It’s Only A Dream… or is it?

Posted: February 9, 2010 by Brian in Medical, Psychology, science
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What do dreams mean?  Are your dreams trying to tell you something? “Dream” is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as a “sequence of sensations, images, thoughts, etc., passing through a sleeping person’s mind” . Dreams have been a topic of study dating back to 4000 B.C.  One may say that dreams have been around as long as the first civilization came to be and are just a normal part of human existence.

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I know most of you have had the “chase” dream, or how about the “falling” dream.  Others may have dreamed that they were flying or that they were naked.  These are some common dreams that people have.  I know I’ve definitely had the falling dream, and the chasing dream where you are moving in absolute slow-motion.

In our dreams, we can go anywhere, we can be anybody, and we can do anything.  When we dream, we are like passengers on a moving train, unable to control our actions and choose surroundings.  We let our mind take over.   Sometimes, dreams can be understood in the the context of repressed thoughts. Dreaming serves as an outlet for those thoughts and impulses we repress during the day. When we go to sleep at night and slip into our dream state, we feel liberated and behave and act in a manner that we do not allow ourselves in our waking life.

For example, last night I had a dream where I visited a school.  On the school grounds, there was an apartment building.  I was going to that apartment for some reason, and as I climbed the stairs going to the second floor, I looked down and saw that someone had dropped two sets of keys and a remote control.  I picked them up, and the rest of the dream was not as memorable as the rest of what I’ve described.  Researching an online dream dictionary, it had this to say: “a dream that takes place in school may be a metaphor for the lessons that you are learning from your waking life.”  In reference to the keys: “To dream that you find keys, signifies that you have found a solution to a problem.”  How can I translate this into the real world?  Well… I have no idea.  The only lessons I find myself learning are life lessons and I constantly find solutions to problems, since I am a family man and problems are somewhat of a normal thing in a household.

One type of dream I had often in the past was a lucid dream.  Lucid dreams are those that, while dreaming, you realize you’re dreaming and can control what happens next, whether you continue to enjoy your dream or decide to wake up.  Unfortunately, all the lucid dreams I had were not pleasant.  I would realize I was dreaming, and blink my eyes twice to wake up.  Yes, twice.  That was my way out a sticky situation.  It would not work if I only blinked once.  It was quite empowering to know that I could stop my dreams.  That only happened for a few months, years ago.  Now, I’m screwed.  I just find keys and remotes in my dreams.

Other types of dreams:

Daydreams: Often overlooked as fleeting and wandering thoughts, the meanings to your nightly dream symbols are also applicable to your daydreams.  The content in your daydreams are helpful in the understanding of your true feelings and in fulfilling your goals.

Nightmares: The distinction of a nightmare is its frightening and/or emotional content. You tend to wake up in fear in the midst of a nightmare. Because of its frightening nature, you are more likely to remember your nightmares and the vivid details. They have a bigger impact upon your waking minds images stay with you throughout the day.

Recurring: The message in recurring dreams may be so important and/or powerful that it refuses to go away. The frequent repetition of such dreams forces you to pay attention and confront the dream. It is desperately trying to tell you something.  Such dreams are often nightmarish or frightening in their content, which also helps you to take notice and pay attention to them.

Healing: Many dream experts believe that dreams can help in avoiding potential health problems and healing when you are ill or when you are grieving. Research shows that asthma and migraine sufferers have certain types of dreams before an attack. Your bodies are able to communicate to your mind through dreams. The dreams can “tell” you that something is not quite right with your bodies even before any physical symptoms show up.

Prophetic: Also referred to as precognitive or psychic dreams, are dreams that seemingly foretell the future.  One rational theory to explain this phenomenon is that your dreaming mind is able to piece together bits of information and observation that you may normally overlook or that you do not seriously consider. In other words, your unconscious mind knows what is coming before you consciously piece together the same information.

Signal: Help you solve problems or make decisions in you waking life.

Epic: Epic dreams (also referred to as Great Dreams, Cosmic Dreams or Numinous Dreams) are so huge, so compelling, and so vivid that you cannot ignore them. The details of such dreams remain with you for years, as if you just dreamt it last night. These dreams possess much beauty and contain many archetypal symbology.  When you wake up from such a dream, you feel that you have discovered something profound or amazing about yourself or about the world. It feels like a life-changing experience.

Almost certainly, you’ve had at least on these types of dreams in the past.  If not, there may be something psychologically wrong with you, which in this case you may have to talk to Jorge about a diagnosis.  Next time you fall asleep, and have a dream, and by chance you happen to remember it in the morning, look into the meaning of it.  You may reveal something that was simply behind a curtain in your mind’s eye.

  1. Eva Vanisi-Teaupa says:

    loved it! keep up the good work.

  2. Hookedfishy says:

    By far one of my favorite post by you. Very informative. I’ve been very fortunate to have very vivid dreams. I read an article once that “taught” one how to recognize that one’s in a dream and then be able to control it. By chance do you know anything about feeling a dream? I once had a dream about fire and I literally felt the heat. It was a strange & scary dream.

    Regarding to blinking twice, next time try wiggling your nose, you never know, it might help.

    • Brian says:

      Well Fishy, in reference to your dream, I’m not sure about the meaning behind the sensations of dreams but I did find this on the fire in your dream:

      Depending on the context of your dream, to see fire in your dream can symbolize destruction, passion, desire, illumination, transformation, enlightenment, or anger. It may suggest that something old is passing and something new is entering into your life. Your thoughts and views are changing. In particular, if the fire is under control or contained in one area, then it is a metaphor of your own internal fire and inner transformation. It also represents your drive, motivation, and creative energy. Alternatively, the dream may be warning you of your dangerous or risky activities. You are literally “playing with fire”.

      Dangerous and risky activities? Gotta be careful. Hope that helped, and thanks for the comment.

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