Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Words On A Wednesday: The Dream

I don't usually tell my dreams here. It just seems odd to share such a thing, but I had a dream and actually remembered it. It's been years since I have remembered a dream (way back when the neurologist called my neurological event of 2011). I used to remember them in the most exhaustive details. I could go on and on recounting them to Roger, and then all of that stopped. I know I still dream, but they are gone from my conscious recollection. Gone. I had a dream Monday night that I remembered.

Sea Otter photographed in 2015 in Monterey Bay
The streets were filling with water. Gushing and rising higher and higher. I looked out the windows. I called to Roger to come see. The water was everywhere, and that's when I saw it. A sea otter was staring at me from the rising tide. The otter and I looked at each other. I looked away. When I looked back she was at the door looking in at me for help. I let her in. I looked away. When I looked back there was a giraffe and a rhinoceros with a monkey on its back. They were all looking in at me. They wanted help. I wanted to help, but I didn't know what to do. I looked away. When I looked back they were gone.

That was my dream. This is life on our planet.  I read the other day that the population of California sea otters is now only 3000, and the giraffe has just been added to the Endangered Species list. I looked away, and then they were gone.

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  1. Sorry, I misread you. A giraffe with a rhinoceros on his back would certainly need your help but where's a forklift when you really need one? Sorry, sorry; we're being serious here aren't we? But it's your fault, you mentioned Monterey and I'm back there on that dream-trip to California back in the late sixties. I see the Pacific smashing against Seal Rock, I watch the local inhabitants frolicking in an environment that would kill a human being in an instant. Briefly I am free from all the ills that flesh is heir to (Quote: WS).

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    1. Roderick-- Ah Monterey Bay. Roger's family had a beach house that overlooked Monterey Bay for more than 80 years. He and sibs just sold it in September. The view out the windows were as breathtaking as you can imagine. We saw whales, sea lions, otters, and harbor seals while we sat at the dining table. It is a place of stunning beauty. It is easy to be distracted by the mention of Monterey Bay. A place ever in our hearts.

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  2. Potent dream. And when you mentioned animals on each others backs, I thought you were going to end up with turtles all the way down.

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    1. Paul-- It was a potent dream. I forgot to mention all the big birds that were flying around the yard as well. Oh the wildlife... they were all looking and waiting for us...

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  3. Wow, that is some dream. I don't think it takes much interpretation to figure out the meaning of that one.

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    1. Sharon-- I was so surprised to remember a dream with such a sense of the present doom.

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  4. That is so cute, wat a wonderful thing to see, though the dream sound like a nightmare

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    1. Billy-- It didn't feel like a nightmare. It felt like a "wake-up" call.

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  5. Great dream...visual and potent in its message to you. Thanks so much for sharing...and we all can understand the message of the animals and the water.

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    1. Barbara-- It felt like a potent message. I was so glad I remembered it.

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  6. Ahhh, that gives me a feeling of sadness.

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  7. A very powerful ending to your post.

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  8. Wow. That is heartbreaking. And yes, I fear it's going to be true. Remember just a few years ago that zoo in Copenhagen KILLED a spare giraffe, partly because they were considered plentiful?! Funny how things can change so quickly.

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    1. Steve-- Wow, I do not remember a zoo killing a giraffe. That is so horrific, I have no words. Oh I do have words, but I won't go into a tirade of expletives here.

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  9. your subconscious is channeling the woes of the natural world. what a helpless feeling.

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    1. Tara-- Ah yes, channeling the woes of the natural world. That truly sums me up perfectly. Thank you for that.

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  10. Sadly, the way we are going and mistreating our planet, that could someday be a reality. Now if only our politicians will wake up and act.

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    1. Patti-- I gave up hope long ago that those in power would wake up and act. Sigh.

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  11. I wish I could be more optimistic that we can turn this all around. But when big business makes a profit...and when the right-wing bible thumpers yell that god gave them dominion over the earth and animals...then I lose hope once again. What little we can do just won't be enough.

    I have very weird and sometimes scary dreams. Often I awaken myself by saying, "This is not real. It's just a dream."

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- I'm not optimistic either. These are very difficult times in so many ways.

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  12. One of the scientists I work with once explained to me where and how we store memories and events and how our brain assignes what to long term memory or not. The hippocampus and all that.

    Well, this is what I thought of first of all, only it was a hippopatamus along with your rhino.

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    1. Sabine-- I have often wondered what part of the brain generates dreams and the memory of them. I love how your brain worked... hippocampus and hippopotamus. A great connection!

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  13. Such a vivid and haunting dream. When you opened the door and saved the sea otter, my thoughts turned to Oreilly. When you save one life you save the world. Thank you for deciding to share this dream. Now I wonder if something has mysteriously shifted, allowing your dream recall.

    Sending love. Honoring your desire to help.

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    1. am-- I love that my dream reminded you of Oreilly. That is so wonderful. I don't know why I remembered the dream, but my other post-headache change of not feeling burns on my hands persists. It was quite a headache.

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  14. The dream was a message, meant for you to share. That’s why the recall was so vivid. I hope we listen.

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    1. 37paddington-- I love your interpretation. Thank you for that.

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  15. That was some dream to remember, Robin, and frightening that these animals are becoming nearly non-existant.

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    1. Beatrice-- It is heartbreaking to know that they are becoming extinct.

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