Reflections on Patterns in Dreams From Prisoners

Today I listened to a dream from a 23 year old inmate, named Kris, who is in jail for about 6 months for driving violations and not pulling over to police. A police chase ensued and when the cops stopped him, they arrested him. First time in jail. He gave me permission to share his dream and interpretation.

In his dream I saw something, a pattern I’m beginning to see emerge in many of the dreams from the prisoners. Nearly all of them describe a moment in their dream when they “lose their mind” so to speak, where they fall or get shaken up, and then in the dreams they do amazing things to get back to their stability.

The trauma in the dream is the trauma they experienced in real life and it seems that this is where the actions described as criminal originate. They go through trauma and then before they can get grounded again a situation occurs where they have to cope quickly and make decisions quickly but they are not in their reasonable mind, not in their strong Self, because of the trauma (or drugs). Their actions afterwards are taken sort of in a delusional state and many of these actions are unlawful. In many of these dreamers, they didn’t set out to “break the law” but they were trying to go for something when they were trapped in their ego-selves so their decision-making was limited and short-sighted and put the lives and safety of others at risk. At the time, they were not thinking of others because they were in their ego-self which was only about self-protection. Their dreams are showing that they would have or could have helped others if given the opportunities but that is not what life gave them. I’m beginning to see how much influence the environment has on bringing out behaviour in individuals which can be called “criminal.”

The qualities and strength of spirit I’m seeing in these prisoners is truly remarkable. It means in real life they have awesome capacities to help a lot of people and bring a lot of positives to the world. I’m truly seeing the metaphoric jail they live in. Their True Selves are trying to break out of the limitations in life but having very little resources to achieve the positive intentions, resulting in arrests and imprisonment.

I’ll write more details about Kris’s dream soon but I just wanted to share that I am in awe with the dreams I’m hearing and am continually amazed with the power of the True Self to grow through the obstacles, or despite them.

This is just a pattern I see emerging in Dreams From the Box.

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