Why do I dream that I'm swimming in mud? There's no water where ever I'm
swimming, even in the ocean. I dream this dream all the time.
The meaning of dream is best left up to the dreamer, but sometimes it is
useful to hear what other people might do with the dream if it was theirs.
If this were my dream...
In my dreams I am always trying to move through places that continually
resist me. I feel that there should be an easier substance here to swim
through. Even in places where huge bodies of liquid elements should be there
is only this mud. My mind wanders into mythical stories about coagulation.
The cosmogony of the Native North Americans often has the story of the
earth-diver, who continually brought up bits of mud from the depths of the
sea to create the dry land. In Hindu mythology there is a great flood, and
afterwards, the land is created by the continual churning of the waters into
mud, and finally land.
"Like the Butter hidden in Milk, there resides the Pure
Consciousness. It is to be constantly churned, with the mind serving as the
Perhaps like the newly born earth, I am in a process of
churning. I swim in mud, I am the churn. I'm a little indecisive. Do I want
it to all become water, or to turn into dry land? Perhaps I want to get out
of the situation too soon, when what the dream maker really has in store for
me is to experience the muddy world itself. It may be that I just need to be
stuck in the muck, to experience the muck in all it muckiness. I find this
hard, I want to make it into something else, something more controllable --
So muckiness is not only about blurred boundaries but also my not being
in control. As I scan through my life I see there are a lot of places I have
left really fuzzy boundaries and now they require lots of effort to get
through. And yet, in accepting the muckiness of these relationships, I can
grow in other ways than simply clearing things up, I can learn to find more
inner containers that can tolerate things being mucky. After all, it's the
best place to plant seeds. I hope the next time I'm having a mud swim, I can
just enjoy the muck.
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.