For today’s blog, I was at a bit of a loss for what to write, so, trusting in the benevolent powers that surround us, I simply opened my dream journal to a page, any page. Since I have started an online course about dreams with Robert Moss, I have renewed my dedication to the dream and to my own journal keeping.
The dream that popped off the page was one so similar to a dream I had so many years ago (as in 35 years) that I figured I must use this one to inspire today’s blog. In essence the dream goes: I had a sick fish in my hand and was looking for a place to put it in water. I was in a mall. A man did find a small pond for me so I placed the fish in the water and hoped it would fare well.
For blog purposes, I took this dream to be about the ‘fish out of water’ feeling, a common experience, and perhaps, a reminder of what I can do to get myself back to a sense of ‘being in the right place’.
Journal keeping is definitely one way to pull oneself back into a meaningful personal reality. In this case I used the journal to ask myself questions prompted by the feeling of being out of place. By the way, water, and by extension the fish, is closely associated with emotional states of being in traditional symbolic systems.
So here go some questions that come to my mind:
Do I really want to be here? What is really important to me? Who do I really trust? What activities do I enjoy? What do I really value in life? Where would I rather be? What would I like to do now? What do I really want? What are my priorities? Why do I feel like a fish out of water?
The effect of questions in a journal is essentially a trigger mechanism that gets the unconscious moving towards consciousness. Emotions, in particular, strong ones, are often flags that tell us something has to be recognized, something has to be resolved, something needs attention. There is no need to answer the questions directly, just a need to put them out and then the psyche takes over from there as long as you are open to its movement. The answers may not even come in explicit language or concepts, but somehow the ones that need to be known will guide you in your life to find the attitude, situation or relationship that will be your comfortable and life giving ‘pond’.