Other people‚Äôs dreams are never interesting‚Ä¶except when they‚Äôre about sex. Each week, our dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg tells one lucky reader what their dirty dream means. This week, a reader asks Lauri:
I had a dream last night that I was shot twice in the chest. Right after being shot, I was sure that I was dying, and I called my mom on the phone to come see me. When she got there, I gave her a list of everyone that I wanted her to call and tell them that I was going to die. I don’t remember any specific people or names I mentioned. As the dream wore on, I still had the holes in my chest but the pain seemed to disappear and I was even walking around almost like I was fine, but still aware that I had been shot. That is when the dream ended. I didn’t end up dying in the dream.
Lauri: Sounds like you may have suffered a recent heartache. The chest is where the heart is and therefore often represents our feelings in a dream. Did someone shoot you down emotionally or say something that hurt your feelings? Your certainty that you were going to die suggests that in waking life you must have felt that your life would never be the same.
Your call to your mother was most likely a call you were putting out to your own nurturing self. It seems there were some emotional wounds that you needed to nurse. Interesting that the pain disappeared. Physical pain in a dream is connected to emotional pain in waking life. Clearly, the emotional pain let up, which helped you realize that you could indeed survive the situation. The holes in the chest however, indicate there may still be a certain level of emptiness you are feeling. Chin up! Time does heal all wounds.