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