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When the action of a dream takes place underground or in the back yard, or behind any building, it suggests thoughts or a state of mind that is private or behind the scenes. Today’s dream provides an example of how background can affect foreground.

Dear Carolyn,

I dreamed that whales and dolphins were swimming in my backyard! They were leaping and splashing, extremely playful and fun to watch. I was thrilled, and so excited and happy to see them. I knew they were a good sign, that they meant good things. I couldn’t wait to tell my husband about them. But I also felt frustrated when I tried to find him.

Then, when I went back to see the all the animals and to show them off, there weren’t as many there. There weren’t any whales at all. All that was left were seals and dolphins and they seemed less playful. And the water had some scum in the corner nearest the house. It was green like algae that forms on stagnant water. This was upsetting to me. I didn’t know what to do.

The next day, when I tried to talk to my husband about it, all he said was that I worry too much about pollution! I am concerned about the environment, but even though the pond scum bothered me, I think the dream is about something else. What do you make of it?

Signed,

Sad about the Whales

Dear Sad,

Your dream has selected an image and a concept that are important to you to draw attention another aspect of your life that may be languishing.

In your very own backyard, or below the surface of your consciousness, are playing some beautiful and powerful animals. Whales and dolphins inspire awe not only for their wild beauty, but also for the intelligence we are learning more and more about. Even in your dream you knew their appearance signaled positive things. For you, this dream illustrates those powerful, positive and playful energies playing just below the surface. You have kept this part of yourself behind the scenes, but now you’d like to show it off to the world.

The scum suggests a negative element creeps in and keeps you from expressing the joy and creativity that is thriving within you and ready to burst forth. Don’t give in to pedestrian or pessimistic thoughts that seep into your mind, Dear Dreamer! If allowed to expand, like the algae in your dream, they can suck the air out of your playful self, limit your creative impulses, and consign you to frustration and acceptance of the mundane.

Your husband mentioned your caring concern for the environment, and this may the appropriate focus for your talent and energy. But you may also have an idea that you have not yet expressed to the outside world, something that you have dreamed of, but are shy to pursue. Find an outlet for this part of yourself and you find a richer life.

Sweet Dreams to You!

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