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dark night dream

In this dream I was speaking with two friends. We were all US military wives, but the other two women were from Korea. We were bored, and decided we would try to sneak around the military base where we all lived. It was a dark, dark night. No stars were out, and neither was the moon. It was completely dark. Usually it is no trouble to walk around the base at night, but this night, the military was transporting some kind of secret things in trucks. Everyone on base knew that no one was supposed to be out that night, but we went out anyway. We went our separate ways to sneak around the base just for the thrill of it. I was sneaking through housing, following a sidewalk between houses. All of the houses were completely dark, and all of the streetlights were out as well. At the end of the block I saw several trucks parked. The trucks were lit by dim yellow lighting from above and guarded by military police, but all I could see were round blue helmets on their heads. The uniforms were also blue. I could not distinguish any facial features on the police. I was terrified they would find me. They saw me moving at my end of the block, and some of them fanned out to try to find me. I hunkered down and was keeping as low as I could as I crouched and walked between two of the houses, trying desperately not to be seen. The police were getting closer, but I awoke with a start before they found me.

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Re: dark night dream

pillywiggin,
Could this dream have something to do with 'regimentation' in your life that prevents you from 'all you can be' or want to be? Have you recently given more thought or energy to this aspect of your life? There may be a need let these emotions out, something the environment in which you reside prohibits or frowns upon. Your only options are to be 'secretive' about your desires, keep these thoughts/desires to yourself. This may be due to being true to your obligations. There is only the 'dimmest' of light at the end of the tunnel for escape, or at least it seems that way. Your regimented structured environment may prevent you from moving forward. You feel trapped.

The police may represent commitments/obligations in life. But they could also represent the pressure to be your true self, searching for that place where you can be that person, getting closer to that self. The more your present environment prevents you from progressing toward those goals the more your unconscious self will seek to find a way out. Changing the outer environment is the only way you can change the inner. Of course it is not that easy. One step at a time, eliminating one obligation at a time may be the answer. But there must be a start and then holding to it. Discipline, a new regimentation to a new self.

The Hero Path

Obligations/commitments are what we put upon ourselves, what society expects from us. It is a natural progression of obtaining material and emotional worth that eventually turns into 'baggage'. At mid-life these obligations, what I call social dragons, begin to gang up on the unconscious if not conscious self. Life 'naturally' begins to change {mid-life} and what once was tolerated, what has been the norm, begins to be a burden. Most burdens in life are self imposed. Removing them all at once is usually impossible if not irresponsible {even though in the hero journey it is exactly what is called for}. So the responsible thing to do is 'one step at a time. Formulate a plan, a conscious intent that requires real discipline and thought, that will remove those unwanted obligations until you are free to be all that you can be/desire to be. If you haven't discovered that thing in life that makes you feel whole, your bliss, seek that. Until then develop a plan for your future that fulfills your true self and not what society dictates. Along the way you will discover that 'thing' that is fulfilling. This too is a natural progression, one of heroic proportions.

Jerry

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Jerry, I think you have hit the nail on the head with this one. Regimentation is represented by a program that we are now following at my workplace which requires "standardization" of just about everything. I'm a teacher, and our focus is now on "standardized classrooms" and pacing guides, etc. I am also responsible for the care of two elderly parents. I feel overwhelmed every day, and I do most certainly feel trapped. Interesting how my subconcious is telling me in pictures something that I think about everyday. I guess my dream life is echoing my discontent with my waking life and urging me to do something about it. Now, if it would only explain how I can make things better...

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And, thank you for your time and insight!

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Re: dark night dream

pillywiggin,
Exactly. Dreams reflect the waking life emotions. Not only current waking stresses but also the deeper issues from earlier life that may be in conflict. Depending on the individual, and the emotions that are most in conflict, the dream tries to help resolve them by presenting the issues in a symbolic language. If there are serious early life unresolved emotional issues the dream will often highlight those conflicts as the primary topic of the nightly dream {we dream every night, several times a night}. What is more amazing is dreams will merge current waking life issues like yours with the deeper aspects. Depending on which is most in conflict, current or early life issues, the dream will attempt in helping resolve the emotional conflicts caused by the experiences. Even though we can see this dream is focused on current issues if we go deep enough into your psyche, and go back and analyze your early life, we would likely connect the dream images to the early life.
Does the inclusion of the 'military' have any early life associations?

Dreams are therapeutic. Much like the body's immune system dreams are nature's devise in helping correct what needs healing psychologically. Carl Jung not only decoded the language of dreams {symbol and metaphor} he also discovered this therapeutic aspect of the dream {his personality typing. introvert, extrovert, etc., is recognized as valid in psychology and is the basis for the Meyers & Briggs Personality Typing}. Recent scientific studies in psychology, neurology, neuroscience/brain chemistry confirm much of what Jung proposed as early as 1930s.

Dreams are no longer the great mystery they once were. Most valid dream sites either use Jungian psyche or methods similar to his theories {the associations being with symbol and metaphor}. If the dream is examined as a psychological event it can be understood. Dreams are a direct link to the unconscious and psychologists are beginning to recognize the value of interpreting dreams to access unconscious contents. Those like myself who have an intuitive connection to the dream {and spend 20 years studying Jungian psyche} can correctly interpret dreams. I am not a psychologist and did not begin my education until I was in my early 40s. Using Jungian psyche along with an intuitive mind {I think of myself as an intuitive Jungian}, you can see how dreams can be decoded and understood even by 'laypersons' like myself.

Jerry

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