A few years ago I began having this recurring dream. It Just kept happening a few times a week.
When I first started to have the dream I couldn't work out what they were doing. The person in this dream would occasionally look back at somebody else and laugh! This perplexed me, not in a disturbing way, but more in a curious way. What the hell were they laughing it?
The more times I dreamt the dream, the more I was shown. Little it began to unveil. Eventually I worked out that the man leaning over me was doing a tattoo. In fact, he was doing a tattoo on me!
Sometimes in the dream I would look down and try to see what he was writing, but I could never make out what it was. This was little frustrating because I wanted to know what it was!
Eventually, I was able to make out what the tattoo was. It was my son's name in Thai. His English name is Bodhi. In Thai it is written as ไปคื้.
It got to the point where I could see everything that was going on in the dream, even what they were speaking about. Though I couldn't work out what they were laughing at.
The dream wouldn't stop, I kept having it, over and over again.
One day I was speaking with a friend of mine about it. He has a lot of tattoos, so I thought that he might find the story amusing. When I finished telling him, I laughed and told him that I just wanted the dream to stop. He looked at me and laughed, then profoundly said “If you get the tattoo, the dream will stop!”
I thought about this for a while and then decided that's what I would do.
My friend took me to see one of his tattoo artists, a trusted person. I told him what I wanted and he wrote Bodhi in Thai for me. He drew it free hand in a very nice design.
They took me out the back and put the stencil on my chest. They asked me to confirm the position of the tattoo, which I did. They then asked me to lay down on a table and began to do the tattoo.
The man kept asking me if it hurt, to which I replied, "no". To me, it felt like I was just being tickled. I can't really explain it any other way.
At one point I must have fallen asleep; I was woken by laughter. The two tattoo guys that were working (one on me, the other on somebody else) we're both laughing at me because I had fallen asleep.
I fell asleep several times whilst he was doing the tattoo, and each time I woke up, they laughed. I was the crazy Foreigner that kept falling asleep whilst getting my tattoo. This is obviously what the laughing in my dreams was all about!
He eventually finished the tattoo, he stood me up and I looked at it in the mirror. I was very happy with the end result. All that was left to do, was to wait, and by that I mean, wait to see if the dreaming stopped.
Guess what, the dreaming did stop! My friend was right. I got the tattoo and the dreaming stopped!
How this tattoo came about is one of the strangest things that has ever happened to me. I had never dreamt like that before, nor have I dreamt like it since. But if I do ever have a recurring dream like that again, I'll know exactly what to do … get another tattoo!