Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

This is Only a Test ~ Part 2

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“Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.” ~ Sigmund Freud

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Since my last post on the recurring test dream, I have spent time analyzing my dreams in order to gain a deeper understanding of myself. I made an effort to remember my dreams, which is not always easy. Some people can remember several dreams a night, while others recall occasionally or not at all.  I only seem to remember the bizarre dreams; the next door neighbor dumping all of their garbage onto our lawn or the Bundt cake that exploded in the oven, not to be confused with the Straw Pie disaster.

My dreams are often a puzzle to me, but I have learned to recognize when my interpretation is correct. Since there are no rules to dream interpretation, there is no right or wrong to the process. Once realized, I was able to be honest with my feelings and emotions during my waking life situations and connect them to the test dream.

Most people, during their lifetime, will experience recurring dreams. These dreams can be more important than average dreams. For some people, recurring dreams can be nightmares caused by stress, trauma, health problems or other factors. Thankfully, I don’t have nightmares, although discovering you have a test when you have not been to class in weeks, can be scary. It was not until recently, I discovered my unconscious state was trying to tell me something through my recurring dream.

After reading many interpretations of the test dream, I believe the classroom door is a metaphor for the passage of time or a pathway not yet taken. Contests I have not entered or NaNoWriMo projects left unedited. Blog posts I need to write and craft books I need to read. Most important of all, this door represents the writing that is not happening. The anxiety and stress present during my test dream is impacting my waking life on a daily basis. I want to do it all, but my dream state is sending me warning signals that I need to slow down to get a good night of sleep.

So how do I slow down in order to finally close the door on my test dream? I plan to set weekly and monthly goals. I don’t want to set a rigid schedule because then my tasks will become a burden. Writing is my passion, so it should be fun. I will keep the door closed on over-committing and if I don’t get everything accomplished in a particular week that is okay because next week will come.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

19 thoughts on “This is Only a Test ~ Part 2

  1. Informative and well done. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love dream interpretation. I used to keep a journal to interpret all my dreams, but then I started remembering more and more dreams. It reached the point where I would get confused sometimes on what I dreamt and what really happened. The most dreams I remembered was 6 in 1day. But I always remembered at least 3.

    Now I don’t keep track of them, but I always do still remember the last dream I had when I woke up. My most common dreams are of running, climbing up, flooding, and tornadoes.

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  3. I’ve kept a dream diary since the mid nineties and occasionally I go back a read through it. It’s amazing the dreams we don’t remember after a while (I sometimes think – wow, did I really dream that? I can’t remember it!) There is also a pattern associated with the dreams that I didn’t see until about 10 years into it. If I was tired or stressed I would have extremely vivid dreams that would jump from normal to bizarre. If I was unwell I would have nightmares. If I was worried about something I would have very calm and soothing dreams (usually involving people I don’t know telling me everything will be okay)….

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  4. I wonder what would happen to those test dreams for one of us if we moved to an island somewhere and did nothing by lie on the beach and read books all day. In the midst of all the things I have going and am trying to accomplish (which never seem to go anywhere), I have a hard time sitting still. I can’t even watch an hour of TV without nagging myself that I’m wasting time. That has to create buried anxiety that comes out in the form of stress dreams.

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    • An island where you read books all day…that’s my kind of vacation! I’m the same way Eric, at times I have to force myself to slow down and relax, but usually it’s when I’ve already run myself down.

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  5. I have recurring dreams, and I know this from the sense of continuity, not the dreams themselves. That last paragraph really says it all; what makes us happy needs to happen as it does. 🙂

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  6. Glad to hear that you are listening to the advice from your unconscious to be patient — it does seem like there is a part of me, as well, that knows that everything is evolving for the best, regardless of what happens, and giving that part some air time seems so key.

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  7. This is such fantastic advice. I hope that I’m able to do something similar, as I’ve found — more and more — my “life” commitments and what people expect me to get done for them each day eating away at my writing time until there’s nothing left but stress and anxiety. It’s a hard thing to change, though. =(

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    • I know, it is so hard. There always things to be done and my writing seems to get pushed to the bottom of the list, so I have to keep in mind this is my list and I do have some degree of control. I appreciate your comment!

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  8. “Writing is my passion, so it should be fun. I will keep the door closed on over-committing and if I don’t get everything accomplished in a particular week that is okay because next week will come.”

    As much as I like dream interpretation, this is the part of your post that will stick with me. I write for the same reason, and refuse to allow this passion become trivialized by unreasonable demands I place upon my creativity.

    We are kindred spirits. Have a fun, prolific week, Jill!

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