My night-time dreams

Dreams are fascinating.

No one really gets them, nor understand where they originate from. When I was little, I used to sometimes have vivid dreams of both the nice and not-so-nice kind. I guess you could call the latter nightmares.

Sometimes, I even used to try to influence my dreams; my thinking was that, if I went to bed thinking about something in particular, it would then morph into a dream. Sometimes, this worked. Other times, it probably just stopped me from getting to sleep in the first place.

Recently, I’ve been dreaming regularly. Most nights. Or at least, I’m dreaming and recalling my dreams, in varying detail/ One school of thought says that everyone dreams all/most nights, it’s just that we don’t always remember them.

I’ve noticed that I seem to be dreaming more often (i.e. I am more lucid – great word, eh?) with the sertraline medication that I am on. I take this at night before I go to bed. I am aware that others who take sertraline, and other SSRIs/anti-depressants in general, also report ‘dreaming more’ as a side-effect.

My wonderful therapist has encouraged me to notice my dreams, and even to note down what I have dreamed out. A ‘dream diary’, if you will. In the last couple of weeks (at time of writing), I’ve kept a dream journal, where I basically write down what I’ve dreamed about the previous night. I’ve done 3 or 4 entries now. It has been interesting to note the themes that keep appearing at certain times; things that I am thinking about during the day, whether consciously or subconsciously, appear to be emerging.

My therapist tells me that dreams are linked to our subconscious, and I believe that – especially given the links I’ve been making between my dreams and what’s been coming up in my mind.

Our subconscious is an incredible, mystical thing. My feeling is that little do we know, but things which may have happened in our life which we can barely remember, are there somewhere in our subconscious. Perhaps buried, somewhere beneath the surface, but there nevertheless. These memories may or not float back to the surface, and appear in our consciousness – in our dreams, perhaps. They may be, unwittingly, tapped into after we’ve been somewhere, or listened to a piece of music, or had a piece of dialogue. The most curious of things can spark an insight.

Where I can, I am going to continue to notice my dreams as they happen, and see if I can make any linkages. I feel that our intuition is somewhat linked to our subconscious, and that our dreams even have the potential to nudge us onto the right course. Some might say this is wacky, airy-fairy hippyish sh*t, and each to their own. It’s just my own hunch.

On another note, Girl J once told me about a dream she’d had about us, abroad somewhere together, me with sand in my eyes and laughing and smiling. I took that as a sign that she’d been thinking about me, or us. Perhaps that was her way of sharing that. Who knows.

I also recall a particularly wonderful dream I had as a child – which has to be my favourite ever dream.

I’ll have to write about that sometime, too. I also feel that more sensitive folks may be more prone to dreams than those who are not. Perhaps as an outlet of some kind.

A final thought: perhaps our night-time dreams are a reflection of our day-time, real-life dreams…

by Jas

✏ Written: Tuesday, 13th March 2018 @ 9.20am

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10 thoughts on “My night-time dreams

  1. Great post about dreams. I once read in an article that apparently every face we see in our dreams is created from the faces of people we see in real life. Not sure if this is true or not, but if it is, that’s fascinating to think the human brain can take pieces of strangers we encounter in our waking states and have them appear in out dream states.

    The most common thing to happen to me is I’ll be dreaming and be aware of what I’m dreaming, but within the seconds I wake up, I completely forget what I dreamt of. It is pretty frustrating, almost like sand slipping through my fingers at a rapid pace.

    I don’t think I have some psychic ability or something but I do get deja vu in my waking hours. The most random thing can happen, like someone saying a specific thing to me or I hear a sound that suddenly gives me the feeling that I somehow already experienced the present situation before in a dream.

    I hate recurring dreams. For the last few years I’ve had repeated dreams of being stuck in the cycle of skipping school and failing classes but I haven’t dreamt this recently. Or maybe I have and I just don’t remember when I wake up. Sometimes I am even reluctant to let myself fall asleep in fear of what I will dream about. The worst dreams are the violent ones where I don’t realize I am only dreaming. I wake up with such a terror in my heart, ugh.

    A dream diary sounds like a great way to keep track of dreams. I should try that sometime to make sense of what is going on in my subconscious.

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    1. The brain eh, fascinating thing. Ah I’ve had my fair share of vivid ones. And ones where I’m pleased to have woken up & just about realised it was a dream! And others where I’ve woken up just as things were starting to get good!

      And deja vu… I can so relate. I don’t know where on earth that comes from.

      It sounds like you might find it useful trying by out a dream journal. Who knows what insights might emerge ✨

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  2. Fantastic post on the subject! I was wondering if you would be interested in lucid dreaming, the art of awareness in the dream state, given your desire to ‘morph’ your dreams so to speak. In case you think that lucid dreaming could ‘harm the symbolism’, it’s not really true, as indeed lucid dreams can be utilized to request your subconscious of their meaning, likely the most accurate interpretation! Anyway, I blog about tbe subject extensively at https://dreamstasia.wordpress.com/ , the Land of Lucidity. Love to see you in Lucid Banter! 🙂

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    1. Aw, that’s so touching – thank you so much. I’m trying to write more unfiltered & from the heart… I previously used to try to write from the head & just make it perfect. I’m glad you’re finding my writing useful in some way. Always lovely to hear from a fellow Asian sister too 👊🏽 x

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  3. Love the post! I’m something of a dream enthusiast and love analysing my dreams and other peoples. Unfortunately I havn’t had a good dream in a very long time. I generally wake up screaming the house down with ‘night terrors’. Yeah, those things you’re supposed to have when you’re a child! I guess I have a lot of s*** to deal with psychologically. I had one last night actually. I planned to write my first blog about it, but it will now be my 2nd when I get round to it. It’s always the same though, something trying to get me. I never gets me, but its so close I can literally feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. I guess that means that whatever the issue is, i’m still fighting. I will not let it get me no matter how scared I am.

    Keep writing, I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂

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