March 25, 2013

What Do Our Dreams Mean?

Ever since I was a little girl, I've been an active dreamer. Maybe I should clarify that I'm referring to dreams that take place while I'm asleep. Oh, I dream while I'm awake too...but this post isn't really about that.

I've always had extremely vivid dreams that I can recount in great detail the next day. For a time, I was fascinated with those books that decode dreams and explain possible meanings for each element.

I never really bought into the meaning of dreams. Instead, I sort of thought that dreams were just caused from eating weird things before bed or maybe were a replay of the day's events.

The other night I had the strangest dream. Don't the best conversations always begin this way?

I dreamed that I had set up a new client meeting with the CEOs of a circus/carnival because they wanted to hire me to manage their social media. Three of the four company big wigs were gents in suits who seemed fairly normal (except two had their teeth sort of filed down like vampires).

They warned me that the fourth member of their leadership team was quite difficult to get along with; that he was, in fact, a nudist and that I might feel uncomfortable upon meeting him. This didn't seem like such a big deal in the dream until we got to the place where I was to meet this nude circus boss and he ended up being a Bengal tiger.

When I said "but I thought he was a nudist?" They replied: Precisely! As hard as we try, we can't get him to wear clothes.

Now you might be wondering why I'm sharing this story on the ol' blog. I'm not really sure I have an answer for you. I guess, I was just thinking about how I might be able to glean anything from my dreams that would be useful to me in my waking life. And maybe they aren't anything but the result of my eating hummus before bed.

What do you think? Do you dream in vivid and memorable scenarios? Has one of your dreams ever come true? I'm really interested in these things and would love to hear from you!

This article from the Wall Street Journal talks about how young children are able to change the outcome of their dreams while they sleep!

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