Dreams : Hallucination or Reality
Our ancestor thought dreams were magic. Mesopotamian believed that our souls actually left our bodies and visited strange new places; ancient Greek though that the dream god, Morpheus, could send us warnings and prophecies. Nowadays, most psychologist think that dreams are our brains trying to sort through all the thoughts and feelings, Some says its an undue act the brain performs in stress or fear, we don’t deal with when we’re awake. UAE Times will help you know few of the elements that could express your mode of dreaming.
Dreams are like letters and alerts that arises from the unconscious mind of a human being. It has its own language and appearance towards our life and reality. Fortunately, we do have the ability to study our dreams and interpret the common dream symbols they contain.
FALLING: Reflects feeling of insecurity. But more likely, they’re just our minds playing tricks. When dozing, we can get a “hypnotic jerk”. Our muscles twitch, triggering a falling sensation, and we wake with a jump. You probably don’t have to worry too much about this one.
FLYING: Flying in a dream relates to how much control we feel we have in our lives, and whether we are confident and able to achieve our goals. High flying is one of the most euphoric dreams imaginable, while flying or “skimming” low to the ground or being caught in obstacles like power lines can be immensely frustrating.
BEING NAKED IN PUBLIC: Reflect the feelings of anxiousness.Everyone dreads others ‘seeing through’ their competent public face. Nakedness can stand in for general exposure, or for people seeing more than we want to show.
CAN’T RUN AWAY: Reflects the feeling of being overwhelmed. The monster’s chasing, the wall’s falling, but we can’t flee. There’s a problem somewhere, but we don’t feel able, or don’t know how, to deal with it. Maybe something or someone in your life needs confronting.
SEX: Tends to mean you have a DESIRE for more sex or better sex with your current partner. It can also mean you’re growing as a person and feeling more in tune with nature and your true self.
THE BIG TEST: Reflects the feeling of stress. It’s the day of the exam and you aren’t prepared! This dream is perfect represent of fear that you aren’t ready for something, and that you might not have covers all your bases.
NEED TO FIND A TOILET: symbolizes your need to express yourself and meet your own personal needs. If you dream about searching frantically for a toilet and then finding one clogged up and horrible, it means you feel like no one is listening to you.
MONEY: Reflects the feeling of self-esteem. In the real world, money literally represents value. In dreams, it can stand in more generally for how we value ourselves. If you dream of getting money, you may be feeling good about yourself.
THE JOURNEY: Reflects the feeling of frustration. Gotta get packed, gotta catch the train! This is another anxiety dream, usually about meeting a different goal or making a transition especially if you’re afraid that you can’t make it happen.
LOSING A LOVED ONE: Reflects the feeling of need. Horrible sad, these dreams remind us just how much a person means to us by exploring how we’d feel if we lost them. Sometimes they remind us we should get in touch again.
THE WATER:Water dreams are common, and they carry deep, primal significance. Of all the dream symbols, water seems to be the universal sign of subconscious thoughts and emotions. Whether it’s a dream or nightmare, the presence of water in any form can indicate how we are handling our unconscious (or conscious) feelings. By tuning into our deepest reservoirs of emotion, we can learn new ways of dealing, which can lead to growth and freedom
FIRE: Can be a symbol of freedom or passion. If you dream about being ON fire, it means you’re feeling slightly overwhelmed.
DEATH: Although death is often perceived as negative, it’s often more directly related to dramatic change happening for the dreamer — the end of one thing, in order to make room for something new.
PARALYSIS: Unknown to most people, the body is actually encountering a form of paralysis during dreaming, which prevents it from physically performing the actions occurring in their dreams, therefore dreaming about paralysis frequently represents the overlap between the REM stage and waking stage of sleep. Dreaming about paralysis can also indicate that the dreamer feels he or she lacks control in their waking life.
BABY: Dreaming of a baby often represents something new. It might be a new idea, new project at work, new development or the potential for growth in a specific area of our waking life.
The Art of Lucid Dreaming!
Lucid dreaming is when you’re aware that you’re reaming, without waking up. It’s an amazing skill if you can get the hang of it – just lie back while your subconscious takes you on a dream adventure. Once mastered, you may even be able to steer dream in chosen direction.
In your dreams
How much control you can exert while lucid dreaming depends on how hard you want to work. People with a high degree of mental discipline are more likely to experience lucid dreams; the best way to encourage lucid dreams is to hone your mental power.
Self-belief is a powerful mental tool, but patience is the strongest tool of all. It is important that you don’t rush; just as a songwriter makes several attempts to write that knockout song, so you will need to practice before you can perfect the creative activity of lucid dreaming.
Also, don’t forget that the process shouldn’t be all work-it should be fun too! Lucid dreaming gives you a great opportunity to keep track of your dream so you understand a little bit more about what they could mean. Don’t push yourself. Just relax into it and see where it takes you.
- First, when you’re awake. Make a habit of checking “Am I dreaming?” as often as you can. Obviously, when you’re aware, the answer will be “no”. But eventually your brain may import this habit into your dreams, when the answer will be “yes”.
- Next, give yourself “ reality checks”. While you’re awake: For example, look at your hands, look away, then look back at your hands to see if they’ve changed. In waking life they won’t have changed, but if they have changed, you’ll know you’re in a dream state. This is called a “dream cue.”
- Before you go to sleep. Have a specific idea for what you want to do when you do lucid dream. Just planning to “lucid dream” doesn’t make sense to fly, stand on your head, or eat a chocolate cake, that’s an easier goal to reach!
- Try Stephen Laberge’s technique. Set your alarm to make you up 4 ½, 6, or 7 ½ hours after you fall asleep. When you awake, try to remember your dream, and then go back to sleep picturing it and telling yourself you’ll be aware that you’re dreaming.
- Try the “Wake Back to Bed “technique. Set your alarm for five hours after you fall asleep or two before you usually wake up. After you wake up, get out of bed and stay up for an hour focusing on your lucid dream plans, then go back to sleep.
- Try hitting the snooze button. Some people find that hitting the snooze button repeatedly-allowing them to doze off for another 10 to 15 minutes each time-put them in a state somewhere between being asleep and being awake. In this state, you should find that lucid dreaming is a whole lot easier to do.
- Know your rhythms. It’s REM sleep (see below) that allows for lucid dreaming, so figure out the times in your cycle when that happens. It helps to know how much time usually passes between going to bed and falling asleep if you’re going to set your alarm clock.
- Bonus tip: Practice meditation. Meditation trains your brain to keep a state of tranquil control, which will help you in your effort to lucid dream.
What is REM?
“Rapid Eye Movement”
Sleep isn’t so much a continuous state as it is a cycle that we go through several times in a single night. REM sleep takes place at the end of each cycle, getting longer and longer each time until we wake in the morning. REM is the lightest kind of sleep in which our brain activity is close to being awake, and it’s during REM sleep that our eyes move under closed lids, as if watching something only the dreamer can see.