Musings from the Moonroom

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Stress Manifests in Dreams


How often have you laid in bed at night comtemplating all the things that you need to get done by a certain date and then had that stress manifest itself in your dreams?

Last night I realized I was starting to get a little nervous about the little things that need to be accomplished before heading to Northampton next week for the Paradise City Arts Festival.  Now I know that worrying about these details won’t accomplish anything except more worry and stress.  And I tried to convince myself of that as I drifted off to sleep.

In the misty space that creates dreams (usually right before your alarm goes off), I found myself in a rather curious dream.  In my dream I awoke to feed the cats.  I came down to the kitchen (which really didn’t look like my current kitchen) and found stacks and stacks of dirty dishes in the sink and on the countertops.

I walked over to the sink with a feeling of dread and disgust (where did all this stuff come from?)  I look up and notice that there is water trickling down from and through the light over the sink.  Above the light and behind the light I see small flames dancing about.  I could see the flames through the wall too.  Suddenly what had been the light over the sink morphs into the exhaust hood over the cooktop.  (I hate that morphing thing.) 

I grab some baking soda to douse the flames.  (Now I know this is not recommended for what appears to be an electrical fire but this is a dream where even the impossible can happen.)  The flames go out and when I look down the sink has now morphed into the cooktop!  It is white and looks like a stove we had years ago.  The surface has burn marks and some of the dials are melted and a small fire is burning on one burner.

Now I hear a noise outside.  It sounds like the lawn company is here to mow the lawn.  There is a knock on the door.  As I open the door I notice that there is snow on the ground!  One of the lawn guys asks if he can use the bathroom (which they never do in reality.)

I show him the bathroom which happens to be adjacent to the back door of this house in my dreams (and now I’m thinking I must be in my childhood home because this is just how it was in that house.)  The bathroom looks almost identical to the one in my childhood home; pink ceramic tiles on the wall and that shiny silvery based wallpaper and the pink shaggy cover on the lid of the toilet seat.  Even the sink counter is covered in a burgundy like fabric.  (Okay, that really did not exist in the bathroom of my childhood home.)

I turn to the lawn guy and say “It’s my mom’s bathroom” and walk out.

Now I’m drifting back to a semi-awake state in bed and I’m trying to determine if I really did set my alarm clock for 6:00 A.M.  I can’t quite reach the button on the clock to tell, by braille, if I set the alarm.  I force my eyes open to look at the clock.

It is 5:54 A.M. 

The illuminated dot on the clock face tells me that I did set the alarm. 

I look around and see the cats are snuggled on either side of me.  I take a deep breath and close my eyes for the last few minutes before the alarm goes off. 

What a bizarre dream.  I guess I shouldn’t eat Mossaman curry in the hours before going to bed!

5 thoughts on “Stress Manifests in Dreams

  1. Dreams have such an eerie feeling about them, it’s having no boundaries of time or space. It’s the feelings that accompany them, that are so raw. But you know come show time, it will all be alright on the night.

  2. Wow Amy, what an amazing dream. It sounds like your subconscious is worried about getting everything done in time and that things might be beyond your control. Then again it could’ve been the curry! Dreams are so fascinating, aren’t they? I know that you will have a fabulous show.

  3. Wow, that was a bizzare dream ! I get strange ones like that on occasion, with images from my past and present merging together, but in a surrealistic way, almost like a Salvador Dali painting ! Maybe it was the stress AND the curry, LOL!!!

  4. Amy – thanks for sharing your dream. I find them very fascinating. Back in the day (when kids were little and I had more available time) I used to journal my dreams. As I looked back on them, sometimes I’d find that a dream actually manifested 6 months later. I would have never known that had I not journaled. I love analyzing dreams and the significance they play in our lives. It’s obvious you’re feeling that you need to put out fires (and maybe being distracted by interruptions when trying to do so – lawn guy). Anxiety dreams, don’t you just love them? :o)

  5. Hi All,

    I think this dream was telling me that my stress wasn’t really as bad as I imagined. Or that the stress manifested as worse in the dream so that in reality I was able to accomplish everything without too much difficulty.

    After all, getting all those last minute show details accomplished seems like a piece of cake compared to putting out a fire :).


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