February 11th, 2007

To Dream

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (Acts 2:17)

I don’t dream much. Very rarely, if at all, do I have a dream. And when I do, I usually forget it by the time I’m getting ready for the day.

Others dream quite a bit, their dreams being replete with details, locations, persons, and other specific information. In some of the circles I run in, I often hear about the dreams that others have regarding events in “the last days”, about wars, impending doom, new Church operations, disasters and their locations, etc. While such dreams are meant for that person and his/her family alone, sometimes they are quite interesting to read if/when the person decides to share it.

I love the following quote by Dr. Jonas Salk:

I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.

And so last night, I decided to pray for more dreams. And last night, I had a dream.

It was… weird. I strongly doubt it had any revelatory principles or promptings contained therein, but it was a dream nonetheless. Let’s just say that it involved my friend Dan, myself, a stake president with a tazer gun and man boobs, some of his eager sons with pumping adrenaline, and my constant threats to have my attorney mother intervene on our behalf to “sue their pants off”.

I only mention the “man boobs” part on the Stake President because I remember calling him a her and being corrected.

Like I said, I’m not sure this dream had anything to do with anything.

Do you dream?

6 Responses to “To Dream”

  1. Kelly Winterton
    February 11, 2007 at 8:19 pm #

    Be careful what you pray for, you may actually get it!

  2. Naiah Earhart
    February 12, 2007 at 8:29 am #

    In that “Ten Secrets of a Successful Celestial Marriage” (highly recommend it, regardless of your lack of a wife at the present time; she’ll find you eventually, and she’ll be grateful that you read the book…) book that I’m reading, she was just teaching about the various ways the Lord can answer our prayers, one of which was dreams. Maybe, over on Quoty, I’ll type in some of her advice on how to tell if our dream is an answer from the Lord or not.

    (Something tells me this one was not, beyond you having asked for a dream and getting, well, a dream…)

  3. Naiah Earhart
    February 12, 2007 at 8:34 am #

    Oh, and as to whether I dream–yeah, I do. It’s usually disjointed, yet intense, nonsense, most of which I forget by the time I wake up in the morning, but for remembering that I woke up at some point in the night going “whoa that was weird,” before shaking it off and going back to sleep. Sometimes nightmares. Somtimes such mundane and regular scenes that I mistake them for real life and later speak to the person who was in it as if it had really happened. Yes, it’s embarassing. “Oh, nevermind, of course you don’t remember; it was dream I had. Like I said, nevermind…”

  4. Lucia
    February 12, 2007 at 5:37 pm #

    I dream often. WAY often. I remember most of my dreams, they are vivid and I like to keep some in journals. I remember my dreams so well that I can go through the day or week and still talk about them with detail. I have a couple of dreams from years ago that I still remember very vividly.

    I consider myself lucky that I can dream and remember my dreams, I think it’s pretty cool to see what’s hidden in my head. Although I don’t think I have ever received revelation through dreams or answer to prayers.

  5. Eugene
    February 13, 2007 at 11:18 am #

    Connor, your requested dream seems to me loaded with subtle and not-so-subtle meaning. Have you written it down completely? I mean, all the details you can remember WITHOUT judging or trying to interpret it? Once that is done tenderly and with respect, you can then begin to mine it for its treasures.

    The scripture you quoted is right on! One of my favorites.

    With that inspired historical anchor and a respectful, reverent personal attitude toward the dreammaker part of you, I suggest you look at Joseph Dillard’s “dream yoga” or “deep listening” technique for interviewing your dream. If you can do this without sniggline, I believe you are in for a great adventure! See: http://www.dreamyoga.com.

  6. kaela
    February 13, 2007 at 5:15 pm #

    You made me laugh 🙂

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