I have a different and distinct character and personality in my dreams. I am
a flyer. At any point and time in my dreams, I can easily choose to fly for
various reasons and purposes such as teaching someone else to fly, or getting
out of a messy situation. What does flight of this type mean?
Dream flying can take many forms as you mentioned, and in a survey I saw
(Magallon, 1995), it is the number one fun activity that people like to do
dreaming, when they realize that they can. Because there are so many kinds
of flying and reasons for flying, there are also many different meanings. As
a matter of fact, Shafton (1995 p. 6) found over twenty four explanations of
flying in dreams by contemporary experts.
These ranged from Freud's idea that it is a reconstruction of the joy of
being tossed around as a child by adults to Alan Hobson's theory that it is
the result of neuron firings from the brain stem to Walter Bonime's feeling
that it represents the person's desire to flee responsibility and
limitations of nature. Who is right? The most self empowering answer seems
to be the one that you can choose that will satisfy both the need for the
answer to fit and at the same time carry you forward in life.
Delaney (1988) has noted that dream flying can easily lead to another
wonderful dream activity, dream lucidity. Once you realize that you are
flying, it may occur to your that this is not something one can do in waking
reality. Ah, hah -- so this must be a dream! At the point you become lucid
(aware you are dreaming while you are dreaming) you then have some really fun
options with dream flying. Some people like to test their skill, seeing how
high or low, how fast or slow they can fly. Others like to visit far away
places or see friends.
This dream sport is so popular, there is even a on-line club devoted to
flying and other fun activities in dreaming called the Fly-by-Night Club.
Reference Materials: Living Your Dreams: Using Sleep
to Solve Problems and Enrich Your Life by Gayle Delaney, M. V. (Revised
Ed. San Francisco: Harper and Row.1988
Presentation during the 1995 Regional ASD conference, Integral Institute,
by Linda Lane Magallon (San Francisco, CA., 1995)
Dream Reader: Contemporary Approaches to the Understanding of Dreams
by Anthony Shafton (Albany, NY: Suny Press, 1995)
Richard Wilkerson is general editor for The
Internet Dream E-zine, Electric Dreams, and director of DreamGate, the Internet
Communications and Dream Education Center. He writes the Cyberphile column for
the Association for the Study of Dreams Newsletter.