I keep having a reoccurring nightmare.
In this nightmare, my mouth is closed
shut but my tongue pushes my teeth out. It holds some meaning for me that I
can't express. I am really curious what implications this dream has on me.
I dream about the same thing at least twice a week. I would really
appreciate some insight.
The dreamer him/herself is the final authority on the meaning of a
particular dream, though sometimes it is interesting and educational to hear
what the dream would mean if it were someone else's.
If this were my dream....
In my dream my mouth is closed. My mouth is a vital part of the way I
interact with the world. I not only use it to eat and talk and breathe and
kiss, but as a child it was the first way I explored the world and the first
way I had of controlling what went in and became part of me, and what went
out and thus became part of others.
My tongue pushes my teeth out. My tongue can work with my mouth, but not
always. My tongue helps me express myself, helps me control what I
assimilate and can push things out when I don't want them anymore. I can use
my tongue to explore too, but usually it explores what is in my mouth. My
teeth are usually something powerful to me, though they can be vulnerable
when I don't take care of them. They help me grab and chew and bite into
life. In this dream my tongue has found some teeth that it wants to push
out, but my mouth doesn't want to lose them.
This reminds me much of what happened when I was losing my baby teeth, with
some variations. In other words, in my dream the mouth isn't ready to lose
what has made it stronger and more powerful. The mouth isn't aware that some
stronger teeth are on their way. The tongue doesn't know either, but does
know the direction the old teeth have to go.
I wonder to myself how this fits in my life right now as an adult. Have I
acquired some ways of grabbing hold of life that are now perhaps, like baby
teeth, ready to go to make way for bigger teeth?
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.