A Child’s Dream is Often an Insight into Society
“I was going down stairs to get some water. On the way down a statue of cats came alive and were staring at me. Down stairs there were two purple jaguars circling around me. Om my chair there was a sleeping lady with Ron from Harry Potter. wrapped around her arms and Ron said, “If you wake her up she will kill me.” I said, “what” and then the lady woke up and killed Ron!! Then I woke up.
Most things in dreams make absolutely no sense to the rational mind except the major negative emotion which is, in this case, fear. It shows the main problem of our time that is a warning to this young 9 year old. I don’t think that dreams of 9 year olds are meant to be analyzed metaphorically by themselves, but the fear is meant to felt so that they can recall it to someone who may help them through the process. Unfortunately, it is a communication form that is only beginning to be understood so most children have little guidance about what is going on around them. This dream starts by the boy going downstairs to get some water. When you go down in a dream it usually means going to your lower nature rather than your higher one. Going to get some water means that he is thirsty for a relationship. The problem is the almost universal problem of young people in the world today. They go to their lower natures, their ego, for a relationship rather than their higher nature. When this is done, their lives end up in fear and separation.
As he goes down the things that were statues come alive and start circling around him. Animals in dreams can either be negative or positive. When they appear as negative symbols, then the dreamer can turn his live around by finding their positive opposites. The negative side of cat in a relationship is its aloofness and turning away from others, and the negative aspect of the big cats is their aggressive nature to tear into others. The dream tells him that if he takes to his lower path that this is what he gets, aloof and distant relationships or really aggressive and abusive ones. The final symbol is the mother figure who becomes a killer of a famous fantasy character when she is wakened.
A mother is supposed to be nurturing in real life, but, in this episode, because he was taking the low road, he doesn’t get nurtured, he just sees horror. The fantasy character lets him know that he imagines really bad things happening when he is on the low road.
It is often easiest to solve a dream by going backwards from the end of the dream rather than forward. In this dream he ends up in a situation where he is witnessing the death of an imaginary character. This means that he can take the first steps to nurturing positive relationships and feeling alive and positive by being in the real world rather than the imaginary one. This seems to be a major issue with all of the cultures of the world today. Because the majority of relationships are built on material values, people slip into a destructive world of imagination rather than being real. Children are just modeling their parents by slipping into things that distract them from real life. Parents cannot moderate their children because they, the parents, do the same thing.
So the first step for most people and for this child is to be spend more time in the real world rather than in fantasy land. It is not that Harry Potter is a bad read, it is just that our culture spends too much time with him because we have become so atrocious at friendship and love and nurturing. So then once you can get into the real world of friendship, then you can take on the positive characteristics of the animal symbols, which in this case, would be to create a circle of friendship and pounce on goals that are positive. The final symbol, which is the cats staring and being statues, is to be like a positive cat, which is to be independently minded.
What I do to get the symbols to become positive is to take their negative energy and flip them around to the positives. So a statue of a cat would be like having the capacity of to think independently, but just not using it at all because it is much easier to just go into fantasy land rather than real thinking. Real thinking is to be able to have opinions and discussions about real problems and then solving them. And you can only get to the point of being able to have true discussions and openness when there is a circle of extremely positive relationships.
As we remember, the first part of the dream was to go downwards to get the water, which means taking the easy or material way to a relationship. So the key, which is mostly non-existent in schools and in the world is for people to really desire excellence in having positive relationships. Most people just do not want to put in the effort that a relationship requires. They want it easy with the other side giving them lots of rewards. So the main key to turning around the world culture is to be able to have a strong desire for working on relationships and on staying with the effort that is required. It is not meant to be easy, but this is exactly what this child expects.
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