Entry: "Now I lay me down to sleep..."
First I’d like to thank all of you who left me advice on my last post on how to handle the situation concerning a so-called “friend” who through their actions had caused me to lose my trust and level of respect for them. After reading the advice you guys left and also after praying about it, for I do pray about everything that troubles me, I believe the correct path for me to follow was for me to just move beyond it and learn a valuable lesson from it. This person and I had already started moving apart from one another as friends since the beginning of the year so I decided to just let the cycle complete without the need for me to stir up any further drama by confrontation or asking for an explanation of their behavior. After praying about it all I was able to let it go without bitterness and/or anger, or a need to seek revenge or retribution, thus I feel like a burden has been lifted from my shoulders now and I can once again breathe freely.
Next up on my plate…how do you relate to your dreams? In other words…do you take your dreams literally or do you perhaps search you dreams for hidden meanings and/or clues as to what your dream may be trying to tell you? Or do you even remember what it was that you dreamt about in the first place? Well as for me, I’ve always not only had the ability to remember my dreams in great detail but have also always taken the time to note particular details and events that occur in my dreams especially if they reoccur repeatedly or more than once. No doubt some of our dreams are triggered by events that unfold on the daily in our personal lives, by our unconscious mind working with all the various degrees of input we receive throughout the day or even other outside stimuli such as stress, anger, grief, and perhaps even drugs for those of you who decide to go that way. Some of my dreams have been quite “vivid” and have literally left me shaking my head when I woke the next morning wondering to myself “whoa…where the heck did that come from?” I assure you however that these are not drug-induced dreams or dreams triggered by thoughts that I could recall consciously. I have noticed however, and especially since I’ve recovered from the trauma related to my accident from last year that my dreams seem to be getting more intense and seemed to have me witnessing events as an outsider versus my usual dreams of me as an active participant in the events unfolding in my dreams. Here is an example of a dream that I had recently:
I was seated in a large arena surrounded by what appeared to be several thousand people who were of various races and ethnic backgrounds. It seemed as if everyone was shouting back and forth across the aisles and rows of seating to each other as if they were having a very loud, animated and spirited conversation and dialogue about something that either about to happen or something that they specifically came to the arena in the expectation of seeing happen, sort of like as if you were seated in a stadium and were waiting for the big game to start. Everyone seemed to be speaking in a different language but amazingly they all seemed to be able to understand what the other person was conversing about…everyone except me that is. I had no clue as to what everyone was talking about and the more I strained to capture what was being said, the more the words seemed foreign to me. I was getting quite frustrated at not being able to understand what was going on around me so I turned my attention to the center of the arena so that perhaps I could at least figure out what I was there for. In the center of the arena was a brightly lit ball that from where I was seated appeared to be on fire. It was roughly about the size of a basketball and was so bright that it was difficult to look at for more than a few seconds. After a moment it became apparent that the ball was really the earth, or at least a representation of the earth. It was floating a few feet off the ground and spinning slowly as it circled the inner edges of the arena at ground level. As it passed in front of each section of the audience the crowd paused in their loud shouting and talking to quietly glimpse the globe as it passed and then after it had passed they returned to their animated conversations. As it passed in front of my section, I noticed that I could understand the conversations in the rest of the arena but once the globe had passed my section I was once more unable to decipher the many languages being spoken by all the different groups around me. I gathered by what I had heard that they were excitedly preparing for the arrival of a “spaceship” that was supposed to land in the arena and take everyone away. At this point in my dream I became a bit apprehensive and tried to get up to leave but was prevented from doing so by the people around me, some of who had begun trying to convince me that this so called “spaceship” was a good thing to look forward to since it would reveal all the answers to every question mankind ever had and I shouldn’t be afraid. I started screaming and struggling to get away and while I was struggling a gigantic boat floated down into the arena. The funny thing is that although I had a sense that this was a boat while it was floating down the top of it was a church or cathedral since the “crew” on the deck seemed to have on papal robes or the garments I would associate with clergy in some of the larger churches. Even more disturbing was the fact that the leader of this strange looking vessel had on the garments that someone like the Pope would wear but he seemed to be speaking in what I took to be Arabic which seemed totally out of character for his appearance to me since he was a very thin looking bald-headed Caucasian. Everyone in the arena could understand him however and were loudly clapping and signifying their approval for what he was saying. At one point it seemed as if he was looking at me struggling and began speaking directly to me asking me where I worked and also for my email address so he could make things right with me. Things got a bit hazy after that and after what seemed like an eternity of continued struggling I managed to wake up. Of course after awakening I laid there in bed afterwards thinking to myself…”Hmm…what the heck was that all about?” So you tell me…does your homie have wild dreams or what? And what would be your take on what I dreamed? First let me mention that I neither drink nor drug, so rule that out first and foremost, k?
11 brothers and sisters helped me to understand.
on Tuesday, August 15th, 2006 @ 06:38 PM EST
((((G))))!!! Long time my friend! How are you? I hope everything is going well in your world - Send me an email so we can talk - Miss ya much!! ((((hugs))))
on Monday, August 7th, 2006 @ 12:43 AM EST
wooo! that was some dream!
Very interesting though. Some dreams i have are so wacky lol, I remember having a dream where i laughed out loud, and my sis told me she heard me laughing. I've also had some reams that warned me about my future. Most times I take steps towards avoiding what the dreams warn me about, sometimes I don't. But I can't say I wasn't forewarned.
How has your summer been? Mine has gone pretty well Stay blessed!!!
on Saturday, August 5th, 2006 @ 11:09 PM EST
just smiling your way & letting you know that you are in my thoughts & prayers... God's grace is a beautiful thing & i see it in you...
on Saturday, August 5th, 2006 @ 05:08 AM EST
wow greggy thats so funny. dreaming about spaceships and stuff ... i m not really good in figuring out what dreams mean, so u might want to search for it on the net
and um honey, about those fake 'friends'. u deserve WAY WAY more than that.
on Sunday, July 30th, 2006 @ 09:26 PM EST
Hey Greg, sorry to fill up your comments like this. I kept thinking that your dream sounded like a great series of prints that you could do. It might be a good way to express the emotion behind what's causing them. I hope you're doing well.
No problem my friend...Hmmm, nice idea about possibly doing a series of prints from my dreams. Actually I do plan on incorporating some aspects of what I've been dreaming about into some pieces of artwork. When I was in the hospital last year immediately following my auto accident, I had a series of dreams about an very frightening encounter with Satan which I decided I would try to capture in a drawing one day...Today I am doing quite well, thanks for asking brother!
on Sunday, July 30th, 2006 @ 04:48 AM EST
I used to dream about traumatic events and it would keep me up at night. It was like reliving things that happened 20 years ago and all the emotions were there again and the problems would happen in the house I own instead of the place where they happened. It's gotten better over time, but slowly. Just this year the dreams have started becoming me overcoming rather than being overcome. Someday soon I hope to begin having real dreams.
Man...if I was to write of some of the dreams that I've dreamt about recently I'm sure the doctors in the white jackets would be paying me a visit...LOL. The fact that your dreams have you overcoming rather than being overcome is a good sign for you...it shows that you have heeded and learned from the messages your dreams were trying to give you. Amazing what we can learn from our dreams if we would take the time to really remember them upon awakening and listen to what they are telling us...
on Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 @ 03:25 PM EST
Greggy, you seem to be doing well. Glad the situation with your friend worked out relatively drama-free. It is always heartbreaking when long time friend does a dirty deed. Never will understand human nature.
Berry my friend! Yes indeed alls well that ends well! Actually now that the whole issue concerning this person has taken care of itself of its own accord, life has once again blossomed anew. Human nature is something that I've learned to never try to understand...it will only leave you even more confused and bewildered than when you started...All in all, life is good and I cling to my real friends as if there is no tomorrow because who knows...
on Sunday, July 16th, 2006 @ 12:36 AM EST
I'm always left to wonder about my dreams. It sounds to me as if you're struggling to understand things that are going on around you, both in the world and in your life. It also sounds very Biblical too. There's a God who will one day return to us and He will make things clear to us that were previously mysteries. The interesting thing is the earth - that it is on fire. I'll have to think on that for a while....
Hi Abbie! Perhaps I am just struggling with everthing that is unfolding before us in this age. I think the earth being on fire probably symbolizes the conflict and turmoil the earth is currently undergoing?
Nice to hear from you!
on Tuesday, July 11th, 2006 @ 10:10 PM EST
I don't think your dream was unusual given the world events of the past few years. Your dream sounds like your mind is ruminating on the terrorism stuff and all those conflicting emotions. There are so many scary aspects to that, very alien stuff. Maybe you could do some art therapy about your feelings? See what colours and images come through? Use your creative powers
Catch today and be happy, Meadow
*Pay attention to your dreams - God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
Hi Meadow! I do plan on doing some artwork soon inspired by some of what I've been dreaming about lately. Due to the heavy emphasis on religious symbolisms in the dream, I actually believe that this particular dream has something to do with my personal feelings concerning the "Emerging Church". The Emerging Church in my opinion is the movement of the worlds major religious bodies to diminish the holiness of God and also attempt to relegate Jesus Christ to a minor role as a mere "person of interest" in the distant past, if not deny his existence altogether. But then again this is just my personal take on my dream and I make no claims to being able to decipher my dreams than the next guy...was pretty interesting though!
on Friday, July 7th, 2006 @ 11:10 PM EST
*running off to look up Greggy's particular dream* hehehe
You are too much my dear! I've already been told by someone on my job that my dream means I need to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun a little bit more! LOL! They were quite the comedian, huh? HUH? what? what?
on Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 @ 09:55 PM EST
That's interesting because I pretty much dream the same dreams almost every night -- they have about the same theme but differ somewhat. One thing that confuses me is that I dream a lot about my ex-husband, and the confusing thing is I'm not thinking about him when I go to sleep and I have no romantic feelings about him. Someone once told me that I needed closure -- and if I got closure, I would quit dreaming about him. There's no possibility of that.
Well alright! Glad you were able to figure out how to comment on my site! Perhaps you dream a lot of your ex-husband not because of any feelings you may still have for him but because in the past he was such an integral part of your life that your subconscious mind still draws from your past experiences with him when you dream...As for the possibility of you perhaps needing closure of some sort, well I guess that all depends on what type of closure is needed, and the circumstances of what occurred that would necessitate the need for closure in the first place.