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Dream 01_200812

Dream of the Month (December 2008)
  1. Title: Dreaming Of A Dream
  2. Date of the Dream: 2008 (mailed Saturday, 1 November 2008)
  3. Dream: I went over to a close friend's house. (I cannot recall which friend) but while I was there hanging out in the friend's bedroom, I accidentally fell asleep on the bed. I dreamed (while in this dream) of meeting an old friend on a bus and chatting. It was a realistic general conversation about what we'd been up to the past months while apart. She hugged me goodbye, and that is when I realized I was dreaming.

    I woke up from that dream and found I was lying on the bed in my friend's bedroom. I knew I'd fallen asleep and felt embarrassed, so I ended up leaving. After I left, I found myself in the home of my childhood best friend, which looked just as it had looked in real life, but it now had different decorations. As I toured the house, I joked around with my childhood friend as if we were still friends today. I woke (in real life) soon after that.

  4. Significant life event: I left home for a 9 month volunteer program accross Canada with 9 other strangers (roomies) living under the same roof.
  5. Personal concerns/issues: None
  6. Associations: Still can't think of any.
  7. Category: None Apply
  8. Pen Name: Katelyn

Dr. Holloway's Comments:

Striking Characteristics: This dream falls into the category of what are termed "false awakenings" in which believe we have awakened from a dream, only to find we are still in the dream, and actually awaken later on. The formal sense of dreaming while in the dream state suggests a tangential awareness or lucidity during the dream state.

When a dream contains fascinating phenomena such as this, it is easy to get focused on the type of dream, rather than to examine it for potential meaning. Yet, this dream also seems to have an important theme in its content: That of connecting with friends on a variety of levels. Sleeping on a friend's bed suggests a level of trust in friendship. Buses are sometimes symbolic of communal or community values, or group endeavors. Finally, reconnecting with a childhood friend may represent the rekindling of an old pleasure and sense of camaraderie.

It seems likely that this dreamer was exploring new connections, which somehow resonated on old levels. New friends sometimes fit into openings in the heart created by earlier joys and bonds. We are more tolerant, more spontaneous, or have greater humor because of those earlier connections. Even when old friends have drifted from our path, the richness of those friendships continues to blossom in our current adventures.

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