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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Jephyr's Dream: On A Lake In A Storm, Alone And Blind

Warning:  This post contains several blatant references to God.


The Knight's Dream - Antonio de Pereda - 1655
Public Domain
I've decided to share a dream I had recently...and then offer my interpretation of it. 

I don't always think there are meanings to our dreams...but sometimes when one really sticks with me...I feel it takes on a greater significance.

Also, usually if I don't think about a dream immediately upon is quickly forgotten.  But in this case, I didn't start to think about the dream until I was already up and moving around...and to me that gives it an even greater weight.

The beginning of the dream was much longer and involved but none of that stayed with me.

But here is what I vividly remember:

My Dream:

I'd fallen asleep on one of those pool rafts you inflate and lay on...and was floating out on a lake.  

I began to slowly wake up and was very groggy.  I found myself laying on my belly with my arms hung over the sides of the raft and into the water.  I could hear and feel the water splashing up on and around me, and that and the movement of the raft on the choppy waves was part of what woke me.

Artist's Interpretation Rather Than
An Actual Photo From The Dream

Earlier I knew I'd been with a group of family and friends but now, after falling asleep, I was alone.

At the same time I began to come fully awake I realized that a storm was rapidly moving in. 

I thought to myself, "Why didn't anyone wake me or help me...why would they leave me sleeping out here on the lake alone with a storm moving in?" became PITCH black.  I literally could NOT see my hand in front of my face.

I felt very uneasy and knew I wanted to to try to make my way to shore as soon as possible, so I began to blindly paddle with my arms hoping I could find my way to land in the absolute darkness.  

And in my desperation I prayed:

Something simple, like:  "Oh...Dear God, in the name of Jesus, please help me."

Rembrandt - Christ in the Storm
Public Domain

Immediately I could see that I was within reach of some grassy, reedy plants along the shallows of the shore.

Then in the next moment I was out of the water and up on the bank.

As dreams often go, it got a bit more jumbled from then on and my memory of it gets more and more dim...but I do remember that it went on for quite a while longer.

It was only after waking up for real that I began to really think about the part of the dream I've just related, and decided it it was a very interesting.

First:  That I prayed...something I've not done often in my dreams that I'm aware of.

And second:  It was amazing and ultra cool that my prayer was answered so quickly!

But I also wondered if it had a deeper meaning.

Some Info On Dream Interpretation:

Painting:  Ivan Aivazovsky - 1898


After writing about that dream above, I searched for:  "what does water mean in a dream".  The first link took me to - Dreams About Water.

I don't always put stock in such things, but in this case some of the "meanings" they suggested there really resonated with me.


They suggest that:

  • Water is a powerful dream symbol that holds deep messages to the dreamer and shouldn’t be over looked.  
  • Water as a dream symbol represents your current emotional state of mind. 
  • Sometimes when we are unable to show our emotions in our walking life our dreams tend to bring them out in different forms.  
  • Recognizing the events in your water dream can benefit you in many ways mentally and physically. 

They go on to define different symbolic meanings that apply directly to events in my dream:

  • Splashed by Water - This is a dream symbol where you unconscious is telling you to wake up!  Get back on track with your life and stop stalling.
  • Water Storms – Storms in dreams can represent a deterioration of the past experiences or relationships. Storms represent a bad situation that we are in emotionally. 

As I related, in my dream I couldn't see...or it was too dark for me to see was utterly pitch black.  So I also did a search about "not being able to see in our dreams"...but couldn't find anything specific on that.

But I found something that I feel applies on  They say there that we can and should interpret our own dreams and if that interpretation seems right and makes sense to us...then we can be reasonably sure that it IS right.

My Dream Interpretation:

In my dream I was alone, blind and helpless, floating out on a lake with an approaching storm.

Photo:  Alessandro Zangrilli

At times, I've felt that way in my life...
that I'm alone on an ocean of water with storms all around me and I can't figure out how to change my situation or what I can or should do...and there is no one willing or able to help me.  I'd had a strong case of those feelings in the days around that dream. 
BUT...I've also been "sleeping"...or groggy and not fully awake...and there are definite things I should finally "wake-up" to...things I know I can and should be doing.

And finally, while it appears I am alone in these circumstances...when I pray God is able to quickly answer me and provide the help I need.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Stung By A Scorpion! FINALLY!!


You might be wondering about the title of this post:  Stung By A Scorpion!  FINALLY!!  

Finally??  Really??

Allow me to explain:

Living in the Phoenix area you quickly realize your ARE going to have several varieties of uninvited house-guests...and among them are Arizona bark scorpions.

Bark Scorpion - Photo: Brian Basgen, Sahuarita, AZ
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

I have two cats...and they have really kept the critter count down in my home and fortunately, I've read that cats are immune to scorpion stings.

But since moving here 16 years ago I've seen a number of scorpions inside...and if the cats didn't get to them first, I quickly help send them on their way to scorpion heaven.

Up until recently I even kept a jar that I would put them in as sort of a macabre way of keeping track of how many I'd thus encountered...AND it was over half full.  (including a few "deceased-by-my-hand" black widow spiders who'd also dared make their residence here) must be thinking Phoenix sounds like a terrible place to live!

Well........since we've just gone through numerous 114 degree days this summer accompanied by unusually high humidly...throw in a few scorpions and black widows...and I might be a little less enamored with desert living myself right now!!

; )   

Anyway...back to our scorpion tale  < Pun intended : )

I figured I'd probably be stung by a scorpion sooner or later.  Almost everyone you meet here has a story about a family member or friend who's been stung...or their own brush with destiny.

Over the years, I even considered just allowing one to sting me to get it over with...but always decided it'd be better to wait and let fate choose the day and hour.

Well...the waiting is over!

This evening I was walking barefooted into the kitchen and felt a very sharp pain on the bottom length of my 4th toe.

I've stepped on slivers of broken glass, or little thorns that find their way into the I wasn't sure what had just happened.

It was a bit dark so I turned on some bright lights to investigate and right where I'd been walking was a scorpion that I immediately dispatched to meet it's ancestors.

Acrylic Painting:  "Fear" - Copyright 2007, Jephyr

I'd finally been stung! 

For a moment, it crossed my mind that some people go into anaphylactic shock...but reassured myself that as a kid in Colorado I'd been stung by so many bees over the summers...that I'd surely built up some kind of immunity.


Now:  At least 3 hours have passed since being stung...and I can still really feel it.

Although, I've been bitten by red ants before and would put this below that on the pain chart.  OTOH it is much worse than those Colorado bee stings administered to me as a child.

There is still tingling and a steady but bearable pain just on that toe.  Some people report swelling but I haven't experienced any of that yet.

So now when people gather in darkened corners of rooms to talk in hushed tones about being stung...I can nod my head knowingly and officially say I too have felt the scorpions wrath...and have lived to tell the tale.


NOTE:  While I've written somewhat
humorously (I hope) about this experience...some people do have stronger reactions to scorpion stings.

Bark Scorpion Photo:
Musides (Public Domain)

If so....usually more severe symptoms will happen within minutes.  This may include vision problems, muscle twitching, a racing heart, etc.  

So if you or someone you know is stung...and begin to have conditions worse than I've emergency help immediately.


What To Do If You Are Stung By A Scorpion is a good resource for more information.


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