Monday, June 09, 2008

Dream a little dream of me

post inspired by Jack

A few nights ago, I had a dream that all of my teeth were falling out.

A few at a time.

Painlessly.

But out they came, slowly but surely.

I don't remember panicking, but I do remember thinking there must be something symbolic about this dream. It seemed this had to be one of those "universal" dreams that many experience.

Kind of like that dream where you float through a room (or am I the only one who has had that dream?).

There are many interpretations for a dream when teeth fall out. It depends on how they fell out, how you were feeling during the dream, and what is going on in your life at the time.

One interpretation is, it represents letting go of something, a changing relationship.

So, I think I know what it means for me. I think it has to do with letting go of my children...

who are no longer children.

This is not for the faint of heart. This is more difficult than giving birth. How do you let go of the piece of your heart that has been forever changed? Is "let go" really the term we must use?

Some say the "tooth" dream is about appearance, fear of getting old and ugly. I don't think that's really it for me. (although, if I end up looking like the gal above, that might bother me a little)

Or is it all a bunch of bunk? Maybe dreams mean nothing.

Hmmmmmmm...

12 comments:

Claire said...

What a deep post, sweetie. Dreams are strange, strange things.

Cxx

HeyJoe said...

I think, for the most part, dreams are just our minds way of cutting loose after having been forced to remain sane all day.

The picture frightened me.

Arrrteest said...

Have you ever experienced "lucid dreaming" where you are aware you are dreaming and may be able to control some of the events? It is an interesting sensation if you can ride it.

cruisin-mom said...

claire: they really are strange.

Heyjoe: You assume I remain sane all day. sorry about the pic. Next time I won't post a pic of myself.

arrrteest: have heard of those, never experienced one...what's it like?

Arrrteest said...

It can be interesting if you can capture it. In my experience, once you recognize that you are dreaming, it is a lot like keeping your balance on a skateboard. If you can go with the flow and keep your balance, it can be a wild ride. If you try too hard, you will lose it. With some experience, you might be able to control certain elements. But for me, control is like holding a garden hose about 3 feet from nozzle! There is only so much you can influence. Check out wiki's take on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream

On an unrelated matter, if you don't mind, I put you on my blogroll.

cruisin-mom said...

arrrteest: these days, i'm just happy if I can sleep all night, let alone try to control my dreams!
Thanks for adding me :)

Natalie said...

i used to dream that my teeth fell out too. like i pushed on them and they fell out. so after pushing on two or three of them i stopped because i was worried that they would all fall out. interesting...very interesting.

Jack said...

Dreams are important. They show you all sorts of interesting things you aren't consciously thinking about.

Val said...

boy, i don't check on you for almost a week and you blog not once, but twice!!

I don't usually dream or if I do, I don't remember them.

cruisin-mom said...

Natalie: Welcome! yep, it is interesting isn't it?

Jack: true, the trick it remembering them.

Val: keep up with the program!!!

Rivster said...

I have this dream every month. Details vary but it always involves my teeeth falling out as a result of chewing gum. I can't seem to get the gum out of my mouth and when I start to pull it out, my teeth painlessly come out as well.

For some reason, I thought to mention this to my dentist a few months back. He reassured me that this is a very, VERY common dream. Apparently our teeth shift as we sleep and this might very well account for such dreams. Also, many women experience this during their cycle.

cruisin-mom said...

Rivster: Welcome! thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's a strange dream, and apparently common. I guess you have to find what meaning fits for you.