THERE’S SOMETHING SHE CANNOT FACE
I dreamed I was sitting with three other women, having a conversation maybe at lunch, or in a living room – and every time they looked up and looked at me I noticed they were faceless. I had no idea who they were, but in the dream, I felt as though I knew them. All of the other details – clothes, hair, furniture around us – were perfectly clear. What does it mean that they had zero facial features?
—Sandi Cummings, Briarwood, NY
The dream reveals repression is at work: There is something you do not wish to face. The three women are self-referential. As such, they represent the ego, the id and the superego. This is why you feel you know them on some level of recognition. The dream recognizes the need to start a dialogue with the self. If you were at lunch, emotional nurturing is an issue; if you were in the living room, you need to start living again in every aspect.
SHE NEEDS TO SWEEP SOMETHING UNDER THE RUG
I dreamed I was in a room in my house and a grim reaper was cleaning in the hallway. I went down the back stairs so it wouldn’t see me. When I went upstairs again, the grim reaper was putting back a broom at the end of the hallway. It was making some type of sign language when it faced me and grabbed my arm. What does this mean?
—Icyss Williamson, Brooklyn
There is something grim on the periphery of awareness that must be confronted, cleaned up or swept away. In this view, going down the back stairs is an attempt to deal with the repressed material of the unconscious. Going back upstairs, however, after the broom has been put away, means the dirty work has been done without your participation. Repression is so strong: Whatever must be killed off must not be spoken about. But you must face it in the end.
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