Do you think creative people have weirder dreams than most, or is it just me? I had a doozie of a dream last night, the weirdest dream of all time. To see how strange things get in my head sometimes, read on.
I dreamed I was riding a flying motorcycle over a jungle behind a cactus-man. The cactus-man (yes, he had arms and a head and legs and everything and was driving the motorcycle) had so many prickles I couldn’t hold on, so he put a steel rod through his head to make handles for me. These didn’t hurt him, of course, because he was a plant..
Seriously. Do I not win the prize for strangest dream ever?
Some people believe that our dreams are our subconscious trying to work things out or send us messages, so I decided to do a little research on an online dream interpretation site. I checked out “flying” first, since that part was pretty cool. On the Dream Moods site I learned that flying signifies a sense of freedom where before you felt restricted. It does say that if you are flying with black wings it signifies bitter disappointment. If black wings are bad, how much worse could prickly cactus with a steel rod through his head be? I’m not sure I dare to go any further.
I read on, however, and am happy to discover that a flying machine (the motorcycle) “foretells of steady and satisfactory progress in your future endeavors.” That’s pretty cool, right? This motorcycle didn’t even have saddlebags, let alone black wings. Whew!
I look up “cactus.” The dream dictionary says that a cactus symbolizes feelings of being invaded, crowded, suffocated. The prickles represent a wish to establish a boundary of personal space, of needing to defend yourself.
So what does it mean when the cactus is driving the flying machine? That my need for personal space is going to move me in a steady and satisfactory way toward my goals?
So far, the common theme is “space and freedom.”
Nothing came up for “steel rod” so I typed in “steel” and discovered that if you see steel in your dream it symbolizes toughness, willpower, determination, and strength. This dream is actually starting to seem, well, thematic! I can use willpower, determination, and strength to steer my need for space and freedom toward a satisfactory goal. Symbolized by the jungle? Let’s see what the jungle stands for, shall we?
A jungle, as you may have predicted, symbolizes chaos or inhibitions in your personality. If you are lost in the jungle, negative feelings are hindering your progress. However, in my dream I was flying above the jungle. I’m beginning to like this dream more and more, cacti head trauma aside. In fact, I think my subconscious was trying to tell me to “hop on that flying motorcycle, baby, and don’t look down!”
I think the lesson here is that determination, stick-to-itiveness, and hard work will bring the reward of greater freedom and accomplishment of my goals. And what are my goals for this year?
I want to bring more readers to my blog. I want to rewrite one of my novels and submit it to a publisher or agent. I want to expand my garden into more beds for growing greens this summer. I want to find a local source of pork and chicken and start buying from those sources. I want to drop twenty-five pounds, work out six days a week, and eat mostly local/whole foods. I want to sew at least one article of clothing before the year is out and knit one pair of socks per month.
If my dream is a portent, I think I can look forward to accomplishing some or all of these goals. With or without Cactus-Man.
What about you? Do you believe in dream interpretation? Have you set goals for 2011? Have any interesting dreams to share Outside the Box? Drop me a line!