Ever since I went to see the movie Inception I have been so much more aware of my dreams. So I thought I would post a few interesting facts about what is going on when the lights go out and the mind shuts down and the subconscious kicks in and the dreams begin.
We dream about 5 to 7 times a night. According to research you dream every night whether you remember your dreams or not. If you have had a stressful worrisome day or you have been involved in an intense learning situation or something traumatic has happened you will dream more.
If you are like me it is hard to remember most of the time what you dreamed. So if I wake up in the middle of the night, or when I wake up first thing in the morning, I now lay in bed for an extra few minutes trying to make myself remember what I dreamed before I jump out of bed, because once I am up and going I can't seem to remember them.
Here are a few hints for dream interpretation....
Our dreams use vocabulary of symbols and allegory to convey their message.
Your dreams are messages sent from your subconscious to you, trying to show you something about yourself.
If you pay attention you will see that dreams are always about you
and your circumstances-where you are stuck, or what you are missing, or what you are avoiding, ignoring or where you are needing to go.
Through dream study they have found out that 95% of the time the characters, creatures, monsters, or strangers are representing you. Dream interpreters say that you should assume that all the people in your dreams are representative of you unless you recognize them as your spouse, children, parents, co-workers, etc.
Also, don't try to translate your dreams too literally. If you dream you are driving fast in a sports car along dangerous curves and lose control and die, don't presume that that is literal. It's far more probable that your dream is telling you something much less literal about yourself. Possibly, you need to get control of a certain part of your life, or the path you are taking is putting you in danger. Or you need to slow down the fast pace that your life is on. Death usually means the end of one part of your life and the beginning of another, or transition and change, or that change is coming very quickly-Intuitively you will know, because you are the dreamer and it is coming from your subconscious.
Nightmares are usually your subconscious trying to shock you into taking a look at some aspect of your life.
Dreams that repeat themselves are usually messages from your subconscious trying to get through to you.
I am definitely making more of an effort to remember my dreams. I believe that dream interpretation is a dialogue between me and my subconscious, which lets me know that I am connected to something powerful and infinite.
Just a little food for thought before you lay your head down on the pillow again!
Until next time,Jan