I dream vivid dreams. I always have. As a kid I sleep-talked and sleep-walked. And from time to time I still do--but now mostly I just dream the actions within the dream.
There was a period of time when I dreamt the same dream every single night. I did not like this dream--even as a child I knew my choices in the dream were leading me into danger. One day I decided I was going to change the dream. And that night, when things started to go wrong in the dream I told myself, in my dream, "I don't like this. I'm going to stop this and I'm going to do something different." I knew I was dreaming, but I was determined to change my dream. And I did. The outcome was much more pleasant, and I never had that particular bad dream again. Dreams can be powerful. But we, even as children in our dream-state, can be more powerful.
Here are a few of the more interesting characteristics of my dreams:
On many occasions I have woke myself up giggling, crying, and singing.
I feel pain when I dream--both physical and emotional. I feel stress, terror, pinches, broken teeth, falling sensations--everything I dream.
My dreams are played out in vivid colors. Bright, sometimes psychedelic, strong colors. Technicolor.
For a while, I did not see faces--I recognized people more by their personalities than by physical attributes--so a friend who has brown hair and green eyes might appear in my dream as a blue-eyed blonde, but I would know who they were by their kindness, ability to salsa, or whatever is unique to them. But in recent years, I have started dreaming more realistic appearances of my friends--the situations I find myself in continue to be bizarre, totally disjointed, and frequently play out like an episode of "I Love Lucy,"--but my people are more realistic looking. Go figure.
I also love to analyze my dreams. I can usually find a connection to something from my real life. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. Always with an interesting dream-twist.
Tonights dream twist was a bit of a shocker. Evidently I now dream with an accent.
For some reason I think it was Columbian-Peruvian.
I'll have to analyze this to find out what it means.