Dear Dr Toby
I am driving down a dark, dimly-lit city street. I get the feeling I am going the wrong way, but the road is too narrow and the walls too high to turn myself around. Eventually I see an opening in the wall up ahead. I manoeuvre myself in to it and turn the car around, facing the direction I feel I want to be heading in.
But every time I pull out and begin heading in that direction a massive juggernaught comes crashing in to me, and at this point I always wake up.
I wonder if it has anything to do with my work life? I have been doing the same boring job since I left university, but recently had the chance to leave and go and do something I’ve always wanted to do with the mentally handicapped, but I was persuaded to stay by a quite significant raise.
I wasn’t sure at the time, and now I regret it. Could this have a bearing on the dream?
I look forward to your comments
Charles (Andover, Wilts)
You sound like you are in a very conflicted place right now and it is weighing heavily on your subconscious.
You have pointed to areas in your work life and career that you may be unhappy with, decisions that you have made which you regret, these would appear to correspond with the circumstances of your dream.
The fact that you are heading down a street where you have no room for manoeuvre shows that you feel as though your life is headed in a direction over which you have no control and that even if you manage to head the right way your hopes and dreams will be crushed by the oncoming ‘Juggernaut’ of life’s pressures.
However, for me, this interpretation is too literal, sometimes dreams are not just simple allegories for problems in your waking life.
I believe that this dream may in fact be masking the real anxieties, anxieties that appear, at least to an expert such as myself, related to questions of sexuality.
The dim, dark, narrow passage, the feeling that at the moment you are ‘going the wrong way’ these all point to homosexual tendencies that you have suppressed for far too long.
I suggest that you quit your job and perhaps take a voluntary position working with other like minded men, maybe even traveling somewhere exotic like San Francisco or Sydney.
Hope this helps,