- Mental Health
The Dream Type
Some of the most frequent questions I get is...what is a lucid dream? How does one control their dream? What if I am falling? If you die in a dream...do you die in real life?
I have to admit that I have died a few times in dreams and have yet to wake up dead. I am going to guess that dying in a dream has NO effect on what we consider our real world. I will even go one step further and say...dreaming makes one question what the true nature of "reality"...really is exactly. The nature of reality begins to become a bit fuzzy around the edges.
Here is my favorite list...it's a short list, of terms that I use when addressing dreams and interpretation.
Falling - (over waterfalls, cliffs, down stairs) This represents a transition, if there is an out of control element to the fall, you might not be in complete control of the change (or may be unaware the change is coming). Perhaps your guides are leading you to or through the transition.
Floating - Being carried along by outside / inside forces. Can be emotions if other symbols represent water (on a river, in the ocean, even at the beach).
Flying - Usually astral - meaning that the dream may be showing you actual people, places, forward or backward in time. These can occur with prophetic dreams. Astral travel means that a part of your psyche has left your body and traveled leaving the physical body behind.
Hallways / Doors / Rooms - Exploring other areas or avenues. Shows you that you have more than one solution to a problem or avenues of escape or opportunity.
Hypnopompic Dream State - This is where you repeatedly do something but think you are awake when you are actually just dreaming it. Usually you will become aware after the third or fourth attempt at (getting dressed for work and realizing you are still in bed) that you are dreaming and that you can't seem to wake up. The body is still asleep but the mind is aware and awake and trying to make the body move. I have actually moved and finally woken myself up in this kind of a state and that's what pulled me from the hypnopompic state. These dreams can be representing the futility of repeated action. They can be a signal to your conscious awake state that you are dreaming and that now is the time to learn and explore.
Lucid Dream State - This is the dream state where you know you are dreaming and you are consciously controlling the events and situations within a dream. This is another tool allowing you to become aware of this dream state and utilize it to your advantage, to explore and have adventures while in the dream state. It can also be a teaching tool to try to move about within your dreams. Candle burning helps with this sometimes because it leave a part of your consciousness aware while the candle is burning. Make sure to put the candle in a safe place if you are attempting this. I don't want anybody sending me notes that they burned their house down....you are forewarned!
Nightmares - These dreams attempt to make the symbols larger than life so you will remember and take heed of the dreams message. They might also be warnings of things to come.
Past / future life - These can be any dream of great detail where the time markers do not fit within a modern time frame. It could be an actual review of a past life or future life or anothers perspective you are peeping into.
Prophetic - Glimpses (however warped) of things to come (or things that have passed that you had no prior knowledge of). It might be something as simple as dreaming of losing your keys in the couch and waking up the next day unable to find your keys. They might not have been in the couch but in the pants pocket you wore the night before. (you sit in your pants, as a metaphor for the couch).
Recurring Dreams - The message is being repeated until you acknowledge the information. Your subconscious is trying to get through. You must confront or acknowledge the basic elements before they will go away. Talking them out or writing them down may be sufficient for some. If not, the same type of dream will continue to reappear until you get the message and it is clear. These can escalate to nightmare quality if the message is important and you need to get the information right away.
Re-Do - This is more of a technique, where you re-do the dream changing things that you might not have liked the first pass through the dream. It is more of an exercise when you become aware that you are dreaming to be able to go back and change things in the original dream. It is a clear indication that you have the power to change and manipulate your dreams at will, if you realize that this is occurring during a dream sequence. I personally think it is a good way to realize when you are making progress within a dream state.
Vehicles - Of any kind, cars, boats, trains represent movement. Something that carries you forward. They can mean travel or work if it is indicated by the other symbols in the dream. Boats can be relating to emotional issues (usually) because they have water surrounding it or in the distance, some place in the dream. Cars usually represent the body or work because it gets you from one place to another.
Water - All kinds of water can usually be related to the emotions. The key is to note whether the water is violent, cold, disruptive or warm, calm and relaxing. The nature of the water will tell you what types of emotions you are dealing with and the other symbols in the dream can show you in what context they are being related. Relate it to the emotions accordingly. Rough could be rough emotions or ones that will be slightly difficult to deal with. Cold could indicate frozen emotions or things that have been buried for a long time.
Wind - Tornadoes, hurricanes (has water also) big winds, can foretell of communication difficulties and disruptions. Possibly missed-communications. Someone said they saw a tornado as a challenge to overcome and I agree with this also but look to the other symbols to see what exactly this relates to.
- Dreams: Breaking Them Down
Sample breakdown of a recent dream, including my own process of evaluation and how I use the symbology. It is a straight out interpretation of a dream including the breakdown of dream components.