Dream 245: I Will Not Be Like My Mother
A 58-year-old woman dreamt that she was walking down a long hall with a mirror at the end in a house where she was married for a long time. Her deceased mother suddenly appeared and claimed the house was hers. The dreamer successfully defended her claim to the house. She then saw a hearse back up to the house where three men loaded the casket into the vehicle. She noticed that the casket slide to the right going into the hearse.
A house, especially where the dreamer lived for a long time, often represents the dreamer because it is the frame out of which the dreamer lived. The dream pointedly directs her to take a long reflective look at herself (the long hall with the mirror at the end). Her Mother introject appears (the mother instilled in her mind) and claims dominion over the dreamer which the dreamer will not accept.
The hearse implies that the mother in her died which in this dream meant that her mother introject, her internalized mother, was prioritized lower and would no longer be the major influence in her life. Three is the number of change as three people in a relationship almost always creates change. Even the casket sliding to the right is significant, as the right is associated with conscious change versus subconscious (left) change.
Her mother no longer being a major influence in her life would have real daily living consequences which would be positive. She had worked in therapy to escape the mostly negative influence of her mother. This dream indicated that her work in therapy was successful.