Do we all dream in colour?

l thought everyone dreamt in colour

The first time that l discovered that my husband hardly ever dreamt and that when he did dream it was in black and white, l was astonished.!

My own dreams , not only are in colour but often so vivid is the dream, that l can wake up, visit the bathroom, go back to sleep and continue with the same dream.! Part 2 after the bathroom break.

Dreams are a peculiar, yet fascinating phenomena. So vivid can they be sometimes, that many an innocent husband has been rudely awakened by a yelling wife hitting him over the head.(l have this on good authority from women of all ages, that this is true, plus, of course, l´ve done it myself.)

¨¨¨How could you?¨¨ yells the wife, often in tears.

The sleeping husband opens his eyes to total confusion. ¨What have l done?¨

The poor man doesn´t know that his loving wife has been dreaming of his affair with her best friend, the childrens´teacher, a film star or if it´s a real nightmare all three.!

When your dream is so vivid, so real, then it can take quite a while to shake it off. It´s not real, darling., but shaking off that NON-affair, your husband has NOT been having, often can take hours. Reality check, girl. Get a grip.!

l have a friend who has such terrible nightmares, l think she ought to look up a film director. Her nightmares would make great horror films. Ones that l definitely would not watch.

Many times l´ve sat with my poor depressed friend, listening to her recall some of the the most horrific and often disgusting dreams.

She got so angry one time with a mutual friend that l had to hold her tight by the shoulders, and look her straight in the eye..reminding her that the dream was HERS, came from inside HER head,. Our mutual friend had nothing to do with it and no, you are not going around to her house to ´give her a piece of your mind´ She´s none too stable herself. .

It´s a weird phenomenon that could make my friend freeze, and look at me first with disbelief and gradually, very, very slowly come to accept the fact that her dreams came from inside her own head. No-one crept in through her ear and climbed onto her brain , or performed any of those unusual acts she had described to me.

All in your own head, dear, and knowing the books you read, l´m not surprised.´´

l find it quite fascinating to interpret my own dreams. l know there are many books that will explain what it means if you dream of spiders, or snakes etc.,.Some of them make perfect sense. Yet, think about it, Isn´t it our own daily experiences, thoughts and emotions that get muddled in our heads when we sleep.?

LEARN TO REALLY KNOW YOURSELF.


Knowing yourself, means sometimes having to admit to the more unpleasant facets of your personality, but hey!. Who cares? It´s your mind, your dream, you don´t have to tell anyone.(worst -case scenario, your friends already know you´re grumpy when tired and lose your sense of humour once a month)

l´ll give you an example of my most recurring dream. l am always lost.!

It doesn´t matter where l am in the dream, there are crowds of people but no-one can help me. Most of them look straight through me or over my head,. Am l invisible?

Even if l do find someone who is not behaving like a robot, they still can never tell me the way home. l´m just..... lost...

l can sort of understand the ´lost´dreams over the past year, because we´ve had to move countries (against every fibre of my being) Six burly men scraping me off the tarmac and bundling me onto the plane. Not a pretty sight.! (only joking, but l really, really did not want to come live in England). So, yes l feel a bit lost, here, but l shouldn´t, considering l´m with my husband of 42 years, . we have 2 children, 6 grandchildren and within the last 6 months 2 great´grandchildren. Most of whom live in this country.!

Also moving here does not explain all the ´lost´dreams of the past 20 years in a place l adored living., or all the ´lost dreams when l lived in the town l grew up in....???? (l must be so insecure it´s unreal)

It´s great fun analysing your own dreams,. Insecurities, stress, feelings of our problems being like mountains, impossible to climb, . All these things and more can cause us to have strange dreams.

Overwhelming problems leads me into thinking of my favourite recurring dream...

l am alone in a dark street. No street lights, people all around as though it is day but l´m not afraid., but something quite abstract is bothering me from behind . l can´t see it or know what it is . It´s just there....So l start to run , full of confidence l run faster and faster till l reach a clifftop and daylight, then l just lift off....Wheeeeee l can fly.

No-one else can fly in my dreams.

l don´t bump into any birds or low-flying aircraft, l just fly alone...l have a truly wonderful peaceful feeling as l fly , usually over the ocean with clifftops in view , should l want to land.

l never do want to land, l always wake up while still flying, only to find myself flat on my bed.

Then l lie there wondering what is it that l´m flying away from, in real life.?? Normally l´m the sort of person to face my problems head - on, but this is a dream, a regular one. Who knows?

l wish you all sweet dreams.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Morning Dim,

This was a great hub and got me thinking..I believe I dream in grey, black and white too..I don't remember colors either I dont think..I really don't remember my dreams either..lol I had to look it up and it said that black and white indicates depressed moods, or lower intelligence..I did not like either answer so I am not looking it up anymore..hahaha

Have a great day..maybe you will find a better answer for me and one I can live with..lol

God bless,

Sunnie


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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

Hello Dim. Very enjoyable hub that you've written here :)

Dreaming in black and white? That is so bizarre to me, lol. I dream in colour - I didn't know it was possible to dream in monochrome!

I don't remember dreams as often as I'd like, which is a shame because I know that I have some great ones. I used to dream about flying quite a lot, but haven't had one of those dreams for a long time - I miss them, they made me happy :) There are a few dreams from my childhood that I still remember very vividly, and I can't think why they stick in my mind when so many others, equally as good and enjoyable, have just been forgotten.

I never like the answers I get when I look up dreams Sunnie, so I don't look them up. Lower intelligence? Pah - that certainly does not describe you!

Linda.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

lol Thanks Linda,..Your are so kind..it really got me thinking about the colors in my dreams..how strange..now if I can just remember them..I can take a note if they are really in color or not..lol


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Sunnie,,, Deary me. What have l started? l´m sure it doesn´t matter if people dream in colour or not. It was just one of those things that surprised me ´cos l thought we were all the same . My husband never remembers ANY dreams apart from the recurring nightmare he used to get as a child. Weird, huh?

Depressed and lower intelligence made me laugh. Throw that book out for a start. You, of all people to be described like that.!!!!You bring sunshine to so many.

Thank you both for reading and commenting.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

You my friend brought a great hub this morming...I am laughing...Dim..I bet I could google and find ten other ways we dream in black and white..it could mean that we drank too much coffee before bed, our brains colored ink cartridges are low, uh..I forgot to lotion my feet..haha....I do wish I could remember though..some may have been reallly good..I hope you have a fantastic day..You brought a smile to my face this morning..


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hi Dim. I did not know that dreams can be in colors or black and white. You have me thinking about this. I wonder if I dream in colors! I´ll find it out next time I have one. I only know that when I dreamt aloud, my husband transfered to our living room to continue his sleep because I am kung fu fighting again or using his back as a laptop for chatting or writing. Your hub is very good written and interesting. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading it.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hey Sunnie, thanks for getting back to me. You always bring a smile to my face so l am so happy to have returned the compliment.

Take care, dear friend


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Dear Thelma. Pleased to meet you on hubpages.

Thank you for reading and commenting. l found your in-sleep activities to be hilarious.

Take care

Dim


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Dim, you are so wonderful. I need not go on about your beautiful heart. God bless.

Life is but a dream. Life is just a vapor.

Go to sleep. Wake up. It's just another caper.

Is reality being awake? To take things as we see them.

In "real life" we see some stars, in dreams, we can be them.

Dream and wish upon a star, all things can come true.

Forget about all other stars and be the one that's you!


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aka-dj 5 years ago from Australia

My scariest dream ever, as a child was B&W.

Now-a-days, when I dream, it's usually colour.

Cool subject. :)


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi Dim :)

I dream in colour ~ and often very vivid colour. I was surprised that other peoples' dreams were not always as 'real' as mine.

They are often exciting adventutres, but some are gentle and romantic. Many times I have been a (male) soldier. Often I seem to be a spy, being chased.

Like you, my Mum often dreams that she is lost ~ nightmares, really.

My late father had very real dreams, too, and, in later life, would sometimes wonder if he was remembering actual events, or dream events.

I am sorry to hear that you feel 'lost' in England :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Dim, I can't wait to go to bed tonight and dream, I'm just fasinated to know whether it's in colour or black and white because I really don't know! great hub as always and voting up!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great article. I dream in color and can still remember some of my dreams from years ago. I don't know why I remember the ones I do. Some dreams I cannot remember.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

hi Micky . what a wonderful little poem in your ccomment. All so true. l love your generous heart almost as much as l love your long beard.

Take care,

love and peace as always

Dim.xx


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hello aka- dj. Thanks for stopping by my page. Pardon my ignorance but what is a B&W????


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Trish, You sound like a whole family of great dreamers, like me. Interesting to hear your side of it. Thank you,

Hugs,

Dim x


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

OH! Movie master you have me laughing. l sure hope you get a good dream tonight, or l will feel responsible.

You must let me know. l will be agog to learn about your colour or black and white dreams.

love and peace

Dim x


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Koffee.....gals....

l´m amazed you can remember dreams from years ago,. Now that is a new thought for me.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Take care,

Dim x


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Interesting write Dim. Monochrome here and dreams can begin immediately after falling asleep. A kind of lucid dreaming can occur when in between alertness and rest. Also Dim, there's no place like home but home is where the heart is. Some lines are eternal.:)


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aka-dj 5 years ago from Australia

B&W = black & white. :)


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks aka-dj Duh! How could l be so thick?


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Nice to see you here, Alastar Packer.

Thank you for the comment. You´re right. Home is where the heart is.


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Darknlovely3436 5 years ago from NewYork

great post, my dream are always cloudy, and in slow motion

thank you for sharing ....great hub.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Wow! That´s a new one on me. cloudy and slow motion.!! Thanks Darknlovely.....

Great to meet you on hubpages


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fucsia 5 years ago

I always remember my dreams, sometimes they have vivid colors and are emotionally intense. Many times they made me understand something about my life.

very great Hub!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you fucsia, that´s exactly how my dreams are.


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

It's a first. I never met anyone who dreamed in black and white. That is so interesting... Great hub....


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you for your comment. l wa also very sirprised that many people dream in black and white. The funniest, though has to be the comment from movie Master above, where she says she ill have to wait till she goes to sleep to find out i she dreams in colour or not.???? She is not sure. We are a crazy bunch, we humans.


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RunAbstract 5 years ago from USA

Oh how I love to read your articles!

I have always dreamt in color, and didn't realize there were those who had dreams only in black and white until I was well into my adulthood.

I had an odd dream once where everything in the dream was different shades of purple! It struck me as way out of whack, since I don't especially enjoy purple, (except in amethyst stones)!

Voted up, and across the board!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

PURPLE is my favourite colour. All shades from the palest lilac to the deepest purple.

Can´t imagine a complete dream in that colour though. Guess you are unique!!!!!!!

Thanks so much for your comments.

You are a great support to me.


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Angelique Newman 5 years ago from Canada

I love this hub! It's very amusing and I can so relate to it.

I think it was the author Stephen King who got some of his ideas for his books from his dreams. Needless to say, dreams are a mysteriously interesting thing :)

Thanks for sharing.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Happy that you enjoyed it.

Pleased to meet you on hubpages


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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

I have very vivid dreams too...and I'm sure they are in brilliant technicolour, which is why I can never understand how my husband can claim not to dream! What a very deprived life he must lead!!


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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

Two of my prophetic dreams were in technicolor. I usually don't recall dreams but these - yes.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you FELINE PROPHET for stopping by my page... I have to agree with you , my husband is deprived of dreams , the occassional one is black and white and the same dream since he was a child. TUT!!!! Doesn´t know what he´s missing, when there l am flying over the ocean feeling high as a kite.!!!!!!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi there Jewels..!!!

Unusual to remember only prophetic dreams. On the other hand prophetic dreams are enough to be dealing with.

l´ve had them occassionally, and they´ve always come true., which I find rather creepy, since I don´t dabble in anything.......tarot cards, ouija boards etc.,

Technicolour is good though.

Take care.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...a lovely hub from a lovely lady and I always have such sincere good thoughts and dear wishes when you grace me with your presence at my humble little hubpage - I hope all is well with you my friend and I left a secret message for you on WHEN MY BABY SLEEPS .....

lake erie time 8:12pm and I am going in for a dip into the lake before darkeness falls which is around 9:20pm - we are in the peak of Canadian summer right now, finally!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

You are always very generous with your praise of my efforts. I really do appreciate all your comments.

I have to nip over to When My Baby Sleeps , now.

Hope you enjoyed your dip in the lake.

Thank you for taking the time for me.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi Dim! I really like this hub! yes, I dream in color and dimension. Oftentimes, I see those whom I am familiar with; othertimes, no one present in the dream is anyone I've ever met. I have recurring dreams! Whenever I leave a home, one in which I've lived for years...and had many sweet times, I always go back in my dreams. I walk into the front door and find that things are changed, but remain the same..too. I settle in as if I belong there...and actually, live alongside the current resident without his knowledge...I say 'his,' because it is always a young man living there. I yearn to be back 'home,' even whin my present home and life are wonderful, too. One time, when I 'returned' to my little studio apartment on the second floor of an old victorian house, the young man living there...SAW me! He told me "this is not your place anymore..you have to leave and you can't come back." He was quite adamant. I felt dejected and very saddened but, I went away. Dim, I NEVER went back to that apartment in my dreams, again. I've done this so many times; my cabin in the country up in the hills, and that is a very long story. Anywsy...yep! Dreams are amazing and I actually allow myself to believe that I am traveling during sleep...astral projecting, if you will...to visit my "used to be."

What a great hub, Dim...you are a multi talented and much varied writer and I am so glad to be getting to know you and your excellent work.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi . Lovely to see you on my pages.

The dream where the young man told you to get out is a little creepy. I mean the fact that you´ve never gone back!!!!

Sweet dreams, tonight, then and thank you for such a great comment.


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DREAM ON 5 years ago

Wow I could listen to all you dreamers out there all day long.It is so fascinating how you are moved by your dreams.I for one very rarely remember a dream at night.I day dream constantly and that maybe cuts into my dream time.I am not sure.I wonder more about how great life can and will be.I am always curious about the silliest things.All these dreams talk to me constantly as if they are happening in slow motion over and over again.I am lucky though they are just the most amazing thoughts I have ever thought.So instead of saying S T O P !I say bring me back to another dream where I laugh instead of scream.Where I smile instead of cry.Where I say tell me more instead of die.Life is funny and thanks for all the wonderful hubs you have written.This one I will keep close to my heart.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Oh Dream On you are such a strong support for my scribblings.

I love your attitude to life, and hope some of it rubs off on me. You´re right . Life is funny. I seem to forget that so much since our move over a year ago. I can´t believe I´ve been back in Britain for over 1 year and STILL am not settled.

Your hubs and your comments are a huge part of what keeps me going. Thanks for everything.


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DREAM ON 5 years ago

Dim Flaxenwick Sometimes I return back to the scene of the crime.I reread all the facts and way the evidence then decide the outcome.Same as before Spectacular!Case closed.Thanks for lifting up my spirits.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

You re SO SO encouraging.. Thank you, Dream On


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

The thing about flying in this hub is interesting. I thought I was the same by being the only person in my own dreams who could fly. But I have had dreams of another person and I flying and it is lovely when it happens...in my dream I mean. Dreams can be awesome sometimes. :)


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Nicely said -- "Knowing yourself, means sometimes having to admit to the more unpleasant facets of your personality, but hey!"

Learning to love your faults seems to make them disappear while builds self esteem... to many of us are too hard on ourselves to realize this fact.. good hub!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Nice to see you Astra Nomik a fellow aviater extrordinare! Hee Hee.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thank you Neil Sperling. I really apprecate your comment


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh I miss my flying dreams. As you have experienced them also, the feeling is so lovely. Haven't had on in quite some time. I definitely dream in colors and dream often. In fact is is unusual if I wake up not remembering at least a portion of a dream. My husband on the other hand rarely remembers a dream. Interesting subject!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

Nice to see you here Peggy. Sorry your ´´flying dreams´´ have stopped. They are simply the best......

My husband like yours. hardly ever dreams, he says.

Mine are like watching a technicolour film. Ha Ha...


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

Interesting hub. I have heard of people who dream in strictly black and white. I actually have had some black and white dreams but mostly my dreams are in color and I guess you could call it 3D or what's the latest? 4D?

Anyway, they always feel quite real and they are dreams that make sense. I do talk in my sleep and so I have been known to yell and wake up the house all the while being blissfully unaware. Like you I sometimes continue dreams where they left off. But I have never ever dreamed that I was flying - falling - but never flying.


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

hello North Wind, Pleased to meet you on hubpages.

Thank you very much for your comment.

Next time you dream of falling I suggest you spread your arms out like wings.... Who knows you may find yourself flying........

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