Looking for the Dream

There have been times in my life when I have been under extreme stress verging on distress. During those circumstances I would have recurring dreams. Most of them were disturbing in some aspect. I can still remember a couple of them that played on a loop at least once a week and sometimes more often. But those are not the dreams I’m looking for.

I have had periods where I have been deliriously happy and contented and produced dreams that were euphoric. The first week after I left my job, I had that wonderful dream. It was so pleasant that I didn’t want to wake up. I had had this dream before and I’m hoping to have it again. This particular dream involves me flying. I’m not exerting any effort and realize I am airborne! From that point my dream takes me on a tour of cities or mountains, or perhaps flying over oceans and islands, and on occasion I fly through clouds and rainbows.Β  No matter the direction the dream takes, it is fun beyond compare! And always a let down when I wake and realize it was just a dream.

Which brings me to wanting to repeat that very enjoyable dream experience. I’ve done some evening meditations. I’ve done exercises that are supposed to help you focus and bring the experience to the fore of your mind. I’ve performed relaxation techniques. But still the dream evades me. Just like rainbows, you can’t just order a dream to show up on command. *sigh* Have you ever had a dream so delightful that you wanted it to continue??

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61 thoughts on “Looking for the Dream

  1. And maybe, your, anxieties, manifest themselves, and, become the, unpleasant things you dream about, and, maybe, you need to, reduce the daily stresses in your life, because, the stresses in your, waking hours will, extend themselves to, when you are, sleeping, at, night. Or, sometimes, you just have to, wait them out, like, when you wake in the middle of the nights and, can’t fall back to, sleep, again.

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  2. Oh my gosh, I too had a fantastic flying dream about 7 years ago, I can still feel the sensation now, it began with me sitting in the lounge looking out the window and I began floating and floated out of the window, I sailed over fields, swooping down to the rivers and up again with the bids it was just magical – thanks for the reminder πŸ™‚

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  3. Many times. I wake up hoping I will remember them. Sometimes I do, usually not. Sometimes I have prescient dreams which can be freaky but is usually just extremely entertaining. Stress dreams usually involve the Evil X.

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    1. I have stress dreams that involve being lost, not able to remember where my final exam will be held, forgetting the locker combination… I go all the way back to High School. Sometimes it involved a work scenario but thankfully I rarely have those dreams since retiring!

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        1. My fashion consultant (retired teacher) says the same. In fact it got so bad that she decided that she needed to retire. As soon as she did the panic attacks, restless leg syndrome, heart palpations, and nightmares all disappeared!

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  4. such a deep exploration of dreams Val, from the melancholic to the sad. I have a dream I wish I could visit every night, sadly as you rightly say we can’t just conjure it up. The movie “The Sandman” would probably be the place I would visit if there were such an invention in reality. I often wonder if dreams and wishes are connected? I know my most stressful events manifest into the weirdest dream scene. Thank you for posting this thoughtful piece of writing.

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  5. I too have had repeat nightmares in times of distress ( being invaded by the Japanese in WW2) as well as delightful dreams that are like movies in that Part 1 plays and after Intermission, Part 2 plays the next night. My dreams are vivid and in technicolour and I often think they would make a good book…..if I could remember the details!

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  6. I wonder if the infrequency of flying dreams has to do with the creeping infirmity of age. I used to attain flight by running and leaping with each subsequent leap taking me higher and farther, until I was soaring above rooftops. Now, since I can no longer run and leap, I may never fly again. Thank goodness I still have the occasional naughty dream!

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    1. HAHAHA! Ah no. In my dreams I’m always young and capable of almost anything! I’ve had those flying dreams too – but they are much more strenuous? The best are the ones where I simply point to where I want to go…

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  7. I get dreams often, and many of my dreams come true. And until that happens, I have sometimes forgotten about that dream, and then suddenly, voila! Dang I had dreamed about this moment!

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    1. My mother would do that… kind of a dΓ©jΓ  vu thing. Mostly it would be things like items on a menu but there were times when it would be a major life event within the family. She once called me to ask if I was alright and had I gone to the emergency room. I had just cut my finger pretty deep while chopping carrots! I didn’t go to the emergency room but did clean it up (performed a little surgical scrub) and then used some tissue glue to put it back together… no problems but it freaked me out that she knew!

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  8. Oh my goodness – that sounds like an absolutely delightful dream!πŸ’« My dreams are often very short and vague, they make no sense most of the time πŸ˜‚

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  9. I wonder if that particular dream points to a specific part of your spiritual journey, a specific stage. To soar so high might have been a sign of free-ness of spirit, not being shackled, of complete trust in the Almighty. I’ve never had such a dream – probably due to not having all those same reasons😁

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    1. You have given me food for thought. I do trust (though it is at times a real struggle) and I do feel free (even when I have to work at it). Now I’m going to ponder all of this as I go to bed… perhaps I can find that dream or maybe something better!

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    1. Matt I wonder what has happened to make those memories rise to the surface… I used to keep a “dream journal” and would wake up and scribble down what I remembered. It was interesting to read what I’d written because I would have forgotten all about it in the morning!

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