When I was in school studying psychology we spent a lot of time analyzing dreams. Freud has fallen out of favor, but the idea that dreams mean something lives on.
The other day, riding in the car with my grandsons, the talk turned to the currently popular monster-like creatures in video games. The littlest grandson wanted us to stop talking about that because he said we were giving him nightmares. The older ones pointed out that you have to be asleep to have nightmares. In their opinion, he was having visions.
A nightmare, the eight-year-old explained, was when he dreams Grandma is chasing him with a baseball bat and all he has in defense is a little piece of Styrofoam. (And in defense of Grandma, I don’t even own a baseball bat!) I wonder what Freud would say about that?
In the meantime, author Sharon Sala (@Sharon Sala) recently posted that she sees stories in her dreams, wakes up, and writes them down. What a wonderful skill that is! I’m sure Ms. Sala puts a lot more work into it than that, but its’s such an appealing concept and a skill I’d like to develop. Maybe that could be considered having visions.
Thinking about dreams, I did some research into recurring dreams and discovered they generally attempt to address a problem someone is having in waking life.
I hope I never have the problem featured in my most frequently recurring dream, which I call my “atomic bomb dream.” I blame it in the A-bomb drills we used to practice in elementary school, when we had to file into the hallway and sit on the floor, against the wall, curl into a little ball with our heads between our knees, and wait to be disintegrated, I guess.
The thing that stuck in my mind was the idea that you mustn’t look at the fireball. And since we were only 30 miles from New York City, which most experts considered ground zero for an impending attack, we’d have only seconds to prepare and get to shelter.
In my atomic bomb dream I’m usually outside, and my classmates or whoever they are, are escaping on a school bus, but I miss the bus. (This is a likely scenario based on my childhood habits.) So I do the next best thing if I’m trapped outside when the bomb comes—I lie down behind a curb. Except in the dream I’m always facing the wrong direction, and I always look at the fireball just before I wake up.
As far as I know, this dream is totally useless as far as helping me resolve problems in my life. I sincerely hope it’s not a vision. The only message I can glean from the thing is that I need to be on time for things.
Do you have notable dreams?
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