Dream Interpretation

I think it’s pretty fascinating what happens we sleep, or when we are trying to sleep and not really concentrating on, seemingly, anything in particular.

Just the other day, while I was at least dozing, I remember 4 distinct things that I can’t really describe as a dream because it was happening in the 8 minutes between alarms going off.  One was the exclamation of “he even left his heels on the ground”, then there was a baby laughing followed by a random station announcement, and then Let Me Be (Your Teddybear) by Elvis came in to my consciousness.

That’s a pretty random 8 minute snooze.

There’s posts scattered around this blog about dreams I’ve had and I am one of these people that does like to try to interpret recurring dreams.  I’ve also had conversations with friends about their dreams and the interesting thing has been that even dreams with no recognisable thread can be interpreted in the same way.

I can’t remember the exact details of a friend’s dreams, but one was about being on a train and not being able to get off while another was about not going in to a swimming pool because there was a boy “swimming his shark” (is that right?!) so they answered a phone instead.  The other was about cooking in a kitchen and throwing letters at a wall.  The thread through all of them, according to my dictionary, was something in the past holding you back from what you really wanted.

Of course, the folly of paying too much attention to dream interpretation is that it’s all based on metaphors.  There is no scientific basis for it.  In the examples above, not being able to get off a train could easily be a metaphor for not being able to stop going down the wrong path.  Answering a phone is obviously about communication and a wall can just as easily be interpreted as a barrier.

I believe dreams are a little bit like horoscopes in that their interpretations can easily be applied retrospectively.  It’s why, when I provided the dream definitions to my friend, I said it was up to her to decide on their meaning.  That isn’t to  discredit those dreams that seem to be preparing us for something or reviewing the previous days activities, but simply in trying to explain all those other oddities that we see and hear when we sleep.

Every time I close my eyes
It’s you and I know now
Who I am

Yea yea yea and I know now

There’s a place I go
When I’m alone
Do anything I want
Be anyone I wanna be
But it is us I see
And I cannot believe I’m fallin
That’s where I’m goin
Where are you goin
Hold it close won’t let this go

Dream catch me, yea
Dream catch me when I fall
Or else I won’t come back at all

You do so much
That you don’t know
It’s true
And I know now
Who I am

Yea yea yea
And I know now

There’s a place I go
When I’m alone
Do anything I want
Be anyone I wanna be
But it is us I see
And I cannot believe I’m fallin
That’s where I’m goin
Where are you goin
Hold it close won’t let this go

Dream catch me, yea
Dream catch me when I fall
Or else I won’t come back at all

See you as a mountain
A fountain of God
See you as as a descant soul
In the setting sun
You as the sound
Just as silent as none
I’m young

There’s a place I go
When I’m alone
Do anything I want
Be anyone I wanna be
But it is us I see
And I cannot believe I’m fallin

There’s a place I go
When I’m alone
Do anything I want
Be anyone I wanna be
But it is us I see
And I cannot believe I’m fallin
That’s where I’m goin
Where are you goin
Hold it close won’t let this go

Dream catch me, yea
Dream catch me when I fall
Or else I won’t come back at all

Dream Catch Me by Newton Faulkner

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