Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dream Vacation

Die Natural Bridge im Shenandoah Valley in Vir...
The Natural Bridge located in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

        Taking a vacation from blogging on any of my sites is not something that I like to do, but at this time it seems like my most practical option.  And actually I'm going to be taking a summer break on all of my blogs except for Tossing It Out and even there I will be cutting back on my posting schedule.

         I've tried different tactics each year during my summer travels, but the fact is that if I'm preparing my posts ahead of time I'm taking up time that I desperately need for making preparations for my vacation trip and my schedule during the summer may prohibit my having enough time on the computer to post during those travel weeks.

         Of course this is always subject to change.  I might find that I'm able to post on a weekly schedule and if that is the case I will resume my regular schedule.  But this is highly doubtful.

         As things currently stand, my plan is to return to regular posting on this site starting September 10th.   If that's how it goes, I'll see you at that time.

         Have a wonderful summer and be sure to keep visiting at Tossing It Out where I will announce any changes in my schedule for this blog.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dream Me the Money!

1933 Double Eagle.
1933 Double Eagle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

         Dreaming about money is probably fairly common for most people.  After all money is an integral part of life.  Money is something we hope to get, fear to lose, and think about often.  Thoughts of money typically enter our minds several times a day.  We pay for things when we are out, we pay our bills, we balance our check books, and figure out our budgets.   Sometimes--perhaps much of the time--money consumes us.

        With all of this thinking about money during waking hours it seems like a natural thing to dream about money when we are sleeping.   But how does actual money appear in dreams?   I'm sure this is different for each dreamer.   I'll explain my dream money experiences and you can tell us how yours compares.

        Money dreams can deal with a number of issues.  Here are a few:

  • Finding money
  • Losing money
  • Arguing about money
  • Looking for unspecific caches of money
  • Seeing money in the hands of others
  • Budgeting or making plans about money
  • Fearing the loss or theft of money
  • Thinking about money hopes and fantasies.
         There are probably other money related dreams that you have had or heard about others having.  Anything money related that we experience or hear about in waking life is something that we might be likely to dream about.

          One thing that I have noticed in my own dreams is that when money makes an actual appearance in a dream, that money does not look like money I would normally see in waking life.  Often the money appears as old coins and currency, gold coins or something of the nature that might have come from a treasure chest, unknown foreign money, something of an unidentifiable nature that is considered to be money in the dream, or bags or wads of cash that is not of any specific currency type.  

         In my most recent money dream... my wife has given me her purse which is full of money that she has made selling merchandise at some place where we are.  I'm sitting at a table with a male friend of my daughter sitting to my right.  My daughter is seated across the table from me.  She hands me about eight quarters (older quarters) and asks me to give her change for them in quarters.  I take the quarters she has given me and begin to count out different quarters and become confused as to what she is asking me to do.  
       Meanwhile the young man seated next to me takes my wife's purse and says he is going to count out the money.   As he begins I become exasperated with him since I am responsible for the money and don't want him to be messing with it.  Then he announces that there are gold bars in the purse and pulls out about eight very shiny small gold bars that are probably a few ounces each.  I distrust the young man and yet I am amazed that these gold bars are in my wife's purse.  We all have feelings of wealth.

         This was unlike any other money dreams I have had.  My most common money dreams have involved money being hidden in some place and when I awaken I usually wonder about that money and at times have even looked to see if I could find it.

           What kinds of money dreams have you had?    Can you remember actually seeing any money in your dreams and if so what did it look like?    How would you interpret dreams about money?

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?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge

       "X" can have a number of meanings:  An unknown factor, something that is forbidden, a signature, the number 10, or a special demarcation such as one might find on a map.   As with all dream imagery, the X can have one or more meanings for each of us and can vary according to how it has been presented in the dream.

        Dream symbols should never be taken only their own.  A symbol in a dream is not a guaranteed one symbol fits the same interpretation for everyone.   In all cases the dream symbol must be taken in the context of the dream.   Consider what other symbols appear along with the symbol you are trying to evaluate and how that symbol made you feel.  How do the other dream characters respond to the symbol?    What happens after the appearance of the symbol?

       On a test an "x" might be used to fill in the box for the correct answer or an "x" might denote that your answer was wrong.   An "X" on a door might mean "Do Not Enter" or it could possibly mean Room #10.  First impressions are not always correct and each symbol must be examined taking it within the scope of the bigger picture.

        Sometimes an  X is merely an X while other times it's the spot on the map where the hidden treasure has been buried.   X could be a bad sign, but it can also mean something good.   Or in some cases it might mean nothing or merely that something is missing.   Don't take X at face value and make every attempt to make sure the X factor of the equation is solved before coming to a final conclusion about what a dream means.

         What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of X?   How are you at solving mathematical equations?   Have you ever had a dream where an X appeared and if so in what context did you see the X?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Worry (Elements of dreams) #AtoZChallenge

       Worry can influence what we dream and the subconscious can introduce worry into the dream story line.  There is a reasonable probability that our worry from waking life carries over into our dreams and is transmogrified into a new kind of dream worry.   However if that waking life worry is powerful enough then it will probably show up in the same or similar manner as we had experienced it in the original incarnation.

         Sometimes a reimagined or newly invented dream worry can vex us to the point were we might wake up with that same worry on our mind.   We might not remember what it was in the dream that caused our worry which at times can become even more troubling in the first few minutes of being awake.   As we gather our senses we realize that the worry has been induced by a dream story and is not real.

         There is probably little doubt that any worry in dreams is rooted in an actual concern we have carried over from waking life into our dreams.  As is usually the case with dreaming, the subconscious attempts to analyze the worry from waking life and find a possible resolution.  If no adequate answer to the worry in the dream is found then we are left with the original worry though perhaps it may have been mitigated to some degree by the act of trying to analyze it.

         Do you ever dream about being worried about something?    Do you ever wake up worried by an idea that was introduced in a dream?     How often have you lain awake in bed worrying about some issue in your life?  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Variance (#AtoZChallenge)

ˈverēəns/   noun
  1. the fact or quality of being different, divergent, or inconsistent.
       Dreams are at variance with the reality of waking life.   The logic and consistency of one world is not quite like the other.  Dreams have a similarity to our lives of working, playing, eating, or any of the other many varied things we do when we are not sleeping.  However during sleep we imagine or remember that waking world and reinterpret the images and sensations of that world into a sometimes fantastical world where anything can and often does happen.

         Waking and sleeping are complementary worlds that rely upon each other to exist. Waking cannot be without sleeping.   However we can sleep in a coma for an indefinite period of time.  What dreams exist in that interminable sleep?  And do those dreams gradually lose touch with the imagery of the waking world?

         As with all circumstances of living, there must be some balance between waking and sleeping in order for the dreams to function normally.   Or is there truly a normalcy to dreams?  If dreams are the variance of waking life and these dreams reinterpret and evaluate the experiences of the waking hours then what do the dreams of a comatose state consist of--colors, shadows, darkness?

         More research will be necessary to understand the dream world of the coma victim, but without the variance of waking life versus dreams is there anything really to be measured or studied?

         Do you think there is a purpose to the variance between waking life and dream life?    How "normal" are most of your dreams?   What do you like best--dream life or waking life?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Understanding (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge

         Dreams can help you in understanding self and the external world.   The subconscious mind reinterprets daily events as well as how you feel about your life.  If you are content and happy, your dreams will likely reflect those feelings.  If you are having dreams that frighten or discourage you then you need to take a look at your life to see what it is that might offer threats or apprehensions.

          The mind uses dreams to connect your body, soul, and environment to some sense of meaning and point to ways that you can clear up the difficulties that might be standing in your way.  Your dreams rarely hand over the answers you need in any obvious way.   It's up to you to figure things out by determining what the dream symbols represent and what you need to do with them.

         Your dreams might not deliver easy answers, but they can help but you on the road to better understanding.   Dreams are a useful tool when you take advantage of them.

         Do you ever use dreams to understand yourself and environment better?     Do you see any useful purpose to dreams and the study of those dreams?   What are some ways that you might analyze your own dreams to make them more clear to you?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Traveling (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge

       Traveling dreams for me are of a highly personal nature that many readers might not share in the same way as I do.   Since I spent many years touring with a theater group, traveling for me represents essentially a way of life as well as part of a work environment.  Traveling in dreams for me is normally a relatively positive circumstance in which I feel comfortable for the most part.

        The part where travel in dreams might find a common ground between me and others for whom travel might tend to be a more special experience is the feeling of being lost or being late.  In my travel dreams I frequently find myself behind schedule which can introduce an element of stress into the dream.  Add to that the sense of being lost and the dream can become highly disorienting and sometimes rather upsetting.

         In some of these travel dreams I will find myself without my vehicle for one reason or another and I will be on foot.  Typically I am not alone, but with another person or a group of people.  As we travel, whether it be by vehicle or on foot, I will often get side-tracked by other events or situations and my original destination becomes forgotten or determined to be a lost cause.

        There are also travel dreams that might involve car trouble, accidents, or external threats that hinder my ability to continue my journey.  These situations are likely to be more relatable to those of you who are not frequent travelers.  In your case you might be dreaming about trying to get to work or some other destination that is important to you.

         Do you dream about travel?   Where are you usually going when you dream about trying to get somewhere?   What typically hinders you from reaching your dream destinations?