Vivid Dreams at Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast in Boquete

Blog by Terry Richmeier


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It was all so sudden, the doorbell rings and Manzar jumps up to get the bedroom door. It’s 2:30 am and I can’t believe what I’m hearing! Lots of laughter and voices of women and children. I’m suddenly feeling ill since I’ve been woken up so early in the morning. I’m angry that these people showed up at our house this late. Manzar opens the door and there they are, six women and their children. Manzar turns on the lights and offers them something to drink. As that is happening, the children start jumping on the bed and the teddy bears are flying down across my face! Slam! Slam! Slam! I want to throttle this unruly child! I try to remember this young boy is just playing and that he has no idea of the danger he is in by hitting me in the face with the teddy bear!

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Suddenly, another child is jumping up and down right next to the wall. She is reaching for something, what is it? Finally the girl is successful – she manages to reach the painted picture of Manzar and I and pulls it off the wall. The wallpaper rips down with it! I’ve had enough. I jump out of bed and realize that I’m naked and I frantically look around for my clothes as the children laugh at me! I’m really restraining myself from bloody murder with these kids! I pull on my underwear and shorts but cannot find my shirt. Forget it. I don’t need a shirt!

I march out there into the living room and I scream “GET OUT! NOW! GET OUT! GO! GO! GO!” And I hustle all of them out! The women are shocked at my rudeness. I’m appalled at theirs. And they grab the toys and children and hustle out!

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I turn around and wait….What’s this? One young boy sitting there quietly in the corner. He looks a bit scared. He has just realized that he has been forgotten! Reminds me of the movie “Home Alone”. I wonder, how can people manage to forget their children in unfamiliar places? I feel sorry for the boy.

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There is loud sound of thunder and I wake up suddenly and can’t believe what kind of a dream I was having!? Just before this dream, I was quietly looking for a piece of jigsaw puzzle to finish off this lovely nature scene while cherishing my quiet alone time. Boy that changed so drastically!

What makes us dream what we dream? Why do we remember some and not others? Are these signs of stress and conflict in our lives? How would you interpret my dream?

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From what I’ve found in an article from is this: Dreaming is a symbolic language designed to communicate your inner wisdom to you while you are asleep. The part of your subconscious that processes dreams — your dream self — sends messages as symbols and images, which in turn conveys ideas or situations in a visual language. These are the five most widely accepted reasons:

1- Compensation: Famed psychologist Carl Jung believed that even our most fanciful dreams are methods of compensation for events that occur in our waking lives. Jung also suggests that dreams may also reflect underdeveloped parts of our personalities.

2- Coping Mechanism: When dealing with stressful situations, your dreams become markedly different, and sometimes reflect your inner feelings. Psychiatry professor Ernest Hartmann, M.D. suggests that dreams are directed by particular emotions, like stress and worry.

3- Information Processing and Memory: Research already supports the claim that sleep is fundamental to a well-functioning mind and memory. However, some suggest that the key to memory consolidation lies not within a few hours of rest, but in the dreams we have instead.

4- Resolution: When approached with obstacles, we primarily pull on information we already know — our memories — to resolve them.

5- Wish Fulfillment: In dreams, your subconscious can uncover the wishes that your conscious mind has learned to repress.

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According to the link:

So my dream is this:

Doorbell: To dream that you hear or ring a door bell indicates that you are open to new experiences.

Partner: To see a partner in your dream suggests that you need to seek the help of others in order to accomplish a mutual goal. Alternatively, a partner symbolizes the duality of your personality. Also consider your waking relationship with your own partner.

Naked: To dream that you suddenly discover your nudity and are trying to cover up signifies your vulnerability to a situation.

Laughter: To hear laughing or dream that you are laughing suggests that you need to lighten up and let go of your problems. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Laughing is also a sign of joyous release and pleasure. If you are being laughed at, then it indicates your insecurities and fears of not being accepted.

Wake: To dream that you are waking up in your dream indicates that something is missing or lacking in your life.

Boy: If you are an adult male and dream that you see or are a boy, then it suggests your playful, innocent, childlike nature.

Children: To see children in your dream signify an aspect of yourself and your childlike qualities. You may be retreating back to a childlike state and longing for the past. You are trying to still satisfy repressed desires and unfulfilled hopes. Perhaps there is something that you need to see grow and nurture.

Teddy bear: To see or receive a teddy bear in your dream suggests a regression to an earlier state. You may be reminiscing about early childhood memories. Or it may symbolize lost security, comfort, and companionship. You need to be reassured and taken care of. Alternatively, a teddy bear signifies an immature relationship.

Left behind: To dream that you are left behind represents feelings of rejection or not fitting into a group. It may also highlight fears of not being able to keep up. You are questioning your abilities. The dream may be telling you that you are not utilizing your full potential. If you left something or someone behind, then it indicates that you are ready to let go of the past or move forward.

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It seems like I’ve managed to get all 5 of the symbolic messages incorporated into my dream. All this dream stuff is fascinating to me! Here at Casa de Montaña Bed & Breakfast, we want you to have many pleasant dreams of your own as you stay with us. Hopefully not disturbing ones like mine! Don’t be afraid to share with us your dreams – both the “awake” or the “sleep” kind over a glass of wine during the Social Hour!

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