I was flying in a jet passenger plane, it felt like a 737, I was looking out of the window observing that the plane was flying at a very low altitude. In fact we were following a street and the office towers were above us. Then we turned to follow the river and instead of flying over bridges we were flying under them. I realized we had heard nothing from the captain and there were no discernable crew. I was feeling fine: calm, balanced but curious. The plane headed towards a large green space that I realized was it was a park and that we were going to land there. A few people scattered and we made a beautiful soft landing. I was wondering how we would get off as there were no external steps or ramps when I woke up.
This dream was very clear yet I could make no sense of it. There was no crash; there were no strong feelings in fact I had felt a great deal of equanimity; there seemed no immediate impending danger. I allowed my mind to move on. Perhaps just another strange flow of images from the unconscious that had no real significance.
My day began with a desire to contact my broker. During brunch earlier in the week, my friend Colin had predicted he expected a crash in the stock market. It was a subject on which we both agreed as surely this bull market had to end. However it reminded me to check my financial statements, something I do rarely as it is not a subject of pressing concern or interest.
However when I realized that my portfolio had basically not risen significantly, the idea of crash became more concerning. If you weren’t making money in good times then how badly would you be affected in a future crash? I asked my broker for a conversation and he agreed to meet with me two days later.
Sometime later I began to reflect back on the dream. Normally I found the key to insight starts with the feelings within the dream but there was little to work with. It was only when I reflected on the nature of the flight that the magic occurred. The plane was flying low and suddenly the phrase “low-flyer” popped into my head. I realized the expression is generally “high flyer” but suddenly “low flyer” made sense . I realized that this dream is about the major investment fund in my portfolio. The dream suggests although my investment may be a “low flyer”, not achieving maximum returns, it will land safely. It reminded me that one of the reasons that drew me to this fund was that in 2008 when everyone else crashed 20% and more, it lost less than 1%.
My anxiety dissipated. It may not perform as well as the high flyers but the dream was my reassurance to stay in. (At the end of the dream I did not leave the plane.) During my meeting with the broker he suggested I should stay with the fund. When I shared my dream and I told him I was feeling more comfortable now. He didn’t roll his eyes but responded, “you know you are my most insightful client” Ironic because I am likely the least informed but perhaps my dreams provide superior guidance than most of the pundits. to guide me.
Later on Sunday I was facilitating a dream workshop and I shared this dream. Until that moment I had not considered the silence of the captain as meaningful but describing the dream reminded me that it must be. Then the “ah ha” moment. The captain is my broker. I rarely hear from him but he has a steady hand. However it made me realize I want a few more “passenger announcements” so I requested he call me once a month.