Woke myself up from a nightmare this morning. This very large, very imposing man stole my backpack and wouldn’t give it back. We were at some kind of conference, the room layout was very confusing. A lot of people were around, and no one would help me. He kept trying to bargain with me, saying that he’d give me one thing in the backpack and I kept telling him that I wanted the whole backpack back.

Normally, I don’t get overwrought concerning my possessions. My mom always used to say, “I possess things. Things do not possess me.” However. The backpack held more than one chapter of my new novel, handwritten, no backup available. And in the dream I’d been stupid and hadn’t backed up what I’d typed up of the novel on the computer either.

I *hate* dreams like this, feeling so powerless. I tried to change the dream, but then he pulled a gun, and that woke me up.

I hope your Monday is going better than mine. . .

Comments (4)

  1. A Jungian analyst I met at a creativity workshop in New Mexico (way back in the 70’s) told us to take such a dream immediately we awoke and determine to dream it again, getting it right this time. Hard to do, at first, but with practice you can force yourself back into a dream. And it seems to work pretty well. (I sometimes get horrible, emotional nightmares and awake in tears.)

    • I actually do that all the time. The problem this morning was that I woke up too late to be able to go back to sleep and do something about the dream. Chances are good I’ll get a chance to do it tonight, as I rarely have just one night with a nightmare, but a whole week or two of them.

  2. A Jungian analyst I met at a creativity workshop in New Mexico (way back in the 70’s) told us to take such a dream immediately we awoke and determine to dream it again, getting it right this time. Hard to do, at first, but with practice you can force yourself back into a dream. And it seems to work pretty well. (I sometimes get horrible, emotional nightmares and awake in tears.)

    • I actually do that all the time. The problem this morning was that I woke up too late to be able to go back to sleep and do something about the dream. Chances are good I’ll get a chance to do it tonight, as I rarely have just one night with a nightmare, but a whole week or two of them.

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