Tuesday, 20 May 2008

What do our dreams mean?

Last night I dreamed that a friend of mine was dying. It was an ironic choice, because for as long as I have known her, both of her parents have been serious ill. One would be tempted to say terminal, if you didn't know the full story.

Her mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer a couple of years ago. It has not budged, nor has she. And this in addition to a host of other serious, even life threatening illnesses. And yet she's still living...at home...on her own. Working via the computer, even. She is, I think, in her 70's. (I tend to lose track of ages.)

My friend's dad has been in and out of the hospital with congestive heart failure. Pneumonia. Other serious issues. But he is also still hanging in there.

And yet I dreamed, not that her parents had died, but that she was on the verge of dying. What is the message there? And where did it come from?

Are dreams just our tired brain's way of entertaining itself when there is no real external input? A tape running, based on events of the previous day? Or are they messages?

If so, from where? From our own subconscious mind? from G-d? From angels or spirit guides? From the universal energy? Or are they communications from other people?

I would love to know what you think and why. I will post more about my thoughts tomorrow.

1 comment:

Mathew said...

Hi Lindsay,

You wrote: "Are dreams just our tired brain's way of entertaining itself when there is no real external input? A tape running, based on events of the previous day? Or are they messages?

If so, from where? From our own subconscious mind? from G-d? From angels or spirit guides? From the universal energy? Or are they communications from other people?"

As someone who has spent extensive time and energy tracking my dreams for more than twenty-five years, I would answer "yes" to all of the above.

Most commonly (for me, anyway), dreams assist me in processing fear and anxiety (and other forms of negativity). These particular dreams tend to incorporate the day's or week's events into a strange narrative in which I find myself faced with a dilemma (or series of dilemmas). That said, I have also experienced lucid dreaming, mutual dreaming, prescient dreaming, visitation dreams (involving the deceased), and dreams where I have met my guides and/or angels and have been given specific information.

As for your dream about the death of a friend, for what it's worth, my first impression was that your dream wasn't necessarily a prescient dream as much as it was an anxiety processing dream. In that sort of context (as far as my experiences have taught me), death can be symbolic of fear of change, not necessarily physical death. Is there perhaps some sort of dynamic shift happening in your relationship with your frind? Or is there perhaps fear of some sort of shift, as in drifting apart, or as in something (or someone) that you feel may change the relationship in some way? Or perhaps it is simply the inevitable death of your friend's parents that worries you (on a subconscious level) in that you are uncertain how your relationship with your friend will change as a result of losing one or both of her parents. Just my thoughts... :-)

Namaste,

Mathew