Originally Posted by pyrogen
The fact that you're the observer makes me wonder if that's an important part of the dream - if it represents feeling powerless to change things in your environment, within the dream.
A similar thing has happened to me in new relationships, often having nightmares about my father. It's like the newness of a situation can stir things up in the subconscious - imagine a glass of sugar water, where the sugar has settled to the bottom; it's like stirring that glass.
Hm... not sure if I'm feeling powerless, but maybe that's me justifying things. Could I have changed it? Of course, it's my dream. But why dream about these things at all? The only reasoning I can come up with is to write it down and sell it as a storyline for a movie. I don't want to do that.
Wait a minute--isn't that what Poe did? I know there are some horror writers out there who became quite successful writing their dreams. Augh. This is so not me. But it IS me. I just don't want it to be me. I want to wake up happy, dammit!