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Working through Life in your Dreams

Updated on January 12, 2011

Dreams and Interpretation

(Bermuda Beach) our subconcious often tries to speak to our higher concious through our dreams. The language is often in images and situations that are familiar to us. This makes the common books on dream symbols and dream dictionaries useless to us.
(Bermuda Beach) our subconcious often tries to speak to our higher concious through our dreams. The language is often in images and situations that are familiar to us. This makes the common books on dream symbols and dream dictionaries useless to us.

Dream Therapy - Solving Life's Issues in Your Sleep

Settling in for the night

Too tired to think, too tired to dream

Yet somehow the images arrive

When I am paralyzed

A scene plays out before me

So normal, so serene

A piece of life - I wish, I guess that may be mine

Or I'm afraid could be mine

Or quickly turns horribly wrong

Someone is chasing me and I can't run fast enough

My gun is not where it should be, or my aim is not so precise

I fall and hide, sweating with fear that the faceless predator will find me

Can I really hide long enough to find a strategy to turn and face it?

Where is something I can use as a weapon and will it be strong enough?

Am I strong enough for this battle?

I hope this presence is not going after anyone else.

All the while my thoughts are racing...

What did I do to deserve such an enemy?

What could anyone do that inspires so much hatred?

I've led a good life, always done what I thought was right,

I've followed my heart, always tried to play fair and be honest.

I've helped when I could and always tried to step lightly and with compassion.

Why would anyone be so angry, so enraged and feel so much hatred toward me?

I can feel its presence; it wants to hurt me,

It would love to devour me, leave me for dead, and beat me until I bleed.

This demon would gain some satisfaction from doing it.

I won't be such an easy prey. I won't be taken without a fight.

And if in this dream, I have the responsibility of children or pets to protect - you'd better believe - they will be safe. I'll give my life for them.

There is a bit of the lioness in me - who will fiercely protect her cubs.

I will stand up for what I believe. Is this about who I am and how I think?  I will not be misrepresented and I will not lie to save my neck. But in this day and age, people shouldn’t.

I will not play the victim to these people that terrorize me. Or shadows that terrorize me.

Whenever I let my guard down, and venture out into the world, there seems to be a sniper who can't help but take a shot at me to try to scare me back inside. But I've learned how to fire back. I've learned how to defend myself. I know how to deal with much more pain now and I know that with loving deeply, pain is just a small part – love is much, much greater than that, the benefits far outweigh the risks – so bring it on. I’m not afraid of that anymore.

I always wake up before any real harm comes to me. I always wake up before the end of the battle. I may have been beaten a few times, shot, stabbed, and my predator never really has a face that I remember upon waking - but I do remember the safe people in my dreams. I remember who I protected and who jumped in or who was there to protect me.

This is a game or an exercise my subconscious plays with me. I know it's for my own good so that I can work out the issues and problems in my head in a really fast way while my body is at rest. I can use my awake time on my other pursuits or on those things that are most precious to me. I'm grateful for these dreams that I used to call "nightmares". We cannot call them nightmares when obviously they are only helping me with healing and propelling me forward so that I can be ready for the next stage in life.

It doesn't mean I'm not tired of it. It doesn't mean I like playing this game.

It does mean that if I play it long enough, in my dreams, eventually I know I'll learn how to go out into the real world and it will all just be natural for me to walk tall and not be afraid. I will have conquered all I need to without the need for a witness.

Dream therapy; It works for me...


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    • celeBritys4africA profile image


      10 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I like to dream with ope eyes. But I have my dreams and some are already fulfilled.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      10 years ago from Maryland

      Neil, thanks so much for visiting and commenting! That's so true. I've had so many lucid dreams lately - I don't think they all have such intense meanings and if they do, I wouldn't have the time or energy to read into all of them - I agree, some of them are just our subconcious burning off excess energy or going on a field trip. Take care and brightest blessings.

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      Neil Sperling 

      10 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Many of my dreams tell me something I need to know - but some dreams simply are meaningless. Listen with your heart and both intuition and dreams become useful and workable tools to life. Thanks

      Great hub

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      10 years ago from Maryland

      Penny, your comments are always so beautiful - I'm humbled by them. I am honored that you are touched in that way and wish you wonderful clarifying dreams that forever speak to your soul in images and words you always understand. Namaste'

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      10 years ago from New Zealand

      I do agree. Dream therapy is very rewarding. Your writing is an inspiration and always speaks to that intimate part of my soul that listens a lot better than "I" do. I am glad you are here!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      10 years ago from Maryland

      Katie, thanks for stopping by. So many have told me this as well. Dreams are the playground for our conscious mind, letting our subconscious form all the images and whirlyhints to make us consciously aware that we need to fix something gone awry or pay closer attention to something that could be wonderful. (This is my theory anyway) This happens during the REM stage of sleeping. (Rapid Eye Movement or when your brainwaves are most active - I think some call it the Alpha State) I would venture to guess you either are too tired by the time you go to bed and completely hit the sheets like a rock, waking up not gradually, but rather like a spring popping out of a well worn mattress. Those are the only souls I've met who "don't dream". I would guess that you would if you weren't so busy sleeping or if you napped more often during the day and set one of those zen alarm clocks that wakes you gradually from REM sleep. If you are interested in starting from the beginning and trying some dream journalling, let me know - I do have some hints and tips I'd love to share with you. Send me a private message.

      We all do dream, love. At least, I'm still holding out hope. I haven't come across any theory so far that says there are people without dreams, but I haven't studied abnormalities or disorders. I know mine can be so wonderful that I wish that you would have dreams...Namaste my friend!

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Cool, I'll tell you a little secret.... I never remember dreaming. I've said I don't dream but sooooo many people correct me claiming I don't remember them. What say you about someone who doesn't dream or doesn't remember a shred of them if they do?

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      10 years ago from Maryland

      Epigrammam, thank you for your wonderful praise. You always know just what to say to keep a writer writer and keep a soul yearning to write more of what's inside! Reading your hubs too, I see you have mastered the art of finding the words for humor, love, and every emotion that crosses your mind...I hope everyone finds their way to you!

      Acaetnna, thank you so much for visiting. I am so glad you enjoyed this piece! The best advice I give to anyone wanting to recall and analyze their own dreams is do not invest in a "dream dictionary" but rather your own dream journal. Write down any piece of what you can remember and recall backwards. What do you remember happening just before that? When you have recalled everything, then what about the symbols, feelings in the dream, colors, people, events remind you of things going on with your own subconscious, things that you feel about what's going on in your head? Do this whenever you remember a piece of a dream. It gets easier with time and you'll be surprised at how much you can recall. Namaste'!

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      10 years ago from Guildford

      I so enjoyed this hub and am completely fascinated. I so often find dreams difficult to recall.

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      10 years ago

      ... well you write like a dream ...... a poetic dream that is! And I certainly would call someone like you - a writer's writer! So many thoughts seem to be caught up in that fine mind of yours just waiting to come out and challenge and inspire your readers ...... like me!!!!

      And thanks for dropping by and seeing me - that was a thrill in itself!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      10 years ago from Maryland

      Oh Christina! Thanks for reading and no! I haven't forgotten! Write soon and let's meet over a cup of hot chocolate at a Barnes and Noble on one of our sunny days!!! I love to philosophize about dreams. I already have this one figured out. I was working through some feelings I had when a friend of mine who works for the discovery channel in silver spring was caught up in the lock down with that terrorist a few months back. (domestic of course) and working through some of my own anxiety...I'm always working through things in my sleep. I'd love a discussion about it!!!!

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      Christina M. Castro 

      10 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      You and I share the same views about Dreams and their interpretation. I have the spiritual gift to be able to accurately interpret dreams, and I always enjoy helping others with their dream needs. So let me know if you stumble over something you just can not figure out. I suggest to keep your note book handy, jot it down as soon as you wake, and date the entry, and what time it was when you wake up. But don't lose your dream diary because it takes years sometimes to find out what it means. I enjoy your hubs, and I'll be getting in touch with you soon. Don't forget, we are neighbors. Christina.


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