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Dreams - Illusion in a Safety Net

Updated on May 16, 2017
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Audrey's burning desire to help others to respect and understand themselves led her to the study of psychology at UCLA.

Dreaming
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Are dreams really a window to our unconsciousness? Sigmund Frued claimed this to be true. There are so many interpretations about what dreams are and why we dream. Most of us are so busy simply living out each day, we seldom think about the process of dreaming.

Sure, we share a dream now and then but when it comes to really understanding these fantasies we know very little. And we're not alone. Theories pop-up left and right about why we dream but the jury is still out when it comes to why we dream.

Our dreams can be about personal fantasies, people we know, fear, or events. They can include falling, being attacked, people, sexual fantasies and fear.


15 Surprising Facts About Dreams

15 Facts About Dreams

  • Our dreams last from five to twenty minutes.

  • We dream an average of one or two hours every night and we often have four to seven dreams in one night

  • Dreams may help us solve problems that take place in our lives.

  • Emotions are discovered and processed when we dream.

  • Five minutes after the end of a dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 99 percent is lost.

  • When people snore they aren't dreaming.

  • Our thoughts and desires are revealed when we dream.

  • Toddlers do not dream about themselves. They don’t appear in their own dreams until the age of four.

  • Everyone dreams even though they may not remember their dreams.

  • One third of our life is spent sleeping.

  • Dreaming can be channel to creativity.

  • Hidden stress and anxiety are revealed as we dream.

  • The word dream stems from the middle English word, ‘dreme’ which means joy and music

  • Dreams unleash suppressed longings.

  • We spend about six years dreaming during our lifetime.


Revealing Our Thoughts and Desires Through Dreaming

Thoughts and desires are revealed when we dream.
Thoughts and desires are revealed when we dream. | Source

3 Theories About Why We Dream

Although Science is making progress when it comes to realizing why we dream , there is still no answer to this question. But there are a few theories I've come across that may interest you as they have me:

  • Dreams reflect the experiences of waking life, of waking consciousness.

  • Biochemical changes and electrical impulses that occur during sleep causes the brain to respond, hence, dreaming

  • A protective act (link is external) by the brain to prepare itself to face threats, dangers and challenges. Now this makes perfect sense to me.

  • A way for the mind to work through difficult experiences and thoughts to achieve balance and stability emotionally and psychologically.

Recurring Dreams

I often experience two recurring dreams that bother me. The scenes are different in each dream but the message is loud and clear.

Dream 1

I seem to be helpless in some way, such as being partially paralyzed, or I'm about to die from a stroke. In my dream I reach out to family and plead for help but I'm given a look of complete disregard by one or more people and finally ignored. I feel like no one believes me and that I'm exaggerating.

Dream 2

Another dream I have repeatedly is about being lost and unable to find my way. When I awake I'm totally worn out.

As I searched through stacks of books about this subject I found the following interesting clue about why I keep dreaming the same dream:

  • First off, I learned that about 60 to 75% of all adults have recurring dreams. Just to know this is common makes me feel a little better.
  • Why do I continue to repeat the same dream for such a long time? It seems that I have an unresolved problem in my life that I need to deal with.

Recurring dreams appear during emotional and difficult times in our lives. It's up to us to get to the root of the problem (if we can) and figure out what these dreams mean. Sometimes professional help is needed.

Recording the details of our dreams can help establish a pattern which takes us one step closer to solving the problem.

Illusion In A Safety Net - A Poem About Dreams

Silent noise invades the night

Images of purple light

Floating spheres dance on and on

Reappearing spinning on



Reality with all its malice

Deep dimensions offer solace

Arousing passions lost through time

Claim silver networks so sublime



Timeless treasures await the giving

Accentuated by the living

Angels wings of gossamer thread

Hover around the damaged bed



What is the stuff where dreams are born

Weaving a spell till early morn

Exchanging mirrors with different faces

A caravan exotic places



Gradiant hideaway to rest

Safe to nestle the calming breast

Illuminate the path at night

To rise again in mornings’ light.


Audrey Hunt © 20012

I'm a Lucid Dreamer - Controlling Dreams

I actually control many of my dreams as well as the outcome . I actually know that I'm dreaming. Some of you may know exactly what I'm referring to but until now you haven't realized there's a name for this type of dream. It's called Lucid Dreaming.

The cause for Lucid dreaming lies in the brain. Fewer than 100,000 people in the United States have the ability to control their dreams. However, everyone is capable of learning how to do this through instruction and some practice.

According to Wikipedia.com:

"Some skeptics of lucid dreaming suggest that it is not a state of sleep, but of brief wakefulness, or "micro-awakening". Experiments by Stephen La Berge used "perception of the outside world" as a criterion for wakefulness while studying lucid dreamers, and their sleep state was corroborated with physiological measurements"

Facts About Dreams

Five Stages of Sleep

Let's take a look at the following stages of sleep:

1. First we experience a light sleep - the type that allows us to wake up easily.

2. During the second stage we fall into a deeper sleep.

3. The third stage finds us even deeper in sleep

4. With the fourth stage we continue on in a deep sleep

5. Stage five finds us in REM sleep which occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep.

And do you know that a higher I.Q. equals more dreams? It turns out the smarter you are, the more you dream. A high I.Q. can also fight mental illness. Some people even believe they are smarter in their dreams than when they are awake.

Quite a fascinating manifestation of events!

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A Dream is a Microscope

A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul. ~Erich Fromm
A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul. ~Erich Fromm | Source

Summary

I don't know about you but I 've gained a new respect for "falling asleep" and how the body works. The miracle of the human mind is the most advanced structure in the universe. What an amazing force we are. Although there is much yet to learn, especially about the brain, science has come a long way and new discoveries are happening continually.

I believe that the day will come when scientists will crack the dream code.

I welcome your comments and feedback. Feel free to voice your thoughts in the comment section below.

I appreciate your being here and sleep well.


© 2012 Audrey Hunt

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Harishprasad

      I'm so grateful for your wonderful comments. I can see that you really liked my poem about dreams. Thank you so much!

      lisavanvorst

      Thank you for being here. I appreciate your supportive comments.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      CMCastro

      Oh, thank you my friend! I love your beautiful message. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

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      Christina M. Castro 2 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Lovely Poetry, Audrey. I am glad to be inspired. The Angels that guard one's dreams fascinate me.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      ChitrangadaSharon

      Your lovely comments have touched my heart. I thank you so much for feeling this way about me and my poetry.

      Thank you for voting up and for sharing on HP.

      Peace and joy to you and yours,

      Audrey

      rebeccamealey

      How are you my friend? It's always a pleasure to see you and to read your nice comments. Thank you and enjoy your day.

      Audrey

      Vellur

      I appreciate your taking time out to read and leave a comment on my poetry. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Audrey

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Simply beautiful and I loved the illustrations.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      So beautiful verses and each one so fantastic ! " Reality with all it's malice, deep emotions offer solace..... Weaving a spell till early morn ...Whatever I pick up is capable of arousing sleep and dreamy wonderland. Lovely poem ! One read is not enough, I want to savor it more and more. You have captured dreams so deftly !

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful poem and great images, enjoyed reading.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great poem. Showcases your talent! And I love the way you chose to illustrate it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful poem, so nicely expressed!

      Being a singer, I believe composing a poem comes naturally to you and your choice of words is so impressive.

      Beautiful suggestive pictures and well done!

      Voted up as beautiful and shared on HP!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Randall Guinn

      So nice to see you hear. Happy to know that you enjoyed my poetry. I'll hop over to your neck of the woods soon.

      Jodah

      Such a nice comment from you! My father enjoyed writing poetry so I come by it naturally. But I find that I have to be inspired when I start a poem, otherwise nothing comes to me. Your poetry is amazing!

      mary615

      Oh, thank you my dear friend. What a nice thing to say. I'm so glad you enjoyed my poetry.

      Take care.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      You are a writer with many talents; poetry is just one of them! I enjoyed this poem very much.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a lovely poem Audrey..perfect rhyme too. I have to make the effort to read more of your poetry, it is wonderful. Thank you. voted up.

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      Randall Guinn 2 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      A beautiful poem, I'm glad that you shared it with us.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Petra ~

      I am so honored to receive the feedback from an expert like yourself. You have sacrificed your own precious time and skill to help me strive to become a better poet. Thank you.

      I understand now, exactly what I must do. I will write more poetry using metaphors. For me, that means I must digg deep and release emotions that are painful. This "releasing of pain" is therapeutic. I resist on some level because it's easier to pretend the painful memories never happened.

      How do I thank you for the new journey I am about to take? Do you believe in angels? You are mine.

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      Petra Vlah 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      You live in a world of music and this poem proves it - the words are just perfect as lyrics for a love song. I personally prefer the modern form of poetry based entirely on metaphor and where rhyme is almost never used.

      I read (and commented) on the poem you wrote as a tribute of love for the loss of your son. The emotions are expressed with such power and intensity that any reader can feel your pain and share your tears; the poem was extremely moving, real, tragic and painful.

      I also read the poem dedicated to your sister and again, the emotions are strong and the joy authentic. Being able to express emotions with such great authenticity makes you a real artist whether you choose poetry or songs as a vehicle

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      dghbrh ~ Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm thrilled that you are sharing this with others. I appreciate the great votes too. Stay close.

      torrilynn ~ I'm so glad to find that you love poetry and found mine to be inspiring. Thanks for being here and for your support.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      vocalcoach, really nice poem. i absolutely love poems especially inspiring ones that portray a deep meaning about them. thanks. voted up.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very nice imagery to go with your wonderful poem here. ....

      '....Timeless treasures await the giving

      Accentuated by the living

      Angels wings of gossamer thread

      Hover around the damaged bed....'

      So delicate words just like delicate dreams!!!!!!!!!!!

      Thanks for sharing this one and I am sharing it too. Votes all up way.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you Rolly - Coming from someone who arranges words in the form of an illuminating symphony of sounds, your poetry, I am thrilled with your assessment of my poem. Hugs and blessings back to you.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Vocalcoach... what a lovely colourful poem that gives the reader a new spirit and awakens the senses again...

      Thank, Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Capedium - You are kind to visit me again. And yes - WOW is indeed and english expression. I use it regularly :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Audrey - Thank you. I have no idea how I wrote this poem. It happened one very late evening when I found myself trying to interpret a dream I had. It was as though someone else or something else was inside of me. You have inspired me - so I will put pen to paper and see what happens. I'm so grateful to you!

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      Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

      Interesting... Very interest.. Am so wow! away.. Not sure if that is an English expression. But it was very impressive

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Oh Audrey you should write more poetry--this was lovely, especially the last stanza

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello rajan - thank you for your kind comments my friend. It means a great deal to me. Take care over there in India. Your sharing of my poem is appreciated.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Beautifully expressed, Audrey. Voted up. Shared.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Victoria Lynn - Thanks very much for being here and adding your lovely comments. I appreciate it!

      billybuc - I'm feeling pretty good right now after reading your great comments. Thanks for taking time to read and comment. Take care.

      sunshine625 - I hope you have sweet dreams tonight and everynite. You're the best!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Beautiful, lovely. I love your word choices!

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      One of my favourite show is Fact and Fiction.. Maybe that's the reason I dived into this poem without hesitation.. Love every moment I spend.. Hmm.. This is the kind of poem I read and am like.. I should have wrote it..

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Fennelseed ~ Your opening remarks, "A wonderful kaleidoscope of words depicting the illusions that dance in our heads as we sleep." ~ is poetry in itself.

      Thank you dear friend for all your votes, for sharing and most of all - for being here.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      writer20 ~ So nice to see you and to have you comment favorably on my poetry. Your vote up and beautiful is much appreciated. Sweet dreams, Joyce!

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Beautifully written. Your words and the images combined are perfect.

      Love this well expressed poem and voting up

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Such a wonderful collection of poems,pictures and music.

      Brilliant my dear friend and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      Very beautifully written. Some of the words seemed to offer up a supernatural image in my mind.

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      How could I resist a poem about beautiful dreaming? Well I couldn't! lol I love the poem and you always have amazing images to accompany them. Perfect!

      I like how you describe dreaming! And I have heard a lot of them watching people sleep - the best thing I ever heard anyone say was "cheeseburger". I said that is why the guy isn't sleeping go get him a big mac! lol

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you dear Audrey. I'm so glad you like it. And thanks for giving me the opportunity to join in this celebration for National Poets Month!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Victoria Stephens ~ Very nice to see you here! Thank you for sharing your feelings "with painted words." I hope to see you again soon. Meanwhile I will escape to one of your marvelous hubs for a while.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Majestic in its essence, its bearing and its balance.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Sweet and lovely enough, Audrey, to be set to music. Beautiful work, m'dear.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      This is just beautiful and voted that way...

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      It is a beautiful poem. As I mentioned to Eiddwen earlier, my nerves are raw this morning and reading poetry calms me. I am glad God led me here to this one. Thank you.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Loved your imagery, so powerful and evocative.

      I'm enjoying your poems for April poetry challenge

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Charlotte ~ Very happy to see you and so enjoy your comments. Thank you for appreciating the images too. It took some searching to find just the right ones.

      Your vote up, beautiful and awesome make me delighted!

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Great Poem, Great pictures, Beautiful dreams for sure!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm looking forward to sweet dreams tonight after reading your stunning poem!:)

      Excellent video choice!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I can certainly see why you have as many followers as you do. This is simply beautiful work!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Such a neat perspective on dreams. Beautifully written. You paint beautiful images with your words. Love it!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      A wonderful kaleidoscope of words depicting the illusions that dance in our heads as we sleep.

      "Reality with all its malice

      Deep dimensions offer solace"

      Yes, dreams do this, projecting reality in splintered fantasy. Dreams are amazing and you have captured the feelings so well in this wonderful poem.

      All my good votes and best wishes and SHARING!!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Amazing poem written so lovely. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Lovely word painting and lovely pictures--ethereal write!

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      Victoria Stephens 5 years ago from London

      As Charlotte said, paints such a lovely picture in my mind. Thank you for this ever lasting image!

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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      Hey vocalcoach, this is lovely! I love how your words paint this beautiful picture in my mind. Also, the pictures that accompany your poem really make your words come to life. It's really cool! I'm voting you beautiful and awesome! =)