In truth everything is a dream/programmed illusion/virtual reality experience created by a consciousness source of light which set up layers/dimensions/grids/matrixes through which souls experience simultaneously. These programs follow patterns called Sacred Geometry and repeat in loops, creating the illusion of linear time.
In the slower frequency movement of third dimension, one experiences linear time. As one moves their conscious awareness into dream-time, released from the physical body, grid of experience, physical body, one experiences with time, and is able to move from grid program to grid program, in what often appears as ‘flying’.
The soul is able to consciously able to view one or more grid programs at the same time, splitting the consciousness, moving in hyperspace, quantum physics, with a greater understanding of the dynamics of its total experiences. While in a physical body, it takes most of your conscious effect to focus on events around you, as they are guided by emotions, the duality of the physical experience, which is bi-polar. This mirrors swings in emotions and constant changes in environment as all grids are in flux. In the physical, the goal is always to create balance. Many dreams are laced with emotions masking their true meaning.
A dream can warn us of potential danger. Things that trouble us often crystallize in a dream.
Everyone who sleeps, dreams, including animals. When you take a nap, you are ten times more likely to remember your dreams. For example you dream about meeting a partner. When you ‘wake-up’ that dream can continue. When you meet that person in the physical you get a deja vu feeling or say, “I dreamed about you, and it was all so real (surreal)!”
When you wake from a dreams, your consciousness can remain part of that experience.
On average, we sleep for a third of each day. Take your age and divide it by 1/3 and you will know how many years you have been asleep, on the other side, in this lifetime. For example, if you are 30 years old, you have slept for 10 years.
Many dreams bring messages, some part of your soul’s evolution. Dream-time is often a place of transformation for the soul where it awakens afterward enlightened about the next step on its journey into awareness. This is a time where the soul and mind process the path of the quester who returns in higher frequency of thought and personal mission.
If you can perceive of your dreams as projected illusions in which you are experiencing and learning, then so too shall you look upon your experiences in the physical, and unlock the mysteries of humanity and your purpose for being here. From the point of view of dreamtime and other realms of conscious awareness, our reality is but a projected illusion in linear time.
What happens when our consciousness leaves the physical body and enters the grids? What is the true reality – this one or that? Are realities merging now? Are dreams really dreams? Do they end when we wake up here or do they continue? How do our journeys into alternate realities help us? As we are here to study and experience emotions, much of our sleep time has to do with processing issues, healing, connecting with spirit, glimpsing the grids (past, present, and future viewed simultaneously) and so on. This is a wide open field that works differently with each person and is up for personal interpretation.
Anxiety Dreams, Nightmares
These dreams often are fear-based and result in waking up with sweats and heart palpitations. There is generally a situation going on in the person’s physical life that results in such dreams. Heed their warning and create change. Some people call them “Frustration Dreams”. They mimic life as they always contain unresolved issues leaving the person frustrated in dreamtime then waking up in this reality with the same feelings of frustration accompanied by anger, fear, panic and anxiety.
Many of our issues, cannot, and will not be resolved in our experience here. One must find workable solutions and act on them. The key is … always remove stress and anything, or anyone that does not work in your life.
Within your dream you are shown something you are to create, perhaps something affecting the destiny of humanity. Famous inventors, writers, artists, and musicians were inspired by their dreams.
Color vs. Black and White Dreams
Some people feel that as a dream manifests into third dimension it moves from black and white to color definition. Other believe that black and white dreams are dreamtime but dreams in color are parallel experiences. Further, dreams in black and white indicate an event in the far future, then same scene later manifesting as a dream in color meaning it is getting closer to physical reality.
End Time Anxiety Dreams
They contain events linked to the end of our reality hologram, simulation, dream, or program. Sometimes the events are obvious to the dreamer, while other times they are symbolic, all the while scaring my clients, who come running for answers. End Time Anxiety Dreams are on the increase as grids collide and consciousness increases. This goes along with a knowing that ET — “Extraterrestrial” or “End Time” — intervention in the human drama is about to be revealed, not by the governments of the world, but by the hologram. End Time Anxiety Dreams by clients and others who live in the Pacific Ring of Fire are mostly tsunami dreams, and they too are on the increase.
Episodic or Sequence Dreams
Your dream is like a movie, involving a story that goes on and on in sequential order.
These dreams are common. You fly free, escapism, ascension to source, time travel or move through grid realities.
As consciousness is evolving to higher frequency of light and sound, so too are our dreams. With this comes the lucid dream in which you can control and alter the events in your dream-time by realizing that you are dreaming. If you become a lucid dreamer, this does not mean that all of your dreams are of this type. Dreams vary as with all things your consciousness experiences.
There are many methods to use to create lucid dreaming. Here are just a few. Before going to sleep, tell yourself think: “I am going to have a lucid dream.” This phrase will remain in your physical consciousness. When you dream, it will activate and you will know you are dreaming. Next you must find a symbol that when seen in dream-time allows you to recognize that you are dreaming. Let’s say your symbol is the ‘sun’. Whenever you see that symbol in a dream, your mind will realize that you are dreaming and begin to interact freely.
For example … you are dreaming that you are walking on the beach on a nice sunny day. You look up and see the sun! Your mind relays the message to you, this is all a dream. You now can stop alter the events of this scene, projection, or move to another. The important things is expanding your conscious awareness to the point that you perceive the dream as a dream-time experience. This takes practice, but can be done. It will help you realize what is occurring on the other side when you sleep and the nature of dreams as projected illusion.
Precognitive or Prophetic Dreams
You dream about events that manifest in the future usually within 3 weeks if not immediately. These can be personal or universal messages. You may also see your future partner, your children, a place you will live, or future events for the planet.
Dreams are projections, just as we are projected thought experiencing in physical reality – which is nothing more than a consciousness hologram – actually holograms within holograms in which we experience at different levels of awareness. Dreams can be comprised of still images where you may see a face and telepathically receive information from that person or they can be animations (animated scenes). They can project from your thoughts or the collective unconsciousness.
Repetitive or Recurring Dreams
You have the same dream over and over as if a message is being sent from the other side, which you have to understand. Very often it is you sending yourself a message, often a warning.
Sex plays a major part in our dream world for many of us. This depends of its importance in our everyday lives. It’s a powerful driving force, like hunger and ambition. While we’re awake, sex is ruled by social restrictions and conventions, but in our dreams, even the most timid of us can have explicit and excitingly sexy dreams once our repressed selves are asleep. Sexual dreams are very coming during puberty.
You remember the events in your dream that involve another person. At the same time, another person in your dream remembers the same events
Messages are given by those who have crossed over or a religious icon. These are often the soul of someone you knew, guiding your journey or telling you that they are okay on the other side.
Dreams can have layers that unfold over many days. In that time, Spirit can teach you through symbols of light or other means that raise your level of awareness. Shamanic dreams often teach lessons.
With accelerating Earth Changes, many people dream about large waves of water inundating them. This dream is becoming more common especially for people who live in coastal areas.
You experience yourself moving through a tunnel into a white light or returning from the light. This may be accompanied by the sound of whooshing water. You may meet someone, or meet yourself, at the end of the tunnel, much like a Near Death Experience. While moving through the tunnel, you may move alone or see others. You can fly quickly or slowly. You can experience emotions with this dream journey, which often brings transformational messages.
These dreams are related to information you receive from the collective unconscious, the grids of our experience, akashic records, hall of records, that which creates the reality in which we live. Whenever a dream presents symbols of a cosmic nature, in all probability it is a representation of a Universal dream. Such dreams are reflective of religious experiences, and denote changes that are to occur at some future time.
External and Internal Factors That Affect Dreams
Just about anything external or internal can be incorporated in your dreams and influence the events. Sometimes the influences are positive while other times they create fear and anxiety as they are warnings.
– Crystals can enhance dream state in many ways, depending on the type of crystal and how it is used. It can be placed near your, under the pillow, or worn.
– Sound Machine that creates a soothing noise, water, white noise, other
– Astrological Influences, Moon, Depends on your chart
– Scents, Herbs
– Health issues
– Chemicals in the Body
– Emotional Issues
– External stimuli while you are sleeping, Ex. It is raining heavily outside, so water could be incorporated in your dream. The soul can take information from anything it is experiencing and incorporating it into your dream.
– Events occurring prior to going to sleep: Media (TV, Radio, Video), something you have read, a conversation, or other physical activities can impact on your dreams Before and After Dream-time
As reality is programmed illusion, you can preset your programming for dream-time, before you go to sleep.
The power of suggestion often works when it comes to dreams.
If you want to remember at least one dream, tell yourself that before going to sleep.
If you do not want to have scary dreams, before you go to sleep, mentally state that, “I do not want to have scary dreams.” This is good to do when your life is in turmoil.
If someone is attacking you in dream-time, tell your spirit guides to protect you, and never allow that person near you. Example: An old lover who wants to contact with you in dreams.
It is often helpful to review the events of your day before going to sleep, as if watching a movie. This is helpful if you wish to work out issues during dream-time.
After you wake up, it is best to remain still and focus on your dreams experiences.
Remembering and Interpreting Dreams
We dream in a higher frequency of thought and light than our physical experience. Therefore when we slow down our frequency as we return to our conscious awareness to the physical mind and body, we often do not have the means to understand what occurred in dream-time.
Once consciousness enters, the physical mind, we return to the ‘realms of forgetfulness’ about who we are and the nature of a soul’s experiences. Our thought processes move too slowly. Many view the physical as the dream-time, as a result, as we are no longer aware. They see reality as a dream.
Some people remember their dreams while others have little or no recognition.
Dreams help you work out issues. Emotions can distort memory. We often do not remember dreams because we do not wish to deal with the issues addressed.
Most people remember what I call ‘wake-up dreams.’ As your consciousness returns to the physical mind, it slows down to a frequency where it become aware of something that is occurring on the other side that it wishes to remember. You wake up and you remember, if only for few minutes as your consciousness slowly returns to physical frequency. It is then you must record your dream information before the events are lost in time.
Dream Journal, It often useful to keep a dated journal of your dreams. Keep it by your bed. Write the notes in the journal as soon as you ‘wake up.’ You may not understand their content until later. Using a tape recorder is also advisable.
Interpreting Dreams, Interpretation of dreams often vary. One must know about the dreamer and what is going on around them if this is a personal dream. If it is a universal dream, it may be more easily understood. For example, a friend of mine dreamed about the Twin Towers in Manhattan being engulfed in water and collapsing. He dreamed this over and over again but did not understand its full meaning until the events of 9/11 occurred several weeks later. He is a fireman. He saw the water from the hoses. He lost many friends on 9/11.
Some dreams are exact in content while others are metaphoric. Most dreams have symbols.
Your mind can only process the events in the dream based on symbols it understands. If you experience a dream that is not within the vocabulary of your mind, you will not be able to process and remember it. The physical mind has to be able to make sense of a dream, for you to remember it. It’s like a young child being taught calculus. It has no way of understanding, and therefore processing or interpreting what it is being shown, so it forgets what it sees.
In dream-time you generally receive messages in symbols or archetypes whose meaning you must later discover. This is not unlike messages received in meditations or other states of altered consciousness.
Here is an example, You dream about ‘keys.’ Keys open locks, doorways. Something new will be shown. You must then look at the number of keys given, the metal of which they were made, and anything else given in your dream related to these keys, such as … who gave them to you.
Death in a dream does not necessarily mean a physical death in as much as a transformation, old giving way to something new and better.
A Dream Dictionary is often helpful in deciphering symbols as well as searching the Internet for the symbolic meaning of that which has been shown to you. Asking for Guidance: What I have discovered about myself is that when I am uncertain about an issue I go to sleep and ask for guidance.
Sometimes I am shown events in a dream that I remember and help me focus. Other times, I don’t remember the dream when I wake up, but I know I have processed the information and know what the solution is. I often wake up with feelings of closure about issues. My soul has made the decision that is best for me in third dimension.
Dream Wizard or Oracle or Spirit Guide
Reality is consciousness therefore people experience simultaneously on many levels of awareness, some considered dreams and some physical. As far back as memory serves, humans have always dreamed and in some way were aware of their dreams, if not able to understand them. In pre-historic times, dreams were recorded on cave walls where one might find a prone body with an image above it and wavy lines connecting the 2 images. Most dreams were linked with the ‘supernatural’, messages sent from gods or ways to heal the person dreaming as reality has always been about healing and the journey of humanity back to its creational source. Every ancient civilization developed some manner in which to record dreams, often recorded as oral tradition to be kept by the Record Keepers, Elders, Shaman, of that culture. If a message came from god, it was prophecy, holy and would one day determine to journey of the people.
Atlanteans used dreams temples and crystals arranged in a specific matrix to enhance their dreams thus receiving messages from those of our realms. Today, many people dream of a place called Atlantis, merging this reality with their experiences there. They often view themselves in the final days of Atlantis, before it allegedly sank into the ‘sea of creation’ as it is a parallel running grid.
Our dream-time is spent in parallel grids of experience.
The fall of Atlantis mirrors our current experience in which we are shown through dreams, and meditations, the ending of this reality and the beginning of a Golden Age, the Alchemy of Consciousness through time and illusion, dreams and projected reality. Many people see themselves as priests or priestesses storing or hiding information in crystals as Atlantis fell.
This information would be found in our ‘current’ [as in electromagnetic energies] time line, in computer technology, communication devices using crystals, crystal grids, gemstones and more.
To Dream of Atlantis … or any lost or alien civilization is to remember one’s destiny and the geometry of creation.
Australian Dream-time – The Time before Time, the Place of Creation
The ‘Aboriginal Dream-time’ is that part of aboriginal culture which explains the origins and culture of the land and its people. Aborigines have the longest continuous cultural history of any group of people on Earth, dating back, by some estimates, 65,000 years. Dream-time is Aboriginal Religion and Culture.
The Dream-time contains many parts: It is the story of things that have happened, how the universe came to be, how human beings were created and how the Creator intended for humans to function within the cosmos. As with all other cultures, it speaks of Earth’s Creation by Gods and Goddesses, some of whom were kind hearted, while others were cruel.
The Australian Aborigines speak of jiva or guruwari, a seed power deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds. The shape of the land, its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and waterholes, and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that place into creation. Everything in the natural world is a symbolic footprint of the metaphysical beings whose actions created our world. As with a seed, the potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin. The Aborigines called this potency the “Dreaming” of a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. Only in extraordinary states of consciousness can one be aware of, or attuned to, the inner dreaming of the Earth.
Another famous dream shrine was located in Lough Derg in Donegal, Ireland. It was a cave known as St. Patrick’s Purgatory. People would entomb themselves in tiny cells for up to nine days waiting for a vision of what was waiting for them in hell. When a person was sick, a Priest would interpret the dream and then give advice on healing.
In ancient China, the dreamer’s soul, “Hun”, was considered to be the guiding factor of dreams. The “Hun” was thought to leave the body and communicate with the land of the dead. Dream Temples were created to this end. These temples sometimes served a political purpose through the 16th century. Any high official visiting a city reported to a temple the first night to receive dream guidance for his mission. Judges and government officials were also required to visit dream temples for insight and wisdom.
Originally dreams were thought to be part of the supernatural world.
Ancient Egyptians had great temples which they used for initiations and as dream shrines as they believed that the Gods showed themselves in dreams. The King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid was one such place. The Egyptians believed dreams were based on real events.
The recording of dreams in Egypt may be traced back to 2000 B.C. were the Egyptians wrote these dreams on papyrus with dreams symbols. Egyptians were among the early civilizations to attempt interpretation of their dreams. Egypt was where the process of “dream incubation” began. When a person was having troubles in their life and wanted help from their god, they would sleep in a temple, when they would wake the next morning a priest, which was then called a ‘Master of the Secret Things’, would be consulted for the interpretations of that night’s dreams.
They believed there were three main types of dreams.
– Those that happened as a result of ritual.
– Dreams that contained warnings.
– Dreams where the Gods were demanding some type of action.
The earliest Greek view of dreams was that the gods physically visited dreamers, entering through a keyhole, and exiting the same way after the divine message was delivered. The fifth century BC marks the first known Greek book on dreams, written by Antiphon, an Athenian statesman. During this century, the Greeks developed the belief (through contact with other cultures) that souls left the sleeping body.
Hippocrates (469-399 BC), the father of medicine and Socrates’ contemporary, wrote On Dreams. His theory was simple: during the day, the soul receives images; during the night, it produces images. Therefore, we dream.
Aristotle (384-322 BC) thought that dreams could be indicators of conditions within the body. He did not believe they were divinely inspired. He hypothesized that external stimuli are absent during sleep, so dreams are manifestations of a profound awareness of internal sensations which are expressed as dream imagery.
Galen, a Greek physician born in 129 AD, emphasized the need to observe dreams carefully for clues to healing. He was so trusting of dream messages that he carried out operations on the basis of his dream interpretations.
Artemidorus, his contemporary, wrote on The Interpretation of Dreams (Oneirocritica). Describes this as the “best source we have for the dream interpretation practices of antiquity.” His theory is extensive, but within the five books he wrote, he describes two classes of dreams: somnium, which forecasts the future; and insomnium, which deal with contemporary matters and are affected by the state of the body and mind. He stated that the dream interpreter should have information about the dreamer including:
1. Images that are natural, lawful and customary for the dreamer
2. Circumstances at the time of the dream
3. Dreamers occupation and personality
The practice of dream incubation was at least as important to the Greeks as it was among Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and Chinese. Dreams also aided in their practice of medicine, sending sick people to particular temples in those places where the “gods of the body” had their shrines. The ailing Greeks would visit these temples, perform various religious rites, sleep, and hope to have a dream that assured a return to good health. Night after night they would sleep and sometimes this would go on for weeks or even months until they had the “right” dream. The most famous for dream pilgrimage was the Aesculapius at Epidaurus.
Aesculapius was a Greek healer who was believed to be the son of Apollo. He was linked with cults that began the practice of dream incubation. Aesculapius visited sleepers, miraculously curing them. A shrine to Aesculapius was established at Epidaurus in the fifth century BC. It may still be visited today.
There are thought to be around 410 Aesculapian sanctuaries near Athens, generally being active from the sixth century BC until the third century BC. Prophecies would also be given through dreams to those who slept in dream temples or shrines.Almost like initiations of the ancient mystery school teachings, certain would go to the temple, where they would purify themselves first by making an offering to the Gods. Sometimes there was an animal sacrifice such as a ram, its fleece removed and then used as a sleeping mat inside the temple. The magistrates of the city also used the temple to receive answers to difficult questions.
Ancient Hebrews believed dreams were connections with God. However bad dreams were the work of Demons. The biblical figures Solomon, Jacob, Nebuchadnezzar and Joseph were all visited in their dreams by God or prophets, who helped guide their decisions. It was recognized and accepted that the dreams of kings could influence whole nations and the futures of their peoples.
The Talmud, which was written between 200 and 500 AD, includes over two hundred references to dreams. It states that “dreams which are not understood are like letters which are not opened.”
The Hebrews incubated dreams in order to receive divine revelation.
God spoke to the dreamer. The time when a prophetic dream occurred indicated when the event will take place. The Sacred Books of Wisdom, or Vedas, were written in India between 1500 and 1000 BC.
In the Vedas, dreams of violence were thought to lead to success and happiness if the aggression was pro actively handled in the dream, even if the dreamer gets hurt in the process. If the dreamer remains passive and becomes hurt by his own passivity, however, it was considered a bad omen.
Van de Castle (1994) states that these dreams might be more indicative of the dreamer’s character than prophecy, since “those who take an active role in their dreams are likely to be more active, and therefore, more successful, in their daily lives”
The Upanishads, written between 900 and 500 BC, articulates two perspectives on dreams. The first maintains that dreams are merely expressions of inner desires. The second closely resembles the Chinese belief of the soul leaving the body and being guided until awakened. It was also thought that if the sleeper was awakened abruptly, the soul might not return to the body quickly enough and the sleeper could die.
The Emperor’s palace contained a dream hall with an incubation bed. Japanese Emperors also incubated their dreams at a Shinto Temple at Usa on the southern island of Kyusha.
In Mohammed’s sacred book a distinction is made between true dreams from God and false dreams. Rituals were used to create good dreams. Later on dream interpretation became associated with astrology.
Native Americans – Dream Catchers, Spider Woman
Many Native American tribes believed that dreams revealed the hidden wishes of the soul or the messages from the Spirits above.
Dream Catchers help us to remember and work with our dreams. It is a very serious tool that is much more than a decorative ornament. The opening in the center determines the volume that you are asking to receive and parallels the changes that will occur in your life.
The Romans had strong views on dreams. They believed dreams were messages from the Gods. Emperor Augustus ruled that anyone who had a dream about the state must proclaim it in the market place. Every Roman Legion had a soothsayer to try and make sense of ‘nocturnal visions’. Priests consulted oracles and shrines for guidance to try and make sense of dreams.
The earliest recorded dreams are derived from materials dating back approximately 5000 years, in Mesopotamia. The Sumerians, the first cultural group to reside in Mesopotamia, left dream records dating back to 3100 BC.
According to these early writings, deities and royals, such as the 7th century BC scholar-king Assurbanipal, gave careful attention to dreams. Within Assurbanipal’s archive of clay tablets, portions of the story of the legendary king Gilgamesh were found. In this epic poem, one of the earliest known classical stories, Gilgamesh reported his recurring dreams to his goddess-mother Ninsun, who made the first recorded dream interpretation. His dreams were taken as prophecy and used to guide actions in the waking world. These attitudes recorded in the Gilgamesh epic provide a valuable source of information about ancient dream beliefs.
Assyria – The Assyrians believed in dreams as omens. For example, if a person fled in their dreams it indicated all would be lost.
Babylon – The Babylonians divided dreams into two categories, good dreams were sent by the Gods and Bad dreams sent by Demons. Mamu
Sumerian Gods Create a Biogenetic Experiment
The Western Post-Classical View
During the European Middle Ages, dreams were often studied in the context of their relationship to God. Questions typical of the period were “Are dreams sent by God to a person of superior virtue? Or are they sent by demons to a person who has fallen from grace?”
Beginning with the dawn of the Christian era until the time of Sigmund Freud, dreams were not regarded as important. As society became more “structured,” dreams fell into disrepute. Churches had little appreciation for the use of dream interpretation.
Modern Times: Dreams in the 20th Century
Sigmund Freud gave new life to the lost art of studying dreams in his major work, Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams), written in 1899.
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was interested in Freud’s ideas that he visited him in Vienna in 1907. After 330 letters were exchanged, their correspondence was terminated due to differences in their beliefs. Freud (1949) believed that dreams were “delusions and illusions of a psychosis” and contained mostly hidden wish fulfillment.
Jung came to believe that dream contents present us with revelations that uncover and help to resolve emotional issues, problems, religious issues and fears. Jung believed that recurring dreams are proof that dream-manifested issues neglected in a conscious mode will show up repeatedly in dreams to demand attention. Many of the symbols or images from these dreams will return with each dream. “Man never perceives anything fully or comprehends anything completely”. He concluded that symbolic terms are used to represent concepts that we cannot grasp.
There is a conscious use of symbols, as seen in religious symbolism; there is an unconscious use of symbols, such as spontaneous dream symbols. Both are to help us comprehend the world around us, whether sleeping or awake. Jung believed that the deeper layer of unconscious, which he calls the collective unconscious, is an inborn and universal part of the unconscious identical in all people. Jung thought that dreams could help us grow and heal through use of archetypal symbols.
These symbols, Jung proposed, are mental images from the collective unconscious which help us to recognize and integrate the parts of ourselves that we have disowned or are apprehensive about. Various archetypes are represented within myths, fairy tales, and religions, as well as dreams.
Among the numerous archetypes he documented are those of birth, rebirth, death, power, magic, the hero, the child, the trickster, God, the demon, the wise old man, the Earth mother, and many natural objects such as sun, moon, stars, rivers, fires, and animals.
In his quest to discover the role of dreaming, Jung also concluded that dreams are not only relevant to the dreamer’s life, but that they are all parts of “one great web of psychological factors.” Such things as events, movies and people seen the previous day also play a role in dreaming. Sometimes referred to as day residue, these memories leave impressions for the unconscious to deal with when the ego is at rest. The unconscious “reenacts” these glimpses of the past, in the form of a dream.
Jung estimated that he interpreted over 80,000 dreams by the time he retired in his 80s. Through these, he surmised that dreams and their universal imagery seemed to follow a pattern among all individuals with whom he worked over time. By learning to observe the patterns within ones dreams and learning to consciously interpret symbolic content, the process of individuation gaining a higher state of consciousness through a broadened state of awareness can occur. This enables one to overcome many personal problems, fears and anxieties while realizing full potential.
Gestalt therapy, developed by Frederick (Fritz) Perls, is interested in immediate emotional dream work.
Rather than interpreting and linking the dreams with past history, Perls has the dreamer act out all aspects of the dream. Someone dreaming of a glass house, for example, might find it useful to be the house and describe himself as such. He might then act out being the house. For instance, the dreamer might surround another member of the group as walls of a house would, thus becoming aware of how it feels to be a warm, inviting structure for another. In this case of a glass house, the dreamer might describe himself as transparent, fragile or easily shattered.
Much dialogue (between dreamer and dream object) is used in gestalt dream work, as it becomes a mental-block breaker, and another method of self-discovery. It is helpful for the dreamer to experience this process with each part of the dream in order to learn about and reassimilate the disowned parts of self.
Other 20th century dream theorists including Adler, Erikson, Maslow, Boss, Buhler, Greene, Heidegger, Garfield, Horney, Hartmann and Piotrowski studied dreams. A common thread among most is that dreams provide opportunities for intrapersonal and interpersonal growth.
The broad range of current dream-related research includes:
– learning during sleep,
– gender differences in dream content,
– drugs and effects on dreaming,
– sleep deprivation and effects on dreaming,
– the healing properties of dreams,
– depression and effects on REM,
– emotions and effect on dreaming
– non-REM dreaming.
– lucidity during dreams
Egyptian Dream Scrying
Ancient Egyptians believed in the power of dreams to bring messages from their many gods. Their methods of dream scrying go back over 5000 years and were recorded in their ancient texts and on hieroglyphic writings. Some of their techniques were later used by other ancient civilizations, as in ancient Greece thousands of years ago.
Ritual Dream Scrying Techniques
On the day you scry – find a place of solitude and remain alone.
Do not consume alcohol, eat for 4 hours before your begin, or engage in sexual activities.
Take a warm relaxing bath then anoint your temples with olive oil. You will need an oil lamp as used with lamp scrying.
On a short narrow strip of white linen write the name of the Egyptian God and the purpose for the dream scrying. Twist the linen strip into a wick and insert into the oil of the lamp. Place the lamp on a table beside your bed. Using the ink draw the image of the dream God upon your left palm.
Light your lamp. Kneel before the lamp. Invocation:
Concentrating on the image on your left hand recite the following invocation :
Thoth, (use name of desired god) I invoke, blessed power of dreams divine,
Angel of future fates, swift wings are thine,
Great source of oracles to human kind,
When stealing soft, and whispering to the mind,
Through sleep’s sweet silence and the gloom of night,
Thy power awake the sight,
To silent souls the will of heaven relates,
And silently reveals their future fates.
Concentrate on your question. Around your left hand wrap a piece of black linen about four inches wide and about thirty inches long. The black cloth is called the black eye of Isis. – the Magic of Isis – or Black Isis.
Blow out the lamp’s flame. Clear your mind and go to sleep.
Have a tape recorder or pen and paper beside your bed so that when you awaken you may record your dreams while still fresh in your mind.
You will find that the dream will come to you in a voice that is clear and powerful rather than in dream images. Sometimes the messages are in symbols – cryptic forms. Take your time in deciphering the messages you have received. You may want to use a dream dictionary to interpret messages given, if possible. They are often archetypes from your subconscious mind, perhaps from an Egyptian lifetime.
Some people easily recall dreams, while others don’t, or just remember their last experience “dream” as their consciousness returns to their physical body. Lucid dreamers are aware that they are dreaming and interact to that end within their dreams.
When one falls asleep here – their conscious awareness – to some degree – leaves their physical body. It is all part of the concept that reality is a consciousness grid simulation in which we interact within many grids simultaneously. Some dreams take us far away so we are not easily awoken here, while others are about events in our physical timeline. Many people use dreamscapes to heal and resolve issues, while other prefer higher frequency learning experiences.
Responding to one’s name has to do with focus and conditioning in any reality. In dreamtime, you may go by another name. When you wake up here, your dream continues on whatever your frequency signature is.
Dream Interpretation – Common Sense Guidelines
Dream interpretation is big business in America. That’s because dreams themselves are so interesting and often puzzling and we would like to understand them better if we can. Actually, we can probably interpret most of our dreams ourselves – with a little help. Perhaps we just need a few ground rules which I will share with you here. After that…happy dreaming!
What’s in a dream?
As you begin to try to understand your own dreams, it’s important to remember that dreams are part of God’s design for your health and wellbeing. Just like your heart or your lungs have a purpose for your body, dreams have a purpose too.
Dreaming can be a connection to areas deep within yourself being worked through in ways you cannot manage in your waking state. I remember going through a computer conversion once in which several solutions to problems came to me in dreams. I would wake up in the middle of the night and write down what I got through dreaming and implement it the next day at work.
Dreaming is also a mechanism to connect with Infinite Spirit and receive messages from him regarding your life or your future. I believe Infinite Spirit commonly uses dreams to speak to us and for that reason alone, it is a good idea to pay attention. People who say they don’t dream or don’t remember their dreams are missing out and should develop a way to key into their dreams.
The Most Important Rule
The most important rule in interpreting your own dream is answering this question: what did the dream mean to YOU? You may say; “Well if I knew that I wouldn’t need help with the interpretation.” What I am saying is to trust yourself as you separate out the elements in the dream and analyze the associated symbols and emotions.
The dream came to you and you have within yourself the best ability to understand what those particular elements mean. There are classic common dream symbols but they may not fit your dream and you shouldn’t try to force them. Interpret out of your own well of understanding before going to standard symbol meanings.
Also, all details in a dream are not important. Was that house or that color or that person in the dream meaningful to YOU? If not, it’s probably just something random that made its way in and won’t be helpful.
Record your dreams while they are fresh. If possible, keep a journal close by your bed and jot down at least the high points as soon as you wake up. It is often the case that dreams fade very quickly after waking so catch them before they go. It is also helpful to use a journal to better track reoccurring dreams.
A dream from Infinite Spirit usually breaks this rule. Supernatural dreams are often more vibrant and indelible and if you have one like that you won’t normally forget it even over time. There is a dream I had more than thirty years ago and I still remember every detail.
The one who knows the exact interpretation of every single one of your dreams is The Infinite Spirit. Ask him! Believe me, he wants you to know and understand. Pray before you go to bed that The Infinite Spirit will speak to you in the nighttime and when you awake that you will understand how he did.
When you have a puzzling dream, submit it to The Infinite and ask him to make known the meaning. Then let your mind relax about it and wait. It may come quickly or over a few days or weeks.
Recently I had a dream with an unusual subject matter – the entire Supreme Court in my back yard – and as I was waking up I said to myself; “I wonder why I dreamed that?” Almost immediately, a sentence came into my mind that interpreted the dream in a very simple way. Later that day I shared the dream with a few other people without telling them what I got for myself. They had more elaborate interpretations but none of them rang true to me. I feel pretty sure that one sentence was The Infinite’s take on my dream.
Recently I heard a supposed dream expert say on TV that you shouldn’t be upset about nightmares because they are pointing you to some problem that you need to address in your life. Instead, she said, you should welcome nightmares. I wouldn’t agree with that.
Yes, sometimes a scary dream reveals an issue that you need to face but what if the dream is coming from the demonic realm? It is something to consider. Are you having reoccurring nightmares? How severe are they? Do you feel hopeless, terrified, driven or depressed after the dream? Does it feel like someone else is in control in the dream?
Another suggestion if you have nightmares often is to consult a doctor. There are some physically based things which cause nightmares; why not rule those out before going any further? Please see a physician for sure if you sleep walk because that can have potentially very dangerous consequences.
The emotions you feel in your dreams are extremely important in interpreting them. It may be even more important than the dream sequence itself. Pay close attention to every feeling and emotion played out in each dream.
I once had a dream in which I was in a war. I woke up and felt that I truly understood the horrors that each soldier must feel. My emotions were crucial in understanding the interpretation of my dream.
Spiritual Dreams, Connect With Your Angels and the Divine
What Are Spiritual Dreams And How Can You Have Them?
Dreaming is an incredible powerful way to directly connect with spiritual guidance. During dream-time your mind is still and quiet, and you have plenty of focused time to directly connect with the Divine.
Even if you aren’t currently remembering your dreams, you are dreaming…
Dreams can be playful, profound, spiritual, prophetic, uplifting, exciting, weird, disturbing, or even scary… But all dreams have a purpose and hold significant meaning and clues about life here in the physical. After all, the average human being sleeps about 7 hours a night, which when added together equates to 1/3 of a lifetime!? With this much time invested, there is of course meaning and insight revealed within our dreams.
Through learning to understand the symbolic language of dreams, there is a huge opportunity for you to experience spiritual growth and advancement. Even without understanding dreams can be incredibly powerful, healing, and can help to carry you forward…
Dreams are most commonly about you and your personal life experience (About 10% of the time they may be about others). Dreams offer an opportunity for you to check in with Divine guidance, and to see where you are, where you have been, and where you are going.
Remember Your Dreams
To start tuning into the meaning of your dreams, you first need to start remembering them! (If you’re not already…) Committing to remember your dreams, and setting the intention to do so is the best place to begin. One way to super charge this intention is to keep a specific dream journal. Keep this journal by your bedside, and every morning (or if you wake up in the middle of the night) start recording whatever you can remember from your dream time.
Crystals like kyanite, herkimer diamond, amethyst or a double terminated crystal point can also help you with dream recall, just keep them by your bedside or under your pillow for best results.
If you’re wanting to remember your dreams but it’s just not happening, keep in mind that substances like alcohol or marijuana can definitely block you from remembering your dreams… Practice going to bed clear and sober, and you may even want to try sleeping next to a dream inducing herb like mugwort or damiana for an extra boost.
Once you start remembering your dreams, you can begin to decipher their spiritual meaning. You can absolutely look into one of the many dream dictionaries available to get an idea of the general meanings behind common dream symbols. Keep in mind however that dreaming is an incredibly personal process, and the true meaning and guidance from your dreams can only be found within.
How do you feel about the dream you had? What emotions are evoked during your dream, or when you remember your dream upon awakening? What is currently happening in your life around the time of your dream?
The answers to these questions along with the intuitive nudges you receive in response to the symbols in your dreams are huge factors helping you to understand the spiritual guidance and meaning present therein.
Fear Inducing Dreams and Nightmares
Are you having scary dreams and nightmares? Dreams with the theme of fear can be valuable in revealing areas in which you are still attached to fear in your life, perhaps even paralyzed by it. These dreams often come about to help you let go of fear, in your dreams, and in your waking reality.
Dreams offer the opportunity to safely release the past, to let go of attachments, to process fears, release limiting beliefs and thoughts, and to see where fear has crept into your experience.
Did you watch a scary movie and then have a nightmare? Remember that dreams often reflect your present reality, which is why it is so important to take control of the information you are infusing your consciousness with (via literature, TV, media, movies and more).
If you’re having nightmares, ask your angels to surround you with love and light when you sleep at night, and ask them to only allow positive vibrations and symbols to appear in your dream state. Ask the Divine and the angels to release any fear based dreams or issues into the light, and to surround and protect you completely with Divine love.
Warning dreams are a bit different. They can also be a bit scary, but are intended to draw your attention to a potential pitfall, or approaching challenge in your reality, so you can reverse, or improve upon the situation. Warning dreams may also show you something you need to let go of before you are adversely affected by it. Just pay attention, keep a dream journal, listen to your heart, and over time and with practice the language of your dreams will become more and clearer.
Dreams are a wonderful opportunity to increase your connection with the angelic realm, and to receive guidance and healing. Connecting with your angels in dreams is a great way to gain a new perspective on a present challenge, to tap into creative insight, or to receive wisdom and understanding without being influenced by the ego mind (which during dream-time is fast asleep).
With practice, and by consistently intending to remember your dreams and to receive spiritual guidance during your dream-time, you may receive psychic dreams, spiritual insight, and even glimpses into parallel experiences or future possibilities.
Spiritual Dreams For Growth and Learning
Dreams can often bring pertinent guidance about all matters of life; including health, employment, spiritual growth, challenges and lessons, blockages, opportunities, relationships, and more!
Dream-time is incredibly productive in terms of spiritual learning and growth. I often have recurring dreams of visiting classrooms and schools and while I don’t always remember all the vivid details (though sometimes I do) I know that I am always learning and growing so much while I am fast asleep, because this is my intention. How cool is that?
Before you go bed tonight, take a moment to quiet your mind, and invite your angels, and the Divine into your dream space.
“I ask to be surrounded with Divine White Light, and with the highest, best, most loving possible angels who can most serve me now. Please connect with me through my dreams tonight, and bring me healing, guidance, knowledge, and insight which will most serve. Help me to remember my dreams upon waking up, and to realize and understand the spiritual guidance and meaning therein… I ask this for the highest and greatest good of all, thank you, and so it is.”
Setting this sort of intention will help your dreams to be positive, vivid, and filled with spiritual guidance and insight.
Some of my most magical spiritual experiences and lessons have been revealed through dreams. With practice and awareness you can even become a lucid dreamer, in which you are experiencing incredibly vivid and magic dreams, while remaining aware that you are dreaming, and able to alter the course of the dream as an active participant. Lucid dreams are so real, magical, and healing.
Set the intention to remember your dreams, and in the morning when you wake up, start asking yourself… “What did I dream?”
You may not at first remember the specifics, but with persistence you will begin to feel and become aware of your valuable dream-time work. Spiritual dreams bring clearing, and can help you break through your blocks at a rapid pace so you can advance forward on your authentic path, towards accomplishing your souls mission and purpose.
What is this purpose? In a nutshell, it is to serve, to love, to live, to witness, to shine, and to make a difference…
Call your angels into your dreams, and they will be happy to help you with all of this… and more!
What Do Dreams Do for Us?
by Ilana Simons, Ph.D.
Freud said that whether we intend it or not, we’re all poets. That’s because on most nights, we dream. And dreams are lot like poetry, in that in both, we express our internal life in similar ways. We conjure images; we combine incongruent elements to evoke emotion in a more efficient way than wordier descriptions can; and we use unconscious and tangential associations rather than logic to tell a story.
Freud essentially called dreams those poems we tell ourselves at night in order to experience our unconscious wishes as real. Dreams allow us to be what we cannot be, and to say what we do not say, in our more repressed daily lives. For instance, if I dream about burning my workplace down, it’s probably because I want to dominate the workplace but am too nervous to admit that aggressive drive when I’m awake and trying to be nice to the people who might give me a raise.
Freud certainly had a catchy theory about dreams, but it was also limited. For him, every single dream was the picture of an unconscious wish. But people who have had boring dreams or nightmares might feel something missing from that formulation. In turn, recent theorists have tried to give a more accurate account of why we dream. In the following post, I’ll list some of the current theories on why, at night, our brains tell strange stories that feel a lot like literature. I’d like to know if any of these theories resonate with you, or if you have your own belief about why we dream.
(Many great literary minds were obsessed with their dreams. Samuel Coleridge wanted to write a book about dreams—that “night’s dismay” which he said “stunned the coming day.” Edgar Allan Poe knew dreams fed his literature, and he pushed himself to dream “dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”)
1. We Dream to Practice Responses to Threatening Situations
Ever notice that most dreams have a blood-surging urgency to them? In dreams, we often find ourselves naked in public, or being chased, or fighting an enemy, or sinking in quicksand. Antti Revonsuo, a Finnish cognitive scientist, has shown that our amygdala (the fight-or-flight piece of the brain) fires more than normal when we’re in REM sleep (the time in sleep when we dream). In REM sleep, the brain fires in similar ways as it does when it’s specifically threatened for survival. In addition to that, the part of the brain that practices motor activity (running, punching) fires increasingly during REM sleep, even though the limbs are still. In other words, Revonsuo and other evolutionary theorists argue that in dreams, we are actually rehearsing fight-and-flight responses, even though the legs and arms are not actually moving. They say that dreams are an evolutionary adaptation: We dream in order to rehearse behaviors of self-defense in the safety of nighttime isolation. In turn, get better at fight-or-flight in the real world.
2. Dreams Create Wisdom
If we remembered every image of our waking lives, it would clog our brains. So, dreams sort through memories, to determine which ones to retain and which to lose. Matt Wilson, at MIT’s Center for Learning and Memory, largely defends this view. He put rats in mazes during the day, and recorded what neurons fired in what patterns as the rats negotiated the maze. When he watched the rats enter REM sleep, he saw that the same neuron patterns fired that had fired at choice turning points in the maze. In other words, he saw that the rats were dreaming of important junctures in their day. He argues that sleep is the process through which we separate the memories worth encoding in long-term memory from those worth losing. Sleep turns a flood of daily information into what we call wisdom: the stuff that makes us smart for when we come across future decisions.
3. Dreaming is Like Defragmenting Your Hard Drive
Francis Crick (who co-discovered the structure of DNA) and Graeme Mitchison put forth a famously controversial theory about dreams in 1983 when they wrote that “we dream in order to forget.” They meant that the brain is like a machine that gets in the groove of connecting its data in certain ways (obsessing or defending or retaining), and that those thinking pathways might not be the most useful for us. But, when we sleep, the brain fires much more randomly. And it is this random scouring for new connections that allows us to loosen certain pathways and create new, potentially useful, ones. Dreaming is a shuffling of old connections that allows us to keep the important connections and erase the inefficient links. A good analogy here is the defragmentation of a computer’s hard drive: Dreams are a reordering of connections to streamline the system.
4. Dreams Are Like Psychotherapy
But what about the emotion in dreams? Aren’t dreams principally the place to confront difficult and surprising emotions and sit with those emotions in a new way? Ernest Hartmann, a doctor at Tufts, focuses on the emotional learning that happens in dreams. He has developed the theory that dreaming puts our difficult emotions into pictures. In dreams, we deal with emotional content in a safe place, making connections that we would not make if left to our more critical or defensive brains. In this sense, dreaming is like therapy on the couch: We think through emotional stuff in a less rational and defensive frame of mind. Through that process, we come to accept truths we might otherwise repress. Dreams are our nightly psychotherapy.
5. The Absence of Theory
Of course, others argue that dreams have no meaning at all—that they are the random firings of a brain that don’t happen to be conscious at that time. The mind is still “functioning” insofar as it’s producing images, but there’s no conscious sense behind the film. Perhaps it’s only consciousness itself that wants to see some deep meaning in our brains at all times.
Dreams have caused a lot of confusion and bewildered human beings ever since the times of earlier civilizations. Dreams were once believed to only be interpreted by people who had special influence and powers in primeval civilizations because the symbols where said to be supernatural, holy and divine messages from a higher power. Fast forward now to the 21 century and you will see an vast improvement when it comes to interpreting dreams thanks to a famous psychiatrist called Carl Gustav Jung who changed the way we dream forever.
Carl Jung Dream Quotes
“The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach’.
“Dreams are symbolic in order that they cannot be understood; in order that the wish, which is the source of the dream, may remain unknown“.
“Between the dreams of night and day there is not so great a difference”.
Why Interpret you’re dreams? Why not! What do you have to lose other than to gain inner perspective within yourself? Don’t ignore or be afraid to challenge what’s locked away deep in your unconscious mind, understanding and knowing it can be very rewarding.. Dream symbols come in all shapes, colors and feeling, some scare us, and others make us feel like we got a taste of heaven. Dream and the symbols in them have been around since the beginning of time and will keep occurring as long as humans will be in existence so there must be a reason on why we get them. Take away your blinders and start paying attention to the little detail you may have overlooked in your dreams and see what you might come up with. Whenever our body is infected by a virus or a bacteria, the rising level of fever is a natural process. No conscious decision is needed to re-establish the body’s balance. The same system works in our psyche. In times when we are out of balance with our natural pattern of life, our subconscious sends us dreams and visions that are created by our inner self. Dream Interpretation is not as easy as opening up a dictionary and having your dream symbols answered right in front of your eyes. All symbols are unique to the dreamer and some symbols might mean something to one but different to another. This is why we recommend you start writing down your dreams in a dream journal and remembering the events, people and emotional feelings you have during this time. Dream symbols come across as metaphors via the unconscious and its up to you to have an open mind and puzzle together the symbols you just received in your dream. In order to interpret your dream symbol you must recognize that all dream symbols are not the same for every individual. A train to one dreamer might mean a totally different representation to another.
Benefits of interpreting your dreams:
A lot of people do not realize that dreams play a very important part of our day to day lives. When you learn to interpret them it is like you experience a new realm or world. It literally changes your life! There are a number of resources on our website to help you understand how and why dreams are part of human existence. Although nobody knows for certain why we dream, the fact is it occurs every night. Why wouldn’t you want to understand what occurs every time you close your eyes and relax your mind a bit? Experts believe that dreams hold the key to hidden aspects of us. If you learn to interpret these symbols, you’d learn to unlock the mysterious and misunderstood parts of your life. When you pay attention to unlocking and interpreting your dreams then you could understand yourself properly and lead a better life. When we dream there are no barriers. The past, present and future is all one in the unconscious mind. There are infinite possibilities in the dream world, you can learn to connect and be in tune with those you are close with or are somewhat connected with you. We all have the ability to dream and do so every night, just taking ten minutes to write down our dreams would lead us to knowledge that could help us excel in all areas of our life.
A dream dictionary provides a wide vocabulary of words that we could use to interpret the images in our dreams that our unconscious uses to represent our waking life. We have Thousands of dreams and symbols interpreted from our very interactive forum to our A – Z dictionary. They usually include very common images that are close in meaning with interpretations to the puns that the mind plays. Although dream dictionaries are generally not regarded within the psychology community as scientifically viable, the dictionaries have provided a lot of help in interpreting our dreams even by most psychologists.
The art of dream interpretation has been considered part of science distinctively in psychology since the 19th century. There were dream symbols from the days that dreaming was not considered scientific which is why dream interpretations vary in different cultures. This lead to the investigation of forms, expressions, symbols and images involved in dreaming. The thing is the mind surprisingly remembers every single image and tends to jumble words and images together. The dictionary offers translations by the dream analysts. It was first started by Sigmund Freud who unraveled a lot of the mysteries involved with dreaming. He developed the dream dictionary so that people could look for the images found in their dreams in order to relate it to their waking life situations.
Travel in the Spiritual Worlds SPIRITUAL TRAVEL VERSUS DREAMS
Distinguishing One From the Other
The Spiritual Travel Logo
Spiritual travel is different from dreaming in a number of important ways.In spiritual travel, the traveler’s awareness is heightened and the traveler is able to direct the experience if desired. This is unlike dreaming, in which the dreamer’s awareness is dulled, and the dreamer lacks initiative. In most dreams, the dream drama unfolds as if controlled by some outside force with little or no control exercised by the dreamer.
In spiritual travel, the traveler is also aware that he or she has left the physical body and the world that is encountered is not the physical world. In normal dreaming, however, the dreamer believes the dream to be real as if he or she is acting in the physical world. This explains the great fear in nightmares where any threat is perceived as a threat to the physical body which could result in death.
Since the spiritual traveler’s awareness is clear and concentrated, there is usually no difficultly remembering the experience. Many people have trouble remembering their dreams because most dreamers experience a dulled form of awareness during dreams.
Following a spiritual travel experience, very seldom does the traveler fall back into a dream state or unconscious state. The intensity of spiritual travel does not lend itself to immediately reentering sleep or dreams. In most cases, there is an awareness of returning to the physical body, and the person awakens immediately after a spiritual travel experience.
Though spiritual travel may begin by “waking up in a dream” (lucid dreaming), the dream drama usually stops as soon as the dreamer awakens. The symbolic content of a dream usually stops immediately when the lucid dream begins, and the dreamer senses that he or she is now in control of the dream’s events.
Spiritual travel also provides a much broader range of experience than is present in dreams. The lucid dreamer with the right training can use the lucid dream as a jumping off point to explore a wide variety of spiritual and psychic states not available in dreams. Once one inner reality is entered consciously, it is relatively easy to enter another because the lucid dream state is much like being in an elevator in a building. The dreamer who learns how to push the correct buttons can trigger a transition to a different floor or plane of reality.
Lucid dreaming is only one of the ways that spiritual travel can be initiated. Spiritual travel may also begin during meditation, or as a result of a traumatic shock to the body. The fact that a spiritual traveler can go directly into an inner world via meditation without the loss of consciousness that occurs when spiritual travel begins from the dream state seems to indicate that spiritual travel states are independent of and not to be identified with the dream state. The dream state is only one of a set of doorways which can be used to reach spiritual travel states.
One of the difficulties of distinguishing a normal dream state from a lucid dream state is that there are degrees of lucidity. Sometimes there is increased awareness in a dream where the dreamer believes he has awakened but then goes on to act in a way that is uncharacteristic of someone who is completely awake.
Awakening completely means that the dreamer reacts to dream situations in the same way he or she would react if awake in the physical world. Sometimes this semi-waking state manifests as an inability to act to change the dream. Here there is a strong sense of waking awareness which is accompanied by a passive attitude of acceptance and powerlessness. Another form of semi-waking consciousness occurs when the dreamer has limited access to normal memory and cannot recognize familiar persons or situations. Here, the dreamer has a subset of his normal memories and cannot react normally to the dream situation because of these missing memories. Also, a form of semi-lucidity occurs when the dreamer feels lucid in the dream but the dream drama continues as the psyche or personal unconscious continues to produce symbolic content in the dream. Here dreamers may continue to interact with figures in the dream, and even for example consider themselves to be imprisoned in the dream state as they seek to escape frightening situations but are unable to wake up. Full lucidity generally means that dreamers can wake up if they desire to wake up.
This semi-waking consciousness muddies the distinction between normal dreaming and lucid dreaming. True lucid dreaming has a crystal clarity that somehow feels even more powerful than the usual clarity of waking awareness, and it is this kind of lucid dream state that is easily distinguished from a normal dream state.
The clarity of perception of the lucid dream state also allows the dream traveler to examine and evaluate the complexity of the lucid dream environment which is not something that most people in a common dream state are able to do. Lucid dream environments often contain so much complexity and detail that it would take dozens of Hollywood set designers and builders weeks and even months to construct them. Such complexity makes the claim that the dream environment is a product of the dreamer’s imagination or unconscious mind seem impossible or at least highly unlikely.
Anyone who has done mechanical or architectural design, engineering, and construction knows the tremendous awareness, planning, and care that necessarily goes into making a product like a bicycle or building a single, simple structure like a staircase. Both design and construction are extremely time-consuming processes requiring days and weeks of work to design and/or build relatively simple structures. No individual could instantaneously (or over a period of a single night) create the complexity of a moderately complex lucid dream environment on his or her own. And adding to this complexity is the challenge of the mind creating an animatronic dream body which is fully functional for the lucid dreamer to inhabit and use to interact with the lucid dream environment. In short, dreamers lack the time, skill, and concentration necessary to create most lucid dream environments.
Therefore, as is the case with physical environments, the source of such creation (including both body and surrounding environment) must necessarily be outside of the dreamer’s mind. Being outside the dreamer’s mind makes the lucid dream environment part of some larger parallel plane of existence which contains objective elements though it may not be called objective in the same way physical objects are described as objective. This is primarily because dream objects in spite of their complexity lack the stability of physical objects and shared experience of these objects in the dream world is extremely difficult to document and verify.
Neuroscientists who insist the mind is identical with the brain will generally acknowledge that the waking brain has many limits on its creative capacity (excepting the brain of a creative genius like a da Vinci or a Picasso). However somehow the average sleeping brain becomes massively creative during both lucid and normal dreaming to the point of being almost god-like. The dreamer with no prior experience or education becomes a script writer, actor, director, costume and set designer, prop maker, lighting expert, and many other things to produce a complex dream play in real time. The lucid dream state allows the dreamer to examine one of the most detailed elements of the play – the set and all of the objects it contains.
Surprisingly, the obvious inconsistency in the capacity of creativity when comparing the sleeping and waking brain does not seem to disturb neuroscientists. This is perhaps because lucid dreaming where this creativity is most noticeable occurs randomly in most subjects and is therefore difficult to study. However lucid dreaming brings the challenge of explaining all this creativity into stark focus in a way that normal dreaming does not. The fact that lucid dreaming presents this challenge when normal dreaming usually does not is yet another way of distinguishing lucid dreaming from normal dreaming.
However it is also likely that these complex dream phenomena are inconsistent with the neurological model of a brain that is biologically limited and chemically-driven. As with near-death experience, it seems embarrassing for neurological reductionists to admit that they have no convincing biochemical or neurological explanation for the massive burst of creativity that occurs in the recurring psychological phenomenon of lucid dreaming and to a lesser extent in normal dreaming. This is especially true when dreams have been the object of serious study for psychologists since the late 19th century.
Our conclusion is that if the complexity of lucid dream environments is beyond the creative capacity of the natural mind or brain to produce then, as with objects in the physical world, this complexity must originate outside the person’s mind. Since lucid dream objects are not physical objects they must originate and exist in some parallel plane of existence. The nonphysical place or plane where lucid dreams exist can be accurately described as a nonmaterial or supernatural world. If lucid dream experiences are not physical and not a product of the dreamer’s mind (because no person’s mind could be that creative), they must be part of some metaphysical reality. And as stated previously, if there is one nonmaterial world or space that contains dream experience, there are probably many more and these would include the spaces where the spiritual traveler goes during spiritual journeys.
Another important point to note is that spiritual practices affect dreams. The contents of dreams often echo significant activities performed in the waking state. Therefore, spiritual practices done in waking life on a regular basis will sometimes lead to the dreamer spontaneously repeating such practices in dreams. This will likely result in waking up in the dream and can even precipitate powerful spiritual experiences. Even when the practices are not having obvious results in a waking state, the openness of the dream state can permit such practices to produce the out-of-body states that they are intended to produce while awake in dreams instead.
The discussion above assumes that the lucid dreamer has a “dream body” which is usually the case in lucid dreaming (a subcategory of spiritual travel) but this is sometimes not the case. In the case where there is no dream body and the dreamer experiences being a point of consciousness or existing in another type of body (shape-shifting), there is no difficulty in distinguishing this kind of spiritual travel from normal dreaming. The differences between normal dream body consciousness and these other types of consciousness are striking and unambiguous. Such experiences are clearly not dreams.
Finally, it is not necessary wake up in a dream to do spiritual travel while asleep. Many of the experiences at this site occurred spontaneously while the traveler was asleep without actually beginning in a dream. Adopting a spiritual practice that emphasizes spiritual travel will tend to produce such spontaneous travel experiences where the sleeper “pops into” out-of-body states while asleep without first being in a dream.
Having tried to describe the differences in analytic terms, it is necessary here to state that none of these distinctions really captures the qualitative differences between normal dreaming and spiritual travel or lucid dreaming. The quality of awareness is just different in ways that seem impossible to describe. One thing that can be said is that this “difference” in consciousness sometimes inspires awe and fascination. There is also many times the direct and immediate sense that one’s soul is composed of spiritual energy with much potential. It only awaits thought to activate that potential energy and direct it towards some end. It is up to the traveler to train his or her mind and increase the ability to concentrate to be able to direct this energy towards some desired state of consciousness or new form of knowledge.
It is important to understand the differences stated above so as not to confuse spiritual travel with dreams. However it may be difficult to convince someone who has not done spiritual travel that it is different from dreaming no matter how many distinctions are drawn.
Dreams – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“The Knight’s Dream”, 1655, by Antonio de Pereda
Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology.
Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep—when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep. However, these dreams tend to be much less vivid or memorable.
The length of a dream can vary; they may last for a few seconds, or approximately 20–30 minutes. People are more likely to remember the dream if they are awakened during the REM phase. The average person has three to five dreams per night, but some may have up to seven dreams in one night. The dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses. During a full eight-hour night sleep, most dreams occur in the typical two hours of REM.
In modern times, dreams have been seen as a connection to the unconscious mind. They range from normal and ordinary to overly surreal and bizarre. Dreams can have varying natures, such as frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic, adventurous, or sexual. The events in dreams are generally outside the control of the dreamer, with the exception of lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is self-aware. Dreams can at times make a creative thought occur to the person or give a sense of inspiration.
Opinions about the meaning of dreams have varied and shifted through time and culture. The earliest recorded dreams were acquired from materials dating back approximately 5000 years, in Mesopotamia, where they were documented on clay tablets. In the Greek and Roman periods, the people believed that dreams were direct messages from one and/or multiple deities, from deceased persons, and that they predicted the future. Some cultures practiced dream incubation with the intention of cultivating dreams that are of prophecy.
Sigmund Freud, who developed the discipline of psychoanalysis, wrote extensively about dream theories and their interpretations in the early 1900s. He explained dreams as manifestations of our deepest desires and anxieties, often relating to repressed childhood memories or obsessions. In The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), Freud developed a psychological technique to interpret dreams and devised a series of guidelines to understand the symbols and motifs that appear in our dreams.
A Dream Exercise
—Harold Klemp, The Art of Spiritual Dreaming
Dreams are an easy and natural way to pursue spiritual unfoldment. Here is an exercise you can try before you go to sleep. It can help you see your problems from a higher viewpoint to aid you in your life. Make a request. Before you go to sleep, write down a question about a problem that bothers you. Lie down, and close your eyes.
Sing HU. Softly sing HU (pronounced like the word hue) for about five minutes. HU is an ancient name for God. It has the unique ability to lift you into a higher state of awareness. Singing HU connects you with Divine Spirit, or ECK, which can be seen as an inner light or heard as sound.
Write down your experiences. When you wake up in the morning, write down any dreams, thoughts, or feelings, even if you don’t think they are significant. As you go through your day, write down any new thoughts or experiences that relate to your problem. Do this for three to five days. Then look over your notes. You may discover that images you first thought were unrelated now make sense and give you clues to the overall pattern of your life.
Dreams touch every level of our life. They may let us glimpse the future, or give suggestions for healing, or share insights into our relationships. Above all, they can and will steer us more directly toward God or The Infinite Spirit.
NEWS: UNLOCKING THE DREAM CODE — JOHN PAUL JACKSON EXPLAINS 8 DREAM SYMBOLS
Dreams and their meaning shaped the government, religion and daily life of ancient cultures. Most ancient cultures believed that dreams were either direct messages or were symbols requiring interpretation of the mysterious code. Dream journals have been found in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Today, the mystery of dreams are explored by psychiatrists and exploited by Hollywood box office hits.
“Dreams speak in a code or symbolic language that uses objects, activities, places and people to instruct us,” explains John Paul Jackson, Dream Expert. “The impact of a dream is only as good as the interpretation. To have a correct interpretation one has to know the dream source and dream code.”
The average person spends at least a third of their life sleeping and six years of that dreaming. There are many types of dreams including the “pizza dream”, sex dreams, nightmares and spiritual transportations. Dreams are ways that people process information, deal with stress, struggles, problem solve and receive guidance from a divine source. Most people believe that dreams, especially reoccurring and dramatic dreams have importance, but the challenge is unlocking the “Dream Code”.
“Understanding a dream is like a spirit puzzle. Regardless of culture, there are universal symbols that communicate specific truths,” says Jackson. For over 40 years, Jackson has interpreted over 50,000 dreams and has taught dream interpretation around the world.
Here are 8 common dreams and their interpretation according to John Paul Jackson:
Flying – A person has the ability to rise above problems and move in the spiritual realm.
Teeth falling out – One may be experiencing a loss or inability to understand and/or discern something.
Taking a test – Being in a classroom taking a test, often means that one is going through a time of testing and being tried for the purpose of promotion.
Falling – Some part of a person’s life is out of control, or the person is losing control and is growing anxious.
Snakes – This means a person is being harassed by lies, accusations or tales being told about them.
Dogs – Dogs usually represent friendship, loyalty and protection; unless the dog is growling which means a friend may be turning against a person.
Losing wallet or purse – More than financial loss, this dream could mean a person has lost status, identity or purpose.
Naked in public – This dream is not about wardrobe malfunctions. It indicates a person is (or will be) vulnerable or transparent.
“Dreams are a mystery, and the unraveling of their meaning often comes hidden in an ancient Hebraic code,” Jackson concludes. “Imagine if the dream you had last night, contained the answer that you had been looking for, and you didn’t know it? Knowing the meaning of a dream can be life changing.”
7 Common Spiritual Dream Meanings
by Doug Addison
One amazing way that God can speak to us is through our dreams at night. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand them. Many people are wondering, “What do my dreams mean?” After interpreting thousands of dreams for people, I began to notice patterns. Several dream themes seemed to be common in many of the people I came in contact with. Dreams like flying, falling, teeth coming loose, running or being chased, having a baby, showing up naked, going to the bathroom in public … recognize any of these? Chances are you have had one or more of these common dream themes.
As I give meanings to some of these common dreams, realize that I’m generalizing. There may be more details to your dream, so this is only the basic meaning for most of them. The following are the most common dreams.
By far, flying dreams are the most common. Dreams that involve flying without the use of an airplane are usually very positive (depending on context). They indicate you have a high degree of creativity, you have the ability to rise above circumstances, and you are possibly maturing spiritually.
The second most common dream involves your teeth coming loose or falling out. This type of dream reveals that you are in need of direction. Teeth chew food and make the food useful for the body. Chewing, or thinking about something, brings deeper understanding. That’s why teeth coming loose or falling out means that you’re in need of direction, wisdom, or advice.
Baby or pregnant
Both men and women can have this type of dream. Most of the time, it is not a literal dream but symbolic. It’s referring to birthing something new into your life. It could be a new job, a gift, an anointing, creativity, or even a clever invention.
Chased or running
More often than not, dreams that involve running can be frightening. This type of dream usually represents one of two situations–you are either running from something in your life, or you are being chased down by your own destiny, and it’s trying to catch up with you. Either situation can seem scary, because they both require major changes. This type of dream is a strong indication that there’s some calling on your life that you have yet to fulfill.
Dreams in which you are falling indicate that you are out of control in your life. Falling can also suggest that you may need to let go and take some risk. Most people who have falling dreams also have flying dreams. If you’re having a repeated falling dream, this indicates you need peace in your life. Once the peace manifests, you can get the creative juices flowing and fly again.
Showing up late for anything in a dream is a warning to not miss what is coming. It is just making you aware of something approaching.
Not able to run, move, or speakWhenever we are unable to run or move in a dream, it indicates that something is trying to stop us or hold us back in life. This interpretation can also be applied to dreams when we are not able to speak or cry out for help. This can indicate there are dark forces working against you. But, the good news is that there must be something great for you to fulfill, and that is why you are getting so much resistance.
So now, next time you have one of these common dreams, you will be much more prepared to not only understand it but also how to respond to it.
Symbols are the language of dreams. A symbol can invoke a feeling or an idea and often has a much more profound and deeper meaning than any one word can convey. At the same time, these symbols can leave you confused and wondering what that dream was all about.
Acquiring the ability to interpret your dreams is a powerful tool. In analyzing your dreams, you can learn about your deep secrets and hidden feelings. Remember that no one is a better expert at interpreting your dreams than yourself.
To guide you with your dreams interpretations, we have interpreted over 5900 keywords and symbols and over 20,000 different meanings in our ever expanding dream dictionary. These meanings are in no way, the final say in what YOUR dream means, but hopefully it will inspire you to explore and offer a suggestive starting point for understanding your own dreams. There is no “one dream interpretation fits all.”
Every detail, even the most minute element in your dream is important and must be considered when analyzing your dreams. Each symbol represents a feeling, a mood, a memory or something from your unconscious. Look closely at the characters, animals, objects, places, emotions, and even color and numbers that are depicted in your dreams. Even the most trivial symbol can be significant. This dictionary, along with your own personal experiences, memories and circumstances, will serve to guide you through a meaningful and personalized interpretation. With practice, you can gain an understanding of the cryptic messages your dreams are trying to tell you.
14 Common Dreams and Symbols and Why They’re Important
For 90 minutes to two hours or more each night, every single person on Earth dreams. Sometimes, the dreams are straightforward in their meaning to the dreamer: a long-lost friend reappears, a tropical beach beckons or the lottery jackpot is within reach.
But dreams don’t always tell a simple story, and the field of dream research becomes even more fascinating when people from different cultures and backgrounds report having similar dreams.
“Dreams are a universal language, creating often elaborate images out of emotional concepts,” explains Suzanne Bergmann, a licensed social worker and professional dream worker for more than 16 years.
“There’s no single, definitive meaning for symbols and images in dreams,” Bergmann notes. “But just as a smile usually means that someone is happy, these dream images are so common, that they do have a generally accepted meaning.”
1. Being Chased
This is one of the most commonly reported dreams. Mostly because the anxiety we feel in the dream is so vivid, that it makes it easier for us to remember them. Often, the reason for these dreams comes not from the fear of actually being chased, but rather what we’re running from. Chase dreams help us to understand that we may not be addressing something in our waking lives that requires our attention.
Water frequently represents our emotions or our unconscious minds. The quality of the water (clear vs. cloudy; calm vs. turbulent) often provides insight into how effectively we are managing our emotions.
Whether a car, airplane, train or ship, the vehicles in our dream can reflect what direction we feel our life is taking, and how much control we think we have over the path ahead of us. Vehicles can give us the power to make a transition and envision ourselves getting to our destination — or highlight the obstacles we think we are facing and need to work through.
Seeing other people in your dream often is a reflection of the different aspects of the self. The people in dreams can relate to characteristics that need to be developed. Specific people directly relate to existing relationships or interpersonal issues we need to work through. Dreaming of a lover, in particular, is frequently symbolic of an aspect of ourselves, from which we feel detached.
5. School or Classroom
It is a very common situation for people in dreams to find themselves in a school or classroom, often confronted with a test that they aren’t prepared to take. This is a great example of a “dream pun” — the mind using a word or concept and giving it a different definition. The “lesson” or “test” we face inside the school or classroom is frequently one we need to learn from our past — which is one reason these dreams are often reported by people who have long since finished school.
Unknown to most people, the body is actually encountering a form of paralysis during dreaming, which prevents it from physically performing the actions occurring in their dreams, therefore dreaming about paralysis frequently represents the overlap between the REM stage and waking stage of sleep. Dreaming about paralysis can also indicate that the dreamer feels he or she lacks control in their waking life.
Although death is often perceived as negative, it’s often more directly related to dramatic change happening for the dreamer — the end of one thing, in order to make room for something new.
Flying in a dream, and how effectively or poorly it’s done, relates to how much control we feel we have in our lives, and whether we are confident and able to achieve our goals. High flying is one of the most euphoric dreams imaginable, while flying or “skimming” low to the ground or being caught in obstacles like power lines can be immensely frustrating.
Not all falling dreams are scary and negative. Some dreamers report a type of slow falling that indicates serenity and the act of letting go. Often, falling uncontrollably from a great height indicates something in waking our life that feels very much out of control.
Emotional or psychological exposure or vulnerability is very often expressed in dreams through nudity. The body part that’s exposed can give more insight into the emotion that our dreams are helping us to understand.
Dreaming of a baby often represents something new: It might be a new idea, new project at work, new development or the potential for growth in a specific area of our waking life.
Food symbolizes energy, knowledge or nourishment and is directly related to our intellect, emotions and spirituality. Food can also be a manifestation of idioms like, “food for thought,” and reveal that we may be “hungry” for new information and insights.
Houses frequently represent the dreamer’s mind. Different levels or rooms may relate to difference aspects of the individual dreamer and different degrees of consciousness. The basement often represents what has been neglected, or what the dreamer is not aware of in his or her waking life, while bedrooms relate to intimate thoughts and feelings — those closest to the dreamer’s core self.
Sex in dreams can simply be an outlet for sexual expression. But dreams about sex can also symbolize intimate connections with one’s self and others, and the figurative integration of new information.
Despite the commonality shared by many dream symbols, it is important to point out that only the dreamer can truly interpret the meaning of their dream and how these symbols and their meanings may connect to the specific events occurring in their waking life.
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The Meaning of Dreams
Nobody knows exactly the true purpose of dreaming. It’s possible that our dreams are used for humans to consolidate its memories for things that happened the day before. Once in the dream state, it’s also possible that our brain pulls information that we need and disregards the stuff that we don’t. Many researchers feel that our dreams are like a noise in the background that is thought out and organized. This would mean that our dreams are simply the brain’s way of making sense of unexpected transmissions happening during our sleep. Depending on the person, some will have the ability to control their dreams better than others. These are the people that can make situations in their dream by thinking of an event just before they pass out on the pillow. It is a proven fact that humans need sleep to function properly the next day. If you so happen to be sleep-deprived, you will be more prone to suffer from hallucinations or a physical breakdown. As far as why we dream, the debate is still on the table. It’s really up to the dreamer to make a judgment call. For the most part we have the people who believe in dreams and the ones who don’t. It’s a hard debate to convince somebody when we don’t have actual proof. Many people still think that we just dream so our brain filters out the junk we don’t need; where the rest think that it’s something magical. If you allow your mind to open up and try to embrace your dreaming capability, your powers are endless.
Quick Ways to Remember Your Dreams:
Remembering your dreams is the first step. The second step is trying to remember and record your dreams. To fully gain insight to your dreams, you must remember that dream interpretation is similar to riding a bike for the first time, or learning a new language. Starting this new exploration into to the mind requires little work, because here at Dream Dictionary, we’ve put together 5000 words and symbols for the dreamers needs. If you are the person who forgets your dreams when you wake up, then you have to follow a couple of steps to get started. The first step is to make sure you don’t rush out of bed when you get up from your sleep. The very moment you wake up you must take your time and think what events happened in your dream. You must put down every single detail even if you don’t find it relevant. The second step is to have a dream journal by your bed and write down what symbols you remember. The third step is recall your dreams in a backward sequence. Basically, start from the last event or feeling that you remember, and then go as far back as you can possibly remember. You must keep the last thought sort of like taking a picture. Also, this takes time and practice, and can be quite frustrating at times. Once you become good, you will be able to strengthen your dream memory, and later on, it will become as easy as breathing.
Jung vs Freud:
The two famous psychiatrists that come to people’s minds when we analyze our dreams are Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. These men single handedly changed the way we look at and interpret dreams and dreaming. Even though Carl Jung was Freud’s predecessor, they both had totally different views on the whole matter. In today’s world we are more open to Jung’s way of looking at dream analysis and disregard Freud. To make it simple, Freud believed that our dreams are manifestations of our deepest darkest sexual desires that we have hidden in us. Jung, on the other hand, had a more simple approach to it; he believed that we can all interpret our dreams ourselves and each dream has a meaning behind it. Though, it doesn’t necessarily mean we have darkest sexual desires attached to every symbol.
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung
Dreams can be very personal, and it’s entirely up to you to figure them out. Right now, you have a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of our free dream interpretation dictionary and over 5000 dream words. The benefits of understanding your dreams can be mind-blowing and fun. Today is a new day, in which you can find meaning in your life. Make yourself proud and dream out loud
Lucid dreaming means that you are fully aware that you are dreaming. The state of Lucid Dreaming or “Lucidity” takes place in the middle of his or her dream. The dreamer fully understands that they just entered their dream and consciously knows it’s just a dream. Lucidity usually occurs when an alarm bell goes off in the dreamers mind when something doesn’t pan out properly in the dream. Anything out of the ordinary such as “Flying” or “Floating” will cause you to enter in a lucid state of mind. Some lucid dreams just randomly happen without the dreaming knowing. Only a small percentage would lucid dream when they are in the state of returning back to Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. There are different variations of lucid dreams, depending the dream we can receive either high or low levels. With the lower levels you are somewhat lucid, but not in complete lucidity. You would be aware that you would be floating or flying but not in control of your dream settings. Higher levels on the other hand happens when you are in complete control and have the ability to manipulate your settings. This is an exciting feeling that feels almost euphoric. Unfortunately with high levels of lucid dreams it would only last up to 2 minutes. People who practice lucid dreaming can experience as much as 30 minutes of lucidity.
Why Lucid Dream?: Basically the people who become fascinated with lucid dreams are the ones that curious on the subject, or have experienced a lucid dream first hand. They may not understand how they did it or how they arrived, they just want that rush again. Once in the state of Lucidity you have no boundaries or restrictions with super abilities. A common lucid dream is when you’re flying over the clouds and looking down like a bird. You are far from scared but extremely excited. The feeling you have when you wake up stays with your for the whole day. For the ones who never had the chance to experience a lucid dream would be more skeptical on the matter. Do to the lack of knowledge on this subject many people are naturally afraid to learn how to manipulate their dreams. What we do know is lucid dreaming has more positive benefits than negative, and causes now harm on the person.
Learn to Lucid Dream:
Learning how to lucid dream isn’t something that you can just learn overnight. This is something that takes time but when accomplished is very rewarding. Be confident and don’t let it discourage you even when its not working. Learning how to prefect the art of lucid dreaming can take weeks or even months of practice. Once you do have the ability to lucid dream your dreams are just not dreams anymore! Below we have listed steps for you to lucid dream the right way.
Lucid Dreaming Steps:
Step 1 – Repetition:
Thought out your day either working or at home you must practice “Repetition”. You will have to keep asking yourself “Am I Dreaming Right Now?” a couple times an hour to sink in your head that you are not dreaming. This repetitive thought process helps you unknowingly remember this when your dreaming.
Step 2 – Record Your Dreams:
You must learn how to record your dreams when you wake up. Keeping a dream journal is vital because it improves and expands your dream capability. Once you are able to remember the events and symbols in your dream you have a better chance getting to that lucid state. Taking the time and going through your previous recorded dreams before bed helps build a sense of awareness when you’re in a dream state.
Step 3 – Control Your Sleep:
Controlling your dreams consists of being mindful of your sleep schedule. Changing your sleep behavior will greater your chances of having a lucid dream. Scientists reveled the lucid dreaming works best when taking a quick nap after you have gotten up from a long sleep. Randomly interfering with your sleep schedule usually increases Lucid dreaming as well.
Step 4 – Believe:
Start believing in your dreams and the significance behind them. People who feel a dream is just a dream would have trouble trying to lucid dream. You must understand the symbols and the mystic power behind them. Try your best to remain positive and confident. You must have a desire to want feel lucid.
Step 5 – Meditation:
For thousands of years meditation has been directly linked for human inner peace. Learning how to meditate is a great way to build your awareness on in your conscious and unconscious world. You will want to meditate before you go to bed for 10 to 20 minutes a day.
Step 6 – Conscious Mind Awareness:
The most important step is training your “Conscious Mind”. You want to start by becoming more aware of your daily surroundings and the objects around them. The items in your walking life that you would usually over look now has to be taken into account. Anything from stop signs to billboard ads have to observed and taken note. You must observe the color the shape and what it means. The reason is when you dream about an object that you analyzed in detail in your walking life you can apply it to your dream to see what is real and what is not. Once you can convince your mind that it’s just a dream the fun starts. Stretching your awareness in your day will help you gain more control of your dreams. You don’t need to keep focus on every single detail in your life because it would drive you mad. Just start with a couple of small observations a day that you would normally never look at in detail.
Benefits of Lucid Dreaming:
* Strengthening your problem solving skills
* Able to confront your fears first hand
* Becoming more creative
* Great way to improve your confidence level
* Become more in tuned with yourself and others around you
* Experience a different way to dream
* Understanding more about our unconscious mind
How To Stay In Your Lucid in Dreams:
The hardest part about lucid dreams are trying to stay in them. Learning the proper technique provided below will turn an armature dreamer to a experienced one. If trained properly you can last up to 30 minutes in the lucid state.
Relaxing is key when you want to stay longer in your fun lucid dream. Most of the time we tend to get over excited and wake up from sleep. In order to achieve a long period on lucidity you must calm your mind.
Once relaxed state rub try and remember to rub your hands together. This help prolong the lucid dream because it’s constantly stimulating the conscious brain. Doing this technique you can last up to 10 to 30 minutes in a lucid state.
Focus on your hand in your lucid dream. Don’t lose track of them, keep them in front of you. Also focus on wanting to be in your dream. Keep repeating out loud “attention or focus” and you will become more in tuned with the dream for a longer period of time.
* Spelling Test
Think of spelling word or doing an easy math question. This will help engage the logical part of your brain when you’re loosing focus of the dream.
Going around in circles helps you ground your awareness in your lucid dream which in turn brings you to a new dream scene.
Focus on your hand in your lucid dream. Don’t loose track of them, keep them in front of you. Also focus on wanting to be in your dream. Keep repeating out loud “attention or focus” and you will become more in tuned with the dream for a longer period of time.
Daydreams – Day Dreaming
A daydream is a visionary fantasy, usually fun with joyful thoughts, goals or fantasies, imagined as coming to pass that happens when your semi awake. There are many different types of daydreams that we experience. In the past daydreaming was considered a lazy hobby that people who lacked interest in life. Psychologists during the 1950’s warned parents and teachers to not let their kids daydream or else they would be trapped into some sort of Neurotic or Psychotic state of mind. Advanced studies today have shown that daydreaming can be more beneficial and, coincidentally enough, helps stimulate the mind. It is said that the average human daydreams close to 50% in ones walking life.
Daydreaming has always had a bad reputation and never really taken into much consideration. Instead of dwelling on the past believes, people now a days are using daydreaming to strengthen the mind, body and soul. If done correctly, daydreaming proves to have more advantages then disadvantages. Positive daydreaming reps more benefits than negative. Daydreams should not be taken lightly but as significant as our night sleeps.
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.” – Albert Einstein
Positive Aspects of Daydreaming:
Daydreaming is said to be the key to open up hidden talents in us that we never thought possible. Now people who let their mind wonder should not be discouraged but excited. Though there are two different types of daydreamers, the optimist or the pessimistic ones. Below we have provided you with the positive aspects of daydreams.
*The ability to solve problems quicker
*Generating new and improved ideas
*Helps remove the bad useless thoughts that sometimes cloud our judgement
*Explore new heights that are not possible to the human existence
*Live out your own personal fantasy
*Improves children language skills and performance at school
*Some of the best ideas come from us daydreaming. (ex. man on the moon. Internet etc.)
*Helps your mind, body and soul
*Maintains good relationships and organizes your thoughts
*Boost productivity level in your life
*Focus to achieve your goals
Negative Aspects on Daydreaming:
Too much of anything in life is considered a bad thing. Even though the positive benefits of daydreaming weigh out the negative, there is still a fine line between a daydreamer and somebody who lacks motivation. People who are always pessimistic and think negativity will daydream negative thoughts. By nature this would keep the person in a downward spiral. The list below provides you will all the negative aspects of daydreaming.
*Daydreaming has been caused for blame such as car crashes and burning your food on the stove.
*Spacing out during important meetings or school you loose vital information
*Lose focus and forget important information
*Daydreaming is bad for people who suffer from constant negative thoughts
*Unable to get out of a bad depression
Types of Daydreaming:
When we daydream tons of thoughts and images race in our mind at any given second. Daydreams help us when we think positive but also hurt us when thinking negative thoughts. Every daydream has its own uniqueness and is personal to that person. Most daydreams are never told to other people but held deep inside the person. Some daydreams are so bizarre or embarrassing that people usually never tell people their daydream. Depending the person and the mood can influence the daydream. Below we will show you all the different types of daydreams humans experience and what they mean.
Catastrophe – These types of daydreams involve our downfall or natural disasters. Basically anything you can possibly feel is the worst case scenario to happen to you or others around you will think of in the “Catastrophe Daydream”. In order to cure this negative behavior you may want to meditate or think positive.
Victory – Victory dreams are fun and thrilling. Though the reason why we have it cause we want attention. There is nothing wrong with being noticed from time to time. If you are not the type of person that get attention all the time you are more likely to have a daydream of this nature. Learn how to be more assertive and less shy.
Hiding – Sometimes we “hide” in our daydream we go to a deserted place or fantasy island. The reason is get away from the stress of life because it can become overwhelming at times. You may want to take a break and slow down.
Sex – Sex daydreams are usually the most fun and exciting. You have the ability to put yourself in situations or feelings that we never thought possible. Sex and love are usually the most common daydream. We get these daydreams when we are not satisfied with our love life.
Revenge – When we daydream about revenge we usually think about hurting or harming somebody we don’t like. Revenge daydreams are not as bad as we think. If you are daydreaming about killing you are releasing angry energy that you hold deep inside you. It’s like hitting a punching bag or going to the shooting range.
How To Day Dream:
Daydreaming is quite a new to the market and people are still testing the waters. Daydreaming like mediation has its own benefits that people are becoming more aware of. Even though people daydream without being fully aware, there is still a way to do it properly to get its full potential. Once you have master the art of daydreaming you will see all of it benefits it has to offer. Have a look below to see the right way to get the most out of your daydream.
Step 1 – Grab a glass of water and practice your breathing techniques for 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 2 – Go to a place in your work or house that you would be the least likely to be distracted. Take off your phone and computer.
Step 3 – Get comfortable. It doesn’t matter where you are just relax and unwind.
Step 4 – Listen to soothing music. Sounds of a tropical rain forest or classical music. At this time your mind must be empty and clear, no thought can come in.
Step 5 – Choose a scenario in your real life and apply it to your daydream. Remember no idea is too farfetched, you can imagine anything you want.
Step 6 – Let your mind flow like a river when experiencing your daydream.
“Everything starts as somebody daydreams”.
“I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering”.
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”
People don’t come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.
Nightmares – Nightmare Dreams
What Is a Nightmare:
A nightmare is distressing dream that brings on feelings of anxiety, fear and panic during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Nightmares can happen to anyone at any given time of their lives that can cause a strong negative emotional response from the mind, typically fear or horror, but also despair, anxiety and great sadness. Nightmares can occur from stress, spicy foods, alcohol, drugs and bad diet. Recurring nightmares on the other hand are caused by repressed feelings or events in one’s life that have been ignored. If left unattended it would be equivalent as hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock, it would come back sooner or later. Recurring nightmares can stop once the ongoing issue is addressed in one’s life.
Major Causes Attributed to Nightmares:
Drugs – If you habitually take drugs, or a recovering drug addict you will be more prone to nightmares or night terrors. Drug addicts experience nightmares until the addiction wears off.
Night Snacks – You wouldn’t think what you ate before bed would cause a nightmare. When you eat any food that is high in protein or sugar you chances are more heightened to experience a nightmare. The reason behind this is your body is burning energy at a fast rate which can increase metabolism and signal the brain to be more active. Foods such as cheese have been known to make your dreams more vivid.
Antidepressants – Antidepressants can cause very vivid nightmares in the early stages.
Psychological: People who suffer from depression are more likely to experience nightmares.
Sleep Deprivation: Sleep deprivation is one of the major causes of nightmares. Reasons for lack of sleep include work, stress or depression. Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome can also contribute to nightmares. If you are suffering from lack of sleep we recommend you to consult your doctor.
Other Causes of Nightmares Include:
– Experienced a death of a loved one or somebody close to you
– Quitting smoking, alcohol or going on the patch
– Consuming large amount of alcohol in blood stream
– Battling a illness
– Having a Bad reaction to drugs or withdrawal
– Not dealing with an ongoing problems in your life
– High volumes of stress and anxiety
– Trauma from witnessing violence
How To Stop Your Nightmares:
Understanding what underlining factors that might be causing your nightmares by examining your lifestyle. Has there been a buildup of stress lately? Have you been taking any drugs that might be affecting your sleep? Analyzing what you nightmare means helps figure out what problems in your life you need to tackle. If you sign up at our dream dictionary forum you would be able to get your nightmare dream analyzed for free.
Tips On How To Stop Nightmares:
Relaxing – Taking the time to relax before you go to bed is a start. You can do Yoga and breathing exercises 10 minutes before going to bed every night. Listening to relaxing soothing music during sleep calms your whole mental being.
Analyze Your Nightmare – There is not much you can do when you just had a nightmare, though paying attention to the symbols in them will give you a better understanding on what you’re unconscious is hinting at. Keeping a dream journal helps you remember the dream in more detail. Find out and post what your nightmare means at our Dream Dictionary Nightmare Forum.
Lucid Dreaming – If you learn how to control your dream setting is a start. Learning how to lucid dream is not that easy but once you get the hang of it you can transform a scary dream to your own private Idaho.
Health – Taking good care of your body goes a long way. Eating healthy has more benefits then just feeling well. You will experience peaceful sleeps and less snoring. This in turn will help cut your chances of nightmares.
Meditate – Meditate 5 minutes before going to bed might help you improve your sleep patterns.
Falling Nightmares – Falling nightmare dreams are a common. The sleeper usually wakes up before they hit the ground.
Teeth Nightmares – Teeth dreams are also classified as a nightmare. Loosing or your teeth falling out can be scary, but it usually relates to getting old and stress in your life.
Exam / Test Nightmares – These dreams are common among kids in there adolescence
Chased Nightmares – Being chased is classified as a nightmare and quite common in dreamers.
Nightmares can be stopped once you get to the root of the problem. At Dream Dictionary we have a new forum where you and others can interact and discuss your nightmare dreams where you can find out the cause of it. Have a look below at our fast and growing dream forum community too see some nightmare dreams.
Night Terror Vs Nightmare:
There is a big misconception between nightmares and night terrors being the same thing. Even though they possess similar qualities they are totally different. A night terror will occur the first couple hours of sleep which they experience feelings of dread but are not dreaming. Generally when someone wakes up and startled by a night terror they don’t remember their dream. Night terrors are more common with young kids between the ages of 7 to 12. When the sleeper is experiencing a “night terror” he/she would have trouble awaking from sleep. Night terrors are far more dramatic than nightmares and is accompanied by yelling, screaming and kicking during sleep.
Nightmares tend to be more vivid because we usually get them during REM sleep. REM sleep happens in different stages usually towards the end of the sleep cycle, that’s why we are able to remember our nightmares in full detail.
Nightmares With Children:
Believe it or not nightmares are more common with children than adults. Roughly around one quarter of children have at least one scary dream or nightmare a week. Scary dreams start to occur around 2 to 3 years of age for a children. By the time they reach the age of 6 they start to experience full on nightmares. Around the ages 10 and up the nightmares tend to subside and become less and less vivid. Children’s nightmares usually involve frightening situations and events that involve them and people close to them in it. The types of nightmares they experience are images bizarre events or the typical “monster or ghosts” theme. Children are generally quite during their nightmare and hardly move around like most adults.
How to Stop Nightmares With Children:
Unfortunately there is no cure to stop your child from having nightmares, though they can be prevented by using techniques that we provided below. Studies have proved that nightmares with kids are genetic and passed down from either member of the family.
Play relaxing music for your child though out the night
Have them stay away from junk food and high sugar drinks
Train them to control their dreams. Tell your child what today to monsters in the nightmare.
Read them a nice book and keep positive thoughts in their head before bed.
Talk to your kids and ask them what greatest fears are there and tackle them.
What Is Precognition:
Precognition is the ability or the direct knowledge to foresee events before they happen through ESP. This phenomena can be experienced 60 to 70% in dreams, and the rest in day dreams or walking visions. In your walking life Precognition will channel through auditory hallucinations, rapid random thoughts or instinct.
Studies have stated that everybody has a certain degree of psychic ability but some are morex heightened than others. Psychic dreams can come in a symbolic form, or actual events taken place before they happen in your dream. People who experience Psychic dreams usually tend to pick up on random feelings or emotions in their walking life. Close to 90% of our precognition dreams involve people that we are emotionally attached to or somebody we have close ties to. Most of your psychic dreams will consist of family members or spouses. The remaining part would involve strangers or acquaintance that you meet in your daily life. People who have dreamt or picked up on random events that haven’t taken place yet, its classified under a precognitive experience. Abraham Lincoln was said to have had this ability. Before his assassination he told his wife and friends about a dream he had. In the dream he was at a funeral inside the white house. He walked over to a soldier on guard and asked who was in the casket? The soldier replied “the president of the United States of America”. One week after the dream he was shot and killed at point blank range.
Why People Have Precognition:
Still today studies still can’t prove on why we get precognitive dreams. There are many theories on this subject but no substantial evidence. Stated below are some theories for the reasoning behind them.
One theory states that the precognitive experience itself discharges some type of strong psychokinetic PK force that brings the envisioned future to pass.
The past, present and future is all the same.
Possibly be a glance at future events that is based upon present circumstances and information.
Your mind is able to go outside an unknown force field
Learn To Have a Psychic Dream:
Everybody dreams through-out their life but only a handful of people remember them. Some people for some reason have the ability to pick up on future events in dreams than others. If you are one that forgets his or her dreams you may want to learn how to remember them to see if you have this ability.
There are many different ways to test your psychic ability through dreams by keeping a dream journal handy. If you have trouble remembering your dreams you can enhance your power by learning how to do it properly. Unfortunately we lose close to 90% of our dreams the first minute we wake up, so this is why many people not know if they had a psychic dream or not. Below we have listed the best ways you can enhance your psychic ability though your dreams.
Step 1 – Learn how to Lucid Dream. Being able to manipulate your dream surrounding can help you control the direction of information within the dream.
Step 2 – Keep a Dream Journal. Write down every single detail about your dream including events and characters. This will help you see if the events came true.
Step 3 – Keep an open mind. Studies have shown that the people who experience Precognition dreams are willing to embrace the phenomena. You have to believe in it for it to exist.
Step 4 – De-code your dreams. Try putting the missing pieces of the puzzle together. Your dream symbols can confuse and trick you. Be patient and find the hidden meaning.
Step 5 – Dream Dictionary – It might help to use a dream dictionary to help find what the unconscious mind is hinting at.
Step 6 – Meditate – Meditation is key for clearing your mind and increasing your psychic abilities.
Premonition vs. Precognition:
Many people confuse premonition and precognition for being the same thing. There is a slight difference between the two; though similar in nature they have the same end result. Premonitions are mixtures of sounds, random images or feelings that flash involuntary in your mind at any given time. Precognition on the other hand presents itself in dreams by using types of symbols, events or odd feelings.
Precognition Dream Facts:
– At least one third of the general population experiences precognition in their dreams
– There is no explanation on why we get psychic dreams
– 60 to 70% of precognition happens in our dreams
– You will know the difference between a normal dream to a psychic dream.
How To Stop Psychic Dreams:
Unfortunately there is no way you can stop your psychic dreams. Many who do not understand it have trouble embracing this incredible ability. If you do extensive research on the subject you will find out ways to cope with it. People say the “power of prayer” goes a long way!
Most case studies have showed us that everybody on earth will experience at least one or more epic type dreams in their life span. If you are not familiar with the term “epic dreaming” you may have heard other dream terminology such as “Great Dreams, Cosmic Dreams or Numinous Dreams”. These types of dreams fall under the same category as epic dreaming. So how do you know when you have experienced an epic dream? Most people would know the moment they wake up. You feel a sense of enlightenment an overdose of positive energy flowing through your entire body. Most people would describe the feeling as if they won a million bucks the moment the moment they wake up. Some feel that they have had somewhat of an unexplainable life change. Epic dreams are so vivid that you will be able to remember them years down the road or sometimes your whole life. These types of dreams don’t happen very often but when they do its worth going to sleep.
When we get these types of dreams you are able to replay the dream as if it was yesterday. The dream you experienced is extremely vivid and you wouldn’t have trouble recalling what happened.
Everybody can remember a dream or two in the past, but what makes the epic dreams so powerful is the emotional feeling you get when you arise from the sleep.
Whenever we have a pleasant dream or a nightmare we are able to distinguish the difference between the both. An epic dream gives you such an emotional charge that the other types of dreams don’t give you. For the most part anybody who has had an epic dream in their life would know right away due to the euphoric feeling upon wakening.
Epic Dreams bring something out of us that we never knew we had in us. The dream feels somewhat lucid with a powerful meaning behind it. Today researchers are still trying to figure out the reasons behind certain types of dreams and especially epic ones. If you haven’t yet experienced an epic dream yet don’t be alarmed because one day you will have one. Have a look at the list below to help you understand what an epic dream feels like.
What an Epic Dream Feels Like:
1. You wake up feeling charged like you can rule the world.
2. The dream gives you a new level of awareness
3. The dream feels like you are in a Lucid State
4. You will never forget this dream. This is a dream that stays with you forever and it was like it happened yesterday
5. The moment you wake up you feel almost paralyzed joyful state
6. Pretty much for the whole day you would just be thinking about this dream.
7. You will always remember the dream characters in it as well.
8. When you wake up you have a new way of looking at your life and the life of people around you
9. Epic Dreams have the ability to pull emotions you never had before.
10. You will do some research on the subject wanted to know more.
If you have trouble remembering you dreams try and practice recording your dreams on a computer or a notepad. This will help you find out the missing pieces that need to solve the puzzle in your life.
Dreaming can be more than a simple state of the brain. We can experience waking dreams, daydreams, even dreams that appear to be shared or prophetic. Some people are lucid dreamers – a special skill that not everyone can master. Some people experience specific recurring dreams, while certain sicknesses can bring on night terrors. Sometimes we can even experience false awakenings, where we think we’ve woken up, but are still dreaming.
Daydreams: Daydreaming was once thought to be a lazy pursuit – I’m sure most of you have been reprimanded for daydreaming at one point or another. It is, however, a metabolically intense mental process, and can be very rewarding. In recent years, scientists have demonstrated that daydreaming is a fundamental feature of the human mind – so fundamental, in fact, that it’s often referred to as our “default” mode of thought. Daydreaming is a crucial tool for creative thought, and allows the brain to make new associations and connections. It can spawn new ideas or methods; the daydreaming mind is free to engage in abstract thought and imaginative ramblings, and as a result, we’re able to imagine things that don’t actually exist.
Nightmares and Night Terrors: Chances are everyone here has experienced a nightmare. A horrible dream, complete with emotional turmoil, which causes the dreamer to wake and stay awake, nightmares are fairly common occurrences. The main purpose of a nightmare is to wake the conscious mind – usually to change sleeping position. They can also be caused by stress or over-exhaustion. Surprisingly, children under the age of five do not experience nightmares at the same rate as older children, while children over five seem to have nightmares at a rate of once per week.
Night Terrors, however, are not as common. A typical night terror episode usually occurs in the first hour of sleep. The subject sits up in bed and screams and appears awake but is confused, disoriented, and unresponsive to stimuli. Although the person seems to be awake, they do not seem to be aware of any surrounding presence and usually do not talk. The person may thrash around in bed and does not respond to comforting by others. A person’s heart rate can escalate during the terror, along with sweating and harsh breathing
Lucid Dreams: Some people, referred to as Oneironauts or Lucid Dreamers, are able to control the setting and plot of their dreams. A lucid dream can begin in one of three ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes that he or she is dreaming, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state with no apparent lapse in consciousness. A mnemonic-initiated lucid dream (MILD) can happen when the dreamer intentionally affirms to himself or herself that he or she will become lucid during the upcoming sleep. Reaching lucidity can sometimes occur due to dream-signs or spontaneously upon remembrance. These dreams can be fantastical, where anything is possible, and can often be very real – complete with touch, smell, and taste sensations.
Recurring Dreams: Recurring dreams are quite common and are often triggered by a certain life situation or a problem that keeps coming back again and again. These dreams may recur daily, once a week, or once a month. Whatever the frequency, there is little variation in the dream content itself. Such dreams may be highlighting a personal weakness, fear, or your inability to cope with something in your life – past or present.
False Awakenings: Have you ever thought you have woken up and gone about your daily morning routine: getting up, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast and going to work, only to wake up “again” and realize that what just happened is just a dream. That sensation is referred to as a false awakening. Some people can experience four or five false awakenings before they truly wake. This phenomena was the basis for the film Groundhog Day.
The good ol’ chase dream! Everybody has experienced this type of dream at least once in their lives. We are either chasing after something, or we are doing our best to escape something horrific. The million dollar question is why are chase dreams so common and the reason behind them.
Psychologists tend to think that “chase dreams” occur when we are unable to cope with our fears and have trouble facing reality. Once ignored, these thoughts and images manifest over time in our unconscious mind, then is released during sleep in the form as a chase dream. These fears include stress, anxiety and phobias that we have overlooked and now it rearing its ugly head.
Analyzing your chase dream can be a very helpful tool to manage how you handle stressful situations in your life. The fight or flight response is the body’s natural instinct to anticipate for attack when threatened. You either run for the hills, or stand up against the attacker. This instinct was embedded in our brain to protect us thousands of years ago from the killer saber tooth tigers. Luckily enough in today’s world we don’t have to worry about a tiger attacking when we sleep. Though we do still face real dangers in life but not on that level anymore. These problems we encounter are not life threatening but do cause inner turmoil when over looked.
Why Am I Being Chased?
Remembering the events in your dream will help you understand if you are facing your fears directly, or if you’re running away from them. These dreams should not be ignored but rather dealt with in orderly fashion in order to get to the root of the problem.
Chase dreams usually tend to be quite scary and can happen more than once. If a chase dream is constantly recurring you need to address this issue right away. If you ignore the message you will encounter the dream time and time again.
Translating your chase dream can be quite a challenge if you haven’t done it before. Before you start decoding your dream you must recall and record every single detail of your dream and not leave out any information. Every single symbol in your dream has a specific meaning to it. Once you apply your dream to a piece of paper now its time to figure out what it means. Using the dream dictionary provides you with what your dream symbols mean.
Your next step would be to write down your current fears in your life. These fears can either be internal or external factors. Your fears can be from somebody at work, or the dread of public speaking. Writing down your fears makes it easier to break down what you dream is hinting at.
Dreams have a very bizarre way of sending messages to your conscious. Being chased by a killer dog, murderer or even a monster can translate to your boss, parents or friends. Some chase dreams suggest that the attacker can be you!
Do you remember how far the distance was between you and the attacker? The closer the attacker suggest how close you are with dealing with your problem. If you escaped the attacker it means you are free of the problem for now but will come back.
Are you the attacker? As hard as it may seem to figure out why you would be wanting to kill yourself or hurt yourself in your own dream, you must first look at yourself in detail. Dreams of this nature can be a manifestation of the things you hate about yourself. If you possess bad qualities that you overlook such as being angry, greedy or even depressed you might encounter being chased by a scary unknown figure. If you can identify with what the attacker looks like then it helps you figure out if you possess the same qualities. For example if the attacker had on a mask it suggest that you might be hiding something. You want to compare yourself with the attacker and see if it reflects the same aspects in your life.
Try and figure out where your chase dream occurred, the location and the people around you. Pinpointed the events will help you find out where the problem is coming from. If you were attacked at work for example it suggest that you have a problem at your work place.
Am I Chasing Something?
We are more likely to have a dream of being chased, though we do dream that we are the ones chasing something. Do you remember what you are chasing? For the most part if you are chasing something is a good dream. It’s possible that you have high ambition and want to reach for the stars in your life. Though if you lack motivation it suggest that you are lacking behind in activities in your life that you are not proud of.
Chase Dream Recap:
Have a look below to see a quick recap on why you might be getting a chase dream. Make sure to get all the details and write them down with a pen and paper. If you have trouble remembering your dreams make sure to come to Dream Dictionary homepage. Most of the time when we experience a chase dream we are not addressing an issue in our walking life.
Afraid of facing your issues?
Running away from problems that need to be solved?
I could be the attacker/villain?
Who in my life is causing me distress?
What is the distance between me and the attacker?
Did I get away?
Fear of getting caught?
Just a Dream:
If you watched a horror movie just before you went to bed it’s very possible that you would have a dream of being chased. If this happens disregarded as just a normal dream.
About Falling Dreams:
Did you know that falling in your dream is the most frequent among all the common dreams we experience in our lifetime. Researchers say the average human will dream about falling to his death more than 5 times in their life. Falling dreams can be extremely frightening vivid experience that usually last minutes before you hit the ground. Dreams of this nature can make you break out in a cold sweat and ruin most of your day. Many question we ask are, what are falling dreams? Why do we get them? What does it mean to fall in my dream? Falling in your dream should not be over looked, this is a important dream symbol that needs your undivided attention in order to figure out the true meaning. When we fall in our dreams it really means we have lost control with some sort of situation in your life. Falling in your dream is a way your unconscious communicates with your conscious to let you know that something needs to be fixed right away. The more you ignore the issue in your life the higher chance you will plummet to your death in your dream. Below are possible suggestions on why you might be falling in your dreams and how to fix it.
Why Am I Having Falling Dreams?
One theory about falling in our dreams suggests that you may have lost control over a particular situation in your life. These situations can possibly be linked to work, school, and home or even in your relationship. These issues can either be internal or external depending on the context of the dream. Falling dreams are usually vivid ones that you can recall quite easily and able to remember most of the symbols. The more you can remember about your falling the dream the better for you to figure out what it means. You must gather and write down as much information as possible about your dream so you can apply it to what is happening in your life. Below are some suggestions that might help you figure out the meaning behind your dream.
Types Of Falling Dreams:
Losing Balance – Dreams of losing balance suggests that the problem lays within you. You are not stable at this moment and need grounding in your life. You need to find ways to become more confident with people and with yourself.
Pushed- If somebody pushed you to your death implies that somebody might be pushing you overboard mentally. If you are working too hard at work and don’t think you can keep up you might experience a dream of this nature. It’s also quite possible that you might be pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion. Did you know who pushed you? If you know, then the answer is right in front of you.
Location – Remembering the location in your dream can be quite rewarding when it comes to finding the true meaning. If the location is familiar to you then its quite possible that this is the place that is causing you distress. For example, if you fell of the roof in your home suggest that you might be having some issue with your family at home. You may have lost control in your house and is on your mind.
Lost Grip – Losing grip and then falling to your death in your dream is a horrible feeling. This means that you are not confident with yourself in difficult situations. People who experience this type of dream usually has issues with there relationship. You may feel that your partner may have the upper hand on you and it eating away on your conscious. Try and recall what in your life that you may have lost control over a certain situation.
Holding On – Holding on for dear life in your dream suggests that you are trying your best to fix a situation you may have no control over. This can either be with your relationship, friends or your family. This dreams are usually very scary and unless you don’t fix the problem in your life it will occur time and time again.
People – Who was with you when you where falling? This helps break down the people in your life that may be causing your stress. If you fall with people you recognize then it suggest that they are in the same situation as them.
How Did You Fall – Remembering how you fell on the ground can suggest what needs to be fixed in your life. If you fell on your back implies that you need more support in your life. If you fell on your hands means that you need more of a hand with people that are close to you. If you fell in water means that you are emotionally breaking down and need to address your problem asap.
Slipping – Slipping on a very high surface and plummeting to your death is a quite a scary experience. Slipping to your death suggests that you will eventually “slip up” in a particular situation that will cause emotional distress. You need to get back on track with your life to how it once was!
Somebody Help – If you dream where you are ready to fall and somebody saves you suggest that somebody will help you out of a tough situation that you are in.
Understand Your Falling Dream:
If you have trouble figuring or remembering your dreams it is quite handy to keep a dream journal on hand. This will help you expand your dream vocabulary and help remember more detail your falling dream. A recurring dream of falling to your death means that you are ignoring your problems. Your unconscious will keep bringing it to your attention every so often to let you know you are neglecting a very serious issue. Finding out what is bothering you weather it is the stresses from work, relationship, friends or even family is the first step. The second step is tackling the issue.
– Afraid of losing your job
– Not the leader with friends or business
– Afraid of your relationship
– Not having control in a situation
– Failure in love
– Lack of confidence
– Embarrassed that you wouldn’t make the cut
– You’re not in control of your destiny
– Things aren’t working out the way i want it to work out
– How did you fall?
– Fall out
– Spiraling out of control
– Hitting rock bottom
How To Stop Falling Dream:
Dreams of falling can be classified as a nightmare and will always resurface until you fix the problem. Find out what in your life is causing you such turmoil and fix it. Below are more suggestions on what you can do to stop falling dreams from happening again.
Become more confident in your life
Work on your trust issues
Meditate before bed
Find out what you falling dream represents and tackle the problem
If you have ever experienced a flying dream you will most likely wake up feeling like a million bucks. Flying in your dream is not like the other mundane dreams you encounter on a day to day basis. These supernatural dreams feels somewhat mystic that offers you quick taste to be Superman for the night. Up to 90% of all flying dreams are “lucid”, this means that you are fully aware that you are in a dream and are able to control the dream settings. Manipulating your dream environment in a lucid state makes flying the best common dream you can ever experience.
What Does My Flying Mean?
Depending on the context of your dream flying they can all be interpreted in many ways. Flying free as a bird with not a care in the world will interpret differently than, being afraid to fly, or even have trouble taking off from the ground. All of the flying dream types will be properly explained below. Keeping a dream journal is a great tool to help you remember your dreams in more detail and helps lucid dreaming.
Dreams where you have trouble taking off can be quite frustrating. The funny thing is you know you possess the ability to fly in your dream but have trouble getting your feet off the ground. Having a tough time flying in your dreams suggest that someone or something is stopping you from moving to the next step in life. In order to know what is holding you back from flying, try and remember who was with you in your dream. If you were by alone and struggled to fly implies that you are lacking confidence within yourself. Remembering the symbols in your dream helps you find the root of the problem a lot easier. Let’s say if you had trouble taking off from your house. It’s possible that you need to move out of your house! Also many would dream having trouble taking off from work. If this is the case it represents a lack of motivation to take it to another level.
Try and think what was stopping you from taking off in your dream whether it was you, a friend or a building that was in your way. These objects or “dream symbols” help us determine what is stopping us from moving up in the world.
Scared of Flying:
Flying in a dream can either be exhilarating or a nightmare depending the dream. Not being able to control your flight in your dream is rare but it does happen from time to time. Scared of flying has everything to do with lack of control in your life. Dreams of this nature suggest you have trouble controlling the path in your life. No matter what you do there is some interference. You have to ask yourself what is causing me to be afraid to take control of my life, and how to get back on track. Another possibility is with being afraid to fly is that you might be having trouble keeping up with the high goals you set. You may feel that you can crash at any time.
Direction of Flight:
It is important to know what direction where you were going when you were flying high up in the clouds. Where you flying upwards, downwards or backwards? If you are flying upwards in your dream suggest you are now on a new level spiritually. If you were flying downwards we are trying to get more in tuned to our unconscious. If you are flying low to the ground it represents strength and determination in your life. If you are flying an airplane it means your not fully free to have fun but your almost there. If you are flying backwards suggests you want to relive the past and the good memories you experienced.
How To Analyze Your Flying Dream:
Here are some questions you should ask yourself when you are trying to figure out what your dream meant. Your unconscious will not spell it out for you, this is a job for your conscious to figure out. Dream symbols are presented in a metaphoric fashion for you to decode. A dream dictionary will help you figure out what your dream symbols represents and the hidden meaning behind them. Here are some questions below that might help you figure out what your flying dream ment.
Was I flying alone
Did Anything stopped me
Was I in control of my flight
What was the weather like
Where you scared
Was I going up or down
Easy flight or turbulent fight
How was the mood in your dream. Where you happy or sad.
What where you using in order to fly (Wings or rocket)
For the most part flying dreams are positive dreams that we would all like to have before we wake up. These are common dreams that have very power meaning behind it and its entirely up to you to figure out. People who experience flying dreams are strong mind that want the most out of the world.
Naked dreams usually involves a scenario where your butt naked, around lots of people who can see your shortcomings. Dreaming about being naked can be quite embarrassing and seems very realistic. Studies have concluded that 4 out of 5 people will dream about being naked once in their lives. Naked dreams can either have a positive or negative message depending on your comfort level in the dream. Anybody who experienced this freighting dream will not only wake up feeling like it actually happened, but ruins most of their day. Dreams of this nature should not be ignored, you must investigate the reason on why you had this dream. You have ignored a problem for too long and now your unconscious is giving you a big hint to get with the program.
Below are examples on why you might be experiencing naked dreams and what to do to stop it from recurring again.
Understanding Your Naked Dream:
“The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; the obligation to bear the consequences for failure to perform as expected”.
If you are feeling accountable in either your relationship or at your workplace, you have a greater chance in having a naked dream. Remembering your dream is vital, you must remember all the details so you can figure out the issue. When you where naked, where you at work, out on a date or out with your best friends? For example if you are naked around your friends it can symbolize that you feel accountable for your actions and might be afraid to lose them. Finding out will help pinpoint where your insecurities stem from, and hopefully correcting the issue.
“The act of rejecting or the state of being rejected”.
Your fears about being rejected in life enhances your chances of having a naked dream. Nobody likes getting rejected in life, but the ones who fear it to the point where it consumes their day to day activities might end up having this dream. Your dream would usually turn out where you are stark naked and everybody is laughing at you. If this is your problem you may want to work on your confidence levels so the dream doesn’t continue.
“Causing shame; disgraceful”.
Are you afraid that people will expose you? If you are covering up something and afraid of being caught in your life you might run across a naked dream. People who hide secret information might unconsciously fear being discovered. It’s also possible that you might get “exposed” if somebody finds out something about you. People who over analyze themselves in situations might also come across this dream.
Being Naked in Public
Dreaming that you’re walking nude in a public place feels as if there is no escape, and the embarrassment is unbearable. All you can do is keep walking while everybody is pointing and laughing at you. Being naked in public in your dream usually happens randomly, like walking down a street or in a mall then all of a sudden you are completely nude. These can be manifestations of not having the upper hand on in life, or it can mean you are very insecure with your image. This dream can also mean that you may have exposed yourself unintentionally to people that you are not very close with in your life. If this dream keeps recurring you may want to examine your relationships with other people in your life and the ones that you may not have strong ties with.
A common naked dream in public is in a classroom or in the school hallway. These dreams not only occur with teenagers but with adults as well. A dream of this nature represents an unconscious fear of not living up to ones standards and goals. If you set your goals way too high and are afraid of not meeting them you have a good chance of dreaming of being nude in a classroom.
Naked and Proud
Being proud of being naked in your dreams are rare but a very positive dream symbol. Being comfortable naked in your dream shows that you are not afraid to tackle difficult tasks and not afraid to fail. While most people will be ducking for cover you will be strutting along and enjoying it. You have great pride in yourself and not afraid for future events.
It’s also possible that you feel that you have nothing to hide or you’re ready to come clean with a particular situation.
Reasons Why you’re Naked In Your Dreams:
* Afraid of being exposed
* Shame with yourself
*Guilty in a situation
* Vulnerable with friends, business or relationship
* Trying to be something that you are not
* Not comfortable with your body
* Scared of being noticed
Majority of teeth dreams are usually revolved around themes of teeth missing, pulling, breaking or rotting. These types of dreams are usually very vivid almost like you just experienced a nightmare. According to many dream experts teeth are more common with adults then children because there might be some relation between teeth and age. Not all teeth dreams symbolize age and getting old, depending the symbols, location, people and mood can have a different analysis. At dream dictionary.org we have an active Forum where you can submit your teeth dream so it can be analyzed by our professional dream analysts.
Types of Teeth Dreams:
This type of dream can be interpreted differently depending the context of the events that surround it. The key word here in the dream is “pulled”, so that might be an indication that something needs to come out. Teeth are in the mouth so it’s possible that it could be related to speaking. It could also be related to pulling yourself too hard in some situation or event in your life. If somebody else is pulling at your teeth it could suggest they want to get something out of you. Some have experience teeth dreams if they fear the dentist and have a tooth ache.
Rotting teeth dreams are said to be the most common that we experience once in our life time. It is said that these type of dreams symbolizes our anxieties and fears that we may be building up inside us for too long and could be more visible. It is possible that this type of dream could be revolved with your image and how you may think others perceive you. The definition of rotting says anything that becomes damaged, weakened, or useless because of decay. Can you relate this to anything in your life right now? Could this be an indication of how you speak to others? Can it suggest that you need to see a dentist? Writing down as much information as you can remember about your teeth dream will help because these symbols usually come across as metaphors.
Broken /Chipped Teeth:
Can this dream imply aspects of yourself that needs to be corrected? Broken teeth are visible, so could this be a metaphor on this problem being noticeable to others and yourself? You might need to do some digging trying to figure out what might be broken internally that has an effect externally. Is it possible that some aspects in you’re life needs repairing right now? The people in your teeth dream could imply that it could be directed at them. If someone is breaking your teeth that could imply an outside force that could be trying to break you down. It could also be possible that your mouth may be getting you into some trouble. Some say that when they experience broken teeth dream could relate to how they feel about their image. Depending on the context of the dream it varies so that’s why it might be helpful to join our forum and write down your broken/teeth dream so it can be interpreted by are dream specialists.
As bizarre as this dream may be don’t be alarmed because it’s quite common. Falling teeth points to all of our worries and anxieties that surround us in life and not being in control. If you are under a lot of pressure and is worried about the outcome its possible this dream may appear. To better understand your dream trying to remember as much information might help you decode it properly. You need to figure out who was with you, the mood of the dream and how you felt. Below are some suggestions of what your dream could imply based on peoples own experience.
* Stressed about your job situation.
* Fear of being impotent
* Afraid looking stupid in front of people
* Stress about looking older/trying to stay young
* Have you lied to somebody?
* Lacking power at work or relationship.
Crumbling teeth dreams could suggest your fear of getting old. Our dream symbols act as metaphors so when you see your teeth suddenly crumbling it hits at your age and how you perceive yourself. Nobody wants to get old that why dreams of this nature have such a profound effect on us at a later age. It could be possible that this is how you feel about your life right now. Do you feel in any way in your life where you are falling or crumbling apart?
Losing Your Teeth:
Losing your teeth could be an indication that your stress and anxiety levels could be to high in your life right now and needs to be fixed. These types of dreams can be somewhat tricky to translate because you might have to face aspect of yourself you could be ignoring.
*Attachment Issues (trying to hold on to something)
*Fear of letting go to something that was part of your life for a long time.
*Afraid of failing
*You dread the feeling of embarrassment
*You may feel a lack of control in your relationship
* Is it possible you set your goals to high and they are crashing down?
*What are you afraid to lose?
*Are you trying to cover up something?
*Afraid of losing your money or the feeling of being abandoned.
Experiencing false teeth in your dream might suggest breaking rules or lying. Can you recall saying or doing something that ended up hurting somebody lately? Did you tell a secret where you were told not to tell? Did you say something that was inappropriate? Are you telling the truth? Is something you said now coming back to haunt you? Do you feel like you are living a false image and lying to others?
Spitting Out Teeth:
Dreams of this nature are common and vivid usually among older people because it might revolve around losing our looks and image. In today’s society we fear getting old and grey and there is a lot of emphasis on staying young. Another dream translation for spitting out teeth might imply, admitting to something you may have held back in life that is causing you stress. Some people have experienced illness in the family when they have dreams about there teeth falling out.
Analyzing Your Teeth Dreams:
Even though teeth dreams can be somewhat scary there is a message to be taught in everyone. Dreams of this nature implies that we are not paying attention to what need to be fixed in our daily life’s and it is coming out in this form. The dreams might continue if you sweep the issue under the rug. Keeping a dream journal over time help you remember your dreams in more detail and will help you pin point where the problem is coming from. The more you remember the easier it is to find the answer. Come to our new active dream forum where you and thousands of dream members write down their dreams to be analyzed by our professionals.
Teeth Dreams & Death:
There seems to be a strange coalition between teeth dreams and death. Many have reported that when they lose there teeth in a dream somebody close to them dies. There has been some cases reported in our dream forum and in books.
Different Perspectives On Teeth Dreams:
Did you know that teeth dream have been recorded thousands of years ago. Teeth are one of the most common dream symbols out there and the most searched. People have been getting these dreams for thousands of years and can be dated back for as long as we are able to remember our dreams. In the Greek culture dreaming about teeth or losing your teeth suggests somebody in your family will be sick or somebody close to you. The Chinese say that when your teeth fall out means you’re telling lies and being deceitful. Long ago it has been said that teeth falling out represents money and financial loss. The question is what do you think?
Test or Exam Dreams seem to be more common than we thought. At least 1 in every 5 people will experience a test dream in their lives. Dreams of this nature are generally linked to young adults or kids in high school who are under stress. It is not uncommon for adults late in their life to dream of
taking a test or exam.
These dreams are usually recurring and will keep resurfacing until the dreamer has figured out an issue in their waking life. It really doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, test and exam dreams all stem from the same issue.
Why Do We Get Test Dreams?
Test dreams can be so real that we actually wake up convinced we just failed an important test. The good news is that it was just a dream, the bad news is it might happen again. So why do we get these dreams? Basically test dreams are a reflection on the individual’s lack of confidence and inability to advance to the next stage in life. These are mirror dreams that has everything to do with the dreamer and not anybody else. Keep a dream journal on hand to better understand your test and exam dream. Recording your test dreams and the mental state that you are in will help you solve this dream. We are more prone to these dreams during stressful periods in our lives. What will cause this dream from happening? Below are issues that people face in life that can result in a dreadful Test or Exam dream.
*Procrastinating at something that needs to be done
*Afraid to advance to the next step
*A fear of being left behind
*Feeling alone and scared
*You feel stupid
*Not being prepared
* A lack of motivation
* You are feeling examined by people or examining yourself too hard
* Don’t want to be stuck or left behind
*Failure to conform
Studies have shown that your confidence level has a lot to do with your test dream. Regardless if your at home or work, if you are lacking confidence in yourself moving to the next stage can be quite hard. It is quite possible depending your situation your test dream can just mean a test dream. If any of these points in your mind stick out you should now figure out a way to stop it from continuing.
Common Test Dream Scenarios:
Every dream is different from one person to the next. Though test dreams for some reason seem to have the same settings no matter the person. Not completing the exam or test is below we listed some familiar test settings and what they mean.
Running Out of Time:
This is the test dream where you only have 5 minutes to complete the exam and you have nothing written down on the paper.
Dream Translation – You left something to the last minute and is coming to bite you in the butt.
No Pen or Pencil:
Not having a pen or pencil during an exam is an awful feeling that leaves you in cold sweats. The dreams doesn’t seem to end but the time for the exam is coming to an end.
Dream Translation – Unprepared for future events.
No Speak Americano:
Believe it or not but most of our test or exam dreams come in other languages. This can be quite a scary situation knowing right then and there your going to fail miserably.
Dream Translation – Totally lacking behind in life.
Where is my Seat?
Here is another dream where we panic. You arrive in the class and all the seats are taken. Where are you going to sit? I am going to fail!
Dream Translation – lacking confidence in life, need to be more assertive to get what you want.
Oh No I’m late!
This is another test dream that is horrible. We usually arrive in the classroom while the exam is going on. You rush to your seat scared.
Dream Translation – You feeling left behind and not organized
No matter what test or exam dream we get we usually wake up confused and uneasy. Once you realize it was just a dream you have a sense of relief. This is not something you should overlook because your unconscious is trying to tell you something. Remembering the dream is the first step the second step is how to stop it from happening.
Test Dream Recap
As stated above finding out your own internal issues is the first step before you tackle your dream. Test dreams can happen as often as once a week depending on how serious an issue is effecting you. Overlooking your exam dream will only prolong it from happening again. If you are unable to come up with reasons on why you are getting test dreams here are some more possibilities below.
– Setting your goals too high
– Afraid of failing
– Unable to handle yourself under pressure
– Worried what people think of you
– Afraid of the future and if you’re on the right track
– Not being good enough
– Stressed out or feeling anxious in life
Test dreams usually take a bit more digging to get to the root of the issue than other common dreams. In order to fully understand your dream you have to understand your current situation.
Exam Dreams Benefits:
You don’t necessarily have to be alarmed when you experience a dream like this because they are all relative to the current situation that’s plaguing you right now. Test dreams all boil down to the stress we have in our walking life. Pinpointing the problem can be done by using your dreams. All of our problems are obstacles that we must overcome. Use your unconscious mind as an invisible guide that gives you hidden messages in metaphors.
Water is a powerful dream symbol that holds deep messages to the dreamer and shouldn’t be over looked. Water as a dream symbol represents your current emotional state of mind. Depending the context of your “water dream” can hold a different meaning all together. Sometimes when we are unable to show our emotions in our walking life our dreams tend to bring them out in different forms. Recognizing the events in your water dream can benefit you in many ways mentally and physically. Water dreams can be both positive and negative so take the time and recall as many objects as possible.
How To Analyze A Water Dream:
Water dreams are quite common but what makes them unique to the individual are the events that take place. To get to the true meaning of what you dream represents you need to write down as much detail as possible. Get a pen and a paper and write down the answers to the questions below. Answering these type of questions would help differentiate your dream from the next person.
What was the color of the water?
Explain the mood in your dream.
Was the water rough or calm?
Where you alone or with people?
Did you sense danger or where you feeling safe?
Types of Water Dreams:
Splashed by Water – This is a dream symbol where you unconscious is telling you to wake up! Get back on track with your life and stop stalling.
Water is Boiling/Hot – Means your emotions are running high and you need to let of some steam. You might have reached your boiling point in a current situation. If you are burnt by the water it means that you are going to suffer if you boil up your emotions. You must relax and take your time.
Unclear / Muddy or Dirty Water – Suggests that your dwelling in your own negativity. You need to take a break and clear your mind. It is likely that your thought process is clouded and needs some sort of cleansing. Muddy water is not a good symbol, it suggest that you need to remove all the heaviness in your life in order to see clear.
Listening to Water – To listen to water in your dream denotes time for reflection and peace with your thoughts and emotions.
Walking on Water – Means you at the top of your emotions and you have complete control. You might also have some hidden qualities.
Tsunami – This scary dream means you are unable to deal with a powerful force that’s out of your control. Tsunami dreams indicate that your at your emotional capacity and something is going to let loose.
Rivers – Rivers symbolize your journey in life whether its physical or spiritual one. If the river water is flowing fast it can mean rapid changes might occur soon. It is also possible that you feel out of control in your life and need to slow down. If the river is calm and peaceful it means being comfortable with the changes in your walking life.
Waterfalls – Dreaming of a waterfall is a great dream symbol. It means cleansing and a new beginning. You might be getting a fresh start on life.
Water Storms – Storms in dreams can represent a deterioration of the past experiences or relationships. Storms represent a bad situation that we are in emotionally. It doesn’t necessary mean its a bad symbol because every storm will pass and there will be sunshine ahead.
Ocean Water – Depending on where you are in the ocean has different ways of interpreting the dream. If the ocean is dark or deep it represents your emotional state in your walking life. If the ocean water is turbulent it means that there might be rough time ahead. If you’re crossing the ocean water with ease means that you show a great ability to experience freedom and independence.
Sea Water – Sea like the Ocean symbolizes your emotional state, but unlike the ocean dreaming of the sea is the connection between the conscious and unconscious mind. De-coding the dream you can come up with “I See Now” or “See It Coming”. If you’re lost at sea it relates to you floating around in life with out any sense of direction.
Holy Water – You might need spiritual cleansing. Whatever you put holy water on in your dream you may want to bless that certain item that hold significance.
Ship Wreck In Water – Depending if you’re stranded or not makes a big difference. If somebody is there to help you means that people support you during tough times. If not means you need support and someone to talk to.
Water Fights – Water fights mean that you are open about sharing your emotions.
Swimming or Pool – Swimming in a pool alone means that you are looking for relaxation. If you are swimming in a pool or ocean with somebody means that you are connected in more ways than one. .
Drinking – It might be your mind telling you your dehydrated.
Under water – When you are deep under water you are exploring deep into your unconscious mind. What you find might be a hidden treasure.
Electrocuted – If you are Electrocuted in water suggest that your going to get some shocking news that you might not be expecting.
Since dreams have been established as being part of the human condition – or rather, the mammal condition – there are certain dreams that are far more common than others. Sometimes based on culture or location, there are certain thematic dreams that seem to translate from society to society. These dreams are popular for dream interpreters and spiritualists to dissect and search for meaning. I can personally vouch for having most of these dreams, what about you?
Chase Dreams: Chase dreams are one of several common dream themes, stemming from feelings of anxiety in your waking life. Flight is an instinctive response to a physical threat in the environment. In these dreams, the scenario features you being pursued by an attacker, an animal, a monster or an unknown figure, who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. Consequently, you run, you hide or you try to outwit your pursuer.
Test/Exam Dreams: To dream that you are taking an exam indicates that you are being put to the test or being scrutinized in some way. Such dreams highlight your feelings of being anxious and agitated. You may find that you cannot answer any of the questions on the test or that the test is in some foreign language. Is time running out and you find that you cannot complete the exam in the allowed time? Or are you late to the exam, or did you forget about it entirely? Does your pencil keep breaking during the exam? Such factors contribute to you failing this test. You might have been out of school for years, and still dream about missing exams. It can be very disorienting.
Falling Dreams: Falling dreams are another theme that is quite common in the world of dreams. Contrary to a popular myth, you will not actually die if you do not wake up before your hit the ground during a fall…but could you imagine the news story that would play if you did? “Individual dead…we don’t know why. I think he fell in his dream.”
According to Freudian theory, dreams of falling indicate that you are contemplating giving into a sexual urge or impulse. You may not be as discrete as you should be.
Flying Dreams: My personal favorite, flying dreams. Many dreamers describe the ability to fly in their dreams as an exhilarating, joyful, and liberating experience. Flying dreams often fall under a category of dreams known as lucid dreaming. Lucid dreams occur when you become aware that you are dreaming, and are able to control the setting and plot of your dreams. Flying is often the first thing people attempt in these dreams; and be honest, you’d do it too.
Naked Dreams: So it’s a normal day…you’re going to work, waiting for the bus, or just walking down the street when you suddenly realize that you are stark naked. Sometimes you make it all the way to school or work and then are reminded that you’re naked. Dreaming that you are completely or partially naked is very common. Nudity symbolizes a variety of things depending on your real life situation.
Teeth Dreams: An incredibly common dream, dreams of your teeth falling out or breaking can be shocking. The typical dream scenarios include having your teeth crumble in your hands, fall out one by one with just a light tap, grow crooked or rot. Such dreams are not only horrifying and shocking, but they often leave you with a lasting image of the dream.
Snake Dreams: Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Snakes are a very common dream symbol, usually meaning evil, temptation, or sexuality. To see a snake or be bitten by one in your dream signifies hidden fears and worries that are threatening you. Your dream may be alerting you to something in your waking life that you are not aware of or that has not yet surfaced.
Car Dreams: The great modern symbol of power, status, vitality, sexuality. Automobile dreams are very common and have many meanings in dream analysis. It depends on factors like who is driving? Is it a pleasant journey or a treacherous one? Is the car an old clunker or a luxurious new car? Beginning a drive in an automobile generally means that you are in the beginning stages of a new life-plan. Where the car takes you metaphorically shows you where your life should be going. If your car breaks down, you could be placing your trust in someone not worth it.
Dreams have always been a mystery since the beginning of time. Even now with are medical breakthrough and technology we still can’t pin point on why we dream. Though out time there has been many guesses behind the reasons for dreaming. Some say that our dreams are messages from our subconscious mind to our conscious. The messages are able to guide us and lead us in the right path. Others believe that a dream is just a dream with no real significance behind it. Many have gone as far to think that our dreams are prophetic that are set from higher powers. As far as dreams and dreaming goes your guess is good as the next person.
Dream interpretation and symbolism is a popular subject, and some dreams seem to permeate our society. Whatever they are, dreams are still a mystery to scientists. What is their purpose, if they have one? Why do we dream at all?
Scientists are just beginning to learn about the function of sleep, and dreaming. Some researchers suggest that dreams serve no real purpose, while other believe that dreaming is essential to mental, emotional and physical well-being. Ernest Hoffman, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Boston, Mass., suggests that “…a possible (though certainly not proven) function of a dream to be weaving new material into the memory system in a way that both reduces emotional arousal and is adaptive in helping us cope with further trauma or stressful events.”
Why do we Dream?
There are several popular theories surrounding why we dream: psychoanalytic and activation-synthesis are the most popular.
Psychoanalytic: Consistent with the psychoanalytic perspective, Sigmund Freud’s theory of dreams suggested that dreams were a representation of unconscious desires, thoughts and motivations. According to Freud’s psychoanalytic view of personality, people are driven by aggressive and sexual instincts that are repressed from conscious awareness. While these thoughts are not consciously expressed, Freud suggested that they find their way into our awareness via dreams. Freud wrote that dreams are “…disguised fulfillments of repressed wishes.”1 He also described two different components of dreams: manifest content and latent content. Manifest content is the actual images, thoughts and content contained within the dream, while the latent content is the hidden psychological meaning of the dream.
Activation-Synthesis: According to this theory, circuits in the brain become activated during REM sleep, the brain synthesizes and interprets this internal activity and attempts to find meaning in these signals, which results in dreaming. Basically, the brain will interpret the meaningless signals and imposes a story on top of them – resulting in the fragmented and nonsensical nature of some dreams. This model suggests that dreams are a subjective interpretation of signal generated by the brain during sleep. This does not mean that dreams are meaningless; in fact, a by-product of this process may be the development of new and unique ideas.
The idea of dreams contributing to new ideas has merit, as there have been several notable dreams that contributed to inventions:
Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was inspired by a dream: “I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion. Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous Creator of the world.”
The sewing machine Elias Howe invented the sewing machine in 1845. He had the idea of a machine with a needle which would go through a piece of cloth but he couldn’t figure out exactly how it would work. In his dream cannibals were preparing to cook him and they were dancing around the fire waving their spears. Howe noticed at the head of each spear there was a small hole through the shaft and the up and down motion of the spears and the hole remained with him when he woke. The idea of passing the thread through the needle close to the point was a major innovation in making mechanical sewing possible.
Benzene The scientist Friedrich August Kekulé discovered the seemingly impossible chemical structure of benzene (C6H6) when he had a dream of a group of snakes swallowing their tails.
Yesterday Paul McCartney claims to have composed the melody for the Beatles’ song “Yesterday” in a dream; the song has since become the most recorded song in the history of popular music.
Dream interpretation has been a popular practice in spirituality for millennia. It was practiced through most of the world, and most religions have some semblance of dream interpretation. Dream interpretation was taken up as part of psychoanalysis at the end of the 19th century; the perceived, manifest content of a dream is analyzed to reveal its latent meaning to the psyche of the dreamer. One of the seminal works on the subject is The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud. At Dream Dictionary we can analyze all of your dreams and dreams symbols! We have over thousands of dream words translated for you so you can get in tuned with your unconscious and all the hidden message they contain.
History of Dreaming:
In the ancient times, dreams were used for healing purposes and for communication with the Gods. It was used as a rite of passage in certain tribes where they would carry out spiritual activities in order to receive a guiding dream and then share it with the rest of the tribe after it was received. During the beginning of the 19th Century the way we analyzed and interpreted dreams where now taken to the next level. It was only recent when two influential psychiatrists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud decided to take dreaming to the next level. Even though they had their own personal theories on what dreaming meant they both concluded that dreams where in fact an interaction between the unconscious and the conscious
During the late 19th and 20th centuries brought a new revolution for dreaming. Jung and Freud believed that the unconscious was the main part of the mind which worked in dreaming. They did, however, have differing views in terms of the understanding and meanings of dreams. Freud believed that there was a dynamic restriction which countered the unconscious during sleep while Jung disputed that dreams provided a resourceful language although very bizarre, a dream is able to reveal its underlying meaning. Jung believed that there was a subjective approach to dreaming in which every person in a dream was a representation of different characteristics of the dreamer. Fritz Perls theory was similar but different to this since he argued that the rejected and suppressed parts of the self-form projections which are our dreams. Fitiz however went on to a further state stating that objects within the dream which are lifeless serve to symbolize traits and features of the dreamer. Therefore in order to understand the context of the dream in relations to Perls’ theory, the dreamer is asked to imagine being the objects in the dream in order to relate it to his/her individuality. When you consider the application of each person’s personality and differing life situations you would realize that no two different people with the same dream will come out with the same meaning. Therefore although Sigmund Freud was the inventor of the analysis of dream symbols and the three neurologists who studied dreams all thought differently about what dreams meant, they all agreed that the meaning relied on the dreamer.
Aspects of Dreams to Consider the Meaning:
Dreams are highly phantasmagorical in nature, which means that the images in dreams are a combination and blending of different places and things. There is a part in our brain which actually stores every person, character, object, location and language. These memories or experiences are generally what make the visuals and dreams symbols which appear in very embellished and peculiar forms.
People do not realize the importance of emotions in their dreams. A single emotion or feeling that you poses in your dream can change what the symbols represents. Although the most frequent and recurrent emotion in dreams is anxiety that is brought on by nightmares. Also negative emotions are more present in dreaming rather than positive ones. Dreams also can include emotions like, but not limited to, fear, happiness, rejection, excitement and even orgasmic feelings.
Sexual dreams do not happen regularly but it occurs about 10% of the time in mostly young adults and teenagers. Adults have sexual dreams in about 8% of the time and sometimes result in orgasms and are known as wet dreams.
Color vs. black and white
Although a marginal amount of people say that they dream in only black and white, it is actually quite the opposite. We think we dream in color but in fact we only remember our dreams in color because of how we visualize things. Try to remember and differentiate the difference between colors in your dreams because they do have a meaning.
Recurrent dreams are reported mostly in females, as 70% of females have experienced recurring dreams while 65% of males. Although it would not be the same exact dream, as in the content being the same, the dream will follow the same form in different periods of sleeping.
Why look for meaning to your Dreams?
When you learn to understand and interpret your dreams you will have a more open and clearer view of your life, relationships, feelings and a clearer view of issues in your waking life. Once you know that your dreams are unique and no other person can have your life experiences, your dreams represent your individuality. When you see the clear view of your dreams and then you would understand your reality and know that getting to know the meaning of your dreams will give you a better perspective on life.
Although sometimes our waking mind are not ready to face the meanings, our unconscious sees that it is imperative that we face the problems in our life. When you understand the complicated plots and puns of your dreams, your life in the present, past and future would be easier to understand. Who knows maybe you’d even understand the connections you have with certain people even better and their lives as well.
“Dreams…are not meaningless…they are a completely valid psychological phenomenon, the fulfilment of wishes… constructed through highly complicated intellectual activity.” Sigmund Freud.
“A dream is a disguised fulfilment of a repressed wish. The interpretation of dreams has as its object the removal of the disguise to which the dreamer’s thoughts have been subjected. It is, moreover, a highly valuable aid to psycho-analytic technique, for it constitutes the most convenient method of obtaining insight into unconscious psychical life.” Sigmund Freud
“Since dreams provide information about the hidden inner life and reveal to the patient those components of his personality which, in his daily behaviour, appear merely as neurotic symptoms, it follows that we cannot effectively treat him from the side of consciousness alone, but must bring about a change in and through the unconscious. In the light of our present knowledge this can be achieved only by the thorough and conscious assimilation of unconscious contents.” Carl Jung
How To Remember Dreams
Why Remember Our Dreams?
So what is the big deal to remember and record your dreams? The same reason why there is no substantial reasoning behind them. If you take either a scientist, doctor or philosopher they will give you all different answers on the reason behind our dreams. What we do know is that it can’t be fully explained and nobody knows the right answer. Though what we do know is that digging deep into your unconscious mind by using our dreams has proved to have more benefits than we thought. Inside our dreams are symbols that are meant to help, guide and warn us in life or the future. We also know that our unconscious uses metaphors in our dreams. When we wake up from a dream we are usually left confused. Our unconscious is not going to tell us the answer that easily because it’s up to us to decode it and find the meaning. Learning how to truly become a dream expert we suggest that you learn the basic first.
Remembering your dreams is a very easy task that requires very little skill and a bit of practice. If you are the type of person that forgets everything detail before you wake up, well there is hope! Before we tell you how to remember you dreams you must keep in mind you need at least 8 hours a good quality sleep a day. Anything less than 8 hours it’s harder to remember because you interfere with your REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. If you can only get 5 to 7 hours a day you still can remember your dreams, it may be a bit harder due to the fact there is more activity towards the end of your full sleep.
Below we have provided you with tip for you to remember you dreams. Learning how to dream recall is like working out a muscle in your brain. The more you work at it the more it expands! Getting started is just the tip of the iceberg. You will have access to a world that you never really knew existed inside of you.
Steps For Dream Recall:
Step 1 – Keep a dream journal:
Recording your dream should be on a notepad (journal) or on your computer. This could be anything where you can store and record all of your dreams. Why have a dream journal? Having a dream journal is vital for dream recall because the more information you remember the stronger your memory gets. Many people who write down there dreams tend to pick up on future events. This ability is called precognition. Many people don’t know that they have this ability until they record their dreams. The more you record in your journal the stronger your dream vocabulary will build.
Step 2 – Pen and Paper:
Now a day’s people are becoming more familiar with computers, so having a tangible journal is up to your discretion. Writing down your dream the moment you wake up is vital. As we stated above we lose close to 90% of the events the first minute we wake up. This is why you want to have a pen and paper right by your bed and write down as much detail as possible.
Step 3 – What To Write:
So what do you write? Basically everything that you can possibly remember! Don’t even shy away from the small details. Write them down. You want to describe every scene in detail as if where a crime scene. You want to express what the mood was and how you were feeling. The people, coolers and objects in your dreams are very important to write down because it paints a picture for you, and makes it easier for you to figure out. The symbols in your dream should be engraved in your brain the first second you wake up. You don’t want to forget anything.
Step 4 – More Sleep, More Dreams:
The reason why some people don’t remember their dreams is mainly due to them not getting a full nights rest. If you have a busy schedule or not sleeping properly due to external or internal factors this will cause a rift. You need to get your full 7 to 8 hour sleep to prefect your dream recall capability. The reason why this is important is due to the fact that our dreams come in cycles and if interrupted you will forget most of it. It’s best to wake up just after your REM sleep where there is most activity.
Step 5 – Stop Your Sleep:
Another great way to remember you dreams is waking up in the middle of the night and writing them down. I know this might seem a bit annoying but you would have no problem getting back to bed. If you set your alarm clock to different intervals during the night you will remember dreams easier and have more to put in your dream journal. Many people who have practiced dream recall can wake up automatically in the middle of the night and remember key symbols in that dream and not forget it when they wake up for the day.
Step 6 – Rewind Your Dream:
The moment we wake up from a dream it leaves us with the last event like a snapshot of a picture. In order to remember what happened you have to reverse your dream like rewinding a movie. Having a dream is like watching a movie and then waking up at the end. Most of the time we just remember the ending. The very first second you wake up you have to pull as much from the dream as much as possible. All you should remember before you wake up is the dream you just had.
Step 7 – Slow Down, Relax:
Everybody would love to relax in their bed all day! We recommend that you take 2 min before you wake up gather your dream thoughts and prepare to write them down. The moment you start thinking about this or that day is the moment your dream will disappear into thin air. Forget about thinking of your work schedule or what to wear, focus entirely on your dream.
If you have many thoughts upon awakening you should try meditating before you go to bed. The moment you think about something other than your dream the faster your dream leaves you. We recommend that you meditate around 5 to 10 min before bed. This would enable you to open up your mind and clear the smoke.
Quick Tips on Remembering Your Dreams:
Keep a dream journal (see below)
Have a pen, paper or recorder ready when you wake up
Write down as much information as possible about the dream (ex. friends, work, car etc.)
Wake up 1 hour early or during REM sleep
More sleep more dreams
Rewind your dreams
Don’t rush out of bed, take time to relax and record what happened
Before you go to bed say “I will remember my dreams”
Benefits For Dream Recall:
Remembering your dreams is entirely up to the person. If you find interest in exploring your mind than dream recall is the place to start. Sometimes a dream is just a dream, but when you get a dream that you know it has significance you would want answers. Learning what your dream means and the symbols behind it will open doors for you that you never knew existed. If you are looking for answers or a deeper meaning in life, then starting with your dreams is the first step. In today’s world psychologist use patients dreams to get to the root of the problem. Not every dreams has a sexual desire that we want to act out on. Don’t be discouraged but confident. Once you become more comfortable with dream interpretation you will a new side to life! Your dreams are not only fun but free! Take advantage of this beautiful gift. Dream out loud!
It’s fun, free and easy to do
Becoming more in tuned with your unconscious mind.
You might have the ability to predict the future events
Learn to lucid dream
You will have a new hobby
Stopping recurring dreams from happening.
Sleep Paralysis is a horrible feeling where you awake but still stuck in a state where you can’t even move a muscle or talk. You almost feel frozen and the only think you do is just think. Having to be or experience this state is extremely frightening on the dreamer, and some people report hearing and seeing things that are not actually there. Some lucky people would experience this terrible feeling once or twice in there lives, but some don’t get off the hook that easy. A small percentage of people get stuck in this state several times a week. Sleep Paralysis can really spook you out and make you feel like you just hallucinated. Studies have found out that it is normal and causes no damage on the human body. Sleep paralysis can happen before you go to sleep or awakening up from REM sleep. The team to describe Sleep Paralysis before going to sleep is called “Hypnagogic”, and as your awaken up from REM it’s called “Hynopompic”. Sleep paralysis has other names that it can be referred to such as predormital, hypnologic, familial, and hypnopompic but all relate to the same issue.
What is Sleep Paralysis?
Sleep Paralysis is when your brain wakes up from the Rapid Eye Movement (REM), but your whole body is paralyzed state. Your mind becomes fully conscious in bed but you’re not able to move your body. This is an unusual neurological phenomenon that happens to more children than adults. Some people suffer their entire lives dealing with it.
Is Sleep Paralysis Dangerous?
Anybody who experiences “Sleep Paralysis” for the first time usually wants answers right away. They feel like they actually experience a nightmare awake. You wake up feeling like you were actually living in a bad dream for a couple of seconds or even up to a couple of minutes. As scary as it seems the good news is that nobody has even died from sleep paralysis or had any psychological issues. This is just a very scary and uncomfortable feeling that we never want to experience again. The worst part about sleep paralysis is that you feel stuck and have no idea why you’re frozen in this state. Some issues people who suffer from sleep paralysis have trouble getting a good night sleep in fear that it would happen again. The more you learn and become aware of sleep paralysis the easier it gets when you’re trapped in that moment of hell. When you are stuck in sleep paralysis and know that you are and it would be over in a matter of seconds it helps calm the mind. Most of the time the sleeper is awakened by a sound, a touch or snapping right out of the state.
What Happens During Sleep Paralysis?
Throughout the night our body goes back and forth between NREM (non-rapid eye) and REM sleep. Most of our sleep consists of NREM, the state that we are most relaxed and not much brain activity going on. When the NREM is over we switch over to REM sleep where our eyes move rapidly. More vivid dreams occur during this time and our body is completely relaxed. The body is in a coma toss state where you can move a muscle. Once you become aware before the REM cycle of sleep is completely done your will experience a feeling where you cant talk or move.
Types of Sleep Paralysis Dreams:
In many studies researchers have found out that “Hypnagogic Hallucinations” can occur during sleep paralysis state. Hypnagogic hallucinations can happen in both Hypnopompic Paralysis and Hypnagogic Paralysis of sleep paralysis. Whenever this happens the dreamer has vivid and haunting images that feels almost life like. Depending on the dreamer some experience a feeling like somebody is in your room, being suffocated, falling, or hearing voices talk to you before you sleep. A term to describe that feeling is called the “Hag Phenomena” and has been happening to people for thousands of years. Below you can see some of the type of hag phenomena people experience when they are sleeping.
Symptoms of Sleep Paralysis:
– Vivid images – feels like the dream of all dreams
– Hallucinations – people experience a large bug or insect trying to eat them
– A devil, demon or scary ghost is in your room
– Unable to breath – Somebody sitting on your chest or being suffocated by the covers
– Falling to the ground
– Life like sensations – Impending doom
– Intruder in the room
Causes of Sleep Paralysis:
There is no exact cause on why some people get this horrible sensation called sleep paralysis. It doesn’t matter if your male or female it all depends on the factors below that we listed. Sleep paralysis is very common and happens to 40% of the general population. You will find younger children experiencing this feeling then most adults.
Common Causes Include:
– Not getting enough sleep
– Drinking access alcohol
– Medical conditions ex narcolepsy
– Leg cramps
– Change in your sleep pattern
– Passed down from family
– Low levels of melatonin
– Change in your lifestyle ex eating habits etc….
– If you sleep on your back
How Can I Stop Sleep Paralysis?
Sleep Paralysis doesn’t harm or effect your body in anyway, but getting this can be quite traumatizing and wish you never got it again. Stress plays a big role when your dealing with sleep paralysis so make sure you take time to reflect things you need to change in your life. Have a look below for ways you can stop sleep paralysis from happening again:
– Change your sleep patterns. Get your 7 to 8 hours a night sleeps
– Your anxiety levels might be very high. Find out ways you can stop anxiety from taking over
– Change your environment around you. Did you make a sudden change in your life that’s not working out
– More likely to experience when you sleep on your back
– You might be depressed? Find ways to snap out of your depression
– People who suffer from Narcolepsy are more prone to sleep paralysis
– Check your family history. Most of the time your parents might have the same issue
– Work out at the gym or meditate
Sleep Paralysis Tips:
The good news about sleep paralysis is, it causes no harm or effect to the human body. Unfortunate having to deal with it is another issue. The best cure for stopping sleep paralysis is to meditate before you go to bed and educate yourself on sleep paralysis. Once you read up on the subject being stuck in the state makes it a lot easier. If you are concerned about this issue there are ways you can battle it so it doesn’t happen again. Below we have listed ways you can combat this problem and face it head on:
– Once in the sleep paralysis state don’t fight it. Let it ride out and say to yourself it will pass
– Reduce your stress levels or anxiety levels
– Go to bed early and get a good night sleep
– Remember it doesn’t kill you
– Turn it in to a good experience. Some people report having a mystical experience during it.
– Focus. Try your best to snap out of it. If you force yourself hard enough you will wake up
– It is a medical phenomenon! Don’t think you’re going crazy, and try not to associate it with bad thoughts
– Relax. Don’t work yourself over an issue you’re going to snap out of in seconds.
– Meditate before you go to bed.
Sleepwalking also known as somnambulism is a sleep disorder that is categorized with the parasomina family. Sleepwalkers do activities that they would normally do in walking life while being asleep (ex shower, make food walk the dog etc…) Sleep walking effects roughly around 10% of the general population. On occasion many people who experience sleepwalking will mumble or talk with their eyes wide open. Their eyes are described as “Glossy” and somewhat scary cause they look right through you. Sleep walking is most prevalent during adolescence stages and during puberty. Up to 20% of kids will experience sleepwalking.
Why Do People Sleepwalk?
There is a whole list of factors on why some people sleepwalk. Sleep walking occurs when some areas of your brain are fast asleep and other parts are active. The parts of your brain that’s active when you sleepwalk are the ones that control your walking and speech. Sleep walking usually occurs in NREM (Non Rapid Eye Movement) this is when your brain waves are not that busy and slowed down. Sleepwalking all depends on your environmental, genetic, medical and physiological factors.
If either your Mom or Dad experiences sleep walking it’s a greater possibility that the gene was passed down to you. Also identical twins are 10 times more likely to sleepwalk if a first degree relative has the same problem as well.
Depending on some sleepwalkers environmental situations it causes them to sleep walk. Below are some examples of environmental conditions that cause sleepwalking in the night.
– High amounts of stress
– Large consumption of alcohol
– Sleep Deprivation
– Taking certain types of drugs such as sedatives, antihistamines and stimulants can increases the chances of sleepwalking
It has been known that serious medical conditions increase the chance to sleepwalk at night. Below here are some of the reasons why you might sleepwalk due to medical factors.
– High fever
– People who experience night-time convulsions (fits)
– Magnesium deficiency
If you suffer from some psychological conditions are at greater risk to sleepwalk during the middle of the night. If you sleepwalk and have medical or psychological problems please contact your physician.
– Psychiatric disorders such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
– Anxiety or panic attacks,
– Multiple personality disorder
– Hereditary might run in your family
– Women who are pregnant and during menstruation
– Increased depth of slow wave sleep
What Do Sleepwalkers Do When Asleep?
Sleepwalking can be very scary but interesting at the same time. People have been known to drive to work and have conversations with people in there walking life and not but fully aware of it. There has been some cases that people have reported murdering somebody in their sleep. Take a look below at some of the fascinating stuff i am sure you didn’t know that sleepwalkers do when they are asleep:
– Taking baths and showers
– Brushing teeth putting on gel
– Call people on the phone
– Making food or sandwich for work
– Moving things around the house ex. moving tables, pictures etc..
– Walking and feeding their pets
– Driving their car or motorbike
– Dressing up for the day
– Attacking people in or outside the house
– Walking around the neighborhood
– Watering the lawn
– Going inside other people’s houses
How To Tell If Someone Is Sleep Walking?
– Odd movements. May get up and seek out of a window
– They will get up and walk quietly around the room or house maybe talking or mumbling.
– May seem clumsy and fumble around objects
– Eyes wide open with a glassy look to them.
– Most people cant tell when one is sleepwalking.
– Adolescence can snap out of a sleepwalking faster than adults
– They would repeat behaviors over and over.
– Having a temper tantrum, throwing objects
Ways To Stop Sleepwalking:
-Taking a full 8 hours of sleep every night with no interruptions
– Meditate or take yoga before you go to bed to relax the mind”
– Stay away from caffeine or alcohol for the time being
– Just for safety hide all Sharpe objects and lock all windows in your room.
When Do You Seek Medical Help For Sleepwalking?
Sleepwalking for the most part is harmless and natural part of life. People who experience sleepwalking will tend to have a lack of sleep or is under heavy amounts of stress. Once stress levels taper off you will notice that it disappears. Though sleepwalking can become dangerous when the person starts to become violent. There has been many reported cases where family or even neighbors have been attacked. Any harm to others or to oneself you might want to contact a sleep consultant.
Meditation, although confused and misconstrued into various meanings, is simply an umbrella term for the different forms of being in a relaxed state. There are numerous ways in which you can practice the various types of meditation and relaxation techniques. They all share the most important goals of attaining inner peace and the calming of one’s mind. People have many false impressions about meditating. The beliefs like needing an empty mind, having to sit in a lotus position or needing to be in a silent place are all false. There is a false belief that people need to be sitting in a certain position while being inactive in order to meditate. However, the truth is that you could be running on a treadmill or driving while meditating.
Meditation is an experience not an end result nor a definitive process. That is to say that no meditation is right or wrong. Furthermore, the experience of meditation is exceptional and exclusive to each individual. Meditation gives you the ability to empty your mind of every single thought even if you are doing something else. In fact when in the chiropractor’s office or in yoga class they tell you to place yourself in certain positions in order to meditate. You can meditate anywhere and anytime you choose. Once you have learnt to meditate, you will be always happy and at peace. You will You will be connected to God, which ever divine power you believe in, but you will remain in the world doing your earthly tasks. Whether you are eating, talking or listening to music, once you are able to clear the thoughts from your head you will reach a state of meditation.
Types of Meditation
Mantra meditation and Zen meditation are part of concentration meditation
Mindfulness meditation and Vipassana Meditation are part of Insight Meditation
Chi Neng, Qi gong and Tai chi are meditations you can practice while being in motion
Ways to meditate
Learn to take very deep breathes
Take the time to dig deep and examine within
Reiterate a mantra
Practice saying prayer
Read and reflect
Focus on loving and showing gratitude
Benefits of Meditation:
The main goal of meditating is to gain a sense of calmness, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. People seem to think that only during meditation you reap these benefits. Contrarily, the benefits of meditation will be continuous throughout the day.
If you continuously practice mediation then you will be able to control your mind and then your lifestyle will be rid or not focused on negativity. This is known as a nirvana when you are liberated and experience inner peace. External circumstances control our mood but in meditation we learn to control our own mind and also our moods. We have a huge problem with stress which causes a lot of problems with our mood and even affects our health. Meditation helps you control your stress levels and so your emotional well-being is improved through it. The emotional benefits of meditation range from having a new approach to stress in your life to being more aware of your negative emotions and learning to deal with them.
Another benefit to meditation is how it helps with illnesses. Do you have a medical condition which is brought on or worsened by stress? Although science has not accredited that this is 100% possible, meditation can help you. Allergies, problems with anxiety, asthma, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia and many other health related problems can be helped by meditating. We let our hectic lifestyles take over but by just taking ten or fifteen minutes to meditate, the minutes would seem to be much more in our life because our mind gets settled and more relaxed. This in turn allows us to get more done in the day with less stress.
Meditation is a very powerful and easy way to balance our life and body. It allows us to gain only peace so whatever happens around us would not hinder us from being positive. The more you meditate, the greater strength you would have in showing others compassion, love and peace. The earthly world would not distract you from your connection within you, your soul will be free and happy. This in turn will let you see only positivity and your light will shine bright no matter the circumstances.
How Does Meditation Help with Dreaming?
Although it is not certain how meditation and dreaming influences the brain, it is somewhat obvious that these states use parts of the same system as normal consciousness in the brain. The self-awareness you gain from mediation will be obvious in all mental states. These systems could all operate together and as meditation helps you clear your mind and be at peace, it allows your unconscious to act in a state of nirvana, like it does with your conscious state. This will in turn help connect with your dreams and remember them when you wake up. Meditation helps you to understand your own mind. This is why when you meditate before bed it even helps you more, in particular with lucid dreaming.
When you meditate in order to allow your dreams to flow properly you get all the benefits of the dreams. Meditation helps increase visualization in different states of consciousness and in both the Mnemonic Induction of lucid dreaming and wake induced lucid dreaming to be formed. There have been scientific studies which have proved that there is a link between meditation and lucid dreaming. If you understand dreaming and mediation and practice them, they both assist you in becoming more self-aware and reflective. Being aware and able to go deep into thought makes you better with dream recall and visualization.
Meditation will slow your brainwaves into ranges into which are heavily associated with dreams and heightened creativity. It makes it easier to trigger a relaxed and creative state but it is dependent on how deep of a trance you get into with meditation while keeping a conscious state. This is because the relaxation your mind experiences after meditation allows you to tap into lower brain waves.
The things we see and do right before sleep plays a major part in dreaming. Therefore if you focus your attention of meditating before falling asleep it will relax the mind and influence your dreaming even more. The skills of mediation will help maintain concentration which is an important role in dreams.
All in all, any form of meditation allows you to access deep levels of awareness which with dreaming. Meditation is a lot like day dreaming but you only focus on the end result of your dream while you are in control in the state of meditation and only focus on peace. If you practice meditating regularly, you will reap a lot of benefits and it will increase your dream awareness and help you have more lucid dreams.