I have been going through profound changes for the last three years that have included a number of losses. I have glibly referred to my situation on occasion as "my dismantling." I'm coming out the other end, but managing my mood is still an effort. I don't know a lot about alchemy, but a dream I had a few days ago brought forth the image of the alchemical bath and seemed to speak to the magnitude of my transformation:
I am seated in a black office chair on rollers in a large auditorium with no other furniture. About 50 feet in front of me is a man facing me, crouched and looking like a baseball catcher at home plate. My chair is jiggling and squeaking, but it is not me that is doing it. All of a sudden, I am being tossed around violently within my own body. I am seeing through tumultuous murky water, with my butt now up by my mouth, then my arms at my feet. All the while, I am shouting: NO! but I am powerless to control it. Finally, mustering all my will in the dream, I right myself within my body and am spit out, as if from a washing machine. I tumble onto the auditorium floor, close to where the catcher was, but he is nowhere to be seen and I wonder if he was ever there in the first place.
In the dream I am certain that I have had a supernatural experience, that the shuddering chair was the experience coming on, and that I am fighting with another being for sovereignty over my own body.
Upon waking reflection, I take my dreaming mind at face value about the supernatural experience. However, I also think the material may be symbolizing an alchemical (psychological) process taking place in me. Thinking that I may be coming out of the washing machine is certainly hopeful!
What do you think about alchemical symbolism in dreams? Have you seen it in your own dreams? If so, what has it looked like? Does unpacking dream material in this way give you a greater sense of peace and order? Love to hear from you!