The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, September 24, 2000
Dream theme

Carry on... climbing
By Vinaya Katoch Manhas

"The heights by great men reached and kept
were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
were toiling upward in the night."

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

THIS would be an apt interpretation for a dream in which see yourself going uphill or climbing anyother height. success is foretold if you manage to reach the top. But certain other factors also have to be considered. or example take this dream. "I am a 19-year-old girl. I dreamt that I was climbing a huge tower. Many times the stairs gave away but I held on to the railing and kept moving ahead. Suddenly the scene changed and I was climbing a hill which had beautiful fields on the top. I ran and reached the top without coming across any obstacles, but instead of a field I found barren land."

Although in such a dream climbing foretells success and prosperity,its significance changes with the context. The stairs giving away is a warning of obstacles in the path. You do not give up and your perseverence pays as suddenly the scene changes and you find yourself going uphill without running into any obstacle. Finding barren land,instead of beautiful fields on top of the hill, foretells that although you shall succeed in your endeavours the end result shall not be as fruitful as you imagined.


If you see yourself climbing but cannot reach the top then you do not stand to gain from your efforts. Another theory sees dreams of climbing as potraying a desire to escape and an attempt to avoid trouble. The presence of obstacles on your way to the top symbolises the need to make greater efforts than already made, in order to succeed.

On a spiritual level, it points to a need to achieve enlightment. Psychologically, it shows your increasing sense of self-awareness. It also symbolises your efforts at becoming realistic and down-to-earth and your attempt to free yourself from the mental and physical constraints that are holding you back.

Let us study another such dream. It is of a 45-year-old man. "I dreamt twice that, alongwith my family,I had gone for a picnic on a beautiful hill. We started climbing the hill. I was walking ahead of my family. After some time when I turned back I found that I had left them behind. They were shouting at me to stop and wait. But I resumed climbing, and suddenly felt quite light-hearted. I began to run and before long I had reached the top and turned around to find that none of my family members were with me. The beauty of the view made me feel good. I love my family a lot,so why did I feel happy when I left them behind?"

This is a conflict often faced by those who dedicate their lives to the welfare of their families and suddenly wake up to the realisation that their own lives are passing them by. This self-awareness of the man is potrayed through his dream of climbing. The desire to enjoy his life makes him feel happy at the thought of having left his family behind.However, his conscience makes him feel guilty at the thought. For such people, it is important to carry on their duties towards their families but they should not do so at the cost of their own lives and desires.