Have you ever tried to scream in your dreams but couldn’t?
WHY IS THAT?
According to Dream Doctor, the inability to scream and move our legs during sleep may not be a dream at all, but a common sleep disorder called REM paralysis.
When we dream (usually we have four to five periods of dreaming per night) our bodies temporarily become paralyzed. Sleep paralysis occurs when we wake up mentally—only to discover that our bodies still are “asleep”—and we can’t scream or move!
Last night, I dreamed I was in a domestic violence situation. I was experiencing it as the girl in the dream but she was not me. She was in her early 20’s and blonde.
The man was different than anyone I know…in this life anyway.
I knew he was eventually going to kill me so I was trying to escape the house.
He was on the phone downstairs so I thought I could make it outside before he realized I was gone.
Another scene took place that I will not go into right now.
The short of it is there was a dark haired, fearless woman tieing him up. Her plan was to kill him. It was a gruesome scene.
I was able to make it outside to the car but he somehow he came after me.
When I tried to scream, nothing came out of my mouth. No matter how much I tried I couldn’t alert the neighbors in the dream.
I knew if I didn’t scream, no one would know I was in trouble and he would take me back in the house. This time, he would probably kill me without a thought.
I woke up to my real life boyfriend holding me. He was telling me I was having a nightmare and that I was safe.
Then, something unusual happened.
At least, it was unusual for me.
When I fell back to sleep, I picked up in a later scene with this same man. I was watching him kill the blonde but I was outside of the situation. I was the dark haired woman this time.
He was strangling her and I knew I had to stop him. Just as I started toward them, her body went limp.
I did not want to take a life and pained me deeply to know that I had to. I knew it was the only way to stop him.
I was just about to kill him with a sharp knife. I saw her body move. I realized she was still alive.
I woke up.
These dreams seemed significant because of the characters, role exchanges and continuation of the dream.
I have practiced Lucid Dreaming in the past but not lately. Being out of practice, I was not able to remind myself that I was dreaming.
This has definitely inspired me to start my practice again.
I will be writing more about this in the next post.
This lack of being able to scream during this horrid nightmare could be interpreted many different ways. It could be that I feel like I need help but no one is supporting me.
It could be that I feel like I don’t have a voice in my life. Perhaps, I feel trapped in a situation that I have I feel like I have no control over.
I might feel like a part of me has to change/die in order for another part to truly live. In order for this to happen, I may need to voice my opinion about it.
I don’t think this is an accident in timing since I just did a New Moon Fire Ceremony inviting the Archetype Mother/Sister Jaguar in.
I am working with her for 2 weeks.
I specifically asked for her to show me how to be fearless in my life. I will continue to open to her work in my life waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
Thank you for reading.
I would love to hear your interpretations or similar stories.
Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.