July 2016 archive

Interpretations of Dreams

What does it mean to dream? Some say that we dream to stay asleep. Other’s say that we sleep to dream. What most people seem to agree on is that there is a sort of importance to dreaming. Dreams give us clues to areas in our lives that require more attention. There are a few common dreams that are known to have significant meanings.

Being chased: Dreaming about being chased signifies that the dreamer is avoiding something and the fear of that something. Dreams of being chased can help the dreamer think about what they might not be addressing in their waking life.

Falling: I have these dreams ALL the time! And the freak me out every time. Dreaming that you are falling can be linked with insecurities or anxieties. You may realize that you feel like your life is out of your control, and that there is nothing you can do about it. Dreaming that you are falling can also be interpreted as a sense of failure about something and the lack of control over it.

Taking a test or having an interview: Many people often dream about running through their school, taking a test, or searching for something that you need and not being able to identify it in the dream. This type of dream can represent you being scrutinized or judged. The dreamer may feel that they are not facing their challenges, or the dreamer may feel weak towards scrutiny.

Flying: Many times when people dream that they are flying, it is a result of lucid dreaming. Dreaming that you are flying can mean that you are in control of the things that matter to you. The dreamer can reflect once they wake up, and recognize whether they have received they insight or knowledge about something. A flying dream can also mean that you feel stable and strong willed. If you are struggling in the dream to keep flying, this may mean that there is an individual in the way of you gaining control.

Teeth falling out: Okay, this dream I have had many times, and it freaks me out. Dreaming of teeth falling out represent an emotional and psychological response of the mind and personality. Being that teeth come from the mouth, it is said that dreaming of teeth falling out has to do with how the dreamer communicates in real life. Teeth falling out represents something that the dreamer could have said in real life that they should not have said. And ike teeth, once someone says something, it cannot be taken back.

You may be asking yourself, why are these dreams so common? It does make sense that a lot of people have the same repeating dreams. All of these dreams are related to many common issues in society. From anxiety, and mis-speaking, to holding frustrations, and avoiding tough issues. As long as these issues continue to present themselves in real life, the dreams will not go away.  One the dreamer actively changes a behavior, then they will stop dreaming these repeating dreams.

How Dreams Shaped Religion

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/science-vivid-dreams-religion_us_56e71508e4b0b25c9182de24

As I’ve said in the previous blog posts, dreams are a reflection of how self-aware a person is. According to some psychologists, including Carl Jung, dreams can also reflect a person insight into different spiritual levels. It isn’t often that the scientific world and the spiritual world mesh together, but when it comes to dreaming, bringing¬†the two world together is vital in the attempt to understand the reason behind why we dream what we dream the imaginative power behind the mind.

The dreams we have day to day are normally pretty mundane.Jung called these dreams “little dreams.” But there are those couple of dreams that cause the dreamer to to feel more intensity and curiosity in relation to their dreams. Jung referred to these as “big dreams.” By focusing on everyday dreams, researchers miss the opportunity to observe the mind in its most creative and intense state. Everyday dreams can address everyday concerns; however, “big dreams” can deal with deeper issues and powerful feelings.

Dreams are a sort of bridge between the mind, body and spirit. It connects the rational mind, and the imaginative mind. Psychologists like to analyze all three categories together to then get a broader insight. Big dreams connect the dreamer to something bigger than themselves. When the dreamer starts to gain a feeling of awe and curiosity, it means that the dreamer is experiencing a mystical experience. Big dreams can have visits from people who have passed on. The dreamer can then analyze the ideas of heaven, the soul, hell, and afterlife.

Mystical dreams are dreams that depict the image of flying or traveling. Mystical dreams are dreams that lend themselves to religious and spiritual types of questions and interpretations.

After learning about “big dreams,” I really wanted to have one. I researched how someone can start dreaming big dreams, and I found that the whole idea comes from being self-aware. If you want to remember your dreams so that you can analyze them and become more aware, just try to pay more attention to your dreams, and write them down as soon as you remember them.

On a more religious note, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all three discuss different revelations of God or an angel through dreams. Buddhism and Daoism focus more on ‘transcendent awareness.’ And Native Americans dream of animal spirits and spiritual guides.

Each type of dream has a meaning relating back to the environment the dreamer came from or is in. Experimental studies have shown that dream recall depends on the situation around the dreamer. This could be the environment, friends or family.

Different psychological findings of dream research are aiding in dream analysis, mind behavior. All of this research is helping people understand the infinite seeming extense of the body.