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Throughout my life I rarely tend to dream, or at least I don’t tend to remember them.  I do tend to remember a few recurring dreams through the years though.

One that I do recall is that I’d be in my parent’s back yard running around, playing on my swing-set, that sort of thing.  All of a sudden there would be a snake in the grass that I’d trip over, and as soon as I realized that it was a snake that tripped me I’d jump up and start running.  My coherent self would think that I’d run into the house to my Mother, but instead, in my dreams I’d run half way across the back-yard, and up onto the wings of a wing-back chair that was placed in the middle of the yard next to a pine tree that was there.  Then the snake would chase me and slither up the leg of the chair and as soon as it got close enough I’d wake up.  But whenever I’d wake from this dream I’d feel paralyzed.  Eventually I’d choke (because I think I’d stop breathing) and then I’d be able to move again.

This dream freaked me out time after time.

Recently at a yard sale (tag sale, garage sale, flea market – whatever you want to call it) I picked up a book called Dreams: More than 350 Symbols and Interpretations.  According to this book this is what the dream means:


SNAKE
The snake is a difficult dream symbol because it is so widely interpreted among various cultures.  Interpretations run the gamut from blood-curdling fear to wisdom and peace.  These options are determined by literary history and folklore from different cultures, as well as personal experience.

In waking life, it is not uncommon to be afraid of snakes.  For some people, this fear is disruptive and pathological, even to the point that a photo of a snake represents an oppressive threat.  For these people, snake dreams are almost universally bad.  If the dream includes someone who handles snakes, whoever tames the object of the fear is likely a source of wisdom and control in the dreamer’s world, and may be a representation of some aspect of themselves or someone else they know.

Among Asian and Native American cultures, the snake is a wisdom symbol.  The idea of wisdom comes from the snake’s ability to shed its skin and renew itself.  If one dreams of snakes from this perspective it is a dream of renewal, problem-solving, and good tidings in general.

I do vaguely recall at least sometimes when I had that dream, sitting on the back of the chair and watching the snake sit in the seat of the chair shedding its skin.

In Judeo-Christian cultures, the snake is a symbol of temptation or spiritual opposition against reaching one’s goals.  This concept is derived from Bible when Satan tempts Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in the form of a snake.  Sometimes, a snake dreamt in this context will remind you of a person in your waking life with whom you have a competitive relationship.

I’ve always been fairly competitive when it comes to certain things, so this is a strong possibility.

Finally, Freud and classical psychotherapy have also thrown interpretations into this “pit.”  The contention is that the snake is a type of phallus.  The snake often embodies fear about intercourse and an aversion to it.

Coming up with an insightful interpretation for your dream snake could be tricky.  What emotions are prevalent regarding the snake: fear, respect, or opposition?

Fear

What is your attitude about snakes in waking life: neutral, fearful, or friendly?

Out of those 3 words I’d say fearful, but it’s really more cautious….

Did the snake appear when you were alone or were others with you when the snake entered the dream scene?  What are your feelings about those others?

I was always alone.

Answering these questions should lead towards a productive interpretation of the snake dream.

PARALYSIS
One of the most troubling dream events, and startling physical side-effects of REM, is paralysis.  Large muscle groups often become paralyzed during a dream, presumably to prevent injury to the dreamer in case the dreamer’s instincts would cause a physical reaction to dreaming visuals.  It can be troubling if the dreamer becomes aware of his body in a paralyzed state without being aware of the fact that the mind is still in a dream state.  Suddenly stripped of every physical capacity for defense, the dreamer can experience great panic or victimization in the dream.  This scenario is a troubling version of the lucid dream.  Instead of mind awareness and body control, the dreamer has body awareness and no mind control.

Hundreds of years ago, this phenomenon was observed and named “having a witch on your back.”  The idea was that an unfriendly spirit within the dream had pinned you to your bed.  Indeed, it is not uncommon to have a sense of spiritual oppression in a dream that includes paralysis.

I don’t know if I’m panicked in the dream, but I’m sure I’m panicked when I wake up (or think I’m awake) and don’t feel like I can move….

What strange dreams have you had?
Have you ever tried to figure out what they mean?

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The Weekly Re-cap: News made me angry, I went to karaoke, we had a final countdown, we talked about FEAR, beautiful blue shoes and palm trees….

The Weekly Read: I miss reading…  maybe now that our taxes are finished I can enjoy a book!

Helen Hunt & Bill Paxton in Twister ~ 1996

The Weekly Movie: Twister

The Weekly Time Waster: Thinking it was a good idea to give Michael’s in Clifton Park ANOTHER chance.  Yet again – they failed miserably.  Why did I bother?  Back to JoAnn’s I go!!

Smirnoff Ice Triple Black #74

The Weekly Beverage: I’ve been wanting a Smirnoff Ice Triple Black #74.  Why don’t any bars seem to have it anymore?

The Weekly Food: A Harvest Quesadilla from Bentley’s Tavern

Frank Buckles at 16

The Weekly Amazing Fact: There are only 3 WWI veterans currently aliveClaude Choules, a veteran from the British Royal Navy; Florence Green, a British veteran from the Women’s Royal Air Force; and Frank Buckles, a US Army veteran. Buckles enlisted at the age of 16, and had to lie to recruiters in order to fight in the war.

Guy's Birthday Cake!

The Weekly Birthdays: Erin Tomson Haight, Tim Rivenburg, Matthew Parker, Lea Pastore, Wayne Boomer, Matt Rizzolo, and Nancy Hans.  And EXTRA SPECIAL birthday shout outs to Hannah Totman who turned 18 and Guy Rivers who turns 40 today!!  I hope you all had a wonderful birthday!!  Did you do anything special for your big day?

The Weekly No-Shit Headline: Larry King seeks 8th divorce”  At what point should he realize “Maybe I’m just not a good husband?”

Pink Scarf

The Weekly Craft: I’m going to crochet a pink scarf along with my friends Cute~Ella Is Bold, Kelly and Adrianna for a Relay for Life event.  They’re going to stitch them all together.  As of April 1st it was already 45 feet long!!!

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The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: The Reese family (Mike & Tammy) and “Team Soft Spots” are marching for babies this year.  Go to http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/t1366950 to donate.

The Weekly Ride: No Destination rode to Ravenswood this week.  It was a nice place and I never knew it was there!

The Weekly Reminder:
NYS motorcycle registrations are due by April 30th!

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Photo by Michael T. Henry

This is going to be one of those totally random posts from me.  Sticking to just a few topics isn’t my style.
Today let’s talk about bugs.  Most of us don’t like bugs or creepy crawlies.  Personally I HATE spiders.
I’m not a fan of any of them really.

But have you ever noticed that nobody seems to be bothered by butterflies?
Really aren’t they just another bug?  They’re just prettier….  What are your thoughts?

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FEAR

My friend Lynn made a statement in her blog.

Sometimes fear is just:
False
Evidence
Appearing
Real

It got me thinking.  Why are we afraid of certain things?
Are our fears based on fact or some false reality in our minds?

I’ve never understood why people have such a strong fear of speaking in front of an audience.
(Actually it’s more of a fear of being embarrassed)
Maybe I don’t understand it because it’s a fear I don’t have.
I have two angles of thought on public speaking.  Either it’s in front of people who you know and
if you stumble over words they’ll laugh with you and love you anyway.  If it’s in front of people
that you don’t know, well who cares, you don’t need to see them ever again.

Have you ever had a fear and found a way to overcome it?

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