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The Dog Who Likes Being Underwater


THE DOG WHO LIKES BEING UNDERWATER
I am in a large swimming pool---my mother is at one end and we have a small white dog that likes to be underwater--there are no others in the pool with us.  I am worried about the dog spending so much time underwater, afraid he will fall asleep and drown.  He seems to be staying under longer and longer periods of time and I have interrupted him several times.  He goes over near my mother and I walk over to them---I am in the water still.  My mother and I talk for a few minutes and then I pick up the dog from underwater where he is resting on the bottom of the pool, and hold him on my shoulder --- he is growling a little now, not happy about being disturbed again.  His hair is white with streaks of grey, a few inches long and wavy.  I put him down and we talk together.  I tell him that I am afraid he will drown and he says something about the state he gets into underwater, that I should check his pulse and as long as it is in dysrythmic rhythm he is fine.  Checking his pulse won’t disturb him.  I have a mental image of taking his paw in my hand to find a pulse but I am not sure I remember from my nursing background what this kind of pulse feels like. Now we are at the edge of the swimming pool, still in the water, away from the area where my mother is.   Both of us look in the distance away from the swimming pool where there is a small river or creek going into a larger body of water.  You could swim there I say and I wouldn’t be worried about you because I wouldn’t be able to see what you were doing or how long you were  staying underwater.  But this is more convenient the dog says and I agree ---the dog goes underwater again and I am walking in the water trying to remember how to take a dysrhythmic pulse.

Note: The week before this dream I had a dream where I was sitting on the side of an indoor swimming pool with my legs in the water and I was talking to a man swimming in the pool. Also in the pool was a baby deer who keep going under water and I was worried about the deer.  The man said that the deer had a high fever and was in the pool for relief but was going to die anyway.  The deer would disappear underwater which worried me a lot, and then his head would pop up with big sad eyes.  The deer was staying under longer each time) The second dream took place in an outdoor pool.

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Re: The Dog Who Likes Being Underwater

Pat,
The beginning of the dream is probably setting the stage for the dream message. It would involve your mother, possibly your real mother in its relationship {if she is still alive} or in the way of inherent traits. In another sense it may be directed at you being a mother and/or the greater feminine psyche. The swimming pool would represent the personal unconscious {whereas a large body of water like the ocean would more likely symbolize the collective unconscious} and the white dog an obedience or loyalty {or possible attachment} to the mother symbol. The fear displayed in the dream would be an unconscious force that may manifest itself in conscious actions {being too attached to the mother because of unconscious stimuli as an example}. It could be causing you to 'drown' yourself in emotional conflict. In your conscious life you may have had to detach yourself from these emotions but because of the unconscious attachment and stimuli you can not completely sever yourself from them.

The interaction with the dog is an interaction with yourself. It involves your relationship with the mother symbol. You have to be consciously on-guard about this relationship or you may drown in it. Your use of the word 'dysrythmic' may suggest an unconscious if not conscious abnormal relationship with the 'mother'. Your experience in life provides you with the knowledge of this pattern but you may not fully realize how immerse you are with it in your life.

The small river leading into the larger body of water may suggest a 'complex' {a complex is a core pattern of emotions, memories, perceptions, and wishes in the personal unconscious organized around a common theme}. The relationship has become an unconscious source of experience and you must keep it there or the 'abnormality' it possesses may threaten to fully disrupt your conscious life.

The second dream may provide further insights to the first dream. The dear may represent the feminine aspect in terms of independence related to an attachment. You may need to 'awaken' to those strengths you possess independent of the attachment to the mother symbol. The related unconscious forces can cause conscious 'fever' or emotional stress.

I can not say for sure from either dream to what the mother symbol applies. It may have multiple applications {as often is the case} but the unconscious power it possesses is strong. If you can provide info to what you may believe it is pointing to then we may be able to better address any 'abnormalities' it holds.

Jerry

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Re: The Dog Who Likes Being Underwater

Thank you Jerry,
Well, you have given me a lot to think about. I am immersed in the pain of a broken relationship with my oldest child, my daughter---it has gone on "longer and longer" with only a few signs of hope. My mother died three yrs ago, I was her care giver for the last few years of her life, she had some dementia and paranoid ideas at times and very unhapppy with assisted living for the last few months of her life. She was able to spend her final weeks at our home in the dying process. My mother was not affectionate or verbal about emotional things but I always felt loved and I miss her still. I will let you know if anything surfaces as I continue to work on this dream with your thoughts. Pat

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Re: The Dog Who Likes Being Underwater

Pat,
Could it be parts of the dream are addressing similar emotions that were a part of the relationship between mother and child? You state although you loved your mother she did not affectionate or verbal about her love. Could the recent broken relationship with your oldest daughter some how play into that pattern? In my interpretation I mentioned the possibility of a complex. Look at the two relationships and see if there are related aspects. There may be unconscious forces {being underwater} that are in play and you have yet to work them them.

Jerry

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