Monday, May 2, 2011

what dreams may come

I worked with an author recently who is a psychiatrist; she was really into dreams and what they could tell us about ourselves, our intuition and our future. I've always had very vivid dreams and more so lately than ever. I still have the usual outrageous flying dreams with fantastical elements but recently many of my dreams have been all too grounded in reality with my worst fears and wildest hopes playing themselves out over and over again on a nightly basis. My brain works it all out but then I wake in the morning to a life unchanged. Lost loves are still lost, conflicts with a loved one still unresolved, paths still not yet taken, words still not spoken.

My author suggested listening to the advice that comes through in your dreams and indeed this is advice I've sometimes heeded as I did when I started this blog after having a dream last winter that I went to Argentina and regretted not blogging about it (dull but useful as visions go). But other times the scenarios played out in my dreams are reckless and hinge on things I could never control, like stubborn people seeing the error of their ways. Strangely I don't recall ever dreaming about becoming a famous author, the imagined future which I colloquially refer to as my 'dream'.

So what does it all mean anyway? Are dreams significant or just the flotsam and jetsam of our subconscious mind?


  1. Both, I think. When things are going well, I have dreams of the flotsam variety. But in times of crisis, my nightmares often point to the exit, or help me discover what on earth is going on. Dreams never lie.

  2. I have wonderful and horrifying dreams, but lately they all seem to end with me trying to find a restroom where the toilet is always overflowing. I know. Deep.