Okay, like the other night, I had this dream that I was at the top of Seattle’s Sky Needle and my wife was being attacked by a giant lizard. I’ve never been to Seattle.
I’m very fascinated by dreams. They’re very biblical. Nebuchadnezzar had dreams that Daniel interpreted. Jacob had a dream about angels climbing a ladder. Solomon spoke to God in a dream. Pharaoh had a dream that Joseph interpreted. Peter had a dream/vision about unclean animals. And so on. Those were dreams given to those men by God.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility to say that God gives dreams today, but they all need to be carefully measured by Scripture. Those aren’t the types of dreams I’m blogging about today.
I’m talking about the dreams we have when our teeth fall out (one of the things people dream about most), we fall off of tall buildings, or watch our houses burn down. What’s that all about?
Are we supposed to just look at those dreams as some random fortune cookie that we get at a Chinese restaurant or do we assign them meaning? (more after the jump)…
Let me give an example. About a year and a half after my mom died in a car accident, my life was pretty out of control. I had been caught in adultery, my spiritual situation was going nuts and things were going non-stop. I typically like to be master of my domain and was in a lot of anxiety.
For that period of time, I had a similar type of dream. I would always be in a car or van. Sometimes I’d be alone, with my kids, with my wife, or with a friend. I’d be driving for a period of time and eventually, I’d lose control of the vehicle. Sometimes, I’d take my hands off the wheel, sometimes it was a mechanical failure, or sometimes the car would run off the road. It would always end in an accident.
My theory is this – our subconscious mind, or our conscience, gets a chance to talk to us while we’re sleeping. It tells us about what we’re thinking during the day. It ties up all the loose ends and makes a word story about it for us. Sometimes it’s a terrifying word story. Sometimes it’s a little parable. Sometimes it’s just a meaningless dream. Any way it goes, it’s a dream.
After I had time to think about those dreams, (and I’m no certified counselor), I kinda figured they were about loss of control. I figured I felt like I had lost some control in life and needed to find a way to get it back. Or maybe not.
Then there are people who have an answer for everything in the realm of dreams. I don’t buy much of it, but it’s funny to read if you get a chance.
The people over at Dream Moods (apparently the top dream interpretation site) have a place where you can type in what your dream is about and it’ll have a pithy little answer. It’s kinda like reading a horoscope most of the time. Know why? Because you’re probably going to say, “That’s it! That’s what I’m going through!” Same way if your horoscope said, “You’re a wonderful, vibrant person,” you’d say, “That’s me! I am amazing!” So, a lot of it comes across tongue in cheek.
For giggles, I typed into their search bar, “squirrels.” Most of their answers are very positive. Not this one. To be honest, I’ve never had a dream about squirrels. And apparently, you don’t want to either:
To see a squirrel in your dream indicates that you are involved in a loveless, pointless relationship or an unprofitable business project. You are pursuing empty and fruitless endeavors. Alternatively, seeing a squirrel in your dream suggests that you are hoarding something. You are holding on to too much and need to learn to let go. On the other hand, a squirrel means that you need to reserve your time and energy.
To dream that you are trying to run over squirrels with a lawn mower suggest that you are trying to change your beliefs and alter your ideas in order to conform to others. You are looking for some form of acceptance.
Who has a dream about running over squirrels with a lawn mower????
Conversely, here’s a great one about the world’s greatest food, bacon:
To see bacon in your dream symbolizes essentials, staples, and life’s supply. It may also be a play on the common phase “bringing home the bacon” to refer to earning a living.
Ah, bacon. Even sweet in our dreams.
Finally, they also answer people’s questions. Here’s one you have to read the answer to your self. It’s a question that relates to common “chase dreams“: I have had a reoccurring chase dream for over 15 years. I am being chased by Godzilla through a K-Mart store and everywhere I try to hide the blue light goes on. On one occasion it was chasing me near my home on a lake.
Nightmares can be negative if you have too many and the New York Times has a helpful article about it. Dreams can be helpful, pleasant, or nonsensical. We can make too much of them or accept them as they are.
In any case, always make sure you have the right, Christ-centered approach to all of your thoughts, awake and asleep. And above all, sleep well.
But not about squirrels.