So many of us are overwhelmed with our work and family life that we barely have time for ourself let alone a creative project. Yet, when we've pushed off our creativity for too long, our dreams will poke and prod us - perhaps for one last time. So don't pass up the opportunity to create, especially if you're dreams are yelling, loud and clear, "It's Time!!"
A woman who works for a newspaper, editing other people's writing, had the folowing dream:
I am in the parking lot of a university. I'm watching my (male) therapist unload cases of musical instruments out of his truck - guitars, drums, horns, etc. I walk over to him to see where they're performing.
There's a platform next to the truck and 2 friends are on it. One woman is writing in a journal, the other is watching everything and smiling. My therapist teases the writer, trying to get her attention. The writer doesn't want to be disturbed so is a bit dismissive with him.
For this woman, the University is a place of becoming - a place to learn, to grow, to explore. To be in the parking lot means that she hasn't gone into the University yet - she's just arrived. So the dreamer is seeing something about her own growth for the first time - she is about to embark on 'becoming'.
Her therapist, in reality, is very creative and very into music. Here in the dream he represents the part of her that knows what needs to happen, her dream guide. He knows the rhythms of life, and he can channel them. The musical instruments represent something that channel's feelings. He knows it's time to begin!
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The two friends are what we call shadow figures, parts of the dreamer that she can now name and own. The smiling friend just is comfortable in her own skin and has the self-confidence this woman is trying to develop. The writer is engrossed in her craft, in her self-expression, so much so that she doesn't take kindly to any interuptions, even though all this is taking place in a public parking lot.
What was the message this dreamer got from her dream? "I'm not letting myself follow my creative dream to write."
This woman consciously knows she hasn't been writing, but this dream really brought it into her awareness. After working with this dream, she has committed to writing every day - writing her own way.
Never doubt that we have all the information we need to live a full life right inside us. We just have to re-learn the ancient symbolic language of dreams!
Until next time,
Cathy Pagano, M.A. began working with her dreams as a teenager, which led her to train at the C. G. Jung-Institute, Zurich in the late '70s. While there, Carl Jung's daughter advised her to study astrology and since then, she has used astrology in... read more