Several months ago, I had a strange dream, parts of which are still with me today. Nothing major, but the sensations and general feeling are there for the recall, and a couple of really strong images as well. In fact, the images are still so strong in my mind they can, should I close my eyes, evoke the same physiological response they did the night I had the dream.
When I was a young child – and this would have had to take place after 1971, because my grandfather was already dead – I had a dream, and at least one of the images from that childhood night terror stays with me to this day. And about six years ago, another dream left a lingering image on my mental retinas which I can still see if I try.
The images dreams provide us are very powerful, and for some reason, the more frightening and disturbing they are, the better we can recall them. Which is strange, since people mostly want to push unhappy thoughts and images OUT of their minds. It’s far easier for us to recall the happy times than the hard ones. I know I can give only the broadest accounting of events that occurred during what is without doubt the hardest time my wife and I have ever experienced. Yet, it’s of no effort at all for me to recall the laughing, jovial moments we had during that same time period.
Those images, when strong enough, can fuel our art, our actions and our attitudes. Some have even changed the direction of their lives on the strength of dreams. The Bible (yes, ALSO capitalized when specifically referring to the collection of religious texts of the Judeo-Christian traditions) is replete with stories of God (again, when referring to the Supreme Being as stated in the Judeo-Christian or any monotheistic belief system, is CAPITALIZED) and His influence over specific individuals through dreams. And dreams do offer a mysterious and poorly-understood door into our minds and subconscious processes. Oh, to truly understand dreams!
What special dream images have you stored in your memory? What pictures, sounds, smells or tastes harbor safely in your gray matter because they came so powerfully, so undeniably, through those movies which play behind your eyes when you sleep? Which ones do you recall best? Which have only left faint wraiths echoing in the chambers between your ears?
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