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Monday, December 15, 2008

Dreams ~ Subconscious talk & Fodder for the Muse

I’ve been known to have some pretty interesting dreams, in color no less, – of tornados, of aliens, of flying, of places I’ve never been (some I’ve ended up visiting years down the road), etc. Two weeks ago I had a dream I was at one of our surrounding mountains, a good distance from the city but still able to see the houses and such in the valley, and, as I began climbing it, a bomb exploded in the distance at the southwestern end of town. I looked back and saw the mushroom cloud. Then another bomb went off. In the back of my mind I wondered how I was surviving the explosions considering if you can see the blast you’re in the kill zone but figured if I wasn’t dead yet that I still had a chance to get to some kind of safety. I remember being with a man and together we scrambled up the mountain looking for shelter. Above us flew helicopters. A few more bombs dropped and detonated. I woke up. It wasn’t the first time I’ve had dreams of nuclear war and this one wasn’t much different than the others…being in a mountainous region, being with someone, trying to save others only to have them not listen to me so I leave them to their doom and save myself…
It’s that kind of dream that makes me wonder what my subconscious is trying to tell me so off I go to check a couple of my books and check an on-line dream interpretation site. Here’s what the on-line site had to say about key symbols in the dream ~

~ Nuclear bomb: To dream of a nuclear bomb, suggests feelings of helplessness, being threatened and loss of control. You may be experiencing great hostility and rage to the point of being destructive. Alternatively, you may be expressing a desire to wipe out some aspect of yourself. It may also be an indication that something crucial and precious to you has ended and important changes are about to occur. ~
Okay. I’ll buy that since most of it, especially the last sentence, rings true with what happened in my life recently.
~ Helicopter: To see a helicopter in your dream represents your ambition and achievements. You are in full pursuit of your goals. ~
This is true too since I am now totally focused on my writing career.
~ Mountain: To see mountains in your dream, signify many major obstacles and challenges that you have to overcome. If you are on top of the mountain, then it indicates that you have achieved and realized your goals. You have recognized your full potential. Alternatively, mountains denote a higher realm of consciousness, knowledge, and spiritual truth. To dream that you are climbing a mountain, signifies your determination and ambition. To dream that you fall off a mountain, suggests that you are in a hurry to succeed without thoroughly thinking about your path to success. Or that you are being forced upward toward a direction that you do not want to go or that you are not ready to proceed. Falling off a mountain, could also mean that you have a tendency to give up or escape from demanding situations. ~
So climbing a mountain is a good thing. Good to know.
Now, what to do with this information? I’ve taken what I’ve needed from the interpretation and as for the dream, maybe I’ll keep it filed away in the back of my mind and use it as a scene in a future story. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve done that either. Back at the end of ’06 beginning of ’07 I had a dream about a couple on the beach who were arguing and then began to have mad sex, though I woke up before they really got down and dirty. It was from this dream my work in progress Postponing Eternity (the first book in the Si’Ludo Prophesy series TBR summer ’09 via Devine Destinies) came about and one of the reasons it’s set in OR on the coast. It’s also because of this dream I re-worked my Sisters series and made it a part of the Si’Ludo world. So regardless of what dreams may mean I know they play an important part in my life and are great fodder for my muse.
How about you? Do you dream in color? Do you care if your dreams mean something or not? And authors ~ have you ever incorporated scenes of your dreams into your writing?


Erin Sinclair said...

Yep, dream in color, sound, 3D, have a sense of smell, taste, have lucid dreams, talk with my guides. As a matter of fact was recently talking to one of my guides about a book I apparently need to write at some point in time. I woke up out of the dream with the title rolling from my mouth. I kept repeating it over and over so that I wouldn't forget it until I wrote it down. It's non-fiction, it will be very interesting to see how it manifests itself.

Lynn Crain said...

This is all very interesting. I too dream in cool although not as much as when I was younger. When I have dreams at all now days, they are vivid and I can feel everything with all senses. Something I thought strange but know can happen.

Figuring out what your dreams say to you is a fun endeavor though sometimes hard. I'm glad you figured out your dreams were telling you what you were already doing. It's the ones that tell me something I don't want to hear I try to avoid. LOL!

One point on a comment you made. I have to since I used to work in nuclear science. If you were standing at the far edge of the valley and in the foothills of the Spring Mountains, it would totally depend on a few factors whether you would survive the blast. The reason that the Nevada Test Site location was chosen at the current site is because the wind blows away from the Las Vegas Valley. If you are on the west edge and the bomb went off in the east edge, chances are the winds would blow it toward Arizona and Utah. Look up a group called the DownWinders and you'll see what I'm talking about. There is a good chance that you would have very little exposure. If the blast occurred on a windy day, everyone would go.

One other thing to remember, I have friends who went to the Railroad Pass area and watched all the above ground tests. I know a lot who were on the north end of the valley just taking in the mushroom clouds. I have an old boss who is still around who used to eat his lunch on a rock outcrop less than a mile away. He always told us he glowed and I'm sure he did. LOL!

As much bad publicity there is for the above ground testing, I can find you a hundred people who state watching it was just awesome.


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