Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sleep vs. Dream

Today's NaBloPoMo prompt is a toughie.

"If you could be given the option to never sleep and also never be tired, would you take it if it meant you'd also never dream again?"

UM!?  Imagine how much I could get DONE with no sleep! 

But I would have to politely decline. Why? Dreams are important. More than important. Dreams tell us things about our Self that may not be visible on the outside, daily world. 

Many times I've woken in the morning after a strange dream (or two, or five), wondering what it means. I sit down in my own  mind and try to figure it out. I've come up with a small list of things that occur in my dreams, and what they mean:
  • Tornadoes: Change is coming. Or, there may be someone who needs help.
  • Ex-husband: Something in my life is going on that makes me feel very small, and I need to fix it before it takes hold of me completely.
  • Flying: This usually means I've had a really good run of days, or feel self-confident.
  • Feeling like an idiot at work: Usually I feel as if I need to improve my skills. This also happens around the times I may feel less confident about a shift.
  • Falling: This is somewhat of a touchy subject with many people - Whenever I fall in my dream, it happens the same way. I am walking along the path in my parents' backyard, and step on a tennis ball. I slip, go down, but never hit. Usually my dreams after that are beyond clear - while I have colors, tastes, touch, and all senses in my dreams, those after "falling" are unusually lifelike. Some may call them astral projection, I call them fascinating.
The 2007 Waterspouts in San Diego - I was sitting on the beach.

The idea of never sleeping is intriguing, however dreams mean way more to me than an extra 8 hours in the day. I believe in dreams - I believe that they can tell us much more about our lives than we may care to know.

What do you think?

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