I am in a crowd.
We are in a hallway at some sort of presidential rally watching two candidates battle for our favor.
They are signaling to the crowd and trying so hard to out do each other that one of them begins sticking their fingers up at us. This candidate flipping the bird is on the left side of the podium – which indicates to me that he is a right winger.
His actions causes the crowds energy to become aggressive – and as the chaos gathers momentum a series of figures who seem like law enforcement appear.
I realize I am with two of my mates – and one of them insults or challenges the enforcement.
The enforcement don’t like this so they come down and hurt him to make an example – then they look at the rest of us and say: “Time to get the friends”.
They come after us.
We turn and try to escape the building.
The crowd goes into frenzy and becomes congested – but we get out nonetheless.
Out on the street I am divided from my mates as we are running wildly – apparently there is something following us called the libel truth.
My freinds take a side path as I go running up a hill.
They shout to me not to run but to shimmy side to side.
I turn around and see that this libel truth which is following me is actually a thing.
As it moves across the ground it opens a square sinkhole that is deep and black every-time.
I start to feel anxious as I realize I am being chased by a sinkhole that is rippling across the surface of the ground – looking to get me by aligning with me.
I begin dodging side to side trying to put myself out of alignment with this libel truth which is stalking me.
I end up on a country road and strangely I am using a trolley to streamline my way, but regardless: this libel truth is honing in on me and well able to keep in alignment. There are cars coming the other direction and I am trying to use them to shake it off but to no avail.
I break down and wish that I could know the way to escape this stalker.
Suddenly I find myself in some form of Buddhist confessional box – and it seems I am appealing to the figure there for advice.
The Bikkhu I am confessing to says calmly that all that is needed to escape is Presence.
Then I awaken.
7 – May – 16
This dream has many symbols to explore – but the most potent one is the “libel truth”.
The eeriness of this symbol truly caught me out – as when I woke up from the dream I didn’t actually know what the word libel meant – so I googled it.
I discovered that libel is often the written or visual version of slander – that is: the intentional spreading of false information about someone.
This “libel truth” that was chasing me then may personify a sort of shame – that shame of wondering what negative things others may think of you.
The shame of society judging your character as bad – a shame that is personified most powerfully in our world as Political Correctness.
This connection neatly brings us to the first scene of the dream – the Presidential candidates.
At the time of this dream Donald Trump is running for the Presidency of America. He is very unclear about his actual political stance – but one thing is for sure – he is against Political Correctness.
The sticking his fingers up at the crowd action seems to be a symbolic statement against Political Correctness – and the gesture causes chaos in the crowd – which seems to represent the collective consciousness of society at the moment.
This dream seems to be an allusion to the turmoil brewing in global culture – the fact that the crowd chaos happens in hallway may be a reference to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
What is interesting is that I make efforts to escape that riot to pursue my own path – where I am pursued by my own shame which is always trying to align itself with me.
Here this “libel truth” acts like Karma – something which follows me like a shadow.
Finally when I break and ask for release from the shame I find myself conversing with a Buddhist monk who is telling me to maintain Presence.
It makes me see – the chaos in culture can only be solved through the awareness and education of each and every individual involved.