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Recently I've had a series of dreams that seem to be radically different in content, but somehow related. I may be fabricating the relationship of these dreams, but each of the dreams has lead me to think about the same aspect of my life and connected my dream to a previous one. My suspicion about the fabrication may be directly linked to an upcoming event about which I am extremely apprehensive. My discomfiture about this event could be the cause of the dreams or because the dreams created a sense of discomfort for me I may be relating the dream scenarios to the real event that I am anticipating.
The dream that I consider to be the first of the series is mostly forgotten since I did not focus upon it after I woke up. The dream had to do with a house in a foreign place. My wife and I had seemingly taken possession of the house from my wife's former sister-in-law or perhaps we were just visiting there. The dream setting had an uncomfortable odd feel to me and I was anxious to forget it.
The following night I dreamed that I was travelling somewhere in the Chicago area. I have stopped at a service station with a convenience store and a McDonald's restaurant. The establishment is old and in somewhat of a disarray. An old friend of mine is there--perhaps as an employee. I get some french fries and a drink in a clear cup from the restaurant and am talking to my friend when I notice a macaque sitting in my van. I'm not sure why there is a macaque or why I would have even dream-thought this animal since I am not very familiar with these monkeys.
At some point I am distracted by something and the macaque grabs my french fries and drink. I see the creature casually eating the fries and downing the drink. I am mildly annoyed but fascinated at the same time. Upon a closer look I see that the drink has some sort of particles floating in it and realize the drink was not very clean. I feel relieved that the macaque has stolen my drink.
The day following that dream my wife gave me some news about an event that will be happening in the near future. I felt uncomfortable about the news and was not happy about it. However, I felt like I need to support her decision and be part of something I don't want to do. I remembered the house dream and the macaque dream and realized that there seems to be a significant relationship between the dreams and the news that my wife has delivered to me. I am torn and distraught.
That night I had a third dream. I am in a peculiar wooded mountainous area. Is it Pennsylvania? It seems to be somewhat touristy with rustic cabins and scenic roads. I go to a campground where I meet up with some old friends. Eventually we are walking along a road that is going to a town. There seems to be a foreign invasion underway or a war perhaps. We are being shot at. After we get to the town I encounter an enemy soldier. I manage to wrest his pistol from him and knock him to the ground. I begin beating him under his chin with the pistol. I beat him and beat him until his head comes off. I am disgusted at what I have done. I look up and beyond the edge of town to see a road that disappears into a vast unpopulated area that is very inviting to me.
I woke up not afraid, but somewhat horrified at my final actions in the dream. I am resolved to tell my wife that I don't want to do what she wants to do. As the day wore on I realized that it would be best to go along with what my wife wants to do. That night I gave her the news. She seemed very pleased. I kept thinking about that macaque.
Have you ever had a series of ongoing dreams that seemed very different but somehow connected? Do you sometimes have difficult life decisions that cause you to have bad dreams? From the clues in my dreams, what do you think my wife wants to do that I'm not excited about doing?