Some ideas and feelings and dreams are so personal it is scary to share them. Maybe because I fear they won't be handled with the tender feelings they are felt about inside me. However, I think sharing is one of the best things I can do with my time on earth and I love people so I will tell you about my dreams :)
I've had a few vivid dreams lately but the one with the most lasting impact was my dream of Italy. Now at the time, I wasn't thinking "gee, I'm in Italy." I was simply feeling a lot of happiness and enjoying my life. In particular the day of my dream we had been driving through steep mountain countryside, in the green valley and traveled to a couple of different friends' houses. We enjoyed time with these friends, I spent some time discussing private things in a bedroom with a close friend, but also playing with and hanging out with their whole family in their living room. Later we were back at the townhouse type place we lived and I ran over to a neighbor's house to borrow something.
What gripped me in that dream was two feelings: 1. That I was loved and happy and 2. That we needed each other - those of us that were my friends in that foreign land. There was nothing particular about the culture or where we were I just knew the whole time it was Italy. I have no idea where that came from because I haven't really had any desire to go anywhere foreign, and I've never traveled off this continent. I really do not know where it came from. But the feelings it invoked haven't gone away so I've been doing more reading about Italy and especially looking at pictures. When I see scenery like what was in my dream it makes my heart leap. I thought I'd post a few of the photos I found online that resemble what I dreamed about.
One funny thing is I didn't know there were mountainous parts of Italy. All I had seen are seaside resorts so I guess I just assumed there wasn't mountains. My dream made me curious if the beautiful scenery really existed, so I've read about the dolomites. I learned some new geography but I also gained more curiosity and attention to the bigger world out there. I often get discouraged about the little struggles I have here in this area, in this stage of my life and it was nice for dreamland to transport me somewhere else. Only in one other instance have I looked at something and felt a heart-pounding realization that I knew it before and it was a big part of my life somehow and it was nice to have that spiritual connection again.