It's True -- You'll Be In Someone's Dreams This Very Night

Our world of dreams is a fiercely strange landscape of facts, fictions, and faces. But as we all know, they splash across our nighttime shores mixed and muddled. The ancients translated them as messages from the future. Moderns understand them as impressions from the past. Either way — someone somewhere will dream about you tonight.

This is because somehow your life crossed theirs. As a fellow student, a fellow worker, a fellow member of an important event. Or just as likely you were simply a blip on their screen. Perhaps a face in the crowd, a nurse passing your room, a child looking up at you.

Here’s the Freudian-Jungian-Hitchcockian point.

Donne was right. No one is an island. Our little ripples wash into their little ripples on this ocean of life with both small and large consequences. We’re just too self-absorbed to always absorb these daily facts. Yet deep in the sanctums of our consciousness we record them like the exquisite computer network of memories that we are.

There’s not enough time in our waking hours to quarry and quantify these memories. After all we’re busy living and paying forward. And yet, nothing we [or those countless they’s] have ever done is ever lost. Very often they simply ripple in when we’re not busy living but busy dreaming.

In case I pop up this evening, do say hello. I promise to do the same…..

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  • "We are such stuff/ As dreams are made on; and our little life/ Is rounded with a sleep."

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Yes....a little presumptuous of me to play in HIS league!

  • This post has stirred troubles as well as memories...! My old chemistry professor just told me he's always ordering me out of his dreams but I won't go. I insisted I no more wanted to be in his dreams than I did in his class, Now what...???

  • In reply to Jack Spatafora:

    Did he say whether or not it was a nightmare? Then we can understand better his reactions.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Frankly it was a nightmare...for both of us. Chemistry must be from the Devil surely not from God....

  • In reply to Jack Spatafora:

    This illustrates that most of mine are paranoid, such as that I am working where I did 20 years ago, can't leave that town, but realize I still have to do today's work and that someone else is living in the house I did back there.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack ~ I see we have some of the very same dreams. Damn, but despite what we may think, we are all so textbook....

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