Wooden Maze

by Lisa
(North Carolina )

I am overwhelmed with my daughter, and I know that's part of the meaning of my dream, but there are details that confuse me:

My husband, my daughter (1year old) and myself are out of town, passing through the beach and stop. (we have a trip coming up) He shows me the hotel/waterpark we're staying at, and it's full of red, blue and yellow tunnels for waterslides, (mostly red and blue) much like plastic slides at playgrounds. The people we pass are all playing on the tunnels, and floating on red and blue floats that are round. We drive by them, on the right of them, and up a ramp they feels like a roller coaster. I tell him to stop so we can all walk on the beach. I close my eyes, because it looks like we're high in the sky and my stomach is dropping and nervous.
The dream fades in with me in a blue/black calf length dress, walking along what looks like the edge of a lake, not the beach. There's gravel and woods and people playing frisbee. It's bright pink. (note: I only wear dresses to weddings. I never wear them casually. Especially that long and housewife-like, which is how I feel) I forgot my phone, so my husband goes back to get it for me, stopping to show the older woman how to throw the frisbee correctly.

The dream fades back in and I'm holding my daughter, and he is leading us to a waterpark "ride." I'm following him, but anxious, because I can't swim. This is the strange part: Suddenly, the ride is what looks like a maze or funhouse. To start, you must climb this slope, that's not a ladder nor wall.. It almost looks like a sliding board. And everything is wooden. He climbs up easily, leaving me and my daughter, and I'm telling him to stop, that I can't hold onto her like this. He keeps going, and there a couple of inches of water flowing over all the wood, coming down the slide. It flows over my hands and I tell him we'll be soaked. I look over and there are waterfalls of water pouring from the stairs and ledges above and people are soaked, coming down a slide on the left side of the maze. The only thing helping me grip is little raised bumps in the woods, in the shape of an asterisk. I somehow am at the top and walking along a dry ledge with banisters. I'm not afraid, because there are a line of people and there's not a lot of rushing water now. I tell my husband to follow the line of people and I try to stay close by him and he turns, stepping over a ledge to go down moving wooden stairs. Everything is old wood. Dull, unfinished, worn brown wood.. The stairs he went down are moving up an down like a funhouse, and is too late for me to follow. He's gone down and I'm alone. I yelled his name twice, and he never looks back. Then I'm on a ledge that's getting smaller, leaning back against the rail and my daughter isn't with me. The ledge is kind of triangular in shape, as if it was the top of a spiral staircase, but it's just the ledge and the wooden pole. I am scared and the ledge starts to spin. I guess it's moving me down, because you have to go down to get out of the maze, but my stomach is dropping and I hang onto the pole, closing my eyes, because it's making me dizzy. That's how I woke up.

I know I'm stressed, and I feel like my husband could help me more sometimes (though he works hard) but the wood and symbols and colors have to mean something, right? I have scary dreams at times where the room I'm in is all wooden top to bottom. Since that part is recurring, I'd like to understand more. Thank you.

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by: John

Hi,
I believe the answer to your dream is in the first comment you make of the post... you get lost in the detail.
While you're so busy stressing over every minute factor you forget to enjoy the moment. You forget the point of the entire process. The features of the dream sound like fun - your husband is certainly enjoying it - yet your perspective offers feelings of fear and anxiety. You stated you are overwhlemed with your daughter. My immediate thought was overwhelmed as doting mothers are. Yet I realized in the dream you meant stressed. I see mothers all the time in therapy who work themselves up way too much over feelings of guilt because they dont cherish every moment with their child. The reality is: no parent enjoys every moment of their child. There is no manual. And the truth is, no matter what we do as parents we WILL screw our kids up. Even being the perfect parent will screw your kid up. So relax, and enjoy your life. Give yourself a break and stop beating yourself up over the details.
J
PS (I do think the wood is symbolic of something else. Can you send me a dream of where you have wood present.)

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by: Lisa

Thank you very much. I haven't had many strange dreams very often, but I have had wooden structures in my dreams before the maze one. You asked for more dream info with wood, since it may be symbolic.

There have been dreams in my past where I'm in old wooden houses. One was set in an old wooden school, following a little girl around, protecting her and watching over her. The doors I stepped through were wooden and the classroom was made with old with wooden floors. (This was years before my daughter was born and the clothing in the dream suggested it was in the 1800's-very strange, feeling like a guardian angel.)

Another is a nightmare I remember where my sister and I were at a house near Halloween. We were wearing sweatshirts, and big clothing, etc. We were there to speak with a man, picking up some item. The dream changed when they separated us. I was suddenly in an entire wooden room- the walls, floors and ceiling were made out of wood like in a new construction home. It was a soundproof square room. I made it to the door, where the handle came off, and my sister was screaming for me. (Terrible nightmare, and I didn't know at the time that she was in an abusive relationship. I found that out months later.) I think it's a premonition of that, since I was trying to save her in the dream and she appeared in my dream many times around then. But the wood always seems to make its way into my dreams. Usually as what the building I'm in is made of or the stairs/maze. Very strange, and I'm sure it means something.

Thank you for your help. I think you're correct about the stress and anxiety.

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by: John

I believe the wood in your dreams is symbolic of your past (aged timber). There is something there that you have not dealt with given that the concept of wood keeps being presented to you. In other words, wood being a continued theme, especially in your dreams of uncomfortableness, is a sign to look back to deal with something.
J

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by: Lisa

Thank you very much. It's very possible that's what it is.. Thanks for your help.

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