A dream tells me that some problems won’t go away until I make them go away…
But what is the best way to make them go away?
In the dream…
I’m standing, watching television—I’m waiting to see how the movie ends.
But a wasp flies around the room—around me. I’m distracted and I don’t want to be distracted—I just want to watch the movie.
Then the wasp gets caught in a spider’s web behind me. So I’m safe—now I can give my full attention to the movie.
But the wasp somehow frees itself and again dips and darts around me.
Finally, in frustration, I whack it with a rolled-up magazine.
Wasps, flies, and mosquitoes are among the few creatures I will kill without hesitation in my waking life.
But I did hesitate in the dream…
There’s nothing wrong in watching movies…nothing wrong in being entertained…but I need to “get the bugs out” first (see June 9 entry).
But isn’t that what I finally did?
Yes. I’ll finally got angry enough to do something. Maybe the dream is showing me that angry aggression has its good uses.
That may be so…
…but I suppose I could have tried to talk to the wasp first. Find out why it was in my dream.
At the time of the dream, I did not know what trouble in my waking life the wasp represented.
I kept the question in mind for a couple of weeks, until I finally realized what problem the wasp symbolized.
It was an old issue—something that I believed might “sting” me.
But once I looked at the problem, it became something else…
…just as the wasp might have transformed if I had not struck it, killed it—if I had not acted out of fear.
© 2011, Michael R. Patton