Dream of: 31 January 1991 "Chinese Chants"
I had just moved into the house of a Chinese in China. I didn't know how long I was going to live there, but I thought it would be a long time, at least a year. I knew that I had left grandparents behind in the United States and that I wouldn't see them for a long time. But I thought I could at least write to them.
A Chinese girl (probably in her late 20s) was sitting with me in one room. She was going to teach me Chinese. We began and I went over some simple phrases. I could tell it was going to be difficult to learn Chinese, but I felt as if it were the right thing to do. It occurred to me that I had had several dreams about going to China, but I hadn't thought I would actually go. Now I felt as if I had followed my dreams – strange as they might be – and as if I had made the right decision.
An older Chinese man took over the lesson and we went through several phrases. I remembered I used to chant Chinese chants before meditating. It had always bothered me that I hadn't known what the words meant. I wondered if I might now be able to learn the meaning of the words. I asked them about the chants and the girl brought written copies of them. She told me that they also had recordings of them on records and that there were television programs which contained the chants. I looked at the writing and thought I would memorize them and say them over and over to myself.
I wondered if I would forget the other languages which I knew. But I figured there were other foreigners around the area which I could meet. I had even already heard that an Italian man lived there. I could talk with him.
I also wondered about bathing. I saw a pool outside in the yard and was told I could bath there every morning, although the water was very cold. But that didn't bother me. I thought it would be good for me.
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