Week of September 20
I am 40 years old and I think I am going through my mid-life crisis. I've
been burned out at work for several years now and would love to change careers.
I have a good life and certainly wouldn't want to trade places with anyone I
know. It's just that as I learn who I am on the inside....my outside doesn't
"My wife and I are on a trip when I notice I have a cut on the
forefinger of my left hand. (I am left-handed.) As the trip progresses, this
minor cut becomes more discolored and infected. The skin on my hand and arm
clear up to my elbow is getting dry, discolored and hard like it is dying. The
scene changes and my wife and I are at a show something similar to the
"Wheel of Fortune." I am wearing white slacks and I notice my cut is
seeping and oozing yucky stuff all over them. I go to the bathroom to clean up
and see that the skin up to my elbow is all dead, dried and loose. As I peel it
from my arm and hand it all comes off in one piece. The skin underneath is new
and white, and the wound is healed. I'm surprised at my "new" arm,
throw the dead tissue in the trash and wake up."
This is a classic dream of death and renewal, announcing your personal
metamorphosis. The trip you are on may be the life journey you are taking with
your wife. I am not surprised she s there with you, as this change in you will
affect her too. She may also symbolize the feminine aspect of your Self, the
aspect that is intuitive and nurturing.
The bleeding wound is on your left hand, the hand you favor and do most of
your work with. Your creative hand. Does your current work drain your energy and
leave you feeling empty and dry? Blood is life energy. Losing blood in a dream
often illustrates the lose of vitality and spirit through worry, fear, or
Just as the snake sheds its skin in the process of renewal, so you must shed
your old skin to see the new, fresh growth underneath. The transformation is
already complete on the inside.
You indicated to me that you already know what it is you would like to be
doing and that it is a very creative path for you, a path that would bring you
the satisfaction you long for.
Many times transitions bring anxiety but the purpose of your "mid-life
crisis" seems to be to create a more authentic life. I hope you have
support from your family and friends, so this change can be a positive
experience for you.
Some people say they never dream but these people are just not remembering their
dreams. Science has proven that we all dream several times every night so those
people that don't remember are missing out on one third of their life! In a
typical night of sleep, we all experience 5 to 6 active dream phases. Until
recently, it was thought that dreams only occurred during REM sleep, which is
distinguished by rapid eye movements, when the eyes move from side to side.
Dream researchers are finding that dreams occur even outside of the REM stage
and I know one person who recorded 30 dreams in one night!
Nancy Huseby Bloom