I was reviewing my dream journals from the past couple of years today. Dreams can be so elusive, troubling, magical, and downright weird, but it is during these times of review, especially of dreams long forgotten – ones that I had not pondered about for days, weeks, even months as I am prone to do – that new insights and a deeper understanding of the messages of the dreams become clear like water.
One very short, yet profound dream entry from almost exactly a year ago struck me. It is one of those very rare “dreams” if you can call them that, where I physically hear a voice say something to me just as I am waking up. It was the same confident female voice that all these audible dreams have for me, and all she said was:
The hard water is done; now it will be soft.
Water symbolizes our emotions, intuition, and the subconscious and unconscious. Water is a feminine element, connected to mother, mother goddesses, as well as the Moon. In my dream journal entries leading up to this one, there had been a water theme spattered throughout. Not enough for me to call them one of my dreams series, but just an on-going theme of water in the year and a half prior to the dream message above.
My dream water theme was generally about troubled waters and needing to find (emotional) safety: swimming to safety from an on-coming ship, getting caught in a riptide but able to swim to shore, avoiding a tidal wave coming towards the house (from dry land), showering in unsafe or too public of places, and running over water safely.
During the time frame of these water dreams occurring in my unconscious, water issues were also happening in my conscious physical life: the hot tub mysteriously lost all its water, the dishwasher piping leaked a couple of times, rain flooded in the basement, toilets several times got clogged and flooded excessively, the pond fountain kept stop working, and fish in the inside tank and in the pond were dying.
These troubled waters in my physical world and the dream world were reflective of the troubled waters I was deeply immersed in concerning healing from my mother while at the same time being the mother as her caretaker. Since dreaming: The hard water is done; now it will be soft. my life has shifted quite a bit. The role/archetype of mother/caretaker that I took on as small child has nearly dissolved, and though I still am very much a “mommy person,” it is with care taking I willingly take on, not that imposed upon me.
The waters in my life definitely began to settle beginning a year ago. I have not had any water themed dreams since the one above, and troubled waters in the home have all been fixed or have stopped. Neptune, the god of the waters, has and will be in his own sign of Pisces (the unconscious and dreamworld) for some time, as is Chiron, the Wounded Healer. A year ago Chiron was exactly crossing my Moon in Pisces, bringing to a head much of the healing taking place concerning my troubled waters. Coming across this dream that I had forgotten has pointed out to me that I can now safely and freely set sail across the calm seas.
Knowing you as I do, I see such a bright and amazing future ahead of you. With all of this intense healing now simply water under the bridge (excuse the cheesy pun!), you are set to soar like an eagle Julie.
I forgot to mention a couple of dreams where I took on life guard jobs. In both I was unsure of my ability as a swimmer but took the challenge on anyways though I knew I had to practice a lot. I’ve been in “water” training too! 🙂
great post Julie. Loved how the water pattern in dream time paralleled your emotional and physical life. Often a house is considered the self in dreams, so it is cool that your house in the waking world was affected by water. Pleased that the voice was correct and the hard rain in your life is over!
Thanks LInda. Yes, it was more than synchronicity! 🙂
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So great to hear the voice. What a nice relieving thing for it to say! I remember a time in my life when I had a recurring dream of going off a cliff in my car, until one dream a determinedly shouted, “No!” and steered back onto the road and never dreamed it again. I remember the sound of my own voice. I love dreams. Thanks for sharing yours.
Wonderful piece. My spirituality is anchored in my dream work, so really related to this piece.
How wonderful to read of dissolving responsibilities, and how wonderful to hear the determined voice of true conviction sing out from beneath a crown of billowing sails as you prepare to embark upon the Spring-tide for uncharted shores and adventure! You sound so full of optimism and desire and so very eager to cast off from the safety of the quayside…
And so I’ll leave the following snippets to fold away in your travel bag along with your toothbrush, and stand to watch as your mighty vessel slips out of the harbour and sails onwards on safe passage towards the illuminated horizon 🙂
~ Fear No More ~ by ~ Sri Chinmoy ~
At the end of the sorrowful night
Truth appears and smilingly says,
“Beloved, fear no more.”
Piercing the veil of smile
Tear appears and says,
“Forget not. I am eternally unconquerable.”
~ Passage to India ~ by ~ Walt Whitman ~
O we can wait no longer,
We too take ship O soul,
Joyous we too launch out on trackless seas,
Fearless for unknown shores on waves of ecstasy to sail,
Amid the wafting winds, (thou pressing me to thee, I thee to me, O
Caroling free, singing our song of God,
Chanting our chant of pleasant exploration.
Passage to more than India!
Are thy wings plumed indeed for such far flights?
O soul, voyagest thou indeed on voyages like those?
Disportest thou on waters such as those?
Soundest below the Sanscrit and the Vedas?
Then have thy bent unleash’d.
Passage to you, your shores, ye aged fierce enigmas!
Passage to you, to mastership of you, ye strangling problems!
You, strew’d with the wrecks of skeletons, that, living, never
Passage to more than India!
O secret of the earth and sky!
Of you O waters of the sea! O winding creeks and rivers!
Of you O woods and fields! of you strong mountains of my land!
Of you O prairies! of you gray rocks!
O morning red! O clouds! O rain and snows!
O day and night, passage to you!
O sun and moon and all you stars! Sirius and Jupiter!
Passage to you!
Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers- haul out- shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovel’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
Sail forth- steer for the deep waters only,
Reckless O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me,
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
O my brave soul!
O farther farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!
~ “The Light Comes Brighter,” ~ by ~ Theodore Roethke ~ (A celebration of Spring)
“…soon a branch, part of a hidden scene,
The leafy mind, that long was tightly furled,
Will turn its private substance into green,
And young shoots spread upon our inner world.”
Bon voyage JV, may you sail smoothly over calm seas 🙂
DN – 16/03/2015
Thank you Dewin! Your words are as poetic as the wonderful poems! Namaste _/l\_
Very cool. I love the many ways Spirit speaks to us when we take the time to listen 🙂
Thank you for sharing, wise one. I´m happy for you for the calmed waters. I also raise my hat to you.
This brought a smile to my face. Such a positive powerful dream.
Thanks Aggie! 😀
How wonderful that you had a clear voice to help you in your dreams and waking world. I know water has played many roles in my dreams and although not a Pisces I feel very much at one with water..it is my go to place..solace in the peace of the underwater world. And if I am underwater I think clearly..focus is taken away from the noise of the world above. Lovely post and very interesting .Loves Bev x
Thanks Bev. You are a true mother to the depths of your heart! Underwater makes more sense to you ❤