Are our dreams really trying to tell us something?
If only we had a dollar every time we heard somebody say; “I had the strangest dream last night- I wonder what it means?”
People will, of course, make guesses or jokes... but dreams are very important to human well-being.
Dreams are one way our subconscious makes us aware of signals and information we’ve missed during the day.
Think of your subconscious like an all-direction camera. It experiences everything your five senses do, every moment. From the fly on your windshield, to an oatmeal breakfast, to the six-o'clock news, and a call from your Aunt. That's a lot of intel!
So when dreams come, they often integrate parts of your life in a literal or symbolic fashion.
Why Do You Dream?
Perhaps you’re thinking, “I don't really dream, though!”... Now, we’ll let you in on a little secret: That's not likely true. Most people experience between 4-6 dreams nightly, you just don't often remember them.
If you do remember one, or a snippet, it's usually the dream occurring just before you wake up. Sleep disorders can, however, interrupt the dream process considerably.
So let's consider the dreams you do remember...
Dreams form a bridge between the unconscious and conscious mind.
They play out difficult or curious emotions in a safe way, like watching a movie in your mind's eye. Dreams can also reveal some rather astounding personal desires or hidden memories.
In other words, our night visions can become a means for improving self-understanding.
Types of Dreams
In some dreams, your mind is processing the day and filing it into appropriate mental spaces. By far these are the most common dreams. Others can reflect your worries and stress, or joys and hopes.
When it gets really interesting is when you start delving into the dreams that seem a little confusing, but take on an enigmatic kind of mysterious energy. If you’ve woken up feeling like a message was buried somewhere in your dream state, you may just have drifted into one of these types of dream:
Psychic dreams are activated not just by your mind, but also by your spirit and soul. They can fall into several categories. One is Clairvoyant, where you can see something or someone as they are, at that specific moment. It feels like you are really there.
The best way to confirm the dream is by trying to find information on what you saw. If it was a friend, call them and see if you took a peek into their reality!
Telepathic dreams are similar to Clairvoyant ones, but in this case you “hear” thoughts and feelings. Do you know that keen sense you sometimes get when you're close within a person's aura? It's like that.
One example of telepathic dreams is when an ailing person knows they're leaving their body soon, and sends a message of comfort or love to a family member.
You may also experience a precognitive dream. Here things seem to be “in the future”. You might know this by the age of a building, or person appearing in the dream (like a child in the present appearing as an adult). Try recording the date and time of this dream. If you see it manifest, note that too.
The Art of Dream Interpretation
Dream Interpretation is not exacting. People in all walks of life from religious to scientific have tried to understand the mystery of dreams. If you ask 10 of those people what they think of one specific dream, you'll get 10 different answers most times!
Nonetheless, there's no question our dreams are trying to tell us something important. Dreams are as individual as fingerprints and reveal much about your inner landscape. But dreams can be very convoluted.
Step one in personal dream interpretation is boiling down the clearest elements in your dream.
For example, you write down your dream in a few words that encapsulate it. In your dream, if you see a river running, a dog running, and yourself running, then the theme is running. From there you can think about those things that you might be running from or toward. After that, the surroundings of the dream add more definition.
Your feelings during the dream are important too. Did you feel confused? Frightened? Sad? Was there a point during the day that any of those emotions emerged? Now, you can run through them without self-judgment.
Know that people in your dream may represent real people you know - including yourself - or they may embody situations. This holds true for other key elements of your dream. If you recently took steps toward being more self-sufficient, you may be the tree in your dream, with great roots.
The most important thing to remember in how you can interpret your dreams is that YOU are the ultimate expert.
While it’s true that some Dream Dictionaries may help (especially when it comes to interpreting very common dreams like flying or falling), these guides should just be the beginning of your exploration, not the end.
Learning your own sacred symbols and what they mean deep down to you on a personal level will reveal the greatest insights: Far beyond any generalized translation you’ll gather from a book.
The maxim, “know thyself” applies in every spiritual portion of your life, including figuring out what your dreams mean. You hold the key to your most profound insights.
Wishing you sweet, meaningful dreams…
Incense Falls Wellness Contributor
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