Dreams are fascinating things. I’ve been thinking about them over the past several days, due to the fact that I’m having lots of those weird dreams brought on by pregnancy hormones. (Does everyone else get those, too?) Normally, I have average dreams — nothing exciting or particularly remarkable about them. When I’m pregnant, however, I have very vivid, very bizarre dreams that make absolutely no sense to me. (like, for example, rotting corpses that chased me, and then turned and went into a bombed-out church that had a Latin Mass going on inside... I woke up and thought, “what the heck was THAT all about???“)
I’m wondering in particular about several themes that seem to pop up over and over again. When I was younger, I used to dream quite often that I was being chased. I would run and run until I was exhausted, and just when my enemy was about to catch me, I would always have the same thought: “oh wait! I forgot that I can fly!” and off I’d sail away, turning around and laughing at those who just seconds earlier had been on my heels. I assumed even then that it was supposed to have some sort of spiritual meaning — that is, that trying to accomplish something, or defeat something, in my own strength was never going to work. When I realized the graces that God had in store for me, however, I was able to soar above my enemies.
That was my guess, at least.
Another theme that seems to be common… at least among the few friends that I’ve polled… is either (a) buying a house, and then realizing it’s a lot bigger than originally thought, or (b) discovering an entirely unknown wing of the house you currently live in. This kind of dream happens over and over again, and I’m stumped as to what my brain is trying to figure out. I usually greet this discovery with “praise God! Now we’ve got more space!”, but other friends feel anxiety whenever they have this dream, because they have no idea what furniture they are going to use to fill it. Anyone else get this type of dream? I get it all the time…
Other themes that I can think of are feeling unprepared (forgot to study for a test… hosting a party and not having anything planned… giving a presentation with no notes to go by… etc), or inadequate/not up to snuff (everyone at a party is better dressed… finding yourself horribly undressed — or worse! — in public…), or losing something important… etc.
I’m not going into some “dreams and their meanings” sort of garbage. I stay clear of stuff like that… I’m simply wondering if certain themes pop up for a reason, and what we’re trying to figure out when we dream them.