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Clawed and Bleeding
A Recurring Dream about Claws That Grip Me
I'm standing in a twilight nothingness on an invisible floor. I see a girl at the other end who means a lot to me and who I love, but her eyes are gone and smudged in black. She looks like a zombie. Her eyes are just shadows and her mouth is a gaping hole of nothing, her skin is white. She laughs or screams, sometimes a strange combination of both. She walks toward me. I feel metal claws on my shoulder and cannot move. Next I hear scraping against wood, a sound I hate that actually gives me minor spasms. She turns me around to face her and screams at me, grabs my arms and my arms bleed. Then she lets go, my left hand has a slit down it which is bleeding and I have a carving knife in my right hand. She laughs or screams and then I wake up. It is happening every night.
Scared, lonely, humiliated, horrified. Feel unwanted. Age fifteen.
Main Life Issues:
Mum lives away. The girl is the only person who I've ever truly trusted.
Someone watches a loved one turn into something scary.
Twilight: Time when sun disappears; in this case, a metaphor of things getting darker, feelings becoming sad.
No floor or invisible floor: A play on words for no solid ground on which to stand, a metaphor for feeling lost with no emotional anchor.
A close friend: Someone one loves, source of support and strength.
Zombie and smudged black eyes: Zombie is a metaphor for what has died, what is in the past, yet haunts you; something is scary.
Laughing and screaming: Contradictory feelings; metaphor of trying to look normal yet in great distress and pain.
Claws that draw blood: Feelings that take hold, dig deep. Another image that describes intense, painful feelings.
A carving knife: What digs deep, creates a strong reaction.
What the dream Means:
Dreams often exaggerate to make a point, and at age fifteen, feelings can be very intense. The friend in the dream is a symbol of what makes you feel anxious and scared. Your mother does not live with you and dreams process the hurt you feel of not being close to your mum. That does not mean that your mother does not love you, it merely mirrors the pain you feel at not having her around.
Bottom Line. At times dreams help you digest painful feelings and that is likely what these recurring nightmares are about. If possible, reach out to your mum by phone or in other ways to compensate for her absence. Or spend time with other adults or friends who can be there for you, to fill the gap. It is important to talk to someone about your pain.
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