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Scaring Myself

gaff-rigged-sailboat-in-lagoonDream 207: Scaring Myself

A 42-year-old man dreamt that he was sailing across a lake with a small, sleek and beautiful sailboat. The lake was crystal clear water. At some point, he decided to enter a lagoon surrounded by dense forest and plants.

He wanted to go ashore, but the shallow water was murky with a soft and muddy bottom. He did not want to walk through the mud to get ashore. He suddenly flew to the house he grew up in located near the lagoon. He went up a set of stairs to the second floor where his progress was blocked by a vertically  sliding closed door. He slide the wooden door open to find a little boy who made animal noises and tried to scare him. He wondered what to do with the little boy.

Dream 207 Interpretation

A lake is local or familiar emotion. The dream indicated that he was navigating (the sailboat) his emotions relatively well, although he had some challenges represented by his sailing against the wind. The dreamer was a long time alcoholic who had been sober for over a year.

The lagoon represented a place of growth within himself given the plants and trees. The dream noted that his internal little boy was the problem. His immature emotions frightened himself by pointing to what he potentially could do when in immature contact with his instincts. The dream implies that he needs to work on the little boy in his head (the house represented the dreamer to some extent and the little boy being upstairs emphasized how immature instincts affected his thinking).

**This dream was interpreted using the forty dream interpretation rules from my book, Dreams: Guide to the Soul which is at  http://www.drstevenfox.com

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Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill

Jeremy Taylor in his 1992 book of the same title as this post talked about dream interpretation. The idea that people could fly without engines was absurd back then. The thought was that people could only fly under their own power in dreams.
This was before wingsuits allowed people to fly using the natural heat updrafts near mountains. No matter how many times I view it, flying by wingsuit always looks dreamlike to me. The following video is another astounding example of wingsuit flight:


There were many interesting techniques and ideas in Taylor’s book. He used dreams to explain delirium tremens. Delirium tremens is a condition where an alcoholic has hallucinations such as seeing bugs crawling all over his or her body. Extreme alcohol abuse is known to stop the alcoholic from dreaming.

It is known that people who are kept from dreaming will make up for the lost dream time on subsequent nights. What Taylor believes is that the alcoholic is dream deprived when abusing alcohol to such an extreme that when they begin to sober up, they literally have an awake dream because the need to dream has built up to the point that it is extremely intense.

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