Dreams Department

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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.


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