I very seldom have dream recall. My brother has been in a non responsive
coma since July 2nd. I have had no dreams that I recall until 2 weeks before
Xmas. Now I've had three that I recall. All having to do with him
walking normally, or singing -- got any ideas about why I should suddenly be
recalling these now?
It is very difficult to feel helpless, and even more frightening and
frustrating when those we love have problems beyond our control. Though I
wish that dreams could tell us about future outcomes in these matters, this
path is very tricky and elusive. While only the dreamer can be the final
authority on the meaning of his or her dream, we can talk about meanings in
If this were my dream....
In my dream there are themes of hope and recovery. It's not clear to me if
this is something attached to future reality or giving me hope in the
present, but it calls me to focus on the relationship I had with my brother,
the everyday aspects of walking and singing, of generally being together. I
might even look up friends of my brother, extending the metaphor of finding
ways of being with him.
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.