I would not describe myself as someone with many fabricated beliefs. Nor would I describe myself as gullible but there was something weird going on in the basement of the home I grew up in.
There remains a period of time when a little shadow of a man or boy used to run back and forth along the wall in a room in our basement. My brother and I would both see him and we came to call him Mr. Shadow.
It is true kids tend to be predisposed and hypersensitive to their inventive imaginations but these visits persisted over an extent of time, exposing themselves in contradistinctive ways.
Later, as a juvenile delinquent pot smoking teenager my coolness was on the line so I set up my stereo, brought my record collection down into this room and cranked heavy metal music, defying him and his little spectral buddies to try and freak me out.
Which he did.
In a recent study conducted by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
it concluded that most people believe that “their dreams reveal meaningful hidden truths”. I can’t say whether or not I’m a believer but the results come as no surprise to me.
Sigmund Freud said the contents in a dream reflect the dreamer’s unconscious mind while Carl Jung said the contents in a dream served as messages to the dreamer and that the dreamer should pay attention for their own good.
I have some pretty messed up dreams so if there’s any message to be learned I don’t want to know what it is. Visually my dreams can be almost hallucinatory with the cast of characters, locations and sword fights changing so often I can hardly follow the story.
I read that during most dreams, the person dreaming is not aware that they are dreaming, no matter how absurd or eccentric it may be. When I was very young I knew when I was dreaming. If I wanted to wake up from my dream I would close my eyes and I’d soon be awake. Unfortunately it rarely worked with nightmares. If I was stuck in the middle of a nightmare I was screwed. I remember closing my eyes like a mad man trying to get the heck out of there.
Sometimes I think it would be cool if I knew how to get out of a real boring dream. I could just scroll through my dreams like some sort of cerebral TV remote until I hit a good show that I want to watch.
Well, I’m going to sleep now… I hope there’s something good on tonight.