I thought you might like to know a little more about dreams and their interpretation, so thought I would share some of the information I have read with you. It may also encourage more of you to share, and maybe take note of things in your dreams, like colour,texture, time of day and how the dream made you feel. For example, happy, sad, scared, curious etc. All these things are actually very important when it comes to interpreting dreams.
We spend over a third of our lives asleep and according to scientists enjoy between three and six dreams a night. Dreaming is a universal human activity over which we have little control, and until recently very little concrete knowledge. It is also a proven fact, that dreaming is actually a very important part of our physical health and well being. Sleep deprivation has been shown to also be very detrimental our health over long periods of time.
Scientists have analyzed physical changes in our sleep patterns, but no one can state with any certainty, why we dream or Whether our dreams have any significance. Although both Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud both believed and wrote at great length about the psychology and significance of the dream state.
Dreams are intensely personal experiences known only to the dreamer unless they choose to share it with someone.They are visual experiences and often words simply are not enough to convey the subtle nuances involved. We all have unique dreams woven from the thread of our unconscious, in hopes, fears and memories and imagination.
Should we pay attention to what appear to be messages from within, and the messages they seem to hold. Or are they just the bizarre workings of a brain trying to sort the events of our daily life into some sort of order? I personally believe they offer us a window, into our unconscious mind and even into our souls. Dreams allow us to wrestle with life’s daily problems, at times offering us solutions or a opportunity to view them from a perspective, we might not see in our waking life. A rich source of information and guidance from our higher self and the spiritual realms.
Dreams and dreaming usually raise more questions then solutions, however the first being the perennial cry…”Oh why can’t I remember, my dreams”? The second being prompted by tantalizing glimpses of brilliance and half remembered shafts of pleasure, is it to wonder how and why one’s brain has managed to conjure up tales worthy of a Hollywood movie. And the third, what does it all mean?
Many ancient cultures set great store by their dreams and use them to influence their daily activities. The ancient Chinese regarded dreams as the experiences of the soul, which went wondering while the body slept…rather like an out of body experience. The Taoist philosopher Chuang-Tzu encapsulated the feeling of being unable to differentiate between reality and the dream world one often experiences on waking.
“Once upon a time, I Chuang-Tzu , dreamed I was a Butterfly fluttering hither and thither. To all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was aware only of following my fancy as a butterfly, and unconscious of my human individuality. Suddenly, I awoke and there I lay myself again. Now I do not know Werther I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly or Werther I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man”.
I have several dream books that I like to use, my favourite is The Dream Book, by Betty Bethards. When I do Dream Interpretation, the symbols I use are but a basic structure, onto which I can also use my own intuition. This, is what guides my interpretation, as I walk alongside the dreamer. I always feel that when someone asks me to look at their dream it is a privilege, an invitation to enter into their psyche and explore with them, their personal dream world.
I find this all fascinating stuff and it touches something in me, I hope it does in you. I will share more things about dreaming from time to time. If anyone has any questions or would like to learn more about dream interpretation, please do not hesitate to ask
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