Hello, and welcome to the first HIMM Dream Journal entry for the new year! So glad that you have dropped by!
The dream featured in this installment was submitted by a reader, Mike. Mike, in his submission, informed me that he attended a dream interpretation class his friend taught weekly, but didn’t participate by working on his dreams outside of class. So, when he had this dream, he didn’t feel he could interpret it on his own (and was too embarrassed to consult with his friend who taught the class, because his friend would know he wasn’t paying attention in class!). He wanted my take on the dream. Let’s take a look at Mike’s dream:
Dream Title: The Harbor
It is World War II. I am checking a convoy. I am asked if the convoy is occupied. I respond that it is not.
Now, I am in the harbor, swimming in the water. There are giant sea turtles in the water with me. I avoid one, swimming away from it. As I turn, there are two more approaching me.
The Harbor: the Interpretation
The setting of the dream takes place during a historical period. Mike was kind enough to let me know that one of his interests is history, so I find it interesting his dream reflects that. The period in the dream is a period of war. War can symbolize internal conflict for the dreamer. This being historical makes it a part of Mike’s past (history=his story). So, Mike is experiencing an internal conflict over a past event, perhaps a conflict between two parties (two opposing factions). Being involved in the war can suggest an allegiance to one of the parties involved in the conflict, insinuating Mike is more loyal to one party than the other.
The next part of the dream has Mike in the water of a harbor. This suggests “harboring” something emotionally (the water). So, the dream now connects the internal conflict to a waking emotional situation. Swimming in the water suggests Mike has gotten himself immersed in this emotional situation.
Mike comes into contact with a sea turtle. Understanding that everything in the dream is an aspect of Mike, this can suggest Mike tries to protect himself emotionally (the shell of the turtle). It can also suggest he treads through emotional situations very carefully (turtles move slowly). He avoids the turtle, which is a clear signal Mike avoids his feelings. The dream, however, tells him that no matter how hard he tries, this type of reaction to emotional situations is temporary (evidenced by the other two turtles approaching). This is something Mike cannot avoid indefinitely; Mike must work (swim) his way through these issues. Two is the number associated with relationships, so he must be in the middle of a relationship (somewhat of a third party). Mike has been trying to avoid getting pulled in, but it seems to be in vain.
The harbor can also symbolize Mike’s birth. When he was born, there may have been conflict between his parents. As Mike grew up, he must have chosen one parent over the other. Since men fought in World War II, I would guess Mike’s loyalties are to his father.
A convoy is an escort for protection; an unoccupied convoy can suggest Mike not feeling protected (safe) growing up in his family. The symbol of the turtle, in connection to this, would make perfect sense. Turtles withdraw into their shells for safety; this has become a way of life for Mike (three turtles in the water). Mike avoids emotional conflicts by withdrawing, or retreating, into his shell.
The last thing I’d like to mention about Mike’s dream is that dreaming from a period from the past can indicate a past-life dream. Mike may have served in World War II in a previous life incarnation. The experience may have been one that left Mike “shell-shocked,” and he withdrew from life altogether. If Mike does not subscribe to the belief of a past-life, then he would approach this dream as referencing his past in this life, as mentioned earlier.
I want to thank Mike for providing us with this very interesting dream to examine and discuss. I would also encourage Mike to journal and work with his dreams more (and to make his teacher friend so proud of Mike as a student). As a teacher of dream interpretation, I offer my students the same advice, but I don’t force them to do the work. I know the benefits of working with dreams and how they can enhance my life. People have to come to that conclusion on their own by making the commitment and doing the work. Mike was making the commitment to his friend by showing up for the class as a show of support, but was not committing to himself by taking the time to use the tools he was being taught to enrich his life.
If you need some assistance in your commitment to yourself and understanding your dreams, I can be of assistance. You can contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “dream help” in the subject line.
If you would like to share a dream for the HIMM Dream Journal, you can send submissions to the same e-mail address, putting “the HIMM Dream Journal,” along with the title of the dream in the subject line.
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Your friendly dream teacher,