"Big" Dream 5 (January, 2014)
(from the series of "Big" dreams)
This dreamer was touched by the following dream but was not sure if it was about him alone or had some bigger implications.
The dreamer is with his wife and they are looking at something that is fascinating to them. Either he is holding it in his cupped hands and showing it to her or she is holding it in her cupped hands and showing it to him or it is between them and they are both viewing it. It is a ball of colors that keep changing, and it is luminescent and beautiful to both of them. Yellow predominates, it seems. It is like a globe of colors. The colors take different forms, and one form is two bees who are busy and buzzing around. At some point one or both is a large bumble bee, either yellow or yellow and black or black. The dreamer is afraid he will be stung if he looks anymore, but he feels he is witnessing something important and to risk being stung. He thinks that one bee sting is worth it. But the bees are busy and the couple is not disturbing them, and no conflict develops. An idea begins to emerge in the mind of the man: The globe is the future.
The scene shifts, and there are now two others, both young men, one of them may be one of couple's sons. The man is showing him what the couple have witnessed it. He is asking about its meaning hoping the two young men will have the answer, but they don't. The globe has turned red, a cinnabar red (vermillion), and it takes the shape of two long flourescing bulbs about 8 inches long and parallel to each other. The young man who is not the son is now looking with some interest. He sees the vibrant color. He is a mechanic or perhaps a farmer or something like this, but he does not have the answer. So the man is forced to interpret himself. Gradually an answer begins to emerge, and he says it out loud: This the world to come.
The "world to come" is a phrase used in Jewish mystical writing. It refers to a life after death that will be beautiful for pious Jews. In fact, it is the Garden of Eden. The man is Jewish, and so we may wonder if the dream is about a possible life after death.
On the other hand, the dreamer did not feel it was about a life after death. He felt it related to his own future but also had a feeling, new to him, that maybe there is hope for the world itself. The man, in real life, is not depressed, but he is sober, involved in practical affairs, and realistic. He prides himself on being able to look at the negative side of situations that most people turn from. In waking life, he has a somewhat pessimistic view about the future of the world. This dream seems to compensate for his pessimism, his negative affect about his own future and the future of the world.
When a person dreams about the world, it is not necessarily a dream about the whole world. It could be a dream about his idea of the whole world. If a man is depressed about his own future, that is heavy, but, if he is negative about the future of the world, that is even heavier. There is a connection between oneself and the whole world. It is difficult to be happy in a world you see as in trouble. If you dream the whole world may be uplifted, this is a bigger dream, for you, than if you dream that you are uplifted personally. It is more significant for you. It is a stronger dream, a dream that can have a more power effect on you.
Whether such a dream is really about the world, the real world, this is another question, and there is no real way to answer it without seeing how the future turns out. But, if the dreamer takes it as about the world, it can affect the whole life of the dreamer. It can give him hope, and this can create a different atmosphere for those around him.
Even if the dream has a prophetic aspect to it, this does not mean that the dreamer is free from danger. The fact that there are bumble bees and that the dreamer is aware of some danger and that he chooses to ignore should be a warning to him to be on guard, at least to some extent. Bumble bee stings can be minor, but, for some, they can be serious, and so there is at least a hint of danger. One danger for a dream so fascinating to a dreamer is that he can "fall into it" and find it so beautiful and so elevated that he loses interest in his responsibilities of the day. They can come to feel trivial to him in contrast with the contents of the dream. And, further, any interference that brings him out of the mood of the dream, say from a family member or colleague, can be experienced with impatience and irritation and moodiness.