A young mother had a dream where she and her family were at a vacation home. After purchasing some groceries and driving home, she was prompted to look at the train tracks she recently crossed. There on the train tracks was a baby boy, a newborn! He was beautiful. She picked him up and took him with her to the family vacation home.

“There were people with us. The baby was crying, I was rocking him. I began looking for milk to feed the baby and I wanted to put brown sugar in the milk. People began screaming at me, “You can’t give a baby brown sugar!”

Then the dream started over:

“I found white sugar with a dead mouse in it! The baby keeps crying. People are telling me that there has to be more sugar! I open another container with more sugar, but it has 3 mice in it and they jump out of the container and begin to run around my feet! I must have sugar to sweeten the milk! The mice are running around my feet…. I wake up feeling extremely anxious.”

The mother’s dream symbols:

1. Vacation home = family fun

2. Groceries = sustenance, survival, important

3. Naked abandoned baby = new life abandoned to die

4. Milk = breast milk, nourishment

5. Sugar = sweetener, to survive, need happiness to survive

6. Mouse = pest, gross, dirty – no courage to kill or get rid of them

7. Mouse running around my feet = pathway, my path full of mice

The dream as it reads with symbols inserted:

A young mother had a dream that she and her family were at a vacation home (family having fun). After purchasing some groceries (survival, important) and driving home (she is in control) she was prompted to look at the train tracks (*predetermined path) she had recently crossed. There on the train tracks was a baby boy, (new life – new unfamiliar action or idea) a newborn! He was beautiful. She picked him up and took him with her to the family vacation home (family having fun).

“There were people (unfamiliar feelings and emotions, actions and ideas) with us (her family: familiar actions and ideas, feelings and emotions). The baby was crying (needs attention, nourishment), I was rocking him. I began looking for milk (breast milk –  nourishment) to feed the baby (new action and idea) and I wanted to put brown sugar (sweet happiness) in the milk (nourishment). People (unfamiliar feelings and emotions, actions and ideas) began screaming at me, “You can’t give a baby (new action and idea left to die) brown sugar (happiness)!”

Then the dream starts over:

“I found white sugar (sweetener, happiness in a different form) with a dead mouse (gross dirty pest) in it! The baby (new unfamiliar action and idea) keeps crying (attention). People (actions and ideas, feelings and emotions) are telling me that there has to be more sugar (happiness to survive)! I open another container with more sugar (happiness to survive), but it has 3 mice (gross, dirty pest) in it and they jump out of the container and begin to run around my feet! I must have sugar (sweetener, happiness) to sweeten the milk (nourishment). The mice keep (gross dirty pests things) running around my feet…. I wake up feeling extremely anxious.”

Dream Interpretation using the dreamers symbols:

The young mother was in a place of enjoyment, family fun. Feeling in control on her path (she was driving her vehicle), she crossed over a predetermined path and when she looked back, discovered a new born unfamiliar action and idea that needed happiness to survive. Looking for ways to nourish this new action and idea she frantically looked for happiness to help it survive. Many unfamiliar feelings and emotions (these are all feelings and emotions – actions and ideas within herself) screamed at her to be careful with what type of nourishment she was suppose to use. She kept looking for happiness and found another source only to discover that it was contaminated with gross, dirty pesty things! These things were not dead, but very much alive and all around her.

Current Events:

At the time of the dream this mother was having problems at her job. She took this job because her family needed the income for their survival (groceries). Working is a new experience for her. She spent several years at home raising her children until they were all in school (her job = a crossing over the predetermined track). Looking back she feels neglect concerning a new unfamiliar action and idea. She is struggling with how to bring happiness and family fun into her home, which is important for survival, as she learns to transition with a new job.

Just before the dream she had an abscessed tooth that had been pulled, home was chaotic and stressful because of company visiting and she felt that her children’s needs were not being met because of so many interruptions and challenging situations. This is represented in the dream by the gross dirty pesty things (mice) in the sugar as well as the mice running around her feet. She needs this sugar to help the action and idea of happiness necessary for survival, but it has been contaminated.

The young mother called to discuss her dream in hopes that it would help lessen her anxiety. As she discovered the symbols and their meanings, she was able to see that the new action and idea (her job) and the joy that it could bring, was being denied nourishment by gross, dirty and pesty things (job problems, abscessed gross tooth, company, chaos at home and too much stress – actions and ideas, feelings and emotions screaming at her!) She was desperately seeking a way to help this new life survive.  She said, “Life is suppose to be enjoyable, and my life has been hell lately.”

As we discussed the problems she was experiencing, and as she became aware that the dream was a message expressing deep frustrations, she chose a course of action that would bring about more time for her family as well as relaxation and rest for herself.

*Train tracks: from my book, “Do Butterflies Dream?” train or train tracks may mean a predetermined path