moving dreams

In my waking life right now, I’m very stationary…

…but in my dreams, I keep moving to new places.

Consider this recent dream…

I’m driving in the downtown of a new city.  I weave my car through the empty late-night streets.

Suddenly, the car loses power.  Fortunately, I’m on the downward slope of a hill, so I can coast.

The steering shaft tightens up, due to the loss of power.  But I’m able to “muscle” the wheel and make the necessary turns.

At the bottom of the hill, I park safely in front of my hotel.

Since I’m not actually changing locales, I think my “new place” dreams represent change within.  That’s positive, right?  However…

…these scenarios often warn: inner change, just like outer change, can bring problems.  For instance, according to this latest dream:

Having reached the end of a long transition, I’m exhausted—I’ve lost power!  Fortunately, I’ve already gone through the hard part, so I can “coast”.


…I still have a few tricky turns to navigate.  Ironically, because I’m low on energy, I must put forth extra effort.

Like many or most dreams, this dream is neither totally positive nor totally negative.  Consider the tally:

I’m at the end of a long inner journey—a positive.

But as a result, I feel tired and weak—a negative.

However, I find enough strength to do what must be done—a positive.

So I arrive safely—another positive.  True, the car still needs to be fixed—a negative—but I plan to tend to that problem in the morning—a positive.

Yes, this dream is a mix of negatives and positives.  But since I respond to the negative aspects in a positive way, I see the overall message as positive.

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
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seeing my blindness

Those dreams of driving blind are helping me to see…

In the dreams…

…I’m always driving late at night and can’t see where I’m going.

Maybe my headlights are too dim.  Or the windows have fogged up.  Or the streetlights are all out.

I’ve never wrecked in any of these dreams.  Partly due to my caution, but also partly due to luck…

…as in this dream:

I’ve reached the end of a city street and must turn.

Though I can barely see, I manage to make a left turn, then ease the car to the side of the road.

However, as I park, I must guess where the street ends and the curb begins—hopefully the car is completely out of the traffic lane.

Ironic, yes: through this dream, I saw I was having trouble seeing my way.

But though the message would seem to be very negative…

…as I considered the dream, I found some positives:

For one thing, I’m smart enough to stop until I can see better.

Yes, my safe passage is partly due to luck—a car could’ve hit me as I turned.  However, I didn’t press my luck; I didn’t try to keep going.  So maybe the message is: as long as I use good sense, luck will be on my side.

Another irony: though I can’t see, I do know where I’m going and how to get there—that’s typical of these dreams.

This dream motif hasn’t appeared lately, so perhaps I’m brighter these days.

However, I know it’ll likely return…

…to help me see when my lights have dimmed.

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
sky rope blog

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changing my mind…and heart

In my dreams, I make all sorts of mistakes…

…but I’m happy to report, ever so often, I do the right thing.

Consider this recent dream…

A garbage truck stops to empty the trash bin at the front of my driveway…

As it pulls away, a big metal piece falls off the rear end and lands in my yard.

I’m irritated because the truck just keeps on going.  So I grab the metal and march off to confront the driver at this office.


…as I walk, I begin to think about how a small incident can sometimes set me off.  Later, I’ll regret getting so steamed.

So, by the time I find the driver at his office building, I’ve decided to handle the matter calmly.  I present the metal piece to him and explain what happened.

He didn’t know the metal had come off and appreciates its return.

So there’s hope for me yet!—

If I can be aware in this dream, then I can also be aware in my waking life when dealing with hot emotions.  Then, as in the dream, I can make a conscious choice—the right choice—instead of simply reacting…

By making that conscious choice in the dream, I seem to calm the inner conflict.  My calmness is then mirrored by a calm response from the other.  It’s real magic.

This dream suggests I’m making progress.  But I know the work is never done.  Never done, but worth the effort.  At the end of the dream, I receive the best reward: I feel damn good.

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
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