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The relationships between dreaming and the subconscious mind.

Updated on December 24, 2012

How do we interpret our dreams?

Dreams are mental processes, symbol representation of thoughts conveyed by our subconscious minds. We all dream, but we don’t all remember our dreams, and those of us who do, remember them because it’s a pre-cautious dream or because of the present consciousness of our state of mind before the dream. Although we do dream while we are awake (day dreaming) it is not the same when we’re at sleep. When we’re at sleep the mind has total control of the dream, and the memories are stored in our subconscious mind.

Dreams are like paintings, the symbols that are painted in dreams are brushed by our subconscious mind. Our dreams are sometimes synonymous to our future experiences in life; it reveals to us what is yet to be known. It is a direct symbolic representation of our mental self. Dreams are visions which should be carefully decoded so that the true meaning of the dream is exposed. Otherwise, the dreamer whom the dream intended for will be left clueless, unaware of the symbolic meaning of the dream. However, our dreams are not always intended for us, sometimes we dream for those we care about or for the society we belong in.

We may want to ask ourselves why is it that we can go for months without remembering our dreams, and out of a blue comes one that we remember. Since we dream all the time, this seems like an important question to ask.

Do we remember our dreams because we are more conscious now than before or it is simply coincident? The lather is rather not an option because no one's dream is a coincident. We may become more conscious of our surroundings, and through meditating, we can prepare our minds to remember our dreams, but it is never out of coincident that we remember our dreams.

However, I honestly think that it's an accurate statement to say that our dreams are mathematically formulated; every symbol represents a numerical value. Those of us who are aware of such phenomenon know what the symbols represent, and the significant of their association.

For simplicity purposes, we can begin by associating every color with a numerical value. For example, we’ve already figured that we can represent the color blue with 0000FF & green with 339900 and so on. Those are hexadecimal numbers that we have carefully chosen to associate colors with.

Well, unlike colors dreams can also be interpreted by using numbers, except that in dream numerical values are assigned base on symbols. Although in dreams colors are significant, it is the action within the dream that symbolized the numerical value. For example a horse drinking from a river is a symbol which has a particular meaning. The meaning of this symbol can be interpreted as 17 – 17. In this case the horse is represented by the numerical value 17 and the water also as 17.

Since some members of society believe that numerical values depicted from symbols found in dreams are good source of information for lottery, those who uses these values found more significant ways to interpret them. This is why if these numerical values were to be played in a lottery; it would be interpreted either as 7117 or 1771, In which case the gambler would have played both numbers to increase his or her chances.

Another example of a numerical value is when a person dreamt of a serpent. This symbol can be represented by the numerical value 0770. As you can see it is different from the above symbol. Snake in most African cultures symbolizes evil, it also means temptation. Therefore, when it has appeared in a dream it usually signified that something bad is yet to occur. This is why it is represented by the numerical value 0770.

The meaning of this symbol can be explained in more detail, we have seen the snake in many famous symbols, and yet we don't know all they is to know about it. If we allow ourselves to pay just a little attention, we'll start noticing it everywhere. Anyhow, anyone who uses the numerical value from these symbols to play lottery, places his trust in the dream, and therefore believe this numerical value can help one win a lottery ticket.

Furthermore, dreams are significant to us in the sense that it revealed a message which at times can serve as a warning to alert us of our surrounding. To decode the messages that are hidden within these symbols, we must know what each symbol represent, for it is until then we can know what the dream was meant to alert us about can we take precautionary measures.

For example, I dreamt that one day while fishing at a certain river; I observed 23 horses of all different shape and colors getting ready to cross a river. Among the 23 horses, there was one lead horse that must choose which of the 23 horses will cross the river. The lead horse needed 15 strong horses for this journey. The horse started by choosing what are to him the most capable horses among the bunch.

After the horse finished making his pick, he lead the way and head out for the river. Before crossing the river, the head horse looked across the river and noticed a whole bunch of other horses waiting their arrival. The lead horse took a last look at the river and noticed his image suspended between above and below. The lead horse and addition with fifteen other horses took a last look across, and together they galloped across the river as a team.

In the above example, this dream can be interpreted in many different ways; it will all depend on the culture, and the consciousness of the person having the dream. As for me, I summarize this dream with this phrase: Since a president secret weapon are his cabinet members than the secret of his cabinet can also be used as a deterrent to alter his dedication for change. So from the symbolic concept of this dream, even the president would have had to choose his cabinet members carefully if he truly wants to cross the finish line of that river. The reason why I described the dream as such has a lot to do with my writing on social issues. We tend to dream about what we think, and before that dream I remember writing piece that dealt with the U.S. President.

One more important factor in dreams, and it has to do with time and place. Usually during the time when a dream occurs, a future happening is awaiting completion. The place may not necessarily be where the dreamer is presently situated, but the fact that the dreamer shares some common ground with the happening it is possible that it is the experience of the dreamer that influences the dream.

However, very often when we dream of a happening, it’s unexpected. Sometimes we don’t pay attention to the dream until something happen in our lives which resemble the dream, when that happen we claim this as a “déjà vue” as if we have seen this occurrence before. Meanwhile, it is the reflection of a dream uploaded by our subconscious mind to a present state of consciousness.

Another example of a dream that symbolizes a warning signal is one that cautioned me about my surrounding. I dreamt that the authorities were chasing me. In the dream I was wearing a white suit. I dreamt that a relative of mine was conversing with authorities while pointing at me as an accomplice. The moment I walked out my house, one of the officers started harassing me. To stop the harassment, I went back into the house, close my door while the officer forcefully try to make his way in the house without a warrant. I immediately cautioned the officer that he needed a warrant to enter this house. The officer left and I ran down the basement to hide a gun and a screwdriver which was hidden in my white suit. As soon I did that, I walked outside the house, and all was well, the officer did not notice me, I walked the street with no worries.

I perceived this dream as a warning, which alerted me that I must be aware of my surrounding, in my private life as well as the work place. In this dream the gun represent power which can be interpreted as knowledge. And the screw driver symbolizes sharpness which is also an indication for words that are influential, while the white suit signified that I’m innocent. I believe that all dreams are relative to one's consciousness, therefore, whatever it is that a person dream about is directly related to his or her awareness.

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      Menna 3 years ago

      My dream is to become a G.P (doctor), and help plepoe in need. I told my parents about it and they are very happy to know about my aim in life, but they reminded me that I will have to go through many stages of learning and experimenting the human body and may see very unpleasant things. But I know if I achieve that successfully, I will have a brighter future. To fulfil my dream, I know I will have to work extremely hard. I need to achieve good marks in English, Maths and most importantly, Science. These three subjects are important to become a doctor but I need to focus mostly on science since science is the main criteria for a GP and the reason why English is needed is because I need to also consult my patients to make them understand what problems they have and to have a positive attitude. Following is a list of things I need to have to become a doctor:•A strong desire to become a medical doctor.•Be prepared to do formal studies of 6 years or longer.•Must have Love and respect for human beings (patients and their relatives).•Have respect for life.•A keen interest in the structure and functioning of the human body.•The ability to work under pressure and within time constraints.•The ability to work for long hours continuously.If my dream of a doctor doesn’t work out, I have two backup plans, and they are either being a lawyer or a teacher.By Probha

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      Vivian-tmt-hnp 4 years ago from USA.

      5:18am Tuesday 23 July 2013

      Your article is great. Even though we believe or not, dream is our own extraordinary part in our lives.

      Thank for sharing your own remark.


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      intro-vert 5 years ago

      Okay, i have a question. infact questions. How do dreams surface? and wen we dream, how do some eventually come true and others never happen?

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      voodoo123 6 years ago from Provo, Utah,United States

      Great Post dream intended for will be left clueless, unaware of the symbolic meaning of the dream.

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      vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Right, dreams are definitely worth paying attention to!!

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      denise mohan 7 years ago from California

      Had me until u got into the numbers. Dislexia makes my fears soar when I see numerals!!! Nice hub Cool

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      Aris Budianto 7 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

      Some said Dream is just "Flowers of Sleep" but sometimes what we want can be answered through our dream

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      Support Med. 8 years ago from Michigan

      Very beautifully and creatively said. I have heard of numerical values concerning dreams, but do not know much about it. However, I do believe that our dreams can give us knowledge for past, current and future events, whether personal or worldwide. The mind, and the workings thereof, are amazing.

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      James Dubreze 8 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks for the complement AEvans. What I have written above is my own interpretation of dreams. The explanation is from a cultural point of view. I grew up listening to my grandparents interpreting dreams by assigning them numerical values. Dreams are like paintings the symbols that are painted in dreams are brushed our subconscious mind.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I believe that dreams are also related to awareness and there have been times when my dreams have came to pass and effected other people which was very upsetting. But I had seen that as a gift from God and now accept some of it . You have also provided great insight that dreams have value and have enabled me to see them again in a much more clearer light. :)