dreaming and all my dreams of teeth.
when i was about to graduate from college, i regularly had dreams where my teeth crumbled out of my mouth.
it would happen slowly throughout the dream, rather than all at once. no falling out, no breaking, no rotting, just crumbling into so many small bits cradled in the palm of my hand.
each night i would go to bed, feeling fine, and the dream would recur.
each morning, i would wake up relieved to find my teeth still whole in my mouth.
what struck me was that i had never had tooth dreams before, and i wasn’t prone to recurring images or themes in my dreams. but then a pressure point comes, and something deeper and bigger than just me surfaces. a cultural image of anxiety, something dreamed about around the world during stressful moments.
crumbling teeth dreams often signify something valuable collapsing, fear of getting older, and unconscious worries, all of which made sense for me at the time.
i didn’t want to leave/lose my community, or to be responsible for the decisions in my life, and i wasn’t spending time trying to process those two things.
why do we share certain images like this? how do they get inside of us?