Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Everyone has them, those horrible nightmares. Dreams and nightmares are a way of letting off steam, assimilating new realities in our lives and preparing us for how to handle situations. Sometimes, however, we have repeat nightmares.
Whenever I lose a loved one, I have a nightmare that my teeth are falling out. I try to put them back in, but they won’t stay. I’m frantic because I know these are permanent teeth and they will not be replaced. It’s rather symbolic of the loss of a loved one, someone irreplaceable and the change is permanent.
Whenever I have a streak of bad things happening to me, I have a repeat nightmare that tornadoes are chasing me purposefully and I try to hide, but they find the structure I’m hiding in. Over time, I have mastered this nightmare by lifting a manhole cover and crawling down below the street. This shows that in my mind, even though a load of bad luck has struck, I know that I can handle it. In the old days, I would run, cry, hide, and then run, cry, hide again and again.
As a child, I was stalked by King Kong and Godzilla. I would dispatch family members to go kill the beast for me as any child dependent on elders would. Other times in my life, invisible ghosts would throw things, pull my hair and generally torment me. Sometimes, I’ve had ones with a killer in the woods, chasing me with a knife.
A lot of people make a big deal about symbolism in dreams. We use whatever means something to us to represent issues, but they aren’t across the board the same for everyone. When I have a dream that involves me getting in touch with my inner diva, I put Erica Kane from “All My Children” in the role. Now, this character I haven’t seen since I was a kid, but at a tender age I equated this TV personality with demanding women who were self-assured. To another person, she might represent his mother who looked like Erica.
The key to dreams in which you’re being stalked isn’t so much on what or who is chasing you but in how you handle the situation; this shows a lot about how you feel you are dealing with your life. If you run and close your eyes, you are not ready to face things in your everyday life. If, however, you invent ways to outsmart your stalker, you are thinking on your feet and should be proud of your skills at dealing with things.
So, next time a dream stalkers chases after you, ask yourself how you handled it.
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