Dreaming…I had a dream last night. I’m not sure where it came from, but this one stuck with me, in full detail. That part is a little unusual.
In the dream, I was at a friends house. A friend I don’t know well. Our kids went to school together for a time. I’ll use her initial, TM.
TM was showing me her office space. she had raised the ceiling in a small space and covered everything in green stretchy cloth covers. They had a bit of red and yellow accent. Think 80’s decor. There was a large tube TV, completely out of place in its location, covered in the cloth as well.
We were then in her living room. It was big and comfy, with a long corner sectional couch. Her son was there but seemed shy and timid, younger than I knew he was. I didn’t actually see him in the dream, although I remember reassuring him later. He seemed to be on a section the couch that was out of my field of vision.
There was a large, loud crack of sound, like thunder after lightening that landed way too close for comfort. It was LOUD! The kind of sound that wakes you abruptly from sleep when a storm arrives in the night. I rushed to a glass door next to the couch and looked up at the sky, thinking a storm had snuck in as we talked, but although the sky was filled with clouds, they were high and shredded, with bits of blue peeking through. Not storm clouds at all. I remember being confused at this, wondering if a transformer close by had blown, but something in me knew it was from the sky.
Something bigger had split the air, I could feel it.
TM’s son was afraid, I remember comforting him at this point, my ineffective words were something like, "hey, it’s ok, it’s only a storm". But my words trailed off as I looked back out the door.
The area outside the door was a long empty field, rising to a hill that was wire fence along the top. I heard a person cry out, "The animals are coming, they are all running away!!" I don’t know who’s the voice was. In the dream, it felt like it was outside, but at the same time, standing right next to me.
This is where it gets a bit stranger. Over the crest of the hill, horses came. They came fast and hard, running through and over the fence. Some were tangled and fell, struggling through. My first thought, though I only saw horses at first, was "All of the animals?". My next thought was that the animals, in their haste to get through the wire fence, were going to be shredded by the barbed wire. My heart hurt as they struggled and pushed through, continuing with all haste. I saw other animals. As I try to remember now, I imagine a lion and birds, lots of birds. I remember thinking how odd it was to see these animals together, but I really can’t remember specifically what animals they were, other than the horses. Instead of seeing and remembering, I feel an imprint of those animals, as if I did not really see them yet, but somehow had a wider vision, and could see them coming, all different types of animals but somehow past my field of vision.
This all happened in a flash. It’s taken much longer to write than actually happen in my dream. This next part though…It’s the hardest, scariest part.
Have you ever seen a truly frightened horse? One running from storm or fire? The horses were running, left to right across my field of vision, through the fence. They were frightened madness. Everything was fleeing something big.
The horses were pushing through in a bunch, beside and on top of each other, desperate to get through. The third or fourth horse through turned and ran straight towards me, her face was suddenly all I could see. She was dun-colored with black mane and tail, as were most of them. She had long eyelashes, really long, almost cartoonish. Her face looked stern, but not mad with fright. She looked directly into my eyes from across the field, the only horse running straight towards me. The distance seemed to close instantly, although she was still far across the field, we seemed only feet apart when she spoke in a strong clear commanding voice. "Eden has come".
Then she was running with the other horses and was gone.
I remember feeling confusion then. I did not know what to do. I was frightened. It seemed this would be the end, the apocalypse, but it wasn’t going to be what anyone thought it was. I realized I was far from home. I did not have any weapons for defense and would not see my family again. I sat on the couch in that room. The tan loosely woven curtains were drawn. I wanted to see out, to look out, but I was so afraid to see or be seen.
In the dream, I was confused about Eden. I thought Eden was a good place, a garden. Wasnt it supposed to be ‘God has come’ or something like that? Somehow, with dawning horror, I realized that the place called ‘Garden of Eden’ was more than a garden in a place called Eden, but it was Eden’s Garden and Eden had returned. I was sitting on the couch, frightened and alone, wanting to look out, but scared to do so when I abruptly woke from sleep. I calmed myself for a moment. My first action was to grab my phone and check the radar to see if there was a storm, if real life had prompted the thunder in my dream, but it was clear, not a cloud in the sky.
I have no knowledge past this. I don’t know who/what Eden is, but in my dream, "Eden has come!", and the animals were afraid.
I felt compelled to write this down and share it.