Dream 181: Time to Travel
A 64-year-old woman dreamt of three trees. Then she saw herself and a friend she had as a teenager looking at maps in a geography book. This high school friend was very similar to the dreamer when she was a teenager.
The friend was extroverted and fun to be around. The dreamer was extroverted prior to the death of her father when she was twenty-six. The dreamer fell into depression and dysthymia after her father’s death.
Dream 181 Interpretation
The three trees at the beginning are significant. The number three is the number of change as three people in a relationship makes for an unstable situation. Trees are a primary symbol of integration as trees are with us on earth, open to the sky and send roots deep under ground representing the union of spiritual, physical, and subconscious realms. The dream announced at the outset that it was going to be about changes she could make to feel more integrated within herself.
The good friend who was the same age as her was really a doubling of the dreamer. When the dream wants to emphasize something, it gives you two or three of the same. Her friend represented her social and extroverted self which was missing in action since her father died.
She and the friend looking at maps in a geography book was advice to travel, in this case since the dreamer recently bought a passport for no conscious reason. When one does something that seems inexplicable, it is an sign that the subconscious is at work. The dream and her inexplicable purchase of the passport were telegraphing the message that travelling might help her return to the cheery extroverted part of herself.
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