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Interpreting dreams

Posted Dec 01 2009 10:04pm
I always have the weirdest dreams before I run marathons, and I'm probably not even going to run the full marathon on Sunday. Just part of it. Anyway, last night I dreamed that I was driving in the darkness, but it was daytime. There was a fierce storm and the clouds covered the sky. It was literally black in my dream. I could see the rain on my windshield, and there was lightning in the distance that would sometimes light the road. But it was extremely difficult to see and I kept straining in my seat to improve my field of vision. Finally more lightning, but I did not hear thunder. Despite the lightning and despite it being daytime, I was still driving in the dark. And then I entered a tunnel and I lost all light, even from the lightning. But then I started to see light at the end of the tunnel (I kid you not).

As I drove through the tunnel it was broad daylight and I could see the road, but it was pounding furious rain and visibility was still poor. I decided to get off the freeway but in my dream I felt the need to head north. I couldn't see the freeway off ramp sign clearly but I thought it said north so I took it. And as I got onto the off ramp I realized I was headed south. I panicked but kept driving.

I suddenly found myself on this very narrow road made of large river rock. They looked like small boulders. I was in my SUV and my windows were rolled down because now it was super sunny and warm, and not raining. The sky was bright blue. To my right was steep hillside and to my left was vast ocean. Between me and the ocean was a small concrete curb, like the height and width of a parking space barrier. I did my best not to panic because I knew that one odd bump or slightly wrong turn of the steering wheel, I'd be under water.

And then I looked to the right and the steep hillside was COVERED with seals. Yes, the kind you find along the ocean. They were moving about, but very quiet. I was shocked in my dream. I could not take my eyes off them. But as the road got bumpier and the rocks got bigger, I realized I had no idea where the road was taking me and I told myself that I need to back out of there onto the main road. I threw the car in reverse and looked at my driver side mirror, in my rear view mirror and over my right shoulder. All I could see was ocean, curb and seals. It felt like the seals were at the level of my car windows and practically jumping in. But they did not harm me. I thought I saw teeth on some of them, but I don't think they were trying to bight me.

Anyway, just as I was getting onto the main road again where it widened and leveled out, my dream ended.

So much symbolism if you believe in that kind of thing. Sometimes I do. I looked up the following things on a dream analysis website: darkness, tunnel, lightning, rain, north, south, sun, sky, rocks, ocean and seals. And here's what those symbols might mean. I found it interesting.

Darkness: To dream that darkness comes upon you, signifies failure in some work that you are attempting. Darkness is synonymous with ignorance, the unconscious, evil, death, and fear of the unknown. If the sun breaks through the darkness, then you will overcome your failures.

Tunnel: To dream that you are going through a tunnel, suggests that you are exploring aspects of your unconscious. You are opening yourself to a brand new awareness. Alternatively, it indicates your limited perspective as in the phrase tunnel vision. Are you being close minded or narrow minded in some issue?
To see the light at the end of a tunnel, symbolizes hope. You will be able to navigate through life and all its difficulties with great success. It may also indicate the end of your journey or goals.

Rain: To see and hear rain falling, symbolizes forgiveness and grace. Falling rain may be a metaphor for tears, crying and sadness.
To dream that you are watching the rain from a window, indicates that spiritual ideas and insights are being brought to you awareness. It may also symbolize fortune and love.

To dream of the direction north, symbolizes reality. It also indicates that you are making progress and moving forward in life.

To dream of the direction south, indicates life, expectations, and questions. Alternatively, it may symbolize love, passion and warmth. Or it is an indication that a plan has gone awry.

To dream of sunshine, indicates that you are experiencing some sort of emotional or situational breakthrough. The dream is offering you reassurance and that you are headed on the right track.

To look up at the clear blue sky in your dream, denotes hope, possibilities, creativity, peace and freedom of expression. Consider the phrase "the sky's the limit." If the sky is cloudy and overcast, then it foretells of sadness and trouble.

Rocks: To see rocks in your dream, signifies permanence and stability as expressed in the familiar phrase "as solid as a rock". It may also indicate that you are making a commitment to a relationship. Or you may be contemplating some changes in your life that will lay the groundwork for a more solid foundation. On the other hand rocks may also symbolize stubbornness, disharmony and unhappiness.

Ocean: To see an ocean in your dream, represents the state of your emotions and feelings. It is indicative of some spiritual refreshment, tranquility and renewal.

Seals: To see a seal in your dream, indicates your playfulness and your ability to use and incorporate differing ideas and thoughts into a situation. Seals are a symbol of good luck, success, and spiritual understanding. It also signifies prosperity, faithful friends, and security in love. Alternatively, the dream symbol may also be a pun and indicate you need to put closure on some situation as in "sealing the deal".

Hmmm, kind of neat to think about.
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