What does it mean to separate from one’s parents and parental complexes—the attitudes and values that have been deeply instilled since infancy? How do we discern when we are in a parental complex, whether we are aligned with it or rebelling against it? What can we do to resolve the hold these complexes can have over us and become more of our unique, individuated selves?
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Here’s the dream we discuss:
“I was in front of a white house. I felt like it belonged to me. Some creatures attacked. I remember two of them, one was blue and the other one red. The red one was called Prometheus. I also had allies with me, but I paid no attention to them as they were behind me. It was a fierce fight. We fought with the creatures and after a while, the creatures fled, except Prometheus. I fought with him, and in the end, I subdued him, grabbing him by the head and speaking some kind of banishment to him. He collapsed. After the battle, I withdrew to the house to rest. As I was catching my breath, I turned around and see Prometheus, now transformed into a lion with a fiery mane and glowing eyes. I roared like a lion trying to protect its territory and he roared back. We stood there for a while and then he comes closer and tells me: “Don’t you see you’re everything to me?”
Kwame Scruggs’ work with young men can be accessed here.