A woman dreams that she went through surgery that she did not want to have. The surgeons left metal in her body. She thought the dream was weird and wondered what it could mean.
When doctors and hospitals are involved, the dream almost invariably is about healing. Surgery is dramatic healing which has a downside and benefits. Hopefully, the benefits outweigh the downside.
Metal left in the body can indicate new strength or it also can represent hard feelings/rigidity. She was a young woman in her twenties who had recently gone through a dramatic therapeutic intervention in the sense of detoxing. She also went through therapy and was given medication.
The dream, I believe, was a reflection of her not liking the intense treatment she went through. The experience had “tested her metal.” The metal left behind was her hard feelings over the ordeal, but the experience had made her stronger (strong as steel).
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Dream 369: Looking Up and Feeling Down
A young man had the following dream:
“I had a dream where the streets was in a massive uproar. Citizens were locking themselves in and some where fleeing the city. As I looked outside into the streets I’ve witnessed the military and police on every corner. As I began to look at the sky, I saw a large UFO hovering over the city. The citizens was advised to stay in. As my family run in for cover trying to protect ourselves I looked out the windows to witness several tornadoes destroying the city. After the disaster we ended up at a dock to board a huge submarine with thousands of people waiting to board this submarine. As people patiently wait for their names to get called to board. Some families were unfortunate and couldn’t board and was turned away to be left behind. As some started to board a massive earthquake begins and breaks the dock. We all fell into the water….as I’m swimming to attempt to save my sister I wake up!”
My Interpretation for him
Jung said that a UFO is a “Mandela of divine possibility.” I think he meant the dreamer had hope that there was some truth “out there” for him or her. The police and military being everywhere indicates superego issues which is to say that are you want to keep your behavior according to the law and rules of society.
An earthquake usually means that your world is being shaken up in a major way. The ocean is the best symbol we have of subconscious emotion. You literally are going to get on a submarine to safely investigate the subconscious.
The people that make it onto the submarine are safe, but they are few. In other words, your subconscious thinks that there’s some of you that wants to look at subconscious issues, but a lot of you is resting on the dock of the bay which can result in negative events. (Each person in the dream is a part of your mind). The implication is that you may wish to “get on board” with something like therapy.
So all in all, the dream is saying that you’re looking for the truth out there and are being advised by your subconscious to follow the rules and explore your subconscious emotion before your world is totally shaken up. This dream was taken as symbolic which may or may not apply to you.
At the end, trying to save your sister indicates that you are trying to save the emotions that are close to you since women usually represent emotions and she is in your family.
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A 44-year-old man dreamt that he returned to work after taking a leave of absence. During that leave, he attended therapy and felt that his consciousness was in a better place. When he returned to work he dreamt that he was on an upper floor when the skyscraper began to pancake like the buildings of the World Trade Center during 911. With each thud of another floor piling and pancaking on, he felt emotionally uncomfortable, but physically unhurt, even when the floor he was on completely collapsed.
A change in floors represents a change in consciousness. For example, a person going up ten floors in a skyscraper implies that his consciousness improved in major ways. He felt that he had reached a considerably higher level of consciousness during his leave from work and his work in therapy. When he returned to work, he found many of the same old habits that caused him trouble in the past resurfaced. The pancaking of the floors was a warning of how his consciousness was collapsing at work. That he was physically unhurt during this whole process showed that the dream believed he could repair the damage.
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A 28-year-old man dreamed that he saw in his mind a huge amount of volcanic activity going on below the surface of the earth. He then saw himself near a field of geysers. The geysers were erratically with no predictability spewing huge sprays of hot water into the air.
Beneath the surface in this case meant that the volcanic activity was occurring within his subconscious. The fiery red activity he envisioned that propelled the heating of the water was his subconscious anger. Water is emotion. Red signifies intense emotion.
Hot water is often a hot temper. He was in therapy to change his tendency to erupt impulsively with anger in job situations. His unpredictable and explosive rants of anger adversely affected his career.
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A twenty-eight year old man dreamed that he was on a ship which navigated to an island. When he went onto the island, there was a path covered with an ongoing bamboo mat which led to a vibrantly green and lush jungle. There was a large muscular brute of a man blocking his way down the path.
The dream then shifted to his being on board the ocean liner which was anchored near the island. There were two huge pipes that were large enough for a man to walk in. The devil appeared and said that they should race down each pipe to see who gets to the island first. He then saw himself lying on the beach with the island in the distant horizon. A cloud formed over him and rained upon him.
Dream 130 Interpretation
This was an early therapy dream. He was navigating his subconscious to find a new path in life. The bamboo paving the way to his growth was the recent growth within him that allowed him to even consider therapy. The lush jungle represented the new growth he was considering. The brute of a man was his earlier macho man attitude which is similar to the savage masculine archetype. The devil represented his shadow because he really “raised hell” when he was younger. His shadow was encouraging him to race towards change and was trying to inspire his get up and go.
Sitting on the beach means that he was in that area between the subconscious ocean and conscious land. He was backing away and distancing himself from therapy. The dream assured him that staying away from therapy would not be pleasant and would result in depression (represented by the rain).