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Digging Up an Elephant

by Lauri Loewenberg

"All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own."   - Plutarch

Dear Lauri,
I dreamt I was in my grandmothers front yard and I was digging up an elephant who was coming to life as I was digging it wrapped its trunk around my neck and kinda gave me a hug then ran off.  – Duane, Denver, CO

Lauri: Your dream takes place in a front yard so that means this is about something in your waking life that is out there in full view of others, something that everyone knows about, as opposed to the backyard which would be connected to something you wish to keep to yourself.  The digging suggests that you are digging deep within yourself in order to bring about some sort of quality you need right now, which is symbolized by the elephant. Elephants are best known for their memory so perhaps it is something you need to remember how to do, or perhaps it is a memory from the past that you are ready to revisit. Elephants are also known for their thick skin. Anything going on right now that you need to be thick-skinned in order to deal with it?  Whatever it is, it is something your dreaming mind feels you need to embrace, just as the elephant embraced you. This all goes down at Grandma’s, which means you feel this issue is really getting old.

Duane Replies: I produce stage shows and I’m starting a new one in less than two weeks.  Now that I’m doing this show everyone and their mother is coming out wanting to be a part of it, people I have known for more than 10 years and I am having to tell them no, and  that I don’t think they are right for my show. I have a specific ideal and they don’t fit it.  It hurts my heart to tell them but I’m  having to be sort of a jerk about it because I’m getting attitude. This all makes sense.  

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