The 16-year-old teenager dreamt that he was in Africa. There was a huge pile of mostly dead bodies in a large pit. They found a ten-year-old black girl who was mostly just a head and a spinal cord. The dreamer helped the doctors put the girl in an ambulance and accompanied her to the hospital, convinced that she could be saved.
At some point on the trip to the hospital in the back of the ambulance, the girl turned to the dreamer and said a single word which was “Mum.”
Interpretation– At the first level, each character in the dream represents a part of your psyche. Men often go more with an action part of the mind, while women represent emotional parts of the psyche. The darker the skin, the more soul is being summoned.
The setting of the dream is often telling you what it is going to discuss in the dream. In this case, it was literally telling you how, at the age of sixteen, life was pretty much “the pits” (the deep hole full of bodies). Dead bodies show that parts of the psyche have radically changed or “died.”
As part of the massive changes occurring within the dreamer, the dream is trying to point to what needs to change emotionally (it picks out a deformed girl). The girl is immature (below the dreamer’s age) and consists of only a nervous system, a brain and a spinal cord. This is the dream’s way of saying that the dreamer is too much in the head and intellectual, and not dealing with emotions.
The fact that there are doctors and an ambulance indicates that this part of the emotions is in need of emergency healing.
The single word “mum” is important. The dream was saying that the dreamer is not speaking out emotionally enough, i.e., that “mum” is the word. It is speculative, because I do not know the dreamer well enough, but I wonder if there is something significant occurring in the dreamer’s relationship to mom=mum. In any case, it is highly likely that the dream is calling for the dreamer to express more soulful emotions and leave many old parts of the mind behind. It specifically wants the dreamer to speak out in a meaningful and emotional way more.
This dream was interpreted using principles from my book, Dreams: Guide to the Soul which is at http://www.drstevenfox.com