“Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.”
— Unknown source, from a fortune cookie
My mum is fond of asking me to pray. She frequently asks me to pray so i can be victorious starting from my dreams. The ones i have no control over, that is, when i sleep.
She’s a better christian than i am currently, and she believes like most religious people do that dreams are spiritual manifestations of the physical. Every happening or item in a dream has its meaning. Eating in a dream is bad, worse is being given food to eat in a celebration -that means you are being initiated into witchcraft. She has had several instances where in her dreams, she craved food in a celebration but didnt get to eat till she woke up. You can imagine how happy she was. In many dreams she had, she conquered obstacles like terrifyingly long staircases ( her description), ladders and rivers to get to a destination. In some other instances, she never got to the end of it all. Whatever the instances, she often prayed fervently that the good part of the dreams be permanent and that the negative aspects “be reversed by the Holy Ghost fire!”.
Don’t get me wrong, i share the same belief system and generally, i think we should never forget to pray.
But there’s a secret dilema. Why does there have to be a riddle? Even when we are long gone, in the abyss of our rest and thoughts, why must everything still have a symbol? Can we not just have a simple dreamworld where everything is simply as it is?
Okay, even if they have no straightforward meanings, cant they be something i can just lightly muse on and share? I have often eaten cakes in my dreams and damn it, for real, i think it’s because i’m obssessed with cakes in real life. My colleagues’ reaction to this: ” wo ni fi cake gbe e lo !” Meaning they (your enemies) will not take you away using cake.(Enemies, if you’re reading this, i’ve lessened my obssession with cakes oh. lol). To be honest, I rather pray, i don’t want to be sorry.
Among the spiritual and supertstitious (of which i am a part of), dreams are channels. They help you see the future, explain mysteries and hear from other spiritual beigns. Among scientists (of which i am a member), dreams often occur in the rapid eye movement stage of sleep (REM) . Even though most staunch scientists arent sure of the connection of dreams to our real lives, they have some theories. Some believe that dreams are connected to our emotional states and some others believe they mean nothing at all.
So, i know you probably have evidence(s). Your Bible or Quran or other spiritual book or scientific book have said something about this. Read what i dreamed of sometime ago.
In this canoe I was, scantily clad. I was the obvious cause of celebration. There were paddlers and some other people dancing and singing aloud. it looked like something from an Igbo nollywood movie (considering the way we were dressed and all) We were in the middle of a river trying to get to the other side but the occupants of the canoe (which i’m not sure i recognised) could not hold their joy.This celebration continued until we reached dry land where even more people were eager to see me. They were dancing and singing, shouting my praises for being able to safely bring the egg( which i just realised i had been holding) to the other side. Wakie wakie!
Wont tell you what my darling mother thought of this, but kindly tell me whatever’s your take on this weird if not bizarre sleepy miss of thoughts…