Dream 237: I’m Not Going to Abuse Substances
A 42-year-old woman dreamt that she was on a horse with her best friend who was a dentist now. The horse stumbled and the dreamer fell down an Alice-in-Wonderland hole. She then was with a hostile ex-husband who was in bed with her.
There was a man who was dark and shadowy at the end of the bed who pointed a gun at her and shot her. She then was in a medieval banquet hall. It was filled with her friends and friends of her daughter.
Horses are often a symbol of female sexual power or vitality. Having her best friend in the dream was a way of doubling the dreamer. That her friend is now a dentist indicated that healing, physical healing, was on the table.
Falling into the Alice-in-Wonderland hole meant that her reality completely changed. That she was with an ex-husband who she was alcoholic with during the time she was with him was significant. In the dream, she was shot by her shadow which indicated that she was not going to return to her previous ways of drinking and being addicted.
At the time of the dream, she had started to take back pain pills because she had injured her back severely. The dream indicated her subconscious worried that she might abuse substances. The last scene indicates that she need not worry. She was treated to a banquet which was compensation for her subconscious being too severe in worrying about substance dependence.
This dream was interpreted using principles from my book at http://www.drstevenfox.com