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19 October 2009 @ 01:22 pm
Old remembered dream  
Do you have dreams you remember for years? I was just reminded of one that I had when I was in my teens, almost 30 years ago.

In the dream, I heard a heavy paper-like noise, and dreamed that the Angel of Death was in the room, turning the pages in his giant book. I tried to move, to question the Angel like Abou ben Adhem, but was paralyzed. Finally I was able to jerk myself awake. Of course I was alone in the room, no Angel, no book, but I was still scared and shaken, and I decided it would be the better part of wisdom to spend the rest of the night on the couch in the living room, with a light on.
amaebiamaebi on October 19th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an excellent one. I like your desire to ask things. :D

I have such dreams in my memory as well. Maybe I'll post about one....
I'm a mockereusashead on October 19th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
What do you suppose brought the Angel of Death into your mind at that time in your life?

When I was 10 or 11, I dreamed that I had a sort of relief map of the United States inside a box. I pushed down on it and water covered the western two-thirds of it. In the dream I knew that this meant that the geological calamities predicted by psychics* would, in fact, come to pass. At the same time, I was filled with a feeling of security - of knowing I would be safe.

*My mom was way into Edgar Cayce, Jeane Dixon, et al. at the time. Cayce has predicted that the only US states left intact after the calamities (which I think, but am not sure, were to happen by Y2K) would be Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. And we lived in California, which of course everyone predicted was going to fall into the ocean in an earthquake. So this was much on my mind at the time.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 20th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
I don't know. I think I might have been hearing the wind moving laundry that was hanging in the room, but I don't know for sure.

Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, huh? Oh well. (Actually, if the New Madrid fault decides to go, most of Tennessee will be in really deep trouble.)
whoknew44whoknew44 on October 20th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
I had a recurring nightmare when I was a kid, and it happened so frequently that I learned to wake myself up from it before the scary stuff even happened. That was when I was maybe ages 6-12 or so, and I'm 43 now and still remember every single detail. Amazing.
just the gurl you wantgirlgoyle on October 20th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
I had one of those; to this day it still gives me the creeps.
une idee fixeideealisme on October 20th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Back sometime in 2001/2002 I had such a horrific nightmare that I can't even write it down, it shook me up so much. Thankfully it was just the once.
Miche: dream moremicheinnz on October 20th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC)
I have two dreams that have stuck in my memory for years. No, three.

They're all scary and things that count as "plausible but improbable" in my book, and one was downright science fiction. MilSF, at that.
Tom the Alien Cattomtac on October 20th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
It is strange strange strange that some dreams can be remembered for so long -- I have my own zoo-full of them -- when nearly all the other dreams disappear almost as soon as I wake up.

I associate dreams with emotions and memories in my subconscious, so I pay close attention to them. Being an engineer kind of guy, I'm not really in touch with my feelings and dreams help drag them out into the open.

Do you ever do what I've done? Have a dream, wake up and write it down, and then a few decades later come across it and read it?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 20th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Haven't ever done that, no -- until LJ, I didn't do any regular journaling at all. Not that I'm all that regular about posting to LJ!
Maggiesillymagpie on October 22nd, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, many. In fact, in its own weird way, my dream world sometimes tries to be somewhat consistent with previous dreams.

The scariest dreams I've had were the ones where I felt terrified, although they weren't always the dreams where the setting was that frightening. The three worst, from oldest to newest, were a dream that I was being chased by a vampire, and I woke when I felt his breath on my neck, a dream about a tree full of bees that I had to pass by but couldn't (bees scare me), and a dream where a dangerous stranger was opening the door and I had to get to the door to stop him, but I was moving like I was underwater and I could feel myself shaking with fear.

I've also had dreams of Hell, but for the most part, they weren't as emotionally frightening. ::shrug::
Maggiesillymagpie on October 22nd, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
Hmm. Sounds almost like an episode of sleep paralysis, except you didn't think you were actually awake. Scary.