Tuesday, November 16, 2010

To New Heights

I was in a foreign country with a tropical climate. The natives there had me and another involved in some sort of initiation or rite of passage. I was to climb this big tree/rock/tower structure while balancing a stack of long, thin rocks on my head, held together with twine. So I carefully climbed this structure with one hand while the other held on to the string to keep the rocks secured tightly. I focused on keeping my head upright and the string tight so they wouldn't fall. I finally made it to the top platform of the tower.

I was congratulated by the natives and then they sang me their national anthem. The view was incredible from the top. This tower was on the beach and was facing west towards the ocean. The setting sun lit up the sky with oranges, pinks, and reds. On the beach, there was a carnival; and just beyond, a railroad went from north to south on the sand. At the top, I had my picture taken with my sisters and brother in law.


Foreign Land:

To dream that you are in a foreign land, represents change in your life. Consider how you feel about the surrounding. If you are afraid or lost, then it indicates that you are not ready for the change. You are not willing to leave the past behind. If you are excited or happy in this unknown place, then it suggests that you are ready for change.

To dream of an initiation, indicates that you are pursuing a new path or goal. You are making a career change or getting a promotion.

To dream that you are climbing up something (ladder, rope, etc.), signifies that you are trying to or you have overcome a great struggle. It also suggests that your goals are finally within reach. Climbing also means that you have risen to a level of prominence within the social or economic sphere.

To dream that you lose your balance, suggests that you are having difficulty weighing your options and choices in some situation.

To see a rock in your dream, symbolizes strength, permanence, stability and integrity, as conveyed in the common phrase "as solid as a rock". The dream may also indicate that you are making a commitment to a relationship or that you are contemplating some changes in your life that will lay the groundwork for a more solid foundation. Alternatively, a rock represents stubbornness, disharmony and unhappiness.

Rock Climbing:
To dream that you are rock climbing, symbolizes your struggle, determination and ambition. You are not any letting obstacles get in the way of your goal. Additionally, the dream indicates that you have an edge over others.

To see a tower in your dream, signifies high hopes and aspirations. If you are looking down from a tower, then it indicates that you have a perceived superiority over others. Your ego is inflated.
To dream that you are climbing a tower, denotes your quest for spirituality and unconscious ideas that may be surfacing.

To dream of a celebration, represents your achievement toward a higher level of growth. This may also be a self-congratulatory dream for the goals you have achieved and for the recognition you have gained. You may also be honoring some victory, success, or accomplishment. Alternatively, to dream of a celebration, symbolizes freedom and emotional release. Celebration dreams are common for those who anticipate an upcoming turning point or event in their waking life.

To see an ocean in your dream, represents the state of your emotions and feelings. It is indicative of spiritual refreshment, tranquility and renewal. Alternatively, the dream means that you are feeling empowered and unhindered. You have a positive outlook in life and are not limited by anything. If you are sailing across the ocean, then it signifies new found freedom and independence. You are showing great courage. If the ocean is rough, then the dream represents some emotional turmoil. You are doing your best to handle life's ups and downs.

To see a railroad in your dream, indicates that you have laid out a set track toward achieving your goals. Your progress will be slow but steady. You are well disciplined and secure in your life. Alternatively, the dream indicates that you may be too linear and rigid in your thinking. Sometimes you need to go off track and explore other possibilities.

I found this dream pretty bizarre upon wakening but the interpretation is pretty simple and beautiful after reflection. I felt fairly confident in this foreign land and was ready for the initiation. The initiation and the climbing in the dream represents my struggle or undertaking of a new career path, a new future I'm writing for myself. The rocks simply represent a burden. The fact that I balanced them means I can handle whatever may come. That I can handle the balancing act of strength/stability vs. disharmony/stubbornness and still get to where I need to be.

I don't feel like I have a sense of superiority over others. Though what is worse: Feeling superior or inferior of others? Lack of confidence can be deadly and if I wasn't confident, I may have dropped the rocks or have fallen while climbing that tower. I felt a strong sense of community with the natives welcoming me into their land with their singing of their national anthem. And sharing this experience with my sisters and brother in law. Maybe it means I'll feel less alien in where I go. It's important to feel a part of something or a group of people but it's equally important to be yourself and be confident.

I'm not sure the significance of the railroad but what came to mind is the house being built upon sand parable.["But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." Mathew 7:26-27] If a railroad represents a slow and steady path towards achieving goals, does it mean the path may sink in the sand at some point and everything will come crashing down? That it's not stable? Well.. nothing's stable and my mind tends to explore possibilities. So I chose not to focus on failure when success and beauty were in front of my eyes.

It kind of reminded me of 'Submerged' in that it took place on a beach with the symbol of water, yet this time it was saying that I conquered the flood and the tower. It's quite a refreshing and reassuring dream. It truly was self-congratulatory. That success is within my reach. It's saying I should keep this confidence and move forward... and enjoy the view.

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