I know there are a lot of people out here who don’t enjoy science fiction or fantasy because they prefer stories that are grounded in reality rather than in the make-believe. This idea fascinates me because the fantasy is all around us. We start reading with books from Dr. Seuss, we watch Sesame Street or read Harry Potter. And in our personal lives, we dream. The dream, the ultimate fantasy in which we create worlds that often times make no sense are completely scary and odd and are not in any way based in reality.
Did you know that we have on average, about five dreams a night. We would then, on average, dream for about six years of our lives. We do our dream in REM sleep which can last as little as five minutes or as long as two hours. During this period our brain waves are more active while dreaming than when awake. We spend so much time dreaming and many of us don’t even remember what we spent the night dreaming.
So what is the purpose of our dreams? Might they be a reaction to our daily lives, a way for our brain to sort through the images and experiences of the day and put them in some order that makes sense to us?
I have a recurring dream. It’s not uncommon, I know others have had a similar dream. But it always appears at times in my life when I’m searching for a career or ready to make that move from stay at home mom to career woman. It started when I graduated college and couldn’t find a job. It took me two years to find a permanent job with benefits and in that time, I spent much of my dream state reliving that dream when you show up to class for a test and realize you haven’t been to class all semester. You find yourself scrambling to learn the material in the next five minutes so you can either write that 50 page paper or take that final. It’s stressful as you look at your eminent failure. I usually wake up realizing that in my waking life, there’s something more that I’m looking for. I stopped having those dreams after finally getting that first job and it’s rarely showed up again. I must be more satisfied in my life or maybe I’m more confident and finding a job isn’t as stressful. I can’t say for sure.
Other visions and dreams appear to me at times. They’re far more mysterious as I haven’t found a source for what they mean. I’ve had that dream that I’ve been running without shoes. Though the more common version is dreaming about being naked, my stops at the shoes. You know how difficult it is to run through the forest without shoes on? I do know it has something to do with feeling vulnerable. Do I feel that way? Along with nudity there’s the dream about loosing your teeth. Also about vulnerability. Since I’ve had that as well, I must feel vulnerable at some point in my life.
How about the dream that I’m being chased by a lion, alligator or some other wild animal. I’m guessing it means I’m running scared from something. What that is, I’m not sure.
Here’s a quick list of the common dreams. Have you ever had any of them?
Naked/Nudity – This can mean lack of freedom or vulnerability. Feeling exposed or baring your soul.
Flying – You’re finding a way to move beyond your limitations or soaring above your problems. It may also mean feeling carefree and weightless, represent success or your amibitions are being achieved.
Lateness – Missed opportunity, disappointment or the inability to make a connection.
Teeth – Dreams about teeth can represent decision that need to be made. Debating both sides of an argument. If you loose your teeth maybe yo feel a loss of control.
These are some of my most interest reoccurring dreams. What are yours?
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