SHE IS UP AGAINST A WALL
I dreamed I was in my living room when a large tiger appeared and started moving toward me. There was someone behind it but I couldn’t see who it was. I was backing up slowly until I was against the wall and just then the tiger disappeared. Please decode this dream.
—Sue M., Queens
Having one’s back against the wall — the cliché element of the dream — reveals the sense of being stuck, of not being able to exonerate or extricate oneself from a difficult situation. Similarly, the act of backing up signifies the wish to retract or redo something in your life. Although the tiger is showing its stripes — revealing bad intentions — the realization at hand is incomplete as the person behind the tiger is not seen. In this view, the wish to castigate or blame is repressed. There is no wish to understand or dissect; there is only the wish to make it all go away.
SHE NEEDS MORE SPACE TO GROW IN
I dreamed I had an additional huge, uninhabited, cluttered bedroom. It was stacked with junk all the way from the floor to the ceiling. I wanted to paint a mural on one wall of the bedroom but needed my dad’s permission. When I saw him, I asked if I could paint the wall, but he was indecisive and left without giving me an answer. Fearing my artistic inspiration would fade, I purchased some paint, but just as I was about to paint, I remembered I hadn’t gotten my dad’s approval yet. What does this mean?
—Clair Padmos, Saint George, Utah
Space represents the individual. As such, the grander the space, the grander the sense of self. In this view, the dream reveals an ill-defined self-view and the need for more maturational space to grow in and develop your artistic sensibilities. Necessarily, more expansive inquiry into the psyche is needed. The dream, a cri de Coeur for self-expression, also signifies the wish for parental approval and assessment. Bottom line: Only you can define yourself.
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