Dream 130 Getting Away From It All
A twenty-eight year old man dreamed that he was on a ship which navigated to an island. When he went onto the island, there was a path covered with an ongoing bamboo mat which led to a vibrantly green and lush jungle. There was a large muscular brute of a man blocking his way down the path.
The dream then shifted to his being on board the ocean liner which was anchored near the island. There were two huge pipes that were large enough for a man to walk in. The devil appeared and said that they should race down each pipe to see who gets to the island first. He then saw himself lying on the beach with the island in the distant horizon. A cloud formed over him and rained upon him.
Dream 130 Interpretation
This was an early therapy dream. He was navigating his subconscious to find a new path in life. The bamboo paving the way to his growth was the recent growth within him that allowed him to even consider therapy. The lush jungle represented the new growth he was considering. The brute of a man was his earlier macho man attitude which is similar to the savage masculine archetype. The devil represented his shadow because he really “raised hell” when he was younger. His shadow was encouraging him to race towards change and was trying to inspire his get up and go.
Sitting on the beach means that he was in that area between the subconscious ocean and conscious land. He was backing away and distancing himself from therapy. The dream assured him that staying away from therapy would not be pleasant and would result in depression (represented by the rain).