sechan19: (lin fengmian)
I had a dream recently where I was on my way to a clothing store to exchange some things that didn't fit. When I got to the store, I looked at the proprietress, opened my mouth to speak, and realized that I was about to speak to her in Chinese. (The fully formed sentence Wo keyi huan zhe jian yifu ma? [May I exchange these clothes?] was right on the tip of my tongue.)

I knew she'd never understand me, but for some reason I couldn't seem to get the Chinese words out of my head in order to offer a coherent sentence. So I just stood there for a minute, with my mouth hanging open, while she looked at me quizzically.

Finally the right words came:

Sumimasen, chugokugo de hanashitakattan desu kedo, chugokugo wo hanasu to wakaranai kana to kidzukimashita. Kono fuku wo kaeraremasen ka? (I'm sorry, I wanted to speak Chinese, but I realized that if I did you probably wouldn't understand. Can I exchange these clothes?)

Clearly, it was a Japanese dream - not a Chinese dream.

Silly me.
sechan19: (tormenta)
After a long stretch of relative mental quietude, two horrible nightmares to wake up from. The first (in my first sleeping cycle), about being stalked, captured, violated, and killed, brought me to a very disoriented and shaky consciousness at 3 in the morning. The second (in the final sleeping cycle), about the death of the loved one, brought me awake weeping in the morning sun.

Not amused.

On Dreams.

Sep. 3rd, 2008 05:04 pm
sechan19: (kusama)
I've noticed an interesting trend in my dreams of late and also realized that this development stretches back at least a year.

As a child, I used to have very intense nightmares. (I was also subject to sleepwalking, sleep-talking, and night terrors, but that's a whole 'nother issue.) They were typically themed, often recurrent, and sometimes even serial. When I was about ten years old, I had a serial nightmare that spanned a week and involved a very intricate--and quite terrifying--plot line.

These nightmares have continued all my life, with a revolving set of themes--whatever happened to be on my mind, I suppose--taking over at different points in my life. Needless to say, ghosts and monsters always formed a crucial mainstay of my nocturnal struggles.

However, a dream I had the other morning made me aware of something really strange: I don't exactly have nightmares anymore. I still have intense dreams that are filled with disturbing imagery and content, but I am not afraid during them. And I usually figure out a way to avoid bodily harm in the dream, either through some ingenuous plan or simply through a kind of unstoppable will power.

For example, I recently thwarted the attempts of flesh-eating monsters to capture me with a brilliantly constructed automatic dummy. I first used the machine to get away from them--and to make them aware that I was inside of it--and then snuck out at a propitious moment to watch them chase after it in blind fervor.

Other dreams from the past year have been similar. I sometimes wake up tense, but never from fear. I suppose this says something about my mental state, or my self-confidence, or something like that. And that's good, I guess.

But it makes for way more pleasant sleeping, regardless. And that's great.
sechan19: (butterfly)
I dreamed about my uncle last night. He made fun of me, but then he always did that and I always rather liked it. It was so good to see him and to laugh with him again.
sechan19: (butterfly)
I had incredibly strange and amusing dreams last night - the highlights of which are the following:

I dreamed that the T.J. Clark article assigned for the section on social history in Methodology was replaced, at the last minute, by a random scene from the film Mobsters. In the process of going to screening room to view and discuss the scene in question, I noticed a poster for a documentary on migratory birds. The tagline read: "See the adorable ducklings; see the retarded geese in a row."

I woke up laughing.

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