DREAM SERIES

The White Tiger

The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind. — Sigmund Freud

This is another interesting dream from this past week. I called it The White Tiger for reasons that will immediately become apparent.

In my dream there were five characters. They were: the tiger trainer, someone named Paul, a little girl maybe three years old or so, a white tiger and myself.

The trainer was trying to get me to be comfortable around the tiger. As you might expect, I was extremely uncomfortable being so near to this big cat. Paul and the little girl seemed as comfortable as if they were with a kitten.

The trainer wanted us to all lay on the ground and allow the tiger to lay on us, kind of roll up against us. I’d been concerned about the tiger scratching or biting, but now was concerned about being crushed, The little girl, lying between me and Paul, was smiling and enjoying herself as if tucked under a blanket.

When I woke I had the following thoughts about the dream. First, that there was an Aslan-like quality about the dream, Aslan being a Christ-figure symbol in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. The big cat was gentle, and white is often associated with purity or holiness.

The character named Paul could have come from a couple of recent daytime sources. I’d just read Paul McCartney: A Life a few weeks back, and this may have triggered something that tied with my own McCartney Memories.

On the other hand, this past week we watched several episodes of Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary, and one evening featured a bit of Willie Nelson including his song Me & Paul. The White Tiger dream occurred that night, so who knows. In my dream, Paul — whoever he was — seemed perfectly comfortable with the tiger. I was not.

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PostScript

I began keeping a dream diary in seventh grade. It seemed like the subconscious nocturnal activity was more interesting than my real life. Dreams can often be quite fascinating.

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PostScript

I began keeping a dream diary in seventh grade. It seemed like the subconscious nocturnal activity was more interesting than my real life. Dreams can often be quite fascinating.

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