Posted by Diana Murdock
I haven’t had a dream for a long time. I’m not talking about this-is-where-I’m-going-with-my-life kind of dream. I’m talking about the nocturnal type when our subconscious mind sifts through our thoughts and tries to sort them out.
I was told by a psychic friend of mine a few months ago that I wasn’t dreaming now because I block it. Why would anyone purposely block dreaming? Dreaming is cool. Those typically nonsensical images and events are the window to the subconscious mind. Personally, I want to know how the other half of my mind works.
Well, because dreaming can be so exhausting (just ask anyone who spent the night flapping their arms, flying over city lights all night long or running away from anything), apparently my subconscious shuts me down so I could get much-needed rest. I have a tendency to take a blow torch to both ends of my candle, so I guess my subconscious knows what my ego doesn’t.
I envy my son. He goes for a wild ride almost nightly and I get to live vicariously through him. He has some wild dreams – being the hero that saves the neighborhood during zombie invasions mostly, but many times he has lucid dreams – dreams when he knows he is dreaming and is able to manipulate everything around him within the dream. Just the other night he dreamed he was standing in a dried-up river bed. Realizing he was dreaming, he thought how cool it would be to have the bed fill up and, as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the U.S.S. Enterprise would say, “Make it so,” and he did. He watched as water came up from between the rocks and dirt and swirled around his ankles before running the course of the river bed.
I’ve always wanted to do that – have a lucid dream. Apparently this type of dreaming is more common than I had thought. I’ve spoken with a lot of people who shape their dreams into what they chose them to be.
So, until I get my hall pass to dreamland again, I’ll just have to live through someone else’s experience. So what about you? What are your dreams like? Do you dream fantastical Hollywood-style dreams, easy-to-interpret dreams, or do you lucid dream? What about recurring dreams? Do you try to interpret them? I’d really like to know!