The True Meanings Of Dreams Revealed


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Have you ever realized that you had control over dream while you are having it? This can range from simply being aware that you are dreaming to taking control of the dream. Most often this occurs when one suddenly realizes that one can fly. Here are some ways to improve your ability to control your dreams.


Several times a day remind yourself that you’re not dreaming. I know this may sound silly but it is preparation for when your sleep you find yourself wondering, “am I dreaming?”


Is very important to keep a dream journal. This can be done several ways either actually writing things down as soon as you wake up which only requires a notebook and a pen. Another possibility is to use a recording app on your smart phone or actually have a tape recorder which you can speak the dream into as soon as you wake up.


We know that dreaming occurs approximately an hour to an hour and a half after you’ve fallen asleep. It takes that long for the body to go through all five levels of sleep and back to what is called the rapid eye movement or REM dream state. With this in mind you can set your alarm clock to wake you up and by changing the time you can determine when you personally reach this dream state. Learning to wake up at least once during the night may allow you to have more access to your dreams.


Another important technique is to have a few minutes set aside before you fall asleep in which you picture yourself in a dream of your choosing. Continue to repeat this series of images in your mind which you can accompany with repeated thoughts of wanting to have this kind of dream tonight. This positive imagery helps you to set the tone for a vivid dream.


Another technique is to mark the letter A on your hand and stare at it before you go to sleep. Remind yourself that the a stands for awake and when you find yourself in a dream try to glance at your hand and if you notice the a reminding yourself that you are awake in your dream. It is also important to stop for a moment to several times a day and glance at your hand noting the letter a and reminding yourself, “am I dreaming?”


During the day when you feel as if something seems out of the ordinary or strongly frustrating perform what is called a reality check. If you have a digital clock stare at it and imagine that it’s not moving. If you’re reading a book look at the text is a picture and then hold that picture in your mind as you look away from the book then look back and see if you can notice anything having been changed. You can try flipping on and off your light switch. There is a moment before you acknowledge the darkness when everything still seems lit up and illuminated in your mind. Concentrate on extending that period of illumination. Another technique is called mirror gazing in which you stare at your face in the mirror and close your eyes imagining the same image.


There are some other techniques or exercises that you can perform during the day and add to your positive imagery before you go to sleep. The first is simply jumping in the air. Many times when you find yourself jumping in a dream it will lead to the ability to fly. The second exercise is to lean against a wall several times during the day. You can get some exercise while doing this by bending your knee slightly. Again reminding yourself of this position just before you go to sleep will give you a greater possibility of finding yourself doing this in a dream. However in dreams this very likely leads to your ability to simply fall through a wall. Third exercise is to pinch or poke yourself several times during the day. Reminding yourself of this image before you go to sleep will give you a greater chance that you may do it in a dream.


Repeating to yourself the phrase, “I will dream about” filling in whatever particular thing you would like to dream about several times before you go to sleep increases your chances of having that dream.


Lastly when you do recall a dream finish it off in any way that you would like. Meditating on the dream in total going through each phase of including the parts that you made up a very important in a good way to increase your chances of controlling your dreams.

Republicans Have More Nightmares Than Democrats

Republicans Have More Nightmares Than Democrats

Where your politics fall on the spectrum might have deep implications for the dinner table and the voting booth, but you’d think that we’re all pretty much the same when we put our heads down at night, right? It’s all having sex with our gym teacher in public while our teeth are falling out.

Well, scientists who look into this kind of thing have done some research on how people’s political attitudes affect their dreams, and they found that whether you pressed the button for Mitt or Barack in the last election has profound implications for what your dream worlds look like. For instance, dream researcher Kelly Bulkeley found that conservatives are nearly three times as likely to suffer from nightmares as their left-wing counterparts.

During the four-year study, Bulkeley found that nearly half of the dreams described by conservatives were nightmares, compared to only 18 percent of liberal dreams. His own interpretation, which he admits is speculation, is that conservatives are “very attuned to the dangers in the world,” whereas liberals tend to be more utopian and optimistic.

But either way, this isn’t the only study to have found this — another experiment had some graduate students go through something called the KJP Dream Inventory and found that being more conservative was positively correlated with dreams about falling, being chased, and generally being discontent.

So here’s a question for you to discuss among yourselves: Does thinking like a Republican cause you to have more anxiety and scary thoughts, or does having more anxiety and scary thoughts cause you to vote Republican? We don’t want to make it sound like a bad thing either way — you could make the argument that they’re just being realistic.

And that the dreams about falling actually represent their love of extreme sports.

So what don’t Republicans dream about? Apparently, they have fewer sex dreams. We have no idea what to make of that.

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Consider This Freaky Dream

dreamcatcherConsider This Freaky Dream About Losing A  Purse

You’re at a black-tie gala in a fancy hotel banquet room with lots of other people.  You’re all having a good time eating dinner, dancing, and talking.  When it’s time to go, you look for your purse, but it’s gone.  As you anxiously search for it, a fast-moving river appears out of nowhere, bisecting the room.  Your purse is floating on the river, but you can’t reach it.  It is moving too swiftly.  When you awaken, you’re filled with a sense of panic.

Now if you plugged the dream into an online dream analyzer, such as you might find at, you’d learn that a purse is a symbol for wealth and resources, a hotel represents transition, and a river connotes emotion.

Or you might consider my alternative where such cookbook interpretations are tossed out. Instead the dream represents your feeling that your identity drifting away from you.  With it goes any sense of economic and social comfort and validity. You need to understand this shift and take advantage of it.

The difference is in my interpretation you are the person able to change your life, grow from your fears and gain strength in this transition.  In the other website you see your money float away…


Having A Lucid Dream

Lucid_Dream_ChartIf you have never been that aware of having a lucid dream let me give you a heads up.

These dreams are startling, amazing and at times deeply disturbing if left uninterpreted. At first they may appear to be a slightly upsetting but somewhat normal dream. Yet the one characteristic that separates them from your every day dreams is their inability to be categorized.

In a lucid dream you literally view reality in a completely new and different way. I can always tell because lucid dreams to me are much more intense. The colors are brighter the feelings are distinct in the impression the world makes on you. In my case I feel things differently and everything becomes like nothing I have felt before.

It is important to spend time with these dreams because they reveal a large amount information about the situation that you are in and ways to resolve personal and psychological problems you are facing.





No one knows the true origins or the first use of the term “dream analysis” or how long it’s been going on. Speculation is that as long as people have been dreaming they have been wondering what their dreams mean and have sought out “intermediaries” to help them interpret them.

The Bible and Dreams

The Bible provides some the earliest references to dreams and their interpretations as related to the dreams of prophets, rulers and other notable figures.

There are many references in Greek and Roman literature of dream interpreters and dream analysis. It is understood that both Greek and Roman officials and military leaders used the Roman Soldierservices of professional dream interpreters to determine which political course to take or what strategy to follow in battle. Dream interpreters accompanied the armies and their interpretation of the dreams of commanders as well as the soldiers was taken very seriously.

Aristotle was a big proponent of dream analysis. He first described dreams as illusions of the senses. He later came to the belief that the disturbances of the body where the cause of dreams.

Much of the ancient concept of dream analysis was based on the belief that dreams were a way for the soul to commune with the spirit world. Since the soul was thought to leave the body at night, dreams were considered a way of communicating with and getting information about things like departed relatives or ancient ancestors who are trying to relay important information to their heirs.

This belief has carried through today and has developed into things like dream dictionaries which are a collection of images that are common in dreams and a common interpretation of their significance. Unfortunately they take on a “one size fits all” quality and can be very misleading. So if you dream of a snake you look up snakes in the dictionary and it tells you that there is a suspicious person hanging around you.

Sigmund Freud

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Although the actual content of dreams still remains an unexplored realm of scientific study it is generally recognized there is specific physiological activity when active dreaming takes place. It wasn’t until after Sigmund Freud’s seminal work on the interpretation of dreams that we began to note the relationship between the content of the dreams and our psychological situation.

At the same time that psychoanalysis became the craze where everything was interpreted to the fullest extent the psychological components of dreams also came under the scrutiny of the psychological community particularly in their relationship to sexual issues the dreamer might be facing. This was during a time when open discussions of human sexuality were taboo. 

Carl  Jung

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Carl Jung expanded on Freud’s concept of dream analysis to include a wider range of dream interpretation beyond the issue of sexual conflicts. He felt dreams could have an individual interpretation based on the dreamer’s psychological situation as well as more generalized spiritual, religious and cultural meanings. In this respect his idea of dreams tapping into the “collective unconscious” allowed the dreamer to have a greater connection to his religion and cultural makeup.

Today the term dream analysis refers to making a dream connect to one’s life and difficulties. Rather than using dream dictionaries to explore the greater symbolism involved the emphasis is placed on what the dream means for you and how it may represent issues you are facing in your life. The goal of dream analysis is to create a greater understanding of your psychological situation and the potential opportunities that may arise as they relate to your personal experiences.

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Kevin Kappler Ph.D. explains: When Do We Dream?

When Do We Dream?

A normal cycle of sleep lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour and a half. During the initial stage we go into a state of light trance in which we exhibit so-called alpha rhythms. There are five successive stages of sleep the deepest being the Delta state. The Delta state is when we are closest to hibernating.

Dreaming normally occurs during the alpha stage. There is some theorizing that it is an outgrowth of the time when we needed to “Sleep with one eye open” so that we remained aware of our environment and potential harm even when we were resting.

In the alpha state the mind is closest to being awake and at the same time those mental forces that control and inhibit thought and action are not fully active. In alpha our thought processes are allowed to express around feelings, thoughts and situations that may have particular significance to us since our mind is not busy censoring the way it does during the day.

This is also the reason why people may quickly forget their dreams. We often wake up with the memory of a dream fully intact but it will literally disintegrate as the part of the mind that sensors forbidden thoughts also wakes up. Under hypnosis people can also recall many of their dreams and people who write down their dreams upon awakening also have a clear recollection of their dreams.

In future articles you will learn the how the art of remembering ones dreams can be cultivated and strengthened.