Is it really only a dream?
A few nights ago, I had a dream I was trying to get off of a military base through an obstacle course.. I had found a woman who was called Ama selling incense at the gate. I had to buy some to leave.
Last night, I had a dream I was chasing a pet chicken through an airport where I boarded an airplane and left it there. I believe the airport was somewhere in Texas.
I don’t know about you, but lately my dreams are wacky and the imagery is like a slap in the face.
According to Dreammoods.com, an online dream dictionary and dream resource site, dream interpretations date as far back as 3000-4000 B.C. They were documented on stone tablets. In many primal societies, the members had a hard time distinguishing between the dream world and reality. They even held the dream world with more reverence and viewed it as more powerful.
As I watch my son sleep, sometimes I can tell when he is dreaming. Some nights he may wake up after having a dream that may have been vivid or even scary. Sometimes as he sleeps he may babble, moan and even fuss. I wonder if at his age of one year what he must be thinking. Is he able to tell the difference between the waking world and the dream world? Which world feels more comfortable to him?
In the Greek and Roman times, dreams were considered to be messages from the gods, or the dearly departed. There have been many occasions where I have dreamt of those who went before. Around the time I conceived my son, I had a dream I was at a 1920’s swanky party (I was wearing awesome red shoes) with all of my ancestors and they were congratulating me. I asked for some champagne and they laughed and said no. A few weeks later, I found I was pregnant.
The Duke of Zhou is known as the God of Dreams in Chinese culture. If something important is about to happen, the dreamer will meet the Duke of Zhou in a dream. In fact The Analects recorded Confucius lamenting: “How I have gone downhill. It has been a long time since I dreamt of the Duke of Zhou!”
In the Middle Ages, dreams were seen as temptations of the devil, while dream paralysis was thought to be caused by vampires.
In the early 20th century dream interpretation became more of a novelty and parlor trick. Psychologists and Psychiatrists used dream study to understand their patients.
So I researched Dreammoods dictionary to find out what the first dreams above meant. The dream of the military base signifies that I feel closed in and struggling through obstacles. The incense reference is that I need to honor my spirituality more. The second dream signifies that I am “chicken” to try something new, to rise above those fears and dream big.
When the dreams slap me in the face, I try to listen. All of this writing about dreams is making me sleepy. Fiona Apple once sang “I got my feet on the ground and I don’t go to sleep to dream.”