Dream? Or ghost?

The phenomenon known as “recurring dreams” is not an unusual one. You know – the kind where you seem to revisit the same place night after night, or perhaps only two or three times a week, in your dreams.

From what I understand, many of these are like a video clip that just keeps repeating itself without change. You can’t figure out why you keep seeing the same thing over and over, but that’s the dream you’re stuck with. It could be a happy scene; something scary, or just a bland scene that keep repeating. In any case, it seems to be the dream you’re stuck with.

There is another kind as well – one in which the only constant is the location to which you keep returning. This is the kind I’ve been experiencing. The scene is the interior of a bicycle shop. Through the windows I can see the seasons change and movement on the street beyond the sidewalk. In the shop someone, either the owner or a mechanic, is working on a bicycle. This bicycle is never the same one whenever I visit this shop, so it appears that rather than a video loop, I’m actually watching things happen in “real time”. He finishes one project, then goes on to another.

The episodic rather than repetitive nature of this dream has given rise to a question. Since I am seeing life in this shop go on, am I really just seeing it in a dream? Or are the people in the shop aware of my presence, and if so, do they see me as a ghost or spectre of some kind? I suppose I’ll never know for certain unless I should somehow happen upon this shop and scare the daylights out of them when they see the flesh and blood embodiment of the spirit that’s been haunting the place.

Enjoy your weekend and if you’re fortunate enough to have a three day weekend, as am I, enjoy the extra day off. And remember to hug an artist – we need love too.