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Dream Injuries

We all have nightmares as children.
We awake screaming, desperate to
hear the reassuring words:

Dreams aren't real.

Or are they?

You might think you can't be hurt in a dream.
You stub your toe and awaken to find it fine.
Break a leg, and still walk in the morning.
Break your heart, and - ah. Not so simple.

If you dreamed your lover cheated on you, could you shrug it off?
Or would suspicion live on - why did you dream it, after all?
A dream of success can turn a man into an overconfident fool
while dreams of failure leave him feeling inadequate.

One fleeting dream can spark a thought
that stays with you for the rest of your life

It might seem that dreams only affect the mind
But while there is a world beyond our minds
in a real sense our minds ARE our worlds.

The structures our minds use to describe the world
create the very fabric of our very reality
and so we should beware dream injuries -
if a dream leaves a scar too deep
our minds may become too crippled
to see the world for what it truly is.

- Doctor Daniel Riverstone