By Richard Hastings
The first thing that I want to say is that it is
important always in the first phase of dream interpretation to deal
with things metaphorically rather than literally because there is more
to be learned on a metaphoric level than on a literal one.
In real life rape is forcing someone to have sexual intercourse
without their consent. In the dream world sexual intercourse, if it
is positive, is the coming together of two sets of spiritual qualities
so that they can work together to achieve something greater. When
you interact with someone else’s qualities, then you can learn them
and integrate them into your life so that they can produce something
new. Rape is being forced to have intercourse with the dark side or
ego side of someone. It causes fear and powerlessness and prevents
people from producing really positive things.
So the purpose of the dream is to actually do the opposite of what
the dream is giving you. Being raped by someone at 15 in
metaphorical terms means being forced to interact really closely with
his ego, which is all of his bad qualities. What is particularly
difficult is that 15 is the age at which you are no longer a child,
where you are taking your first steps into adulthood. So the
challenge you had at that age was that you were living with fear and
forced to be his partner as if you were his partner even though you weren’t.
The fear that the dream produces is having to live out that role
against your will. The consequence of rape is the feeling of
powerlessness and fear so I am sure that these are the feelings that
you have had to live with in relation to someone.
So what the dream is looking for is the opposite in positive
terms, but it is presenting you the rape because it is warning you of
the difficult times ahead with someone and his dysfunctions.
The quality that you needed when you were 15 from someone was the
quality of peacefulness so that you could be guided along your own
path. Instead you got him and his ego, a person barely surviving his
own life. This is not to be said for you to be angry with him. He
was probably doing the best he could. The fact is that what you
needed you didn’t get, so now you have the opportunity to give it to
yourself so that those who come after you as well as you own self can
benefit from it.
One of the ways you can tell about the real rape or imagined is
to analyze how this person used power. If he had power issues,
then you might investigate it further, but if he didn’t, then it is
more likely that it is a dream state and not a real one. One way
or the other, he wasn’t the positive person you needed when you were
making your own first steps toward adulthood and this is the critical
issue for you.
So one of the big questions you are going to have to ask yourself
is why peacefulness? Why not courage, determination, love, honesty,
or a host of other virtues? The virtue of peacefulness will allow
you to stay fully on your own own unique path, which is different
probably than almost everyone you know. The further your path is away from the mainstream the more you need the quality of peacefulness. It allows you to be free from distractions and trappings of the world.
You are likely already on that path, but now your poised to take some
major steps forward. That is why you are so keen to do the spiritual
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