Wednesday, February 07, 2007

strange dream

I was at my aunt and uncle's lake place to celebrate my birthday. (This, in real life, was a very important place to me when I was growing up, when my grandparents lived there). I don't recall who all was there, but there was one aunt constantly fussing over food preparations, shoving more food on the table just as the previous meal was being cleared. I went outside, and my aunt had so many garden statues and other yard stuff lying around I could hardly walk around the house. When I looked out at the lake, which was frozen over because it was winter, I was dismayed to see a monster all-terrain vehicle rally on the lake right in front of the house! They were even using part of the hill for a starting ramp. I was the only one who seemed concerned about seeing it, and I went back inside the house to dig for my digital camera so I could blog about it. (Yes. Blogging has officially taken over my dreams.) It took a long time to find the camera in my backpack, and when I finally found it there was a small group of people standing on top of the hill watching the ATV rally.

This is where the most bizarre thing appeared. I looked up in the sky, and there was a comet or meteor-like object moving rapidly across the sky, leaving a trail of bright white lights behind. It was bigger and brighter than any meteor I've ever seen, though, and more like a cluster of lights. "Look!" I yelled. "Something's burning out across the sky!" Then the cluster of lights stopped moving, and fomed into a large vertical ring that was rotating like a wheel. After that, the lights arranged into a variety of kaleidoscope-like patterns. Then I realized they were moving towards me rapidly. I swear I felt them hit me right between the eyes. I awoke with a sudden expelling of breath, like I'd had the wind knocked out of me.

I don't recall feeling terror, or maybe I did not have time to react.

This is the most vivid, bizarre dream I've had in a long time. I cannot recall any real life display like those lights. No, I wasn't drinking. Not much, anyway.

8 comments:

GreenmanTim said...

Anti-malarials did the same thing to me. I was on Mefloquine for years when we were in Africa, and my dreams were unusualy intense and vivid. They had a techicolor quality but also a very primal one and were often very violent. Kind of like Arlo in "Alice's Restaurant saying "I want to kill! I want to see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth! I mean kill, kill kill!" (I understand these drugs do make some users a bit psychotic). Damned uncomfortable feeling for a harmless sort like me. The effect of the prophylaxis on my spouse, however, was purely libidinal. Fringe benefits of restless sleep...;-)

the dharma bum said...

deb - wow... that's quite a dream. did you feel lucid at all? conscious that you were dreaming?

Floridacracker said...

You remembered a dream? I never can do that... just a vague feeling that something happened.

Deb said...

GreenmanTim- Far out! :) Hmmm...the only really different thing I'm doing these days is natural progesterone. I wonder if there is a connection...

dharma bum- that's a good question. On some level, I do think I knew I was dreaming, just because I remembered details so well afterwards. I often have times when I'm waking up, and I'm conscious of the dreamlike chains of thought my mind is producing, thoughts I'm not controlling by any means. At times like that, I have this urge to not fully wake up, to stay in that halfway state as long as I can, maybe to get some insight. There's even poetry and music I've never heard before.

Okay, too much cold weather. Deb's gone off the deep end...:)

FC-Interesting observation on how memory of dreams varies. I usually remember bits and pieces, though if I don't consciously think about what I remember of the dream, it tends to disappear. But this one literally struck me in the head, and I could not help but lie awake and think about it afterwards.

Which was annoying, because I'd had a rare bout of insomnia between 3 and 4:30. (meaning, it was my turn to stoke the fire in the woodstove!) I had really been trying to get to sleep, and this dream happened about 5:30, so I was looking to get what sleep I could before I absolutely had to wake up, which is around 7.

Maybe it was the still bright moon rising. Maybe it was the wonderful view of stars I get from where I sleep. Or maybe I've been seeing scenes from too many video games, when the main character gets hit with some superpower...

Lynne said...

What an interesting dream! I usually don't remember a dream until later in the day when something triggers my memory of it. Do you suppose the moonlight was shining on your face while you slept?

arcolaura said...

Sounds like a mandala. Wow. An affirmation of blogging? Something bigger?

Deb said...

lynne- I do in fact sleep right by the window, and the moon was the reason I had a hard time sleeping earlier in the night.

arcolaura- THAT'S IT!!! Exactly! Thank you! And I'm beginning to think this dream is something big, something significant. According to Jung, mandalas signify higher consciousness, a sort of unity with the world. I'm going to have to ponder this further.

I've thought of a lot of ideas for the symbolism in the other parts of the dream, but that would be a whole new post.

MojoMan said...

"I looked, and lo, a stormy wind came sweeping out of the north--a huge cloud and flashing fire, surrounded by a radiance; and in the center of it, in the center of the fire, a gleam as of amber."

Ezekiel 1