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  • Fueling Up a Rented Snowmobile in a Dream

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    “The function of dreams is to maintain a correct balance in our lives. A dream puts us back into proper balance. It comes to reveal, not to hide."  - Dr. John Baumgold
    Dear Lauri,
    Last night I dreamed I rented a snow mobile but had to put gas in it by myself, and the gas tank looked like an ink cartridge!  - Marcy 41, Fountain Hills AZ
    Lauri: It sounds like you are getting "fueled up," energized and ready for something.  The snowmobile is a clue as it represents your ability to get through a situation where you have to deal with someone that is emotionally cold or perhaps a situation you have grown cold towards. And the fact that this was a rental suggests this situation is only temporary. Why on earth was the fuel tank an ink cartridge, of all things?  Ink is used to print information and messages.  Any info you need to gear yourself up to convey to someone else?
    Marcy replies: When you said ,"energized," that’s going to be me! I am getting married.  He proposed last week.  In the process I have ended a relationship with my adopted mother who is an evil, cold, emotionally unavailable and abusive person. I made it clear she is not invited to my wedding. We also decided to move to North Carolina in the next few months, which has to remain a secret because of my job.  I am so excited and energized to start a new life with him! I know I am taking on a lot in the next few months.  I have lived in AZ all my life so this will be my first time to let go and leave so that may also explain the ink cartridge, which was disposable.  This is awesome. Thank you!

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  • Driving With Blurry Vision

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    Dear Lauri,
    I have a reoccurring dream that I am trying to drive down the road but everything is so blurry.  I cannot focus in on anything. What does this mean?   - Lauren 25, Franklin, TN
    Lauri: This dream comes to you whenever you need to "focus" on a particular issue in your life.  Something may be going on that you aren't seeing for what it really is.  Can you think of anything to which you may be turning a "blind eye?”  Or perhaps you simply don't have the "focus" and "drive" (motivation) you used to have in some area of your life.  Whatever the case, these dreams are telling you to "open your eyes," look closely at your issues and at your life as a whole so that you can safely go down the road life has in store for you.
    Lauren replies: I am going through a divorce at the age of 25. My soon to be ex-husband finally admitted he was an alcoholic after two years of ups and downs. I finally realized that I have a great job and that I do not need him to hold me back, or try to hurt things that I have worked so hard for. That interpretation makes great sense!

    Fascinating Dream Fact:
    Ten years ago, ad agency owner Jeff Taylor had a dream that gave him the idea for the job search engine, Monster Worldwide, better known by its web address: Monster.com! As soon as he woke up, he ran to his local coffee shop where he spent the next four hours jotting down ideas. How rich is he for paying attention to his dreams?!
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  • Dancing with the Stars in your Dreams

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    “Dreams afford unmistakable information about the analytical situation, the correct understanding of which is of the greatest therapeutic importance." – Carl G. Jung
     
    Dear Lauri,
    I had a dream last night that Cheryl Burke (from Dancing with the Stars) was performing her freestyle in the finals with an unknown handsome man and the audience was screaming "BOOOOOO" because the dance was really slow.    – Tina 34, Pittsburgh, PA
    Lauri: This dream is not really about Cheryl Burke but rather about what she is best known for, dancing. Are you dancing around an issue that needs to be addressed?  Is there something you are dealing with that was once working in harmony and rhythm with your life but is now a bit of a problem?  The booing is connected to something that YOU disapprove of.  And the fact that the dancing was going so slow suggests that you feel this issue is taking its sweet time to resolve itself.  Whatever it is, you are going to have to work harder or change tactics in order to correct it. We want to be applauded in our dreams, not booed, as that suggests our inner mind is none too happy with how we are performing in waking life.
    Tina replies: I'm really unhappy with the intimate side of my marriage right now yet I have no idea how to talk to my husband about that problem.  He isn't showing much interest lately. I've always had more drive than him but this is the worst I've seen it.  I already told him about the dream this morning (Cheryl is his favorite pro) but I think I’ll tell him again and I'll have to try to lead into "so this is what my dream means," and see how that goes. Thanks!
    
    
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  • Gathering Wood in a Dream

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    “People who snore always fall asleep first." – Author Unknown
     
    Dear Lauri,
    I have been having a lot of dreams about the woods or firewood lately. My most recent one, I went camping with some friends and found my mother, who has been deceased for over 17 years now. She was in a cabin, deep in the woods, and was in a hurry collecting firewood. Then I started helping her collect fire wood, and suddenly she was gone.   – Pam 47, Stanwood, WA
    Lauri: Are you a mother?  If so, your mother represents your own role as Mom.  Is anything going on with your kids or grandson that would cause you to need your good ol' maternal instincts right now? And if the answer to that is yes then this may be where the wood comes in. Your dreaming mind is telling you to gather your strength, hence gathering the wood, in order to properly deal with the issue. The camping is either about getting something out in the open or simplifying. Have things become complicated?
    Pam replies: I am having trouble with my oldest son who is on drugs, and having a hard time dealing with it.  It is very complicated; my son doesn't live with his own son, my grandson, and is only allowed to have visits with me or my grandson's mother here.  I have trouble with my son when he is over, and now we aren't even speaking.  I do want it to be less complicated, but just don't know how.
    Lauri Replies:  Keep dreaming on it. You dreams will certainly guide you. Their first message is to gather your strength, stay strong and do not lose sight of the fact that you are his mother, not his friend. I think that's why your friends were in the dream and your mother disappeared.
    Pam replies:  That makes sense.  I do want to be his friend.  Thanks so much for making this clear to me!
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  • Navigating an Obstacle Course in your Dream

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    “Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.”   – Marsha Norman
     
    Dear Lauri,
    I dreamt I was at a military boot camp with my parents and an ex boyfriend from years ago. I had to complete a course which was a strange non military like maze through buildings with lots of other people there I didn't know. I was the first to finish and I fell and landed with my face in the mud.   - Jeanna 37, Auberndale, WI
    Lauri: Is there anything in waking life you need to – or have been - more disciplined and militant about? Diet? Exercise? Finances? Anything like that? It seems that you are doing a pretty good job but despite that, you may be upset or depressed, hence falling into the mud.  Let’s talk about that ex. Was he your first love? If so, he represents the passion and excitement you want and need in your life right now.  We dream of our first loves when our current relationship gets a little too routine or when we are going through a dry spell.
    Jeanna replies: I am working on the diet and exercise, and I am definitely depressed.  I have an unhappy marriage.  My husband isn't home much and when he is I don't get to exercise or follow my own schedule.  I turn into a b!#ch when he's around because I don't like it when he's home. And yes, the ex in my dream was my first love.
    Lauri:  I believe your dream is showing you that you feel your life is difficult to maneuver through right now but yet you are still managing to do so even though you face many obstacles to your happiness. Stay disciplined. It seems to be working for you.
    Jeanna replies:  Thank you!! That all makes so much sense!!  When I woke up I was feeling really confused and thinking what in the world was that about? I am going to work on being more disciplined with my diet, exercise, chores, schooling, taking care of me.  As for the hubby, well I'm going to take care of me first and then I'll deal with that!!
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  • A Lion in the Bed

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    "Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's question." - Edgar Cayce
    Dear Lauri,
    I have a recurring dream that my mother had a lion in her bed wrapped up in a blanket!  There were two holes in the blanket where I could see his eyes looking at me. When the lion started to get up, I started running!   – Laura 43, St. Louis, MO
    Lauri: Your dream suggests you are keeping your inner power, your courage, represented by the lion, under wraps.  Why is the lion in your mom’s bed, of all places?  If you’re a mom – particularly a single mom -  then you may need to go out on the prowl and get yourself a worthy man who would be a good father to your children.  Or perhaps you need to have more courage in disciplining them.  If this doesn’t seem to be the case, then in what way are you like your mom?
    Laura replies: I am a single mom, but my daughter is 21. Going out on the prowl for a man makes sense! I feel that, like my mother, I am a weak person.  She is very giving, always doing for others and not for herself.
    Lauri:  In that case, your dream is showing you that you need to get out of your mothers comfort zone (symbolized by her bed) of being too nice and giving and awaken and uncover your inner lioness.  It’s time to roar!!  When you do, the dream will stop.
    
    
    Fascinating Dream Fact: Whether she is still on this planet or not, our moms show up in our dreams, on average, about once a week!
    
    
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  • Driving a Glittery New Sports Car in your Dream

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    Dear Lauri,
    I dreamed I was in the market for a new car so I called my old personal trainer who, in the dream, was a car salesman and told him what I wanted.  He said he'd have it ready. I show up at the dealership and it's a purple sports car with glitter!  After I jumped in and took off, I realized it was only a one-seater.  I started to have second thoughts because I thought for sure it was a V6, but as I was accelerating I noticed that it was only a 4 cylinder.  I called my trainer/dealer and told him I was going to bring it back.  Then I woke up.   – Bobbi 35, New York
    Lauri: You must be in the market for a new direction in waking life. While it seems odd that your former trainer was the car dealer in the dream it is perfectly natural to your dreaming mind because he represents your ability to be disciplined, and that is what it will take to get yourself moving in this new direction in real life.  The car is glittery because that represents the glitz and glamour of it in your mind.  It seems that once this idea became a reality you realized it wasn't what you had hoped and it didn't leave much room for anyone or anything else in your life (the one seat).  It is a 4 cylinder rather than a V6 because you are losing your "drive," your motivation, to continue with it.  It seems that this new waking life direction just isn't practical for your life and it's best to go back to the drawing board.
    Bobbi replies: I have been a personality in the media for about 12 years, and recently my commitments have taken over my life.  Going into the business, there was a small element of "glitz and glamour" thoughts, but I quickly learned that wasn't going to be the case.  That passion and drive has certainly dwindled in the past months, as it's taken quite a toll on me living a truly happy and fulfilling life.  I have indeed been toying with the idea of heading in a totally different direction.
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  • Dreaming of Applying Mascara in an Unusual Place

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    "It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.- Baltasar Gracian
     
    Dear Lauri,
    I dreamt I was putting mascara on my armpit hairs.  I woke up thinking...WOW! What in the world does this mean?   - Marcy 30, Salt Lake City, UT
    Lauri: Um yeah... wow!  Seriously though, as bizarre as this dream is, there is definitely a message.  It seems  that you are currently in a situation that "stinks" or that you feel is "the pits."  Armpits can also be rather offensive. Have you offended anyone recently? Your dream self is putting mascara on the pit hair, so that leads me to believe your inner self wants you to enhance this situation or perhaps try to make yourself look better and less offensive in someone else’s eyes, hence the mascara.  
    Marcy replies: You have no idea how right on the mark you are! I recently got a DUI. However, it's not that black and white. There are some major flaws in the police officer’s report and the way he conducted his tests.  So I hired a lawyer but all my communication with him has been very uneasy and not very comforting.  When I talked to him on the morning of the hearing he was so rude and condescending, the last thing he did was put my mind at ease that he would fight for me.  Needless to say, I lost my license. Since then I have been doing all I can to keep a positive face for my kids to ensure they feel secure (they have no idea). That has been a huge challenge because when you are in a stinky situation that you have no control over, you really have to focus on the little things that you are grateful for to maintain what's most important in life.
    Fascinating Sleep Fact: The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.
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  • Digging up an Elephant in the Front Yard

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    "All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.- Plutarch
     
    Dear Lauri,
    I dreamt I was in my grandmothers front yard and I was digging up an elephant who was coming to life as I was digging it wrapped its trunk around my neck and kinda gave me a hug then ran off.  – Duane, Denver, CO
    Lauri: Your dream takes place in a front yard so that means this is about something in your waking life that is out there in full view of others, something that everyone knows about, as opposed to the backyard which would be connected to something you wish to keep to yourself.  The digging suggests that you are digging deep within yourself in order to bring about some sort of quality you need right now, which is symbolized by the elephant. Elephants are best known for their memory so perhaps it is something you need to remember how to do, or perhaps it is a memory from the past that you are ready to revisit. Elephants are also known for their thick skin. Anything going on right now that you need to be thick-skinned in order to deal with it?  Whatever it is, it is something your dreaming mind feels you need to embrace, just as the elephant embraced you. This all goes down at Grandma’s, which means you feel this issue is really getting old.  
    Duane replies: I produce stage shows and I’m starting a new one in less than two weeks.  Now that I’m doing this show everyone and their mother is coming out wanting to be a part of it, people I have known for more than 10 years and I am having to tell them no, and  that I don’t think they are right for my show. I have a specific ideal and they don’t fit it.  It hurts my heart to tell them but I’m having to be sort of a jerk about it because I’m getting attitude. This all makes sense.
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  • Ghostly Figure in a dream

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    "Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare." - H.F. Hedge
     
    Dear Lauri,
    I dreamed that my living room furniture was piled in the middle of the living room and painted purple.  I ran down the hall to check the bedroom.  I turned around in the hallway just in time to see a ghost-like figure walk from the laundry room, look at me and smirk, then walk straight into (and through) the wall.   What does this mean? – Audrey 31, Roy, UT
    Lauri: Is there something from your past that still haunts you and that you are living with on a daily basis, hence the living room? Are there thoughts about this incident that seem to pile up on you, just as the furniture was in a pile? It seems that your inner mind wants you to cleanse yourself of it, which is why the ghost went into the laundry room. I also think it is important that the ghost went through the wall.  Sure, walking through walls is a popular ghostly past-time, but I think this is showing you that any barrier you may feel is there that is keeping you from cleansing this issue from your psyche is in fact penetrable. In other words, get out of your comfort zone and do what it takes to move past this issue. Like a ghost, it is dead and no longer useful to you.
     
    Audrey replies: This makes perfect sense. I've been trying to clear the "clutter" of the past, especially the anger I have over incidents where I felt I didn't receive justice. In this dream I felt "victimized" by someone coming into my house and messing with my things. I guess it really is time to clean up. 
    Fascinating Dream Fact:

    Harriett Tubman was able to lead hundreds of escaped slaves to freedom by paying attention to her dreams; they often showed her what course to take through the woods or around a river, etc.

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  • Dreaming Your Child has been Kidnapped

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    Dear Lauri,
    Last night I dreamt that an unknown man was taking my 9 year old son away from me. We were in my house. He was carrying my son down the stairs from my second story. My son was crying. I was chasing after the man and shouting in anger. I can't remember what I was saying to the man. The man did not have a face. I do recall feeling like I did not know the man.  – Ellen 41, Red Lion, PA
    Lauri: Your son is growing faster than you would like and that man taking him away from you is life! Life kidnaps our children. Seemingly in the blink of an eye our pudgy, little munchkins are pulled away from us and there is nothing we can do about it. This is a common dream that was triggered by a milestone in your son’s life. I assume he just started 4th grade? That could be the milestone, unless there is anything else that happened recently that made you realize how big he is getting and how much less he needs you?  
    Ellen replies: Oh my! He just went into 3rd grade. His older sister just entered junior high so he is all on his own now in elementary school. No more older sister at school to guide him and show him the way. And he is soooo over me doting all over him all the time. It makes perfect sense. Thank you Lauri!
    Fascinating Sleep Fact:

    Unlike storage of fat, there seems to be little evolutionary benefit to extra sleep. Probably, our typical 6-8 hours of sleep are just enough to do all "neural housekeeping". People with sleep deficit may indeed tend to sleep obscenely long. However, once they catch up and get into the rhythm, the length of their sleep is actually likely to decrease

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  • Dreams that Focus on Your Mouth or Throat

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    "In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream." - Luigi Pirandello
    Dear Dream Zone,
    In my dream I’m in a public place and thick food is coming out of my throat almost choking me (it is thick and dry) and I have to pull it out and dispose of it in a private place (like throw it in a planter!). Help me!  - Anne 38, Murray, KY
    Lauri: Whenever your dream focuses on the throat or mouth it is commenting on what you have said or what you need to say. To choke means you are likely holding back words. At the time of this dream were you holding your tongue about something? Was there something you needed to communicate but were afraid to? Are you the type that doesn't always speak her mind? Notice how you have to pull it out in a private place. This is the way you are telling yourself that yes, you do need to get these words out of your throat already... but you may be more comfortable doing it privately, not in front of others or perhaps not even face to face with whomever you need to speak up to. It is also significant that you throw the food out in a planter. You are telling yourself – through this dream - that you could certainly grow from this. So "spit it out" already.
    Anne replies:  Thank you for interpreting this dream. I believe you are right! It is a relief to digest what you interpret so we can use the meaning to help us with our daily living. You are awesome.  Thanks!
    Celebrity Dream Fact:
    Celine Dion reports that she has recurring dreams of swallowing a large cold apple.  These dreams are literally a singer’s worst nightmare as they reflect her fear of her voice going cold.

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