I don’t recall if there was any wind…It was calm and dark. We were alone in a boat. He was telling me some funny stories as he used to and showing some photos.
For the first time in 4 months he came to my dream. Not a lucid dream, unfortunately, despite the daily training and some success in other dreams. After a long time of waiting and chasing him in my dreams, I had decided to loosen my grip a little, as it seemed my too ardent attempts were pushing him even further away from me, as was my depressed and grieving attitude. A week of no tears and here he was bright and careless in my dream.
I was so excited in the morning that he finally appeared, that I didn’t quite give a lot of significance to the details. I now wonder, how could I!
On the next day I was browsing some books to read and videos to watch on the subject of metaphysics, astral projection etc and there was a title that got my attention: Boat. At the moment it just reminded me of the dream and I felt warmness and went on doing my stuff with him in my thoughts as usual.
It was not until yesterday night that I finally was thrown this in my face when my five-year-old daughter, who was going to bed after shower all of a sudden, while I was drying her up with a towel, declared – “Boat!”. OMG! I was startled. I said: “What? What boat? Why did you think of a boat” and she was confused, as she could also feel it came out of the blue and was not related to anything. So she said “Hmm…I guess it’s in the street.” But that was not enough for me so after some time I asked her again, how come she thought of a boat, and as she was drowsy and ready to go to sleep, she mumbled another phrase: “The only one!”. When I asked who’s the only one, she said “you, mummy”. And again she got surprised and asked me: “What does the only one mean?” (in our local language there’s a single word for this phrase which she never used and so didn’t know the meaning). I explained her and she seemed satisfied and went to bed. But I was left totally speechless. At the same time very warm again – as if he was telling me through her, “Hey! it’s me, your friend in the boat, and you’re my only one…we are one”.
This is when I made up my mind to explore a bit further the significance of the Boat as a symbol.
I’m still at it as I’m writing the post and there are some immediate findings, some good some not so much, but I tend to focus on the positive ones. I would welcome any interpretations from more experienced symbolists.
- Boat as a symbol for a means of travel on the spiritual path – this one is very relevant, as I’m currently exploring all things spiritual and trying to find my unique mission in this life. I would assume that having him in this boat would mean that he’ll be guiding me on my way.
- Boat on a river between this reality and the afterlife. The crossing line for the spirits and the meeting place for souls between the two worlds. I guess this one doesn’t interfere with the first one and could just complement it. It somehow gives a more realistic touch to the dream.
- Boat as a transportation for the spirit to a new incarnation. I found this one somewhere and I didn’t quite feel positive about it, as this would mean that my friend was going to be reincarnated and would lose any memory of me. I have a lot of fear associated with this version and I have thought on numerous occasions that if he chooses to reincarnate, I would please ask him to give me a hint of where and who he would reincarnate into, so that I could somehow identify him. I’m sure I would feel this, but my mind just keeps on asking for facts…silly mind.
- The last and least attractive interpretation is the one which is always associated with dreams involving deceased persons. It’s when they take you with them and that would symbolise the dreamer’s passing away. He didn’t call me anywhere, we were just spending time together, and it’s more like I called him into my dream, so I don’t take this as an invitation. I am not afraid and I will happily join him someday, but I just know I still have a lot to do here and my intuition just tells me this is not it.
I guess I’m done with the main findings. Will be researching further, but any ideas and suggestions would be very helpful!