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I have been drinking yerba mate tea lately. I was reading that aside from the energy and antioxident properties it has, it can also cause a person to have a deeper sleep at night. It seems to work well for me because I drink it around 6pm and when I go to be around 11pm, I can still feel it in my system. so far I have never felt jittery or caffinated like usual black or green tea. (sorry for spelling errors, for some reason the spell checker is not working).
So I had this weird dream last night. It was very confusing and didn't make a lot of sense to me. I was visiting my sister and her daughters in Chico. Her older daughter was dealing with mental instability and major depression. The weird thing was at one point in the dream, my niece had actually died, but then later in the dream when I came to visit she was alive again. I don't know what that kind of time lapse occurred. when I arrived my sister let me know what was going on and I went into my niece's room to cheer her up. Suddenly her father came in to talk to her and I. He was dressed in his police outfit, with badge and holster and everything. He looked perfect and so real. I looked up at him, stood up to greet him. I hugged him and then subconsciously I became aware and really looked into his eyes and saw him. I broke down crying. I was trying not to, as was he-- because we were in front of his daughters. It was so damn difficult though. We were trying to hold it back, to hold back the tears, but we couldn't. I think I finally broke away from him and knelt down to see my niece and explain to her that everything was okay. She was confused and scared, looking at me.
The reason this was so emotional and powerful on my psyche was because I haven't seen my brother in law in 5 years. He had a cardiac episode in June 2009 which caused him to have a brain injury. Since his accident, he has been in a long term care facility in a vegetative state. He has never recovered. It has been several years since I have dreamt about him. In that moment, he was there, he was real, I could reach out and hug him and see him for who he was-- now how he is now. Even in a dream, I had so much awareness, and emotional connection.
I will also occasionally also dream of my husband's uncle, who had passed away from cancer in 2012. The dreams are the same as well, very strong and emotionally gripping and over powering.
I will say, when I woke up from my dream last night, I felt so out of it. Like I kind of had to wake myself up and look around and focus on where I was, because of how vivid and real that dream was.
The human brain works in mysterious ways.