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Michelle posted this question:

Michelle // October 8, 2008 at 9:50 am (edit)

I have been having strange dreams ever since the economic bailout took place last week. most recently, I had a dream that I was in a large city–such as New York and entered an area where families were huddled in small rooms, much like a motel but smaller. The rooms could only hold one bunk bed. There were many families. My question is will the homeless situation get better? How can we help?

Not knowing you personally I can only tell you what I read about the dream which has both personal and global implications. I believe your dream is a premonition about families having to cut back in terms of their budgets, lower their expectations and work together in ways our generation and even our parents generation haven’t done. The room represents the psyche, ambition, how we see our life in terms of expectations. The one bunk bed represents that whole families are going to find themselves “in bed” together, meaning we are going to have to help one another out.

The families were in a city like New York. I would interpret the city metaphor to be a microcosm of the world at large. Cities are melting pots, New York in particular. I think you’re subconscious is picking up on the global nature of this crisis and how it will trickle down to families. The fact that there was one bunk bed is interesting. A bunk bed is elevated, so again I think the metaphor is that we are going to have to be our better selves in order to get through this. I wondered if the beds you saw were white. I kept envisioning them this way. Were they? If so this has the added meaning of success being reached through working together.

In your own life, you are probably feeling small, unimportant, like one of millions. You feel helpless as to how to turn the situation around and are worried about the people you love and your family. 

In answer to the question about the homeless situation. It isn’t going to get better any time soon. It will get worse for a little while as all of this is going on, but I’m hopeful if we all get involved in whatever way we can, little by little we can turn this situation around.

Best wishes and good luck.

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