Friday, August 20, 2004

Dream analysis

I awoke this morning from an extremely disturbing dream (actually a series of dreams). I'm curious if any one of you has studied Jungian dream analysis and can tell me what this psychotic dream is about, because I am stumped and am feeling a little "off." Here goes...

I was camping with a group of people. I do not recall if they are strangers or people I know. They seem nameless to me now. We are staying at a cottage up North. Pretty typical setting for an Ontario summer.

In any event, we are all sitting at a picnic table near our fire pit, when I noticed a big blob near the woods. I go to investigate and see that it is a clear, almost see-through sac. It looks like a cocoon or pod or egg of some sort. Inside, I can make out what looks to be a human, but with clawed paws and a type of beak, almost like a bird. The body is a mix of skin and feathers. It's very large, too, the size of a human.

I call out to the group and they stay at the table, but yell back at me to see if it's alive. It isn't moving, though. I move closer and then it appears to struggle just a little. I tell the group, whereupon they tell me to see if I can help it out of the cocoon.

It struggles some more, moving its claws frantically. I feel very sad and sorry for the pitiful creature, and am worried that it is dying.

I start to reach down to help it open the sac, but it finally tears through on its own. It struggles and I see the human skin slip away and a large, odd looking bird emerge and clumsily fly into a tree. I wonder if it will survive, but know that there is nothing I can do for it now. I hear it moving around in the tree, as it acclimates to its surroundings.

Then I wake up.

It is really creeping me out in an X-Files sort of way. Maybe Terry can illustrate something for me to post that looks like a human/bird/reptile/badger hybrid.




Blogger Terry said...

I'll see what I can do re:drawing. Weird dream though. Could it be because of your recent issue with having children? Seems alot like a birth/mother's anxiety and fear/no support thing, but maybe I'm trying to be too clever for my own good. Maybe you just want free range chicken for dinner. :-)

7:56 AM  
Blogger aleah said...

Hmm...I don't know. I am pretty much back to my "thank god, I am childless" frame of mind, though. Let me say that again, "Whoo-hoo, I am childless." Yep, that still feels right to me. Hah. Rick did say that I never ask people for support, so you may be on to something in that regard.

8:29 AM  
Blogger June said...

I´m not an expert on dream analysis. I only know that the most important thing in dream analysis is the final outcome and your feelings about the outcome.
According to C.G. Jung, birds represent thoughts, while birds in flight symbolise changing thoughts.
The egg (not a bird yet) could symbolise your own ideas, plans, very new, fragile and your unconscious dealing with them, considering their "ability to survive". Perhaps you have started something new (in your head or already in reality) and you are uncertain about the outcome?
"I wonder if it will survive, but know that there is nothing I can do for it now".
It sounds like resolution or reconciliation.
The fact that the bird looked weird could be your own attitude towards your new ideas (??)
I wrote what came to my mind :).

9:56 AM  
Blogger aleah said...

That's interesting...I don't know what plans I have been trying to "hatch," although I have felt more of a sense of security over the past year.

Part of the feeling of helplessness and feeling "pained by seeing someone/thing in pain" resonates.

10:11 AM  
Blogger June said...

All dreams which had had strong impact on me revealed themselves in my life later (in reality), of course in a different form.
It´s good you have written it here, in the future you can go back and connect the meaning with your actual experience.
Another theory says that all things (people, animals, things) are part of ourselves, so maybe there´s something in you with which you will confront in the future.
Another question - why it had to be you who went closer and looked at that bird?

10:32 AM  
Blogger zombieswan said...

I very much agree with June. Generally, especially from a Jungian sense, dream interpretation is MOST importantly what YOU think it means; think about your feelings about the dream clearly. You said "psychotic dream" so there are definite disturbed feelings you're having about the images.

But then, you might have just seen too many previews for "Alien vs. Predator".... :)

9:59 AM  
Blogger aleah said...

Hah - I haven't seen any previews for the flick, so it must just be crazy me. Actually, I felt very sad in my dream and when I woke up. It was a sad like you feel when you're watching The Elephant Man, that ache you feel for a being you know is experiencing great pain and will likely die. I can't think of how that correlates to me lately. Nothing is "dying" as a metaphor that I am not willing to let go of...Hmm...thanks for the feedback.

10:16 AM  

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