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Dream away
Lots of strange dreams... none of which I can remember in more than fragmentary form. I remember being on an oil rig with a lot of people I didn't know, and we were worried that some kind of disaster was going to happen, and I was trying to find the people I knew. I had to go up in a lift which was made of some kind of super-shiny silvery metal, and the doors had razor-blade edges and slid together really fast, and then the movement of the lift made me feel ill and I closed my eyes and clung to somebody else, and I could feel the lift turning sideways, and I was trying to scream but it was just coming out as a kind of wailing sound, and I said "it's turning over" and the person I was clinging to said "yes, it has to do that to get to the top". When we got to the top I could see that the lift must have swung a long way out over the sea, and I sort of wished I'd watched rather than closing my eyes.

Then there was a bit where I was in a car-park, I remember parking my car and kissing the person I was with and then we saw a monkey in the tree we'd parked near, so we stayed and watched it for a while, but it made me feel uneasy, I think I had some idea that it was evil and it was watching me, but it wasn't really a concrete worry, just a feeling. The tree was an apple tree, and I was trying to show a small child that there were real apples at the top, and one of the red apples bounced off the tree and started bouncing around the head of somebody else who was standing by (who I think, actually, was one of my music teachers from school), but the green apples were okay and those were the ones I was trying to point out to this child. We shook the branches and quite a lot of apples fell, and I said we should stop shaking the branches now as we couldn't eat that many apples anyway.

When I came back to find the car I was on my own, and walking in shoes that hurt my feet, and I couldn't remember where I'd parked, I knew it was near a tree on sort of scrubby ground, on a slight hill, and I asked a couple of people but they couldn't help, and I found rooms that looked similar [and I knew I was heading in the right direction, which was strange because in waking life I have no sense of direction whatsoever] but they weren't quite right. I walked past some doors with words on them that I couldn't read. I knew I'd gone badly wrong as soon as I walked through a doorway and found myself in a room whose ceiling got lower and lower and the walls got narrower until it tapered to a point at one end; sometimes when I looked at the point it was a dead end and sometimes it was a very small opening and I didn't want to have to climb through it because I knew I hadn't had to do that on the way out, so I didn't think I should have to do it on the way back to my car. I don't think I did climb through it in the end, I think I woke up.


A few things in there that I often dream about. Very small openings (which I usually do have to climb through, and it always gives me a feeling of terrifying claustrophobia); trying and failing to find my car in a car-park; trying to explain something to a child or children. (Oh, and shoes that hurt, but that's something I often experience in real life, so I'm not sure it has too much significance in dreams.)
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juggzy From: juggzy Date: September 12th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
The small opening that you have to climb through is, some would say, a birth memory. I am just repeating what some would say. Was there something unusual about your birth? Were you a breach birth, or did you come out face down, or something? (All of my brothers and sisters, and me, did the latter. Apparently that's very rare)

Apples often refer to forbidden fruit, after the garden of eden thingy. I would suggest that the red apples mean stop and the green apples mean go.

The child may well represent the you that the dream is trying to tell something to.

THe lift can be one of two things: Shagging, or the act of trying to bring something in the subconcious into the view of the concious. I suspect it is the latter, given the rest of the dream. The monkey also represents the infantile you. The tree also represents the process of growth and development. OK, that's probably enough.
j4 From: j4 Date: September 12th, 2004 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Was there something unusual about your birth?

Not as far as I know. They had to cut my mum open a bit to get me out, and I always thought that was unusual, until I was firmly told by somebody who Knew Everything that this is totally normal and they do it to everybody. (Mind you, he wanted to stop me wanting babies, so he may have been lying.)

The green apples were out of reach. I guess that figures.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: September 13th, 2004 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Not as far as I know. They had to cut my mum open a bit to get me out, and I always thought that was unusual, until I was firmly told by somebody who Knew Everything that this is totally normal and they do it to everybody. (Mind you, he wanted to stop me wanting babies, so he may have been lying.)

They don't need to do it to absolutely everybody, but it happens more often than not.
hairyears From: hairyears Date: September 12th, 2004 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Best ask nja about dream interpretation and a "cigar-smoking fraud with a Viennese accent". I really, really don't want to try explaining very small openings because (a): I might be wrong; and (b): I might be right and we don't want to go there.

Passing notices and seeing text that you couldn't read - everybody dreams that sometimes. It must mean something!

The sense-of-direction bit is an interesting point for me: having no sense of direction is one of the most disturbing and near-panic inducing sensations I get in dreams. Knowing 'Where' and 'To' is a defining part of my waking world.

Oh, and any dreams set in Leicester have an extra-grainy black-and-white tone and a clear sense that the place has been levelled and burnt out. Do you get this kind of wish-fulfilment, too?

HELP! HELP! I need to get out of the house more!

ewx From: ewx Date: September 12th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)

a monkey in the tree

Blatant Izzard reference.
oldbloke From: oldbloke Date: September 13th, 2004 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Went in this lift on the IoW, it went diagonally upwards.
Gave me a moment of cognitive dissonance when it started up.
Only a moment though.
Kinda cool, really.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: September 13th, 2004 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I've given up on dream interpretation, because too many people want to read my dreams about looking for books as dreams about looking for love or sex or something. I know what a dream about love or sex when I see it, and I think I'm basically fed up with people who don't understand that I care about books just as much.
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