This is the second article in The Mindful Word’s new weekly column, MINDFUL DREAMS. In this column, Aneta Baranek of the School of Metaphysics will be offering free dream interpretations to The Mindful Word readers as well as offering articles on dreams in general.

If you’ve ever been curious about deciphering the cryptic contents of your subconscious mind, here’s your chance! If you would like Aneta to interpret your dream, fill out this form or send her an email at Aneta@themindfulword.org giving your name (or pseudonym), gender, country and your dream in not more than 700 words. She will respond with your dream interpretation via MINDFUL DREAMS, published every Thursday.

Dear Aneta,

I am a happily married woman in my late 30s from the USA. I had this dream last night.

DREAM

I’m at an exhibition of some sorts. I’m with my husband and we’re staying at a communal home for the few days of the exhibition. It feels like a few days, but it is, in fact where we live. The home is large and there are many people living there, and it’s similar to a guesthouse. It’s a sunny day, and we’re all outside sitting at a large table watching food being prepared. There’s a young Indian boy cooking. He’s about 13 or 14 years old. He’s there with his family who are all from India. I don’t know what country we’re in.

I suddenly see some movement in the sky. I look up and there’s a group of parachutists that have just jumped from a plane. They have different colours of parachutes. One that I notice is red. It’s attached to a young girl—about 12—in a pale blue dress. As I watch, the parachute turns inside out. The inside of the parachute is white. She begins to fall. It isn’t a very fast fall, but I can see she will land near a swimming pool that is quite close to where we’re sitting. I hope she will land in the water so she won’t get hurt. No one else seems to notice.

The girl hits the ground, not too hard, but hard enough. A friend of mine—a woman who lives in the same guesthouse—also notices. She’s a nurse and we both run to the girl. The girl is not crying; she’s extremely calm, almost smiling and her legs are broken, but she is otherwise “unhurt.” I talk to her and tell her she will be OK because my friend is a nurse. My friend looks at me and says, “I am a nurse, but you are a healer.”

I walk back to my husband, but he hasn’t really noticed anything different, neither had any of the other people. It’s as if I have been in two different realities at the same time. I went back to the table and my friend walked over to me to give me a hair clip that her husband had given her. I don’t know why. He was also at the table and he wasn’t pleased. The hair clip seemed to oscillate between a hair clip and a ring—it was made of a green agate or jade. It was semi polished, so not completely smooth.

I woke up. What does my dream mean?

Best,
Sandra

DREAMER: female, 30s, USA, happily married

MAIN SYMBOLS:

Exhibition – a place of public display of the works of artists or artisans or products

Communal home – state of mind shared with different parts of the dreamer

Table – structure

Food – knowledge

Indian young boy – inner, foreign, developing aspect of the dreamer

Parachute – air floatation tool

Plane – an organization

Young girl – outer developing aspect of the dreamer

Female friend – outer known aspect of the dreamer

Nurse – nurturing, caretaking aspect

Broken legs – impediment in moving forward

Husband – inner committed aspect of the dreamer

Hair clip – tool/means for holding conscious thoughts

Ring – purposeful commitment

INTERPRETATION

Dear Sandra,

In general, dreams reflect our state of consciousness 24-48 hours before us having them. Here’s what this particular dream is telling you about your attitudes from a day or two prior:

As you are exploring life you are discovering many aspects of your life, of your existence. You are discovering parts of yourself that are not known. You have an open attitude about this discovery process and there is a level of intimacy present—this is what the communal guest house represents. You are receiving knowledge (food) from some of the new aspects that you are becoming familiar with (Indian young boy).

And yet, there are outer developing parts of you that in a way are not a part of this discovery process. They seem to be aligned with an organization—that is what the plane symbolizes. An organization might be your workplace, a club you belong to or a spiritual temple. In other words, a larger group of people that you are a part of that have a common goal.

Those aspects that are not included in the discovery process are attempting to be by escaping the organization in question. That is what parachuting symbolizes in this case. The young girl specifically breaks her legs, which means that there is difficulty for this unknown part of you to move forward. And yet there are more developed aspects of you, nurturing aspects (nurse friend) that know exactly what needs to be done. The healing process needs to come from within you through a process that might be referred to as “integration.”

The committed part of you that your husband symbolizes is not aware of the integration that needs to take place. There is some sort of disconnection between your inner and outer parts. The integration has to do with adjustment to your conscious ways of thinking and purposeful commitment of doing so that is symbolized by the hair clip and the ring.

APPLICATION

One question to ask yourself is what organization does the plane represent? Are there parts of me that are a part of an organization that I feel disconnected from? Are there parts of me that I need to integrate into myself and include in the process of exploration of my life? Oftentimes in life we separate ourselves into different roles. We’re different when we’re at work and different with our family and friends. The ideal way of being is to always be the authentic self no matter the environment.

The dream is asking you to see yourself as a healer, as the catalyst for change. That change is to occur inwardly. As you will start paying more attention to your conscious thoughts and purposefully commit to making this change you will be able to embrace all parts of yourself.

A simple exercise to try is that of concentration. For five minutes a day choose a point on a wall to put your whole attention on. Should any distraction occur always simply move your attention back to that point. Once you feel comfortable with five minutes extend this practice to 10 minutes. This will help you realize how many and what type of thoughts flow through your mind. With practice you will be able to still your mind and centre within yourself and identify deeper parts of you that you might not be fully aware of at this time.

May your dreams illuminate the inner you…


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