I have a recurring dream. I’ve had it off and on since my high school days, some 35 years or so. It is always the same theme, although many elements of the dream are different each time. Two things are always the same:
1) I can never remember my locker combination (or sometimes can’t even find the locker)
2) I don’t know my class schedule, remember what the assigned material is or even find any of my classes (in each dream the school is different).
I can only assume each time I have a dream with this same theme, that there is something unresolved from my past and for whatever reason, because I cannot solve it – it keeps happening.
Last night I was dreaming the same dream and like so many times before felt those same feeling of helplessness and frustration, when suddenly I decided to DO SOMETHING about it!
I became present inside my dream – kind of like a dream within a dream – and took control of where it was going. I grabbed some poor person that happened to be standing by me in the hallway and said, “take me to the office RIGHT NOW!” I don’t know who it was, neither male or female, but it didn’t matter in the dream – I just needed someone to point me to the office. Many times before in these same dreams I couldn’t even find the office – but this time it was going to be different!
I arrived with this person at the office and said to the person behind the desk, “Could I please have a copy of my locker combination and a copy of my class schedule? Look – you have to understand – I will NEVER be able to remember them and need help – AND it is very possible that I will come here again and need the same kind of help – can you do this for me?”
It was there that my dream ended. I’m curious to know if I am able to stop these stupid recurring dreams and maybe the key was to take control of the situation, I guess I’ll have to see.
Dreams are funny. Some say they hold symbolism that is key to unlocking your subconscious, others like my husband say that they don’t hold any meaning, it’s just your over action imagination going wild while you sleep. I guess I fall in the middle somewhere. I do know that I’ve had closure with people in my dreams where I’ve never had closure while I’m awake. Five minutes within a dream can “fix” so many things. One old friend in particular visited me in a dream a couple of times in the last few years and we had a lovely conversation, the relationship was mended and things were said that needed to be said. There was a sweet hug and everything was fine. In that moment all the doubt and raw emotions were finally brought to right. For me, it brought closure and reassurance. I’ve heard people say that they have had similar conversations of closure with loved ones who have passed away.
Is it our wishful thinking that makes these things happen? Closure and explanation – when in reality, there is none? I would like to think that there is.
What dreams do you dream? Do you find closure and comfort in things that have none? Do you have conversations with those that have passed away – or walked away from a relationship with you? Have you ever stepped in to your dream and “fixed” something?
- Dreams Decoded: What Your Sleep Says About You (bellasugar.com)
- Flight – a dream (alicethroughthemacrolens.wordpress.com)
- The Five Most Common Dreams (socyberty.com)
- Recurring Dream (thoughtsondying.wordpress.com)
- The Importance of Recurring Dreams (socyberty.com)
- I have a reoccurring nightmare. (60secondmotomojo.wordpress.com)