What are dreams? Are they just a jumble of random, meaningless thoughts and images that roll through your brain while you sleep? Some people believe that is all they are.
Wikipedia.com defines dreams as a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during the fifth or deepest stage of sleep known as REM (rapid eye movement). Freud believed dreams were unconscious desires and repressed wishes, but those who have experienced terrifying events in their dreams may not so easily agree that their night terrors are unconscious desires.
Numerous theories exist, like psychoanalytic theories, the activation-synthesis model, and others that view dreaming as a way to get rid of brain clutter, to cope with frustrations and emotions in a safe, nonphysical environment, or a way to practice responses to uncomfortable physical situations. Perhaps dreams do all of these and more.
All theories agree that human beings and animals dream, but despite all of the various modes of research into the study of dreaming, no one can say for certain whether or not dreams have meaning or purpose.
From one metaphysical viewpoint, dreams are seen as being the “real” reality, and the waking or conscious daily reality as an illusion. This view is based on a belief that all human life is spirit housed in the illusion of flesh that appears to be solid. A review of physics supports the viewpoint that solid matter does not exist, and that all matter is composed of various combinations of vibrating, spiraling atoms, electrons, protons, quarks, subatomic particles, and so forth, held together by electromagnetic energy. The “like attracts like” theory so often quoted, simply means energies that are equal and similar tend to attract one another and stick together to form a mass. Sometimes that mass is a kitchen chair. Other times that mass is a heart, a liver, or the human body.
So how does this tie into dreams? Well, if you view the dream state as “real” and as a vehicle used by the spirit within you as one of the ways you use to communicate with yourself, then you might agree that dreams have meaning and purpose. How many times have you awakened with exciting new ideas or the solution to a problem that has been troubling you? Ever wondered where the ideas come from or who provided you with the solutions?
Many metaphysicians believe that you provide yourself with the answers and ideas, or rather your spirit does, using symbols in your dream state. When you are asleep, only your physical body is asleep. Your mind is active all night long. Whether you remember your dreams or not, the fact remains—you dream.
The interesting thing about dreams is that the human body reacts to dreams as if they are real. If you dream of heartbreak or loss, you may awaken in tears. If you dream of running, your heart rate increases, your muscles tense and relax, and your body goes through the motion of running, but because your major muscles are somewhat paralyzed during REM sleep, you don’t actually get out of bed and run.
The good news is that since your brain sees dreams as real events, you can use your dreams to understand and even change your life—your body, your health, your love life.
You can remember your dreams
The key to using your dreams is to remember them. One way to do that is to keep a pad of paper beside your bed. If you awaken during the night, after a nap, or in the morning, and remember a dream, jot it down.
One simple way to interpret your dreams
Many believe that dream symbols are universal, but others believe that the symbols in your dreams are specific to you; it’s like having your own secret code, created by you for you. If you see each element in your dream as being a symbol of an emotion within you, then you can interpret the meaning of your dreams easily.
For example, one man dreamt that he and his brother had killed chickens and were standing in a kitchen, plucking and cleaning them. When he awakened from this dream, he felt disgusted. As a child of seven, the man lived on his grandparents’ farm and he had to help them slaughter their chickens one year; he was assigned the task of plucking the feathers out of each dead chicken. He had found the whole slaughter scene disgusting, and hated the smell of raw chicken. As an adult, he was still repulsed by the smell of raw chicken. His relationship with his brother was a good one, so he was puzzled about the meaning of his brother being in his dream.
One way to interpret this man’s dream is: he was actually both men in the dream. One part of him was fine with the task at hand, but the other part of him was not. The chicken represented a negative or disgusting aspect of himself, either an emotion or habit that he did not like within himself. By killing and plucking the raw chicken, he was actually doing a very positive thing within his own emotional state, and that was getting rid of, or “killing off” a part of himself that he found unacceptable. His brother represented the healthy part of him that remained and coolly handled things, despite the disgusting task.
Often people dream of using a strange bathroom that is dirty and unkempt, or of searching for a restroom, but being unable to find one, or some other bathroom-type dream theme. Dreams like this are usually telling the dreamer that there is a need to discard, or get rid of, something in his or her life.
One woman who was feeling helpless and depressed kept dreaming of big cats, like cougars, lions, tigers, and panthers. They were everywhere, even walking the halls where she worked. They could have attacked, but none were even threatening. They were just everywhere, night after night in her dreams. Large cats are universal symbols of strength, cunning, independence, and agility. This woman’s dreams were telling her to look within herself and realize her true inner strength.
Another woman dreamt the same dream over and over for years. It was a dream of living in a house on a corner, and while small things about the house and surroundings changed, the dream theme was always the same. Sometimes the walls were bare, and sometimes the house had sealed off back rooms that were full of cobwebs and dust. The house always had a frightening feel to it, but she lived there any way.
Finally, she dreamt of the house having a basement room that began filling with water. The idea of drowning inside the house terrified her, but she never thought of running outside. She awakened feeling terrified and wondering why she had not just opened the front door and run out to escape. The next time she dreamt of the house and the flooding basement, she remembered that she could get out and run, so she did. When she looked back at the house, it had disappeared, along with the lawn and every trace. She never dreamed the house dream again.
What this dream was trying to tell her was that she had areas in her being and emotions that needed cleaning out (the dust and cobwebs). Her emotions needed cleansing (the flooding). She needed to get more creative in her life (the bare walls) and stop letting her fears keep her stuck (not realizing that she could just run out and be free of the danger).
The time she remembered her dream and asked herself, while she was wide awake, why she hadn’t just run out of the house to save herself, was something she remembered in her dream state and used to free herself from old emotions that were keeping her stuck. Her dreams were helping her deal with her fears and old beliefs that were holding her back and blocking her freedom to be fearless, independent, and creative.
Sometimes dreams are premonitions
Some people have dreams that give them information about future events, or even events that are happening to others. Sometimes they serve to protect you, warn you of potential dangers, or tell you that a lover is cheating. Sometimes they show you that a loved one may be passing soon. Other times they help you find lost objects. Dreams are you talking to your self, and they are mystical, magical, and oftentimes a life saving blessing.
One young, pregnant woman dreamt of a car accident that happened as her husband was driving her to the hospital to deliver their baby. She saw a 4-way stop and an on-coming car that missed the stop sign and slammed into the passenger side, causing crushing metal to pierce her stomach. She felt her gown wet, and looking down, realized she was bleeding. As she watched the blood run down her robe, she shouted, “I’m losing my baby!”
Her dream had provided exact details of every road and every sign. When the woman awakened, her nightgown was wet; her water had broken. In her excitement, she had no memory of her dream. She and her husband hurriedly gathered her things and got into their car. As they were rushing down the highway, they came to a corner street, a 4-way stop. An on-coming car was heading towards the intersection. As soon as the woman saw the on-coming car, her dream flashed through her mind in every detail in less than a second. She began shouting for her husband to stop the car. He stopped short of making a left turn that would have made her tragic dream a reality. The on-coming car ran the stop sign and skidded to a stop on a nearby lawn. It would have hit them broadside.
Sometimes dreams are of a past event. One woman dreamt of winning lottery numbers and upon awakening, she thought she had won a daily lottery. This was the kind of lottery where you had to have the winning numbers on the day the numbers were drawn. When she rushed to the store to check her lottery ticket, she found out that her numbers were indeed the winning numbers, but they were for the daily lottery that had taken place the day before.
Had she paid attention to the clues in her dream, she would have known that she was dreaming about a past event. In her dream, an old high school boyfriend had come to visit. He had driven up in an old, horse drawn carriage. Her dream house was filled with antique furniture, and the box that contained the lottery numbers was an old wood and brass box. Every symbol in her dream was from the past, and unfortunately for her, so were her winning lottery numbers.
To interpret your own dreams, pay attention to the details. Ask yourself what each of the colors represents to you. See each person in your dream. What are their emotional traits, personality traits, how do they express themselves? Do you like or dislike them and why? Each person represents some trait you possess or wish to, or wish to eliminate, or some habit, some thought pattern, some behavior—you are each person. Were there animals in your dreams? How do you feel about each of the animals? Do they represent protection, danger, happiness, unwanted responsibility? What kind of furniture did you see? Did you see a vehicle and were you driving it or turning? If you were turning left, chances are you are going the wrong direction in some area of your life.
If you dream of water, you may need some kind of cleansing in your life. Something needs to be refreshed and renewed. If your dream is violent or frightening, what was the outcome and how did you react in the dream? If you were attacked, did you survive? If you died, then some part of your emotional self has died off. Examine all parts of the dream to discover its theme and what it is trying to tell you.
Use the “pretend dream” to change things
If you want to make some changes in your body, your health, or your life, you can use a technique called the “pretend dream” to create those changes. It is a powerful tool because you are using your subconscious and conscious mind together. This is a Seth technique. Here’s how to do it.
When you go to bed, relax and pretend you are dreaming—kind of like a daydream. Imagine that you are dreaming and see the change you want to make. If you want to lose weight, see yourself slim. Imagine all the things you would do differently if you were slimmer. See yourself smiling and happy, feeling wonderful and light. Feel your slim body and how good it feels to fit into your clothes. See yourself looking into a mirror and seeing your slim self smiling back. Then let all the images go and go to sleep.
If you want money, see your home filled with money. Imagine your pockets overflowing with money. Money is everywhere. See yourself excited and spending your money to buy the things you love. If you want better health, see yourself healthy. See yourself doing all the things you would do if your health were perfect. Run, jump, climb, bicycle, whatever it is, see it and feel it. Let all the images go and go to sleep.
If you want to attract a mate, then imagine meeting someone. Don’t fill in specific facial features. Just imagine you with a partner who loves you and that you love. See yourself smiling and feel the joy of being in love and loved. Cuddle with your mate. Again, let all the images go and go to sleep.
The trick to this is to relax, imagine colors, hear sounds, and FEEL the feelings of HAVING or of ALREADY BEING the change you want. Don’t create frustration or anxiety. Don’t worry about how your change will come about. Let it come in its own time and way. It will come.
Emotions and thoughts create. The more powerful the emotions, the more you will charge your thought energies. Your thought energy then travels out and grabs hold of the closest image it can find and returns this to you in a solid form of a person, money, a slimmer body, an event, a feeling, or whatever it is you truly desire and have imagined.
Do this exercise using the pretend dream frequently and watch it work for you. You will be amazed. Just don’t limit it by putting conditions and expectations in there. Allow, allow, allow. It is said that God works in mysterious ways. Your subconscious mind is a miraculous and mysterious thing. It is like an obedient dog in that it does not judge you and it always seeks only to serve you. So whatever you program into it, by repeatedly holding images, thoughts, emotions, or words, your subconscious mind assumes you want, and it will deliver it in some form. This is why constantly holding fears and imagining the worst, draws difficult situations and challenges into your life. This is also why the pretend dream technique works; it programs your subconscious mind.
Pay attention to your dreams symbols to hear what your spirit is trying to tell you, and use the pretend dream to program positive outcomes into your subconscious mind while you sleep. I promise, your life will be richer life.