Have you ever "walked in someone else's dreams"?
The legend says that when you can't sleep at night you are walking in someone else's dreams. Do you believe it? Have you ever done it?
So, if a person works the graveyard shift would they be constantly walking through other people's dreamland hood at night while at work? No and no... If it were true, more people would be productive at night and the rate of nightmares would increase; ha!
Yes, I do this occasionally, and I used to do it a lot more. Sometimes i would dream of certain people in a different way that made it very clear to me that they were there in my dream. Other times, people would dream strongly of me. On a few occasions, probably less than a dozen in my life, we have confirmed that we shared dreams with similar themes, lessons, or experiences at the same time.
As I understand it, this type of dream work is a phase of our learning, growth, and service. Not everyone experiences is. Some do it without ever knowing that they did.
You speak specifically of being awake and being in someone else's dream. I find that this is best cone in a half-conscious dreamlike state that scientists call NREM, and some spiritual practitioners call the *bardo*, a transitional state between waking and sleeping. It is a good time to process one's own dreams and life issues, as well.
Yeah, well, the graveyard shift effects some of our Melatonin levels, so we can't all be spiritually walking alongside each other at the same time during the middle of night while pondering over each other's REM cycles. I'm sure it is fun though...
With all the time zones around the world, there is always someone to dream with, learn with, love . . .
I don't really know what it's like to not be able to sleep at night. I just stay up until I'm ready to "drop dead" so I immediately fall asleep. Anyway, I'll say "no" to whether I've ever walked in anyone's dreams because of that.
I suppose I can buy the idea that maybe if one person is up walking around and worried about some person or life situation (to the point where he can't sleep), there's a good chance some other people in his life may also have him on their mind and may dream about him because of it. That's the extent to which I believe anyone will ever have any involvement with the dreams of someone else.
When my mother died my sister and I seemed to have parallel dreams, and it was obvious that we were going from one stage of moving past the grief to another, and the common dreams we had around the same time were very clearly a matter of processing "issues", "layer by layer", with the most obvious/conscious issues at the top layer (and therefore processed first), and other more deep-down things that needed processing being at the bottom of the "layers" (and therefore the last to be processed). So, as we shared the same emotional life issue and had the same dream theme around the same time, it was obvious that we were passing through "processing stages" in a similar time frame. Still, her dreams were her own, private, dreams. Mine were mine. I'm sorry. I don't buy "cross-over" (if that's what someone means by "walking in someone else's dream"). If they just mean "showing up in someone's dream - then, of course. Most of us probably show up as a part of someone's dream at one time or another. )
How would I possibly know that I am dreaming when I am actually dreaming? I would perceive my dreams at that instance as a reality, and the reality is obscured.
Actually, there is a learnable skill called "lucid dreaming," which is simply to be able to know "I am dreaming" when dreaming. I've only been able to do it occasionally, but it's lots of fun. Look up the book "Lucid Dreaming."
while lucid dreaming I have examined my enviroment very thoroughly, running my fingers over my own dream leg or the bricks in a wall, etc. and I have noted while in the dream how very real they seem.
Me and a woman lived in a red house atop a mountain for several years. We split up about 7 years ago. I don't recall having drempt of that red house in years. The house was owned by the woman's niece. Last Saturday I drempt I was riding a bicycle and stumbled onto the house. The niece and her husband were inside and we hung out a while. So I telephoned the neice (who I also haven't spoken to in 7 years... because she runs a business I was able to hunt for a website that contained her present telephone number) the next day and left a message. Monday the neice called me back. She informed me that the woman I lived with, her aunt, had died in January and that the sunday I telephoned they were holding a memorial at the red house and spreading the ashes. She said the memorial was at 2:30 and my phone message was stamped 2:22.
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