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Friday, May 11, 2012
One of my dreams has always been to go to the island of Catalina, but I'm not talking about that kind of dream here. I'm talking about an honest to goodness REM sleep dream in which freaky things happen and leave you confused, weirded out or just plain frightened for days afterward. Have you had dreams like that?

I had one like that last night. It was actually set in a place like one of the houses pictured above. Mel and I were moving into a different house (in the dream), but the people who had lived there left their furniture, and it was old and dusty and ugly, and the people weren't even gone yet. One might gain some insight into what's going on in our lives just by knowing that much. So why am I confused? Yes, we're having some major life changes, and being one of those creative types, I tend to make whole ranges of mountains out of anthills. So I've thought about this dream all day. It seemed to me that there were some interesting possibilities for interpreting this dream, but I'm not getting much out of it. Care to take a stab at it? Moving new furniture into a house that already has furniture, making room for sleeping comfortably and in privacy, taking the bedroom out of the living room...that kind of thing.

And how about you? Do you have a particular dream that recurs and confuses you? Oh! Oh! I have a great dream every so often in which I realize that I'm dreaming, and that I have the ability to make myself fly. I love those dreams! Anything to share? And if you would like to try to give me a hint about why my dream was so weird, give it a try. I'd love to hear it!

Hannah Alexander  
posted at 1:10 AM  
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At 7:44 AM, Blogger Mary-Louise said...

I have a dream every once in a while where I am biking along on this nice path, and all of a sudden I am off my bike, walking, and the nice path has turned into mud that is knee deep. I cannot move my legs, I am stuck, and the frustrating thing about it, is that I can usually see the path changing and the mud coming.
Dreams are so weird, sometimes.

As for your dream - if you mean actually interpreting it - old things still being around; possibly moving too fast in the new endeavors (the old hasn't had time to move yet). Another angle might be that not enough preparation has been made for the 'new', as in clean out where you're going before moving in.

There is some good breakfast food thought. :)

At 8:30 AM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

Setting myself up for plenty of teasing here, but ...

Dreams are significant to me, and over the years, I've used a particular website to help me figure out dreams. Before I visit the secular site, I pray for God to give me insight as I read their dictionary. He always answers my prayers. I don't visit other parts of the site where others try to interpret - but I just look at the dictionary for various elements of the dream and see if something resonates. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. It's always interesting to see how elements you didn't think were related somehow tie together.

I looked up furniture, and here's what it says:

To see furniture in your dream represents how you feel about yourself and your family. It refers to your relationships with others and how they fit into your life.

To dream that you are moving furniture indicates that you are going out of your way to please others. Also, you may be changing your ways and trying to reevaluate your relationships/attitudes. Consider how easy or how difficult it is to move the furniture as they may indicate the level of burden or responsibility you are feeling.

To see old or worn furniture in your dream symbolizes outdated attitudes former relationships, and/or old ways of thinking.

*Please also refer to specific pieces of furniture.

Any of that resonate with you?

The dictionary I use is at It is a secular site, so I cautiously mention it here.

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

Oh - and the weirdest dream I ever had was in my teens or early adulthood. I had almost the same dream three nights in a row.

The first night, we (don't know who, but I was with family) drove up to a two story house in a neighborhood and went in. The house was furnished, no people, very neat and orderly.

The second night, we went into the house, and it was messy.

The third night, the mess inside the house was active and alive - clothes were jumping in and out of dresser drawers, dishes were placing themselves in the sink and out again, furniture was moving from wall to wall, broom was sweeping the floor by itself.

Besides the house, there was one common factor in all the dreams - everything was bright orange. All three nights.

Didn't learn until years and years later that orange represents anger, and at that time in my life, I was indeed angry.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Mary-Louise, you could be absolutely right about moving too fast. I could be receiving the message that I need to stop pushing Mel to leave his present job before it's the right time, as not everything is in place yet for the future. Also, with Mom's recent death, I've been warned not to make any drastic moves for six months at least, and it hasn't been nearly that long. Thank you. Very insightful.

Tracy, thank you for sharing your dream with us. This of us who do dream all the time have become able to see most of those dreams as mere reflections of things that have happened in our life the day or week before that we need to work out while our minds are sleeping. The furniture I was moving was stuffed, dusty chairs and beds out of the living room. The windows were also very dirty. Everything was dirty. Not sure what that means. Thanks for that site. I have some books, too, that might help. Fascinating, girls!

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

Here's what that site said about dust:

To see dust in your dream suggests that certain aspects of yourself have been ignored or neglected.

To dream that you are covered in dust signifies that the failure of others will adversely affect you.

To dream that you are dusting implies that you are clearing out all your past mistakes and starting fresh on a new slate.

To dream that gold dust is running through your fingers indicates regrets with the ending of some personal relationship. You feel that you've made a terrible mistake.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Mary-Louise said...

I'm thinking it's Friday afternoon before Mother's Day, and you either need a cookie or some chocolate for no reason.

It's possible that God is asking you to examine your life -- look at it from a new or different angle; see what needs to be, or could be changed. Perhaps goals, all the things we do that keep us busy, or some of the habits we have.

At any rate, there's no way chocolate could hurt. ;)

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

All right, Tracy, and Mary-Louise! Definitely dust is on the other things, not me. No gold anywhere. And chocolate is vital to life today. I actually had some mocha coffee this morning. Yum. And of course I feel it's time to slow down and stop with the "but-first" syndrome, and give myself a break. Thanks!

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Mary-Louise said...

too bad about the gold...

At 9:53 PM, Blogger jel said...

a lot has to do with what ya eat before ya go to bed.

I have weird dream all the time.

the ones i don't like, are the ones, where ya try to wake up but can't

At 9:55 PM, Blogger jel said...

oh that picture, it's not a weird dream, but a nitemare! ;(

At 10:39 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Yes, jel, I have those dreams, too. Or I dream that I've awakened and actually haven't. I have a book titled Understanding the Dreams you Dream. I like what I've learned here today better than the murky explanations I get from the book. I especially like the thought that I'm at least getting ready to clean the dust away--change things in my life. You're right about the nightmare, jel. Not fun at all.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Southern-fried Fiction said...

For years, bother before an dafter I had children, I dreamed I was about to have a baby (or pick one up or get one some strange way) and I had nothing ready. No diapers, no food, no clothiers - nothing. It was very strange, and probably explains why in my 6th month of pregnancy, I had a fully stocked nursery and kitchen.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

It was a warning, Ane. It worked, too! I think I've had that dream, too. It must get around.

I dreamed last night that it was 1855 (oddly, the time frame of my work in progress) and we were serving them buffet breakfasts and lunch for school and they all attended school. And I kept wondering how on earth they had tropical fruits on the buffet here in Missouri, and how we were going to keep the food from going bad.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger jel said...

ya ever have a dream , that starts out one things and turns to something else?

I have hear that if you dream the same dream 3 times , that it will come true. does it?

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh, yes, my dreams change all the time, and typically, for me, they make no sense. I think sometimes dreams are just our subconsciouses talking to us, so if we have the same dream three times, maybe that means we aren't listening. LOL. I've had prophetic dreams, though, and those disturb me when they turn out to be real. I had an old friend who was murdered, and I dreamed about it the night before I found out about it. Sometimes it makes me wonder just how connected we really are to others.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

When I was young, I remember having the same dream over and over about Roy Rogers. heh The only dream I can remember dreaming over and over again as an adult is where I am swimming in a pool of snakes. I am deathly afraid of snakes. Any dream with snakes in it is not a happy waking.

I hear ya about moving too fast. I am known for my research fanaticism. If you mention something to me, I will provide you with all the information you need to know about it (or him/her) that google can provide. My daughter mentioned her husband's friend offered him a job in another state. I immediately found the crime rate, the real estate situation etc. They have no children or I'd have checked out schools. LOL I do not push decisions on anyone. I just provide information. :-)

Tracy, neat interpretation!

At 11:52 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh, Sandie, what a treasure you are! Mel's pretty good with that kind of thing, research. He's helped me to know where creeks collide in my w.i.p. We love people like that!! Of course, I'm glad I read about the murders taking place along the highway we were going to take on vacation. Red cars, too. So now we'll be taking a different route. Yes, I dreamed of a field of snakes, which I killed. Not sure what THAT means. Any ideas, Sandie?

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Sandie said...

If YOU killed THEM I think you win! :-) That dream site says "To see a snake or be bitten by one in your dream signifies hidden fears and worries that are threatening you." It goes on to give other meanings, but personally I just think it means I'm afraid of snakes!

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL. Yes. I'm not as afraid of snakes as I used to be, but I wouldn't make a pet out of one. And yes, I killed the snakes, which means good things, according to my dream book.


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