New Beginnings:

Freudian Flips: Do you remember a recent dream you had?  Or an older one that stayed vivid in your mind? Today you’re your own Freud: Tell us the dream, then interpret it for us. Feel free to be as serious or humorous as you see fit, or invent a dream if you can’t remember a real one. Ben Huberman

The penultimate dream that has stayed with me, after two years of dream psychotherapy forty odd years ago, is the following: (After this dream I was on a high for three weeks).

Living in a medieval walled city, I woke with my baby and bathed in large full bath of warm water beneath the stars. We dressed for a journey, wearing warm clothes, as the sun was not yet up. We had to leave before anyone woke up. I collected a basket of food and a rug. There appeared three statuesque golden figures standing on the hill each holding umbrellas. They were spiritual beings appearing to bless us.

Getting out a large iron key, I was able to unlock the large wooden door in the worn city wall. We went down the hill to a dinghy. Holding the baby, I climbed in. The water was calm and we settled our chattels and ourselves into the boat. The sun was beginning to rise as we departed. It was as if we were on a railway line; the course was set and our unknown destination determined. There was a feeling of hope and a new beginning.

After this dream, the euphoria made me realize there was hope. The symbols in this dream: the spiritual beings on the hill were there to over see that all was well. The key represented my own ability to make decisions and take charge of my life.

My husband at this time was in love with someone else and suffering from a bipolar condition. I guess this dream showed me that I had to take charge of my own life and that there was a life for me out there.

We stayed together for another three years, but the journey to return to my homeland was made, bringing two young children back to Australia.

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18 thoughts on “New Beginnings:

  1. raroto

    Every image and every scene in the dream showed that you have full control of your life and destiny. I think your mind and spirit were drawing pictures for you of what you couldn’t or refused to see at that point in time.
    Very nicely narrated. Thanks for sharing, Barbara 🙂

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Yes, the subconscious does a lot of work through dreams Raroto. I found having them analysed very useful, as it meant I was having at least 6 that I could remember a night!!
      (jotting down notes in the night).

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Some dreams are so strong that they are not forgotten… I guess we’re the lucky ones who can remember them! I hope you found yours helpful too Hilary.

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  2. Carl D'Agostino

    Many recovering addicts and alcoholics lament that they have drinking(using) dreams and share that such is very upsetting. I relate my theory. Addiction really is a personality with a mind of its own. It’s an “it”, an entity of sorts. If you are having such dreams you are winning because since the it is not getting satisfied because you are clean , that part of the dream world mind tricks itself into being satisfied in dreams.

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    1. Martha Kennedy

      I agree with you, Carl. I had a brother who was an addict and when I was finally able to at least physically and financially break away from him, I began to SEE him, see what was happening with him. In a way, it was like demonic possession. An entity was competing with his soul for power over his life. The last painting he did was (I’m told) St. George and the dragon. I’m afraid the dragon won.

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      1. Martha Kennedy

        I wish he’d won. I don’t think his dragon was as amenable as most of those I’ve seen in medieval and renaissance art.

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