I’ve had two strange dreams. One happened last week and one was a couple of months ago. I couldn’t figure out how I felt about the one from a couple of months ago and sort of hemmed and hawed until I forgot to write about it. I’m still going to do that and am holding myself accountable to that. However, I’ve been praying before bed lately, in light of some just unpleasant–unwanted dreams that I believe have been attacks from the Enemy, for God to show something to me again. I kind of miss that with Him. For a while I thought I was maybe learning a new skill, a new way to talk to God but it doesn’t seem to be happening as much as it was. Was it because I never blogged about it like I did with my other dreams? I’m not sure. I know it’s not a punishment or anything but I don’t want it to disappear.
When I saw this photo it reminded me of my bed time prayers lately. I’m waiting. I’m listening. Where are the messages You have for me God? God promises in Jeremiah 33:3 (MSG) ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’
I looked up a two things about sleeping:
HowStuffWorks: “During REM sleep, several physiological changes take place. The heart rate and breathing quickens, the blood pressure rises, we can’t regulate our body temperature as well and our brain activity increases to the same level (alpha) as when we are awake, or even higher. The rest of the body, however, is essentially paralyzed until we leave REM sleep. This paralysis is caused by the release of glycine, an amino acid, from the brain stem onto the motoneurons (neurons that conduct impulses outward from the brain or spinal cord). Because REM sleep is the sleep stage at which most dreaming takes place, this paralysis could be nature’s way of making sure we don’t act out our dreams. Otherwise, if you’re sleeping next to someone who is dreaming about playing kickball, you might get kicked repeatedly while you sleep.”
WebMD: “Usually, REM sleep occurs 90 minutes after sleep onset. The first period of REM typically lasts 10 minutes, with each recurring REM stage lengthening, and the final one may last up to an hour. Polysomnograms show brainwave patterns in REM to be similar to that recorded during wakefulness. In people without sleep disorders, heart rate and respiration speed up and become erratic during REM sleep. During this stage the eyes move rapidly in different directions.
Intense dreaming occurs during REM sleep as a result of heightened brain activity, but paralysis occurs simultaneously in the major voluntary muscle groups. REM is a mixture of encephalic (brain) states of excitement and muscular immobility. For this reason, it is sometimes called paradoxical sleep.
The percentage of REM sleep is highest during infancy and early childhood. During adolescence and young adulthood, the percentage of REM sleep declines. Infants can spend up to 50% of their sleep in the REM stage of sleep, whereas adults spend only about 20% in REM.”
I just find that information really interesting. 1. We dream in REM 2. Dreaming has restorative benefits in NREM sleep but in REM sleep we has heightened brain activity similar to being completely awake 3. We spend less and less time in REM as we get older 4. Your body is in essence frozen until you leave REM sleep
I’m not a doctor. I don’t know what I’m talking about really in regards to the scientific authenticity of what I’m about to say but the idea that God could speak to us when we are in a deep level of sleep, paralyzed in deep sleep, free from distractions, and fully heightened to His voice and visions for us is kind of amazing to think about if that was His intention with creating sleep stages and dreams. If sleep was only for awesome naps and restoration for our tired bodies there would be no point in dreams. Right? But I like to think God saw an opportunity to create illustrations for us, both good and bad , ones of hope and ones of warning, so we could have uninterrupted communication with Him.
With all that said I’m believing that this isn’t the end and I will continue to be shown things in my sleep. Things that God wants to show me and tell me things when I am completely undistracted and restored.
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