August 16, 2006 

“I dream my painting and then paint my dream.” —Vincent Van Gogh

Dear Dream Zone, Many of my dreams are in the past like in the Civil War or World War II. I can see the gunfire and death and I am always running and running. I don't know why I run or who or what is chasing me. I always wake up exhausted from the running. —Mary Ann 44, Memphis, TN Lauri: Dreaming of the past doesn't necessarily mean you are seeing a past life, rather your dream is commenting on something from YOUR past. The settings of your dreams are always a war. What sort of battle is in your past? Anything from childhood? A health battle? Whatever the case, it is something you are continually "running from" or avoiding dealing with in waking life ... and that is why you keep dreaming the same thing over and over again. Your dreams cannot move forward until you move forward. Clearly there is something from your past you are avoiding rather than confronting and working through. When you get help with this, when you finally face it and stop running, your dreams will stop or change. Good luck!

Mary Ann replies: I think this goes back to my first health issues. I have had 20 surgeries, 10 on my lower back, seven for an artificial hip and the rest for different things. I believe my war dreams started when I had one of my many hip surgeries; I freaked out and literally ran out of the hospital, put my clothes on and just left. Whenever I need another surgery I freak and want to run. I had back surgery in January but called and cancelled the surgery. That same day I got a calming phone call from my surgeon and we re-booked the surgery. I am tired of running. I now face my health issues straight on.

Fascinating Sleep Fact: It’s back to school time! Did you know that your child needs 9 hours of sleep unlike adults who need 8 hours? Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night so he or she can be a star in the classroom!

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