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The Double Meaning behind the blog title 'Dream Follower:'
First, for 14 years I was a ballroom & social dance instructor, and have studied both leading and following. I feel that learning to follow is full of nuance and is often misunderstood. I made it one of my personal goals to become a really excellent follow on the dance floor, and will probably talk a lot about the art of following - both in and out of the context of dance.

Second, I am a huge fan of author Michael Ende, probably best known for The Neverending Story. The book is incredible, and the first film captured some of the essence. (Please don't watch the other two films...I urge you to read the book though!) Anyway, at least twice in my life I have been caught in a storm of my own indecision, and my inner Moon Princess yelled to my inner Bastian...'Why don't you do what you dream?' I tear up even now as I write this little blurb. The tension between being practical, keeping my feet on the ground and my head out of the clouds (at the risk of compromising my inner vibrancy, true self, and who knows what else)...and reaching for my true dreams (at the risk of losing everything) is still a very real struggle. In fact, one of those struggles lead to my 14 years of teaching dance, so we can see which voice won the battle that fateful day when I was staring at the want-ad...

And so I strive to be two kinds of Dream Followers in my life. One has to do with connecting with others, and the other has to do with connecting with my inner Moon Princess and the world of possibility that opens when I do...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

recurring dreams

Since I can remember there are a handful of dreams that keep coming back...

my flying dream is where I run and run and then take off like an airplane, and even in the air I can go higher by running harder, and have to to clear buildings while others are far below in the crowd awestruck...it is not without danger, thrill and excitement, but it is mostly exhilarating and fun. Not to mention useful.

my chewing gum dream is strange, because the gum is unending, crowding my mouth and also sort of falling apart, and I am half gagging on it and I start trying to scoop it out of my mouth, but it just keeps regenerating...but this dream is better than the one where my teeth start disintegrating into chewing gum though sometimes the dreams are connected and I'm left gagging and toothless...

and of course the diving dream, where I am enchanted below the water and have overestimated my ability to hold my breath all the way back to the surface...inevitably this dream has me waking myself up with a giant gasp of air...perhaps mild sleep apnea is involved, though I'm not sure.

I already shared my car dream, where I hydroplane, or slip on black ice, and lose control...and let go of the steering wheel.

as a young girl I also sometimes dreamed that my teeth were brilliant white, I mean blinding and bright so that if I smiled it would scorch someone's retina.  I had to be so careful to cover my teeth when I smiled to protect loved ones...

I wonder what they mean...?

What kind of dreams do you have over and over?

3 comments:

  1. Dream interpretation is tricky business. You have a better likelihood of guessing the meaning behind them than anyone else because only you know your whole story: your experiences and how they truly affected you.
    One of my pysch classes in college touched on studying dreams for a bit (one of the options for our final was to write a paper analyzing a dream we had had - I didn't take that option.)
    The trick is to think beyond the presented objects and scenarios of a dream and to focus more on the emotions and likely tie ins... perhaps you had the brilliant smile dream because you were never comfortable with your smile so your subconscious flipped it, or perhaps it was prophetic in nature for all the smiling you would have to do as part of your career path, or perhaps it is tied to the conflicting desires to stand out and remain hidden at the same time, or... on and on and on.

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  2. Interesting theories...especially the last comment about conflicting desires to stand out and remain hidden...will think more on that...

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    1. Don't think about them too much. Dreams are just dreams... While they might hold some insights into the battles of our psyches, we shouldn't miss out on the present because we are too busy analyzing what they may or may not mean.

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