My husband said I should pass along a dream that I have had at least 5-6 times. It relates to downhill skiing, a sport I learned last year to prove to myself I could. I love it!
I had a very busy day before the dream, preparing for a meeting with a club in which I participate. I attended the club meeting and had people over for a potluck dinner too! Went to bed about 10pm and had this vivid dream. It was in color and everything! But it is confusing to me.
I dreamed that instead of taking regular Tylenol before I head to the slopes that I take Tylenol PM by accident. When I get on the ski lift I fall asleep. I remember getting on the ski lift, but then I doze off and the ski lift operators could not wake me up. I went up and down 6 times before they physically removed me from the lift, which is when I woke up. What does this mean???
Sleeping on the Chair Lift
You may have read a column or two in which I’ve admonished dreamers not to ignore the literal implications of a dream. In your case, it can’t hurt just to double check your bottles of Tylenol and Tylenol PM. Be sure they’re labeled correctly and that there’s no chance you’ll accidentally confuse them! Oftentimes our dreams are looking out for our well-being.
In a similar vein, your dream could be suggesting that since you’ve learned to downhill ski, you may have become lax in your attention to safety procedures when you’re skiing. Maybe you’ve become too relaxed while skiing, going through the motions, doing it with your eyes closed.
Of course, there is a possible metaphorical meaning associated with these images. You mention your preparation for your club meeting, and all the activities you engaged in on such a busy day. Your dream may be suggesting that what was once fun and challenging has become repetitive and even rote to you. Maybe you’re just going through the motions as you do on the ski lift in your dream, going up and down, back and forth, without the thrill that you first associated with it.
You say this dream has recurred 5 or 6 times. One of the best ways to get insight into any recurring dream is to make a note of it when you have it. It sounds very familiar to you, so you won't need to write it out in detail unless you want to. Just make a note like, "dreamed of sleeping on the chairlift again."
Then ~ and this is key ~ make another note of what's going on in your waking life in the days around the dream. Chances are excellent that the dream recurs when certain circumstances or trains of thought are prevailing in your waking life. Does it always come on club days? You'll only need to make notes like this two or three times before the connection to your waking life presents itself to you!
Sweet Dreams to You, Dear Dreamer!
This dream originally appeared here January 28, 2012