A Story of a Dream Quest
(Note: A personal dream quest is an experience required
of all Atlantic University students. Here is an account of such
I am driving a car on a race track, going around and around.
I decide I need to get to another part of the track and come
to a merge area with cars coming out of one track getting on
to the other. There is a line of cars and my lane is stopped
just before the merge point. There is an opening that may accommodate
my vehicle but I am reluctant to go through. However, if I dont
go now, it will be difficult to make the crossover with the
other cars coming out. I creep up to the merge point and eventually
get through and then there is a clear and open track.
My first dream during this quest finds me opening to
change. I am contemplating and looking at alternatives
to what I am presently doing. I am looking for something more
challenging and where I can be helpful to others. I feel a change
is in the works for me. From this dream, I think I am being
reluctant in my life about moving forward, but when I get there,
I feel there will be a clear pathway that will quickly take
me to my destination.
The theme I came up with for another dream was that taking
on a challenge without support brings me to panic. I perform
well when others are watching and going along too, but I sometimes
panic when I am all alone and feel I have no support. All I
want is someone to be there for me and then I feel like I can
When I had a conversation with myself, I asked myself how I
could be more comfortable expressing myself to others and not
always looking for their approval. I was told to drop the barriers.
Be confident inside first in what you think and believe. Offer
your information but dont act superior or better than
others. From this week of dreaming, I found that I would like
to discuss things with others without giving the impression
of a know it all. I would like to let down some barriers so
others can see I am not always confident and able to handle
anything that comes my way, and that I need to be open to change.
My best guess solution will be to be open to change by telling
people about the things I am learning and being open to others
ideas too. I found an opportunity to tell someone about some
of the Edgar Cayce health remedies and was surprised at her
interest and wanted to know more. She then told me about an
alternative healer one of her friends had been using.
For the second week of dreaming, the action plots for my dreams
Something is where it does not belong and is causing a dangerous
Someone is evaluating others.
Someone is looking for something.
Someone is seeking attention, but is not noticed.
When things are out of place, they could cause something dangerous
to happen. Things out of place do not always bother me, but
I am getting better at recognizing dangerous situations and
try to avoid them. I put things out of place and cant
find them when I go looking and this is frustrating. I have
a tendency to evaluate others and criticize more than compliment.
I like finding difficulties in things and working on solutions.
With people, I just prefer to find fault. I use this evaluation
to make myself feel better about who I am. I am looking for
something probably lots of something. I want to find
what I will be doing with my life. It seems as if I am looking
and looking, but not finding. Perhaps, I should not look so
hard as I may over look the snake that is right under my nose.
I like attention and getting noticed for what I do. That gives
me validation and I feel good about who I am and what I can
do. If I am ignored, I wonder why I am not getting proper recognition.
What could I do to get it? Maybe I need to do something other
that what I am to get proper recognition. What I am doing may
seem like I should get noticed but it is too much in your
face kind of deal. Perhaps, I need to reevaluate this
approach to get the recognition I want to have.
I found the word substitution very helpful in coming up with
a possible interpretation of a dream. After substituting the
words in one of my dreams, here is what I get:
There is an important beginning taking place and I want to
get the energy source for this beginning. I transfer something
from one container to another and I take in the contents from
the container, making sure I get every little bit of it in me.
When I go looking for the energy source, I get sidetracked and
am told all will be good for me. I look at the clock and realize
I missed getting the energy source I went for but got other
food for thought.
My focus concerns finding what I am to do in life. I am working
on a new beginning of myself and am trying to pour as much information
as I can into myself. When I go looking for something specific,
it may not really be what I want or need. Perhaps, what I need
is not something tangible, but something I can get from associating
with other people and learning from them.
I still want to share my ideas with others, but I need to rethink
how to attract the attention of others to what may be important.
I cant be too in your face as one of my dreams
indicated or I will be ignored. I need to look at ways to express
my ideas so they will get attention. This needs to be in a way
that people can relate to so they will notice. I need to look
to other people as a source of energy for my new beginning.
This week I carry around this message, If I take the time
to spend with other people and listen to their ideas and insights,
but dont find them to be a source of energy for my new
beginning, then dreams, please show me a better way.
During this week, I spent more time with people, shared my
ideas and listened to what they had to say and tried not to
just dismiss things, but be genuinely interested in what they
had to say. I did not feel I gained any insights from anyone,
but felt I opened up more to people and realized everyone has
value of their own in what they say. It may seem trivial to
me, but it probably is not to them.
Dream: Craig and I are in bed and a truck drives up. I think
at first it is a UPS truck, but it is way too early in the morning
for this. I look out and see a big brown truck and it has a
front end loader on it. It turns around and heads back down
the driveway. Craig wants to know what he is doing so we get
into our truck to go down the drive. Before we get to the bottom
of the drive, we see construction going on and our driveway
is all torn up. There is a bulldozer that has piled earth high
in the drive and no way to pass through. There is construction
going on off to my left, building a development. I knew the
development was going to be built, but I did not know it was
going to be so soon. I holler to one of the guys working and
tell him they have our drive blocked and that is our only way
out. He seems unconcerned and ignores me.
A dialogue with the truck:
Me: Hey, truck, what are you doing in my dream?
Truck: Im here to show you the major construction that
is going on here.
Me: What is your role here?
Truck: I take the dirt from the bulldozer to the drop off
point, go turn around and do it all over again.
Me: Doesnt that get boring?
Truck: I dont really think about it. Its my job
and I do it.
Me: Why is my drive a mess?
Truck: There is construction going on and this always creates
a mess, but it will look great when we get done.
Me: Im concerned about the new development going on
and the changes that are occurring.
Truck: New construction can interrupt your life and can make
changes in the landscape for all to see. It can be so it fits
nicely in the environment or can stick out like a sore thumb.
It will be good because we can build it nice and strong.
Me: How can you help me with my problem of finding my new
Truck: I see there is already construction started but you
are agitated when you see your usual way out is blocked. You
think this is the only way to get out from your home, but with
the new construction, there has to be a better way built.
Me: What kind of new development is being built?
Truck: Oh, that is a good question. A beautiful place, solidly
built with things taken from the earth.
After this conversation with the truck, I think about other
ways to get out of the road or possibly enjoy the solitude of
my home. Perhaps, I need to use the resources within instead
of panicking about the new development. Or I need to look inside
to see the new developments going on within. I think this means
I should make a more consistent effort to meditate daily and
continue working with my dreams.
During this week, I took time to meditate daily and had quiet
time to just relax and not have the mind always filled with
something. I find it easier not to fill the empty, quiet time
with something. Some morning I leave the radio off and just
let the car be quiet on the journey to work. I have been having
more dreams and I keep a record of these.
This dream seemed to offer me a lot of food for thought:
I am a teenager at a camp. I was doing something and broke
my arm. Then I was put in a retail area to work and in charge
of another worker. He was just starting and was to follow me
to the section we were response for. However, when I look behind
me, he is gone. He has cut out and cant be found. I go
to some kind of meeting and find out I have worn certain types
of clothing all week and cant wear these again this week
and need to wear something that is from a movie or TV character.
I explain I have no clothes of this type and would not know
what a TV person wears. Also, one day a week we have to get
our own food somewhere else and need cash for that. I have spent
most of my cash and do not have enough to eat out. I dont
think my mom will want to shell out more money as she had the
medical bills for my broken arm.
A group of people from the camp are out walking on the beach.
I am walking along and notice a quarter in the sand. I pick
it up and then notice more change; penny, dimes, another quarter.
These are in some ashes and I have to dig through muck to get
to them but I get a handful. I note I need to wash my hands
before doing anything because I dont know what all I put
my hands in to get the money. This camp also tracks everything
you eat and then tells you, you cant eat certain things.
We were supposed to have one day a week free and I was going
to use it to study. However, I do not get any days off and am
kept busy every day.
In this dream, I do not like being constantly kept tabs on
and told what to do and how to do things. I was totally controlled
by others and they were making decisions for me instead of allowing
me to make my own choices. Others wanted me to follow a certain
code of conduct that everyone else was doing, but I didnt
feel comfortable about it. I thought the camp was going to be
one thing and it turned out to be something else. However, I
was able to locate resources in an unexpected place.
I wrote a poem about this camp:
Others keeping tabs and being nosy
Not worrying about things rosy.
Follow the rules even when not aware
Locate resources even when others dont care.
Originally, I wanted to learn about what I should be doing
with my life. I feel I should be making a change and being home
more, working for myself and not for someone else. I have become
more comfortable expressing my views and talking with people
about the things I am currently learning. When I meditate on
writing something, I find the words sometimes will just come
tumbling out on the paper I felt calmer and more confident about
finding new directions and using inner guidance. I think the
dreams are helping me realize that I have a lot of resources
within that I can use to guide me in new directions. I should
not panic or be concerned by normal pathways getting blocked.
There are good things ahead if I just become more confident
in listening to and following my inner voice.
Others finding fault
Dig deep to find resources
More will be revealed
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