Are You Questioning Your Dreams?
What are dreams, why do you dream, and where do dreams come from? By day, you consciously process tons of information and experiences. They impact your decision making, life path, and ultimately who you are. By night, your subconscious mind springs into action, accessing that databank on a deeper level and offering insight into that part of yourself that is elusive to your waking persona. You could call it the link between your two states of mind that channels relevant messages through mysterious images. Or, you can call it dreaming.
Ever wonder what your dreams mean? Call a dream analysis psychic and find out!
Understanding dream symbolism can provide heightened awareness into your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical state of being. A dream analysis psychic can help you solve problems, enhance creativity, and facilitate a better understanding of your authentic self. A dream analysis reading can be both revealing and enlightening.
As you prepare to delve into the world of dreaming, check out the answers to 10 common questions about dreams.
1. Why Do We Dream?
The answer to this question depends on who you ask. There are multitudes of theories about why we dream, but when dealing with such an ethereal subject, it’s unlikely we will ever be 100% certain. We can only hypothesize based on limited empirical support.
Some researchers believe we dream to process intense emotions that our conscious minds refuse to confront. Others claim dreams serve to consolidate our emotional memories into data that we can understand. Another theory is that dreams offer hallucinatory fulfillment of libidinal desires. At the opposite end of that spectrum is the idea that they simulate daytime threats to help us avoid them.
Still, others feel dream content protects our feelings and helps us cope with trauma. And, of course, there is a school of thought that insists there is absolutely no reason why we dream—we just do.
2. Does Everyone Dream?
Yes, everyone dreams. This includes mammals and birds who experience rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. When someone says they don’t dream, what they are really saying is they don’t remember their dreams. Remembering a dream is more likely if you wake up in the middle of it or almost immediately afterward. That’s why light sleepers who wake up frequently during REM sleep generally have better dream recall than people who snooze more soundly.
Perhaps your dream recall is better on the weekends or while on vacation because you don’t use an alarm clock. That jolt can be enough to abruptly disconnect you from your fantasy land, immediately erasing your dream and dropping you directly into the real world.
3. Why do Different People Dream the Same Things?
Whether you’re falling from a cliff, being chased or flying, there are universal dream themes that are timeless and without cultural or geographical boundaries. We often have similar dreams because they relate to the anxieties all humans share. Have you ever had a dream where you’re taking a test you’re not ready for, where you’re naked in public or where your teeth fall out? These dream symbols indicate your hidden fears—humiliation, loss of beauty, not being desired, or not being capable of succeeding at something.
4. What are Recurring Dreams?
According to the experts, intense, frightening dreams are both common and normal—as long as you don’t have them every night. However, uncomfortable recurring dreams are typically linked to an unaddressed anxiety. For example, let’s say you had a recurring dream about being gagged just before your mother comes to live with you. This recurring dream could mean you’re anxious about this change in your living situation but aren’t able to express those feelings. A reading with a dream analysis psychic could help you understand and examine your feelings so you’d be able to communicate them. Then, the recurring dreams may stop.
5. What is a Nightmare?
A true nightmare is usually brought on by a real-life event, like moving to a new place or a trauma, such as being the victim of a crime. However, nightmares, though disturbing, can be illuminating and instructive too. Use them to access emotions that should be dealt with.
Children are more prone to nightmares than adults, as they have not yet developed the skills to deal with their emotions in a waking state. Their nightmares about animals and monsters can be a sign of all the big things in life that they can’t understand yet.
6. Why are Some Dreams so Weird?
The answer is part biology, part your list of memories. The prefrontal cortex of the brain, responsible for logic and reasoning, is inactive during sleep. While it’s off duty, the other parts of the brain allow all sorts of crazy imagery to run amok. And as your subconscious mind grabs bits and pieces of your experiences to link old memories to new ones, it’s an associative conglomeration, not a logical, linear storyline.
However, when you discuss dream meanings with a dream analysis psychic, you may find that what appears as a haphazard array of images can actually be a group of symbols pertaining to the same theme. But then again, some dreams might just be crazy dreams of absolutely no significance.
7. Can Dreams Be Predictive?
Maybe. Although we don’t recommend thinking every dream is a glimpse into your future, there may be times when something you dreamed came to fruition. One famous example of dreams predicting the future is the time President Abraham Lincoln told his wife that he dreamed of his own assassination days before it actually happened. Was this just a coincidence?
8. How Long do Dreams Last?
REM sleep, the sleep pattern associated with dreaming, can last up to 45 minutes but it’s impossible to tell whether you’re dreaming the entire time. Some dream experts suggest that a dreamer’s memory of the dream is proportional to its actual length. This supports the theory that dreams can indeed last longer than merely the flash of an instant, as earlier theorists supposed.
9. What are Lucid Dreams?
Lucid dreams are dreams in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may have control over the environment, characters, and narrative. Some prefrontal neural networks exhibit higher activation levels during lucid dreams than during ordinary dreams.
10. How Can I Remember My Dreams?
Start a dream diary and keep it next to your bed. This will make it easier for you to record your dreams as soon as you wake up. Another great thing about keeping a dream journal is that you can have it to refer to during a reading with a dream analysis psychic!
There’s more to your dreams than you think! That’s why a dream analysis reading can get to the bottom of your dreams and discover what they have to say about your past, present, and future. Our dream analysis psychics know that no two dreams are alike. Aren’t you curious about your dreams?
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