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?