Hospital

Hospital represents needing or being involved in a healing process of body or mind; worries about ones health. Healing also signifies change, so the hospital may also mean the difficulties met in making changes.

Example: ‘I was a prisoner in a hospital, although there were no locked doors or bars. It was a psychiatric hospital, but we were allowed to believe we had a physical illness. I had been very ill, but was trying to escape.’ Joan P. At the time of her dream Joan was feeling trapped in depression and was also attending a therapy group.

The healing may need us to really feel the pain or feelings that underlie our illness.

Example: During the fifth and sixth sessions I relived the overpowering sense of desolation while I was in the long term hospital and felt with clarity my sense of abandonment when my mother left me on visiting days. At the eighth session I re-lived with great anxiety fighting against being anaesthetised for tonsillectomy. I fought with three doctors who tried to hold me down and I was anaesthetised in a state of acute terror.

The woman had suffered from acute migraine attacks and was completely cured through the LSD therapy. She says, “I have two sons now and it is nice to think I can enjoy life without having that constant fear”.  Her husband stated that his wife was a much more peaceful person since the treatment, and had had no further attacks of migraine. He stated that his wife no longer minded his being on night shift and now seemed perfectly at peace with herself, lie stated that the sexual side of the marriage was much more harmonious.

So much of the causes of illness are hidden from our conscious mind and need to be explored in other ways than thinking. See Life’s Little Secrets

To be able to find such healing we often have to realise our core self, our enormous potential. Joseph L. Henderson, writing on Ancient Myths and Modern Man in Man and His Symbols, points out that Perseus had Athena; Theseus had Poseidon. This, Henderson points out, represents the wholeness of oneself (ones potential) from which we can draw strength – the conscious personality that we identify as ourselves, expressing as it does only a tiny part of the totality of our possibilities and experience.

Of course fear of death is such a huge and enormously powerful cause of inner illness. Such fears are based on concepts we hold regarding ageing or death. The loss of identification with oneself as a procreative and highly motivated person may seem to be a sign of emerging incapability or even senility. The fear then sets up a conflict with the process of psychic growth.

A woman who had worked as a nurse describes her experience of this as, “‘The feelings I have about dying, about losing my drive to live, link with ideas of being incapable in hospital. Those are feelings or ideas I connect with it. Those images have made it – or are making it – hard to meet.”

However, such a felt death is only a precursor to the experience of resurrection or rebirth, and this leads toward a new relationship with oneself and the world.

There are signs of undealt with emotions and pains of childhood, but there are many other causes. But one of the clearest indicators is of the hurt baby or child within is from your dreams. Examples of dreams showing the damaged inner baby and child are as follows:

Example: I am with my wife, taking a short cut through hospital grounds, but we are seen and reprimanded. “You must not take short cuts through hospital grounds.” Then I am in a strange old house. Under the floorboards I find many babies. They are abortions from previous girls living there. As I watch, one dried up baby body begins to fill up with blood. I can see its intestines.

Example: A war was on. I was in London and bombs had blasted buildings. A baby had been injured, along with an elderly man with black hair.

Example: I was in a hospital. A nurse passing by looked at my baby son and then suddenly looked again and said, “Did you know there is something wrong with your baby?” I told her I didn’t. She said she would prefer not to tell me, and to ask the sister. I knew this was because what she had seen was a serious illness.

Each of the dreams shows very clearly the image of an injured or sick baby. Two of them also take place in a hospital, linking the baby with the need for healing. In the first dream there is also the reprimand that no short cuts should be taken in the healing process. The second dream indicates real conflict and injury from the experience of bombs, and also brings in the dark haired man – the dreamer’s father had black hair. The last dream again suggests the baby is in a serious condition, but in this dream the dreamer is not himself aware of it and must seek to find out what it is.

Sometimes the meeting of oneself and ones experience is see as a huge battle ground.

Example: I had several previous dreams of being a soldier moving up to the front with my fellows. Tonight I dreamt that we were now at the front and were ready for battle. Then suddenly the signal was given and we were over the top facing the enemy.

The enemy the man was facing was his own fears and traumas from childhood. The willingness to be involved in the battle led to a breakthrough in which he relived a dramatic event from being in hospital.

But of course some dreams are about actual physical illness.

Example: In the early nineties a friend, Ken S., came to consult me in my capacity as a dream therapist. He had experienced a dream that troubled him and wanted to understand it. In the dream Ken was walking along the upstairs passageway of a large old house. He was in his dressing gown on the way to the bathroom. About halfway along the passage he felt a fine spray of water on his body. This drew his attention to a small leak in a large water pipe running along the passageway. At that very moment the pipe burst and a torrent of water poured out. Ken was then rushing around trying to deal with the burst pipe, but fire also started elsewhere in the house.

Ken and I approached the dream using a traditional psychotherapeutic approach in which each aspect of the dream represents an emotion or psychological state in Ken. We didn’t get any satisfaction with this and so ended with the view that we hadn’t discovered the associations and powerful feelings that would uncover the hidden parts of Ken’s psyche. Three days later Ken was rushed into hospital with a burst colon. Ken was near to death, but with surgical and medical help recovered. When I next saw him, still in hospital, our eyes met and we both said at the same moment, “The dream” – meaning the dream had been a warning of the burst colon.


Useful Questions and Hints:

Is the dream about a psychological or phsyical situation?

Are you aware of any underlying cuases that are involved in the hospital dream?

Do you think you could face childhood emotions and pain in ealing?

See Avoid Being VictimsInterview with Jill Bolte Taylor Damage of fearWoman’s Creative PowerSumming Up

Comments

-bert 2018-03-12 16:15:11

as a follow up, my wife called me 4 times,I called her 4 times and neither one of us could get the other. yet when she got back in the car, she called and my phone answered perfectly

-bert 2018-03-12 16:08:55

wife was waiting at a shopping center store. she came out couldn’t find my car. she smelled this odor that was so horrible it made her sick on her stomach. no one else appeared to know it. She got violently anger that she couldn’t find the car even though I was parked and looking for her. mean time I was in my car and a black man in a hospital gown holding his side walked right by my car, which I thought was odd. about then my wife found the car and it was like another woman that I let out was possessing her. She was full of anger. she didn’t find what she wanted at Walmart. I seldom apply the supernatural to normal evens, but the foul odor only she appeared to smell, the black guy in a sheer hospital gown goes by my car, which my wife said she didn’t see and the change in her demeaner seemed somewhat supernatural.
does this happen all the time to people.

    -Tony Crisp 2018-03-13 11:09:51

    Hi – It is important that you read https://dreamhawk.com/forums/index.php?topic=529.msg1472#msg1472
    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practicing what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/
    Tony

    Bert – Remember you were dreaming, where what ever we believe is projected as images. So your belief that your was possessed was right, but not possessed by another being, but by her own anger.

    That is because a modern view of the personality says that our mind is made up of many modules which are quite distinct. These modules, such as the sexual drive and the ability to speak, usually function in a way which is reasonably integrated. But many areas of dissimilarity are evident if we closely observe the workings of our own responses to life experiences. Because we each hold certain ideas about ourselves – our self image – things we do which do not express this self image may shock or even frighten us. Actions arising from a module of oneself which does not express our accepted self image, may give rise not only to fear, but also a sense of evil, or being possessed by evil.

    Also it is worth remembering that many people do not realise that they have an inner wife equally as powerful as an external wife. You have taken in millions of bit of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences, along with all the feelings or problems met by loving and living with your wife, and they are what makes you the person you are. This is true even if your wife was never there for you – you still have all the memories of her not being there for you filed under ‘wife’. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner wife can appear in dreams because you are deeply influenced by what you hold within you.

    So it is you that produces the odour and the sense that she is possessed. See https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/

-Nataly 2017-04-27 15:12:56

I woke up from this vivid dream, and I would love your intake on it if you’re willing. Thanks! I had this dream where I was in an airport, a very huge airport. This airport had also a huge elegant mall made of brass and gold floors, walls, etc. it also had a quaint friendly hospital that assisted sick children. I remember being with a group of people, coworkers maybe, in the airport, there was a miscommunication that led this real life co worker of mine in the dream to tell these girls to come find her because she was upset. After I got the message, I annoyingly went to look for her to clear up the confusion but for the life of me could not find her. As I went looking for her, I passed by that elegant mall, admiring it, and also passed by the children’s hospital. That’s where I was told I’d find her. I checked every hospital room I could find, instead of her I saw a child resting in each room because they were recovering from being sick. They had those wires on them. This guy said, check the room 316, I did, but the room had no one, just personal stuff of a patient. I kept going in circles to the same rooms, some new ones. I snuck into this big room with a bunch of little kids sitting on benches. I climbed up to talk to one of them, this cute foreign girl, looked Indian with big eyes and black hair with bangs looked at me and I asked her playfully “what are you turds doing here hmm??” She said “we are going now because we got better!” I realized I had climbed on a big bandwagon to talk to her, and that they were going to get driven off. I looked around and there were so many people from my past as well as people I didn’t know, smiling down at them from balconies waving good bye to the children as they waved back. I didn’t know where they were going, but I high fived her because I was happy for them. Throughout the dream, I had to bump into a lot of girls who i used to be friends with in waking life but left behind because I would feel odd or did not feel like I fit in with them, at one point in the dream I saw my reflection and I was a beautiful redhead with green eyes, but these girls would treat me like they were superior to me because they saw how I really looked. I still couldn’t find my co worker and I realized I was out of time, so I decided to head home. The only way out was back to the airport , on the way I saw so many military conferences room being grateful that I didn’t have to sit through these meetings anymore in uniform (I’m a veteran) and as they announce Medal of Honor recipients, I saw my brother. He came up to me and said “did your friend tell you I needed to talk to you?” I had realized that’s what my coworker actually wanted to tell me, my brother was waiting for me to talk. The next thing I know, we were walking and he was telling me he had a suspicion that my other brother (in real life passed away years ago) had other causes to his death other than his illness, and that was that he slept breathing in carbon monoxide. I was so upset that that’s all he had to tell me, that I wasted time looking for my coworker when I could’ve been home instead of listening to him linger in the past. I can’t help but think there’s some type of message here but I have no idea, any insight or advice would be hugely appreciated. Thank you!

    -Tony Crisp 2017-04-28 8:39:07

    Hi – I am stopping from answering your posts fully – but will try to give hints; sometimes long ones because I quote from masses I have already put online. Also, I need to take time to update the site – dreamhawk.

    It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Nataly – In the entry of ‘Airport’ it says, “A checking of one’s own values, identity, a sort of self assessment in regard to independence and moving to new opportunities. Self doubts and uncertainties at this stage stop us from attempting the new,” which is a good description of part of your dreams meaning.

    The hospital section deals with past difficulties you dealt with being healed. The people from your past were all aspects of your life experience, all seeking to be integrated and seen as important parts of your meaningful life.

    Going round in circles is all a part of the uncertainty you have felt, some of it stimulated by your brothers death, and your time in the forces.

    The message of your dream I feel is about not fully understanding if working with the experiences of your life – see http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/the-lifestream/

    Part of understanding is to do with the part other people play in your life. When you think about a friend or a person you meet, you are only taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about them. So many people do not realise that they have an inner person equally as powerful as the external person you know. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and they are what make you the person you are. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you.

-Dzsenfer 2016-07-21 7:10:04

This dream occurred two times now. I always end up in a hospital. At first im pretty calm but then the nurse (its always a woman) tells me i have to stay in the hospital. They always tell me to take my clothes off. So i try to escape and they run after me and try to keep me back. But in the end i get away every time. At the end of the dreams im happy.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-07-25 10:50:29

    Dear Dzsenfer – Your dream may reflect that there is a need for a healing process from your mind and perhaps also your body.
    You may have painful feelings or feelings of anger or resentment which are held within that need to be attended to.
    Healing is important because anger uses tremendous resources of emotional and physical energy.
    The repression of emotional energy can be a key factor in the breakdown of health, and in the lack of positive and creative self-expression. Blocked emotional energy tends to attack your sense of wellbeing and body if it is stopped from external expression.
    Expressing yourself openly may be perceived as having to take your clothes off, because you expose aspects of your inner world that you – or other people – have not seen before.
    The part of you that is happy may reflect an aspect of you that does not want to enter the healing process (yet?); http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/defence-mechanisms/
    If you feel like it you can explore the symbols in your dream yourself too; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    An approach to symbolically take off your clothes to allow Life to heal you is http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/
    Anna 🙂

-diane 2015-09-03 18:28:44

i dreamed i was being treated in a hospital what does this mean?

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