This is one of my popular lines that I use to start a conversation with people that with whom I am well-acquainted.
I have discussed dreams and their connection with God in earlier blog posts. I believe that in dreams we can indeed encounter the divine and receive powerful messages. I have seen loved ones who have gone before me, which even include beloved pet. You can read more about these experiences by clicking on the the blog category labeled Dreams Dreams.
Today I would like to talk about dreams in terms of being a therapeutic activity. Everyone has a hobby that helps them distress. I just happen to enjoy one of my hobbies while I am asleep.
Ever since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by dreams. In fact, when I was 13 years old, I began my independent study of dream interpretation. I had bought my first book on dreams called The Illustrated Guide to Dreams by Valarie Francis. It was around this time I learned about Lucid Dreams, which is when the dreamer becomes aware that he or she is dreaming while in the actual dream state. By the time I was 13 years old, I had lucid dreams on several occasions.
When I was a freshman in college, I read Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold. It was this book that taught me to experience lucid dream at will. I remember keeping a special dream journal contained written accounts of all my experiences.
Part of learning the art of lucid dreaming is being able to immediately recognize whether or not you are in fact dreaming. It is a habit that you would only practice while dreaming but during waking hours as well. Obviously there are things I am not able to do very well in dreams that I can do while awake and vice versa. For example, in dreams I have difficulty reading. The letters often become scrambled and/or difficult to read. Often times whatever it is I am reading will not make much sense either. Being able to read the time in dreams is always strange, too. The numbers will not make sense or in some case I will see letters instead of numbers I also have trouble turning lights and electronics off in dreams. They always seem to turn back on.
While I am in the dream world, I am able to do the impossible. I can fly, walk on water, breathe underwater, teleport to a new location and travel in time. Most of the times, if I am dreaming and I jump, I will float. This is a dead giveaway that I am dreaming. Often times, I will experience what is known as false awakening. I will think that I am awake in my bed and get up, but I am really in fact asleep. Jumping, helps me to determine if I am really dreaming or awake. If it is in fact a dream, I let my imagine run wild.
I have written my best music in dreams. It is just too bad I can never recall what I heard upon awakening. I have been a secret agent working for the FBI, a warrior princess, a healer, a violinist who plays Celtic style music, a trombone player in a pit orchestra, a dancer, a soldier, and yes, even an angel.
I have flown to outer space and saw Mahrs, flown a helicopter, flown a flying car (yes they exist in my dreams), done standup comedy, starred in comedy and Syfy movies and have even been a film director.
Dreams have been a source of comfort in my life as well as a source of entertainment. I must say that whenever I am going through a rough spot in life, my dreams have a way of lifting my spirits. When I dream I feel so free. I must confess that I feel the most joy when I dream. The dream world is so beautiful and my senses are heightened. The colors and sounds are truly wonderful.
I have dreamed up some interesting characters, which include imaginary friends from child. I see people from real life in my dreams as well such as family, friends and coworkers. I even dream about my birds. I must say that I have quite bizarre dreams about those two. I no longer have this particular dream as much as I used to but I would constantly have this dream that my two little feathered friends would start to multiply in numbers. In the dream I would see the two of them: Sunny, a sun conure and Nikki, a quaker parrot. Then I would see two Sunnies and two Nikkies, then three Sunnies and three Nikkies, and so on. Soon there would be several of them and I would be trying to figure out which two birds were the original two.
Dreams are a reflection of our waking lives and I would say that in many ways, my birds have taken over my life. They have weaseled their way into my creative music projects, blog posts and I would say that at least 95% percent of the pictures videos on my camera roll are of them. It has been said that I talk about my birds a lot, too. Therefore, it is no surprise that they would take over my dreams, too.
Many people I talk to tell me that don’t dream. That is not true. Everyone dreams every night. It is a matter of learning how to remember your dreams. If you would like to start remembering your dreams, you can start by keeping a journal or digital recorder by your bedside. Upon awakening, immediately try to recall what you dreamed the night before and record it using a digital recorder or write it down later. The trick is to immediate recall upon awakening before even sitting up in bed. This is when the details are most fresh in the mind. Once you are set up, new thoughts of the day pop into your head and will most likely cause you to forget what you dreamt.
Well, I will close for now. Sweet dreams!