SLEEPING STORIES, NIGHTMARISH TOURS
In light of the fact that I have been having a lot of dreams lately I have decided to write a little on the subject. Dreams are a mystery, the definition of dreams is: A series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a persons mind during sleep. This definition does not tell us what they actually are. Since the beginning of time people have been fascinated with dreaming. All over the Bible we see men who had dreams that were believed to mean something. An example of ancient dreamers is Jacob founder of the tribes of Israel he saw angels ascending and descending a ladder. The Egyptians and Romans and many other cultures believed that dreams were messages from the Gods. Many books have been written on the subject of dreaming. Some believe they are just fragments of information that we have collected over a day or even a few days. Some believe you actually leave your body and are floating around living the dreams. Some of us have what I call “Sleeping Stories” that are anywhere from pleasant to goofy. Occasionally we have Nightmares which I call “Nightmarish Tours. Originally the word nightmare came from Anglo-Saxon and meant “a female spirit or monster suppose to beset people and animals by night settling upon them when they were asleep.” I don’t try and interpret my dreams but when I had the dream I am going to share I had a lot going on in my life crooks trying to steal my home, flood waters, serious physical issues. I had a dream about a rattlesnake chasing me striking at me every step that I took. I managed to protect my dogs and it did not strike me. At the time I had flood water coming at my house. My entire yard was under and two foot of water in my basement. My dogs only had a few feet of space. So my interpretation was clear I felt threatened, I felt attacked, I was worried over the safety of my dogs (babies). But…God showed up and I was not overtaken by the snake in my dream or the water surrounding me. What I did not share about that dream was after the snake a big rat with red eyes was trying to attack me I jumped on the bed and my husband was beating it and it was growling but did not get to me. I personally believe nightmares come from the demonic spirits that beckon to their masters voice. The nightmare derived from the old English “mare” a mythological demon or goblin who torments others. I believe everything evil comes from one place no where else. I was triumphant in the dream so my interpretation was I was being attacked and God defended me.
Many theories surround dreams and in particular nightmares. Some associate nightmares with anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress syndrome which make sense but even all of these things are tormenting so I believe come from that dark other-world we call Hell that hosts every kind of torment. Irregardless what you might believe nightmares to be, we all have had at least one in our life that wakes us up out of sleep, heart racing and thanking the good Lord that it was only a dream. The worst nightmares are the ones that linger for awhile in your emotions. On the positive side we all have had pleasant and happy dreams. I have visited with family members who have passed on and dogs that have passed on and these dreams are welcomed because I truly feel as though I got to visit with them. One of the happiest dream I ever had and some may think is silly but I still remember it: I was at a store it was bright sunny, blue skied and beautiful with a warm breeze caressing everything. On the store front was racks of beautiful dresses all on sale and I was grabbing as many as I could, that was a lovely dream Ha Ha I LOVE clothes. I would like to share some common symbols in dreams and what some people think they mean. I do not claim to agree with these interpretations but they are interesting. I am taking these from a book by Julia and Derek Parker called “Dreaming”.
ANIMALS- dreams of animals often reflect our most basic instincts and reactions. In working on such dreams be sure to relate feelings to the animal symbol, and make a particular assessment of the dream as if you were the animal. Some animals give us love and affection, and in turn we express many basic instincts in looking after them. If you dream of your pet, it is important to remember this. You must decide how your feelings in your dream relate not only to your pet in real life but also to people in your immediate circle. Herds and flocks sometimes occur in dreams. Ask yourself if you were frightened or intimidated by them. If so how does this relate to your friends attitude toward you? Are you simply doing what everyone else is doing, following the “herd instinct”, going with the crowd? If so your dream may be telling you to be more of an individual. Wild animals in a jungle may represent problems: were you hunting the animals? If so, the dream could mean some kind of search-for perfection or excitement. Are you taking risks at present?
BIRTH- A dream of giving birth may mean you should take a pregnancy test. But, of course, you could be giving birth to an idea, or starting a new project which will be “your baby”.The dream is underlining the fact, and prompting you to nurture and care for it, helping it to develop in the way that you want it to go. You may not as yet have given your idea consciousness, a separate life of its own, and the dream may then be of pregnancy leading to birth. But perhaps you attended a birth or were a midwife. If so, the new inspiration could still be your own. But the dream may be inviting you to help out with someones else s project or idea, or represent a cry, for help of some other kind. Some dreams are of being born, and if so perhaps you are about to make a new start in waking life.
I want to include that I have always heard if you dream of birth it means death. I like their interpretation better.
EMBARRASSMENT- This is an emotion that frequently occurs in a dream. Obviously the context is important, but embarrassment may often reflect lack of self-confidence. Perhaps you need more often award yourself full marks for what you do well and to make the best of areas which you know you can develop.
ESCAPE- researchers have shown that dreams of trying to escape are among the commonest of all. The idea suggests your dream may have been a frightening one, though one can need to escape from something ostensibly pleasant (on moral grounds for instance). Physical flight, of course suggests psychological flight, so the main question to ask is from what you were hoping to escape-and how wholeheartedly you made the effort. Then did you escape, or were you caught? And what happened then?
GRANDPARENTS- Grandparents may sometimes be more sympathetic figures in early memories than parents, and dreams involving them may be offering particularly sound advice.
FALLING DOWN DREAM- falling down dreams are the most frequent among all common dreams we experience in our lifetime. Researchers say that the average human will dream about falling to his death more than five times in their life. These dreams can be extremely frightening and vivid, that lasts minutes before you hit the ground. Dreams of this nature have a tendency to wake us before you hit the ground. For the most part whenever we dream of falling, we have lost control in some aspect in our daily life that needs to be corrected. One theory suggests that you may have lost control over a particular situation in your life. Though to identify you might have to do some thinking to what it might be linking to. This can be linked to relationships, workplace, school, or home life. Falling can imply both internal or external issues that have been neglected. Depending on the context of the dream can…point to different areas that need to be analyzed.
I have to add that is wild that most everyone has had this dream there has to be a connection. I do not know anyone who has had this dream and actually hit the ground. I always heard that if you do hit the bottom you are dead. Again I like their interpretation better.
NAKED DREAM- Becoming mortified at the realization that you are naked in public, reflects your vulnerability or feelings of shamefulness. You may be hiding something and are afraid that others can see right through you. Metaphorically, clothes are a means of concealment. Nudity also symbolizes being caught of guard.
SEEING DEAD FAMILY MEMBERS- Through spiritual research we have found that there are psychological and spiritual reasons for seeing dead family members. Psychological reasons for seeing dead family members can include a feeling of guilt or regret for not having spent time with a loved one before He/She died or some anxiety about that departed family member. Here the images of the dead relatives that appear in the dream are eruptions from our sub-conscious mind.
Spiritual reasons are mainly two-fold. One meaning is that the subtle body of the dead family member needs help in the afterlife and is trying to contact its descendant on the earth region of existence. The other reason is trying to seek revenge, to get even with some relative. It is estimated that 65% is the ancestors need for help in the afterlife and 30% of the time, it is to seek revenge or to trouble the descendant on earth and in 5% of cases it is the dead relatives wanting to help their descendants by giving them messages through their dreams. They tend to appear to family members that they trust will help them.
I have to add that my dreams of dead family members were always happy and pleasant and I know where my Grandparents are!
INTERESTING CREATIONS FROM DREAMS:
Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” (1816) was inspired by a vivid nightmares
Paul McCartney composed “Yesterday” by inspiration of a dream.
1886 Robert Louis Stevenson created “The strangest case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde after a vivid nightmare. He was so inspired that he wrote 30,000 words in three days and was not satisfied and threw it in the fire, then wrote 60,000 words in six days which was impressive considering there were no typewriters.
(1845) Elias Howe’s Lockswithch Sewing Machine. It came to him in a violent murder dream. He had the mechanics down all except he was having trouble with the needle and his dream solved his problem which went like this-He had been captured by cannibals. As is typical of bloodthirsty natives. Howe’s captors presented him with an ultimatum-come up with a design for a working sewing machine, or face death. Just like in real life he failed to live up to the task, and so the cannibals sentenced him to be stabbed to death with spears. Because this was a dream rather than screaming and dying as the people thrust spears into him, he noticed that each spear had a hole at the tip. Watching them puncture his flesh, going in and out, was allegedly the “Eureka” moment that led to Howe figuring out that he needed to put a hole in the top of the needle in his sewing machine. The device worked and Howe died a rich man.
Niels Bohr- father of quantum mechanics had an inspirational dream that led to the discovery of the structure of the Atom.
The great Steven King was inspired by dreams and created a lot of awesome works.
This was an article meant to amuse and have fun with. I am not an interpreter but I am fascinated by the mysterious sleeping stories that we have. I do believe that dreams do inspire and are in some cases prophetic example: You cannot believe in the Bible without believing in the validity of some dreams. It is said that we spend 6 years of our life dreaming that is wild. I hope you enjoyed. Sweet dreams to all of the lovely readers of this paper.
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