A woman who is an expert in astral projection had the following dream:
“I found myself flying in the air with a red balloon attached to my waist. I was flying over a busy city street wondering why I had the balloon attached since I had always flown in my dreams without it. I sat on top of a very high building for awhile watching below. Later the balloon got caught in a tree and it seemed a hindrance although I was able to break free easily. Three men convinced me to come down (I didn’t want to) and they took me to a large blue pool of water. They placed me in the pool and said I had some emotions to deal with. There were many people in the pool. I was reluctant to speak with them as well as be with people on the earth but after a day they made me feel comfy even hugging me and almost protective like. After about 3 days I knew I did not belong on the ground any longer yet my balloon was no longer with me. I did not know if I could fly without it but I knew the sky was where I belonged. Their vibrations were too low and I had to get away from the overwhelming negative emotional energies coming off them. I lifted off without it and knew I was free without the balloon which I had seen as a handicap. My journey had begun again as I thought of which direction to head, then I woke.”
Red usually represents strong emotions (love, hatred, anger, etc.). The pool of water (water is virtually always emotions in dreams) sounded like a place to cool your emotions down. Blue might mean she was feeling blue. Then she was free to fly without emotions that may have been interfering with her integration (since there were trees in the dream–trees usually represent integration because its roots reach down into the Earth, it opens up to the sky and it is here on the level).
The balloon, in this case, was a hindrance which I think was the dream’s way of assuring her that she can rely on her own internal guidance and did not need an exterior force to rise above the chaos below.
There were three (the number of change) men (who are associated with action parts of herself) because the dream specifically wanted her to change some part of the way she did things. She needed to return to Earth to get “grounded” in mundane reality, but there was no keeping her from astral projecting for long. This transformative dream was probably about working through an emotional block.
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