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Box of Dreams:
Weaving Mats

Dreamed 2009/3/15 by Jenny Badger Sultan

I go on a camping trip. In camp, women are weaving mats. Will I try it?

Acrylic painting of a dream by Jenny Badger Sultan: ' Weaving Mats'.

NOTES

This image of weaving puzzled me. Later, I came to see it as symbolizing:

  1. The healing of the open wound after my abdominal surgery. Over the course of time I got to observe it changing from a large open incision to a beautifully closed line.
  2. The web of love and support I felt from my family and friends during this time.
Close-up of two women weaving. Detail of an acrylic painting of a dream by Jenny Badger Sultan: 'Weaving Mats'.

The same night, I also dreamed Will I be bitten by a rattlesnake if we sleep in the caves? There, the theme of injury and wounds was explicit, reinforcing this interpretation of the dream: that illness, surgery and healing can be a reweaving--not just of one's own life-force, but of community, family and friends.

But this was evident only in hindsight. Both these dreams came many weeks before lymphoma was detected during an abdominal surgery (May 28, 2009).

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