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Recurring Dream Fragment: Struggle to Walk at a Normal Pace

I'm having a reoccurring fragment in a dream. By fragment I mean that this happens in every dream I've remembered for the past couple months. The dreams have all varied.

In my dreams, as I am trying to walk, some force comes over me and makes it impossible for me to walk at a normal pace. Almost like my joints just won't work. Each step I take is a struggle and painstakingly slow. Sometimes this happens when I am just casually walking with someone. Sometimes it happens when I need to hurry and walk fast. Sometimes the person with me gets annoyed at my inability to walk at a normal pace even though they see I am struggling. I try to explain what I am feeling -- "It's like some force that is pushing against me and not letting me walk forward." I also find my dream self is becoming more and more frustrated about not being able to walk with each dream. Recently I have found that if I jump up and down it "wakes up" my joints and I can walk normal again. But it's short-lived. I am ever only able to get a couple of normal steps in until I struggle to take a step again.

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Re: Recurring Dream Fragment: Struggle to Walk at a Normal Pace

Rain,
In my dreams, as I am trying to walk, some force comes over me and makes it impossible for me to walk at a normal pace. Almost like my joints just won't work. Each step I take is a struggle and painstakingly slow. Sometimes this happens when I am just casually walking with someone. Sometimes it happens when I need to hurry and walk fast. Sometimes the person with me gets annoyed at my inability to walk at a normal pace even though they see I am struggling. I try to explain what I am feeling -- "It's like some force that is pushing against me and not letting me walk forward." I also find my dream self is becoming more and more frustrated about not being able to walk with each dream. Recently I have found that if I jump up and down it "wakes up" my joints and I can walk normal again. But it's short-lived. I am ever only able to get a couple of normal steps in until I struggle to take a step again.
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Dream Title: Struggle to Walk at a Normal Pace
-a struggle due to an inner emotional conflict. Your life is not as normal as it could/should be because of some past negative experience{s} that causes the emotional conflict. Something prevents a 'normal' progress in life.
-{from Dream Dictionary}
To dream that you have difficulties walking indicates that you are reluctant and hesitant in proceeding forward in some situation. You may also be trying to distance yourself from certain life experiences. May be a reflection of your current situation and the obstacles that you are experiencing {but also related to previous unresolved emotional conflicts}

Additional comments about your post.
The 'someone', the person with you is you, the emotional aspects that hinders your progress in life. There are emotional energies related to some aspect of your life that slows your progress in living a normal life {absent the emotional issues}. You are living with this inner conflict, this someone within you.

If the person is an actual person {named in the dream} they may be a cause of your struggle to progress normally. But there could be some aspect of the named person you identify with in relationship to the struggle {ie, someone like a sibling who may have shared life experiences that cause yor struggle to walk}.

Having joint problems may suggest that things are not coming together or progressing as they should. You are experiencing difficulties in your progress in life.

Jumping up and down may point to overcoming the emotional issues for a time which allows you to live normally. But it also may point to the fact the issues remain {unresolved} and yor life has its 'up and down' moments. The 'normal' is short lived. You can 'walk' normally for a time but the unresolved issues still have some control over your progress and ability to live a normal life void of the past experiences which still cause problems emotionally.

The force pushing against you is an unconscious one. We all have unconscious energies that affect our lives. These are strong emotional conflicts related to past negative experiences that need resolution. Repetitive dreams point to the urgent need to find a resolution to the issues. Look at your life and determine what experiences were so troubling/disturbing they left an impression on your psyche. Physical or/and emotional abuse is a common issue that causes imprinting. We life life unaware of the residual effects of the experiences. Not only are they still disturbing, they can and often do have some control over your life. Including actions and decisions in life. What issues are there in your life that would hinder the progress in your personal growth? Life is not as normal as it should be because of these past experiences. They need resolution {therapy}.

A note about why dreams would show these images and actions. Dreams are nature's tool to help resolve the emotional issues. Just as the body has an immune system to heal and protect, so too the dream has the same function for the psych{ology}. Except the language used to illustrate these emotional issues are in the form of symbol and metaphor {with some literal applications as well}. Dreams have this language because the structure of our brains were originally 'primitive' and the primitive language of early man was symbols { hieroglyphics on Egyptian pyramids as an example}. The stage of sleep is based in the lower brain stem, the primitive part of the brain. Emotions are then formed in the middle brain and this part of the brain 'lights up' during sleep. The most prominent emotional themes in dreams are fear, anxiety, anger and confusion because these were the prominent emotions in early man in their struggle to survive. These emotional energies are 'fixed' and we share them with early man. See my post The Brain, Dreams and Dreaming for more about the dreaming brain.

Jerry
Remember your promise to post a response to my analysis. This provides insights to not only my analysis and can provide additional information about the dream. Because the only info I have about your personal life is age and gender I can only outline the emotional energies active in the dreamer's life. The more I know about the personal life the more I can 'match' the dream to the emotional energies.

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Re: Recurring Dream Fragment: Struggle to Walk at a Normal Pace

Thanks for the analysis. It is spot on to what is happening in my life. I lost my job several months ago. My depression was at it's worst and I wasn't able to overcome it. Looking back, I also don't think I took it all to serious. I could have worked harder. Everyone works harder than me. I feel embarrassed and ashamed that I lost my job for not meeting standards. The same time I lost my job I found out I was pregnant. I had no job and was in big financial debt. I decided not to keep the baby. I moved away to stay with family thinking I needed time to get my head straight. Now that I am ready to start working again I am finding it difficult to get interviews. The ones I do don't pan out. I also want to go home, but being in debt with no job makes it hard to get an apartment. My unemployment would barely cover rent. And because of my two dogs, no one is willing to let me stay with them while I secure a job.





To be honest, I can't recall who the other person ever is. I think sometimes it's someone I don't know.





Things do seem to start to look up and I get really excited but then they fall through. For example, I will get very far in an interview process and I feel positive I will be offered a job then it doesn't pan out.


I feel like me losing my job is affecting me getting a new job. I also feel like me not being in the city is affecting me not getting a job. But I have no way to get back to the city. I won't give up my dogs.

Thank you again, this really puts things into perspective for me.

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Re: Recurring Dream Fragment: Struggle to Walk at a Normal Pace

Rain,
I appreciate the response. It demonstrates how well Jungian theory on dreams fits with the dreaming psyche. And allows us to look deeper within ourselves to better understand the energies that drive our conscious lives.

I do hope things will improve for you. It is difficult to be positive when things are seemingly going against you. But in Jungian philosophy being your true self, including abiding by the laws of Karma, things do get better. Being a good person, being conscious of others and other living things is an important aspect of those laws. I am not a religious person but I am spiritual and believe that deeds are more important that faith. Faith in oneself is the key and feelingsgood about self expands the horizons and possibilities. Everything is psychology and the psychology of being true and good is a natural path to better things. Believe in yourself no matter how wrong things may seem. Work one step at a time to move forward and do not worry about those things you can not change or control. Controlling your own life is what matters and when abiding by Karma you live within the realm of 'mystical' powers {natural laws that govern all things}. Learn to discipline yourself in small things and soon discipline will become an asset. Jesus had his disciples, Buddha had is disciplines. Be good and be disciplined. You can do it if you set your mind to do so.

You wrote you have had problems finding a place to live because of your two dogs. Taking care of them is a good deed and rewards come from that and more will follow. I am an animal person {I care take domestic and feral cats} I know the responsibilities and emotions involved. But they are family and living for them is something that makes life important. Your dogs are your family and there are 'natural' rewards that come from caring for them. Your love for them and their unconditional love for you compensate for so many things that may be lacking. Be true to yourself and do not compromise that. Be strong and do not give up or give in. Easier said than done but not doing it isn't an option. Your dogs depend on you and you must learn to depend on yourself. You have support, 4 legged as they may be.

Good luck and may Gaia be with you.

Jerry

Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 67 Male Cocoa, Fl

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