Dreams Long Past


Depending on your age, some of you may remember a song by Jim Croce, called Time in a Bottle. It starts like this: “If I could save time in a bottle.” As tempting as that thought is, my wish would be not to save time, but to save dreams. This is what I have attempted to do in this blog.

But what happens when a person stops remembering their dreams?

No one stops dreaming, we all dream each and every night.Whether we remember those dreams is another matter.

But why do we dream? What purpose do these dreams serve? In most cases they are reflections of something that is happening in our lives at the time of the dream – usually triggered by an event or a thought we’ve had during the past few days. Often those dreams can be pretty obvious, we see the link almost immediately.

Other times our dreams try to help us resolve problems, conflicts, whatever might be causing confusion or stress in our lives at any given time. The bigger the conflict, the more likely we are to remember the dreams of the night before. And as conflict resolution is rarely black and white, these dreams can be highly symbolic, hard to figure out.

Perhaps that’s why I haven’t been remembering dreams – not enough conflict!  I feel quite fortunate that there are few conflicts in my life, few thoughts or ideas that need any kind of resolution. If that means my dreams are less vivid, less memorable, so be it, but good dreams also rise out of peaceful and happy lives, so why am I not remembering them?

I am hoping that, by recording some of my older dreams in here, it will stimulate my mind to be more aware when I wake each morning, more ready to hold on to the last thought from whatever dream I was in, and thus get me back on track, recording them.

To what purpose?  Perhaps just because I find dreams in general to be a fascinating part of our lives, our reality. And I love a good dream, who doesn’t?

But another reason is simply by curiosity, to see if there are patterns to my dreams. Recurring themes. The further I go back, the more these patterns will emerge. An interesting personal study.

I will be posting older dreams, and back-dating them so that they appear in chronological order. And maybe, just maybe, those dreams long past will stimulate something in my brain and I will again remember those night-time stories I love.

Anything is possible. 🙂