A Scottish Air
I am feeling isolated and I join a community made up of people who also feel isolated even within the community to which they belong to. My joining this community suddenly provides a catalyst for everyone to reach out to each other and we start to do things as a community. We build a bridge with our bare hands and an aqueduct. The setting of the dream was the Scottish Highlands.
(not sure if this is a separate dream or following on from the above) I am with a group of female friends and I am covered in leeches. The friends are helping me remove the leeches. I have to keep removing items of clothing as more leeches are found. Eventually I end up naked as they continue to remove the leeches.
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Dream notes and associations
Penny and I watched "Old peoples home for teenagers" on TV last night. A lot of the participants, both young and old, felt a sense of isolation. We have always thought that my father's family were of Scottish descent, but when we did the family tree we discovered that we were Irish. And now that I have had my DNA done my Scottish and Irish DNA is not very high.
The second part of the dream reminded me of my dream; "In my comfort zone" In this dream I can recognise all the women as friends in my social circle, that I share with Penny, in real life.
Also recently we have found leeches inside our house. Plus my recent experiences with leech bites that put me in hospital for a week.
My feelings throughout the dream and on awakening
A sense of isolation, a sense of community, a sense of purpose. The second part of the dream also had the sense of community. And the second part didn't feel erotic or sexual.
Hi Lindsay, what a profound dream – the community, building the bridge and the aqueduct are all very strong themes. The removal of leeches seems very symbolic too and reminds me of your dream where we peeled away layers of an artichoke.
Yes it was a profound dream. Building bridges is an obvious metaphor but I think the aqueduct is a much more subtle metaphor. Let me explain. For decades I have never understood what or how an aqueduct worked. I knew they were hailed as masterpieces of Roman engineering but I would look at them and shrug my shoulders. All I saw was a series of arches, crossing a valley and, somehow, it controlled the flow of water down the valley. I thought that it was the arches that controlled the flow of water and I just couldn’t see how the arches would make any meaning contribution to that flow. It has only been in the last ten years that I realised that the water flowed across the top of the aqueduct, in a pipe or a channel and the arches were a support mechanism for that flow. Hope that helps.
The bathroom renovations are nearly complete and I will be back in touch shortly.
The friends in the second part of the dream were the same friends in the comfort zone dream.
The bridge and the aqueduct were built out of stone.
The building with bare hands would be a powerful embodiment
The building with bare hands would be a powerful embodiment.