“To sleep, perchance to dream, ay there is the rub” Hamlet
I dream during the day, I sleep at night.
It is said that everyone dreams. Everyone during the night has those REM moments. Deep in the recesses of slumber the brain awakes to discover new places, new adventures, old friends, new friends. Scary, sweet, sad, comforting, disturbing, helpful, hurtful, hopeful dreams. And these dreams, it is said, have meaning.
I have read the stories.. there are famous dreamers.
Alice, down the rabbit hole. Dorothy in the land of Oz. Biblical dreamers like John and the Book of Revelation. Patriotic dreamers, creative dreamers, inventive dreamers. All “see” things in their sleep, and awake to speak clearly of what was seen.
And there are folks who make their livelihoods interpreting this dreams for you. Doctors, psychologists, charlatans. And how do you argue with the interpreter? “the shoe represents the fact that your Father stepped all over your future while you were still a child.”
“Thank you” I feel much better, “How much do I owe you?”
And then there is me. I know I do not stand alone. I just awake to remember nothing of the prior night.
I sleep in the world of the dreamless. Trust me when I say, I sleep well, I sleep “hard,” I awake refreshed nearly every day.
How do I interpret the land of never remembered dreams? No visits from the past, no insight to the future.
So I have been asked to interpret my dreams, a dream. And I got nuthin. Nada, zip. And what does that mean?
During the day I dream with purpose. I see things that I wish, or hope, or pray to be. My day dreams are rich and filled with the aforementioned hope. My dreams of the day are directed, with purpose, filled with discovery.
I love dreaming. It is a very Spiritual act for me. It is the accompaniment to my earth experience. “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17.
But during the night I find myself with nothing to interpret when I awake. And how do I interpret that?
Well I don’t know.
Let me sleep on it.