The first rule in interpreting dream messages, is to recognize that the meaning of a symbol varies with personal experience. This is why dream dictionaries are ineffective. This week’s responses to the river prompt clearly demonstrate this principle.
For me, I have always envisioned the collective unconscious as a river whose flow encompasses all – past, present, and yes, future. It is this belief that inspired my poem, The River, written at time when illness had cut me off from life as I had known it, and left me feeling isolated and afraid.
For Proscenium, and Jazz* of Steps and Pauses, the river is a reminder of the power of nature, as endless rainfall and flooding have infiltrated their lives.
Of course, like most symbols, we have only scratched the surface of possible meanings. It has been a rich and meaningful week and I thank you all for your contributions.
See you tomorrow for a new challenge.
*To view Jazz’s comments, visit the original post.