While reading Xylene’s post on dreams, I started to ponder over the dreams which my brain cooks up while I am fast asleep. Earlier, I used to remember quite a lot of them but now a days, the memories just fade away too soon to grasp as soon as I wake up. Guess, I am getting old. My dreams are very vivid and colorful and yes, weird by all means.
So, here are my top four personal favourites from my kitty of dreams which I remember with all the minute details because of various reasons, one of them being that they scared the shit out of me. Here goes –
- I am sitting on the top stair of a stairway and someone is climbing the stairs and coming towards me. I can see the feet, the dangling palms and my own terrified face. He catch hold of my hand and drags me down the stairs, very much like the vamp dragging the heroine out of her husband’s house. I am crying and pleading and its hurting like hell and there is blood all over my legs as I reach the bottom of the stairs. [ The dream ends here and I wake up completely terrified. This was a recurring dream for a long time and I could never understand the significance. ]
- I am in a deep sleep when a whisper wakes me up. Its my mother calling me, slowly in a very soft whisper. I get up and see her standing next to my bed. Its very dark but I can still make her our. There is something terribly wrong with her. Her face is twisted and her hair are all over her face. Her hands are lurching forward towards my neck and the nails are longer than usual. Her feet are not on the ground but twisted backwards from the knee and she is floating in air, inches above the ground. She floats towards me and I scream in horror and run towards my sister’s room. I open the door and call her name and there she is, floating towards me and hands stretched out. I run towards the master bedroom where I am confident of hearing my father’s glass shattering snores, but before I reach there I wake up. [ I was drenched in sweat when this one finished and was constantly looking at the female population in the house with suspicion for a few days. ]
- I wake up and look outside the window of my bedroom. Our house now stands in the middle of the ocean. I get up hurriedly and look out of each and every window but all I can see is water all around. Suddenly Pirate ships appear and start attacking each other with cannons, with our house standing in the middle of this attack [ This dream came much before “Pirates of the Caribbean” was released. Gore Verbinski must not have even thought about the concept when I encountered this dream ]. Anyways, the fight intensifies and soon many of the pirates were flooding our house to save themselves. I and my family were the innocent victims who happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. We try to help and save as many pirates as possible and our house is hit by the cannon balls too. Soon the fight is over and we are left with a half broken house in the middle of the ocean and a few sinking ships around the house. One thing which I very distinctly remember is the glittering water in sunlight when I looked out of the bedroom window. That scene was spectacular.
- I am with my sister at the terrace and we are playing with the stars. We are arranging them in the sky in various patterns with the motion of our fingers and they move according to our command. I motion a group of stars to fly like birds across the sky while my sister commands a few of them to fall like shooting stars. Suddenly the sky is covered with very dark clouds and all the stars vanish. My mother comes and tell us to stop playing with the stars and get inside as she is having a very bad feeling about this. We move inside the house and suddenly the sky is filled with alien ships. We stare at them in horror as the aliens start descending and start marching on the road in front of our house. We can see a lot of our neighbours who are being pulled out of their houses are killed. One of the alien turn and see me and my sister watching them through a half opened door on the terrace. He breaks away from the formation and plunge towards us and enters our house as we run away screaming. [ This is where I wake up ]
I could never understand what those dreams meant. They might be my mind’s reaction to various facts and incidences collected by my subconsciousness. They might be a lot of Neurons overworking. Till date, there is no concrete theory on the occurrence of dreams. The only thing known is that most of the dreams occur during the REM(Random Eye movement) sleep, when the eyes flutter beneath the closed eyelids. That is why we always remember the dream if we wake up suddenly during this period. And maybe that’s why I remembered those dreams.
Anyways, I am moving back to Delhi tomorrow. My friends here are sad, I am sad, my mom is reacting the way a spider would react who has just spotted an entrapped fly in his web and I think all this is a dream. But more on it later. 🙂