I really enjoyed the recent discussion of Bill's short dream. I am undergoing a period where my dreamlife has become quite active and have had several "big dreams" in the last year. Here is one that I have struggled with. It is a little long, but totally undited from the morning after the dream. It occured about 6 weeks ago. I wonder what anyone makes of it?
My father is due to receive an inheritance, and his acceptance of it somehow enables others (his extended family) to also share in the inheritance. My mother is telling me this in a darkened bedroom with my father outside the door. She doesn't want him to hear that she is telling me this, and keeps lowering her voice. I get the impression that my father's portion of the inheritance is relatively small, but somehow his taking of it is key to everyone's access. While at first I think that it is only a medium sized inheritance, suddenly the television comes on and begins to give more backstory. It turns out, according to the program, that my father is attached, in a roundabout way, to one of the largest fortunes in the world, and one that is intimately connected to shadowy political power in some unnamed European countries (perhaps Germany, Austria, but spilling westward as well). The program is a fairly typical expose of networks and hidden hands behind the throne, but nonetheless absolutely riveting. There is a single male figure at the center of this network, shown briefly in the dream standing behind a spokesman who is speaking into a microphone. This takes place on a lawn in front of a large and well-to-do house, but both the male figure and the house appear relatively normal and not obviously terrifying or malevolent. My father's reluctance to take up his inheritance thus represents a reluctance to involve himself in the political power networks, but the program makes clear through implication that failure to take up the inheritance poses a danger both to himself, and perhaps to my mother and myself. Much or all of the action in the dream takes place indirectly--through implication or (literally) through a screen.
There is a lot of context for the dream, best summarized as a fluid and somewhat wild/ chaotic/ noisy sexual/ social night scene. This kind of backdrop is quite common in my dreams, so much so I am inclined to refer to my "long night dreams." These usually take place over several "hours" and spill late into the night or early morning. They generally build through escalating events/ imagery and crystalize in a single memorable and stirring image. The dream about an inheritance is in this larger category, but the specific incident in question feels broken out of its immediate context and stands alone in the dreamspace.