(Shabby Doodle Journal Pages - "Behind These Eyes")
(Distress ink, Sharpies, Circle Stencil, Lumiere Gold paint on a make-up sponge)
So The Creative Everyday Theme for the month of March is Dreams. Leah posted a really cool interview yesterday with Robert Moss, the author of Conscious Dreaming. I found the interview really fascinating and I plan on trying out some of the techniques Moss recommends for recording and even influencing what you dream.
I have always been a big dreamer and I often remember my dreams very vividly, though perhaps a little less so as I get older and have sleep patterns that are less regular. I have also always had nightmares and I remember those as well. When I do have a nightmare, there are times when I have a hard time shaking the fear or the icky feelings when I get up in the morning. I have to say that I prefer the vividness of non-nightmare-ish dreams !
Last night before I went to sleep, I did some deep breathing and as I was doing that, I made up a little mantra in my head - "I want to remember my dreams in the morning." I repeated it like a spell (too much listening to Harry Potter audio books before I go to sleep ! - Jim Dale is my hero !). Lo and behold, this morning when I woke up about 20 minutes before David's alarm, the first thought I had was "What were my dreams ?". And I remembered them ! What I remember sounds very weird and a little scary when I say it out loud but I do remember the feelings attached to the dream as well. I dreamed that I was looking for something that my "parent" (not one of my real parents) wanted and when I was distressed about it, my "parent" hugged me and told me it was okay. As the parent stroked my head, long strands of my hair were coming out on his/her hand. The 'parent" wasn't worried about that. It was almost like a dog shedding or something. But I remember thinking in the dream "Why is that happening ?"....
Told you - weird and a little scary, right ?
So what does this all mean ? Who knows ????
My mom/guru told me that she believes that all the aspects of your dreams, and all the characters in them, are different parts of you. I can apply this to my dreams a lot of the time and see things I can relate to.
So part of me may be searching for stuff to please others (This sounds like me !). Part of me may be the "parent" figure that knows that this is all okay. Losing hair ? Letting go of the unneeded stuff ? Or fears of health issues ? Again all kind of sounds like what I am going through right now.
So why do we dream ? To handle things we don't completely handle in our conscious time ? Maybe...It sure gives you stuff to build art and thoughts from, though, that is for sure.
Why do you think we dream ? Share thoughts if you feel like it.
If you need a sweet lullaby to send you or someone you love off into dreamland, try listening to this great song by a great Canadian band !
When You Dream - Barenaked Ladies