By: Lori Walker
(3 min read)
If I had to choose one song as my all-time favorite, it would be Dreams by Van Halen. No matter how defeated I may feel when I start listening, I feel invincible by the end.
When I was in high school, we had to do a presentation on a health topic. I couldn’t find anything science-y that interested me, so I asked the teacher if I could talk about dreams. He agreed, and I was off and running to do my research.
My presentation was the last of the day. He asked if I wanted to wait until the next class, but I was so nervous, I just wanted to get it over with. It was such a hit! Fellow students were asking questions left and right. I didn’t have all the answers, but I did the best I could.
I’m no expert, but I’ve picked up a few things along the way. These are just my personal thoughts.
What you dream about at night has everything to do with what’s currently happening in your daily (waking) life. If you are struggling with a problem or relationship, the answers may come in symbols in your dreams. Please remember, the symbols are uniquely personal to you.
When I listen to someone talk about their dreams, I try to pick out key words. People are so focused on the visual aspect, they may overlook the literal meaning.
For instance, if someone were to dream about drowning, my first thought would not be water. My thoughts would be ‘Are they are drowning in…debt? Sorrow? Loneliness? Feeling overwhelmed with work or family?’
There are universal symbols as well. A car represents your body and your role in a situation. It’s extremely important to note if you are driving (in control), a passenger (no control) or even in the back seat (watching.)
If you dream of a house, pay attention to which room you are in. Basements can represent lower, primal thinking, while attics could mean something you’ve hidden away in your higher mind.
Last night I had the strangest dream! I was at my parent’s house, passing by the kitchen window, just as I had so many times while I was growing up. It was nighttime, and pitch black outside. All of the sudden, I see a bull, with its spiked horns racing towards the window, trying to break the glass! It rammed twice more, at which point I ran to the safest place I could in the house to hide. It literally scared the shit out of me!
So, what’s the first thing I do this morning? Google ‘bull charging dream.’ I was surprised and comforted by what I learned.
“Charging Bull is a metaphor for self-acceptance and being true to yourself. You need to pay attention and become aware of something unique and special occurring in your life. You have the right attitude toward life. Your dream denotes quiet confidence. Something is holding you back and preventing you to take chances”.1
Well, if that didn’t nail my current situation right now! I’ve briefly mentioned that I’m starting a mobile notary business as my side hustle. The LLC has been approved and the bank account is set up. My next step is to schedule the training course.
The process has been deliberately slow. I have been meticulous with the details so far because I don’t want to rush carelessly into this without doing all my homework.
My amateur analysis of my dream is that the confidence I have in the business world is being challenged by my Imposter Syndrome. The comfort zone is the glass that the bull is trying to break through.
I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of failing, it’s more like I’m afraid of the unknown. I have a mentor lined up to help me through the process, yet the fear is lingering in my mind.
I’m going to keep pushing forward, one step at a time. I’m going to trust the process. (And listen to this song quite a few more times, just for some added inspiration!)
Whether I’ve piqued your interest in your dreams at night or your dreams of a better future, I hope this lyric stays with you:
“We belong…In a world that must be strong…that’s what dreams are made of…” Sammy Hagar, Van Halen
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