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  •  Yes, I can imagine (3+ / 0-)
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    there would be problems.  But maybe if there were special places where we could go to don our suits and fly. ..   :)

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    by cfk on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 06:53:13 PM PDT

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    •  Did you ever have this dream (4+ / 0-)
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      where you -- well, you weren't flying -- but you were falling from a great height & you could mentally stop the fall, and kind of land gently wherever you wanted to?

      I don't know what it means, but it's a sometimes recurring dream of mine.

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      by Youffraita on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 06:56:46 PM PDT

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      •  Sounds lovely. (5+ / 0-)
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        My only recurring dreams are of traveling endlessly in elevators. Weird.

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        by wonderful world on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 07:10:20 PM PDT

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        •  An anxiety dream? (3+ / 0-)
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          I get lost on my way home...or in my home...at times of great stress, anyway. When I'm not super-stressed, I NEVER have that dream.

          The floating one...I don't know what that relates to. But it's way more fun than my usual anxiety dreams.

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          by Youffraita on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 07:23:03 PM PDT

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          •  No. Usually quite fun. (5+ / 0-)
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            Lots of people, lots of action. But then I dream in Technicolor with laugh tracks and credits.... seriously.  Like Beatrice, I often wake myself laughing.

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            by wonderful world on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 07:33:11 PM PDT

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            •  i have occasionally had the power of fight (5+ / 0-)

              in my dreams.  rarely, but, memorably.

              it brings to mind my favorite part of air travel which is the take off and landing when i can see the ground up close and it feels like i'm just above ground level.

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              by No Exit on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:02:49 AM PDT

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          •  Some say flying in a dream expresses confidence, (3+ / 0-)
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            and that you feel sure the real life situation which triggered the dream is one that you'll prevail in.

            Drowning or falling would express doubt: That you're in over your head, or heading for a fall.

            But I think dream symbolism is extremely fluid, so I'm not convinced such interpretations are 100% generalizable.

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            by Brecht on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:24:57 AM PDT

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            •  I dunno, Brecht. (3+ / 0-)
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              All I know is, in those dreams, I'm gonna fall...and then something kicks in, and I am able to parachute down w/out a parachute. I'm floating. I'm falling, yes, but slowly, and at my own pace. Mentally I am controlling the fall so it is in SLO-MO. Not a fall at all.

              Not a CLUE where those dreams come from. The anxiety dreams? Oh, I totally know where they come from, and why, and even a shitty job keeps them away from me.

              But the slo-mo fall, fun ones? Wow. I don't think even Freud discussed them.

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              by Youffraita on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 01:28:04 AM PDT

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              •  Do you also know that you're dreaming at the time? (2+ / 0-)
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                If so, you're lucid dreaming. But what you're talking about is not the same as lucid dreaming, but merely overlaps it.

                "The anxiety dreams? . . . even a shitty job keeps them away from me."

                My commonest anxiety dream is that I find myself sent back to school, only now I'm several years older than my classmates. But it's years since I had that one. I seldom remember my dreams.

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                by Brecht on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 04:25:28 AM PDT

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              •  James Riddell wrote a book called "Flight of (1+ / 0-)
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                Fancy" about a 6-month trip with writer Nevil Shute, in a single-engine airplane. He wrote memorable descriptions of dreams in which he was flying. Not falling, just flying through rooms... he could hover like a hummingbird, even stop and talk with people. He seemed to have those dreams regularly; I always wondered what prompted them.

                It could be confusing when he'd be describing something, and then suddenly he was flying and you were there along with him....

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