I Dream of Dreaming…

Why do we dream what we dream?
Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night, bolt upright as the cold air hit your sweat-drenched body and realized you just had a nightmare? I have.

In one of my recurring dreams, I am late for a final exam, only I never attended class. The location is always very sketchy and my transportation usually includes an unreliable, wrecked car which I steer from the back seat. The road ends in a construction site complete with huge orange netting and striped cones of the same vibrant color.  The problem is that from my awkward position, I cannot hit the brakes!  While attempting to climb into the front seat, I gaze in horror beyond the ripped up road at a perilous cliff and then the car speeds up. Just as I am about to take a dive off the precipice, I wake up.

Once, I manipulated the test anxiety dream and miraculously got there on time complete with notes in my pocket which the professor let me use. The nightmares ended for years, but they are back…

Other Dreaded Nightmares:
Neglect Dreams –

A monstrous aquarium was left in my care, but I hadn’t fed the fish in months. While examining the green algae-filled tank, I discovered only one giant fish remained!fish in dreams

One night I dreamt that I had a newborn, but with no previous memory of it. I became frantic while sprinting from room to room trying to find baby bottles and diapers. Finally after locating them, I couldn’t remember where I left the baby!

Dreams of Horror –

My teeth began to fall out. They were like round stones rolling around inside my mouth that I spat into the palm of my hand.

Running from Imminent Death –

I tried to escape from a madman in what seemed like the thickest of black mud while the knife-wielding pursuer closed in. As he pounced on me from behind, I woke up with a pounding heart.

Inappropriate Attire Dreams –

The discovery that I was walking around naked in the grocery store was so embarrassing. I dashed through the frozen food section and yanked red pizza boxes from the glass case to cover myself! Then I looked around to see if anyone noticed.

Where does all this craziness come from?

While pouring my first cup of coffee the next morning, I remembered the stress dream from the night before.

I said to my husband Danny, “What a waste of a time! Why can’t I dream about something amazing?”

My Favorite Dreams:
pink skies

Have you ever dreamed you could soar above everyone? I have flitted through puffy white clouds with the bluebirds and cardinals until realizing where I was. Then I gradually lost altitude and was grounded. I flapped my arms and willed myself to rise again to no avail, but it sure was great while it lasted.

Breathing Underwater!

While on my ocean voyage, rainbow-colored fish swam beside me.

Being a Super Hero!

Why couldn’t I be the heroine in a great spy dream where I have super powers complete with super body? One night I dreamt that I attacked a gnarly gang of kidnappers. First, I broke into their ramshackle villa which was perched on a mountaintop. A few kicks and karate chops later, I released the hostages.  It was so easy and the rescued group was so thankful. I smiled and said, “Aw, it was nothing. Really!”

Sex Dreams!

Better yet, why am I wasting my time on any of those when I could be having a perfectly good sex dream? And if I am going to have imaginary sex, why not have it with a movie star? I have watched enough Jude Law, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt movies for them to seep into my subconscious. Danny has remarked in the morning that I must have had a pretty hot dream since I was moaning in the middle of the night. But do I remember? NO!

“Well, why didn’t you wake me up when I stopped? Maybe I would recall that dream instead of the stupid one about a final exam!” I roll my eyes remembering a flash of the orange cones from the night before. “Ugh.”

Do you have recurring dreams? What was your favorite dream?

All photos by S. Lindau

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    1. It’s surprising that I am still having that test anxiety dream after all these years. The last time I had it, I was in college with my kids!!! I am sure they would love that!


  1. When I am in the middle of an unpleasant dream, I force myself awake, think of something pleasant, change the outcome (movie ending?) and go back to sleep. I have no idea what that means. LOL


  2. I have the teeth falling out dream too….could it be we are grinding out teeth? My other one is that I am driving on a highway and stop at a rest stop and forget one of my children as I speed away. My boys are 30 and 27 now…….it still happens 🙂


    1. MGMillerBooks said that the teeth falling out dream means that we are worried about money.
      I think that we will probably always be plagued with those “neglecting our children” dreams. I would like to think that it is because we miss them!


  3. I have regular nightmares about my teeth falling out, but I think that’s because I once actually did have my front tooth fall out, and it took six months and a painful surgery before I had a tooth again.


  4. My husband has the crazy dreams like you, but I usually have the fun dreams. Or, I’ll dream a scene in my book. That’s only frustrating when I wake up and can’t remember any of it, but usually I can recall enough to jot down some ideas. The only dreams I have that are scary to me are when I’m trying to reach my kids and I can’t speak, or use my magic. I tend to use a lot of magic in my dreams. I hope you get to remember the good ones instead of the awful dreams!


    1. Wow! That is so great. I don’t think I have ever dreamt about magic! How cool is that~
      I keep hoping that I will be able to use something I dream in my book!
      Thanks and I wish the same to you.


  5. Wow Susie, you’ve been busy today! lol

    That was a great post! Seriously!

    Unfortunately, I never remember my dreams. I think I dream. We’re all supposed to dream when we sleep right? But I dont’ know. I never remember anything.

    Borrriinggg! (Yawns) 🙂


  6. This is a funny post! I always get the dream where I have an exam for a math (always math) class that I never attended and haven’t studied for. I also have the teeth falling out dreams. And yes, I get good sex dreams. My best friend is very jealous of me. 🙂


    1. You know it is funny. I don’t recall what class it is in!! Hahaha!
      You lucky thing! I am working on remembering those sex dreams Danny is convinced I have!
      Thanks for stopping by to read!


  7. I have had the flying dream, I dream that a lot. I have driven a car in the back seat, how stupid is that. I have fell from a cliff and it hurt a lot in the dream. I woke up ok. I dream a lot that I am in school looking for my locker and then I don’t know the combination. I have not gone to school for many years and I don’t remember in real life not knowing where my locker was. I dream all the time that I have to find a restroom and when I do they are always full and they are not empty. Then I wake up, I don’t like that dream at all.


    1. Ouch that is amazing that you felt pain when you fell off the cliff!
      I forgot about the locker dream. I used to have that one and couldn’t remember the combo or was that in real life….Hahaha! Thanks for sharing your dreams and nightmares. After reading all these comments, I look forward to dreaming at night!


  8. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your nice comment. I am so glad to meet with you. You have a wonderful blog, I loved it. There are some unforgetable dreams in the past that I saw… Some of them were nice and some of them were a message of the bad things… sadness… so I usually don’t like to talk about dreams… Once again Thank you dear Susie, with my love, nia


  9. Hi,
    A great post, I loved the read, I don’t always remember my dreams, but I think it’s unreal how a lot of people do.
    Thank You for visiting my blog.


    1. And thank you!
      I tried a technique passed along in a comment which said to repeat the words, “I will remember my dreams” several times before going to sleep. Boy does that work! I was up after every dream last night! Hahaha!


  10. My wife and I both have the recurring dream of being late for an exam. It’s always close to the end of school and the lack of preparation for the exam makes me worry that graduation might be in jeopardy.

    My wife and I have both done a fair amount of acting and another common theme is that we have to go on stage and we don’t know any of our lines.


    1. I could swear I responded to this! I must have been dreaming….

      Now that would be a nightmare! I once organized a backyard play for the neighborhood only in real life all the kids came and none of us could remember our lines. I am surprised I don’t have nightmares about that!


  11. That is an added twist!
    The nightmare about the play and forgetting lines would terrify me.

    My sister and I put on a play in the backyard when we were little. All the neighborhood kids came and then……We couldn’t remember our lines because we had never practiced them. That happened in real life so now that you mention it, I am surprised that isn’t my reoccurring dream too!

    Thanks for stopping by to read!


  12. What a great post, Susie. I’ve had dreams where I was driving and couldn’t get the brakes to work. I remember reading about the meaning of that dream, and it means that you’re too busy, need to slow down.
    I’ve had dreams where my teeth were falling out, too. Such an awful dream. I don’t know the meaning of that one.

    I’ve also dreamed that I have an aquarium that I forgot I had and freak that I haven’t fed my fish in a while. When I look in the tank, there are some ugly, bizarre creatures.

    I have so many strange dreams that I can’t take the time to list them. I think the best, most peaceful dream I ever had was when I was walking through a beautiful park with perfect green lawns and gorgeous trees. Then I turned around, like in slow motion, and everything was covered with a fresh blanket of snow and it was awesome. Not cold either. It was the neatest dream.

    I never had one of those embarrassing dreams about being in my underwear or naked until someone asked me if I ever had those dreams. And then I had them. So uncomfortable!

    Oh, and sometimes I dream that a person I knew that died is alive again, and it feels so strange and uncomfortable because I want to tell them that they died, but I don’t want to freak them out either!

    Dreams are weird and strange, huh?


  13. Your dream about the park sounds wonderful! I can believe that the dream about driving means I am busy!
    It is funny how once a thought pops into our head, we dream about it.
    I really am enjoying everyone’s different responses to this post!
    Thanks Lynn!


  14. I have recurring dreams that I can fly. In my dreams, the mechanism by which I’m able to fly (which is not always the same but which is always powered in some way by my own body and not an external source) is invariably a bit of a struggle, and yet many times I can make it all the way into the stratosphere or beyond. Once in a while, these flying dreams, which are in the main positive, turn into ominous dreams. I’ve looked into matter. It seems that dreams of flight are often associated with optimism, ambition, belief in oneself, and flight dreams do often diminish with age.

    Dreams about decaying teeth, crumbling teeth, teeth falling out and so on, are common, and most psychologists agree that this dream indicates a fear of losing one’s vitality. I emphasize “fear” because it’s usually not actual but just that: a worry.

    Raw meat and roses — now that’s a sexy dream.


    1. I agree with your meanings of those dreams. I would love to have one of those flying dreams again!

      Only in YOUR refrigerator could those two things coexist.
      It would be a great name of a book! It would definitely get my attention…


  15. I would offer to interpret all your dreams for you…but, to do that I would have to stop the car, which I can’t reach the brakes in…move Shaniah Twain off the dashboard,..swim through black mud to retrieve my false teeth from the fish aquarium,..(so I could eat three “Red Baron” pizzas of course ), and wow…Now I Dream of Dreams…I dream of having YOUR dreams…heh, I’d never be short an idea for a blog post.
    Bless You


  16. I often have very vivid dreams. I know I am dreaming and yet it is real. It’s like being in my “other” life. I usually know that I am in “universe B” when I am dreaming and I am comfortable with it. Things go well there. The colors are very bright and balanced the weather is ideal and people are civilized. I carry no pistol there and don’t need one. I like walking there. I find new neighborhoods, nice meadows, beaches etc. the population is always low there but there are only good people there.

    If I care to do the work I can direct my dreams prior to going to sleep. I can start them in the place and circumstances of my choosing but I can not prepare and then experience an entire script. After I land in the dream I go where I go. I can dream about very powerful satisfying emotional intimacy but not sex itself. Dreaming about sex does me no good. I wake up before anything useful can happen and there I am awake in bed with my wife asleep. I never wanted to wake my wife at night once we had our first child. Moms don’t sleep enough when the kids are young.

    When they were preschoolers I got my sons accustomed to the fact that they should take the time to prepare dreams of their choosing. This seemed to work well for them until they hit their teens. I assume that when they are older they will take the time to do it again.


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