Yeah, I subscribe to the Freudian concepts of the pleasure principle and subsumption.
But I agree -- it's an UNUSUALLY straightforward dream in my 'oeuvre'. A sequence like that rarely occurs in my dreams (where the main intrigue of getting to an assignment on time and prepared) is played all the way through. Usually, contexts and goals switch midway.
I think it's very clear that my subconscious is trying to rid itself of trauma considering my real-life ....
This is typical Freud in that it ignores the teleological, as though the dream was a mere safety valve, like a psychic fart.
What if the dream is really GUIDING you? What part of yourself and the world is this stage-director in the military tee-shirt who stops you at the top of the stairs that you call 'rough'? How do you negotiate him within yourself and outside? He seems to correspond to the 'red knight' in Arthurian myth, the bloke in every movie who blocks the path early on yet can become an ally after a 'fight'. He has discipline about him, knows the rules. He's part of you and needs assimilated to go on to your goal of a wide audience.
Freud is only a sedative, not a cure. You need a 'quest'.