18 thoughts on “Dreams and the person on the bus”

  1. Great post, Jenny, and so true! I had a fascinating dream last night that was almost like a story in its own right… going to write it down now!

  2. So did I! I was on a show like Come Dine with Me, with a spooky couple whose house was Bates-Motel-meets-sixties-makeover…

  3. I am finally starting to remember a few dreams, thanks to your posts. I’ve talked to my children about it too. At first they said they didn’t remember their dreams, but since I’ve asked them about it, they’ve both reported a couple of dreams back to me. I hope I’m encouraging their creativity too.


  4. Hooray! That’s wonderful to hear. I’m sure you are encouraging their creativity, as well as gaining fascinating insights into each other’s inner world. More important than ever, with one’s children’s dreams, to resist the temptation to try and interpret.

  5. Now this is odd, I was about to start this comment ‘I had a fascinating dream last night’, then saw that Emma Pass had started hers like that!… anyway, I really did have a fascinating dream last night about a house, but what is bizarre is that all my dreams for the past week have been in black and white. I am really conscious of this. Normally, they are full of colour. It’s kind of like looking at a part of my life through a different lens. Have no idea what it means, but as your post says… does it really matter? Lovely post Jenny – very thought provoking!

  6. How interesting, Abi. Do they feel old-fashioned, or different in any other qualitative way? Someone on one of my courses seemed to dream quite often in sepia tones, but with one very brightly coloured item, like a sort of signature. I don’t recall ever having black-and-white dreams myself – I want one now!

  7. In a way they do have a sort of aged quality about them, like black and white photos, but not in their content. The house last night was very modern. Other times they are busy with people, but all in black and white and tones of grey. They’re quite lovely and very different to my normal dreams. Quite bizarre!

  8. How very strange – I suppose as someone who’s old enough to remember black and white TV, I was right back to the sixties when I tried to picture your dreamscapes this week, but modern settings in black-and-white feel even stranger somehow. I had a series of ‘wallpaper dreams’ a few months back, which were all in repeating patterns of snapshots from the scene – I really enjoyed those!

  9. I think the dreams themselves become more magical, as if they’re freed up from reflections-of-the-dayworld because we aren’t expecting that, or intending/imposing it upon them 🙂

  10. I have been writing my recollection of dreams down for years, I am often amazed that on the occasions when I do share their content with my son or boyfriend they have often had dreams with the same subject, and if they are far away there is overlapping content, that has led me to believe we are communicating with others when we dream at times. When numbers and certain colors or animals come up vividly, I often look up their symbolic meaning which sheds light, at least to me. I do care to interpret them, especially in hindsight years later when i reread them again…

  11. Hi Tracey – that’s absolutely my experience too, that when you talk about dreams with people close to you, you can often find they overlap. I had one a few months ago in which my daughter suddenly appeared, said hello and went off again. I mentioned it to her the next day and she said, ‘In my dream, I visited you!’ As for interpreting, I definitely think you can find lots of meaning in dreams, especially reading back over your diaries at a later date – and many of mine turn out to be predictive – but I don’t think it’s a good way of engaging with them in the first instance – I think it’s best to first get to know the territory, and then you can see when and where interpretation is appropriate.

  12. This is such a lovely blog! I find it fascinating that families have overlapping dreams. Can’t say I’ve ever experienced that – though I have had the experience of ‘breaking the dream’ – that is, of meeting in waking life something I dreamed of the night before, often when there was no way of knowing that I would. (In fact, my very down-to-earth brother has this experience so often that he accepts a degree of ‘petty precognition’ as fact. That is, he doesn’t foresee anything on a grand scale, but does dream that, say, he sees a horse-rider wearing a lilac jacket in a Birmingham street – and then does.)
    B/W dreams vs colour – I once threw aside a scientific book on sleep-research because it said, categorically, ‘everyone dreams in black and white.’ I don’t think I have ever had a b/w dream and, until reading that book, didn’t realise that many people did. I used to wonder why dreams were often shown as b/w in films.
    Dream Recall – I’m trying, Jenny! Have now got notebook and pen beside bed, but it hasn’t helped. I either seem not to sleep at all these days, or to sleep so heavily that I remember nothing. As I used to have such vivid, though sometimes terrifying dreams, I find this disappointing, as if I’m missing out. I’ve tried asking myself to dream, tried writing down dream requests and drawing things I’d llke to dream about – but so far, it hasn’t worked. Still, I’ll keep visiting this blog and I’ll keep trying.

  13. Thank you Susan – that’s made my day! And you raise several interesting points. One is about precognition – now that is a seriously interesting phenomenon! It completely undermines our ideas about how life works; it shouldn’t be possible, yet in specific dreams it can be undeniable.
    Like your brother, I’m a deeply down-to-earth kind of person, so one thing I love about the path of dreams is that it’s practical and experiential – I’d have chucked that book aside too!
    Be patient with the dream recalling. I can’t help feeling, since you’ve mentioned it before, that your previous experience of terrifying nightmares might be creating a block, so I’ll schedule a post about how to tackle nightmares soon. That’s something I think – judging by the books you write – that you’ll be keen to get your teeth into!

  14. Love the analogy of dreaming is like a bus ride through life. This comment isn’t about dreaming, but about a literal bus ride from London to Cornwall. I was disappointed when an elderly gentleman sat beside me and obviously wanted to talk. I tried blocking him by burying myself in my book, wishing not to be lumbered with boring conversation for 5 or 6 hours! In the end I had to give up reading though because I felt a headache coming on. He grabbed the opportunity and engaged me in conversation – what an interesting man! He’d done loads of travelling in his life – and had just returned from staying in a remote village in Turkey after spending a week on a yacht. In his time he’d travelled to the source of the Ganges and other far flung places. His regret was that at 80 years of age he had to hire porters now to accompany him and carry his tent and rucksack. What at first promised to be a boring bus ride back home, quickly became a fabulous journey for me with this man who was so fascinating!

  15. What a great story, Pat! I had a similar experience sitting next to a young woman on the train to Plymouth. There was nothing immediately interesting about her, for me, but when she started to tell her story it was fascinating. I’m been writing a guest blog today about how ordinary-seeming dreams can be doorways to spiritual experience, which in terms of my analogy seems appropriate – at first glance, an old man, a young woman, nothing to immediately engage our attention, but transforming into a memorable encounter.

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