This is a dream I had from December 21 to December 27, 2014. It is a good illustration of a progressively evolving dream over a period of 6 days.
The dream begins with a child living in an European village called “One Twenty Village” which has a lot of white farm houses. The child has a very strong feeling that there is another village named “One Twenty Village” somewhere far away in the Orient, and that far away village has dark colored farm houses.
One day, the child decides to embark on a journey to find that Oriental village. He makes five unsuccessful trips. On each trip, he encounters a long Singhalese Buddhist funeral procession. And each time, he was unable to reach the front of the procession.
Each journey in the dream has been a pleasant journey, even following the long funeral processions of both men and women mostly in grey clothing.
On his sixth trip, he encounters the long Singhalese Buddhist funeral procession again so he runs towards the front of the procession and finally catches up and sees the parading coffin.
He follows the coffin to a big outdoor altar set up under a temporary shed. Then he sees a white porcelain statue lying on the altar. The white porcelain statue is that of a 12-year-old child being worshipped as a god. It is covered from the waist down, and only the head and torso are visible. The head of the porcelain statue is round and is wearing a Hindu child’s headdress. A string of colorful beads form a necklace on the bare chest.
The child sees the white porcelain statue and asks: “Is that I?”
The number 120 indicates birth (1) and maturity (20). The number 120 is 6×20=120. The six funeral processions the kid encounters symbolize life’s journey, and in this dream, they symbolize six lifetimes. Each time he embarks on the journey to find the oriental village, he begins a new reincarnated life. Symbolically, he has lived six reincarnated lives. His sixth journey ends when he sees the child deity being laid to rest.
Porcelain is more permanent than bronze and other earthly materials that are subject to weathering and corrosion. Porcelain is also resistant to the fires of Hell. Porcelain is white and it shines. Both whiteness and its sheen symbolize the Buddhist Pureland and are characteristic of the ascended Buddhist beings of the Pureland as well as the spiritual beings encountered in many near death experiences.
The porcelain body is the permanent remnant of the child deity, and the child deity is now an ascended being. Ascended beings, in Buddhism, are beings that do not reincarnate, like the Arhats, Guan Yin the Goddess of Mercy of the western Pureland, the Medicine Buddha of the eastern Pureland, etc.