Do you have a dream that doesn’t fit into the categories of the other forums? Use this space to share those dreams and get feedback on from either Dr. Garlock or fellow dreamers.
Using the comment function below, share your dream in as much detail as you want and wait for feedback!
By way of example, I’d like to share some dreams that had been reported by members of dream groups or individuals in dream work with me and then describe the conversations between the dreamer and other members of the group and with me.
Bradley a 55-year-old owner and manager of a convenience store reported the following repetitive dream which he found curious and baffling but not especially disturbing. He was curious about its possible meaning and wanted to get the group’s feedback.
Here is his presentation of his dream: “I had a version of this dream last night. In this particular dream I am a preschool student but at the same time I am an adult and know that I am. But at the same time I am a preschooler. As a preschooler I am looking forward to graduating to kindergarten. As an adult I am rather critical of what I think are some poor methods of teaching by the preschool teacher. I know that I am not able to voice such criticisms because after all, I am a preschooler.”
“This was the first time that I dreamed that I was quite that young but I have had a version of this dream many times usually being an elementary or middle school student. Although sometimes I am a high school student and back on the football team as I was in real life more than 35 years ago. In all of these dreams I have the dual awareness that I described in the first dream. If I’m a high school student I am a high school student. But at the same time I’m 55 years old with my present day awareness and critical abilities. I often use those abilities to criticize or to praise the actions of some teacher or fellow student. The academic part of all this is way in the background and the dreams are focused more on the social interactions that take place in school.”
The group asked Bradley what he thought the dreams might be saying to him. At first he drew a blank as he had been drawing a blank all along and thinking about this series of dreams. But then he considered the possibility that going back to school signified that he had something important to learn. Beyond that, he could not come up with anything.
In the following paragraph I will combine the comments from about six different members of the group.
Members of the group chimed in using the method that we often employ in dream groups saying: “If this were my dream it might be about”— “In this case it might be about sensing a relationship between school days and my present life. Maybe I would be drawing a parallel suggesting that I am now about ready to graduate or to move to a new phase. I might also be suggesting to myself that it’s not the serious/academic part of what’s going on that’s important but rather the emotional stuff, the social interactions, the relationships, maybe family. Maybe the dream is reminding me of the passage of time and how fleeting life is and to remember to live each day the way a child lives each day; more directly present than most of us adults. The dual consciousness in the dreams might be suggesting that I have unused critical abilities and that this is a crucial time in my life to use them more fully.”
Since the dreamer is always the final authority on whether an interpretation is valid or not we were all anxious to hear Bradley’s reaction to our collective offerings about his dream.
He surprised us with the intensity of his appreciation saying that just about every comment seemed right on the mark. As a matter of fact his life was full of transitions right now and he was trying to be oh so rational about those decisions. He said that clearly his subconscious mind was giving him a second opinion and he would take heed. He also appreciated the possibility that is critical abilities are more acute than he realizes and gives himself credit for.
It is my observation that repetitive dreams not only tell us that the subconscious mind is trying to say something important and that we are ignoring it so that it has to keep repeating it in a sense beating us over the head again and again with it. But also the fact that the repetitive dream occurs over a time span suggests that the issues involved are long-standing and will not be resolved with a simple solution. It’s more likely that a more general and gradual shift in attitudes and behaviors is what is called for.