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Rocks and boulders in dreams


Universal Landscape: Primitive memory.

Dreaming Lens: Were you dreaming of pebbles, rocks, stones, boulders or even larger formations? Were these objects helpful, such as tools or building materials? Were they obstacles, such as a block in your path or an impediment to reaching a desired destination? Were they an annoyance, or actually in a position to cause harm?

Personal Focus: Rocks act as the memory for our planet. By examining their elemental makeup and physical structure, scientists can understand the history of the earth. The fossil records left in rock formations literally describe our planet’s journey through time. Seen in this light, even the stones and pebbles you find in your back yard are symbolic of the ancient past and the secrets of how we came to be in this vast universe. At the beginning of civilization, early man made tools out of stone. This same material was used later by more sophisticated cultures to create buildings. The remains of these objects and structures serve as symbols of the memory of the evolution of the human race.

Whenever stones, rocks or boulders are prominent in a dream, you may be connecting on some level to a primal image rooted in the distant past. On a more mundane level, the past that is being represented by this image may be your own personal history.

To begin your interpretation, examine the role or function the rock(s) or boulder(s) are playing in your dream. If you are using a rock as a tool or a weapon, your activity should be interpreted on its own merit with the added element of history, memory or a sense of the primitive.

This same perspective should be added to a dream image of constructing something with stone, with the primary meaning being that which you associate with the thing itself: Something made of stone is built to last forever. Rocks or boulders can represent obstacles or challenges if they obstruct your way or present you with some amount of danger. If this is the case, what may be blocking you in your waking life could be material that is deeply imbedded in your unconscious. Examine areas where you may be holding fast to old ideas that no longer serve you.

Painful memories can often seem like insurmountable obstacles or enormous boulders that appear to be immovable. If this describes your dream experience, it may be time to let go of outdated notions that still have the power to hold you back from fuller self-expression.

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What Does Driving Mean In A Dream?

I had a dream the other night where the rear view mirror in my car had been stolen.  This led me to consider some of the circumstances in my life where I was making some changes.  I think it’s always important to keep moving forward in life and stay grounded in the present.  However, we must not loose sight entirely of where we’ve just been so that we can call upon our past decisions in order to better inform our present choices.   Without the rear view mirror, we can’t see what is just behind us.

Driving images in dreams are so very prevalent as we are a car-driven society.  In that spirit, I share this excerpt from my upcoming dictionary, Dream Sight, out from Llewellyn Press February 2011.


Universal Landscape:  Your movement on your path in life.

Dreaming Lens:  Were you driving or was someone else?  Were you in control of the car?  Were you in the proper seat?  Were you speeding, slowing or stopped?  Were you comfortable or was panic setting in?  Were you responsible for anyone else, such as passengers or pedestrians?

Personal Focus:  As a culture, we are dependent upon our cars on a daily basis.  They take us where we are going in our lives with such regularity that they hold the symbolic meaning of how we are moving on our paths through life.  The circumstances around the car and the driving experience will identify for you what emotional and psychic challenges are surrounding you at this time.

If you are driving out of control in the dream, you must consider what area of your life might be beyond your ability to regulate.  If you are in the back seat and need to gain control of the car, look for ways in which you haven’t yet stepped up to the plate.  You may not be able to do so yet because of circumstances beyond your control.  If your car isn’t responding to you, you may be feeling ineffectual about taking charge of some path you are traversing.  Varying speeds might be reflecting movement in life that feels either too fast or too slow for your comfort.

A vehicle other than a car might point to being in foreign territory.  You may not be feeling confident in your ability to work with the circumstances you have been handed.   Causing an accident could be inviting you to look at the consequences of your choices.  Being a victim of an accident might encourage you to look at the ways in which you have abandoned your own direction because of another person or outside force beyond your control.  Driving in the rain connects emotional issues to your current route.   Icy conditions indicate that emotions are being frozen over, making your way treacherous.  Down or up a hill would illustrate the sense of effort or ease involved in your life movement.

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