Our dreams are unique to us. No one else has had our personal experiences or background, so we should keep that in mind as you attempt to interpret our dreams. Some of mine have been so bizarre that I decided it was time to look deeper into them. One particular dream returned often enough for me to attend a class to learn what it meant.
In my dream, it was always nighttime, I was alone on a street, and someone was chasing me. I couldn’t run because I froze, my legs wouldn’t move. I couldn’t scream. That’s it. The same dream/nightmare again and again for years. What did it mean? It’s a mystery. It’s been years since I’ve had that dream, but some little inkling in my head tells me that experience had something to do with why I love mysteries— reading them and writing them.
And then there are pipe dreams, dreams that are impossible to achieve or not practical. There was a time when I thought about becoming a professional ice skater, but without the money or skills to achieve that dream it wouldn’t happen.
I believe in dreams. Sometimes I dream about my work in progress. I’ve solved problems where I’d written myself into a corner and hadn’t been able to find my way out. Which is why I keep a notebook and pen on the table beside my bed. Sometimes after I go to bed, in the dark and still night, I’ll call up a particular problem I’ve had finding a logical motive for why one of my character’s acted the way he/she did. I’ll visualize the situation and then reach deep into my head for a solution. Without TV and ringing phones, my mind is free to roam, to create. This has worked for me a number of times. Usually, the solution is simple, where I had tried to complicate it, something I have a tendency to do.
Can our dreams solve problems while we sleep? I think so. Why we dream is still one of the greatest unanswered questions.