What My Dreams Are Made of: Crashing Planes and Dirty Toilets
Have you ever had that dream where you see a plane crash? Or you’re sitting on a toilet peeing, only to wake in a panic, hoping you didn’t wet your bed? If so, don’t freak out! It doesn’t mean you need to cancel your trip to Mexico next month or that you need to start wearing Depends to bed. Believe it or not, dreams might be your body’s way of trying to get your attention. Throughout my career transition, I learned to use my dreams as tools, and it became extremely effective (and fascinating, I might add.)
This was my intuition screaming at me, begging me to listen.
My dreams helped me to realize a crucial element in successfully making a career change: actually knowing I wanted to make the change. If you’re a blockhead like me, coming to that conclusion can be the biggest obstacle sabotaging your transformation. Though I knew I wanted out, I continued to second guess myself year after year. That’s no surprise considering I struggle making some of the simplest decisions. Here’s a glimpse into how my brain works:
Imagine the hubs and I are going out for a walk.
Me: Do you think I should get a jacket? Yeah… it’s a little windy out. Uhh… maybe I don’t need a jacket. But is it sunny out? I’ll probably be cold for a few minutes and then get hot, right? Okay, maybe I won’t bring a jacket.
Yes, folks, that is how I operate, except usually I’m the only one who hears that nonsense. I ask a question, and before I even hear an answer, I’ve spewed out an entirely indecisive conversation with myself. The hubs then shakes his head in amazement, wondering how I get through life.
If I have trouble with the small things, imagine how hard it is for me to make a huge life decision?
So as you can see, I need all the help I can get. My intuition knows this and assists me with these recurring dreams. Weird, right? These dreams are vivid enough to get your attention once, and when you start to experience the same themes over and over, you really start to pause. For me it was a plane crash (if that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will.) The crash always happened the same way: I’m not in the plane but on the ground. The plane swerves and swoops, making huge loops and turns, almost crashing into me. Then it regains control, flying back in to the sky, only to crash in the distance.
There’s also the dream in which I’m climbing a steep hill, mountain, or even a tower. It’s fine going up, but once at the top, I can’t get down. I stand at the edge of this tower or cliff, knowing I have to descend, but I am paralyzed with fear.
Surely you can understand my curiosity here, and a quick search on Dream Moods revealed some interesting stuff.
I could fill pages of overlapping but slightly varying themes that each of the symbols in my dreams represent, but I’ll sum it up for you with this list:
- pondering a life-altering decision/a major change in your life or a transitional phase
- a positive transformation
- overly high and unrealistic goals/high hopes and aspirations
- have overcome a great struggle, and goals are finally within reach
- a lack of confidence, self-defeating attitude and self-doubt
- an increased level of understanding, new awareness, a fresh point of view, a higher realm of consciousness, knowledge, and spiritual truth
A-ha! Somewhere in this tiny little brain of mine I do have all the answers!
In case you didn’t know, these interpretations could not have been more accurate. The craziest part of this whole saga is that once I started recognizing and honoring these feelings in my “waking life,” my dreams started evolving. Suddenly I was on the plane. It was a wild ride, and I was overcome with fear, sure that we were going to crash. But the plane stopped crashing, and it hasn’t crashed since. Concurrently, I began to climb back down the mountain. My interpretation: I was no longer paralyzed with fear and insecurity but was ready to take action.
And then came the change I needed!
If you’re actually paying attention to what I’ve written, you’re probably wondering about this dirty toilet business. That is yet to come. But until then, I’m curious to know…
Have you ever had recurring dreams? If so, what strange things happen in your dreams? If not, how does your intuition speak to you?