I had my recurring dream last night.
I’ve been having the same one for years. I’m back in school again. Sometimes it’s high school. Sometimes it college. It’s always in some bizarre setting and never with the same group of people. Sometimes it’s with current friends and acquaintances. Other times I’m with people from my past. Sometimes it’s with old co-workers or neighbors or friends from church. The only common thread running through the dream is that I am back at school again. That thought in itself is a nightmare.
The actual building I am in is always very big and it never looks familiar to me. (Perhaps because I’m no spring chicken anymore and bordering on senile – which I totally blame on raising three *enthusiastic* boys.) I’m ALWAYS lost in the facility and looking for my locker. As I wander the long, winding halls – which never seem to make any architectural sense – I am concentrating on trying to remember the combination to my locker. I never can remember it. (Again, that senility issue.) I also can never remember the last time I was in class or where the classrooms are. And, usually it takes place towards the end of the school year and everyone is going to graduate except for me. I will be left behind in school for one more year – not knowing anyone who will be held back with me ~ worrying about who I will be living with.
Then I wake up – relieved that I am, in fact, out of school and have been for years. A big, big relief
I have wondered often why this is the dream that visits me so regularly. As if it is a beloved movie or television series that is replayed over and over again on the big 64′ Samsung Flat-Screen TV in my mind.
After finally becoming curious enough, I started to dig around for answers and what I found was not anything unsettling or mysterious. It was nothing that pointed to deep underlying issues in my life that were trying to surface through my subconsciousness at nighttime when I slept. What I found was the total opposite. Recurring dreams are common amongst us. So common in fact, that we all seem to be having the same ones. Over and over again.
Now, I have always tended to chalk these dreams up to hectic periods in my life. Like for instance, the Holidays. Let’s face it, not many of us have a Normal Rockwell experience. Is it a coincidence that I had my *school* dream last night in the midst of Black Friday & Cyber Monday Mayhem? (Oh the pressure!)! After weeks of preparing for Thanksgiving and trying to stage the perfect holiday gathering, I go to sleep at night with my wheels in full gear and when my body finally falls into slumber from the pure the exhaustion of the day, the wheels just keep on spinning. Yep, no surprise there that my dream would invade my thoughts on that night!
OK, so that is my spin on dreams, but here are the “experts” spin. (I use the term ‘experts’ loosely)
Top Ten Most Common Recurring Dreams
10. Trapped – You might have this dream when you are having conflict in deciding how to react in a situation in real life. Or when you are feeling the pressure of mountains of debt in your life. This dream usually means that you are trapped in real life – unable to make the right choice.
I experience this when grocery shopping. I know I should opt for the Fat Free Frozen Yogurt but reach for the Edy’s Grand full fat Ice cream instead. Totally worth losing a night of sleep feeling trapped!! Yummy!
9. Public Exposure – The meaning of this dream could be that you are feeling exposed, awkward, or vulnerable, or you are afraid that you have revealed too much of yourself (such as a secret or a very personal feeling) in a real life situation. You are in a state of undress, partial undress, or inappropriate dress (for example wearing pajamas to work). This is often accompanied by feelings of embarrassment and shame, but occasionally with the feeling of pride or freedom.
I imagine this would be a dream that someone working from home in their jammies all day (possibly eating Edy’s Ice cream in the process) would experience. No shame in that!
8. Wet Dreams – This could mean an emotional burden, professional or relationship worries, amongst others. The dream tends to cause panic (as drowning would but it clearly demonstrates, especially when it becomes a reoccurrence, that there is an important issue in the dreamer’s waking life that is not being dealt with that threatens to overwhelm them.
Nope, not the good kind of wet dreams. Bummer.
7. I Can Fly!! – Being able to fly is a common theme in recurring dreams. It is generally positive imagery and the dream of being able to fly usually points to creativity, widening your horizons, and overcoming the odds.
OK, so flying in dreams is good just as flying in real life is good, which to me denotes heading on vacation. Chalk one up for the flying dreams!
6. Going Nowhere or moving in slow motion – Moving in slow motion, trapped in quicksand, or being otherwise unable to move can clearly signify a rut that has developed in the dreamer’s life, regardless of whether it’s personal, professional, or their long term goals. This can show that the dreamer is facing difficult obstacles and restrictions and basically getting nowhere.
If you have this dream and you’re not part of the OK-Go Treadmill Music Video then this dream interpretation probably applies to you.
5. How’s your dental plan? – This dream possibly signifies the underlying feeling of decay and fear of losing control of a situation in your life.
I always thought it was my minds way of telling me to cut back on sweets and goodies. Or possibly, it may be a subtle reminder to make that dentist appointment I’ve been putting off. *shrug*
4. Excuse me, could you point me in the direction of the washroom – To dream that you are in search of washroom or in a public restroom with no stalls, signifies your frustrations about getting enough privacy.” Apprently, paretns of toddlers tend to have this one a lot. Not only do they never get to ‘go’ by themselves in public washrooms any more – my kids often provides a play-by-play commentary on my private activities to the rest of the lucky people in the room!
OK, I’ve never had this one. I pride myself in the fact that I know where every single washroom in the city is. I also pride myself in the fact that I know where the nice ones are – you know, like in the posh lounges and bars of the swanky hotels. Stick with me! I know ’em all!
3. Where’s my Locker? Where’s my classroom? What?! ~ there’s a test today? – If you can’t get your locker open, can’t find your classroom or your house; or, you’re late for something (a test, a train, a meeting) then you find yourself in this category (and in good company – this is a very common type of dream). School, career, even a new home – these settings all represent change. If you feel unprepared for changes coming to your waking life, then prepare yourself for dreams furnished with impenetrable school lockers, locked doors, and labyrinthine buildings.
DING DING DING!!! This is my beloved recurring dream!!! Unorganized? Me? Absolutely! Im often scattered and a fly by the seat of my pants kid of gal. Ask my friends!! They’ll confirm this for you. However, on the flip side, these are all signs of creativity as well. Hence – my Blog :)
2. Geranimo!!!!! – Falling dreams are a sign that you are out of control. The represent a feeling of fear of abandonment, especially feeling abandoned by a ‘caretaker’ such as a partner, employer.
Thanks GOODNESS I don’t have this one. I do not like that feeling of falling, not to mention the challenge it would be for anyone to be my caregiver. I tend to be bossy. Although I call it “taking charge.”
1. The Big Chase – This one could possibly mean that you are trying to get away from something; “you are running away from or trying to hide from something you need to face.” It could be “a feeling you are avoiding, a conflict you don’t want to handle or a difficult memory you would rather forget.
I probably would have had this one when my kids were little but I just could not find a good hiding from them during the day. They ALWAYS knew where I was.
Have you ever had recurring dreams and if so, what could they be trying to tell you?