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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Perchance to Dream

Election Eve Dreams
Dreams have ever been a source of puzzlement and inspiration. There is a plethora of self-help books and websites to assist us in interpreting them. Millions have been spent on research to understand, and even harness the power of, dreams. Some experts claim that dreams are "merely" the brain sorting itself -- reorganizing its storage space & putting things in their proper place. Others insist that dreams have much more significance.

What are your experiences with dreams? I'm referring to the sleep variety as opposed to a waking desire. Have you ever followed one? Where did it lead you? Any regrets?


PennyAsh said...

Well, I'm a lucid dreamer and I usually reember my dreams. I can change what's going on in the dream, redream certain dreams, continue where I left off the night before. I do dream about the characters I write about sometimes and I get ideas from dreams.

Aurora Black said...

My dreams are incredibly vivid, and they've been that way since I was a child. Experiencing them is like watching a movie, and I've used several of those "mind films" as story material. There are also rare occasions when I have prophetic dreams. I had one of those the day before 9/11, for example.

I once had a dream where I was on a boat in the sea, and I didn't know what it meant at first because I wasn't living near water at the time. Then time passed and I met someone special, and the puzzle pieces clicked into place to reveal the big picture. The dream (and the man) led me to the other side of the globe, and I've had no regrets. None.

Follow your dreams! Whoo! ;)

Alessia Brio said...

Ah, lucid dreaming is fascinating! It is touched upon in San Diego Sunset.

PennyAsh said...

It can be fun too :) And I can't remember the last time I had a nightmare.

I can't say I ever had any kind of prophetic dream but they are like watching a movie. And I have had recurring dreams about a little boy. The really strange ones are where I'm all the characters in the dream

Alessia Brio said...

My dreams are vivid, too, Rora. And I have recurring ones (not all of which are erotic, mind you).

Nightmares are infrequent.

Will Belegon said...

I have zero waking memory of my's always been that way for me. So if I have recurring dreams, I am unaware of it.

Alessia Brio said...

Interestingly, partn3r, one school of thought is that dreams are integral to the stablization of memory.

Will Belegon said...

So if I had a better memory I could remember my dreams better? And if I remembered my dreams I would have a better memory?

Sounds like a plot bunny for Kurt Vonnegut. *wink*

Eden Bradley said...

Actually, Will, studies show that not only do men usually dream in black and white (as opposed to women, who most often dream in color), but men are also less likely to remember their dreams. Not sure anyone knows why, but it just makes you normal. :)
I have very intense dreams-always have. I think that sometimes it's your subconcious brain sort of dumping stuff it doesn't need. Other times, I've had precognitive dreams. It's usually been about world events, stuff happening to people I know. I'm still waiting to dream lottery numbers.
Very interesting discussion! Dreams are fascinating!

victoriablisse said...

My very first erotic story was inspired by a dream :)

My dreams are always vivid, sometimes a dream can stay with me all day.