I was not really into self-help books, but looking back at my dream diary, I saw that my dreams really did reflect my state of mind. When I thought about it, I realized that elements from my childhood—actually from childhood ideals in general—were ever-present. I had indeed been stuck on my childhood for some time, wanting to go back to a simpler phase. But the fairy godmother had a good point: I really need to try and enjoy the present.
My therapist agreed on my interpretation of my dreams but also gave me a written interpretation of his own—one much more detailed and breaking down more of the symbolism.
The castle at the beginning depicts your childhood as a whole, especially the fact that it was made of diamonds and dazzled even in the gloomy weather,as you noted in your dream diary. The cobwebs and other creepy accoutrements were just symbols that the castle itself was a remnant of the past—nothing stays perfect and dazzling forever. The teddy bears obviously are more symbols from your childhood—and the fact that there was an entire army of them saying they were going to save you shows that you believe your childhood was truly a better time and was so much better than now that it could take down any catastrophes brewing in your life. But you knew they don’t belong in the here and now—that’s why you wished to stab them at first. Your love of your childhood saved them in the end, however. The teddy bears—and your childhood—can’t save you now. That’s why the moat overtook them.
The fairy godmother figure could either be someone from your past or a simple representation, again, of childhood itself, since she came in a childlike form.
The cake represents the pleasantries of childhood—remember, though, that not everything in everyone’s childhood is pleasant. But in this case, in your dream, Rebecca, that’s why the cake was offered to you. The fact that the teddy bears were “dead and buried” has an obvious meaning. That you attempted to offer the cake to them by forcing it into the vase in the ground represents trying to force the good parts of childhood into a place where it does not belong…in a place where childhood has passed from this life.
Then during your “punishment” on the desert island, being alone and isolated lead to you realizing you had to let the past go. Once you did, you were offered the opportunity to enjoy the world—a new larger world than before depicted by the stretching beach—and invited to enjoy the present with everyone else.
I couldn’t believe all of that was present in my dream! But it did make perfect sense. At least apparently, my subconscious realized what I may have been missing out on. I feel it truly is a “stretch” for me, as I named the entry. But I figure that it is at least worth a try.
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