Thursday, May 21, 2015

Same Old Story

English: "The man with the burden", ...
English: "The man with the burden", illustration from John Bunyan's dream story (based on Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress) (p. 18) abridged by James Baldwin (1841-1925) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

      Have you been having essentially the same dream story but with different players, settings, and circumstances?   What I refer to are dreams that have the same thematic content but played in the subconscious mind with variations from one dream to the next.  The dreams might not be a night after night thing, but something that occurs with such frequency as to stand out.

       There are several recurring dream themes that I have, but one that has become the most prevalent is the theme of being unprepared.   The most typical of these involve my being back on the road managing a show.  In these dreams I will be at a performance venue with my show crew and I am confused about what is going on due to some change that has come about or I have not prepared properly and there has been no or not enough rehearsal...

        In my most recent dream of this nature I am with a combination of players from past shows that I've managed.   The cast is much larger than most of the past shows I have managed.  One of the cast members with whom I interact with the most in the dream is a good friend of mine from Tennessee.  The production we are doing seems to be a musical comedy version of Shakespeare's Hamlet that is geared primarily toward children. 
      As the dream memory begins, we are ready to perform at a venue that I understand to be in North Carolina.  The auditorium has a full house.  I briefly interact with our show sponsors and then survey the crowd, seated and awaiting the show to begin.  I attempt to begin selling souvenirs, but my concession stand is in complete disarray and I have no reasonable product to sell.  I decide to go backstage to get the performers ready to start.
         Once backstage I realize that I haven't even read the script and know virtually nothing about the show.  The stage set does not seem to be set up properly and is very ragged and unprofessional looking.   My actors seem confused and not particularly concerned about our production.  However they all seem to know more about the show than I do.
         The curtain opens and the show begins.  I look out to see a very large audience who seem to be excited about the show.  The actors don't seem to know many of their lines and some are carrying scripts from which they are reading.  There seems to be no coherent plot line to our story and the musical numbers are botched and are stopped before they are finished.
         Then I realize that my role is coming up.  I am apparently playing the part of a king and I don an odd costume made of a bright metallic gold fabric.  I have no idea what my lines are supposed to be and I can't find any script.  When I go out on stage I look out to see the auditorium now nearly empty.
          At that point the show ends and the cast members start packing up the show equipment.  The few people who have remained in the audience are now on stage chatting with us.  I realize that I need to look for the show sponsors to collect our money, but I am trying to come up with an apology about the poor show and some excuse that might appease them.

         I awaken feeling exhausted and somewhat let down.  Though I feel tired for a good while after awakening, I get my spirits roused before wakening my wife so she can get ready to go to work.  My mind remained occupied with my concern about the dream and what it might mean.

        My best interpretation would be that there is something in my life for which I am unprepared.  Or it could be a number of things or just the general state of the way I am.  Part of my lack of preparedness might be concerning my upcoming summer road trip.   Or more likely it could have something to do a business opportunity that I had been considering the previous day.  I suppose the meaning could even be related to getting older and not being prepared for my life to end.

        Of course, there is always that possibility or probability that the dream has layers of meaning that includes some or all of the above or even more.   Unpreparedness has often been not only a habit of lifestyle for me, but it is a fear that involves failure and humiliation.  Changing some of my habits might eliminate these dreams, but then again the continuing fear of unpreparedness will probably mean these will be common dreams for me.

        Do you dream of being unprepared?    What is a common theme that you experience in your dreams?    Do you have any other interpretations of the dream I've described in this post?


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Night Moods

Night & Sleep
Night & Sleep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

       This post has nothing to do with the Bob Seger song "Night Moves" but the title came to mind as I was pondering the topic of today's post.   In the comments you can tell me if your experience has been anything like my experience in dreaming.

        Typically as I go through the cycles of waking and sleeping throughout the night, the dreams that I will have seem to generally have a certain mood to them.  If my dreams start out dark or frightening,  they will continue like this throughout the night.  Likewise if the dream mood is positive or happy then all the dreams will be of a similar vein.

         These dreams may not always be part of the same dream story or having a sense of continuing the narrative from one dream to the next though sometimes they will.  In other words if I am awakened by something about the dream or some external stimulus, when I return to sleep the next dream phase will usually be very similar to the previous one.

          For example, a few nights ago I had a rather frightening dream that caused me to wake up and continue to lie awake for a number of minutes.  I don't recall precisely the nature of the dream but it had something to do with gory images and the sense that someone was in my house.  When I finally went back to sleep my next dream was not exactly the same though it had some elements of the previous segment.  This continued throughout the night and up to my morning awakening.  Each dream was essentially a scary dream though successively in each problems seemed to get resolved until my final dream on awakening was relatively tame.

          On examining the possible influences of my dreams I can immediately cite a similar dream topic by fellow blogger Stephen T McCarthy that I had read prior to going to sleep that night.  He had a dream about intruders and since this has been something I have dreamed of in the past his story registered in my mind to the point where I obviously subconsciously carried it into my sleep.  Also I had seen something on television that day that likewise influenced my dreams.  These dream prompts along with whatever might have been troubling me that day contributed to a fitful night of dreaming.  Most of the fitful nature of the night was due to something that had been troubling me while the prompts merely provided the dream story to accompany my mood.   That mood remained consistent throughout the night.

          Most nights my dreams are not frightening but either disorienting or relatively pleasant.  On those nights I also notice that the night mood remains consistent until I awaken in the morning.  After each awakening throughout the night when I return to the dream, the mood as well as the general idea of the dream setting will be approximately the same from one dream to the next.

          These separate dreams are not necessarily continuations of any dream story lines, but only a consistency in the general feel of the dream.  The characters and settings of each dream might be different, but the night mood seems to remain the same.

           Does your mood of the day or the time immediately prior to sleep seem to affect how you will feel throughout your entire night of dreaming?    Do you often dream in chapters or in a sort of continuation serial type story throughout the night?    Have you ever had a dream where the story continued from one night to the next?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A to Z Reflections for A Faraway View

       This is one of four blogs that I had entered in the 2015 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.   I have entered four blogs for the past four years.  Of all my blogs other than my Tossing It Out blog, A Faraway View showed a performance that was more consistently in line with my normal weekly posts and about the same as the A to Z posts in previous years.  In other words, there was neither drastic decline in visits nor any appreciable increase--traffic and comments was essentially business as usual.

      My posts were kept very short as I have done in the past Challenges.  The quality of the content of my Elements of Dreams theme was rather decent I thought--I was pleased with the overall series as a whole.  The general theme of "Elements of" was one that I used in all of my blogs and where I could I used the same element which made it helpful for me to focus on keeping all four blogs active in a parallel sense.

        As some others have mentioned on their blogs and in my comments sections, I would agree that this challenge of 2015 is probably the best yet from the standpoint of quality of blog posts presented by a number of bloggers and the smooth operation of the Challenge by the A to Z Team of co-hosts.

       For me each Challenge seems to get easier as I learn new tricks and prepare posts in advance.  As in the past not all of my posts were completed before the Challenge opened and I was composing some right up to the end, but considering the task of content preparation for four blogs I was not in too bad of shape.  Next year if I can manage completing all posts prior to April, I will be sitting pretty where it comes to networking.

       So bottom line:  Great year, successful Challenge from my standpoint, and congenial visits from a cozy few.  My thanks to all of my regular readers as well as to the few new ones who dropped in now and then.  I hope you'll come back more often.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Zero (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge

       Coming up zero can account for so many dream situations.   Not having money, at loss for an answer, confusion as to where one is going.  I've had many dream situations where I can be frustrated or even in a near panic because I have zero idea where something is or even why I am doing something.  This is a situation that we confront in waking life so it only seems natural to have it happen in our dreams.

         How often do you come up zero in your dreams?   Do your "zero" dreams reflect actual happenings in your life or are they more related to your fears of the situation happening someday?    Dreams about finding money are somewhat common, but do you recall ever actually spending money in your dreams?  

The Next A to Z Event

        That's the last of the A to Z alphabet posts for 2015, but that doesn't mean the Challenge is completely over.   Now there's just one more thing--The A to Z Reflections Post.   This is the annual tradition where A to Z participants look back on their Challenge experience to let the rest of us know what they think about it all.

          You can tell us about what went right or wrong, what was good or bad, and what you'd like to see happen with future challenges.   Tell us about favorite blog discoveries or which of your own posts did best.   There are no rules as to what your Reflections will be.   It's up to you.

         For this Reflections event the Linky will officially appear at the A to Z Blog site on May 4th and stay open until May 8th.  You will enter the exact link for your Reflections post and not your general blog URL.

         Since A Faraway View will be returning to its usual Thursday schedule, my Reflections post for this blog will appear on Monday May 4th with no new post available until Thursday May 14th.

         Thanks for reading the posts at A Faraway View!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Youth (#AtoZChallenge)

      Dreams can be like a fountain of youth--or at least a time travel trip back to more youthful days.   My dreams often have a setting of my school days or some time in my past.   Since I can't see what I look like in these dreams I can only sense that perhaps I am in my youth even though it's kind of one of those "if I could be young again and know everything I know now" type situations.

       In my dreams involving my younger days I feel much like who I am now.  I seem to have the same knowledge and awareness of my sense of being as I have in my waking life age, yet the younger people around me seem not to notice that I am older than they are.   In fact, in some ways they seem to be my actual age except that we are back in the time of younger years.

         Actually, in these dreams age does not seem to be a significant factor most of the time.  I am merely in a setting that I recall from my youth involved in activities of that time.  My reactions to the dream events more closely correspond to how I am in my present age and I seem to be somewhat in touch with my present life.   It's almost like living in the memory of that time for a brief period of sleep and putting everything of that earlier time into context with the present even though within the story of the dream time does not seem to be of any real issue.

        Do you ever dream about times when you were younger?    In those types of dreams do you feel like you are that younger age or your present age?   If you could, would you go back to an earlier time of your life?