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Dream Psychology

March 12, 2012 on 6:44 pm | In Active Dreaming | No Comments

Dream Psychology

Dreams have a meaning. Once we learn how to interpret them, we can begin to decipher their meaning. In “Dream Psychology”, published in 1920, Freud demonstrates how the interpretation of dreams can illuminate the desires of the unconscious.

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How to Recognize Lucid Dreams

March 11, 2012 on 5:29 pm | In Lucid Dreams | 3 Comments

Here are some ways to tell whether or not a dream was lucid.

It probably was a lucid dream if, during the dream, you

  • Made a reality check to see if it was a dream.
  • Told other dream characters that you were dreaming.
  • Attempted to stabilize or control the dream.
  • Tried to fly, walk through walls or mirrors, or other normally impossible feats after realizing that you were dreaming.
  • Woke up as soon as you realized it was a dream.

It probably was not a lucid dream if you

  • Have a hard time remembering what happened after you thought you were having a lucid dream.
  • Dreamed that you were dreaming.
  • Treated odd dream characters or deceased people as if they were normal in the dream.
  • Did not notice weird objects or events as illogical during the dream.

If, however, you were able to deliberately change the course of the dream while dreaming, because you knew that you were in control of the dream, then it was almost certainly lucid. That includes doing superhuman things (like walking through walls) because you know you are dreaming.

If you have had lucid dreams, please tell us about them.

If you are able to do lucid dreaming deliberately, will you tell us what method you use?

Never Let Others Destroy Your Dreams

March 5, 2012 on 9:15 pm | In Dreaming True, Interpreting Dreams, Musings | No Comments

Never let others destroy your dreams. That can mean many things.

In dreamwork, that means never letting others push their own interpretation of your dreams off on you. Others can offer suggestions, but only you can be sure what your dreams mean. It depends on what resonates with you.

In daily life, it means not letting nay-sayers squash your hopes, visions, and dreams of the future. It means having the courage to believe in yourself and take action to make your dreams—even your night dreams if you like them—come true. Let no one discourage you from fulfilling your dreams.

Practically speaking you can protect your dreams, and the possibilities they represent, by not letting criminals steal your identity. Identity theft can rob you of your credit rating, empty your bank account, and allow criminals to run up tens of thousands of dollars of debt in your name.

Identity thieves can keep you from getting the education you want, the job you need, the house you have always dreamed of—and more. So what do you do to prevent that?

An identity protection service such as IdentityHawk can help protect your identity and help you restore your identity if it is compromised by data loss at your school or work, on line, or through a security breach at your bank or a credit card company—among other places. Knowing your identity, bank accounts, and credit rating are safe from identity fraud provides peace of mind and protects your future.

Identity theft protection not only helps you safeguard your money, reputation and possessions, they also help you assess the health of your identity, show you the areas where it may be most at risk, and help you take steps to reduce the risks. in other words, they help you protect your dreams now and in the future.

Dreams are fragile things. Take care of your dreams, heed them, and take action to protect the means to make them come true.

How to Remember Your Dreams

March 3, 2012 on 11:58 pm | In Dream Journals, Dream Research, Dreamwork | No Comments

Some people say that they do not dream, but that is an illusion. We all dream. Some of us do not remember our dreams. Certain things can interfere with dreaming, such as being constantly awakened, or taking certain kinds of medications.  

Constant Awakening Prevents Dreaming 

As you probably know, there are several levels of sleep. Most dreaming, the dreams we remember, occur during the so-called rapid-eye-movement (REM) levels of sleep.

Unfortunately it takes our bodies anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to reach the first REM cycle of the night. If you are awakened before that, when you go back to sleep, the process starts over. 

Sleep laboratory researchers have found that by awakening people over and over before they reach the REM cycle, they can keep people from dreaming—at night. After awhile, though, people start dreaming uncontrollably with their eyes wide open. In other words, without being allowed to dream, they start to hallucinate. 

If your only choice is to try to sleep in a noisy or insecure environment, your sleep cycles may be short-circuited by constantly being awakened before you get to dream. Medical residents or interns and others who only get to doze while on call in hospitals for days at a time are good examples of this kind of sleep deprivation. 

Stop Suddenly Awakening

If you can do without the jarring sudden awakening caused by an alarm clock, studies show, you are more likely to remember your dreams. If someone in the household can quietly awaken you, that could replace the alarm. Best practice is to get enough sleep (always a good health idea) and allow yourself to awaken naturally. 

Stay still for a few moments when you first wake up. Spend that time gently allowing yourself to recall any dreams. 

Check Your Medications

If you take sleeping pills, you may be suppressing your dreams—or suppressing the memory of them. If you can learn to sleep without pills, you will have a better chance of remembering your dreams. 

Some other medications may interfere with dreaming. Unfortunately they may be something you cannot safely do without. Remembering your dreams is valuable, but no one is suggesting that you risk your health over it.

Still, if you are doing the other things suggested in this article, and you still can’t remember your dreams, you might consider asking your doctor if another medication would do the same job without the side effect of suppressing your dreams. If you plan to do that, I suggest doing a bit of on-line research on the negative health effects of dream suppression and presenting those to your doctor. That way s/he will be more likely to take you seriously.

Form the Intent to Remember

Research shows that just the act of regularly trying to recall your dreams daily and making an attempt to write them down encourages your mind to remember them. It is as though you are proving to your subconscious mind that you are willing to pay attention, and so it tries harder to reach you.

Dream recall may not happen immediately. It could take a few days, weeks, or even months. But if you make a habit of trying to remember your dreams, and you make brief notes of any dream feelings or ideas you do recall, gradually your dreams will start to come back to you. 

Writing Down Your Dreams 

Any notebook will do to record your dreams. Maybe the term “dream journaling” sounds pretentious or time-consuming to you. If so, consider just carrying a plain little notebook all the time. You can reserve it from dream notation, or you can use it for other things, too. The important thing is to do it.

Robert Moss, who teaches people to work with their dreams, says to jot down whatever wisp of dream memory you have when you first wake up if possible. But he also says that bits of dream memory may come to you at any time of the day, so you should be prepared to jot down whatever you can whenever you remember it. By doing that, he says, you often end up remembering the whole dream.

Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Remember that we all dream. If your circumstances can be changed to make dreaming and dream recall easier for you now, do so. Make sure your bed is comfortable and the room is quiet. (Falling asleep in front of the TV is not helpful!)

If you cannot change your current circumstances, sometimes they change themselves. The baby learns to sleep through the night, the doctor changes your prescription, the noisy neighbor moves away, and so on. 

Meanwhile, never give up. We all naturally dream. And we can almost all learn to remember our dreams. It just takes a little more work for some of us than for others.

Remembering your dreams is worth the effort. It can be an aid to mental and physical health. It can also be entertaining and enlightening. 

Sweet Dreams to Paulie and to You

This post was inspired by a comment Paulie made about the post that said orienting your bed north-south (instead of east-west) increases dreaming. Somehow, although I can see the comment in the control panel area of this blog, it has not shown up on the page with the post. So I want to say thank you to Paulie for the comment.

Please keep trying to remember your dreams. It is worth the effort. 

And thank you to all the other readers of blog, too, especially those who take the time to comment. I consider all of you to be a real blessing.

Sweet dreams.

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