Last night I really had a strange dream. I was working in the woods and after I had finished cutting up trees, I loaded up all the wood on the truck, put it on the woodpile in the shed, and went inside to go get a shower and wash clothes. In my dream, I took a step into the house and every step I took had something fall off my body into what looked like drops of black walnuts only softer. I reached for my phone to take a picture of it so I picked it up with a tissue and touched the screen on my phone only for it to evaporate into the phone. Like I said, it was a weird dream.
My imagination runs wild sometimes. I have a tendency to recall most of what I dream and sometimes it’s both a blessing and a curse. Another dream had me backpacking to Europe. It wouldn’t have been so strange except that in my dream, there was a bridge that extended from the beaches in the Carolina’s to the beaches of Europe. Not only is that extremely unlikely to happen but with no gas stations in the ocean, it would be extremely difficult to achieve. Thankfully, our dreams are what give us unique stories to be told. I’ve been doing some research as to why people have weird dreams and one of the reasons that I found was that our dreams help us solve problems that we can’t seem to solve when we’re awake.
As a child, my imagination was rampant. I could dream the most imaginative dreams and yet there was the inability to write it down. I had a friend of mine named Tripp, who used to do all kinds of adventures with me until I moved at the age of six. We explored everything we could together. I don’t think there was a tree in the neighborhood that we either didn’t climb or explore. There was an open ditch that we loved to play in and many times I would dream about that ditch. I dreamed that the ditch became a cave with a secret entrance that led to a different dimension. In that dimension were the secrets to the Lost City of Atlantis and lost treasures that no one had been able to locate. We would slay all kinds of monsters in order to fulfill our quest to resurrect the city that had escaped civilization. And we would learn of technological secrets yet to be discovered. Only in dreams right?
If there’s one thing that I’ve discovered over the last few years, it’s that dreams have the ability to help guide us through things we didn’t know we needed assistance with. For example, when I have had big projects to work on, it’s really difficult for me to fall asleep and when I do finally get sleep, my dreams are usually quite creative. I’ve dreamed of technology that could make Star Trek look like silly putty. Some of the technological advances are having technology that allows us to know what the animals around us are thinking and how they will react to various situations. Does this technology exist now? Maybe or maybe not. Yet, my mind travels to places that I have yet to experience. That’s the beauty of wild, weird and wonderful dreams. We don’t have to know all the answers. Our dreams help us to unlock answers to questions that many times we didn’t know we needed to ask.
Time travel is another part of my weird dreams. Because I have a tendency to dream of people who have passed on, my mind places me back in time where I can talk to them. I can sense surroundings that are not like the present day. It’s safe for me to dream because the dreams don’t create a prison. I can control the direction of the dream. I found a very interesting article that speaks about some of the reasons that we dream wild dreams. It is as follows: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/pop-culture/your-weird-dreams-actually-make-lot-sense-according-neuroscience-psychology-ncna913436
This is just one resource and there are many out there. If you are the type to have some of these kinds of dreams on a regular basis, you aren’t alone. There are some things you can do to help reduce these types of dreams. One of the first things is to recognize if you are undergoing a lot of stress or anxiety. This is a really big problem for many of us. I don’t know of many people who don’t have stress in their lives. I used to see commercials that tell how stress kills and I never thought I would be one of those people. I was wrong. I live with stress and anxiety. The biggest obstacle I face regularly is getting that stress under control. I’ve been working with my doctor and things are better but it is an ongoing battle. If you aren’t getting treatment and you suffer from one or both of these things, I can truly attest that it’s been a lifeline for me. It might not hurt to get help if you need it. There’s no shame in reaching out for help.
Another issue is sleep disorders. This can greatly affect your sleeping patterns. If you are someone who just can’t sleep for any reason, you may have something physically going on that you need assistance with. There could be any number of reasons that you are having difficulty catching those zzz’s. Diet and Exercise on a regular basis can help with this but if that doesn’t work, you may need to get some tests. As I’ve been dealing with this ongoing battle for a while, I’ve learned that if you don’t take care of your body, your body will take care of you in ways that you won’t like. As I’ve aged, it’s harder to lose weight, my joints and muscles ache more, and dealing with day to day issues can often feel overbearing. This doesn’t help with sleep. There are many times where sleep just won’t come and it can be frustrating because without a decent nights sleep, it’s difficult to feel refreshed.
Keep a journal. If you are having difficulty sleeping, having lots of dreams, are restless, or just have a lot of problems that are creating your subconscious to go wild, it might not hurt to write it down. Not only does it help you to remember but if you have creative dreams, you can create stories, or reference things that might be important. I used to scoff at the idea of writing it down but now, I’m a firm believer in writing things down before I forget them.
Whatever you do, try not to less life’s stress and burdens keep you from having good dreams. We all need good dreams in our lives. They give inspiration, hope, challenges, and messages that we don’t always see but sometimes those dreams lead to better health, opportunities opening up, and life that we never knew could exist.