Portland 9/16/2015 1:52:00 PM
Refugees In Dreams Can Symbolize Internal Shifts, Says Dream Analyst David Rivinus
Dreams about refugees often indicate major attitude shifts as
the dreamer reassesses his beliefs. That is according to dream analyst, David
Rivinus. He claims that if there is a major change in the dreamer’s thinking,
it can lead to a transition away from an older view of life. Sometimes such
shifts can leave the dreamer feeling unsettled and without a clear direction.
“If a person has been relying on a certain view of life, it
can be traumatic to suddenly realize that there are faults in his or her
thinking,” he says. “In dreams, it is not unusual for such feelings to be
expressed symbolically as homelessness or aimless wandering.”
According to Rivinus, an example might be a person who has
been a faithful employee in a corporation, one whose mission he strongly
believes in. The employee goes to work not only to put in the required time,
but also because he passionately believes in the goodness of what the company
But then, if there is a discovery of corruption, or worse,
the employee learns that the company’s approach is backfiring, that can be
disheartening and can leave the employee floundering and wondering how to
proceed. "In such a case, there would likely be a dream with a symbol expressing
a feeling of aimlessness.” Rivinus says that the dreamer might dream of trying
to steer a sailboat with a broken rudder. “But just as likely, he could see him
or herself as a refugee whose home is in the middle of a terrible conflict and
is being destroyed.” The image of drifting—on foot or otherwise—would then be
central to the dream imagery.
Rivinus says that this is not necessarily a bad situation.
“Someone who is a refugee from a faulty system can find himself far better off
if he moves himself to a wholesome environment,” he says. Rivinus means this
metaphorically as well as literally. “Suppose he or she ends up with a better
job. In a case like that, the wandering would have paid off.”
The language of dreams is that of metaphor, Rivinus
explains. Dreams often use poignant visual imagery to make a point, and they
should rarely be taken literally.
David Rivinus is the author of the book “Always Dreaming”
published by Ozark Mountain Publishing. For more information, visit www.teacherofdreams.com.