The Dream Zone The Dream Zone

  • Stolen Car

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    "A dream brings you one step closer to having to pay for analysis."   - Graham Lawrence


    Dear Lauri,

    Last night I dreamed that someone stole my car with my purse in it. What does that mean?  - Bridget 29, Toledo, OH

    Lauri: Your car in a dream can represent your motivation, your "drive" to move forward towards a goal or forward in a relationship or career and your purse can represent your sense of self, your credibility and self worth since that is where we keep our IDs, money and credit cards. For these items to be stolen in a dream is a good indication that you may have lost your drive or motivation to continue forward with some goal, relationship or job, etc. Or perhaps you are feeling some opportunity been taken from you. Are you feeling directionless as far as how to proceed with some issue? The loss of your purse also suggests you may have lost confidence in yourself or you feel others are not appreciating your value.

    Bridget replies:  I have lost all confidence in my job. It’s a dead end job and I am going to be thirty this year and I feel like I have accomplished nothing.

    Lauri replies:  Your dream is showing your situation in the form of a stolen car so that you can gain a better understanding of it. Since this current job isn't getting your motor started anymore, it may be time to go in a different direction. Hang in there. There's something out there that will be more fulfilling for you. Good luck!!!

     

    Fascinating Sleep Fact:
    If you snore, try sleeping on your side because it allows for easy breathing.

  • Demon at Church

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,

    I dreamed that my family was having a party at a church and there was a demon trying to get in to get this book that was inside this secret room. I get the book and run outside to keep it safe, meanwhile the demon is killing all my family while trying to get to me. I hide and he finds me and tells me I can't hide from him or the end of the world, and then walks off.   - Carla 21, West Valley, UT

    Lauri: The church suggests this dream is either about a moral issue or an issue where you need to have faith that all will be okay. The demon represents something in your life that you feel is a negative force, such as a bad situation or a temptation you are fighting. The book represents knowledge or information, something that you have been keeping to yourself but that you may now be feeling you should come out in the open about, which is why you took the book outside in the dream. The demon is killing your family because this information, once known could "kill them" emotionally, so to speak OR it could change things, essentially killing off the way things used to be in your life... or at least the way your family used to be.  The way the demon walks off at the end of the dream makes me think there is something going on that YOU need to walk away from and let it be.

    Carla replies:  My grandmother has stage 4 breast cancer and is on hospice. I came out to my family as being bisexual, except my grandmother doesn’t know. I want to tell her but my family told me not to because it may upset her.  Thank you. This helps.

  • Choke Hold

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,

    I dreamt last night that I was in the driver’s seat of my car with two small children in my back seat, ages 4 to 7, and a person put a choke hold around my neck and held a gun to my heart.  It woke me up.  – Barbara, Vancouver WA

    Lauri: The choke hold suggests there is something you need to speak up about but you are choking back your words for some reason... perhaps because it would be a painful thing to voice.  Or perhaps you are feeling forced to choke back your words by somebody else. I think that is why your heart is also brought to attention, it represents your emotions. Is there something you are afraid to talk about because it would cause heartache? Or maybe there is a heartbreaking issue you can't bring yourself to talk about. This is all in your car because I think your dream is trying to show you that this is a difficult way to travel through life.

    Barbara replies:  My partner and I argue a lot and I can't get a word in edge wise, he raise his voice and talks over me when I try to explain my reasoning. Then somehow I am in the wrong for whatever situation it has to do with.

    Lauri replies: This may be where the children come in. They represent the childish behavior between the two of you, a behavior you need to put behind you, which is why they were in the backseat. And I believe your dream has you behind the wheel because it is letting you know that you have more control over this than you realize. You can steer this in a better direction. Perhaps changing your approach or perhaps moving on. Ultimately, you are in control. Maybe you could tell him about this dream. It may help him to see the reality of his behavior... maybe.

  • Stuck in the Mud

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,

    My late husband and I were riding in a truck and his daughter was in the back seat. We got stuck in muddy water and the murky water started to flow into the truck. I climbed out of my window and grabbed his daughter but my husband didn't make it out. He drowned.  - Jennifer 43, Middletown, NY

    Lauri: The truck represents your ability to carry a heavy emotional load, which is likely the passing of your husband, unless there is something else going on that is weighing heavy on you. Mud in dream represents depression, that which muddies up an otherwise clean psyche. The truck gets stuck because you must be feeling stuck in your depression. Do you often wonder if things will ever get easier to deal with? The good news in this dream is that you were able to get out through the window. The window represents your perspective, your outlook on things. Do you feel your outlook is beginning to change and that it is helping you get out of your depression? You got his daughter out too, which is a good indication that the two of you could be a team right now, each other's support system.

    Jennifer replies: This is amazingly accurate. I’m amazed at how much of an emotional load I carry. I am stuck but am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's been a long bumpy emotional six years since he passed. Thank you.

    Fascinating Dream Fact: Prince Charles, Pamela Anderson and David Bowie have all reported that they keep dream journals.

     

  • Ceiling Fan

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    "What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream? Or what's worse, what if only that fat guy in the third row exists?" - Woody Allen

     

    Dear Lauri,

    Last night I dreamt my ceiling fan kept falling on my head and it hurt but didn't knock me out so I kept hanging it back up.  - Candice 32, Middletown, NY

    Lauri: What's been "hanging over your head" in real life? Any issue or thought that's been on your mind recently? Something that you know you eventually need to take care of but don't necessarily want to? I think the way the fan kept hitting you is the way your dreaming mind is trying to get it in your head that you need to take care of this rather than allowing to continue to hang over you AND before it “spins” out of control.

    Candice replies: This absolutely makes sense! I have money and family issues hanging over my head. Thank you!

    Lauri replies: So the message from your dream is, take care of this already, "it won't hurt," just as it didn't hurt when the fan fell on you. So snap to it, young lady!

    Fascinating Sleep Fact:
    Animal studies have shown that animals forced to stay awake at night and sleep in the light develop more malignant tumors and die sooner than animals with normal sleep cycles. Research on humans has also linked years of overnight work among women to higher breast cancer rates, with a similar effect on prostate cancer in men. - IARC

     

  • Injured Dog

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri: I dreamed I was driving on a busy road and there was an injured black dog on the side of the road. I stopped, got the dog in my car, and tried to drive to the vet as fast as I could. Her front paw was severed and bleeding. There was a lot of traffic and I hit the side of a truck making a left turn in front of me. It cracked my driver's side window. I told the owner of the truck I had an emergency and kept driving. I got the dog to the vet, but the vet said all they could do was take her pain away. I was crying and shaking and woke up sobbing. -Audrey, 34, Roy UT

    Lauri:
    Is there a relationship in your life or a situation that you feel loyalty towards that is not doing well?  The severed paw and the dog being on the side of the road both seem to point to some sort of separation in your life. Are you feeling like you have been left by the wayside? Are you trying to heal your emotional wounds right now? All the traffic suggests there is a lot of confusion connected to this situation and therefore it is slow going.  The car crash may mean you feel you have made a mistake somewhere in all this chaos, and your cracked window indicates your perspective has changed. The advice in this dream comes from the vet: All she can do is take away the pain. In other words, you may be at a point where you can’t do anything about this so try not to let it bother you so much. Sometimes things work themselves out.

    Audrey replies: Thanks Lauri. It's actually a work relationship. I had one job description but my position has been changed in the past couple of weeks and I feel a little lost with the whole thing, trying to find my niche. Being left behind fits right in with that;  I feel like I'm a spectator now instead of a player. It's very emotional for me because my job means so much to me.

  • Dragon Sucking on My Toe

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri: Last night I dreamed my foot was in a desk drawer, one of those old metal gray desks, and there was an iguana in there sucking on my big toe! Though in my dream it was a dragon and I knew if I moved it would poison me and kill me.   – Patty 39, Canby, OR

    Lauri:
    The old desk may mean this is about an issue that is somewhat old but that you need to work on, just as we work on our desks... and in which you need to "put your foot down!" But instead it may be that you are allowing the issue or the person to suck off of you, your time or your energy. The iguana/dragon, I believe, represents that this is about someone that you may describe as cold-blooded (or perhaps your fear that you will come across as cold-blooded if you put your foot down). The fact that you felt this reptile was a dragon means you also feel that this issue has begun to "drag on" and on. If you can find a pun or a play on words in a dream, you have found a good deal of the message. Your fear of moving in the dream implies that you are afraid to make a move about this issue in real life for fear of backlash, perhaps. So just remember, no movement means nothing changes.

    Patty replies: Oh my God! My ex just came back into the picture. And I AM afraid to put my foot down. I'm afraid I won’t be able to pull out if I decided that’s what’s best. We have only talked about the surface problems of why we broke up. Nothing "real" has been really talked about yet. Holy cow that fits to a tee.  Thanks!

    Update:
    So I had a conversation with my ex. After what you said and dreaming last night about big huge worms crawling out of fruit I had just taken a bite out of, I figured I couldn't let it drag on anymore. Thanks again!

  • Chaotic Birthday Party

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,

    I had a dream that we had a birthday party for my son. I wasn't ready, the house wasn't ready. I was going to be serving beans and rice but we had nothing. The bathrooms had no light because the bulbs burned out. I was trying to find toys to give as prizes. At the end, the cake was too small, the spoons were dirty and the guests started leaving before I could say goodbye.   – Heidi 41, Fort Wayne, IN


    Lauri:
    A chaotic dream is often connected to having too much on your plate and not enough time. However, chaos and clutter can also be connected to confusion or indecision in waking life. Beans and rice can be about being strapped financially. Are you trying to give your kids the basics of what they need instead of splurging?

    The burned out bulb may be a warning that you are about to burn out and the dirty spoons may point to negativity that is dirtying up an otherwise clean psyche. Have you or has someone around you been a bit negative lately?

    The cake that is too small is your recognition that you don't have enough of what you would like to offer your family, friends, yourself, etc. But again, a cake is served in celebration. I think your dream may be telling you that despite all the chaos, your life is filled with lots and lots of little things that are worth celebrating.

    Heidi replies: I am working two jobs. I struggle to schedule time around everything else to get both jobs done: taking the kids to school, picking them up, after school activities, etc. I am uncertain about my job. I wish I had time to focus on finding a job I really want... but I’m not ready for full time work because of my youngest son. Which leads to money. Yes, we are strapped for cash always. But, as you said, I am thankful for all I DO have and take pleasure in the little things. I loved this insight! Thanks!

  • My Children Get Kidnapped

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    "If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream."  - Rene Magritte

     

    Dear Lauri,

    Recently I've been having vivid dreams about my kids being in trouble, i.e. kidnapped or hurt in some way and I am unable to help them. Is this a common dream and does it interpret to mean something?  - Kriss 37, Kenosha, WI

    Lauri: Dreaming that your children are hurt or kidnapped is VERY common. You'll find you get the kidnapping dream when you feel life is pulling your little munchkin away from you. For example, when you don't see them enough because you are working too much or when they start pulling away simply because they are getting older. When we resist how fast time goes and how much they grow, we get the kidnapping dream. As far as your children getting hurt, well, the specifics in the dream make a difference as to the meaning. However, physical pain in a dream is usually connected to emotional pain in waking life. You may get that dream when your child is dealing with a painful waking life situation... or perhaps even when YOU are the one feeling emotional pain for your child. These dreams are in no way a warning that something terrible going to happen but rather are a reflection of your deep love for them and the pain you experience watching them grow so darn fast!!! 

    Kriss replies: Thank you. This response has been very helpful. My children are 11 and 15. Both are going through important life changes, ex.  My son is entering middle school and my daughter is becoming a woman!

  • Difficulty Packing

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    "A well-spent day brings happy sleep."   - Leonardo da Vinci

    Dear Lauri,

    I dream frequently about houses.  Sometimes I am buying the house.  Sometimes someone else bought the house before I was able to.  Sometimes I’m moving in and things go wrong; I’m unable to get all the packing done in time. What the heck does it all mean?    – Sharon 58, Hugo, MN

    Lauri: These dreams are not about the house at all but rather about YOU!  Houses in dreams represent the self.  Your dreams suggest that there is something you are trying to move on from, since you are packing and moving or looking to move in your dreams.  The packing seems to be the problem in the dream, which is a good indication you are having a hard time letting something go from your psyche.  Your dream keeps trying to tell you that packing it up and bringing it with you through your life is causing more problems than it’s worth. Once you can find a way to let this go, moving on will be a breeze! 

    Sharon replies: It’s the strangest thing, but since your analysis I haven’t had another dream about houses. It made sense to me that I was the house and that something was bothering me in my life. We recently made a very difficult decision to adopt out our two dogs. We had them for five and a half years and were beginning to resent all the work involved and the fact that we were tied down so much. Since they left there is much less commotion at home. I think my dream was about this decision to let them go. I can tell you I will be much more reflective about dreaming in the future. You are awesome and I thank you very much for helping me

  • Hunger Games

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,

    Last night I dreamed that I was going to have sex with Lenny Kravitz. He was waiting for me in a bedroom and I was in my co-worker’s bathroom for an hour getting ready: showering, shaving, putting on makeup, etc. I was wondering if he would fall asleep waiting for me, and kept looking at the clock because it was 10pm and I was afraid I would be late getting home. Boy I wish that dream was real!   - Christine 44, Wear, NH

    Lauri: In real life what are you preparing for that seems to be taking longer than anticipated? Lenny Kravitz is a clue... and a very nice clue at that! When a celebrity makes a cameo appearance in our dreams the message they hold for us can usually be found in a role that they have played, a movie they have been in or in the title or lyrics of a song that they sing. When you think of Lenny, what comes to mind? Whatever it is, that is where we are going to get our "Aha! Moment."

    Christine replies: I’m having a hard time pinpointing an answer to your question but I’ve been wanting to change careers and get my high school diploma to go to college, but that isn’t something I‘ve started working on.  I also haven’t been losing weight and I’ve been attempting that for some time now. And I do remember being paranoid thinking he would think I was fat.

    Lauri replies:  This may be what your dream is connected to, how long YOU are taking to do what is necessary to get that diploma, change careers AND ESPECIALLY lose weight. This is where I think Lenny Kravitz comes in.  Most recently he was in The Hunger Games. He must represent the hunger you have to deal with in order to lose the weight you want that is unfortunately taking too long to come off.

    Christine replies: Yes! This totally makes sense!


    FASCINATING DREAM FACT:
    In his autobiography, Ogilvy on Advertising, David Ogilvy describes a dream in which a baker drives his horse-drawn wagon down a country road. After having the dream, Ogilvy wrote a now-famous Pepperidge Farm bread commercial with just that script.

  • Floods and Tornadoes

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,

    I have been dreaming about tornadoes and flooding everywhere in my home town near my childhood home. I'm not in danger.  It’s like I'm standing back watching them cause havoc. Last time I had this dream there were two of them and they were named (like we name hurricanes). It felt so real that I woke up and texted myself all the details so I wouldn't forget.   – Kelso 30, Poughkeepsie, NY

    Lauri: Is something in your life - or in your mind - getting increasingly worse just as a flood increases? Tornadoes indicate worry and anxiety that is a destructive force within your psyche. In your latest dream there were two tornadoes so perhaps there are two things you are worried about right now. The fact that you are not in danger and are watching all this makes me wonder if perhaps you are worried about someone around you or worried about something that does not directly affect you in real life. It’s also possible that through this dream you are trying to detach yourself from that which you are worried about. Whatever the case, you weren’t in danger in the dream, which means deep down you know that everything is going to be okay despite what might feel like chaos or uncertainty in your real life.

    Kelso replies: My boyfriend and I were planning on moving next month if he had gotten a job transfer, but he didn't get it. So we're now thinking about looking to move around here but it’s too expensive... maybe that's what I'm worrying about! That and I want to start a family soon and I am worrying that, that may not happen!


    FASCINATING DREAM FACT:
    In his autobiography, Ogilvy on Advertising, David Ogilvy describes a dream in which a baker drives his horse-drawn wagon down a country road. After having the dream, Ogilvy wrote a now-famous Pepperidge Farm bread commercial with just that script.