Depicts something which causes uncertainty or withdrawal of enthusiasm, creativity or love. Such might be produced by someone’s criticism which evokes our own self doubts; indecision; our own inhibitions or anxieties; maybe even a hidden form of not wanting to succeed because it would confront us with the new—we might fail.
Example: ‘I have this recurring nightmare. I see my mother standing by my bedroom door, blocking it as if I am being trapped and stopped from getting out. I often call to her “Let me out Mum” but she just stands there staring with no expression on her face at all. I end up getting out of bed and switching my bedroom light on and then she disappears. Sometimes I will see her standing by my wardrobe. It seems as if she is always standing by a door and trying to trap me’ (Natalie S). Natalie is 14 and the obstacle she faces in choosing her own clothes—the wardrobe—and making her own decisions—her mother—is her own dependence upon her mother, and the need to develop a new relationship with her.
Example: ‘As I was driving along I turned my car over. I wasn’t hurt but could not now get to my destination. I didn’t feel at all upset about the car being damaged’ (Tim K).
The example shows a subtle and self-made obstacle, the damaged car. In fact Tim admitted ruining his own work opportunities —the car—because he was frightened of failure.
The obstacle, obstruction, barner or interference can be a person, wall, river, animal—or it might be an internal thing like paralysis or a lump in the throat. Refer to the entry on the appropriate subject to define what it is acting as an obstacle. See first example in failure; fence; wall.
Revealing that which is blocking one’s progress in order that it may be removed
Be prepared for plenty of these on the way to one’s goals.
Dreams of an obstacle reflects that you are dealing with resistance to getting what you want in life.
If you dream of an obstacle course, then you are testing your strength, smarts, and resourcefulness. Keep in mind that a person doesn’t realize their inner hero or shero unless they’ve been challenged. See Breakdown/Breakthrough Dreams.
1- Obstacles in dreams can take many forms a wall, a hill, a dark forest, etc. Largely, we are aware that these obstacles need to be overcome. How we do this in a dream can often suggest how to tackle a problem in everyday life.
2- Indecision and self-doubt can often translate themselves in dreams into actual physical objects. At times, our own inhibitions and anxieties cannot be faced unless we give them tangible forms.
3- Difficulty, indccision and doubt are the three main blocks one will come up against in this particular spiritual ‘obstacle course’.
The dreamer will have to scale each one if he is to finally achieve his spiritual goal.