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What Does Your Dream Mean

Updated on March 3, 2011

Unconscious Awareness

During our so called “conscious” waking life we are in fact completely unconscious of most of what we are doing. We think and are completely unconscious of our choice of thought. We drive somewhere and are completely unconscious of the journey. We walk to the shop and are completely unconscious of all that goes into taking a single step. We breathe oblivious to all that goes with breathing and that our failure to take the next breath within the next couple of minutes would result in death.

Most of what we do is under our “subconscious” control while we spend our time in the capsule of our mind. There are not many occasions during the day when we have to leave the comfort of our mind capsules and concentrate on something that requires our conscious awareness so we spend most of our lives on auto-pilot.


Mind Capsule

The only times we leave the mind capsule during our waking day is when we do not have a program stored in the subconscious to deal with something that arises. We then set about dealing with the issue and in doing so the subconscious takes note of how we dealt with it. The subconscious stores the way we dealt with the situation and saves it as a program that it can activate spontaneously without having to bother us should this issue ever arise again in the future.

In all of this I keep referring to the mind capsule. This is like being an astronaut in a space capsule. The computer takes care of everything unless something goes wrong and that is when we have to take manual control of the craft.

Inside the capsule we are in constant communication with the people on the ground and this is like the constant chatter we hear during the day as we go about our business. The communication we are having is with the different aspects of ourselves and each demanding attention and expression.


Decisions, Decisions!

You could be in a shop having a conversation with yourself about whether or not to buy something. One frivolous aspect of yourself may be telling you to throw caution to the wind as you only live once and another more serious aspect could be telling you to wait until you have the money as going into debt at this time would not be prudent. This is all happening in the capsule and nobody else can hear except you.

Then there are time when we must make decisions. We make most decisions based on how we made similar decisions in the past because there will be a program that decides for us because the decision worked in the past. We make decisions based on what we believe to be true and our truth is based on our past experiences. This automatic type of life explains why it is so difficult for us to make any changes in our lives.


Protective Camouflage

When we sleep however things are very different. Everything goes quiet in the capsule. It is not that the chatter stops but the pilot cannot hear it any more. The same tug of war is going on between what we want and don't want except now we can't consciously hear it. That doesn't mean we are not aware of it. The dream we remember in the morning is like a photograph of the conversation going on in the background. Like a child over hearing her parents talking in the bedroom while she snoozes, some of what her parents say will sit comfortably with her reality and will not disturb her but if they were to talk about sending her away or talk about some defect they believe she has or if they were to have sex while she was in the room then she would feel disturbed. This secret chatter is not meant for the child's ears so when she wakes up and questions them the parents tell her not to be so silly and she accepts that because she wants to accept that nothing has changed and she is safe.

During our waking day our conscious mind is protected from thoughts that do not fit our belief system and while we sleep our conscious mind is still afforded the same protection. The dream protects us from the desires we believe to be unacceptable and not in keeping with our belief system by camouflaging them. Dreams are like censored scenes from a movie. The parts we are not allowed to watch are substituted by more acceptable scenes with images we are familiar with.

Sometimes the camouflage is not good enough and when the conscious mind realises this we wake up abruptly. This is what we call a nightmare.

The Royal Road to the Unconscious

I highly recommend "The Interpretation of Dreams: The Complete and Definitive Text" by Sigmund Freud from Amazon.

Freud called dreams "The Royal Road to the Unconscious" and that is exactly what they are. Dream work is a major part of the work I do in my private practice as a Hypno-Psychotherapist.

For more information about the work I do please follow the link below to my website:

>>> Setanta Hypnotherapy Clinic <<<


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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Minnetonka Twin, but I believe nobody can interpret your dreams except you. I can help you understand the language of your subconscious but the dream is yours and it is your connection. Don't ever allow anyone to take that from you. If you send me a dream I will show you how. Whether or not you write a hub about it will depend on what it says!

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      I have always been fascinated with dream anaylysis. I studied some Freud and Carl Jung and their beliefs in dreams and took some courses on dream analysis while getting my Master's degree in Psychology. I have amazingly vivid and symbolic dreams and think it might be fun if I send you one and you analyze it and make it a hub. Let me know but people are fascinated by this stuff. Great hub and I hit many buttons :-)

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      The reason you wake up from a nightmare is because the dream was unable to keep you asleep while it slipped some home truths to your conscious mind as you slept. Your belief system is designed to keep out certain ideas and when it becomes aware of these being entertained you wake up.

      Dream does not belong to you as much as it is a conversation you witness from a far. The conversation does not include you but you could help get the message across if you wanted but it is not necessary because it will find its way across somehow even without your conscious help.

      I have read your hub on that dream about your parents and I have left a comment there for you.This is an area that is very important in my life and I feel we have a lot to share. Thank you for a great hub.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Very interesting article. I just wrote a hub about a dream I had, several hubbers interpretted it. Pretty amazing stuff. Have a question for you. Do you think we can control our dreams while we are sleeping? For example have ourselves purposely wake up from a nightmare.

      Great topic you covered here.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Yes, dreams can certainly predict future events as you have pointed out.In the main however they are a a very important part of our lives and can be very good indicators of our emotional status. I love helping my clients analyse their dreams. I don't interpret them for them but show them how to learn the language of their own subconscious. Thank you for your comment.

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      lukebroad09 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi, I find the concept of dreaming extremely interesting. So can we predict our future with our dreams? I have had quite a few dreams that have come true. The most powerful one being just over a year ago when I dreamt that my Grandad was going to die. This dream felt so real and was so disturbing that I woke up in tears. Two days later, I found out that he had an aneurysm. Then, about a month later he died.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you for your comment.I love your "camera shutter" analogy and I will definitely quote you sometime. On the subject of colour, if dreams are photographs of our feelings and emotions then could b/w dreams would be the negatives. Your comments are all definitely connected and thought provoking.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I have often noticed this myself about auto pilot, I think that when we suddenly become aware or 'wake up' within a second, whether we are outside or even indoors, this is what I call the 'camera click'. it is a bit like a camera shutter suddenly opening and seeing the light. it is at that stage that we can suffer a panic attack, reality hits and we become aware of 'being'. on the subject of dreaming in colour, I always have, I thought everybody did! but then again I am synesthete! I think that is how you spell it! when monday is blue, and tuesday is yellow etc! the funny thing is, so is my brother! we only had this conversation the other day, neither of us knew any different about each other, we thought it was normal! lol then when we studied it a bit more we realised that actually the majority of the population isn't like this at all! sorry for going of the subject but I thought it might be connected, thanks nell

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago


      Thanks, and I agree with your reply.

      Especially about the best person to interpret your dreams, it is the person who had the dream.

      It has probably been twenty years since I tried the B15.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Your very well thought out comment is much appreciated and I did not know that tip about B15. I did not mean that dreams are not meant to be analysed. Analysing dreams is actually quite a rewarding experience for anyone because it helps you understand the language of the subconscious. I have no time for books that tell you what your dream symbols mean and I feel the only one who can interpret your dreams are you unless you give someone the key to unlock the code as in psychotherapy when the dreamer uses free association to ascertain the meaning of the dream symbols. Freud's book is a really good read and gives an in depth appreciation for this psychic activity. I deliberately kept my explanation simple and in language everyone can understand and the points you make really do enhance what I have written. Thank you.

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      OpinionDuck 6 years ago

      The main difference that I see between the waking hours and the dreams is that the waking hours are directly interpreted, while the dreams are coded.

      What you see is what your get for the most part when you are awake, but dreams are not being interpeted they just play.

      Not being a shrink, my take on normal dreams that is those that are in a normal mind. What is normal, just this side of crazy.

      Anyway, the human brain needs to have answers for everything, even those things that don't have an answer. So the brain needs to resolve the information into an answer.

      We don't know how the brain is wired, and how it stores and accesses the data it monitors from the all of its senses. It does seem to have some symbolic logistics involved in this subconscious operation.

      In most normal dreams the person is passive as if wathcing a movie. Some people may be able to direct their dream contents, but I think that most people just go for the ride.

      It is interesting that in normal people, there is no confusion in their memory as to reality or dreams.

      That is we don't actually think that we did the things that we saw in the dream. The conscious brain may be able to recall a dream, but it knows that it was a dream and so does the person.

      Most dreams are muted as in black and white or gray, but color dreams can happen. I think B15 can help in making dreams in color.

      I think that you are right in that the dreams are not meant to be analyzed when you awake. It is internal processing by the brain to right itself from any distubances that it couldn't normalize when you were awake.

      my opinion..