The earthquake in Japan has shaken us up, if you’ll forgive the pun. On thing I know about the mysterious experience of dreams is that our personal lives and what is happening in the world at large are very much connected. Dreamers in this past week have been sharing with me more vivid and disturbing dreams than usual. This does not surprise me – do not underestimate the impact that occurrences in the collective touch us deeply and profound way. This is one of the reasons why I believe that dreaming interpretation is so powerful and impacting.
In this spirit, I share with you the term “Earthquake” from my book Dream Sight: A Dictionary & Guide for Interpreting Any Dream.
Universal Landscape: Disruptive change of great magnitude.
Dreaming Lens: Where was the earthquake? Were you in an earthquake, or was your dream after the event? What was the duration of the earthquake? Was it your home or someplace else? How much danger was present? Was there any death? What was the level of the damage? Were you prepared?
Personal Focus: When the tectonic plates of the earth shift and collide, the result is an upheaval of colossal magnitude. The energetic source of these violent alterations of the ground is deep below the surface of the earth. The shift of landscape is the result of changes that first originate in the subterranean world. This is representative of how unconscious thoughts and feelings can have an enormous impact when they suddenly become conscious. Earthquakes themselves are of relatively short duration, so the life event this image may be reflecting is likely something that occurred quickly or appeared suddenly.
The symbolic meaning of an earthquake is comprised of three elements: Firstly, a great change has already taken place. Secondly, the onset of the change originated from a deep and unconscious place. Thirdly, things will never be the same.
The enormity of an earthquake renders its victims helpless to avoid the consequences of the changes taking place. Look to situations in your current life that are, or seem to be, inevitable or unavoidable. If a shift in your life is knocking you off balance, an earthquake may reflect a level of vulnerability and a lack of security. The real danger of earthquakes arrive in the aftermath: more people die in fires and post hoc structural damage. A dream earthquake could be a warning about danger that is pending due to recent dramatic changes in your waking life.