He “Pushes” Them Into a Sleepy Trance

imagesCAD2AXO1I walk into a long wooden-floored building like a school house or community center. Obama is standing with others around a long table in the middle of the room. Everyone is arguing. He suddenly starts to glow with a white light, emanating first from his face but then expanding over his entire body and then enveloping the room in a quick blast. I am witnessing now as people are knocked over by the “push” and many fall into a sleepy trance-like state, slumped over one another on the floor. He helps a woman up who is overcome.

From a 34-year old male writer in California, December 23, 2009

The dreamer says when he awoke, “First, I laughed at having the quintessential Obama-spiritual dream. Then I felt both a sense of joy about the white light and also a sense of danger about the somnolent effect the light had on others.”

To the question of whether the dream had any impact on the way he looks at Obama, the dreamer says, “It made me realize I still carry projections about Obama as a savior of world politics. Also, I notice how the Obama trance in the dream could show how I have given up responsibility in following politics by believing so much in his power of redemption.”

Despite the emphasis on light, this dream portrays a shadow dimension to the widespread view of Obama as a spiritual guide and national savior.   As the dreamer himself recognizes, too much idealization can lead some people into a mindless trance that renders them incapable of acting for themselves.

A Golden, Angelic Light

imagesThis was a fly-on-the-wall type of dream, where I was only an observer.  It was very short and very intense, like a snapshot burned on my mind.  President and Mrs. Obama were standing in the Oval Office, standing on the carpet with the eagle emblem on it,  facing each other and smiling.   They weren’t embracing, but were holding onto each other’s elbows.   They were so happy — and they were glowing with a golden, angelic light.  It was a very powerful image.

From a married woman, in January 2009

She explains: “I was telling my husband about this dream, and he said he also has dreamed of Barack Obama recently.   Pretty amazing, considering we are a middle-aged white couple who voted for President Obama, but we did not attribute any angelic or metaphysical meaning to him occupying the White House (at least not consciously) …  I have no idea what this means or why I dreamed it — but after I heard about your website, I thought what the heck, I’ll share it.”

Of all the Obama dreams we have gathered with mystical or spiritually meaningful qualities, this one has perhaps the most classical symbolic expression of what Obama’s rise to the Presidency has meant to his followers.  The “golden, angelic light” connects the dream to mystical visions and Christian iconography, while the central position (on the eagle-emblem carpet) in the Oval Office suggests a mandala, i.e. an archetypal image of wholeness.  As shown by many other dreams, Michelle Obama figures prominently as a vital companion of Barack’s and a powerful woman in her own right.   In this dream their bond takes on aspects of a sacred marriage, or heiros gamos, which symbolizes cosmic union and harmony.

Such is the weight of idealization Obama has carried through his first year in office.

The Importance of Breathing

imagesLast night I dreamed I was in a restaurant with a friend. I was looking at all the people in the big open space, when I noticed that Barack Obama was on my left, walking about shaking hands with folks and passing out info. I stood up and hugged him and then put my hand on his heart, and one on his back, and smiled and said, “You are the man, Obama. I so know you are going to win.” And looking at him straight in the eye, felt myself just channel him total love and faith from my heart. Then I noticed his heart was beating really fast and I realized he was mostly in his head, that he was scared and going about his campaign from a place of thinking he had to mentally appeal to people, instead of just being totally in his body and trusting fully. And I thought to myself, he needs to breathe. He needs to know the importance of breathing full and deep into his being. And then I was on the street. And was walking downtown and had the thought that I should have told him that, because the whole world needs to breathe deeper and fuller and he could help spread that message. And then I thought, yeah, and everyone else is probably telling him all sorts of things that should be the priority for our nation, too. And then I woke up.

From a 36-year old woman from Maine, in August 2008

This dream comes from a peak moment in Obama’s rise to the Presidency, when his popularity and momentum were especially strong. 

The dream vividly expresses the woman’s personal support for Obama, but it also implicitly criticizes something she sees as a weakness: Obama’s overly intellectual approach to political leadership. 

As the first year of Obama’s administration draws to a close, many of Obama’s liberal critics have attacked him on this same point–he’s too calculating, too pragmatic, too timid in the face of opposition.  

The dreamer experiences an unusual bit of political metacognition at the end of the dream.  After her intense physical connection with Obama she mentally steps back and reflects on the fact that she’s just one citizen among countless others who have their own priorities, concerns, and ideals.

Perhaps this is the psychologically appropriate next step for Obama’s liberal-supporters-turned-critics: developing the ability to set aside their personal philosophies and look at the country, as Obama must, from a broader, more ideologically complex perspective.