I had a really unsettling moment this week when I realized I’ve been unconsciously living out my life according to the plot of A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors.
In case you haven’t seen the movie, the central plot centers around a young woman named Kristen, who leaves her hometown to study dream research after suffering from realistic nightmares starring, you know, Freddy. She then returns home, and begins working in a psychiatric hospital to help others who have powerful but destructive imaginations. That’s when the nightmares begin again….
I had forgotten entirely about this movie, but apparently it lodged itself so deeply in my mind I decided to go ahead and model my life after it. Like Kristen, I suffered from lucid nightmares as a teenager – those dreams that you know you are dreaming but feel powerless to act in the dream or sometimes even wake up.
After six years of life on the road as an archaeologist, I went back to school to study dream research. I learned ways to combat lucid nightmares, and also how to transform these dreams into empowering experiences. With my freshly minted degree, I began a new life with the aim to encourage dream education. The Dream Studies Portal is part of this mission.
So now that I know, I guess I’m waiting for the next plot point: Freddy’s return. Any dream warriors out there got my back?
For a more in-depth version of my story –how I got into dream research and what I’m aiming to do, check out this interview of me by Robert Waggoner of the Lucid Dream Exchange (the link is for a pdf – download or right-click and choose “save as.”)