- A few days ago, I had a dream about a holiday event in my home. Because this really was a dream, I am posting this blog entry on my dream blog for Banking on Dreams.
- Since I have a large family and we were all in my kitchen at the same time, the room was as crowded as a crowded elevator. I even imagined during my dream that my kitchen was a kitchen inside of an elevator in which we were coming up with rules about who would be washing dishes, who would be putting the leftovers in the refrigerator, etc. The dream could therefore be connected to the freedom blog for Roger Williams in an Elevator (http://www.rogerwill.com/freedom-blog).
- We talked about how thankful we were for our large family with many helpers, so content about this dream can also be posted on my "Many Good Thanks" blog for Mayflower Dreams (http://www.mayflowerdreams.com/blog).
- We said a prayer and talked about God, so the content of this dream would also be appropriate for posting on my sharing faith blog for Unhidden Pilgrims (http://www.unhiddenpilgrims.com/sharing-faith-blog).
- Because my family and I were helping each other to wash the dishes and to do other tasks after an amazing holiday meal, this blog entry has been posted on the blog page for Holidays Amaze (http://www.holidaysamaze.com/holiday-blog).
The blog entries on my five different book websites are often connected to each other, so I'll be posting this blog entry on all five of my book websites to illustrate one example of the many connections that I often see between my books and their content.
My pets are often in my dreams. Last night, I had a dream in which I was a couple of decades younger than right now. My kids were outside on a beautiful summer day; they were in the front yard and playing with three cute, happy puppies. While I had the door open to watch my children, one of the puppies came up to the door. He kept putting his paw between the door's edge and the doorway. I think he was trying to come inside. The interesting part of the dream was that his paw looked like one of the paws of one of my current cats. The cute cat paw that was in my dream is in the picture here.
Last night, I had a dream about a pink, long-haired, fluffy kitten. The kitten was only a few months old, very skinny, and in need of a home. Its fur was matted. I talked to several strangers about the cat and decided to bring the cat over to one of my sister's houses. We fed the cat some cat food and then tried to decide how to help the cat. Before we could decide what to do, I was awakened in my dream and woke up to face the reality of the youngest one of my current three cats. He jumped on my feet and was acting like he was jealous of the idea of a new cat. While I obviously don't have a picture of the cat from my dream, I do have a picture of the cat who jumped on my feet. This cat is a Flamepoint Siamese. In this picture, he looks like a short-haired copy of my dream cat. Yes, in a way, this Flamepoint Siamese cat is a dream cat. He's cute, is very lovable, has a great voice, and follows me around like a dog.
For years, I've had dreams about Benny's. Most of these dreams have been very positive ones, but I also had a nightmare.
In one of my dreams that happened a few years ago, I was Christmas shopping. I opened up the back door of my house, took one step, and found myself to be inside of the Benny's store on Park Avenue in Cranston, Rhode Island. The store had all of the presents that I wanted for my family and friends. It was one of my happiest shopping experiences ever!
In a more recent dream, I drove to Benny's. When I went inside, no one was there, and nothing was inside of the store. It was very dark and scary. This nightmare of mine happened after the Cranston store had closed.
The reality now is that all of the Benny's stores have closed. I pray that other local stores and vendors will have more positive realities, which will help my dreams--and other people's dreams--to be happy.
I had an interesting dream last night about living in a trailer in an amusement park. There were so many rides that I did not even have the time to visit all of them. One was right next to a beach. Another one involved multiple different kinds of slides.
The setting in my dream was as interesting and fun as the "Amusement Plus" chapter in Unhidden Pilgrims. In this chapter, Heidi and Kevin went to a store, so they could question the employees about possible criminal activity. They then had a lot of fun going down a slide as a part of their work day.
Last night, I had a wonderfully positive dream: I drove my car around the inside of an office building. I went up and down stairs, around desks, avoided electrical cords, and actually had a lot of fun. All of my colleagues at work were really nice. I also had the freedom to drive without stop signs, speed limits, and dead ends. While there were streetlights, they were all green. Even with all of this freedom, though, I behaved myself. I slowed down when necessary and speeded up when some people wanted me to drive more quickly to help them with a project.
A few nights ago, right before falling asleep, I kept on thinking about adding an item to my "Many Good Thanks" blog page on my mayflowerdreams.com Website. While awake, I didn't think of any ideas for the blog, but after I fell asleep, I had a nice dream about creating blog entries. A man in a tie and a formal white shirt appeared in my dream. He offered to help. I asked him about a definition of "installation." He didn't seem to know. I then asked about creating some items to install on a blog page. He kept on asking me "What? What?" Finally, I realized that I was already creating and writing down some nice ideas for a blog. The gentleman then was helpful when he suggested that I not use actual paper for the completed entries; he told me to rather use a computer screen for the backdrop of the installation of the blog entries. Yes, I'm obviously following his suggestion for this blog entry, as well as for entries on the Many Good Thanks blog page.
Plants are often a part of Karen Petit's dreams, as two of the dream blog entries (3/13/15 and 3/20/15) on this Webpage show.
As a child, Petit often helped out in her family's garden, but she did not know too much about the process of growing plants. Decades later, after having her own children, she learned a lot about how to garden from her father, Raymond Johnson. In the 1990's, he started talking about wanting to grow a garden again, so Petit asked him for his help in starting a garden in her own back yard. He came over on most Sundays for church and dinner, as well as to help out with the garden. Together, they enjoyed the family time together, in addition to the creation of a garden every year. Even though Petit's father has passed on, she still loves gardening. She finds it peaceful because she often thinks about her family while creating new plant life. She also loves the exercise and the tasty vegetables.
Petit loves not only to see new plants grow, but also to watch the growth of an idea through the process of writing. Her two novels, Banking on Dreams and Mayflower Dreams, both show connections between a protagonist’s dreams and her reality.
Because Petit loves both writing and gardening, she's really excited about being a featured ARIA (Association of Rhode Island) author at the North Scituate Farmers' Market, 46 Institute Lane, North Scituate, RI 02857, on Saturday, June 6th, from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Signed copies of both novels will be available in electronic and print versions at Petit's Scituate Farmers' Market event. More information is available on her author event page.
The use of dream content in a novel can show readers why a character acts in a certain way, even if the character does not seem to understand his/her own actions. For example, on page 300 of Mayflower Dreams, the protagonist is dreaming as she remembers something that happened in her past. She watches a memory version of herself. Her past, present, and future are connected together as she relives an event from her past that result in anxiety about her present and future life:
Rose knew what was going to happen next. She said, “Oh,
no” as she saw the memory version of herself shifting her weight
again; her left knee buckled. To avoid falling down the stairs, she
had grabbed onto the stairway railing with both of her hands. The
laundry basket fell down the stairs. The memory version of Rose
did not fall, but her knee really hurt as she slowly walked down
the rest of the stairs, picked up the basket, moved the clothes into
the washer, and started the machine. When she turned around
to begin the painful journey back up the stairs, she paused for
a moment and looked directly at the spot where the real Rose
from the future was standing. The real Rose was invisible to the
memory Rose, but the real Rose knew that the memory version
of herself was thinking about the future and about possibly never
getting better. In the past, she had asked herself, “What will
happen if I have to spend the rest of my life with this pain?” She
had not yet found an answer to her question. (Petit 300)
Petit, Karen. Mayflower Dreams. Mustang, Oklahoma: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC, 2014. Print.
Using lucid dreaming techniques can help people to sometimes control the focus and content of their dreams. Dr. Petit, like many other people, thinks about her family, friends, and work before falling asleep. The result is she often dreams about her family, friends, and work. Petit has used parts of her own dreams to help create content in both of her novels: Banking on Dreams and Mayflower Dreams.
In Banking on Dreams, two of the characters--Lisa and Mike--try to dream the same dream by focusing their thoughts on similar content. This excerpt from page 193 of Petit's novel shows some of the dialogue between the two characters as they make plans for their future dreams:
“Well, supposedly, concentrating on something right before going to sleep might result in
having a lucid dream—or a regular dream—about the area of concentration. In other words,
if I think about the bank right before going to sleep, I might dream about the bank.”
“That explains why I dream about work so much, including guns, shoot-outs, prison, and
car chases. I even have dreams about all of the paperwork, like the reports.” After Mike thought
for a moment, he added, “Would you like to try something?”
Mike smiled, and his eyes showed his excitement. “Let’s both try to dream about
the same thing tonight and see what happens.” (Petit 193)
Petit, Karen. Banking on Dreams. Mustang, Oklahoma: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC, 2012. Print.
Dr. Karen Petit's five Christian books are
Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, and Holidays Amaze.