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She's as Important as Mega Stars in the 'Movie' of Her Own Life


Dear Cynthia: For years I have been dreaming about celebrities. Most of them are mega superstars, like Madonna or Jim Carrey, and they want to be my friend or date me. In the dream, I'm always flattered by the attention, but at the same time I feel burdened, like "uh-oh, Madonna's asking me to go on tour with her again. Doesn't she know I have my own life?" Or when Courtney Love gave me her home phone number, and I thought, "Oh, no, people are going to want this, I'll need to be discreet when I call her." While I find these dreams (which occur at least a few times a month) fun and interesting, I have yet to determine what they mean. I'd appreciate any input you have to offer.


Los Angeles

Dear Faye: Mega stars have symbolic meaning in our dreams, just as other people do. Your high school boyfriend might represent young love or your first heartbreak. Likewise, stars represent whatever you associate with them. Based on the characters they have played and your opinions of them you have formed conscious and subconscious associations. In addition, movie stars are bigger than life. We may think of them as special, so when they want to date or spend time with you in your dream state, it is very flattering. It is like a vote of confidence from the universe, reminding you that you are just as important in the "movie" of your own life where you are the star. This is particularly true for you, since when Madonna calls, you write, "Doesn't she know I have my own life?"

You may want to ask yourself if the individual celebrity reminds you of anyone you are dealing with in your waking state. A prima donna co-worker or a guy who always makes you laugh could be depicted by the celebrity images you mention. And, of course, the performers could also represent aspects of yourself dramatically depicted by the personalities and characteristics of the stars. Celebrities make perfect symbols for dreamwork, and you get a free command performance!


Dear Dreamers: If you had a dream about someone you hadn't seen in a long time and afterward ran into them or heard from them, I'd love to know about it. Thank you.

Cynthia Richmond is the author of "Dream Power: How to Use Your Night Dreams to Change Your Life" (Simon & Schuster, 2000). Fax your dreams to Cynthia Richmond at (818) 783-3267 or e-mail them to Please include your hometown and a daytime phone number. In Your Dreams appears every Tuesday and should be read for entertainment purposes only.

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