I don’t know about most people, but many of my dreams are like watching movies. In these, I am usually in the POV (point of view) of one of the main characters, but at the same time it is as if I am watching from a distance – a kind of dual perspective. I am never myself, Judee, in these dreams, but I still often feel things from the perspective of whatever character I am in.
For example, though I won’t try to record the dream exactly, as too many elements are now missing from my memory, last night I dreamed I was part of some kind of rescue squad that was clearing people out of an area in danger of flooding. I remember being female, one of a group of four rescuers. There was no Judee in this personage, yet I was in her perspective.
Sometimes in such dreams, bits of me will filter in, like I’ll have a thought about my daughters, or something personal to me, not to the character, yet in the dream it doesn’t seem odd, it just kind of blends in. I identify with, I am, the person in the dream. I feel what they feel, experience their personality and character as if it were my own.
I think perhaps the ability to have these kinds of dreams is in part, at least, due to the fact that I have always been an avid reader. I become the people in the books, usually the main character, and have always gone deeply into any fiction I read. Movies are the same – I used to go to movies alone, now I watch DVDs alone, because I want to experience it from start to finish without interruption. I immerse myself in the universe of the movie, and everything around me disappears.
It is the same feeling in these dreams. I am immersed in the story, in the character. Their emotions become my own. I live the dream. And I love it.
I wonder how many others have this kind of dream – of the few people I’ve questioned, most just have dreams involving their own self, they are the star of their dream, not some character in a movie. But I know others do have these dreams. And I think that, like me, they are probably either readers or movie fans or both.
I wonder what movie I’ll dream tonight?