Dream Interpretation: Shopping Centres

by Anonymous

Visitor's Dream: 'Last night I had a dream that I was very excited about a new shopping centre being built. I thought it would fulfil all my needs for furniture, hardware, groceries - basically all I need to get by.


Once the shopping centre was finished, I visited it and couldn't believe how good it was. But then I was told that for some reason I wasn't allowed to use it, but that there was another centre being built across the road that I would be able to use.

I was of course very disappointed and didn't know what to expect with the new shopping centre, but I didn't believe it would be as good as the other one.

It wasn't long before the new centre was finished too. I visited it - and was so surprised to see that it was different - but just as good as the other one! The dream ended on a happy note.

I've been trying to work out what this could mean in my own life. It scares me a little, because I don't like change. I don't want to give up on what I have - even if something else waiting for me might be just as good.'

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by: John

Hi,
it would seem to me this dream is about a necessity to control the practicalities of life. That you are calm when you feel on top of everything. However, as is often with life, nothing is ever that simple.
In my view being told you cannot utilise the centre you wished means you had to accept change - you had to adapt. The unconscious, in my view, is attempting to highlight that matters will work out if you just let go - that you will ultimately get what you direct yourself toward WITHOUT all the stress caused by rigidity and control. In other words, you can obtain the same outcome - albeit a little different - minus the stress.

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by: Anonymous

Hi John,

I know that's true :p - but the point is that I don't know how to deal with change. It scares the heck out of me. Even if I'm reassured that things will turn out okay, I still have the need to cling to my comfort zone. Feels much safer...

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by: John

Hey,
where does this need for control/fear of change stem from?

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by: Anonymous

I'm not sure. I just know I feel safer with what I know. I don't like moving out of my comfort zone or taking risks, which is not to say that I don't. I have taken huge risk in my life but they haven't always paid off for me. I guess I'm scared of disappointment, getting hurt, failure.

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by: John

Yeah, I'm hearing ya. I guess we all to some degree prefer our comfort zone. The thing I have come to understand about life is that it is a very delicate balancing act. You cannot live it without taking risks but you want to minimise the potential for adverse consequences in opting for those risks. It is quite a paradox and I guess in essence if we live our lives consumed in fear we eventually get what we focus on. I think it's quite normal to want to protect yourself from change. Change is scarey and therapy has taught me people HATE it with a passion. However, it is vital to adapt in life or we wilt. Your dream has afforded you something you are already aware of with regard to change, but it is also pointing out the solution. Have faith. Be bold. As Jung once said "Protection and security are only valuable if they do not cramp life excessively".
Take care,
J

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