Sunday, January 29, 2012

Written on the Body

This dream is a good example of how dreams play with images.
The Dream Image: A gash in something that looks like flesh. It’s filled with letters.

Interpretation: The simple vulva shape of the “gash” makes me think this image refers to femininity with its attendant social “castration” (the red gash) that Freud documented. As a woman I feel that what he sees as penis envy has nothing to do with the organ, but everything to do with the limited possibilities woman were afforded before the 1970s. At the same time the letters are a sly wink at DNA, the mysterious sequence that determines who we are. From this point of view the dream says that femininity is at the very core of my being. But wait: this feminine symbol is filled with mail (male): the introduction of the male into the female is at the basis of creation and represents completeness. To limit myself to the feminine is not to see myself in my full potentiality.


Anonymous said...

There is an old saying from a Rabbi that "An uninterpreted dream is like an unopened letter from God." This dream blog has already opened many letters and seemingly, with this dream, will continue to do so.

The idiom comes to mind "Getting under someone's skin". That may play a part somewhere as well.


Carla Young said...

Thanks, Emily for enlarging my view of this dream.

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