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You'll Find Out Where the Scarecrows Sit

Discussing dreams with all and sundry. Found out that SO MANY dream about running from something that's catching them up.

I've never had this dream. Ever. Odd.

Have you?

Why?

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asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have.
barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Why, if I may ask?
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Usually a person or people--assassins or evil government agents, or bandits--enemies of some sort. I take shortcuts, I dive down alleyways, but in the bad versions of those dreams, they gain on me anyway. Not usually animals or monsters or machines.
barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Aye. People. Very dangerous. T. Rex is better.

I wonder. Is this somehow tied with being trapped? And/Or is it that kind of fear that lifts the abdomen, makes the feet light and want to move. quickly forward?
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Sometimes those dreams have ended by being shot or forced to drink poison.
barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Replies that cross in the night. So there is that sense of finality if the chaser catches up. Do you always wake up at that point?
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
No, actually--in some cases I become like a ghost, or the dream shifts so that I'm watching it.

barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Yes! Interesting. Thank you. That makes sense.

Also on my f-list today, some photos that remind me of what we're discussing. From that perspective you just mentioned—the ghost witnessing.
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
I saw those! Yes, exactly!

weirdly coincidently, my actual first name and this photographer's first name are the same. It added a layer of uncanniness....
barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Surely not?.... Hmmmm....
asakiyume
Jan. 24th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Francesca, yes?
barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes. I'm just wondering how one becomes the other...never mind....

But yannow, I think I've been in that cemetery, during our six month sojourn in Boulder. There's something familiar about the river.
arwensouth
Jan. 24th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
I don't have that exact dream. I have what I call, "The Train Dream".

In the train dream, I'm in the downtown area of some anonymous town or small city. I'm walking from one place to another, and about a block off of the main street, I come across about a dozen train tracks crossing the street I have to walk down. And these track are busy. There are little short 2-6 car trains shuffling back and forth, not quite constantly, but frequently enough to be disconcerting. And some of the tracks are close enough together that if they were to be occupied simultaneously, there would not be room for a person to stand between.

I approach the first track and look carefully up and down to make sure there isn't a train approaching on any of the tracks, or at least not too closely. I finally deem it safe to cross, and I start walking. But as I reach the third or fourth track, all of a sudden, a train comes barreling down on me from nowhere. I try to run back, but now there's a train on that track, too. And pretty much no matter where I try to go from there, there's always a train blocking my path. Oh, and the train cars and locomotives are bigger than in real life, too. And they move *fast*.

Somehow, I never make it to the other side of the tracks. I always end up retreating back to where I started.

I don't know why I have this dream. There's not really a pattern to it. But I have it a couple of times a year. And that's the closest I come to being chased by something in dreams.

Edited at 2011-01-24 08:35 pm (UTC)
barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Very odd. It seems as if as soon as you go out on a limb, things get hairier and hairier until you have to retreat.

I get something similar. More like a rising frustration dream. Every time I solve one puzzle, it leads to another. Or one problem morphs into another, and the only constant is my frustration with the situation.

But I notice it's always on the advance. Never, ever running from.
arwensouth
Jan. 24th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
But I notice it's always on the advance. Never, ever running from.

Well, I can suffer setbacks while running from. But I almost always make it back to the starting point (although occasionally I get stuck in the middle).

And it does seem as though the closer I get to the goal, the more difficult forward progress becomes.
barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
It's a lot like life, I guess.
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barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's pretty specific. Do you remember why T.Rex and Lava? Was there a "lost world" influence somewhere in the early life?
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barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
How kind of you to allow tours, then!
selfavowedgeek
Jan. 24th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
If I have a dream where I'm running from someone/-thing, I tend to find a fall-back position and turn and confront them. At that point, I realize I *am* dreaming, and start having fun. Otherwise, I'm very confrontational within my dreams re: critters or folks chasing me. You know that running through mud sensation in dreams? When I confront, usually physically, those pursuers, it's like punching or kicking or slamming them in mud. Weird, but, hey, it's a dream . . .
barry_king
Jan. 24th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting. You DO get dreams like that, but you turn them into fighting and play.

Do you feel like your martial arts prepares you to deal with confrontational elements of your dreams? If not, is there something you WOULD attribute it to, and why?
selfavowedgeek
Jan. 24th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe on some level, yes, with the martial arts.

Oh, something that really freaks me out in my dreams? Empty places: factories, open-air pulp mills, etc. Urban decay. Whenever I'm in those locales, some kind of crap _always_ hits the fan.

RE: dream-play and lucid dreaming--I've had dreams where I've been injured or had a limb amputated, stared at the injury or stump, and healed/regenerated.

I rarely have flying dreams associated, supposedly, with feelings of confidence. My feelings of confidence derive from running--barefoot or on all fours with my clutching the ground ahead of me with my fingers and pulling forward as I push with my feet.

When I fall in dreams, I don't wake up. The ground wobbles, and I'm fine.

Other scary stuff: water. I hate water-related dreams, but I tend to wake up in them only to breath underwater and walk along the bottom of whatever body it is.
barry_king
Jan. 25th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
Thanks. Interesting, the amount you seem involved with your dreams in an active, physical way.

I don't do much lucid dreaming. I usually end up awake, as I do falling, dropping in water, etc. But I do get the flying dreams, usually as if I'm on a bicycle (standing up, gliding through the air).

But the big-open-spaces. Yeah. Enclosed open spaces like huge pits and huge rooms. They really freak me out, but not from the threat. From the feeling of emptiness.
lowly_scribe
Jan. 25th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
I think I may have had the running dream once, but mostly I have flying dreams. Not as much as I used to, but I start swimming in the air and I'm flying around. They are really fun. I wake up disappointed that it's not real.

My Wii fit exercise games has one where you flap your arms and fly (you're a bird). It's a poor substitute, but it burns a few calories.
barry_king
Jan. 25th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Do you remember what you were running from?
lowly_scribe
Jan. 26th, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
I think some scary person. I could make something up, but I really don't remember.

Okay, now you've got my subconscious going... I'll probably redream this just so I can tell you.
barry_king
Jan. 26th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
This is becoming a homework assignment ;)
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