Many of us are aware of the importance of dreams, particularly if we've read anything by Carl Jung. While it's not a subject I'm well versed in, for most of my life--except when I take Ativan for sleep--I've had a rich dream life. Unfortunately, when taking Ativan, I either don't dream or I don't remember my dreams. I'm not sure which.
But, having been off Ativan for more than a week, I'm back to dreaming. While I know next to nothing about Jung's archetypes and the symbolism of dreams, what I do know is this: Dreams enable me to solve problems. When I'm writing a book, I often have started thinking about a chapter I'm having difficulty with before I go to bed, and by the time I awaken, I've usually figured things out.
Dreams entertain me. After a great night dreaming, I wake up with a smile on my face, and a bounce in my step.
Dreams allow me to remember people I love who have died, and I gather it's a common occurrence. Years ago, I went to a lecture by Isaac Balshevis Singer, a famous Yiddish author who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. While I don't remember much of what he talked about, what I do remember is that he said one of the reasons he could write about people who died is because they're with him all the time in his memory, and in his dreams.
I often feel that way, and it's particularly nice when I awaken having dreamed about someone I love who's died. Last night, I dreamed about Grace Kahn, one of my grandmother's best friends, with whom I spent so much time in my youth. Her husband Gus (who died before I was born) was a famous lyricist. They met when she was playing one on his songs on the piano in a department store window in Chicago. In those days, that was how you sold sheet music.
Although I'm not going to share the particulars of my dream, I can't tell you how nice it was to remember "Aunt" Grace, and when I awakened to think about her and my grandmother Anne Levee.
While I've often written about medication side effects, I've never included "loss of dreams" in that description. And I'm truly grateful they've been restored...again.