Strange Dream

I’ve always been fascinated by dream logic. I think it’ one of the reasons why I like writers like Neil Gaimen. So it is interesting when I can remember my dreams with such detail like the one I had the other night.

The dream started in an old Wild West town. I was there with my father (who has a great interest in the Wild West in real life). We were trying to fit in so the locals would not realize we were outsiders. My father was blending in perfectly but I was in trouble. All my clothes were too modern so I had to hide in the house as I tried to search for something close to a cowboy outfit. The best I could find was a checker shirt and jeans.

Then the dream suddenly changed location as they often do. I was in a hospital which was in my parent’s house. Although I did not remember arriving there I knew the reason for my visitation was to find a solution to my problem of not blending in. I spent what felt like ages waiting in the corridor. Every now and then a slightly over weight hospital orderly would come over and apologize for keeping me waiting.

Then the dream changed location again and the corridor was a locomotive pulling into a large train station. Some how I knew I was on my way to see a hypnotist to help me with my problem even though I could no longer remember what the problem was. I had a feeling of suspicion about the whole situation.

I stepped out of the train onto the platform expecting someone to meet me but there was no one around and yet the platform was crowded with people at the same time. Someone called out my name and I looked around to see a smartly dressed train station conductor. His hat was pulled down low over his face so I could only see his mouth under the caps peak. He was obviously trying to hide his identity so I took his hat off and discovered it was the hospital orderly I had seen earlier. Suddenly I knew I was being set up for something bad. Even though I knew this I followed him to the lab but I phoned my Mother for advice as we walked. She agreed that the way they had contacted me was bad (although she said it with many more swear words then she ever would in real life) but suggested going along with the experiment anyway.

I was introduced to the doctor who would hypnotize me. He explained that I would be taking part in a month long experiment to help people improve them selves through hypnosis. They promised they would not wipe my mind but I was still a little suspicious. Then with out warning they suddenly put me under. I was in a trance but I was fighting it so I could hear what they were trying to do to me. I struggled to keep my eyes open as the hypnotist instructed me to paint more and express myself on canvas. It didn’t sound like such a bad instruction. There was a second instruction. I know there was but I can not remember what it was and shortly afterwards I woke up.

It was a dream I kept on thinking about during the day and imagining what the out come might have been. I wondered if the suspicious behavior had been a set up to get me into the right frame of mind and what I thought was the experiment was just a distraction from the real experiment. Maybe at the end Darren Brown would have appeared from behind a curtain.

I still can’t remember what the second instruction in the dream was but if I suddenly start barking like a dog or try to kill a famous celebrity after someone says a trigger word one day I’ll know it must have worked.

19 responses to “Strange Dream”

  1. BlondebutBright says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of detail! I heard that dreams are a way of working out problems you haven’t solved in your life. I’ll leave the interpretation to you.

  2. Charlemagne Stavanger says:

    I can never remember my dreams like that, they are all too messed up :)

  3. Tina Dealy says:

    Man, I thought my enormous fish,,,swimming in the Savannah, GA river,,,while I was having an affair with Tom Hanks was strange……I don’t even think Tom Hanks is handsome. Oh did I mention in my dream I was having his Love Child,,,,shutter,,,,,,shutter,,,,Hee hee

  4. Invader_Stu says:

    BlondebutBright – It must mean I have a problem with cowboys and hypnotists :p

    Charlemagne Stavanger – When I can remember my dreams I seem to remember every detail. I can still remember some I had a small child.

    Tina Dealy – Dream or nightmare? :p

  5. an englishman in osaka says:

    Last night I dreamt that I’d eaten an enormous marshmallow, and when I woke up my pillow was gone ;)

  6. Tina Dealy says:

    In the dream,,,,it was a dream,,,during my awaking hours,,,,it is such the nightmare, haa haa

  7. Tina Dealy says:

    Another nightmare,,,I am coming for my house hunting visit in October,,,,,am I going to freeze to death?

  8. Matt says:

    I’ve been having a lot of dreamless sleep lately – does that mean that I’m dead or that I’ve lost all emotion?

  9. roxanne says:

    I like the drooling Stu. I also like hearing about other people’s weird dreams. Makes me feel more normal. :)

  10. zoe says:

    the dreams that i remember are usually the worst and involve my colleagues. the ones i hate the most are those where i’m trying to get away from someone/thing and get to a semi-conscious state, trying hard to wake up.

  11. flickacross says:

    hey, you’re jsut like me. in the way that i love to torment other people with every little detail of my latest dream. needless to say, i have no friends any longer….

  12. ellen says:

    Stu, SLEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

    Did it work, huh? Huh? Did your forehead hit your keyboard?

  13. Invader_Stu says:

    Tina Dealy – October is usually not so bad here but it depends on what you are used to. Sometimes in December the canels will freeze over and we get snow.

    An englishman in osaka – At least it was not the mattress :P

    Matt – or it means you are the emotionless undead. I go for months when I can’t remember a dream.

    Roxanne – Compared to some of my dreams that one was very normal. I’ve been home ill today (felling better now) and have had a whole day of very bizarre dreams.

  14. Invader_Stu says:

    Zoe – I think I have had those too. Do you mean the kind where you are trying to force your eyes open in the dream but you are really trying to force your eyes open in the real world.

    Flickacross – I could alway bore you with more.

    Ellen – Now don’t be silly. That is never going… ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  15. Rose says:

    Your dream was certainly more interesting that mine Red.

  16. Bonestorm says:

    Remind me not to step into one of your dreams any time soon. Sounds a bit wild to me.

  17. Invader_Stu says:

    You should here some of the others

  18. DRagon lady says:

    Like being chased by giant machines in a field of daisies.
    Oh how I remember,

  19. JB says:

    It sounds like you’d love the movie “Waking Life” by Richard Linklater. Did you see it?

    I usually get very detailed and exciting dreams when I try to quit smoking and stick nicotine patch on my shoulder, then I know I am in for a roller-coaster ride. I guess Nicotine works as a stimulant…

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