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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Change in Dreams

I've noticed a significant change in my main dream themes over the past 10 years or so. I used to dream a lot about dead or murdered children (most often killed or endangered by their mother.) More recently, my main recurring dream theme is police. The police aren't typically protecting or coming after me (although, of course, in different dreams they sometimes do either or both.) Most often they tend to be just...there. Interpreting what they mean depends highly on the context of the dreams they appear in, but they often seem to represent power (& it's potential for abuse,) generalized authority figures or my superego.
How about you? What symbol (if any,) do you find most prevalent in your dreams & what does it mean to you?
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The picture is of a couple of dead, mating, stick bugs of some kind we found on our front steps the other day. It must've been some kind of session! That big female's about 3-4" long.

22 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Those walking sticks were most interesting. When I was younger my dreams tended to have a lot of violence in them. Not so much these days. Other themes I'll have to share with you privately.

Jeff said...

Dream theme? I consider these nightmare themes.

Every week or so I have a dream of getting set up for a crime that I didn't do or being involved some how in a murder.

Lana Gramlich said...

charles; I'm surprised that no birds scooped the bugs up for the extra protein. When I was younger my dreams had more emotions, over all. These days I'm so often a neutral observer. Looking forward to your...theme, if you know what I mean. ;)

jeff; Interesting. When you're being set up, does the crime tend to stay the same, or does it vary?

Steve Malley said...

As a young pup, I was beset with anxiety dreams. I rarely dream now, except probably using that energy in various narratives...

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,

This is a very interesting post -- the way dreams change over the years, what they mean. For me, it's always snakes (when things are bad) and that hasn't really changed much. I often dream of not being able to find a place to go inside in a hostile environment -- no big surprise there for me. I've never done anything cool in my dreams like fly or win the Pulitzer. Here's hoping something changes. :)

Jack Payne said...

I agree with Jeff. These sound like nightmare themes alright.

But, this post renders an eerie insight.

I will Stumble, Digg, Reddit, and Propeller.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Kinda linking pinkies with you.
I used to have nightmares of authority figures wearing uniform hats.
Got to be such a repetive drean, I wrote a book about it (as a personal exoricism, I suppose).
I only got one chpter published, but the nightmares soon ended.

Stoic said...

Hi, found your site through drop12.com, very cool. My dreams usually contain a body of water of some kind, and I figure that represents the unconscious or my "true self", I don't know...

Travis said...

Sexed to death eh?

I guess our dreams do evolve over the years based on the changing circumstances of our lives.

letspaintnature.com said...

I always have reoccurring dreams of tornadoes, even during the winter time! I'm always in a different house or place and I see it coming but when it hits, I wake up. EVERY TIME!!! I'm not afraid of storms...I love them actually.
BTW in my local college catalog, they are advertising a dream interpretation class! I though of you immediately :) You can be the teacher!
Chris

Erik Donald France said...

Way back when, used to dream of nuclear war. Then of UFOs. Now things are more relaxed -- used to Detroit cops, I suppose :->

Lana Gramlich said...

steve; You do so dream now--you just don't remember. ;) But yes, as you say, so often the dreams of youth are filled with worries & fears.

michelle; I hear you on the exposure/lack of cover thing. Sometimes, alternately, if I DO find somewhere to "hide," I can't have privacy there--others are in the area or drawing attention.

jack; Thanks, Jack! Nice to see you, btw. How are you coming along since the horrible fires? <:(

ivan; Interesting. Seems like you found some kind of resolution to whatever drove the theme once you expressed it externally.

stoic; Thanks for taking the time to comment. Water can be such an intriguing symbol, even if only the wide varieties of ways it can be expressed--a calm lake, a roiling river, even snow & ice.

travis; Yep...I believe there's a smile on the face of at least ONE of those bugs. ;) *L*
Like everything in nature, dreams are also ever-changing. I enjoy, sometimes, looking back at dreams from some years ago (or perhaps thinking back even farther than that.) Not just the dreams change, but the emotions involved. The brain is the most intimate participant, of course!

chris; *LOL* That'd be cool, although I worry that sometimes people put too little faith in their OWN interpreting abilities, y'know? Of course, a storm needn't be literal. It could symbolize any kind of major change.

erik; Nuclear war & UFOs--wow, powerful stuff!

lyloo said...

I had 2 reoccurring dreams when I was child, one with wolves hunting me until I was able to jump on a (green) car top. One wolf was standing by my side and helping to get the others away and don't let them climb on the car roof. The other dream was different, I was driving a car, I was driving very well, until I arrived on a descending street and wished to break...and then noticed my legs were too short to push on the brake. I always woke up at that moment, never had an accident.
I don't know precisely what those dreams meant but I think they have to do with self confidence.
I madethese dreams hundred times at least, and suddenly it stopped and I never made them again. It's true that the nature of our dreams changes very much with time. Now, it's very rare when I can remember what I have dreamt, except when I have nightmares .
Very beautiful blog by the way !

Lana Gramlich said...

lyloo; Interesting! Thanks for sharing your experiences & for the kind comments.

Barbara Martin said...

Lana, first I'll start off with your dream (although I know you have your own methods of interpretation); Having police in your dream is a symbol of security in your life, and even if your dream involved trouble with them, it is an omen of contrary and signifies that you will get unexpected help with a current problem.

I tend to rely on the ancient oracle meanings myself, as they stand the test of time. In my younger days I would have "flying" dreams where I was airborne on my own power somehow, most times at a low level, which translates into that I could expect to achieve my goal without much difficulty; and, on rare occasions I felt I flew too high, which translates into being careful what you strive for as you may have reached too far.

Whatever dreams a person has is a foretelling of situations to come, its just a matter of deciphering them. God warns every person this way, athesist or believer.

Lana Gramlich said...

barbara; I agree that the increase in police may point toward the current security level in my life (which has never been greater.) I don't know if you read it, but I did a post on precognitive dreams back in March.

laughingwolf said...

sorry lana, i can't recall dreams any more....

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; I couldn't, either. Then I really started trying to (but it can take some serious effort, to begin with!)

Shauna Roberts said...

If you've got to go, these bugs did it the right way.

A recurring nightmare I've had for 30 years is that I've forgotten to feed my pet or baby for days or weeks or that I've neglected them in some other horrible way.

Since my mother died, I dream often of going off to college, moving into an unusual dorm room (the unusual feature varies from dream to dream), and not being able to find my classes. Often in these dreams, my parents and siblings move into my dorm room with me.

Lana Gramlich said...

Shauna; Interesting dream theme. I sometimes have something similar (but different,) to the college one, wherein I have to catch a plane, but SOMEthing's making me miss it (whether I can't find the gate, I can't get my baggage checked in, etc., etc.)

laughingwolf said...

ok, will try... when i find time ;) lol

sticks have a sex life???

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; There's the rub...dream recall can take some serious commitment to the effort. Good luck, though!

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