A Very Good Dream
February 14, 2009 § 3 Comments
Last night I had a good dream, a very good dream. I dreamed my college theatre teacher, Bill Driver, told me I had done a deeply nuanced and complex performance. I replied that he was wrong, that it was nothing, but he persisted. I had to accept his feedback and, as I woke multiple times during the night, forced myself to remember what he had said.
People tend to have several repetitive dreams during their lifetimes. Mine are about performing and being back at college (a school dream is quite common; you may have had one about being back in college or high school, being unable to perform your tasks, or in the corridor naked from the waist up – there are infinite variations) and I can measure my unconscious level of stress or confidence by their content. So, I’ve been pleased over the past few years when I’ve found a classroom or my mailbox on my college campus or – even better – realized that I had already graduated and didn’t have to be there; likewise, I’ve dreamed that – instead of not knowing my lines and panicking in front of an audience – I’ve aced the part and sung in soaring voice.
So, having my very British and critical drama professor tell me, albeit in a dream, that I’m doing well is heartening.
I wonder if others take heart and hope from their dreams and/or have ones that are a barometer of inner strength. What are your repeating dreams and do you look for their meaning?