I had a dream the other night that didn’t reveal its meaning right away at least not until I started a list of the potential symbols.
In it I dreamed of walking under an unfinished wooden frame of a gigantic airplane. It was made of varnished 2x4s and designed by a cousin who was being so proud of his invention. As I wandered through I thought, “This is too heavy to fly.”
The cousin in the dream was symbolic of ideas that were impractical and illogical (which often were with him, though I always admired his creativity) as was the use of the materials to make the aircraft. I recalled how many grand ideas he had had over the years that would have small not well thought out flaws in them that would eventually cause the project to end in failure or folly. Normally we would just get a good laugh out of it when he’d realize his error. So I guessed that the dream had something to do with my own foolishness, illogicality or impracticality.
That lead me to what was probably the real message of the dream, my own illogicality regarding a relationship with a business acquaintance where I was hoping it could develop into something more profitable. On closer inspection it became obvious that this couldn’t possibly work i.e., it just couldn’t “fly”. Unconsciously I had been picking up on the signals and my intuitive sense that I had been ignoring knew the reality and did an end run on my ego, that wasn’t ready to concede defeat, through my dream.
This is often the case with dreams because they don’t have to deal with the ego-self what with that part of us being shut off while in the dream state.
When we awake dream material appears enigmatic and without much tie-in with conscious reality and this can be a good thing because it can force one (assuming that one is conscious of their dreams) to try and decode the out of the ordinary and mysterious symbols which can then take one out of the “same old, same old” narrative which can often lead one astray or into a dead end.
It is here that the value of dream work reveals itself and can add so much more to ones life.