The Basics of Dreams
Dreams can represent an unreal world, the experience of envisioned images, voices, or other sensations during sleep. They are called symbols, found in the human subconscious, that mean similar things to all of us and also they are thought to be part of the supernatural world. Our dreams combine verbal, visual and emotional stimuli into a sometimes broken, nonsensical but often entertaining story line. We often cannot understand our dreams but we can analyze them and coupled with logic, form an interpretation of them.
Dreams are resulted from a variety of factors. For example, in some circumstances, eating something difficult to digest before bed can cause dreams to be revealed as meaningless images. In other cases the flu can cause dreams to become fragmented visions caused from a sick body trying to heal itself. Also dreams can produce emotional struggles. Some theories are based on the idea that dreaming allows us to sort through problems, events of the day or things that are requiring a lot of our attention and feelings.
Anybody can look at your life from outside to discover your problem but only you can see yourself from the inside, having full knowledge of all of your personal history and all of your secrets. Nobody can help you if you leave out what could be the most important information of all when trying to deal with a symptom you may be experiencing. You are the only one who knows the full story about your experience of living. Dreams have also been described as prophetic or precognitive, actually depicting an event, which has not yet occurred in our time.
Other Interpretations of Dreams
Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung consider dreams as an interaction between the conscious and the unconscious. Both said that that unconscious is the dominant force of the dream, and in dreams it conveys its own mental activity to the perceptive faculty. Freud thought that there was an active censorship against the unconscious even during sleep but Jung discovered that the dream's bizarre quality is an efficient language, comparable to poetry and uniquely capable of revealing the underlying meaning. So dreams give us the possibility to go through life ignoring them or we can use them by paying attention to them, analyzing and taking advantage of ‘their message’.
Dreams are described as a vehicle in which your mind communicates ideas, warnings and health issues. Just like learning to drive a car, this too will be something that in time you will be able to do quite naturally. Also dreams can be very efficient because they address multiple issues in a story line. A dream can warn you of health dangers, predict the future, point out personality flaws (or credits) and solve a current problem all in one dream. Some dreams are worthy of repeated analysis, and just because you can come up with two or three interpretations, does not mean that only one can be right, in fact they could all easily be right.
Types of Dreams
Ordinary Dreams - are created by ourselves as the reality we want. Ordinary dreams may be influenced by our individual personality or desires.
Nightmares - these do not contain negative experiences but they can cause terror in children and adults. The most important thing is that the nightmares cannot be explained. Fear and panic are the worst enemies in dealing with nightmares. Nightmares can also signify deeply rooted psychological problems.
Lucid Dreams - these are when you are conscious of what are you dreaming. During the lucid dream we lose concentration for a brief period of time and you can observe the development of the dream through the expression of your feelings while being aware that you are dreaming.
Spirit Guide Dreams – In an ordinary dream when some of the characters serve to protect us, it is said that we are being contacted by our Spirit Guides. Protection may take shape through a helping hand or communication. These dreams differ from telepathic dreams because they start and end as ordinary dreams.
Astral Projection - This is a dreamlike state in which Astral Body separates itself from the physical self and travels to a particular place or event. It is often referred to as an Out of Body Experience.
Psychic Dreams - represent future events that are being foreseen or foretold. This type is also called Prophetic dreams or Veridical dreams. Within the realm of Psychic Dreams are the following categories:
- Telepathic dreams are those in which the dreamer receives information from another person, either living or dead, but pertaining to the present.
- Reincarnation dreams or past life dreams. These are dreams in which an individual sees himself/herself going through actions or places with which he or she is not familiar in present existence.
- Clairvoyant dreams - these are dreams that allow the dreamer to perceive things beyond the natural range of senses which triggers extrasensory perception (ESP) and creates a keen intuitive understanding of places or events related or unrelated to the person.
Dreams are easily influenced by factors in your life and spirit, and these influences create "categories" that are almost infinite. A lot of things can be gained from dreams, better health (mental and physical), entertainment and even financial gain (e.g. dreaming of a invention or idea).