Recovery Dream

I believe our dreams are reflections of our waking lives and that they have significant meaning, even if they don’t seem to make much sense at first. 

Last night I had an extremely vivid dream.  When I woke up, I immediately knew it was a recovery dream, signifying that I am successfully pushing my way past my disorder.  Just to make sure, I wrote down all of the symbols I could remember and looked them up online.  It’s good stuff, people!

The Dream

I was moving out of my apartment, which I was sharing with one of my best friends from high school.  We were packing up our belongings, cleaning the floors and painting the walls back to their original color.  Typical moving stuff.

While she was busy elsewhere in the apartment, I tried to take a giant mirror off the wall by myself in order to pack it.  This mirror was HUGE; it took up almost the entire wall.  It ended up being too heavy and awkward for me to carry, and it slipped out of my hands and onto the floor, shattering into thousands of tiny pieces.

My roommate began helping me sweep up the pieces, but never got to finish because she needed to leave.  I was left alone in the apartment with tons of chores left to do and not enough time to do them. 

I suddenly felt the urge to leave, to run away.  I’m not sure what I was running from or why, I just knew that I needed to get out of there and that packing didn’t matter anymore.  A large group of strangers met me outside and we formed a team.  Our team name was “Orange” to distinguish us from the multiple other teams of runaways that had formed at the same time.  Our team leader was my real-life therapist.

Though the path we followed was clearly marked, we were the only team to choose this particular path.  Sometimes the trail was blocked by tall grass or was a little more perilous due to steep drops and hills, but it was possible to traverse.

At one point in our journey, we saw a long string of ambulances in the distance, racing ahead with their sirens blaring.  I knew that they carried injured people, but I had no way of knowing if I would recognize anyone inside.  I just had this feeling that I needed to escape whatever had befallen those individuals.

And then I woke up.

Symbols (looked up here)

Moving ~To dream that you are moving away signifies your desire or need for change. It may also mean an end to a situation; you are moving on. Alternatively, it indicates your determination and issues regarding dependence/independence.

Packing ~ 
To dream that you are packing signifies big changes ahead for you. You are putting past issues to rest. Alternatively, it represents the burdens that you carry.

Shattered Mirror - To break a mirror in your dream suggests that you are breaking an old image of yourself. You may be putting an end to an old habit.  To see a cracked or broken mirror in your dream represents a poor or distorted self-image. Alternatively, it means that you have put an end to your old habits and ways.

Orange (fruit) ~ signifies health and prosperity.  To dream that you are eating oranges indicate satisfaction with your life and where you are. You are in a good place.

Trail ~
To dream that you are on a trail signifies your progress in life.

Path ~ To walk down an open path in your dream signifies clarity of thought and peace of mind. It also symbolizes your progress.
Partially blocked trail/path ~ To see a blocked or windy path in your dream, denotes that you need to give serious attention to the direction you are heading in your personal and/or business life.
Ambulance ~ To see an ambulance full of wounded passengers signifies a fear of letting go your old self and making space for the new you.

What does it mean?

Packing and cleaning indicates my willingness to move on from my past and look forward to new experiences.

In the process of packing (moving on), I shatter a mirror, which indicates the shattering of my body image distortion and obsession with my appearance.

I abandon packing in order to join a group of strangers and follow a path in the woods.  I believe this has to do with me leaving my burdens behind and choosing recovery.  

Though the path is sometimes hard (perilous and covered in weeds), we follow the path in order to avoid a dark fate (in the dream, this is symbolized by ambulances).

Right on, subconscious.

What do you think?  Have you had any meaningful recovery dreams lately?

~ As always, there is a new "Happiness" today! Check it out :)

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