Sunday, July 17, 2011

Dreams

What are they and what do they mean?  Obviously we’ve all heard the classic symbolism explanations, so I don’t even need to go there.  But have you really stopped to wonder where exactly our minds go when we sleep?  I met an interesting woman recently who was talking about death.  She said she wasn’t really afraid to die anymore because she finally realized that it must be much like falling asleep and dreaming.  And that wasn’t scary or bad…so voila!  No need to fear.  I thought about it for a while and you know…I think she’s onto something there.   But of course I won’t know for sure until, well…

And then there’s this whole thing about premonition dreams.  Come on, admit you’ve thought about it.  You know you’ve wondered—or feared—your dreams might come true.  Natural for us to wonder, right?  Well, I believe there’s probably a reason for that.  Why do we shrug this possibility off so quickly, as if it’s completely absurd?  Because we’ve been programmed to think that way. 

“Don’t be ridiculous, dreams are just dreams!  It’s our mind’s way of reconciling inner conflict and stress…”  Blah, blah, blah.  Yes.  That’s true—most of the time. My personal recurring dream of that sort is the Late for Band Recital and My Saxophone is Nowhere to be Found dream.  I’ve had it since I was thirteen years old and it always reappears when I’m worried about completing an important task.

But I’ve also had, on more than one occasion, dreams that were extraordinarily vivid and unforgettable—even hours or days after waking.  Dreams that I felt must be shared with someone in order to clear my conscience.  And I will freely admit that some of these dreams have actually culminated in a few, “Woah, that’s creepy…” and, “You won’t believe this but…” comments from people when they realize later that I was right on the money.  First, let me say, NO I AM NOT PSYCHIC NOR DO I THINK I AM.  And second, let me say, I AM NOT DRUNK AND DO NOT DO DRUGS, NOR DO I HAVE A HISTORY OF MENTAL ILLNESS. 

My point is, you don’t have to be clairvoyant or touched by angels –or whatever you’ve heard—to have meaningful dreams.  You just have to believe in the possibility that they could be telling you something more than you have repressed sexual desire or unresolved conflict with your mother.  The next time you experience a dream that makes you really pay attention, simply take a moment to recognize it.  Maybe write it down.  And don’t be embarrassed to mention it to the person you think might get something out of it.  You never know…you could change someone’s life.

Had any cool dreams lately?  Feel free to share with someone who believes in the unbelievable…post your comments below.

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