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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

What do bad dreams mean?

Last night I had a bad dream, not necessarily a nightmare. I wasn't scared or terrified; but it was emotional. My mother became sick again and this time she wasn't going to survive it. At the point where she was dying in the hospital my other little inner persona jumped up and I took control of the dream. I tend to have lucid dreams, not often, but usually a couple of times a month I realize that I am in a dream and influence what happens next. Usually, I fix something I don't like about it.

But, as I sit here sipping my cranberry juice, my mind wanders and I wonder what (look at my mad alliteration skills) bad dreams foretell.

Now then, Freud would certainly tell me I'm repressing some kind of sexual need. Naturally, I think everyone in his time period was sexually repressed. But the nuts and bolts of a dream, to me, is the communication between your body and subconscious and your conscious self. Sometimes your dreams are sort and store, it's like the little monkey in your mind picks up all the pieces from the hectic day and tries to shelve them where they belong. Sometimes your body is trying to tell you something, "Hey, you are too stressed out and making me tense up!" or "Yo! Dummy. Stop eating so much crap!" I remember one time where in my dream I started suffering migraine symptoms. I woke up, and shortly after I did get hit with the aura of an oncoming migraine. My body recognized the chemical imbalance and tried to warn me.

Dream Moods lists eight types of dreams:

Daydreams:
Studies show that we all have the tendency to daydream an average of 70-120 minutes a day. Day dreaming is classified as a level of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness.

Lucid dreams:
Lucid dreams occurs when you realize you are dreaming. "Wait a second. This is only a dream!"

Nightmares:
A nightmare is a disturbing dream that causes the dreamer to wake up feeling anxious and frightened.

Recurring Dream:
Speaks for itself

Healing Dreams:
Healing dreams serve as messages for the dreamer in regards to their health. Many dream experts believe that dreams can help us avoid potential health problems.

Prophetic Dreams:
Prophetic dreams, also referred to as precognitive or psychic dreams, are dreams that seemingly foretell the future.

Signal Dreams:
Signal dreams help you how to solve problems or make decisions in your waking life.

Epic Dreams:
Epic dreams (also known as Great Dreams or Cosmic Dreams) are so huge, so compelling, and so vivid that you cannot ignore them.

I found a fun little dream interpreter tool that allows you to describe your dream and it pulls out significant words you use and tells you what that might mean. It's at Freakydreams.com .

So, what did my dream from last night mean? Well, I'm dissatisfied with work and I'm thinking of looking for a new job. I always worry about my mother's health. I would bet my subconscious was using my mother to symbolize my dwindling relationship with work. The great thing is, once you've dreamed and remembered, you can think through it and figure out what makes sense to you.

As a writer, I've certainly had some crazy dreams and honestly, I've gotten a few plot ideas from thinking through my dreams the next morning.

What type of dreamer are you? Have any that really stick with you?

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13 Comments:

Anonymous Laughing Muse said...

I don't often remember my dreams - either that, or I rarely dream, which doesn't seem right because I'm not nearly psychotic enough for that to be the case.

The few dreams I do remember, I've been either with a few other people whom I think I should know but don't, or I'm by myself. I'm often inside, can see windows, and often fix on a particular feature of the building or interior decor (one dream, all the walls were grey except for a single slash of paint on all of the walls. Odd.)

4:21 PM  
Blogger ERiCA said...

My earliest memory is actually a dream. I think I was pre-verbal (or whatever the word is for when you are too young to speak, somebody help me out here) so bear with me if my description is a bit clunky.

This dream is a recurring lucid nightmare. I've had it for almost 30 years, am aware that I'm in it, yet can't wake up and it continues to scare the everloving crap out of me.

I'm floating in this kind of murky nothing. I can't really see anything--just this dark, foggy, pulsating mass. I'm not sitting or standing or laying or flying or moving--I just am. All I can feel is that creepy vibe like something is right next to you, watching you, just about to touch you, grab you. It hasn't touched me yet... but it will. Any moment now. I can't taste or smell anything but my own sweat and fear. All I hear is my erratic breathing, my ears pounding with every arhytmic heartbeat, and the insistent pounding of whatever it is that's out there, coming closer. Louder. Faster.

I'm realizing now how difficult it is to describe this dream... Mostly because it's all sensation, and even primarily not of the 5-senses variety, but of the impending doom variety. It's hella creepy. Just writing about it raises my arm hairs. If there's some way I can not have this dream again, I'm all ears...

5:57 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Wow, Rash, you're the third blogger today to mention bad dreams and/or nightmares.

Wonder what that's all about...

6:18 PM  
Blogger Rashenbo said...

Erica,

I'm going to have a nightmare of your nightmare! That's creepy!! I can't even think of what your dream might mean... unless we go into some deep metaphysical stuff.

Susan, it's probably the time change or something. Folks inner clocks are off.

7:52 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

Ugh, last night I dreamt that my foot had been cut off! I had to be persuaded to pick it up and bring it with us (I was walking on it, but it wasn't bleeding all that much) before I went into the hospital to get it put back on.

My foot's been hurt for eight months now. I don't know what type of dream it was, but I'm hoping it was a healing one!

9:43 PM  
Blogger ERiCA said...

Oh no! I didn't mean to infect you with my creepy nightmare. I usually don't have bad dreams, but if I do, that's the one that swings by for a midnight visit. I sometimes have prophetic dreams (runs in my family) and often have the signal dreams--those are much happier. =)

10:36 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I usually am an reoccuring dreamer. I have a few that have been with me for years. It's funny how they happen, like I'm trying to work out some sort of problem. One of them I actually wrote down - it's the book I sold to EC. I think that's why I'm a bit nervous about the release. They are images that have been with me for a while. :)

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I just wrote a post about my dreams over the weekend. Dreamtime is like NightSchool for me.

I don't like the violent dreams I sometimes have.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Amy Ruttan said...

I dream the Epic dreams, which I guess helps given what I do.

I've had the prophetic ones, and those freak me out.

I always seem to remember my dreams. i write them down, in a dream journal. I'll have to check out Freakydreams.com and input some of them!

2:00 PM  
Blogger heather said...

i haven't been remembering my dreams for a week or so, but in general, i remember them well and write down all the really interesting ones. mine tend to be very vivid and on the weird side. i figure it all makes for good fiction fodder (eventually). =)

1:39 PM  
Anonymous sarah said...

for the past 3months i have been consisently having nightmares my last one was my mother attacking me by stabbing her nails in2 my knuckles and my blood running down my arms and i cudnt scream for help,i dont understand whats wrong with me and i cant sleep anymore....anyone know what i should do? email me xxsarah-doylexx@hotmail.com

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Tan said...

Just stumped across this post when trying to get some answers to a weird dream I had. It starts with the usual running running runnning across the biggest desert ever. NO one around. Then a random school friend is there shouting 'look at the sign'. What d'you think?

9:12 PM  
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