Dreams: My Unfinished Stories

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FROZEN BY FEAR

The scream of sheer panic was deafening. The pillow, sheets, and body were drenched in sweat from the frightening images that flashed across the screen. Frozen by fear in a moment of time and with no means of retreat meant there was only one option for survival. I fitfully awoke by yelling, “No!” My dream had brought me face to face with death and it was all too frightening for me to deal with at the moment. Although it appeared to be the reality it was instead a horror movie being played in the theater of my mind and all exit doors were locked.

DREAM RESEARCHERS

Sigmund Freud long hailed as the “father of psychoanalysis” published his now famous book “The Interpretation of Dreams” in 1899. Freud found himself, over the course of several years; making numerous revisions to his book He theorized that while we are in a dream state our subconscious mind seeks to handle unsettled issues from our past. In an ongoing quest to solve the mysteries of our dreams and to explain their existence, Sigmund Freud discusses the symbols, meanings and psychology of our dreams. Naturally, there are many other dream researchers who have thrown their opinions and data into the debate of what occurs and why when we are off to journeys of the mind. Ann Faraday attempted to assist people in the analysis of their own dreams. Calvin S. Hall developed a coding system to basically place dreams into various categories. Carl Jung felt dreams attempt to make up for areas of our psyche that haven’t been fully developed during our states of consciousness. Personally, I don’t know what this all means, except that it is fascinating to talk about and ponder.

SCARY CHILDHOOD DREAMS


As a small boy, I remember the frightening “monster” dreams. I can still vividly recall seeing the heads of gruesome demons floating around my bed and room. Seeking the safety of a storm cellar from the tornadoes of horror swirling around my mind would lead me to the sanctuary of my mother and father’s bedroom. I was always amazed at how my dad knew I was standing by his bed when he would pull down the covers and say, “come on.” Who would have thought that a hairy arm across my face could offer up so much comfort?

FIND A QUARTER AND PICK IT UP

It was during my teen years when I first started having a recurring dream. I would be walking down our driveway and see a quarter. When I picked up the quarter, another would appear and then one more and on and on they would pop up as if in a tube that was spring loaded. This particular fantasy continues to revisit me from time to time. Unfortunately, even with inflation, I have been unable to visualize the quarter into dollar bills.

DON'T SPILL A DROP

While employed in an extremely conservative office environment, where most of us worked in cubicles, one sinister and the embarrassing dream continued to haunt me. Standing and facing my desk, I would pull open the pencil tray drawer and proceed to urinate on it. My real dilemma was how to carefully close the drawer without spilling the deposit I had just left. I wonder what Dr. Freud would have thought about this?

A PHONE CALL FROM THE GRAVE

When my father died unexpectedly in 1994 I was numb with pain from the void that was now in my life. Within a few days of my dad’s death, I experienced one of the most emotional and real dreams ever. The red telephone on my table in the living room began to ring. I picked up the receiver and answered the call. “Hello son,” was the all too familiar voice on the other end of the line. My excitement was obvious when I answered back, “dad?” “Yes son…it's dad,” he replied. “But, you’re…” I started to say when he interrupted me and quite clearly said, “Dead. Yes, son, I’m dead and it is all right.” As quickly as the telephone rang our conversation had ended. A peaceful calm had settled over me when I finally opened my eyes. I haven’t had a dream about my dad since. However, there is a repetitive vision that dances around my brain which occurs in the attic of my father and grandmother’s circa 1890s house. The physical home did not have an attic, but in the subconscious, the room was filled with tables, sofas, and lamps. There appears to be a secret entrance that enables the poor and homeless to enter, seeking both food and shelter. Although I’m not fearful of these people, the reality of my conscious state has me scratching my head wondering what it all means.

SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT

Another dream had me standing in the dark shadows, looking down the street to the neon lights of a seedy neighborhood bar. A person stumbles out to the sidewalk to light a cigarette when another person calmly walks out the front door and points a handgun toward the back of the other guy’s head. I can hear the din of jukebox music and bar patrons from my vantage point. Without reason, the gunman turns his head and his eyes lock onto mine. He smiles, puts his weapon away and reenters the tavern. The other fellow flicks his smoke to the ground and teeters back inside, never knowing how close to death he was.

I'M FLYING

One of my favorite dreams has me flying with little effort. I jump from the roof of my home, slowly flap my arms and off I go. I can fly high or swoop down low. The feeling is one of exhilaration as my body takes me over buildings and cities, witnessing everything below, without fear of falling. I can feel the slight resistance in the air as I wave my arms, yet it is all so effortless. What I find amazing about this experience is the fact I am deathly afraid of heights, but when I am soaring around I have no fear of dropping to the concrete below.

I THOUGHT I WANTED A YACHT

I have had dreams that placed the actor Omar Sharif in the center of a spy ring. There have been deaths, murders, falling, chases, being stuck in a thick elastic blob which prevents me from running away and basically there are images and scenes that cover every human emotion and reaction. Interestingly, my subconscious has never had me living on a yacht or being a millionaire. Why won’t my mind, at least, entertain me with a little of those indulgences?

LIGHTS, CAMERA, AND ACTION

So, as your day comes to a close and the curtains in the multiplex theater of the mind are raised, grab a bucket of imaginary popcorn and prepare for romance, intrigue, suspense, murder, adventure and even comedy. Let the films begin.

Written By: Dennis L. Page

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Comments 32 comments

Kim 4 years ago

I agree. Dreams are like movies. Kudos Dennis!


Jessica 4 years ago

Very interesting dreams Dennis, thanks so much for sharing! Nice post.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

"Dreams" ....ever the fascinating and curious topic for discussion. There is much written by experts and non.....volumes to sort through and try to understand in an effort to interpret our own nightly visions.....Excellent hub on this subject. Voted UP ++


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Very cool hub. Love it! Voted up.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

well..considering that we were 'chatting' the whole time i was reading your hub - i am left with little to say..LOL. But - having had one very real experience with the supernatural - i am not convinced that red phone ringing was a dream at all...not at all...

cool conversation starter here, dear!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Kim - Thank you for reading and commenting. The subconscious mind is certainly an interesting topic to explore.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Jessica - I appreciate you reading and replying to my story. Sometimes dreams can resemble the "Twilight Zone."


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@fpherj48 - Thank you for the vote up and your kind comments. Some dreams seem to have such a clear meaning and yet others leave us wondering what the heck we just witnessed in our mind.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ eHealer - Your vote up and comment are appreciated. Imagine all of the "cool" Hubs we could write if we focused on the subject matter of some of our dreams?


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ ImKarn23 - As always Ms L. it was good to chat and hear from you. I would love to hear more about your supernatural experience. That sounds like something that could turn into an awesome article. I am serious about the dream involving my dad. It was by far the most realistic one I have ever had. When I awoke, I honestly didn't know if it was a dream or if it really did happen in the physical world. On a side note, today is my father's birthday.


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Trinity M 4 years ago

I’m a firm believer in dreams; I have very vivid dreams almost daily that relate to various circumstances in my life. I also know that you can programme your dreams to get answers to questions that you might have. Great hub, thank you for sharing.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Trinity M - Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I have often heard about programming your dreams, but alas I am lost on the technique in doing so.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I wonder if we live an alter-life in our dreams, a form of release? It could be except how would we explain nightmares?

I've had the flying dream, many, many times. I was told by a psychiatrist friend that dreaming of flying means you are trying to escape from something. That is food for thought for sure!

Enjoyed reading about your dreams. Voted up and interesting.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@tillsontitan - I appreciate your vote up. It amazes me how some dreams appear so real and yet other dreams are mere flashes in the pan. The explanation on flying does seem to make sense as it gives us an outlet from something or person that is bothering us.


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

I thought high achievers or creative people were flyers! Haha loved your freudian pissing dream as well as your phone dream.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Ginger Ruffles - Hello friend and thanks for the wake up call this morning. It is strange that once I left the position with the overbearing and controlling bully boss my dreams of peeing in the pencil tray stopped. Now I wish I could have an awake dream of turning Binghamton into a progressive thinking area, rather than a regressive thinking area. Nah...that's not about to happen. Hahaha


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

LOL, no not so strange that that dream stopped after you quit working there.

I'm confused Dennis, of course I haven't lived there since the 80's but my progressive soul was born & nurtured there and I was proud it was such a forward thinking community...does that not seem to be the case anymore? What's aggravating you? You're a smart cookie, if you're seeing something I'm sure there is merit to it.


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gmaoli 4 years ago from South Carolina

I enjoyed reading this! I've had a lot of dreams myself (still do), but they are usually so chaotic and nonsensical that it's hard for me to remember what happened in them. I do recall having several where I found myself flying. I'd say that one is a particular favorite of mine. I suppose it's because it allows me to experience true freedom: going wherever I like without being hindered into one place. Perhaps that's why you had this too...the idea of seeing the world without limitations of how to get there. I might be reading too much into it, but it's just the way I see it.


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hawaiianodysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Thoroughly enjoyed reading your Hub! My favorite part was the dream in which you got a phone call from your dad. Tugged at my heart and reminded me that it's been a few days since I touched base with my own father. He lives all the way over in Maryland. Like you, he's a former law enforcement officer. I have no doubt in my mind that when his winter season is over on this earth, I will get a "final call" from him, too, in every seashell I find, in every wave that kisses the shore, and in every trade wind that tousles my hair.

The second favorite dream of yours that I enjoyed, because I have had similar nocturnal anxiety-ridden situations like that in my own dream state, was the one about urinating in the desk shelf of the tiny cubicle. It goes hand in hand with your paradoxical experience of "working for The Man" and yet questioning authority at every level (per the first paragraph of your HP profiile).

So, as you can see, you've sucked me into your fan base. LOL! Your talent is your ability to draw people in, and I really like that. Thanks for the entertaining read, the first of many, I'm sure, and I'm headed over to the FOLLOW button as soon as I sign of with--Aloha!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Ginger Ruffles - You left the area here in the 80's and I literally relocated here (from the Syracuse region) on 1/1/91. I was driving south on Route 81 when I came to Castle Creek and wondered if there was a castle there? Then I started noticing all of the pickup trucks and plaid flannel shirts and of course the first radio station I found was country. I said to myself "Oh great, now what? I drive a Nissan with a T-Top, don't like country music and do not own one plaid flannel shirt." For me the move was a big culture shock and one I never did quite get over. However, with the hills, valleys and rivers this area is one of the most scenic around.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@gmaoli - I'm glad you found me here and I appreciate your comment. It seems as though the flying dream is a common theme for many. I do like your interpretation of that experience though.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ hawaiianodysseus - It was a pleasant surprise to wake up this morning and see that you had visited and commented on my Hub. Sometimes our dreams seem to have such a clear and focused meaning and then there are those occasions when we awake, scratching our heads and wondering, "What the heck was that all about?"

Thank you too for the compliment surrounding my writing. I attempt to touch bases on several different topics and emotions. I enjoy creating an atmosphere that baits the hook of my story and then awaits the nibble of the reader.


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

LOL, rednecks. They do seem to thrive everywhere... not just the south.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OH!! I forgot to ask you........("the NY/PA border?") Ripley???!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Ginger Ruffles - You are absolutely correct about rednecks being everywhere. The difference between New York & the south is the fact we have zoning laws in order to buffer ourselves. Hahaha All kidding aside, one thing that amazes me on my numerous trips to NC is how you will see a beautiful home with gorgeous grounds and on the property right next door is a single wide, run down trailer with four cars in the front yard. I guess that is one of the reasons why our taxes are so much higher...you can't have zoning without paying for code enforcement officers.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ fpherj48 - Perhaps I'm a tad thick today, but I don't understand your question. I am 70 miles south of Syracuse and 60 miles north of Scranton, Pa. I'm missing the Ripley connection.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK...I must be the thick one....For some reason I thought you said you live near the Pa order.......and Lake Erie??? So I was thinking Rt 20 just before hopping on I 90 toward Erie pa......I must be way off


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

fpherj48 - I do live on the New York/Pa. border, but way on the other side of the state. Hey, it's a big state. Hahaha


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Here is an example of what i meant in answering your ? posed yesterday. (2/28/13). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub several months ago, it so reminded me of the dreams i have had, many recurring, many prophetic that actually came true. I did not think that i could add anything relevant to the comments already written, so i simply enjoyed your hub and moved on.

I feel terrible about all those i have read over the past couple of years and failed to laud the authors.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ d.william - Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your mark on this article.

One thing I learned with the question I asked is how we all perceive things so differently. Another thing that became abundantly clear is that there really isn't a right or wrong answer. The majority who responded provided answers that made perfect sense to me.

I really must apologize if I caused a ruckus because it was not what I had intended.

Thanks again for your feedback and I will be sure to return the favor.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Do not apologize. You probably did a greater service to readers than not. It certainly opened my eyes up to the various needs of those who post articles on H.P.

Logically, if one thinks about it, there are very few 'other' reasons to post articles than that of gaining the approval of others, or to attempt to make money at it. That has never been one of my personal needs so i tend to not consider that when i read something i either immensely enjoy, or disagree with.

At least i will view these articles in a different light in the future.


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savvydating 3 years ago

I've enjoyed Ann Faraday's book more than any other. It was during the period after I first read her book (Dream Power) that I became adept at remembering my dreams. I've had (two) dreams of flying. They were so fantastic. There is nothing better than flying in a dream, except maybe kissing the man of your dreams. On further reflection, flying was better ... lol.

Anyhow, I just wanted to say I enjoyed your hub very much. I love your "phone call from the grave" dream. That was very special. It must have been very comforting to you. Thanks for sharing your dream life with all of us. Up & awesome.

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