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It is night time and I find myself travelling as a passenger in a car being driven by my wife, it
would appear that we have just driven down the hill from my Nan’s house and now find ourselves in my
It becomes immediately apparent that my wife is driving on the wrong side of the road and seems
disoriented and confused I try to help and offer assistance but don’t seem to be able to get through
to her. I suggest pulling over into the car park of a nearby superstore to do some shopping but my
wife ignores me and continues onto a round-a-bout where things become even more confusing because of
her misplacement on the road.
We eventually drive around the block where night turns to day and park in a street where there would
normally be a store which sells frozen food products (much like in this recent dream ‘Open to
judgment.’ from the 17th December 2008).
Unusually though in this dream the frozen food store is actually an unorthodox car mechanics garage,
a familiar manager from a specific and relevant department at my place of work comes outdoors to see
what is going on and to greet us and say hello.
I pop over to greet him and have a look about the inside of the shop which looks bizarrely like an
old fashioned barber. I see a young mechanic here who I swear I should recognize but who I
frustratingly just cannot place. Many of the young male mechanics here seem very emotional and for
some reason unknown to me some are even in tears and very emotional sobbing on one another’s shoulders.
When I go back outside I’m a little annoyed to see that the mechanic who I know but can’t place has
the bonnet raised up and is tinkering around under the hood, this makes me a bit cross as there was
nothing wrong with the car. At least I didn’t think so but the mechanic has pulled out a component
in such a way as if pulling out a dysfunctional organ from a sick person he is operating on, the
component looks a bit like a water pump or perhaps more like the reservoir where the radiator
coolant is held.
The mechanic explains that this component is faulty and needs replacing, I feel a little dumbstruck
by this revelation as I hadn’t noticed a problem with the car before, I do feel very grateful though
that the mechanics have our best interests at heart.
Thoughts: I slept very heavily last night and although my dreams felt meaningful they also seemed a bit ‘heavy’ and difficult to piece together, their messages seem familiar to me though and follow on from past themes and dramas. My only idea I have for the above dream at the moment is that in order to take back control of the car (and my life) I need to forfeit or change the component that was highlighted in the dream. The fluid reservoir and radiator almost certainly have something to do with emotions I feel, this ties in with the emotional mechanics in the dream but also the fact that such plumbing often represents the flow of emotions like in a (dream) house so I guess the same can be said of cars too except that the dream house might be said to represent the Self whereas the car ones life path.
Dream 1: Tributary tribulations – Daytime and the weather is fine, I find myself making my way through some pleasant wild countryside I note that I am a modern soldier dressed in camouflage uniform and that I am accompanied by a fellow soldier who is unfamiliar to me. We make our way through some undergrowth, parting some bushes and finally coming to a large stream. I tell my companion that we will need to cross the little river and that if we take a long enough run up we should be able to leap across it easily, the soldier I am with doesn’t seem convinced though. The water is very clear and pure and I can easily see the bottom, it appears quite shallow but looking more closely I see that is actually about knee deep and not ankle deep as I had previously thought. I suddenly see a little eel come swimming downstream, the creature instills in me unpleasant feelings, but just then a much larger eel swims down and swallows up the smaller eel. I get into the stream and struggle with the larger eel, the struggle is only slight and the larger eel soon flees back upstream seemingly frightened of my assertiveness and strength.
Dream 2: Big buffet – I find myself at a large busy buffet party in an unfamiliar location, there are familiar people such as family here as well as other people I don’t recognize. I go about the many tables picking out foods and snacks to add to my plate, as I do this I remember that I have a small scrap of paper with me which is some kind of list of favors that I need to repay to some cleaning ladies who have recently helped me, it feels extremely important that I mustn’t forget to honor my promise to repay the ladies on this list. After loading up my plate I take it back to the long table and leave my plate next to where my Mum is sat and then pop off to look for a soft drink, I eventually find a peculiar carousel dispenser which offers cans of soft drinks, the cans are crushed and damaged though I note. When I eventually get back to my seat I see that my Mum has eaten the food I had collected on my plate, I feel very disappointed and angry with my Mum for doing this, my Mum looks at me sheepishly.
Dream 3: Indifferent old friend – I have been invited to the house of my best childhood friend, his mother has invited me as he she knows he will be only visiting her for a few days and then he will be moving on again, and she thought it would be nice for us to both see one another again as adults. When I meet my friend I see that he looks a little like I remember him only more grown up, I distinctively note that his hair is going grey on the sides just like mine is at the moment. The friend and I chat awkwardly it’s a difficult situation as we clearly have very little in common anymore. My friend nonchalantly asks me as if indifferently attempting to make small talk about an art shop that he heard I had recently opened in my childhood hometown, it soon becomes apparent to me that my Mother has been going around spreading rumors and lies about me opening my own shop in the town. I feel extremely angry about this but in order to avoid embarrassment and to save face I feel that I have to continue and live up the lie about my fictional art shop, I tell the friend that the imaginary business is doing fine and that I’ve actually opened another shop in the city where I went to art college such is the original shops popularity. I feel angry and put on the spot for lying like this and feel that the next time I see my Mum I will confront her angrily about making up the story. The old friend loses interest in me and wanders off, he leaves me in a lounge where I sit down on the floor with a sister-in-law who has learning difficulties, I greet her in French and she returns the greeting, I feel awkward and in limbo just sitting there.
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It is very late at night and I find myself driving on a quiet motorway I feel completely exhausted
and am actually nodding off to sleep as I drive, I feel intoxicated but know that haven’t been drinking.
At some point I pass out and surrender to my fatigue my car swerves and leaves the motorway softly
drifting and coming to a halt in a ditch.
A car passes by some time later some whose occupants are an elderly couple who I seem to
instinctively know is travelling to spend some time with their family for something of a holiday.
The old couple stops to investigate my accident and to make sure that I’m okay, and it’s not long
before my wife arrives on the scene in her own car too. In my state of semi-consciousness I can hear
my wife chatting with the elderly couple telling them not to worry and explaining that she will take
care of me from here.
Thoughts: I think many of my dreams from last night have something to do with my feeling very tired the past few day, the dreams of cars from last night most probably have something to do with taking control of my life as regards health (the hospital dream), sleep (the motorway at night), and disciple (the army dream).
Dream 1: Climbing the ranks – I find myself serving in a land army in some kind of vaguely familiar alternative reality, it is compulsory for the soldiers in this army to serve 5 years after which they are free to leave. I have already served five years in fact it would seem that I have served many multiples of the 5 year terms in the hope of advancing myself and climbing the ranks. I want to go higher in the army but regardless of my hard work and effort I always seem to remain at the same level. I have advanced somewhat though as my career started of in the navy after which I advanced onto the terrestrial army which is where I am now. If I do manage to advance beyond the military thee is a chance I will be awarded a position in the air force and rumor has it that there is even a special branch of the army in outer space too. After 5 years most find the service too tiring and leave but regardless of my own fatigue I feel I want to continue this service.
Dream 2: From passenger to driver – Daytime on a vaguely familiar road in a hilltop village in a forest where I lived for a short while as a child I drive past a recreation ground which was nicknamed by the youths that played there as ‘The Rec’ but which I always thought meant ‘The Wreck’. I am travelling as a passenger in the front seat of a car which has no driver or any other occupants, I feel a bit weary like in other dreams from last night and I’m not quite with it, I do manage to summon the realization that the situation is dangerous as the car continues to trundle along the road without a driver. I try to get from passenger seat to the drivers seat without crashing the car and also taking hold of the controls too, its an extremely awkward task made even more difficult by the fact that the satchel and shoulder strap I keep my laptop computer in and which rests in the foot well of where I am sat has become tangled around my feet. With much struggling I do eventually manage to lever and squeeze myself out from the passenger seat and into the driver’s seat and take back control of the vehicle.
Dream 3: Compliments on my earphones – I find myself inside an unfamiliar hospital, I have come here because a female manager at my place of work has called me telling me that the top manager of my department is very ill and employees are being invited to pay their final respects to him. I feel that I actually know how to heal the manager but for some reason I am not allowed to go into his private hospital room to see him yet. As I sit in a sunny waiting room another manager from my place of work comes into the waiting room to chat with me, the work colleague is carrying a pair of large black Hi-Fi headphones. The manager picks up a pair of similar headphones that I have set down on a table to my one side, the manager says to me that my headphones are really amazing quality and much better than his. I feel quietly content and happy with the compliment paid to me by the manager. After the manager departs I decide to get up and go over to the hospitals little indoor shop to search for a gift for my wife, the shop with hindsight is slightly unusual for a hospital and sells many flowery floral feminine trinkets and knick-knacks.