Dreams - Illusion in a Safety Net
According to Freud...
Are dreams really a window to our unconsciousness? Sigmund Freud claimed this to be true. There are so many interpretations of 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.
I was surprised to learn that our dreams will never include reading or telling time. I also had no clue that our brains are actually more active during sleep than during the day.
Do you dream in color? Not everyone does. Actually only 12% dream in color.
Here is more interesting information about dreams. Enjoy!
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 a channel for 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
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.
I often experience two recurring dreams that bother me. The scenes are different in each dream but the message is loud and clear.
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.
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
Gradient hideaway to rest
Safe to nestle the calming breast
Illuminate the path at night
To rise again in mornings’ light.
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"
Trap Bad Dreams With A Dream Catcher
Dream Catchers: Trapping Bad Dreams
Dream catchers help trap bad dreams and were originally used by the Objibwa people long ago. Explorers reported that this Indian tribe used them to protect their children while they slept. Also known as "Sacred Hoops," the Cree and other First Nations people were heavy into dream catchers.
According to John Cline, Ph.D.: " Some say that good dreams pass through the hole in the center of the web while bad dreams are caught in the web. The good dreams will flow down the feathers to the person while the bad dreams dissolve in the daylight. Another version says that only good dreams can filter through the net. Yet another says that good dreams are caught in the web while bad dreams flow away through the hole in the center."
I was given a small one to hang above my bed, an endearing gift from my daughter. I liked it so much I purchased another dream catcher for a decorative piece in my guest room.
Because dream catchers are beautiful and also because the idea of protection from nightmares is compelling, dream catchers have become very popular.
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!
Do You Dream In Color?
A Dream is a Microscope
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 sweet dreams.
© 2012 Audrey Hunt