminded
him so much of his recurring dream. Any thoughts about why he would dream
this so much over the years? – Rita, Tampa, FL

This dream comes to your husband whenever he feels distant
from you or from the family. From time to time he feels on the outside
looking in. We know he loves you and the family intensely and his greatest
worry is to be cut off from you, unable to “catch up” to you.
Intriguingly, he apparently subconsciously worries that if he gets too
close to you, if he does the supposedly un-masculine thing of getting
emotionally intimate with you, he will push you away and you will actually
get farther away. Many “old-school” men were trained and programmed
to think being emotionally distant is the way to go. The dream is trying
to correct this programming, to teach him emotional distance is no fun.
It has been recurring so long that real life incidents (actually bring
the dream “lesson” to mind.

I am walking alone on the beach. A woman’s head pops
up out of the sand. The head is wearing a big beautiful hat. They start
popping up everywhere – each with a hat with flowers, ribbons & feathers!
– Nancy, 61

The beach setting indicates you are bringing together
your heart (ocean) and head (beach). This is a good sign as the wild heart
often needs to have a meeting of the minds with its partner the logical
rational mind (symbolized by the sand and the beach itself). The dream
is showing you that although the rational mental world (sand) seems infertile
and unyielding on the surface, it has creative even flamboyant characteristics
ready to pop up into your awareness if you look deep enough. Certain mathemeticians
and scientists have delved into the creative realms, even using dreams
to solve famous math equations (Einstein and E=mc2). Your dream is telling
you to do the same, open your mind (all those women’s heads) to eruptions
of colorful wild creativity! The hats symbolize roles you need to play
in life, big and beautiful you in various personas. Their ribbons and
flowers indicate various adornments or even frivolities in your life that
are trying to get your attention saying, “Enjoy me!” Life itself
is saying to you, “Enjoy me!”

March 5, 2007
Boy Dreams of Suicide
My soon to be 9 year old son has had the same dream for years that he
commits suicide. What does that mean? – Pennie 37

The specific type of suicide he is commiting would help
determine what in waking life is causing these dreams. If it is it a painful,
or dramatic, or physical kind of self-destruction it means he is taking
aggressive feelings out on himself. If he sees his own blood during the
process it means he also fears he’s draining his own energy. Watch for
signs of suppressed aggression that has nowhere to go. Does he need a
punching bag, karate lessons, or some method of draining off this pent-up
agressive energy?
If it is quick, painless, even almost hard to notice kind of suicide he
is simply trying to rid himself of a personality aspect in order to make
way for a new persona. Frustration at himself (does he have any learning
disabilities, ADHD or anything?) can cause such dreams. Any time he gets
mad or impatient with himself or his progress, it may show up in a dream
as a suicide. Hopefully it’s just a dramatic “flare” his subconscious
mind is giving to each psychological milestone. Tell him it doesn’t mean
he is actually going to do such a thing! It means an “old you”
is dying off to make way for a “new you.” (The other things
about aggression and frustration directed at himself you should use your
own discretion about whether to discuss with him or not).

Filthy Hotel Dream
I was at hotel by myself. I sat in a chair frustrated
because two housekeepers were in my room talking together and wouldn’t
leave. They didn’t say anything to me and I didn’t say anything to them.
I was so tired and exhausted I decided to get up and walk to the bed to
get in. When I looked down just as I was getting ready to pull back the
blankets I noticed there was a big pile of mucous and poop on the bed.
I was horrified and screamed “What is that? Oh my God!” I walked
toward the bathroom and looked down to see maggots crawling on the carpet.
I spun around to face the housekeepers and screamed. I could feel my skin
crawl. I was in absolute horror!
– Veronica 21

What in your life is not doing its job, but rather loafing
and chatting? Something appears to be “on the job” but in reality
has no clue or no care. You may need a good rant. Something or someone
is rotten in your life and needs to be eliminated properly, put in its
proper place. Do not let the muck and yuck of your life pile up. Dispose
of all negativity using the proper channels. The hotel setting lets us
know this is a temporary situation in your subconscious and although very
uncomfortable for you, the solution is at hand. The bed is a place of
rest and the bathroom a place of internal cleansing, indicating you may
feel there is no way to find relief from a certain situation (“no
rest for the weary”) and may also suffer internal frustration at
being unable to get something cleaned out.

March 10, 2007
Me, my sister and brother all had a dream all within two weeks that
my dad was going to die. What does this mean? Thank you! – Christi 32,
Pompano Beach, FL

Fear not, it doesn’t mean he’s gonna die! On the contrary
it often means the family is about to rally around him because he is “pulling
away.” In some way he seems “dead to you”, cut off, not
communicating as much as usual. This is a warning dream, but not of impending
death — only that you need to increase the family time and get your Dad
to talk about something he might be keeping silent about!

I had the weirdest dream that Al Gore was the principal of my school,
and he took me out to Ybor City & got me drunk. In the dream, I wake
up the next day upset because I have a huge tattoo on my belly button
that says I LOVE RUBIES…and when I sit it looks like it says the time
11:11. I also have several gaudy ruby rings on. I phone Al Gore all upset,
asking why did he let me get this awful permanent tattoo? Then I woke.
hmmmm ( i dont wear much jewelry) – Wendy, Tampa, FL

What fun symbols in this dream. According to modern
angelology anytime the numbers 11:11 catch our eye, be they in a dream
or on the clock, or someplace else in waking life, means angels are watching
over you or trying to communicate with you. There is a message on high
for you, Wendy. <grin> As for Al Gore, at this time in our culture
consciousness, he represents concern for the environment. Being the principal
of your school symbolizes he’s an authority you feel compelled to listen
to, even when the topic is unpleasant. Your tattoo is a permanent reminder
that if you “sit” — which symbolizes doing nothing — there
will be a need for angels watchin’ over you. But otherwise if you are
active, when you take action, the “message” (of your tattoo!)
is different. The rich resources of the earth (Rubies) will be your. You
are upset because thanks to Al Gore (sort of) this permanent problem,
the environment, has now become a permanent worry for you.

March 19, 2007
In my dream, my martial arts studio asked me to be a “hit woman”
for them. I knew I had to kill someone to be “accepted.” The woman
I had to kill was a gal I work with (whom I really like and have known for
a long time). In my dream, it was her body from the waist up, but from the
waist down, she was a snake, coiling in and out of the ground. I held a
knife behind her back and she backed into it. I held the knife steady and
she died. Next, I cut the “snake” part off of her and put the
rest of her in the trunk of my car. Then in the dream, I had a moment of
clarity and the weight of what just happened hit me and I thought to myself,
“What have I done … now Julie’s son has no mother … what was I
thinking?” I woke up after that and was relieved I was dreaming, because
the feelings of what had happened were so heavy.
– Beth

You feel pressure from some institution in your life
(not necessarily the martial arts studio) to “recruit” someone,
to make a “hit” and bring in more customers or churchgoers.
Are you currently hoping to earn membership with the “in” crowd
some place? Julie symbolizes part of yourself that you feel needs killing
off in order to please others. Describe her with the first three words
that pop into your head when you think of her. Those characteristics are
what you think needs to be killed off in your life in order to be accepted
by the clique or establishment. The guilty and heavy feelings are there
to warn you, don’t do it, it ain’t worth it! Let the snobs stay snobs
while you remain the same. The snake body is your coiled “woman power”,
including sexuality. You are forced to stab yourself (Julie is you, remember)
in the back, symbolizing betrayal of your true self. Removing the snake
part means going without sex or giving up on sex for the rest of your
life. Hiding evidence in the trunk means you don’t want anyone to know
what you are worried about and trying to eliminate in your life. Nay,
nay, not healthy. As long as you are ethical and no innocents are being
harmed, be only who and what you are “called” to be. To hell
with the opinions of others. Life is too short to waste time on gaining

My dreams haven’t been making a particular impression
on me until last night. I somehow was picked for my high school football
team. I had an incredible amount of energy on the day of the big game
and was operating at peak performance, completely incredible to me since
I was aware that I was 41 and the only female on a football team with
a bunch of young men. I even scored a touchdown! I was flying high for
days. The next time I was back in school I saw a list of players and I
was the only one of few with stats beside their name but there was a weird
icon on the line with my name. The guy in front of me pointed to my name
“who is that?” I proudly said it was me. He only shook his head.
I asked him what the icon stood for. It was either a jack-knife or a switchblade
or a pocket knife or something. He said it meant that I ran the touchdown
and scored for the other team! – Victoria, 41 Raleigh, NC

The big game represents your career “field”
or some other area where you feel a sudden need to be competitive. How
have you surprised yourself lately by flying high in some super-charged
realm you thought you were too old for? The knife indicates you feel stigmatized
and/or wrongly accused of aiding the competition. In some area of your
life you are afraid you’ve been duped into benefiting the “other
side”. This dream has another, entirely different, possible interpretation.
It could be about your sexlife! You are afraid that if you aim for sexual
satisfaction, soar with the highly sexually active crowd, you will end
up “betraying” your team. You are worried the sex life you want
for yourself will cause you to let down either a partner or your family.
You have the ability to score — to achieve sexual pleasure — but circumstances
are holding you back, perhaps making you feel guilty for giving another
“quot;player” a score also. You want to fly high and to be proud
of your sexuality, but outside forces (opinions?) are making you think
twice. The “bunch of young men” football players symbolize unbridled
sex, and the knife in this case represents orgasm. You “gave”
(or might give) one to the “wrong” person (perhaps to yourself
for once!).

Response from Dreamer:

March 27, 2007

Suicide Friend Appearing in Dreams
About a year ago my best childhood friend commited suicide. Prior to his
death, I hadn’t talked to him for quite some time. For about the last
nine months I have dreamt about him at least four to five times a week.
The dreams vary in subject matter and no two are the same. However, he
keeps appearing in my dreams. Can you shed some light on this for me?
The curiosity is overwhelming. – Bill

Suicide is a very shocking thing to the subconscious
mind. It takes years to come to grips with it. These dreams are coming
to you because you are inwardly trying to work out why this happened.
You are examining this puzzling tragedy in your subconscious perhaps wondering
if there was anything you could’ve done to stop him from killing himself.
Also, since he is your childhood friend, you identify with him as though
he is yourself. Part of your deep inner self may wonder if you will lose
control and do the same thing! That’s how unsettling suicide is. It just
shouldn’t happen and we are not geared to understand it. It is good you
are having the dreams because that shows you are actively working on healing
and moving on to a place where you can accept the loss. Hang in there,
“joy cometh in the morning” as the Bible says, meaning time
slowly but inevitably heals all losses.

Birds Everywhere/ Electric Bill Dream
I am on my way to pay the electric bill with a friends but the drop of
box is hidden behind a large grove of bushy trees. I am searching through
the trees and I come across a huge nest of birds, and they are everywhere.
We get a cannon and fire it off into the bush so that we can get through
to drop off the bill. As I am pushing by way through the bush I end up
in a big nest where there are a bunch of birds and my friend is loading
the cannon getting it ready to shoot off and I slip through the nest with
one of my legs and fall back and land on a large number of birds and they
begin crying or chirping, bird whining. And I am trying to get up but
I can’t and I can feel them under my back moving trying to get out and
pecking at me. I sit all the way up and wake up. – Abby, 26

Wow, now that’s a doozy! Okay. Something is making you
reluctant to pay the electric bill. There are all manner of obstacles
— your conscience, your budget, environmental concerns — blocking your
ability or willingness to pay that bill. Are you worrying about being
“carbon neutral” or something? The dream seems to be saying
“save the birds!” or they will peck at you, they will whine.
Who in your life or what aspect of your personality is complaining, nagging
at you? There must be something that has you paralyzed, unable to “get
back on your feet.” Finances, fears, personal situations might be
keeping you down right now. The cannon symbolizes choosing the wrong solution,
or trying too hard to fix a small problem. The friend is your helper,
you’re in this together, even if you’re not solving the situation. Birds
in dreams often mean there is a message for you. Birds being “everywhere”
as you say, could symbolize too many messages, too much incoming information
you have to plow thru just to “pay the bills.” How are you feeling
“blocked out” or “flat on your back” in some way?
That will give you hints as to what this dream is trying to point out
in your life.

April 8, 2007

Buffalo, Bikes, Slow Motion
I keep having dreams about bison! (American buffalo are really bison).
In the last dream I’m going through a foggy swamp, on a road. I’m riding
through on a bike and no matter how fast it seems like I’m going, the
bike goes in slow motion. I can almost feel myself peddling fast but still
slow motion (like in the Matrix or something). Meanwhile, these bison
are approaching me and they’re coming from all sides, surrounding me.
They walk toward me normally, I’m the only one going in slow motion. Usually,
in dreams, I see them on dark roads walking in front of me. Also, I’ve
been dreaming about them for years. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?! – Craig, 26

You feel like your life is going in slow motion, that
even though you are going 500 miles a minute in some areas of life, you
are often frustrated thinking you’ll never reach your long term goals.
Bikes in dreams refer to balance, being able to stay up and moving in
life. Life can indeed be a balancing act of ups and downs, foward motion
and immobility. Bison (also called buffalo, but they’re really bison)
symbolize survival, as in the opposite of extinction. How in your current
life are you just trying to survive and stay alive? When you see bison
in your dreams it is telling you not to waver from your goals, to be careful
to stay on course. When the road is dark it symbolizes the unknown element
that is your future, perhaps parts you haven’t planned yet. No goals,
no plans can cause you to get off the path. The bison come to say don’t
get distracted. Determine your road and stick to it, then things won’t
seem so slow motion. Do more than survive. Survive and thrive.

interpretation helps me tremendously. I am 26 years old and live in Indiana.
I am recently married and my wife and I have a two year old son. We are
currently living on one income, and although I make a pretty good living,
I sometimes feel that we are not getting ahead. Also, there are goals
(short and long term) that I have been avoiding. But with the support
of my wife and others, I’ve been able to get back on course. This was
not only an encouragement, but also a confirmation of things that I need
to do.Thank you so much, and have a great day.

April 9, 2007
It’s very strange, because I never remember my dreams, but this one was
so vivid. I saw my husband and ten year old son on a river bank fishing
(something they’ve never done before). Next thing I remember I saw my son
at a table, sitting across from a man who resembles Will Smith the actor.
The man is giving my son advice on life and school, almost like a father
figure. Next thing I remembered was skipping to the future and seeing my
son about ten years from now. He is walking out of an open empty garage.
He’s wearing a black t-shirt with white writing on it — the rebel type
— with a saying on it like “confused” or something. He looks
like my son, but as I see his face I see Gov. Rod! HELP! what the Hell does
this mean? – Ruth, Chicago, IL

Fishing symbolizes man-to-man time, deep bonding time
for males of our human species. You worry your son isn’t getting enough
of that because your husband is too busy and that you (symbolized by the
Will Smith look-alike) will have to assist in fatherly duties like communicating
male wisdom. What does Will Smith mean to you — describe him in three
words. Those are the characteristics you may have to contribute to the
father-son relationship (yes you!) if your husband needs some help in
this arena. Now as for the time warp… You fear that your son will end
up confused and rebellious if he doesn’t have a deep connection with his
father while young. Instead of becoming the President of the United States
like all boys (and some girls) are told they might, you fear your son
might become like the Governor of Illinois who is embroiled in everything
from a family feud to old-boy network scandals. Governor Rod symbolizes
success yes, but perhaps the tainted kind. Then again, to YOU, Governor
Rod may symbolize something altogether different. Describe the Governor
in the first three words that pop into your head when you picture him.
Those qualities are what you worry your son will end up like if he doesn’t
get enough one-on-one time with your husband. Keep in mind your dream
isn’t a prophecy, it is merely a reflection of your fears. This dream
is trying to draw your attention to finding workarounds for your husband’s
busy schedule, pointing out that both of you parents need to spend more
down time with your son — not gametime, TV time, not commute time, but
relaxing sitting-around time. Fishing time. The mother-son relationship
is profound and deep, too, by the way. Just think of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
whose mother was the center of his world, he never even went to school.
She literally made him the (great) man he was.

April 15, 2007
Recurring dream that I am driving car with my father (who is now deceased)
and sister in back seat. I try to stop the car, but my legs seem paralyzed
and I cannot push down on the brake. I also have this “paralyzing”
dream about trying to make it up some steps, reach the top of a hill,
or whatever. I’m sure it has something to do with fear of something, but
what? – Rosemary 57, St. Petersburg, FL

You fear things are out of control regarding your father
and sister and you are helpless to do anything about it (paralysis). Are
you worried your sister will die of the same thing your father did? Additionally,
the car can symbolize the dreamer’s body and physical well-being; so you
may be worried about your own health, too. Are you needing to “apply
the brakes” — put a stop to some behavior or habit — in the health
realm? Helplessness in the face of death and serious illness is very normal
and shows up in our dreams all the time. You are also feeling helpless
occasionally in regard to achieving your goals. You feel frustrated when
something in life seems like it is holding you back, keeping you from
making it to the top, symbolized in the dream by your inability to get
to the top of the steps or the hill.

I recently had a dream that the “mafia”
had a hit out on me for something that I had witnessed. During the dream,
I am never aware of what I had actually witnessed. Two men from the “mafia”
showed up at my house and explained to me that they had to kill me for
what I had witnessed. Realizing that there was no way out of this situation,
I simply turned my back toward the men and said “go ahead”.
One of the men stuck the back of my head with an object that had an axe
on one side and a pick on the other. I was hit in the back of my head
with the pick. I then remember feeling the warmth of the blood and then
blacked out. However, I did not die. I woke up a short while later and
had my mother come and get me so that she could take me to a hospital
where I could not be found. I spent the rest of the dream in the back
seat of my mother’s car while she drove around looking for a hospital
and a place for me to hide. My husband had been home the entire time and
did nothing to help me. – Lisa, 34

We “witness” awful things quite alot nowadays
compared to say, thirty years ago. What horrors are we seeing, you may
ask? Movies. Crime shows. Just during commercials promoting the movies
we see decapitations — my four year old asked me two nights ago, “Mama
what happened to that lady’s head!” Off went the television, let
me tell ya. The actual movie and show content is made to shock-fascinate
us into attention with too many “snuffs”, horrible tortures,
close-up drownings, self-flagellations as in movies like DaVinci Code
and the new Casino Royale. It’s not just Quentin Tarantino anymore. Your
subconscious may have noticed you are absorbing disturbing visual experiences
and images once reserved only for killers, police and soldiers in the
field. You feel threatened by a dark force (mafia) because of what you
have seen. You feel helpless to fight it, so we see you realizing in your
dream “there is no way out.” You know a person can’t “unsee”,
can’t “unwitness” what they have seen, so you turn your back
and say go ahead, take my life. Notice the wierd pick-axe weapon goes
into your head, not your heart, showing it affects you psychologically,
“pierces” your thoughts and causes damage — but not death.
The warm blood you felt symbolizes the life force, the vital health you
are losing because of this situation. Also, it seems you worry your husband
is unwilling to help you in this or some area of your life. Perhaps like
the vast majority of people he doesn’t think it’s harmful to the psyche
to view the horrors we subject our eyes to. Your mother understands but
is having difficulty helping you find the solution, helping you heal.
She can’t shield you (no place to hide) although she does represent a
time period when movies and shows were not so freakin’ graphic and vile.
My advice is to try policing your eyes as they tell priests in training
— don’t look at the magazine covers at the checkout stand, avoid violent
movies and criminal shows. Don’t be shy about turning your head, shielding
your eyes for scenes like the self-flagellation in DaVinci Code, or leave
the room for the torture scene and drowning snuff scenes (there are two)
in the new Casino Royale. Above all don’t be afraid to speak out and call
a duck a duck — tell others when something sick is sick; don’t fool yourself
into calling it entertainment or “just a movie.” Vile is vile.
We CANNOT UNSEE things. Imagine a mind during its formative years sucking
in all these images. Furthermore, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with
no traumatic incident causing it is on the rise. You can probably tell
what I think might be its cause!

April 23, 2007

I have been having weird what I would consider nightmares, they have
been happening for about 3 months now. I dream of other peoples deaths,
no one that I know in particular. For example lasts nights dream consisted
of 3 peoples deaths. the first was a girl who was “sedated”
and had fallen into the lake off of the bridge and drowned. The second
was another girl that was found drowned in the lake. And the third was
a young basketball player that won a 1.2 million dollar scolarship and
when he was accepting the award he died of a heart attack. Then I am in
a video rental place renting the movies about these peoples deaths. The
weirdest part to me is that when I am dreaming of these deaths there is
what I would consider like a news commentator who is playing out these
deaths step by step. there is no one else around but me, but there is
the voice that tells me exactly what happened to these people and then
I am at their funeral… Then I wake up very freaked out. – Michelle,
23, Henderson, NV

Every one of those dead people is a part of YOUR personality!
They represent parts of you that are dying off, no longer needed. If you
were actually killing them it would mean you might need them later and
are prematurely letting these aspects of self “die.” But you
are only observing the phenomenon and believe it or not, it’s healthy!
We are always evolving, moving toward a higher consciousness. You are
no longer “sedated” — going thru life “asleep” to
reality, or escaping reality. You aren’t falling into bodies of water
(having emotional fits). You have grown out of that. You are no longer
worried about hitting it big (get 1.2 million dollars) and then losing
it suddenly. You know that if you work steady at something, toward your
goal, you will reach it. There is no need to pine after the easy quick
road. The video rental place means you are supposed to pay attention to
these “deaths” of your old aspects. There is a message for you
in each death. The news commentor is your logical observing self that
is pointing your attention the “message” in a helpful but completely
unemotional way.

I had a dream that I was in a tank… like a fish
tank in a lab. and I there were scorpions and crabs in there and I kept
trying to get away from them and the water kept rising and the more it
rose the more I tried to get out and the crabs and scorpions finally caught
up to me and they were pinching me and then i woke up. – Krystal, 20,
Miami, FL

Something or someone is inflicting pain upon you! It
may be physical or emotional pain, but is probably the latter. Tanks of
water and even swimming pools in dreams represent artificially contained
emotions. A tank has the added meaning of restriction. You are stuck in
an emotional situation from time to time that whenever it gets worse —
whenever the waters of emotion start to rise — you suffer from terrible
pinching stinging pain. The laboratory setting means you feel others are
observing you, that you are part of a cold calculating dispassionate “experiment”.
There may be someone in your life (an institution, job, or person) that
you feel doesn’t care about your feelings, but watches you whenever you
start to get emotional.

April 30, 2007

I was at a rich lady’s house and I was setting up an acrylic fish tank
for her. When I was trying to figure out where to put the fish tank I
noticed she had a 55-gallon fish tank in her living room already, and
she was keeping a horse’s head in it!! The head was alive, and was so
big it almost filled the tank completely. Every place I tried to put her
new fish tank, the floor was uneven so I couldn’t put it there, and had
to carry it (full of water) to a new location. This was extremely frustrating
because it was so heavy. So, when I finished setting the new tank up,
I went to pet the horse’s head because it looked unhappy. It didn’t like
me petting it and it turned away from me. The lady laughed and said “He
always does that”. I thought it was so strange to be keeping a horse’s
head in a fish tank, and was wondering why it didn’t want anyone petting
it. Then, the lady started setting her house up for a party she was having
and I was asked to leave. ????
I swear I don’t do drugs. Ha-ha-ha-ha – Sheri, 36

Well. The tanks symbolize artificially contained emotions
and with fish in them you have the additional meaning of consciousness,
as in cosmic consciousness. So. An older part of yourself (the old lady)
wants more of what you already have there is no stable foundation (floor)
for this new element. You are tired of trying to fit in to a new location.
Something heavy is weighing you down which is “extremely frustrating”
to you. The horse symbolizes your physical health. You have cut off your
head from your body meaning you are only concerned with your mental and
emotional health lately and might be ignoring your body. That’s why the
horse is unhappy and unsociable. “He” (really you) wants to
be whole again and is tired of being “contained” emotionally.
The party represents something fun you are being left out of, yet again
some area where you don’t “belong” or are unable to find the
right “place.”

I have a recurring nightmare that I am stuck in the basement that I grew
up in. It was an unfinished basement and I can feel that there is something
evil there. I can never see who it is, but it’s in certain rooms where
I am most scared. I can just feel this evil presence or evil spirit that
wont leave me alone and I cant get out.
– Lindsey 20, West Valley, UT

This means you are getting stuck in your subconscious
mindset from back then — your childish mindset. As a kid you saw things
in black and white, evil and good, and now all this gray of adulthood
is confusing you. You are afraid if you don’t look back at certain issues
you will get stuck and be unable to “move up”. The specific
rooms in the basement where the evil fear dwells will give you clues as
to what these issues in your past are. Is there something just below your
awareness, something in your life right now that is nagging you saying,
“this is bad, avoid it,” but you can’t quite figure out what?
Such a nagging feeling of negativity and fear could trigger the basement
dream. Close your eyes and visualize yourself climbing up your old basement
steps briskly and confidently and then bursting out into the light of
the outdoors. That is your bright future and it will wait patiently for
you. Perform this visualization exercise before you go to bed for at least
a week. Creating your own “happy ending” and pounding it into
your subconscious through thoughtful repetition, usually cures recurring

May 7, 2007

I have a dream about twice a week of someone bring
me a little girl to us. I keep asking who this little girl belongs to
and I always wake up. We are in the process of adopting a little boy and
we are currently waiting to review profiles. What does this dream mean?
– Kimberly 41, St. Louis, MO

It could mean that there is also a female soul out there
who wants to come to you and be your daughter. She may be “calling”
to you, reaching out to you. Perhaps the boy you are supposed to adopt
has a sister. Have you considered adopting a sibling group? On a deep
psychological level the little girl could represent you! She is the part
of you that will arrive anew when any new child comes into your life and
calls you mother because we relive our childhoods thru our children. They
are us, after all. The story of humanity continues in an unbroken thread
from the far distant past to the great unknown future as the mature ones
care for and teach the wisdom of life to the young ones. The cycle of
human thought, growth, love, survival and continuity repeats itself always.
You are part of that!

I had a WEIRD & CRAZY dream last night!!! PLEASE HELP!!! I had
a dream that my husband was having a quiet sitdown meeting with someone
and they pissed him off in some way and he took an ax and killed the man
he was mad at. He came up from behind him and hit him with the ax and
proceeded to chop him up and dismember him then he put him into a bag
and zipper it up. Then I told him he needed to get rid of the evidence
(I know this is CRAZY!!) and I was scared because I told him people were
gonna look for the guy so we had to throw the bag in the river in the
city. At the end of the dream we were saying that he was gonna end up
– Casey

You feel that your husband’s anger is about to get the
best of him in some area of real life. You worry he is going to freak
out inappropriately and put an end to (“kill”) something that
shouldn’t be killed, all because he is ticked off. It could even be a
thing he freaks out over and wants to get rid of. Whatever it is, after
his over-reaction you know you will have to do some damage control, help
“hide” the anger, or ill effects of it, smooth over the outburst,
(put it in a bag, contain it) and throw it away — into the earth, releasing
the tension of it but also hiding or suppressing it. You also worry that
some authority figure (his work, boss?) will punish him or penalize him
if he dares express his anger over this issue. Such over-reacting is common
to humans(!) so don’t worry too much. Your dream certainly does not mean
your husband really wants to literally kill someone! And if it’s something
he NEEDS to be stand up and speak up about, in other words “good”
anger, you might discuss how he should best express his disapproval without
inappropriate “killing off” or “chopping” words.

May 12, 2007

In 2003 my second child passed away 48 hours after birth from a genetic
disorder. I was devastated. We tried again right away to have another
child. In 2004, one day prior to my third daughter’s birth, I fell asleep
on the couch looking up at the ceiling. I dreamt I was dying, as though
I could not breathe and my heart was going to stop. The ceiling above
me became the cosmos. From where I lay I saw the sun, moon, entire solar
system simultaneously. I saw every time zone simultaneously (dark and
light sections of sky, some night, some day). I saw this world (from the
perspective of one who is outside looking in) and a gate leading into
“another world”. I saw no one but was in the presence of something
that spoke to me. It was a gentle presence. It told me this was an unusual
time when the gates between all worlds had opened a crack and passage
between them was possible in a way that does not normally occur. The next
day my third daughter was born, five weeks early, but beautiful and healthy.
Just as a footnote, the baby was carried by a surrogate mother due to
my worries about having another genetically ill child, so this was not
a hormonally induced pregnancy dream! – Sara, 36

Wow, you had a classic mystical experience! What you
describe, the cosmos, timelessness, being in the great NOW moment, sensing
a presence, receiving a profound message, is exactly how mystics have
described contact with the Absolute for centuries. St. Thomas Aquinas
used to wish for such an experience — he was a very left-brained theologian-philosopher.
Kabbalists and shamans teach about walking between the “worlds”
–something physicists now call parallel universes. There is talk in spiritual
circles that the “veils between worlds” are “thin”
right now and special children are being born. Sounds like you’ve got
a couple in your life. The dream told you destiny was in the making, something
cosmic was at work. It was triggered by something within you (or within
the universe!) that recognized the awesome joy, but awesome responsibility
that goes along with guiding a special soul placed in your care.

I was in my grandmother’s house in Miami where I grew up. It was myself,
my father, and my younger sister all sitting in the living room. For some
reason my grandmother had passed away and we were unable to bury her.
She was in a wooden coffin in the middle of the living room. My father
told me he had to take her out of the coffin, that he needed to see her.
So he did. I remember I was crying hysterically. But when he pulled her
out, she was completley wrapped up in a brown sheet. Not mummified, just
wrapped. We couldn’t see her body. He asked me if I was ready I told him
no and I looked away. I saw out the corner of my eye that he took a peek,
said ‘oh my god’ and covered her again. He then asked me again and I told
him yes. He uncovered my grandmother and she was young. I recognized her,
but she was young. No wrinkles and her face was as smooth as a 20 year
old, and she had a huge yellow flower in her hair…Please!! Break this
down for me!!!
– Christina, 21

You have a (very normal) fear of losing your grandmother.
At one point you are asked in the dream “are you ready,” because
no, you are not ready for your grandmother to die and never will be. That
is only natural and very healthy, as is your crying hysterically in the
dream. We human beings have alot of fear about death itself, great fear
in fact!, which is illustrated in your dream by the “oh my god”
when your father looked death in the face, so to speak. The hope in this
dream is the youthful happiness your grandmother exuded from the grave
showing that the physical death is only a transition. At death one is
transformed back into the “real” you, the young healthy vibrant
you (symbolized by the huge flower). Despite the fear, the grief and the
unreadiness, it is still part of life this thing we call death and can
be a peaceful even beautiful graceful transition. Now if your grandmother
is gravely ill this dream could be your intuition saying she’s about to
go, but if she’s as healthy as can be and not a thing wrong, this dream
was just triggered by your own realization that she is getting older and
someday it will happen. Nothing to worry about, it’s not a psychic dream
in this case!

MAY 21, 2007

I constantly have dreams of planes crashing,
or anything that flies crashing near or into me. I have had these dreams
since I was about five years old. Usually after I have the dream it’s
on the news that it really happened. I can’t explain it. I also had dreams
that my wife was pregnant and that the baby was a girl. I was in Iraq
at this time so I had no idea. When I came home it was true. – Joe, Syracuse,

These are called precognitive dreams, where you learn
something in advance. Since Einstein told us time is relative, all time
is NOW, the phenomenon of dreaming about things before they occur is understood
as “part of you knows” because it already happened or is happening
in the NOW, the eternal moment. That aside, dreams of planes and crashes
also have a symbolic interpretation of your goals and hopes not being
realized. You may get a dream of a plane crashing any time something that
previously inspired you, caused you to soar to the heights, suddenly turns
to disillusionment. Also ask yourself when you have one of these dreams,
how are you too high and coming down to earth too fast? The idea is to
“land” instead of crash when one needs to come “down to
earth,” needs to be grounded!

I keep having dreams where my youngest son gets hurt. Both the dreams
I had about him consist of him either falling in a hole or he somehow
ends up with a hole in his head. No matter which situation though we are
with people from our church. Since the first dream I have been keeping
my eye on him more often because he is only two years old. We have four
children and this is the first time I have ever had dreams where one of
my children dies. If you can offer any insight as to why this would be
happening please let me know. Thanks so very much. – Sharon

Anxiety about a child being injured is a common dream
mothers have. Your intuition may be alerting you that with a houseful
of children now, it won’t be as easy to childproof your home, to avoid
every pitfall. The youngest child is often the one who gets hurt because
he or she gets into something the older children have left out. Falling
into a hole symbolizes falling into a trap, probably a fear you have that
he is getting stuck in his growth or development. A hole in the head symbolizes
a lack in education or development. It seems like you might be worried
he is not as smart as he should be, not getting the educational development.
Since your church is in the dream it may indicate a worry that he is not
getting what he needs out of Sunday School or his spiritual life.

May 28, 2007

Recently I had a dream that I stabbed myself
with a pencil twice in my uterus area. What does that mean? – Orby 21,
Miami, FL

You may be doing damage somehow to your reproductive
system, but it is temporary damage (pencils symbolize temporary as opposed
to “permanence” of an inkpen). The uterus is not only about
feminine reproduction, it is also the womb of creativity and where great
things — ideas, projects, life itself — are “cooked” or incubated.
Pencils are used for figuring and for communicating. How might you be
figuring in some damage to your femininity or your reproductive/productive
function? Are you angry about some project or “production” you
are working on? And now in Sigmund Freud’s memory I must mention that
the pencil was once a phallic symbol in dream interpretation. You’ve got
a phallic symbol going into a womb, possibly indicating it’s sex we’re
talking about, plain and simple. Ask yourself how your sexlife might be
“angry” or unpleasant and then see if you can correct it because
every pencil has one thing going for it — an eraser! You can reverse
any “damage” done by a pencil, it’s never permanent. So do not
fear, you will figure out a solution.

Can dreams be clairvoyant? – Jenny 30, Rye Beach, NH

I believe so, yes. Clairvoyant dreams, also called psychic
or prophetic dreams do occur and are undeniable. There is a collective
“knowing” all around us, an overmind, that somehow some dreamers
tap into. Most dreamworkers have run into clairvoyant dreams and dreamers,
but many left-brained dream “experts” disagree, some going so
far as to say people delude themselves into thinking they’ve dreamed something
before it happened. Strict criteria should be followed when deciding whether
you’ve had a pre-cognitive or clairvoyant dream. You gotta be brutally
honest with yourself. Keep a dream journal with dates, or make a point
to tell someone about a dream you think might be clairvoyant. Shared dreams
are one of my favorite forms of clairvoyant dreams and their occurence
has been documented. Several disconnected people having predictive dreams
before disasters has also been observed and documented. Another fascinating
type of clairvoyant dreaming is to dream something while it is happening
somewhere across the globe.

JUNE 3, 2007

I dreamed a barking horse was barking at my friend. – Jenna

The horse represents a part of YOU that wants to say
something to your friend but can’t find the words. You can “bark”
at her, but you cannot communicate what it is that is worrying you about
her. Horses are about strength, vigor, and bodily health. Dogs are about
loyalty and friendship. That may give you a clue as to what this thing
is you are trying to articulate to your friend but it keeps coming out
wrong. Maybe you don’t like her choice of significant other or her health

I dreamed I was looking for my cat and when I found her there were two
of her. Then the dream went on and I was going to a warehouse where there
was a noose hanging from the ceiling. I felt sick to my stomach. Then
I watched people being hanged. Then I went to an old pub and had two pairs
of boots that I needed to hide so I could go to the basement to see a
gravesite. – Erika 34, Exter, NH

Interesting redundant twos in this dream. The second
cat is extra, not needed, and you can’t wear two pair of boots at once.
Something has “multiplied” or doubled in your life and you have
to care for twice as many people or things as you used to. You feel uneasy
(sick on the stomach) about this new situation you’re stuck with. The
sense of doom and demise you feel comes from a fear that necessary parts
of yourself or talents are being inappropriately killed off (the hangings).
Boots symbolize your firm opinions especially regarding “taking a
stance” about something. Cats symbolize independence — have you
declared your independence twice now, forced to repeat yourself when somebody
wouldn’t listen? It could even be yourself not listening…. Something
or someone is asking you to hide a firm stance you have taken, a time
(or two times!) when you stood your ground. The basement is your subconscious
mind. A “gravesite” there lets us know this issue is something
from your past which you may not want to “bury” because it is
still unresolved. Having to go “see” this gravesite symbolizes
there is a past issue you thought “dead and gone” which you
now need to be aware of.

This was dead on! Thank you.
I worked for my former employer for 14 years and last September I told
them I was going to leave next summer to open my own business and 3 months
later they sat me down 2 days after christmas and fired me. I feel sick
about it because these 2 bosses were also good friends of mine. I did
indeed open my own business which symbolizes the cat independence and
I do have twice as many responsibilities as before because I am working
by myself. Also because of a non-compete contract I signed w/ the former
employer which I always despised signing and did try to take a firm stance
on but never won. I am now being sued for breaking the non-compete because
I opened to close to their territory so there is a possibility that they
could close my shop down this is why I feel like parts of my talents are
being killed off. I am unable to advertise my name for a year due to this
contract so my customers aren’t able to find me this would be the part
that I feel I am being asked to hide my firm stance which was going out
on my own even thou I am not suppose too!!! I am now going to be have
to relive this if it goes to court that is where the gravesite comes in
and would just like nothing more than to lay it to rest so I can just
get on w/ my life!
So would you say that you were pretty accurate :o) ! Wow huh! I am a VERY
vivid dreamer and remember my dreams about 99% of the time and in very
good clarity . Thank you for your interpretation it was dead on!

June 11, 2007

I dream of my son Alex that passed away 13 years
ago. (He was only 19 months when he passed away). I dream that he is alive
and very happy yet in the dream I know he is dead. But when I see him
so alive, it makes me think maybe the doctor made a mistake and they are
telling me he is dead because they want him for research. Then when I
get up in the morning I am happy but at the same time I am sad. – Raquel
50, Miami, FL

Loss of a child, especially a baby, is something so
hard on our psyche that it will show up in our dreams for years to come.
Your dreams of him are part of your subconscious mind coming to terms
with the tragedy. Part of you wonders, isn’t he still alive because your
spiritual self knows the soul is eternal. Yet your physical logical self
knows he is dead. So your subconscious mind tries to work this all out,
how can he be dead, yet alive, and comes up with fleeting ideas like the
doctor made a mistake, etc. Those fleeting ideas are just passing ideas
as you come to terms on a very deep level, mind, body and spirit, with
your little boy’s death. You are happy because you know he is eternal,
his soul is indeed alive somewhere and will possibly return to physical
form some day, but at the same time you are still naturally sad because
he is gone from your physical sight. Dreaming of him like this is part
of the healing process and is a very good sign, so don’t be discouraged
by the dreams.

I dreamed last night that I was with my boyfriend
in our bedroom talking and Snoop Dog came to my window banging and yelling
let me in and then my boyfriend got mad and asked if I was cheating on
him with him, then Snoop broke my bedroom window and set my room on fire
and then whole house was on fire and I put it out with a fire extinguisher.
– Mailyn 25, Miami Shores, FL

You are afraid anger and jealousy will consume (burn
up) your relationship. It is ridiculous that you would cheat on your man
with Snoop Dog, who represents rebellion and hostility. You fear there
is anger in your relationship. The bedroom setting shows it is connected
to your love life and passion. Fire in dreams can mean both passion and
anger. Hostility and destruction are trying to gain entry into your life,
trying to break in and ruin everything. But you have sensed this destructive
force. You are on to it. That brings us to the wonderful conclusion of
your dream. You actually put the fire OUT. That is amazing. This means
you have got the power, woman! You are in control and can “put out
the fire” of anger, hostility or jealousy — whatever comes up to
destroy you. There is no obstacle you cannot overcome; you have the tools
to solve any disastrous situation. Good dream!

June 18, 2007

I dreamt my mom was pregnant
with twins and my co-worker dreamt that I was pregnant with twins and
I dreamt that I was pregnant all in the same week. What does this mean?
– Diane 38, Joliet, IL

It means good luck and prosperity are on their way to
all of you! It sounds like a cliche, but this is one of a very few dream
symbols that actually *does* sound like what a gypsy fortuneteller would
tell you. Twins represent abundance, prosperity and “two for the
price of one”. So a bargain, more than what you asked for, has arrived
in your life. Dreaming you yourself are pregnant can sometimes mean you
really are, but otherwise indicates something wonderful is coming down
the pike. The fact that you both had similar dreams may mean this new
issue, project, prosperity, is going to be a team effort. Your mother
might be involved, or she could be a symbol for your own motherly side.
What two-sided as yet un-born project are you “mothering” in
your life? It’s good, all good.

Since my father died, over 10 years ago, I have a
recurring dream that my father is sexually molesting me. When I wake up
I feel really scared and wonder if I was molested as a child. What do
you think? – Tricia 53, Wausau, WI

Maybe yes, maybe no. If you have no memory of this abuse
you would be one of those rare cases of decades long total suppression.
His death could have “released” your suppression of childhood
molestation. Now that your subconscious mind feels safe, doesn’t have
its shields up every time you would see him, the knowledge is coming out.
However, it might NOT be! Dreaming we are being molested can be symbolic,
pointing to a deep suspicion we are being taken advantage of, “abused”.
Did you feel like your father took you for granted or manipulated you
for his own goals? There may be something in your relationship that you
need to accept and come to terms with now that he’s gone. So these dreams
could or could not be pointing to actual events in your childhood. There
is no way to tell, but keep in mind dreams love to exaggerate to get our
attention! I suggest finding a good and gentle hypno-therapist and seeing
what comes up in sessions.

June 25, 2007

I was swimming with mermaids while in my PJ’s. I could only swim shallow
because I had no air tanks, but I was still having fun with the mermaids.
Then I found myself sitting on a floating platform, in my wet PJ’s watching
the people in a city walk by. I was trying to figure something out but
there were airplanes flying by, and I realized that is why I felt confused
as their energy felt disruptive. Four more planes flew overhead for a
total of seven but two of them crashed into flames. This seemed to overwhelm
me and I went into a public bathroom, shut and locked the door and just
sat there. A woman broke the door down and came and put her arm around
me. At first I was angry with her for invading my space but then I remembered
she was my guide and had helped me in the past. When I felt calm she left.
As I got up to leave I noticed a dark, sleek, expensive car and felt I
knew whose car that was. Then I woke up. – Gwenn

The car is yours — your sleek ability to escape your
anxieties. Mermaids symbolize the ultimate feminine independence and have
a spiritual connotation. You need to do some deep thinking, and are on
the right track, but are not able to go to deep out of “safety”
concerns. Because of not plumbing these valuable depths, you feel you’re
just floating along watching others live while you ponder the mysteries
of life (trying to figure out something). What problem or mystery needs
solving in your life but you are too distracted by anxieties and dashed
hopes (crashing planes)? The number seven means a “perfect set”,
almost divinely ordained. The two lost planes symbolize goals you didn’t
reach, hopes that “crashed and burned.” The bathroom is a place
of negativity removal. You are overwhelmed by something (or everything!)
in your life right now and attempting to shed its negative energy. The
woman is your inner wise guide. Good for you recognizing her and getting
over your initial mistrust of “invasion”. She left you the sleek
dark car (YOU provided it for yourself, therefore!) a symbol of unknown
but powerful feminine strength you can draw upon. Get in the car and speed
away from your worries to a place where nothing disrupts your deep thinking.
There are mysteries you’re on the verge of solving!

Wow! That was an incredible interpretation and dead on. I have felt that
I was sitting on the side lines watching life pass me by. It has taken
me this long to even be conscious of the fact and every time I would attempt
to ponder why, I would get distracted by a crisis or something. This is
part of a defense I have been patiently and lovenly working through for
the past few years. It is always reassuring to find we are not alone in
this journey called life. Gwenn, age 48 Kimberly, WI

Why am I not able to dream about my mother who passed
away June 10th? – Lisa 44, Port Orange, FL

This is very normal. Usually dreams of the deceased
loved one don’t begin until a whole year has gone by. Our ancestors may
have been on to something when they set the period of mourning at one
year. Although emotional healing begins immediately after a loss, it takes
months for the subconscious to get over the shock and then begin the deep
level healing. Each case is different, you may “see” your mother
in your dreams sooner, but don’t stress over it. If you have something
to tell her, or something to ask her, you can try guided visualization
or dream incubation. For incubation view a variety of pictures of her
for about an hour before sleep. Make eye contact with one of the photos
and ask your question or tell her what you want to say. Then put the photos
by your bedside and go to sleep. Keep pen and pad handy so you can write
down details if anything comes to you. Remember, we have only about nine
minutes after waking up to write down a dream before it slips from our

July 16, 2007
I have been having this nightmare for the last couple of weeks and I am
really scared. It’s about this girl who got fired from my job and she
comes back and starts killing everyone. I wake up sweating, shaking and
hot, right as she pulls the trigger to kill me. I am really scared about
this. What could this mean? – Jamie

This dream shows how toxic this woman’s presence in
the workplace must have been. She really had to go, and thankfully she
did. However, your subconscious is worried there will be a re-bound, repercussions,
a return of the unpleasantness. Perhaps you fear the strife won’t go away
quietly. It’s not a predictive dream from what I can tell. However, it
wouldn’t hurt in my opinion to mention your recurring nightmare to other
co-workers so all of you can be on the alert so to speak. Some might think
you are kooky, but the majority of people are nowadays openminded to what
used to be called merely psychic phenomenon and ESP but which is technically
precognition. Again, the chances are very slim the dream would so vividly
depict the future. It is more likely to be a commentary on your own mental
processes regarding this psychic vampire that was in your mist, draining
your energy (shooting everyone).

Last night I had a dream about a dead spider on a bench. It was on its
back. Another spider, a big one (which for some reason I thought belonged
in the house – it wasn’t out of place) came along and picked it up. It
walked up the wall with the dead spider in its mouth and onto the roof
and started coming toward me. Suddenly it jumped at me from the ceiling
and before it hit me I woke up. – Aaron, Sydney Australia

Part of you that you are comfortable with, that belongs
in your personality, took care of cleaning up a dead useless part. Spiders
are known to eat their dead and wounded. The spider attacking you means
you are feeling wounded and thus “attracting” the spider, sort
of like a dead carcass attracts vultures! What parts of you (perhaps something
in your past) are now dead but have left you feeling a bit wounded? Since
it came at you from the ceiling it might symbolize an issue or emotion
that is “over your head” right now. Waking up when you did shows
the anxiety you feel over the particular situation. The dream shows you
are on the road to healing this woundedness, and just trying to work out
its meaning is progress.

July 22, 2007

I dream constantly all night long, waking up at least
4 or 5 times a night and then dream again. Not the same dream every single
night but at least once or twice a week. This has been for many, many
years. I feel like I never really sleep. – Amanda, Memphis, TN

Are you on any medication? That can cause too many dreams.
Too much caffeine will do it, too. If not one of those things, you should
go and get a sleep study done. Senior citizens spend about 25% of their
time dreaming. But you sound like you’ve got too many dreams and should
mention it to your doctor. Ask about seeing a sleep specialist.


A 64 year old dreamer wrote in to say she was constantly
waking up with too many dreams each night.

Dean M. Tomasello, M.D. wrote in to advise her:

The normal 60 year old person spends about 20-25% of
their sleep in REM sleep. This is the “stage” of sleep where
most dreaming occurs. Sleep progresses from stage 1 (the lightest level,
during which the sleeper can be awakened easily) to stage 4 (the deepest
level, during which waking the sleeper is difficult). In stage 4, the
muscles are relaxed, the blood pressure is at its lowest, and the heart
and breathing rates are at their slowest. Besides these four stages, there
is a form of sleep accompanied by rapid eye movements (REM) and behavioral
activity. During REM sleep, electrical activity in the brain is unusually
high, somewhat resembling that of wakefulness. The eye movement and brain
wave changes that accompany REM sleep can be recorded electrically on
an electroencephalogram (EEG).
You need to first check to make sure you are on no medication which could
cause increased REM sleep. Also, people who drink too much caffeine may
have difficulty getting into the “deeper” stages of sleep.

What to do…
1. Review your medications with your doctor to make sure you are not taking
any medications which could disturb your sleep.
2. Avoid caffeine entirely
3. Consider having a “sleep study” done. Here, your sleep will
be observed and the examiner will be able to monitor how long you stay
in each “stage” of sleep.

You certainly appear to have a sleep disturbance problem.
There are medications to treat this problem. In my experience it does
not usually indicate any “serious” underlying medical disorder.
The good news is there are medications which can be used to help improve
the sleep of individuals with sleep disorders.



July 29, 2007
I was expecting a baby girl, Haley Marie on 1/31/07 to be born with
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and to undergo multiple open heart surgeries.
Unfortunately, at 37 weeks of my pregnancy on January 9th, with my husband
and 7 year old son present, we learned at our ultrasound that our baby
girl was already gone. My friends from work gave me a baby shower just
three days prior. I remember coming home from the baby shower and thinking
“what if she is already gone”, but I told myself to stop thinking
like that. I have not been able to have a dream about my daughter and
I would really like to see her again. Can you help me find a way to dream
about Haley?

Sadly it usually takes about a year for the subconscious
to be able to send us dreams of a lost loved one. Perhaps our ancestors
knew something we didn’t when they set the period of mourning at one year.
Haley will come back to you somehow. It didn’t work out this time, her
soul departed but only temporarily. She will return to you because she
has chosen your family to be hers. She make come as another child to you
or as a grandchild some day — or she will enter your life in some other
way. Don’t try so much to dream of her as a deceased little girl, but
to contact her as a not-yet-born child who still wants to come to you
in the living realm. She doesn’t want to exist only in the dream world,
she wants to be here in the flesh. The soul that was in your womb no doubt
decided that body had too many flaws and best to try to make another one.
Painful though it is, this is just a temporary setback. She’s got her
eye on you and wants to be part of your lives. See if you can find her,
or draw her near again, in the physical world.

Growing up, I had a very unique dream. It ended when I was about 11, but
I had had it as far back as I can remember. I laugh at it now, but at
the time it was really a nightmare to me. I dreamed that Donald Duck drove
up to my house in a police car in the middle of the night. He came up
to my doorstep, and I was standing in the doorway. He took his head off
of his shoulders and held it in his left arm. His head repeated, from
his arm, “My name is Donald Duck. My name is Donald Duck.” I
have never been able to figure out what this dream means. – Rob

You probably got this dream any time you were
being reckless, or a little out of control, because police in dreams symbolize
structure and control. Seeing a police car in a dream is a warning to
slow down, follow the rules. Children live in a world of rules, rules,
rules. You would no doubt occasionally feel guilty and forced to curb
your behavior. Donald Duck is intriguing since he is the “naughty”
one and even the kill-joy sometimes, often griping about something or
other. You may have been afraid of some one or some force in your life
that was “policing” you, but which there was no need to fear.
Donald Duck is harmless, but here he was scaring you to death. Holding
his talking head symbolizes that the authorities in your childlife were
“talking heads” going on and on with lectures and such but not
really getting thru to you. Talking heads can often seem harsh and scary
to a kid. The dreams disappeared eventually as all recurring dreams do,
when you got the lesson the dream is trying to teach. Too bad dreams are
quirky and sometimes disturbing in their teaching technique, not nice
like a schoolteacher!

August 5, 2007
I often dream that I am high on a cliff and walking on the edge. I am
trying not to fall, but a couple of times I do slip. The other recurring
dream I have is of flying over homes and telephone poles. Just soaring.
It is a pleasant experience and I like this dream. I am not in a plane,
just flying like a bird looking down at the trees and homes. – Donna,
Tampa FL

Whenever you take risks in life, whenever things get
“edgy,” your mind brings up the living on the edge dream. Waking
life is a balancing act sometimes, as you try to avoid pitfalls and “slipping”
up. Very normal dream, nothing to worry about. The flying dream comes
to you whenever you are feeling inspired or elated, when you are “soaring”
from one of life’s successes or pleasures. You are flying on your own,
with no mechanical aid, which is very good symbolism. Sometimes we are
sent those kinds of dreams whenever we are too down to earth and need
a “lift”. If you get too many dreams of being up high you must
ask yourself, How am I out of touch, How am I too high in waking life?

The dream started out with me camping with my childhood best friend. That
lasted just a very short time and then it was my husband and me walking
through the campground. Only he kept changing from the status of my husband
to the status of my boyfriend. A woman was following us and then all of
a sudden she got right up in my face, her eyes bugged out and she stuck
her tongue out. Her tongue was really long and looked like a tiny snake.
She shook her head making a moaning noise. We ran away from her but she
kept following us. After a few times of that I got tired of it and grabbed
her around the neck and started choking her while it was happening. Then
I woke up frightened. – Trish 46, Hebron, IN

The campground setting indicates this is about your
need to relax and get back to basics. Your childhood bestfriend symbolizes
a happy time without the weight of responsibilities. You may be wanting
a simpler life lately, but some thing or some one is messing up your attempts
at relaxation. It could also be an unfamiliar part of your own personality
that is hostile to the idea of getting back to nature, doesn’t want you
to live a simple life. “She” or some outside force uses disturbing
tactics to keep you upset, keep you from reaching your goal. Luckily you
are tired of this persistent negative element in your life and have reached
a point of taking action. Good for you. Fed up, you are going to “choke”
it out of existence. Throttling the annoyance may seem a harsh step to
take, but it’s probably for the best. It doesn’t mean you are being pushed
to actual physical violence, but that you need to be aggressive to stop
this problem now before it does real damage.

August 13, 2007

I dreamed a little black and white snake was under my bedcover biting
my feet. – Michelle, 34

Aha! What spiritual advancements have you been keeping
“under cover”? Snakebites are actually one of the best things
that can happen to you in a dream and symbolize initiation — reaching
a new plateau of spiritual wisdom. Your feet are your foundation as well
as what gets you around. So how has this new wisdom in your life affected
your stability and mobility? Hopefully for the good. You should have more
paths open to you and feel grounded and stable at last.

There are two recurring themes in many of my dreams. 1) I am trying to call
someone and the phone doesn’t work. I try every phone I can find but can’t
get any of them to place a call. 2) I am trying to lock up the house and
the locks don’t work or if they do work, there are gaping holes in the doorway
that someone could get through. What are my concerns? Thanks! – Wendy, Downers
Grove, IL

These are all common dream themes to humans, especially
to women, and are triggered by normal fears and worries. Inoperable phones
indicate you feel unable to reach out or call for help. This dream will
come to you whenever you feel trapped, isolated or not able to communicate.
The inoperable locks are of similar meaning but with the added concern
of having your space invaded. What unauthorized person or thing is trying
to break in to your life? Your sense of security has gaping holes in it,
and you get this dream whenever you don’t feel safe. I have found the
best way to combat these dreams is to make sure your house and garage
are safe and keep your cell phone by your bed every night. Also, mentally
go thru your safety measures routine often. Such little things reassure
your subconscious fears.

August 19, 2007
My husband and I are hiking up a hill/mountain and the scenery is very
beautiful. I feel very content like I belong. I hear noise from bushes
nearby, but I see lots of antelope running and other animals running away
in different directions. All of a sudden my SUV is right there and I say,
I think it is time for me to get in the car. I get in the drivers seat
and I begin to drive slowly up the mountain. When I get to the top I realize
I have gone down the other side before. It is beautiful and I love the
town I will see if I go that way. I ask my husband, “Which way should
I go?” And he answers, “You make the choice.” I decide
to go in a direction where others have been, and wake up. – Laura 45,
Elgin, IL

Ah, the last line says it all. You are making a significant
choice right now regarding direction in life. You want some input from
your husband, but then again you realize it is up to you to make the choice.
It must be a very personal matter, or one which even your husband has
no real impact. The roads and the mountain symbolize the journey of life
itself. The wildlife are parts of your personality and instincts. When
the antelope — a symbol of feminine grace and agility — run away and
you decide it’s time to get in the car, it makes me wonder if your issue
is one of feminine independence and perhaps having to do with your health
(cars are often used in dreams as symbols for the body). You are choosing
the safe mode of transportation, yet are still part of the adventure.
The wondrous town is your higher self, the self you are evolving into:
beautiful, balanced, and you love it. You could choose the wild untamed
“road less travelled by” in the immortal words of poet Robert
Frost, but you like people and community, and above all beauty and serenity.
You made the right choice for YOU, and it looks like a good one!

I dreamt the other night that I was pregnant with quadruplets, and that
when the ultrasound was done, one of the babies was very bright while
the other three were very dim. I dreamt that the ultrasonographer told
me this meant that the bright baby was sucking the life out of the other
three babies like a parasite. Just to clarify, I’m not pregnant, and yes,
I have been under a lot of stress lately. Also, I have a toddler. – Geana

You have four irons in the fire, four buns in your oven
right now, meaning four things (projects, relationships, ideas?) very
vulnerable and precious that you must care for. One of them however is
draining all your energy and detracting from the other three. Only one
project may survive and the others may never be “born”. What
thing, person, or project is a bit of a parasite in your life at present?
Don’t let it starve the other elements out of existence because they are
all of equal importance.

August 26, 2007
I had two different dreams about puppies and kittens. First I was instructed
to thump puppies in the head to kill them using a hammer. Second was a
dog getting ready to eat a tiny little kitten. I was disturbed in both
dreams, especially the one that I HAD to kill the puppies. – Edye 43,
Vancouver, WA

Puppies symbolize your own playfulness.
Something or someone, perhaps even another part of your personality, is
“instructing” you to kill off any remaining elements of your
playful nature. The hammer indicates power, often masculine power. Are
you being asked to curb your normally pleasant nature with strong or aggressive
“masculine” energy? It is most upsetting to you because it is
unbalanced. All work and no play makes Jane a dull girl. The dog is also
a masculine symbol whereas the cat is feminine and independent. Ask yourself
how your masculine side (every woman has one) is encouraged to suppress
(devour) your more “catty” feminine independent streak.

Is dreaming of a giant hairy black spider really mean someone is out to
get me? – Kenna 30, Miami, FL

Well alot depends on what the
spider was doing when you saw it, and your attitude toward it (fear, nonchalance,
etc.). If it was chasing you or trying to ensnare you in a web, then yes,
it could mean you are in a bad entangling situation or that someone might
be “out to get you”. That is the old traditional interpretation,
and it was often thought the attacking person would be a woman. However,
the spider is also a symbol of feminine protective power and may be trying
to help you stop your self-destructive habits. The big hairy aspect tells
us this is a complex issue, OR something may be blown out of proportion.
If you were afraid of it during the dream, it means you fear conflict
either with your “attacker” or with your own inner demons that
need to be dealt with. If during the dream you were just thinking, ho-hum,
a spider, not a big deal — it could be a warning to be on guard for a
conflict or power struggle. In the near future something will try harder
to get your attention, maybe even lure you into its “web”.

August 30, 2007
I wanted to ask about the kind of dream my husband has almost nightly. He
is always fighting off evil or monsters or something of the kind. He has
dreams like he is fighting a bear underwater. Or saving me and the family
from a monster or evil spirits. He uses a stick or weapon. He said he is
always on the defense in the dreams, like we are going somewhere (walking)
and he is always watching the next corner or behind something – watching
out for the dangerous something. He makes lots of noise and is upset when
fighting the bad things in his dreams. He moans and sometimes sounds like
he is crying or yelling out. He wakes up with night sweats.
– Joyce, West Valley, UT

This is a common dream to knights in shining armor and
husbands/fathers who really internalize their sacred duty to protect home
and hearth. Your husband intensely desires to physically protect you guys.
He must have had some vulnerable personal safety moments in his childhood,
or watched his mother or another woman become victims in some way. Those
experiences have made him hypersensitive to dangers toward his own loved
ones. As an adult he also has seen how the media and so-called “edgy”
or dangerously “trendy” elements of culture lure people into
dark mental traps (and physical traps as in drug addiction) and turn them
into victims. These “monsters” are everywhere, around the next
corner and behind innocent things just as in your husband’s dreams. He
doesn’t want any more of his loved ones to become casualties either physically,
emotionally, mentally or spiritually. When he is yelling or crying out
during these symbolic “battles” it means he is worried he will
not be able to keep up this fight forever. It is very distressing, the
“culture war” we are all living in the midst of, and certain
sensitive people recognize its dangers while others just keep walking
on that cliff’s edge, taking their children along with them, never even
noticing the deep chasm of evils only inches away that wants to gobble
each of us up. He sounds like a noble and sensitive guy in a world where
the word “noble” is scoffed at. Talking to him about the culture
war, your family’s defenses against it, and basic physical security steps
that your family takes, may eliminate or at least reduce these unpleasant

I had a dream last night that my daughter died
(she is 21 months old). When we went to bury her, she got up and took off
running. When I caught her, she died again. This kept repeating itself over
and over. It felt like all night long. – Eileen 30, Miami, FL

It probably wasn’t all night long, but such a dream
is so emotionally intense that it will exhaust you after only a few minute
long “episodes”! Children at that age are just beginning to
exert their independence. By the age of two their chemical makeup changes
so that they smell differently to the mother. You are sensing the impending
change like a million billion mothers before you and you don’t like it.
(Only natural). You feel like she is “dying” to you. The fact
she gets up and takes off running is there to tell you no matter how much
you fear her death, she will still be alive because we are talking about
symbolic death here. Somewhere between the ages of 2 and 3 the child comes
to the shocking realization that their body and their mother’s body are
separate beings! She thinks you and her are One right now. Therefore in
a subconscious way you may “agree” with her and look at the
two of you as a unified organism. This sets you up to look at her independence
(as speech and independent thinking increase) as little deaths. When you
hold her, when you make physical contact, she “dies again” because
she can’t stay in your arms like an infant anymore. Such a bummer, I have
an 18 month old myself and it is sad to see them “quot;go”. But go
they must and our psyches might view it as a “death” of sorts,
even though our intellects know full well it’s just nature marching on,
and the line of your people going forth. To the future…!

September 7, 2007
My dream had a large body of crystal clear water, it was like the ocean
but resembled a massive aquarium. Somehow my ex and his son ended up at
the bottom. A dolphin in the water was trying to communicate with me,
I didn’t understand. Then he brought the body of the son up and dropped
him. I screamed for help, and help came. While divers rescued the son,
my ex chose to stay at the bottom and hid from being rescued. Everything
in the dream was in bright, brilliant colors. – Susan 50, Liverpool, NY

For some time now it has seemed your ex and his son
have been dead to you, lost in the bottom of an artificial emotional place
in your mind. The aquarium represents artificially contained emotions.
Its ocean-like quality shows how vast and overwhelming the situation has
been to you. Even if you were happy about the divorce, your subconscious
mind still must grapple with the sudden and continual absence of these
people from your life. Your ex didn’t want to save your relationship back
when you divorced. He didn’t want to be “rescued”. The dolphin
is your own inner beauty and feminine intuition telling you that your
step-son wasn’t like your ex, and actually wanted to be saved. Your ex
made a choice, the boy wasn’t really part of it. Despite your obvious
distress (you were screaming in the dream) this dream overall is a healthy
one. It is part of your healing process with symbols like crystal, clear,
bright and brilliant indicating you are coming to terms with everything
in a healthy manner.

I dreamt my bed was on a restaurant patio surrounded
by people having lunch. Some I knew, some I didn’t. I got out of bed to
say goodbye to everyone and one boy opened his mouth to show me the teeth
at the back of his throat. – Angela 30, Revere, MA

The restaurant patio setting indicates this is about
nurturing and “feeding” the whole self, especially the part
of you “exposed” and “open” to the public. The people
represent parts of your personality both known and unknown to you. The
boy is unique in that he represents a playful “masculine” or
“boyish” trait of yours that has a message for you. Teeth represent
words and speech. The message is that you need to speak up about something.
It’s stuck in the back of your throat but needs to be said. By the way,
being in bed is a common dream element that is oftentimes unrelated to
the dream content, only occuring because some part of us is aware that
we are indeed in bed.

Dr. Katia,
Yes your interpretation makes perfect sense now. You are exactly right
when you said, “he did not want to be rescued.” He is the one
that walked out, and nothing I could do or say could change his mind.
I wanted to save our relationship, but couldn’t. It has been probably
15 years since I had seen my ex. Two days before the dream pictures were
being shown around of a family gathering that included myself and my ex.
Then the day before I had this dream I actually ran into my ex and his
son at our State Fair. Over 50,000 people in one place, what are the chances
of that? I wasn’t on the grounds 5 minutes and they appeared in front
of me. I was very over come with emotions and when I saw them I realized
just how much I loved him and probably still love him. The son made it
very clear that he was over joyed to see me. I’ve learned to live without
him and buried my feelings. I thought after all the time that had passed
that the feelings I had for this man were long gone. Must be running into
them reminded me of the relationship that I couldn’t save.

September 16, 2007
Earlier this week I dreamed that a family had come to my house looking
for the right place to live. I “flew” them around (although
there was no indication that we were flying) in my house until we “bumped”.
I opened the front door, looked out and said, “I don’t know where
we are actually”. It was like we were in a cloud, then it cleared
and we were high up on a beautiful stone patio, and lovely music was playing
although I couldn’t figure out where the speakers were. The view was fantastic.
I asked the family if they would like to live here, and they said yes.
– Dot

The flying around until you bumped together shows you
want your family (or a family lifestyle) nearby now even though in the
past you may have been more comfortable living far apart. The house in
the dream is your personality. You want families (or specifically your
family) to like being around you, approve of your lifestyle and your neighborhood.
You have been “living apart” in philosophy, not necessarily
physical location. The clouds are clearing after a period of uncertainty
regarding how things will end up. It looks like agreement and inspiration
(high up) are in store. You can see (the view) now. The stone patio indicates
a firm foundation based on the past, and the music without a source symbolizes
an unseen beauty present in the situation that is nevertheless making
itself known and contributing to the solution. Very nice symbolism here
considering that house and even the family you are guiding around are
aspects of your inner self and evolving consciousness.

My dream when I was pregnant was that I gave birth to my baby and she
had red cowboy boots on!! what does that mean? – Terry 35, Park City,

She comes out with boots made for walkin’, eh?
How symbolic! They are red like Dorothy’s shoes in The Wizard of Oz and
indicate the “magic” of childhood. And also parenthood — because
guiding a little one through this crazy life is indeed a magical but profound
thing. The fact they are cowboy boots means you think this little one
is going to go places, will be a “traveller” on a mission. Your
daughter is destined to be an independent thinker. The symbolism of “boots
are made for walkin'” means feminine independence and standing up
for what is right, not taking any nonsense (or abuse) from anyone, even
society. I think you’ve got a playful crusader on your hands! She’s got
a profound destiny, yet cheerful I can handle it, don’t mess with me,
attitude. All good, all good.

October 1, 2007
What does it mean when you dream about water a lot. I’m not a good swimmer
and am a little afraid of water but I have these dreams where there is always
water and really cool fish and I’m so relaxed and calm. They are usually
really good dreams. If there is something in the dream that isn’t good,
I always end up going to the water. – Char 50, Lake Zurich, IL

Water in dreams symbolizes your emotional state, so
it is a very good thing to be relaxed and calm when you see it. Emotionally
you are laid back and have “really cool” emotions (those fish).
Fish can also represent “cosmic consciousness” and the evolution
of the soul to higher levels. Emotion is used to connect with the Divine
and should never be seen as “feminine”, “irrational”
as some left-brain thinkers try to tell us. So if there is something not
good in your life, you “always end up going to the water” for
emotional and spiritual cleansing, and downright rejuvenation. The waters
of life with their healing properties are your refuge. Very good symbolism!

I was out with a bunch of friends, none of which
I know in real life. We were at one of their homes, a shady apartment
building in a bad neighborhood. We ordered some take-out food, and when
I went to get my money I realized I had earlier been given a fake bill.
On one side it just said, “Jesus”; on the other side it had
a picture of Agent 86 from the old TV show, “Get Smart.” In
real life, I am trying to figure out what I want to do with my career
because my job does not have any creativity to it and I really do not
like it. – Debbie 43, Utica, NY

There is a famous line Jesus says about this very
topic, working for money for the wrong reasons. He says you cannot serve
two masters, money and God. You gotta pick one or the other. It sounds
like you want to choose something that isn’t just about money, something
with meaning, depth, that uses your talents and skills. Agent 86 is a
clever, intrepid gal who often corrects the bumbling mistakes of her co-workers,
and does so with style! She comes up with creative solutions that help
the big wigs keep face, and make her the power behind the throne, so to
speak. Currently you are working in an environment that makes you hide
your light under a bushel, prevents you from shining (shady). And you
feel you are not being true to yourself, not being honest, which can be
interpreted as a “crime” against the self (bad neighborhood).
The fake bill could mean you feel “worthless” and/or that your
wages earned are “worthless”. But the very thing that draws
your attention to the matter, the fake bill, contains a profound message
for you. If you want fulfillment (food) you must “pay” for it
by heeding the message. Choose to view money not as your master, but as
a side effect of cleverly, creatively doing your part in the grand scheme
of things.

October 5, 2007
I had two dreams in which I was involved in
a major car accident. My car would be turned over, and glass everywhere,
but nothing ever happened to me. I also dreamed I was at the beach with
my daughter when a huge boat close to us suddenly tipped over causing
a huge wave. My daughter disappeared in the wave and I went crazy. I woke
up crying. – Anarely

Car accidents in dreams symbolize sudden unexpected
losses — losses of life, money, health, relationships, careers. The dream
can be triggered by a loss that actually occurred which you are grappling
with, or by a loss you fear may take place. Notice you are not harmed
in the dreams — a message that this fear of loss may seem disastrous,
but your anxiety is exaggerating it, you will be fine. The broken glass
means this is about something being shattered in your life, possibly something
fragile that is in your care. That goes along with your other dream, your
fear of losing your daughter. The wave is an unpredictable fear for her
safety overwhelming you with emotion. Water in dreams is a picture of
our emotional state. As for the boat, did your ship come in but you didn’t
get the financial stability you hoped for? Don’t be overly concerned since
remember, there is no real harm from these apparent losses.

I have a question about a dream I had this morning.
The guy I am dating was in the dream, and it seemed we never had any alone
time. Toward the end of the dream he got run over by a car! Then the car
backed up off of him. I couldn’t get the information to which hospital
he was going, and my mom was telling me she wouldn’t watch my daughter.
Then I woke up. – Debra, Summit, MO

You feel like you are not getting enough time
alone, yes, but you are also frustrated that you can’t “be there
for him” as much as you’d like. You fear if it’s not one obstacle
it’ll be another that keeps you from supporting him. We see you unable
to get the information you need to solve the situation. Maybe you sense
there is something you don’t know about him, for example, “where
he’s going” in life. Him being run over in the dream shows you worry
about his health or something abrupt and unexpected happening to your
relationship. Do you worry an illness may overcome him or that something/someone
is “running him down”? The car may even symbolize your commitment
being too much for him, that he may not want, or is not able, to go as
far with this as you do. Perhaps you worry he feels “run over”
by the relationship. The car backing off him indicates the damage is not
irreversible, you have a chance to save the situation. Also, the dream’s
message seems to have at least a small element of anxiety over your daughter
or your mother being part of the obstacle. Don’t let this dream upset
you, these are normal kinds of anxieties and reactions when one is a single
mother not yet in a longterm relationship again.

October 22, 2007
I have had this dream twice in recent weeks, though a little different
each time. In both dreams, my glasses, which I use only for driving or
distance vision, have been run over. In the first dream, it was in my
driveway by a large pickup truck. In the second, it was on a busy city
street. Each time, the frames remained fine, just the lenses were broken.
What are these dreams, which I have never had before, telling me? – Sandy

This is about your guidance system. Your glasses are
the tool you need to navigate — you use them for driving — but in the
dream world that means navigating thru life. How is your guidance system
being broken? Lenses are the vital part of glasses. How are you losing
ability to focus? The other symbols in the dream give clues as to what
specific part of your life this might be about. The driveway represents
access and a launching point. It is a place of coming and going. The busy
street is also about travel, comings and goings, but also represents ordinary
life and specifically the working world. Pickup trucks also symbolize
work, so this may have to do with your job or career. The frames remaining
intact mean the structure will remain, and at first glance others might
think nothing is broken or lost when in fact your focus has been destroyed.
This dream is saying don’t let your focus get run over. Don’t let anything
smash the tools and skills (or whatever it is) you need to get where you
are going.

October 28, 2007
My son is in the Navy, he’s stationed in Japan, and I keep having the
horrific nightmare that I’ll never see him again, that he’s gone from
here, died somehow. I just can’t imagine life without him in it. You can
imagine what state I’m in when I wake up, crying, still feeling the pain
because it’s still real to me. I hate this dream, absolutely hate it and
it’s making me miserable. Many of my dreams come true, and I wish someone
could just make me feel better somehow about why I’m dreaming this. He’s
coming home in December, I’m just trying to get through this. – Julie

This is a common dream theme for parents and spouses
in your exact situation — having a warrior away on foreign soil. In your
case he’s on foreign waters! For thousands of years people have been dreaming
this, usually women; we have mention of it in the Greco-Roman and Egyptian
popular literature. It happens because your anxiety is so great for him.
You fear some harm will befall your son, your beloved, and in waking life
you don’t allow yourself to think about it, you force thoughts of danger
away (called “suppressing”) so the fears come out in your dreaming
life. Such is the level of your love-caused anxiety for him that it will
come out in your psyche no matter what, whether it be waking or sleeping.
If it did not come out in your dreams and you were continuing to suppress
your fears (trying to play them down, put on a brave face, etc.), then
you would become mentally ill. This overflow into your dreamlife is actually
healthy! It is an escape valve so that you can be the strong supportive
military mother that you are in waking life, yet not go insane for suppressing
your fears. How wonderful your inner torment is almost over, December
is on its way! Rest assured that dreams are comments on our fears, on
our waking lives, they are not prophecies like the ancients thought (and
feared). He is gonna be home and sitting in your kitchen in a couple of
short months. No amount of nightmares on his Mama’s part are going to
stop his own destiny, his own going forth into his bright future. Rest
assured — he is safe and you are his perfectly normal Mom.

have made me feel so much better. When my son went into the Service, I
gave his life and his destiny to his Maker and the Angels so he would
be taken care of, I was no longer in charge of my son, had no more control.
So when these nightmares started, it threw me. It wasn’t what I expected
and I got scared. You have helped me to calm down, and I thank you. Thanks
again for helping me to understand why I dream what I do. It’s not easy
being a mother in these rough times. I anxiously await his “sitting
in my kitchen !” He’s already putting in dibs on the meals he expects
from me ! -Julie

I have a repeated dream of a house that continues
to expand each time I dream about it. I always start in the entrance,
and after that I seem to be able to find new rooms (mostly closets and
his or hers bathrooms) that are left with the stuff of previous owners
as if I just inherited these left items. The rooms are incredibly real
to me and I can walk you room to room, but no one could build this sort
of house. Each time I dream it , I visit from the entry to some new “branch”.
– Andrea 44, Necedah, WI

Oh wow, this is a cool dream. Discovering new
rooms is always a good thing to dream about, it means you are expanding
your consciousness and growing your potential. Closets represent out of
sight opinions and thoughts, bathrooms represent cleansing of negativity
from one’s life. How do you feel you are inheriting the opinions and thinking
patterns of others? You are analyzing them, “exploring” them
and questioning how you automatically inherited these beliefs. Very very
good process. All those his and hers bathrooms represent various masculine
and feminine ways you deal with stress and negativity. We usually learn
how to deal with stress from our parents. If your parent yelled, you probably
yell, if she cried or kept it all inside, you might do that instead. You
are also seeing items left in these bathrooms which symbolize beliefs
and tools about personal appearance. What opinions, perceptions, pressures
and god-given “gifts” regarding how you look, how you feel you
“should” look and others should look, have you “inherited”
from others. What left-behind used thinking patterns influences you today?
You are in the process of sorting all this out, going to different “branches”
of your psyche and taking note of beliefs and conditionings that are not
yours, but the leavings of society. Again, a very cool dream. <smile>

November 5, 2007
Hi, I would like to know what does it mean a dream where I lose one
earring. I’ve been having this dream for like a year or two. I’m walking,
sitting or sleeping when I touch my ear and one of my earrings is missing.
Thanks. – Annette

Is there something you are “missing”, something
you should be hearing? It could be an alert or warning of some kind that
you are not heeding. Or — what do you fear losing? Alternatively, earrings
can symbolize belonging and human affection, so you may have lost, or
fear losing, a treasured sense of belonging, a relationship or someone’s
affection. Think of the last two years since this dream began and see
if you can figure out what this loss or missing treasure might be referring
to. Once you can establish what the message is, a recurring dream usually

I have a lot of ghost dreams. Sometimes I wake up
in a warrior cry because I’m chasing them. But two times I woke up screaming
in terror as I felt a real ghost near me – once was at a known haunted
hotel (we were having a sales meeting there) and one happened to me last
week in my room. I have always had dreams like this, since I was a kid.
Do you have any insight to this? – Lillian 46, Merrimack, NH

Ghosts symbolize unpleasant or painful parts of your
life that have “passed away” and are thus out of reach. They
can be anything from fears, to repressed memories or guilty thoughts.
The fact you are chasing them shows you want to “catch up” to
these issues and resolve them — a good sign. This dream may have been
triggered at various times since childhood whenever you needed to move
on, get away from outdated useless or self-destructive thought-patterns.
Sensing a ghost or “presence” by your bed or in the room upon
awakening is a very common phenomenon which occurs when your brain wakes
up a little bit before your body so that you feel the dream world come
into the literal waking world. The presence or ghost you were dealing
with in the dream state now seems powerfully present in waking life because
your mind thinks you are totally awake and alert, but your body is still
projecting dream images onto the screen of your mind. Very normal, you
are not crazy and there are no entities stalking you. There are no cases
of any such ghosts harming people. For centuries when we humans believed
these were real ghosts “haunting” a person, dreamers were told
to remember they can do you no harm and instructed to tell the ghost “you
are dead” (supposedly ghosts didn’t always know that) it is time
to move on, go away, you are not welcome here. Really what’s going on
of course are fears and aspects of the self, guilt, etc. that are manifesting
so you can resolve them. Guilt and fear are not welcome in your life either
— they are four letter words! Tell them to get lost as well.

November 12, 2007
Rape and Adultery
I recently had a dream that my daughter let some people in our home (it
didn’t look like my home that we have lived in for 20 years) but some
men came in and went through our stuff and then they raped me repeatedly.
I woke up screaming and crying to my husband. My insides were hurting
as though I really had been raped. I have never had a dream so painful
I probably cried for 20 minutes after I woke. Why would I have such a
horrible dream? I also have dreams that my husband has been cheating on
me regularly, what does that mean?

You are feeling extremely violated, taken advantage
of, invaded by something or someone against your will. You feel used and
it hurts, but you are suppressing these feelings in waking life so it
comes out in your dreamtime. What is getting into or coming into your
life via your daughter or your daughter’s issues? Not people so much as
influences, disturbances, what? Anything like that? Dreams exaggerate
terribly to get our attention. When something is important, the dream
will make SURE we remember it by making its message painful and potent.
No fun to have a nightmare, but it means you are on the way to healing
something in your life. In your case it sounds like you are someone who
doesn’t like to say no, you’re too nice, you let things slide, pretend
you don’t notice. Stop doing that. Whenever someone dreams about an unfaithful
partner I usually advise them to seriously consider telling their partner
about the dream. There have been cases where the spouse says, “Yes,
actually I am having an affair.” In the free love 70s and 80s, even
into the 90s, the consensus was that if you dream your partner is fooling
around, they usually are. But dream symbols evolve with the culture, with
the group mind, so nowadays infidelity usually means you are feeling anxiety
or lack of confidence about your relationship. You may fear his attention
is regularly straying to other things, other pleasures, other friends
(not adultery). Talk to him about it if you think it appropriate, and
see if you can reassure yourself in the process that all is well.

Recurring Tsunami dream
I’ve been dreaming of tsunamis since I was a kid. Been having them more
often lately. They are always very vivid. I always see them coming. Last
night I dreamt of my recently deceased Father (past away in April of this
year). I was having some kind of conversation with him and I could see
the wave coming through the window. It struck and I was on the third floor
of a house I’d never been in before. The water rose and I was floating
on something. I can’t remember the rest. I’ve always felt that I passed
away when Vesuvius erupted. I can close my eyes and see details. This
has been part of my dreams since I can remember. I would like to be able
to stop dreaming of tsunamis. – Maria 45, Boynton Beach, FL

Tidal wave dreams are triggered whenever we feel extremely
overwhelmed by our emotions during waking life or that our life is a “catastrophe”.
Keep in mind your emotions and your dreams exaggerate, so your life is
not a disaster every time you dream of a tsunami! Now you have the loss
of your father to add to your emotional distress from time to time. It
is perfectly normal and predictable. The fact you can always see the tsunamis
coming is part of the anxiety but also shows you know how you feel (strongly!)
about the issues at hand. As for a possible “past life” when
Vesuvius erupted, there is no real agreement among dream experts about
reincarnation manifesting in dreams. The deal is you may indeed have “been
there” either as a past life (if you believe in reincarnation) or
one of your ancestors was there and you “remember” it via your
DNA. There is a third possibility, a sort of psychological effect. You
may be heavily identifying with the souls that passed on that day causing
your consciousness (mind, awareness) to reach out and back and connect
with theirs in a place where their memories still exist — the collective
unconscious Mind of humanity.

November 18, 2007
Dying Kitten
I have a black cat that I love so much and I had a dream that I was
holding him as a kitten. But he was rock hard, un-moving. He winced one
last time when I looked into his face, then he died in my hands. – Ashley

The kitten he was is no more. He is an adult cat
now and the darling little kitten has “died”. Your dream is
using the drama of death as an exaggeration because your love for him
is so intense. Him wincing and you looking into his face, illustrates
your anxiety that he might suffer any pain. Has he been sick or to the
vet lately? You are worried about him. If he hasn’t been for a checkup
lately, now might be the time. Dreams sometimes warn us a human doctor
visit is needed, so it makes sense the need for a pet medical visit might
intuitively come to us by dream, too. Now there is one other thing your
cat could be symbolizing. Rather than playing himself in your dream he
may be representing your feminine independence or even your sexuality.
Yes, cats are ancient symbols of both. How have you looked back at your
childhood and lately and felt that you’ve lost your independence, your
carefree naivete about sexual innuendo and all things “adult”?
Work responsibilities, maybe some sexism directed at you, and other societal
pressures may be killing or paralyzing (rigor mortis and unmoving as the
kitten was) your sense of feminine individuality and autonomy. Take a
look at yourself and the roles you play at work and in your personal life.
Make sure you are not anyone’s “kitten” and are not giving up
your body, beliefs or opinions to be used for someone else’s sexual pleasure.
Don’t be a victim of sexism or a smooth-talking playboy type.

Wedding Cake – Black Flowers
I recently had a dream about marrying my boyfriend. I said how happy I
was to finally be Mrs. Madell which is my ex-husband’s last name, not
my boyfriend’s. We carried our cake to the car and there was black flowers
on it. What does this mean? – Carrie

Once bitten twice shy. Your first marriage didn’t
work out although at your wedding you were happy to be Mrs. Madell. Now
you harbor a hidden anxiety that another wedding will be more like a funeral
(black flowers). Carrying the cake to the car means you are thinking let’s
get this show on the road — you want to get married to this guy. But
the black flowers are a part of you that says, “Whoa! Not so fast,”
because you are concerned it will fail, too. I also sense a little bit
of frustration on your part because you want him to propose, but you are
afraid he will. Maybe you are also wondering why he is still only your
boyfriend and not your fiance. Marriage is very different than it used
to be since as women, we often “give him everything” anyway,
so many men take years to propose thinking why change a good thing. Okay,
I’m preaching — don’t get me started. But in your case, maybe the lack
of proposals these days has its good points since you are needing more
time to commit again.

Dreaming of Mother Crossing Over
My mom was in intensive care and I had the following dream: I was calling
her name (but not actually her name when I woke could not remember what
I called her, possibly due to our American Indian heritage). I was calling
her continuously to come back. My vision of her was floating up above
me, all I could see is her and the sound of my voice. I woke up hyperventilating
and I rushed to the hospital.

Highly charged dreams like this come during times of
life and death. As souls transition to “the other side” they
trigger all manner of visions and dreams in loved ones and in the transitioning
one, too. You were obviously aware on some level that this could be it,
your mother could be crossing over at any moment. But you were fighting
it — good for you! You called her by her spiritual name, a name of power
used in the non-physical realms of existence, which is why you cannot
remember it. Native Americans, like Hebrews, pre-Christian Europeans,
Africans and many other cultures, know well what’s called “the Power
of Name”. It’s in our DNA. Universe allowed you to tap into that
realm of knowledge and ancient wisdom and actually use her spiritual name,
the name of her very soul. You were telling her to hang on until you got
there. The dream also served a practical goal of waking you up out of
your physical sleep so that you could quickly get to her bedside. Seeing
her floating and hearing your own voice (the voice of power that was speaking
the hidden name) are metaphysical luminous symbols that identify such
visions and dreams as extremely spiritually charged.

November 26, 2007
I had a dream last night of a man who I very much loved and past on 5
years on Nov. 28th. We never committed to our relationship even though
I wanted to very much. My dream was about him being at a house that I
was remodeling and he kept telling me he would be back as soon as he could
get rid of this woman that was with him. I just would like to know if
this is a message from him or if it’s because I have been thinking of
him so much lately. – Georgia, Oswego, NY

Very good question. I would say it is because of both.
Thinking so much of him near the anniversary of his death sort of “reached
out and touched” his consciousness, causing him to spiritually respond.
Remodeling a house indicates you are changing your thinking about him
(because now he is no longer alive in the physical plane). The woman he
is with represents the obstacle, another obstacle keeping the two of you
apart because while he was alive it seemed like things always came up
to prevent you from being together. His message of “I’ll be back”
is the most beautiful part of the dream illustrating what many spiritual
traditions (even early Christianity) have taught, that souls do come back
into the living realm. He will be born again not just spiritually but
physically, millions believe and the next time he plans to come to you.
By then you will have your remodeling done and he will have dealt with
the obstacles separating you two. Another way of looking at this is he
represents not himself but “true love” and commitment. You were
unable to establish a relationship with him because of various obstacles,
but true love and a relationship is in the works for you, is “coming
back” into your life soon. You must finish your remodeling — get
your beliefs, thoughts and opinions straightened out so that you can accept
a significant other into your life — and a woman or the obstacles she
represents must be removed first. The message is the spirit of your love,
the way you felt toward him five years ago, will be revived in this lifetime
as soon as some obstacles are removed. You may even feel his presence
in the new relationship coming your way.

December 6, 2007
Kids & Mom in Car Accident
I have had the same disturbing dream for over six months it stopped then
has started again. It’s me and my three kids driving and I get into an
accident. At times it’s myself looking over the car and see my kids crying
and hurt and I can’t help them. Other times it’s me who is injured and
I can’t get my kids out of the car. It’s always on the same road, same
place but I’m not sure where I’m at. If I do wake from the dream when
I go back to sleep the dream seems to start where it left off. I have
missed work and the kids missed school at times because I’m afraid to
drive. And I’m not on a road in my dreams to the places I have to go…
I wish I knew what it meant. Can you please help….
– Lisa, 33, Janesville, WI

Something vital and intense is going on in your family that is unfamiliar
territory for you. You said you are not sure where you’re at. But you
DO know absolutely nothing has changed. The problem facing you the past
six months (whatever it is) remains the same. Stagnation has set in. You
are stuck on the same road again and again. No solutions are coming forth.
It is important to reassure yourself this dream is not in any way a prophecy
of a tragedy about to happen. Unfortunately dreams occasionally come along
and scare you with such exaggerated images in order to compel you to pay
attention and work out the meaning of the dream. The dreamweaver uses
symbols to shake us up and make us search for solutions. This recurring
dream means you sometimes feel helpless, perhaps even paralyzed, unable
to adequately help your children when life hurts them. And perhaps you
fear some “injury” to yourself has occured making you unable
to help free them when they get “stuck” in life. Are your kids
“trapped” in some unpleasant situation or relationship? Are
you hurt (“injured”) and losing blood (energy) over something?
Ask yourself questions like that and the issue this dream is trying to
help you address will reveal itself. Parents get these kinds of dreams
all the time, it is actually a sign of good parenting.

Thank you so much, Your interpretation
made me open my eyes at look at things that seem to be going on around
me that I have been blind to. I’m actually going to print this off so
I may read it again and again.. Thank you once again. Your amazing….Lisa

Son Getting Chased
Almost everynight I dream about my one son. He is usually getting chased
or he dies. And every night at about 2:00 I am awakened thinking about
him waiting for a call or a knock at the door giving me bad news that
he really is dead or in jail. Please Help!
– Donna, WI

There is something in your son’s life you are
desperate for him to avoid. You know that it is symbolically pursuing
him (being chased). It is of vital importance, a matter of life and death
to you. Could be an unwholesome influence in his life or some bad choices
you fear he has made. Also, is there a person, place or thing you believe
he doesn’t want to face? Being chased can represent failure to turn and
face some issue in life. Your anxiety for him along with earth’s most
powerful force (a mother’s love) is triggering these dreams. It may be
time to call him and tell him simply, “I am worried about you. My
mother’s intuition has been activated. What’s up with your life?”
All of us enjoy talking about ourselves, so your question will not insult
him. Make him feel comfortable and then just let him rattle. See what
comes up and go from there. Hopefully your sleep-disturbing fears will
get diminished as the healing line of communication airs out and smooths
out all the kinks.

December 10, 2007

I had a dream last night where I was stabbing my
daughter with a knife. Then suddenly I was changing her diaper and saw
there was now a long scratch down her tummy. I kept trying to think of
what I could tell my boyfriend, like what happened to her. Then I reached
down to touch the scratch and her stomach opened up. What does this mean?
I love my daughter with all my heart and soul and would never do anything
to hurt her. – Fawn

It sounds like you are breastfeeding and are worried
about something harmful going from you via your milk into her stomach.
The dream exaggerates to get your attention, of course you would never
actually take a knife to her! Your dreamweaver is trying to point out
your anxiety over passing something on to your baby, either chemicals
or illnesses. If you are not breastfeeding, the dream indicates you feel
guilty that baby formula or whatever you are feeding her is not the best
and might even be harmful to her. You see however that the damage is “just
a scratch” and she is still alive, but her stomach is now open and
vulnerable. She is dependent on you to choose her diet for her, so make
the best decisions you can and don’t feel guilty over it. You are not
trying to hide anything from your boyfriend regarding your daughter. Are
you perhaps afraid he might think you are a bad mother? No need to impress
him, just make good choices for her.

What does it mean when my husband dreamt about his
son and daughter being in an orphanage, where he found out his son had
brain cancer? – Lita 43, Houston, PA

It sounds like the children don’t live with him. He
doesn’t feel he has enough influence or say in their lives. It is as though
he is dead to them, in other words they are orphans. Your husband worries
his children, especially his son, are being brainwashed or brain “damaged”.
Something bad is growing in his son’s thoughts, your husband fears. Something
threatening to take over and even take the life out of him. This is actually
a very normal understandable dream when parents are separated from their
children’s daily lives. Sad, but still healthy. It speaks to your husband’s
awareness that his influence is needed. Kids all need their Dad.

December 17, 2007
I need to take a shower and cannot find a bathroom. I find an old showerhead
in a closet that is full of clothes. I take a shower but worry the whole
time about ruining the floor. I don’t seem to care about the clothes in
the closet. I have this dream alot and I am at a loss for what it means.
The showerhead is always one of those really old ones that is painted
and large. It is always in the corner of the closet on the side. The floor
is sometimes carpet and sometimes hardwood. – Calisse, 45

Aha! You are seeking ways to cleanse your mind, your
life, of negativity but you cannot find a proper stress-release method.
You can only come up with “old” but misplaced stress-releases.
At least they are tried and true, but your methods are hidden away in
a closet, tucked in a corner of the closet, suggesting you’d rather not
let certain information about your past be known. Your self-cleansing
mechanism is “really old” and it does work for you, however
you worry about it degrading your foundation, the ground under your feet
(your worry in the dream the floor will be ruined). You don’t care about
the roles you play which are symbolized by the clothes in the closet.
Such personas aren’t causing anxiety. You worry most about the floor,
your foundation and / or past strengths being eroded away. Very interesting!
The carpet and hardwood floor coverings depend on whether you are feeling
“soft” or “hard” about your past when the dream occurs.
Best thing to do to stop this recurring dream is to perform a bedtime
exercise as follows. Close your eyes and visualize yourself in that dream.
See it, feel it, move within the dream. Look for a shower. And then find
it! See yourself finding a nice normal clean modern shower and going in
and using it. Feel the water on you, cleansing and refreshing and now
look down and see the nice fiberglass or ceramic tile shower floor with
a drain to carry away the damaging waters of emotion. Ahhh, you are clean
and nothing in your life is at risk of getting ruined!

Tapeworm invading body
Last night I had a dream there was a tapeworm inside of me and I began
pulling it out through my vagina. It didn’t hurt but it was the creepiest
feeling I have EVER felt! As I pulled, I could feel it coming through
my stomach and around my organs. It was kind of hard to pull out so I
could feel pretty much every bit of it. Somehow I knew that it started
around my heart but when I think about it, it felt like my left breast.
The “worm” seemed to never end. As I managed to get some out
it was piling up beside me and freaking me out even more. At one point
it snapped. I had a big pile on the ground but I knew there was a lot
more in me because I felt the end where it broke off. Then I remember
someone telling me that it couldn’t be removed and that I would have it
forever. The last thing I remember was saying “but it’s wrapped around
my heart, isn’t that really bad?” – Cassie, 16

Babies and tampon strings are pulled out of the
vagina. This rather gross (“creepy”) dream is about getting
used to your body and your reproductive system. You and your interconnected
organs are an amazing creation, the human body is the most complex thing
on earth. You know sexuality and reproduction “starts around the
heart,” but you also know your body is “only” biology.
There is a warning here as well about what might “invade” and
inhabit your body. Don’t let any worms in! (Males who are not commited
partners). They might go for the heart but end up taking over your entire
vital life force. The breaking inside you and subsequent freaking out
has to do with the fear of catching something that you will “have
forever” such as a sexually transmitted virus or infection. Overall
this is a good dream showing your growing mature awareness that it’s a
jungle out there and it might just invade your life — and your lifeform!



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