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Usually the dreams that make me feel comforted involve people who have passed away. The most frequent dreams of this nature feature appearances by my father, who passed away in 1990, and my friend Fred, who passed away in 1995. These dream characters rarely speak and if they do it is only a few words. Primarily their roles in my dreams are mostly a presence much like a guardian angel or a spirit. The dreams may contain some potential of a threatening circumstance, but my dream guardians seem present to protect me if need be.
On some occasions in the dreams about my father I will hear his laughter and that tends to soothe me. In life he had an infectiously fun laugh and hearing it in the dream lifts my spirits. When I awaken from dreams where the deceased make an appearance, I am never sad or afraid, but I feel glad that I have been able to be with them.
Another type of dream that gives me a peaceful satisfied feeling is the dream where I am recognized for an achievement or some particular level of status. This is usually involving a work scenario where I have accomplished a job well done or I feel confident about my position. Occasionally these dreams can involve a school setting, but this is not as frequent as when I was younger and actually still attending school.
A final dream contentment scenario involves dreams where all is well with family, life, job, or some other life circumstance. There is no frantic activity in these dreams or if there has been earlier in the dream, before waking all has been resolved. These dreams would be more similar to normal waking life when nothing extraordinary or unusual is happening.
My guess is that these dreams are partly wishful and partly reflections on states of well-being in my life. When one of these dreams has occurred there is no abnormal stress or anxiety in my life and my time of sleep consists of good rest. Like most dreams, these probably are symbolic examinations and reinterpretations of my day. If the day has been peaceful, then likewise the dream.
Do you have dreams of deceased loved ones? Are you comforted by these types of dreams or do you find them disturbing? Do you find the stressful dreams more easy to remember than the peaceful ones?