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What do our dreams and nightmares mean?

Updated on February 20, 2013

What does it all mean?

Plastic Blue Shotgun

This dream occurred in my sleep several times as a young child. It's sweet, innocent, scary, and violent all in one....

I was sitting in my Kindergarten class at a picnic table, inside. We were all doing crafts with the teacher's aid passing string, paper plates, glue, and markers back and forth. Then the dream cut to the end of the day and children were leaving with their parents and also getting on their buses. I was the last child left in class, waiting for my mother to come and pick me up, I assumed she was running late after work. So, the teachers aid sat on a couch in the classroom with me as the teacher sat at her desk looking through workbooks and our artwork. I was sitting on the couch next to the teachers aid, looking out a window that was behind the couch and I was getting bored so the TA handed me a blue plastic rifle to play with.

I pretended to go hunting and started shooting imaginary squirrels, deer, etc. I was looking out the window and then I decided to turn around and get off of the couch. As I turned around, I remember I clicked the trigger on the plastic blue rifle by accident. Of course it was a toy gun so I thought nothing of it but I knew that guns were dangerous and I had thought about that fact when I accidentally hit that trigger. I wasn't being very safe.

Finally, my mother showed up at my classroom. As I walked over to her to meet her, mother and I both looked to our feet because we could feel something as we walked. There was blood, thick, red blood rising as if a pipeline had broken and was flooding the room. Only it wasn't water or sewage, it was blood. My mom and I looked at each other and we knew we wanted to get our feet out of the blood so we looked for a place to lift our feet. There were chairs lined up against the wall so her and I both found one and sat down in order to get off the sticky, wet ground.

Just then as I sat down in the little rocking chair, I looked over to the other side of the classroom and figured out where the blood was coming from...when I had gotten down from the couch with the blue plastic rifle, apparently I literally shot my teacher to death. I saw her torso hunched over the top of her desk, lying atop the paperwork and art she had been viewing earlier. I felt so bad that I had shot my teacher, I could not catch my breath....

The End.


My interpretation:

My personal interpretation of that nightmare has alot to do with what was going on in my life at the time. I believe I was in Kindergarten the first time I had the dream, I was afraid my mother would leave me somewhere because she literally had forgotten me at the grocery store when I was 3-4 years old. She got all the way home before she'd realized I wasn't in the car.

Also, my mother was married at the time to a man who physically abused my mother and I watched him beat her unconcious one day, and after he'd beaten her in front of me, he went and grabbed a shotgun from the backroom, came barrelling down the hallway towards me, and preceded to pick up my baby kittens, one by one, throw them out the back door into the air, and killed them all. This is where the gun symbol comes from in the dream, I believe.

And the last part of the dream that I have interpreted in my own mind, is that I was afraid I was the one hurting others. Like I'd hurt the teacher in the dream. Even though I hadn't meant to hurt anyone, I believe I was feeling bad for my mother and my sister because I couldn't do anything to help them from my abusive step-father.

So, dreams do usually showcase something that's going on in your life whether you realize it or not. For many years now I have also dreamt about being in a tornado, I mean right up to the point where the tornado is about to pick me and/my children up, It's intensely scary and I've been having the dream for about 10-12 years and when I researched the meaning of that, it came to show that it's because my life felt like a tornado.

Spot on!! That was so true I couldn't believe it!! I'd also had dreams of a bear chasing me for many years as well. Same thing with the bear. It symbolized that life was coming after me with a vengeance somewhere, and I had to keep running away from it. I was running away from my problems instead of taking them on.

So, please, if you're struggling with certain dreams or are just interested in knowing the reasoning behind them, there are many places to do your research. I'll name some below....

Sweet dreams!!


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    • MissJamieD profile image

      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Exactly Stina. I could've given many more examples of interpretation but I didn't want the hub to be too long and boring:) But yes, if you think about many of the dreams you can remember, they're symbolic for something going on in life. Thanks for reading.

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      Cristina 4 years ago from Virginia

      I used to have terrible nightmares as a child. I am not sure about the earliest ones but I think eventually they became symbolic of traumatic events that I had been experiencing. It's pretty amazing the way our minds work using dreams as a way of processing information that is sometimes to difficult for us to deal with in our waking hours.