The following is an actual dream included in my dream journal, and does not describe actual facts
Dream of:12 February 2000 "Power"
My father and I were standing on the wooden deck on the outside of the second floor of the Gallia County Farmhouse. As we looked out toward the hills in the west, we spotted an alarming sight: tornadoes. Not just one, but several funnel clouds of varying sizes had appeared on the horizon. The funnels were still far enough away so they didn't present immediate danger, but if the tornadoes continued in our direction, the result could be devastating.
Other people had obviously also spotted the funnels, because dozens of cars were speeding along the road in front of the Farmhouse, headed east away from the clouds. The cars, however, were having difficulty because the road was covered with ice and snow, and several cars skidded out of control as they turned the curve in front of the Farmhouse. If one of the cars had a serious accident, I might have to go down and help whoever was in the car. But I really didn't have time to help anyone else right now; I first needed to make sure everyone in my family who was in the Farmhouse was safe. My mother, my grandmother Mabel, and my step-grandfather Clarence were somewhere around the Farmhouse, and they probably weren't yet aware of the tornadoes. Intending to alert them of the danger, I headed down the back outside steps from the deck, hollering out that a tornado was coming.
Even though I ran all about the Farmhouse, inside and out, blaring out the warning, I never actually encountered anyone. When I finally walked back up to the deck, even my father had disappeared. I could only hope everyone had found safety.
One of the clouds approaching from the distance was particularly huge, dark and oppressive. It looked as if it might be a half kilometer wide and obviously presented the most danger. Other clouds were smaller, even graceful. One cloud formed right before my eyes, as if from nothing. The cloud just seemed to grow from high in the sky, the funnel falling closer and closer to the earth until it touched down.
Most clouds were still fairly far away; suddenly, however, one funnel was almost upon me. As it sped toward me, I still had time to run down to the basement to escape. But I didn't; instead, I looked more closely at the cloud, almost all green, filled with green leaves pulled from trees. The funnel was fairly small, perhaps a meter in diameter, and by the time it was close to me it was only about as tall as I. If I didn't move, the funnel would obviously hit me. I had no way to be sure of its power – perhaps it would kill me. I recalled having once thought it might be possible to catch a tornado, and in a flash I made my decision: I decided to stand still and let the funnel hit me.
As the swirl of leaves struck, I could feel the power of the tornado enter my body. In that instant, I felt myself absorb the power, and the power became part of me. This funnel was small, and its power faint in comparison to the monster tornado in the distance. But the transference of power from this small tornado to me was firmly palpable, and I felt myself changed.
Nevertheless, I wasn't about to stay on the deck any longer and take a chance with a stronger funnel cloud. Once again I ran down the back stairs, and this time I continued on to the basement. At the rear of the basement, I found my grandmother, sitting against the wall. No other members of my family were present, however, and I feared for their safety. I sat down near my grandmother, and waited for a stronger tornado to hit the Farmhouse. I didn't like being there. The basement was damp, and when I touched some of the sandstone on the basements walls, I could feel the moisture in the stone. An acrid odor also filled the air. My grandmother used to store jars of canned food in the basement. Perhaps some of the food had spoiled and was causing the odor.
I just wanted to get out of there. But I stayed. I sat still. I thought to myself that sometimes, like now, I just needed to have patience – to sit and wait.
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