Of utmost concern we keep in our awareness is our hope to maintain our health to be able to rely on our physical energy to work and work effectively. In dreams, symbols of work are any object, person or tool that resembles connections to work, our attitudes, job satisfaction, concerns, job security, salary and well being to do the work.
A man I know had the following dream. At the time of the dream, he was in good health, a professional earning 100K a year. His life was good; that is, until the night he had a dream that ultimately would change his life forever.
The dream opens with the man walking on a sidewalk near his apartment. This was the regular path he’d walked for years. Turning the corner up the block towards his apartment, he was compelled to look down at his hands. Holding his hands up, he saw his hands quickly begin to take on a different appearance: His hands began to tighten into a fist. As his hands continued to close, they took on a crippled, disfigured look.
Alarmed, he tried to straighten them. Unable to move his fingers, he put his hands into the pockets of the sweat suit he was wearing thinking everything would be all right shortly. As he placed his hands into the pockets of the sweat suit, he realized there were no pockets, only openings. Placing his hands into the openings, he walked down the sidewalk for 20 feet. Having difficulty composing himself, he took his hands out of the openings hoping they would be normal. To his dismay, his hands were now deformed, and he felt severe pain shooting down his wrists through his hands up to his fingertips.
Getting panicked, he stared at his hands. The more he tried to focus, the more blurred his vision became till he could not see the image of his hands. He tried to adjust his vision, he now felt a sharp pain in his forehead that nearly landed him on his knees. Discouraged by this experience, the man sat down on some tree leaves on the front lawn of a neighbor’s house. As he began to close his eyes, he felt a gentle breeze that blew the leaves away from him and across the lawn.
Terrified, he reached into the opening of his sweat pants, got a hold of his wallet that held his driver’s license, money and medical insurance card should his condition worsen. Opening the wallet, he found the wallet empty, holding only a medical insurance card. Fumbling with the wallet, he was able to pull out the insurance card. Still having blurred vision, he read the word “Cobra.” Cobra insurance is the health insurance provided by employers which goes into effect when one becomes disabled. Holding the card, he watched the card slowly then completely disappear in his hand.
After a few moments of taking long, deep breaths, the man opened his eyes happily surprised to find that his hands were normal, vision clear and the pain in his forehead had gone.
On his feet again, he glanced at his expensive sweat suit to find that it had changed into clothing frayed, dirty and covered with holes. Very pleased to be feeling physically better, the man briskly walked toward his apartment. Arriving at his apartment, he looked down and saw that the sweat suit was as it had been–beautiful, clean and new. Reaching for the front door of his apartment building, the man woke up.
The Interpretation Of The Dream Using Each Key Word Walking/Sidewalk in the opening part of the dream represents stability, financial security, success in the man’s family and workplace. This is a life of safety, consistency, routine and control over his life and environment.
Older Apartment represents a temporary refuge. Based on several of the other events that took place in the dream, the man’s apartment represents change, the unknown, a place of waiting, failing health and possibly death.
HANDS/CRIPPLED AND DISFIGURED represent our ability to work, sustain and provide for ourselves and family. When the man saw his hands change into crippled/disfigured ones represented serious failing health and financial distress. Watching his hands change from normal hands to deformed hands represents sudden change in his life and lifestyle without warning.
Pockets/No Pockets The sweat shirt had no pockets, only openings. With this in mind, he placed his hands into the openings represents he will ignore symptoms of illness. Having no pockets also means that although the man will have some medical insurance, his current medical insurance will not have the extended coverage needed for the duration of the time of illness.
Severe Pain/Forehead/Knees Pain deep in the man’s forehead represented a physical problem, confusion, disbelief and helplessness he felt seeing changes to his body. Years later, he would be told the forehead pain was caused by a benign tumor near his brain; and that over time, if not removed, may cause blindness and death. As the man stared down at his hands, he felt his knees go weak, yet managed to regain his balance. The weakness in his knees represented that though the mind is strong, the body will no longer function as it once had; his hands, other parts of his body and finances will be affected.
Blurred Vision Yet, fully aware of what was happening to his hands, he began to watch his hands change represents his entire life will be put on hold; his life and level of physical energy will be controlled by what is shown in the dream.
Sat Down/Neighbor’s House/Tree Too weak to stand, the man sits down under a tree near leaves on his neighbor’s lawn. Before he could close his eyes, he feels a gentle wind come up, blowing the leaves across the lawn and away from him. The tree/leaves represent great change. The leaves represent change when blown away from a person. In this dream, the wind represents that most of his material possessions will be taken away from him due to costs of illness.
Expensive/Sweat suit/Frayed, Dirty, Holes The expensive sweat suit represents the man’s standard of living. The sweat suit turing frayed and dirty with holes represents the trials and financial hardships he will be suffering as a result of illness.
Wallet/Driver’s License, Money/Medical Insurance Card The man took out his wallet finding his driver’s license and money gone. Left in the wallet was his medical insurance card, turning into a Cobra card. The card slowly disappeared representing his medical insurance wouldn’t last for the term of his illnesses. The missing driver’s license represented the man’s identity and self worth would be shattered. The missing money represented future financial losses.
Beautiful/Clean/Looking New Unlocking the door of his apartment, he saw his hands healed and the sweat suit again clean and new. This represented that despite health problems, eventually his life would be restored to normal.
The Outcome Of The Dream: Months after having this dream, the man was diagnosed with chronic bilateral carpal tunnel. He had collected unemployment. After a year, he was told his Cobra insurance would end, no longer covering expenses for doctor bills or prescriptions.
Despondent, the day his Cobra insurance ran out, he remembered he was a Vietnam veteran. He immediately went down to the VA Hospital inquiring about eligibility benefits. Within hours, he was approved and VA started covering all his medical expenses.
As for the man’s eyesight and pain in the forehead, doctors at the VA Hospital discovered a tumor between his eyes, if not treated, gradually would cause blindness and death. He was told of a newly-discovered pharmaceutical drug that had just been approved, which would control the growth of the tumor and stabilize eyesight. In 2005, the VA Hospital removed the tumor.
As of this date, his eyesight is good and he is in fine health. As for the material goods the man lost after having the dream, they’ve been replaced. The very day his UE benefits ran out, he was approved for Social Security disability benefits, obtaining an unexpected check for $22K in back benefits. The dream the man had experienced years earlier had accurately revealed his future, just as he had seen it play in the dream. My name Jurell Green, founder of: dreammessenger.com and I am that man.
Zechariah 9:11-12 “As for you, because of the Blood of My covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now, I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.” NIV
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