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Stranded In the Middle of Nowhere
Alone, Vulnerable and Afraid
My dream feels more like a memory. I’m a young girl in a 40's or 50's style summer dress in a very barren backyard; there is a big house but no one is around. It's in the middle of nowhere, there is a light breeze, quite warm and very eerie. I’m in the backyard sitting at a small table playing with a tea set. As I play, two very tall men appear around the corner but I can't see their faces which are blacked out; they’re wearing some sort of uniform. I don't want to go with them and as they get close, I see a massive explosion on the horizon which turns into a mushroom cloud. As the cloud gets close I can feel the heat and wind, and the men are happy. I wake up just before the explosion reaches me.
I haven't had this dream in two years but before that, had it at least once a year from an extremely young age, like three or four; I’m now twenty one. It’s so real, more like a memory then a dream.
Happy, then afraid.
Main Life Issues:
When I was three or four, my grandparents passed away and my parents broke up; I moved to Australia at age six.
A young one in a happy setting sees strangers coming to get her and views an approaching catastrophe.
Summer dress: Something light, airy and pleasant.
Barren back yard: A sad place, lack of love.
Little girl playing with tea set: A happy childhood, a happy child.
Strangers without faces: Scary grownups, feeling overpowered.
Massive explosion: Sudden changes that harm, feeling terrified.
Mushroom Cloud: Something terrible that swallows everything up and changes everything.
What it Means:
It sounds like your grandparents’ death and the split up of your parents caused traumatic feelings which became embedded as a recurring dream. In younger years, the recurring dream was a way of digesting feelings such as feeling alone, vulnerable, helpless, and scared.
As a teenager and more recently, the dream became a cue – a signal – of times that make you feel vulnerable, alone or afraid. It became a heads up to muster coping skills you’ve developed over the years to deal with such feelings.
Bottom Line: A dream linked to a trauma can be a reminder to dust off and engage old strengths and coping skills. Or if the trauma has not yet been fully dealt with, there can be leftover emotions that need to be worked out with a counselor or therapist, to achieve your best strength and happiness.
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