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My friend Laura posted something online about how she’s always had nightmares a few times a week about tornadoes.  She said there is never just one, but tornadoes popping up everywhere around the sky.

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 could mean:

Tornadoes –> See End of the World

The radical annihilation of the world is a theme that seems to recur in many of the world’s cultures, cults and religions.  Sometimes there is a subsequent reordering and renewal of the world that includes a particular group being placed in supremacy.  Other times, there is a mystical translations of chosen inhabitants into a structured paradise.  Another option is unrelenting chaos and loss of this world without recourse.

Sometimes, the premonition feeling that you get after these dreams leaves you feeling very eerie.  You may be unsure (or fairly sure) that what just happened in dreamland may be about to happen out in waking life.  The means may be different for any given dreamer depending on your worldview, but the feeling is roughly the same – that time seems short for this world.

There can be several different approaches to seeking meaning in this dream.  The origins of these approaches are in personal psychology, cultural tensions, and religious or spiritual revelation.

Feeling dramatically out of control in your personal life can trigger apocalypse dreams.  This may be caused by hormones in adolescence, the death of a loved one (especially parent), or divorce and other significant relationship losses.  The ending world is an escape mechanism to avoid dealing with a  world so dramatically changed by new circumstances.  This world-ending dream often features the dreamer alone amongst generally unrecognized figures.  This reveals that all people close to the dreamer are no longer around.

Cultural cues for world-ending dreams come out of a collective angst about the frailty of our planet or the human race.  Angst is concerned about what might not be, as in radical non-being of the self, planet, etc.  These dreams may be triggered in times of global hopelessness and unpredictability.  A millennial change generates this kind of dreaming for some people.  Damaging news about the earth, global warming, and cosmic collision potentials will do it for others.  Economic uncertainty will create angst for some people.  Whenever instability or insecurity become themes of cultural awareness, apocalyptic dreams increase.  Interpreting this type of dream asks, “How is the world ending and who is to blame?”  This dream may be calling for you to protect yourself against a risk that is beyond your comfort zone, become more involved in a particular cause, or to think again about the rationale of your fears.

Religious or spiritual revelation that heralds the end of the world is a powerful image.  Usually, the dreamer will see some significant icons of their faith initiating or withstanding the destruction.  Another scenario is that adherents to the mysticism are identified in a particular way and survive the destruction because of their association.  In these dreams, the world is often reordered.  Many times, these dreams will accompany a time in the dreamer’s life when he or she feels that the entire world is against them and only their association with something larger than themselves can provide a resolution to the struggles being faced.  (or, they may just be receiving an oracle about the conclusion of this world….)

So Laura, what do you think?  Any idea how the tornado dream pertains to your life?

Do any of the readers out there have dreams about tornadoes, natural disasters, or the end of the world?

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As some of you know, I love to go to yard sales / tag sales / estate sales / rummage sales – whatever you want to call them.  This past Friday I picked up a book called 101 Ways to Find God’s Purpose For Your Life.  There were lots of good points in this book.  Now I don’t want to turn my blog into a religious blog.  Even though I am religious, I don’t push my thoughts and beliefs on others except to say that the 10 commandments all boil down to the “Golden Rule” – Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.

Anywho – this book does make good points.

#1 – Discover Your Strengths

“Think back to when you were a child.  What were some of your favorite things to do?  Did you care for injured animals, love to draw pictures, or delight in playing with friends?  Now think of the ways those traits manifest themselves in your life today.  Do you still collect “strays” – animals or people?  Do you express yourself artistically through decorating and creating?  Do you love to fix broken things?  Do you enjoy opening your home to family and friends?”

This got me thinking.  I do tend to collect strays.  I have always been one of those people who tries to be friendly to everyone.  I’m the one who tries to find the wall-flower or shy person and draw them into the conversation.  Sometimes it is more of a challenge than others.  I do tend to be that kind of friend that will drop everything to help a friend who needs it.   I never noticed until recently that people who do this seem to be a rarity.  The older I get the more I look around and notice that so many people seem to be out for themselves and couldn’t give-a-crap about the person standing next to them.  Where did common decency go??  It makes me sad.

Recently I had a friend tell me I need to learn to be more of a self-centered-Bitch.  Can you believe it?  In no way am I a door-mat, but I give too much of myself and then I end up getting my feelings hurt by those people I gave to because they show their true colors and don’t care about anyone but themselves.  Apparently I don’t fit into the take-take-take society that’s appearing all around me….

I always considered it my strength that I could help people.  Lately it’s turning out to be more of a weakness, but I keep hoping that will change.  I do have some friends that do appreciate all that I have to offer with my friendship, but I’ve also learned that many take it for granted.  In times of crisis you learn who’s a friend to value and who’s the friend who’s all for themselves.

What strengths, gifts and talents do you have?
Do you use them to help people?

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