HE HATES BEING UP IN THE AIR
In a recurring dream, I am in a plane that is going down in a crash, but I am completely calm and have no fear whatsoever. Upon crashing, I awaken calm but I feel emptied of all emotion. Please decode this dream.
— Jason M., Brooklyn
One understands that being up in the air represents uncertainty, an uncertainty deemed more frightening to you at this point in time than crashing down to earth. In this view, landing on terra firma represents being on solid ground again, on solid footing. This affords the stability you require in your life. In another view, there is the wish to terminate something in your life, the wish to cut off emotionally. You may loathe the pressures and difficulties of staying on top and would rather come down a peg or two and walk among your peers.
FEAR OF NOT HAVING WHAT IT TAKES
In a recurring dream for the past 20 years, I have to catch a plane going to Japan and as I am on the way to the airport, I remember I forgot to pack something, either clothes, hygiene items or passport, and I start to panic. I tell whoever is driving to turn around and take me back home. I don’t know if I ever make my flight because I awaken. What does this mean?
— Rosemarie J., Danbury, Conn.
Not being in the driver’s seat is a sign that control is an issue. As such, one understands that you don’t want “to trip,” where tripping is another symbol of not being in control of the situation at hand. In this scenario, stability and certainty are lacking and ambivalence is key. The wish to miss your flight and remain home is fulfilled through intentional forgetting. For whatever reason, the past is more important than the future. In another view, you fear you don’t have what it takes.
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