As a child, my favourite author was Roald Dahl. I couldn’t get enough of his books – I can remember waiting with anticipation for the next to be released in paperback. Many of them I read myself – the one exception was The BFG. That was one my Mum read to be as a bed time story. I’d fall asleep with the notion that the Big Friendly Giant (or one of his companions) would be coming past my window later that night to blow a dream in through my window. Some are good dreams. Some might be bad dreams. But what are they really?
I’m not talking about the dreams you have for your life – but those that come in the sleeping hours. They creep into your head out of no where and take you almost anywhere. Some come and go and when you wake the following morning you recall next to nothing from it. For others they are so vivid that you wake remembering every detail to such an extent that they feel so real. You find yourself questioning whether it was real? Was it a vision of the future? Or a memory of a previous life?
Over the past couple of years I’ve had a few of those really vivid dreams that have all been around a common theme. Each one a different part of one story about myself and someone else (who I know). Having only recently told them about the dreams the question came up whether the dreams are a vision of what may come or whether they relate to some past life experience that we had? Is it my subconscious trying to tell me something? Is it actually a metaphor rather than something literal?
When dreams are so vivid it can be hard at times to distinguish between reality and what was dreamt. It’s a trap I have found myself caught in on more than one occasion. I now find myself taking a moment to pause and reflect on them. Trying not to get caught up in trying to decipher what they mean but instead allowing them to just be, knowing that whatever is going to be will be.
Invitation: Take a moment each morning to see if you can remember your dreams from the night before. I wonder what they might be trying to tell you?
If you feel moved to take this invitation, I invite you to share what you are noticing below.