I keep having a reoccurring dream. In my dream I am choking on glass. The
glass is shattered and cuts the inside of my throat. I keep trying to spit
out all of the glass, but I can't ever seem to get rid of it. There is
always a lot of blood involved. What could this mean?
It is very frustrating to have painful objects in us we have no control
over. The meaning of a single dream can only be decided upon by the dreamer
him/herself, to maintain the premise that we are all the final authorities on
the meaning and value of life. However, we can make general statements about
dreams that can enrich the images.
If this were my dream....
In my dream there is something to dangerous to swallow and to painful to
throw up or away. Even when I try to spit it out, there continues to be more.
And so much blood. I am reminded of the myth of the eternally full pitcher,
no matter how many times it is used, it is still full. This is like a reverse
of the story -- eternally damaging.
Glass to me is something to see through as well as something that protects
me from the outside. When it is broken it means to me to me that a
particular vision or way of seeing may be at issue. Blood to me is usually
life source, but it is often used in waking life to mean family and close
friends as well. Lots of blood then becomes a lot of folks involved or an
indication of the importance of the matter.
As I scan through my life, I notice the perspectives I have that are harming
me, yet I can never seem to get rid of them. Prejudices, grudges, and my immature views
on life all fall in this category. As I look into my blood, my essence and
relatives, my parents and brothers and sisters, I see broken views that are
damaging my relationships and I seem to choke on several of them, unable to
swallow and digest them, unable to finally spit them all up. Fortunately, a
change in world-view is a change in world viewed.
Richard Wilkerson is general editor for The
Internet Dream E-zine, Electric Dreams, and director of DreamGate, the Internet
Communications and Dream Education Center. He writes the Cyberphile column for
the Association for the Study of Dreams Newsletter.