I spent about three hours last night trying to figure out how to use my new Droid phone from Verizon. In that time, I managed to miss a call, send a text I didn’t want to send, go to a lot of pages on the internet I had no intention of visiting and finally find a ring town that didn’t make the fillings in my back teeth vibrate uncomfortable. This inspired me to share the term “Cell Phone” from my upcoming book, Dream Sight: A Dictionary and Guide to Interpreting Any Dream from Llewellyn Worldwide Press which will be released on February 8, 2011.
Universal Landscape: Instant connection and communication of thought.
Dreaming Lens: Were you using your phone? Was someone else using a cell phone? Did you have a clear connection, or was there interference? Did you loose your cell phone? Did the cell phone feel like a helpful tool or a burdensome necessity? Was the cell phone user being responsible?
Personal Focus: In a matter of a few decades, the relatively new phenomenon of cell phones have become so commonplace as to be taken for granted in the Western world. They provide an instant connection from one person to another no matter where either party is located. On the mundane level, they represent the accelerating speed of the world in which we live. Symbolically, they embody the concept what might be called a supra-conscious: the connection between human beings across the planet through technology that provides the instantaneous exchange of ideas almost at the speed of thought.
When considering the symbolic meaning of this particular device, one can not overlook the limitations that are currently part of the experience of using them. Static interference, abrupt disconnection and accidental dialing are all part of the pitfalls of the current technological development. If any of these experiences play a role in your dream, your interpretation must include such challenges. If the object itself holds the meaning of instant connection and higher levels of thought, then a frustrating cell phone interaction symbolizes disconnect instead. Static could indicate that communication is blocked and you are feeling misunderstood or misunderstanding some life event. The stigma attached to cell phones as pretentious could represent a move toward or away from conformity. A cell phone that cannot make a connection could mean your quick fix thinking may be failing you. A smooth connection could be telling you the answer to your communication problems is right there in your pocket.