Dream:

I was on a military mission and found myself alone in a pond or lake and laying on a small island. I could see an enemy soldier within view and we were both keeping our heads low and on the lookout for snipers. I did not feel like shooting him. After a while, a helicopter flew around us and dropped off a soldier wearing scuba gear, I was sure they had spotted me so I made a move and retreated before he could swim to my location. I walked back on this river and there was a waterfall so I jumped and I felt worried I was going to get hurt or not make it out. I did and swam into this long tunnel or narrow dark L-shaped corridor. Once I quickly turned the corner I exposed myself and a guard shot several rounds and missed me but ran after me. I retreated again and hid behind a wall around the corner and could see that another guard had seen me from the way, the way I came in. I was trapped. I planned my attack on the first guard. I don’t remember having a gun and was planning on jumping out of the shadows and take his gun and shoot him but risking being shot by the other. The odds were against me and felt hopeless and like I was going to die.

Male, 34, Illinois, USA

Translation of major-symbols:

Pond or lake – conscious life experience

Island – removal of attention from the physical

Enemy Soldier – unknown disciplined aspect

Heads – dreamer’s way of thinking

Helicopter – physical body

Second soldier in scuba gear – disciplined conscious mind aspect of self,  prepared for experience

River – shows the movement and direction of the dreamer’s conscious mind experiences

Waterfall – conscious life experience

Long tunnel or dark l-shaped corridor – movement from one part of mind to another

Guard – unknown aspect that is protective/defensive

Wall – a thought to protect the self from change

Another guard – unknown aspect of that is protective/defensive

Interpretation in the Universal Language of Mind©:

This dream reflects this dreamer’s struggle with facing a change.  There’s something specific in his life that he knows needs to change (military mission) and he is capable of doing so (being a soldier, has a clear shot of enemy soldier), however, he does not “take the shot.”  This leads him through a series of experiences (river, waterfall) where it becomes progressively tougher to simply avoid or ignore (pursuing enemy soldiers).  He eventually finds himself feeling trapped (behind a wall) or incapable of producing the change he desires in his life, (being unarmed by the end of the dream).  This leaves him feeling hopeless in the process.

Putting the Dream Into the Life:

Because dreams give feedback of the thoughts, attitudes, emotions and actions of the previous day, it will help this dreamer connect the dream’s message to his life by examining what was occurring the previous day.  The dreamer can ask himself, “At what time was there an opportunity in front of me that I didn’t take?”  In the dream, the dreamer had a clear open shot of an enemy soldier, but “didn’t feel like killing him.”  Once the dreamer can identify the opportunity he didn’t take, he can begin to ask himself, “Why didn’t I act on it?”  The reason(s) why this dreamer did not act upon this opportunity is something that he will need to determine for himself.

There are many possibilities that this could arise.  For some dreamers with similar dreams, this could simply be not acting from hesitation or lack of confidence.  For others, there’s an awareness of what needs to be done, but apathy or laziness sets in.  Whatever the case may be for this dreamer, “not taking the shot” led this dreamer into what may be a deep seated pattern of thinking that renders this dreamer feeling like he’s incapable of acting when the window of opportunity comes and goes.

Setting small goals (missions) each day and following through with them will help build strength, will power and the confidence necessary to act when the opportunities for bigger changes make themselves known.  As this dreamer takes steps to become proactive in making the changes in life that he is capable of making (completing the mission), his actions will become the deciding factor in his life, and the feelings of being cornered or powerless will dissipate.

We recommend the book Concentration by Dr. Laurel Clark.  This book describes the impact that focusing the mind has upon the life, relates this in stories of everyday living, and includes practices that this dreamer can apply to his life to “take the shot” when it arises.