Dream a little dream of me

Do you dream? A lot or a little? Do you remember your dreams?

I remember as a little kid my mum told me that I should write down my dreams and make them into films because they were epic. They were what I called “everyone dreams” – all the people in my life were in them. For the most part they were pleasant dreams, adventures, warm fuzzy ones. I did have a recurring nightmare about pirates on Ty Gwyn Road wanting to steal my new duffel coat (I must have been 6 but I still remember it clearly).

When the kids were babies I was so exhausted, who had patience to remember dreams?! But occasionally I would have an everyone dream – it felt good because it was like saying hello to people I hadn’t seen in a while. I am very blessed tho, usually my dreams are good ones.

Last night I had the most awful dream I have ever had. Luckily it didn’t involve bad things happening to those I love, but awful things happened. It was so bad that I woke up shaking. When I calmed back down and drifted off to sleep – the dream continued. This happened 3 times until I finally decided to get out of bed.

It is hanging over me today – and I wish I knew why I dreamt this and what it means. Apparently according to one rabbi or another, there is 1/60th of truth in every dream. There is a prayer that we say on yomtov, when the Kohanim are blessing us. We pray for good dreams. I said this prayer this morning in order to help me find some closure.

Here it is:

Master of the world. I am Yours and my dreams are Yours. I haved dreamed a dream but I do not know what it indicates. May it be Your will, HASHEM, my G-d and the G-d of my fathers, that all my dreams regarding myself and regarding all of Israel be good ones – those that I dreamed about myself, those I have dreamed about others, and those that others dreamed about me. If they are good, strengthen them, fortify them, and make them endure in me and in them like the dreams of the righteous Joseph. But if they require healing, heal them, like Hezekiah, King of Judah. from his sickness; like Miriam the prophetess from her tzaraas (leprosy); like Naaman from his tzaraas; like the waters of Marah through the hand of Moses out teacher; and like the waters of Jericho through the hand of Elisha. And just as You transformed the curse of the wicked Balaam from a curse to a blessing, so may You transform all of my dreams regarding myself and regarding all of Israel for goodness. May You protect me, may You be gracious to me, may You accept me. Amen. (Berachot. 55b)

How do you deal with your dreams – good and bad? Do you see a message in them? Do you ignore them? Do you think they are just a product of a great imagination?

I am in the process of writing out my dream – hoping it will bring me some clarity.

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  1. when I have very vivid dreams and I keep waking up and then falling back asleep into the same dream, they are usually anxiety dreams. I try to write down all the details of my most vivid anxiety dreams, and I look for patterns in them. Mine have common themes like being late to things, someone preventing me from doing something I want/really need to do, and my teeth falling out (which is a classic dream freud described). Anyways, usually when i have them it’s because of something causing me anxiety in real life, or because I just went through something very stressful and have residual anxiety.

    supposedly your dreams are partly regurgitated short-term memories from the day, so maybe that’s where that 1/60th truth idea comes from. :)

  2. Z! says:

    I will never forget the dreams I had after the deaths of two of my grandparents. They each came to me to let me know they were alright, and happy, wherever they were. After having those dreams, my mourning was so much easier. I occasionally see one of the grandparents still, but usually not the other, in my dreams.

    My anxiety dreams revolve around fish. Usually a fish store that needs alot maintenance, fish nearly dead, ect.
    A good fish dream is when the fish have the ability to “swim through the air”.

    As a child i used to have terrible reoccuring nightmares. I think I broke it by dreaming it until the end.

  3. hadassahsabo says:

    I had a terrible time falling asleep last night, was scared to dream again, but BH the nightmares didn’t come back.

  4. Jillian says:

    My dreams rock my world. If only I could have as much fun in my daily existence. My husband too has way to much fun in my dreams and get’s in trouble for it the next morning.

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