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Dream Interpretation


…it is human nature to value mysticism over fact, since facts are nowhere near as intriguing

Xenocrates

Dreaming about a beach vacation

Dreams are visual representations of our desires.

Have you ever had one of those vivid dreams where you were positive that it carried some strong omen but you weren’t sure what it was? Well that’s what this post is really all about. Dream interpretation is actually a lot simpler than people tend to think and I’m going to tell you how to understand them using simple science. Eventually you’ll come to see that there is absolutely nothing mystical about dreams at all. You won’t fear your nightmares after this.

Setting the Context

To lay the basis for this post, let’s set and clarify the context of this issue first of all. When I refer to dreams, I’m referring to any sensory experience that occurs while in REM sleep. As you probably already know, REM is an acronym for Rapid-Eye Movement. This is when we experience our deepest sleep state and therefore where virtually all our dreams take place.

I am however not referring to day dreams which occur in the conscious mind. The term “Day dream” is actually a misnomer, since you can have day dreams at night as well. The primary difference is that day dreams can be controlled, because you are still awake. This post covers REM state dreams – the ones that spool out of your subconscious mind that you don’t control.

Understanding the Mechanics of dreaming

Before you can learn to interpret your dreams, you need to learn several key facts about them. This is paramount to understanding what you’re seeing or feeling while you dream and how to at least understand why they occurred. This will help you to solve the often odd mystery of your mind’s night time riddles so that you can determine what their real life implications are.

The following headings cover some fundamental facts about dreams. The aim of the outline is simply to act as a point of reference for most of the dream state occurrences that you are likely to have had. No matter how perplexing some of your dreams may have been, there’s always a rational explanation for what they contain and thus what they may ultimately mean to you.

Dream retention is rare

Most people usually forget their dreams about 95% of the time. Women are better able to recall the detailed contents of their dreams than men (which is also partly why so many of the shamans of ancient civilizations were female). Most people who have had dreams don’t even remember that they’ve had them. This is important to note as it explains many other things.

Dreams are a function of cognitive garbage collection

Your body does most of its repair work while you are asleep. This includes everything from cleaning out dead cells to regulating blood distribution. This happens in the brain as well. What appear to be useless synaptic bridges are culled and discarded. When this happens, disjointed bits of information are sometimes manifested as a stream of sensory data.

That’s when a dream occurs.

Dreams usually appear to be incoherent because of this cognitive clean up process. Since they can only manifest themselves when the conscious mind is put to rest, they stream out of the subconscious mind using any sensory data that was stored there while you were awake. The information that is stored in the subconscious mind is anything the conscious mind ignored.

This cleanup operation in the brain is what creates epiphanies as well. This is why when someone spends all day trying to solve a problem, they are able to sleep on it and awake the next morning with the solution – usually after having a silly dream. The cleanup process removes the synaptic pathways that were unfavorable, leaving only those with potential.

Dreams are based on sensory data

Blurred dreams are still recognizable.We always recognize the subjects of our dreams – irrespective of their blurriness

The material contents of dreams are based on sensory experience. You will never dream about something you’ve never experienced; which is why virgins never have dreams about sexual intercourse (even though they still have sexually arousing dreams). Similarly, you will never dream about an abstract idea that isn’t based on something you weren’t previously taught.

Your mind is able to do this through a process of pattern recognition (which we will cover in greater detail later on in this post). The pattern recognition is done in very much the same way as how you are able to draw an image by connecting the dots. This is why even when the visual representations in your dreams are blurry, you can still recognize the people in your dreams.

Dreams can incorporate live events

While deep in a REM state dream, your body’s sensory functions are not shut off. So you can still technically see, hear, taste, touch and smell your real environment while in a dream. What will happen is that this sensory information will be fed into your dream that is currently underway. This is called dream incorporation and will explain a number of curious oddities.

If you need to urinate while in a REM dream, you will correspondingly feel that need inside the dream or your mind will manifest the need in some other way related water. If you happen to hear something going on around you, it will materialize in the dream in some way – such as hearing a ringing telephone. If you feel cold in reality, your dream may incorporate it as being trapped in a freezer, or being stuck outside in a blizzard. That’s your powerful mind at work.

For example, I remember while I was very young (about age 2) that I was dreaming about playing in the dirt in my front yard. While I was dreaming, an earthquake occurred in real life. The earthquake was powerful enough to throw me out of my bed. The falling sensation in reality woke me up. I ran to my parents’ room, screaming about a giant worm attacking us.

Why a giant worm? Check this out:

When the earthquake started, I was still dreaming. Inside the dream, I encountered a giant earth worm that burrowed out of the dirt, smashed my home in half and threw me half way across the yard. My REM dream incorporated the shaking and falling sensations from the earthquake that was happening in reality as a monstrous earth worm attacking my home.

When I complained to my parents, I told them that a giant worm was attacking us. My father comforted me that it was just a nightmare. Understandably, I was too young to understand what an earthquake was. It wasn’t until years later, that I realised what actually happened. The really fascinating thing is, I remember that dream as vividly as if it happened last night.

With that said, the sensory experience we have during REM sleep may or may not involve a visual representation. People who are born blind also dream, but they rarely have any visual representations in their dream – even though the basic function of dreaming remains. This is very important to note for the next fact as it says something very interesting about our minds:

The subconscious mind never misses details

Even though we tend to forget most of our dreams, the forgotten contents thereof are always maintained in the subconscious mind. Surprisingly, the subconscious mind has the ability to retain extremely fine details of our awake experiences. This explains a number of phenomena we will explore much later in this post. Either way, the level of detail retained is astounding.

This is true for virtually everyone. In fact, because of this discovery of the power of the human mind, scientists are now developing drugs that will enable people to dredge up details hidden in their subconscious memory through lucid dreams, thereby allowing them to have genius level epiphanies far more often. This is a testament to the incredible power of the human mind.

Dreams are not genuinely precognitive

Precognitive DreamsDreams about possible future events are not omens

As we forget most of our dreams, the constant course of cause and effect in our daily lives will ultimately create a scenario that occurs exactly the way we dreamed it once. When that occurs, we will immediately experience a sense of “I’ve been here before“. These experiences happen when an event occurs that triggers a memory of a dream that you have long since forgotten.

All the other dreams that you’ve had that you’ve forgotten are of scenarios that have not yet happened or will never happen – and thus are not likely to trigger that subconscious sense of familiarity. This is exactly why people who have vivid dreams that come to pass claim to have precognitive premonitions and exactly why everyone else claims to have experienced Déjà vu.

In both cases, they’re only experiencing a completely random event that just happens to coincide with one of the many thousands of forgotten dreams they have had in their lifetime. It is nothing more than a function of mathematical probability. There are over 7 billion people on this planet. It is thus not altogether implausible that there exists around the world several dozen people who have collectively as a group, dreamed all about the events of tomorrow.

Thus, almost every claim of precognition in dreams is more than likely a fluke of coincidence. History does repeat itself, after all. Ergo, sequence and causation are mutually exclusive in this case. This is just selective memory at work. You’re neither going to have a premonition about an experience that hasn’t yet occurred nor have a Déjà vu for a dream that you haven’t had.

Precognition is actually a function of pattern recognition

The only exception where precognition does occur in dreams is where your subconscious mind is successful in performing a very efficient form of problem solving by accurately determining the outcome of an event based on past experience or on a summation of cause and effect. The actual process is not very different from predicting the outcome of a car driving towards a cliff.

People who play musical instruments tend to be good at playing chess for this reason. Music exercises both sides of the brain simultaneously, thereby greatly enhancing the brain’s pattern recognition capacity. Being good at chess has nothing to do with intellect. It has everything to do with strong pattern recognition skills honed from seeing arrangements on the chess board.

Concordantly, people who have a highly developed pattern recognition capacity will be more likely to have precognitive dreams. This is because their mind subconsciously recognizes many patterns during the awake state. When this person eventually falls asleep, their subconscious mind performs problem solving routines on these patterns, thereby creating an outcome in a dream that is quite likely to actually occur in real life. That’s how prophetic dreams can occur.

This “precognitive” talent of the human mind is technically not precognitive at all. It only appears that way because the prediction actually turns out to be correct. If this were truly precognitive, then everyone would be a fortune teller. They can tell you what would happen if you do drugs, drop out of school or have unprotected sex. It’s the very same kind of pattern recognition that the brain is doing. It’s just far better at it when the conscious mind is asleep.

Dreams are visual representations of deep emotional states

Dreams of flightDreams about flight are very commonplace

The vast majority of dreams carry a strong emotional under tone – usually negative ones. There is a very good reason for this. The purpose of having bad dreams is to reinforce your emotional awareness of something that you perceive as being somewhat detrimental to your existence, thus reinforcing your likelihood of actually preventing that occurrence when awake.

Bad dreams, especially nightmares, perform exactly the same function as pain. They remind you that something is wrong – not necessarily in your physical self, but something you have subconsciously perceived while you were awake. Nightmares, like virtually every other bad dream, are visual representations of deep emotional states that developed in response.

This is why people have nightmares about anything that could possibly frighten them – even horror movies. The subconscious mind (particularly in children) can’t really tell the difference between simulated fright and something that could actually harm them. That’s why nightmares occur to remind you of a danger that you subconsciously perceived, whether it is real or not.

Concordantly, dreams about:

  • Death – are often triggered by a fear or subconscious awareness of possible extinction. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re actually going to die. It just means that you’ve either subconsciously perceived some danger that may cause your death, or the dream may just be an expression of a fear of death. Usually it’s more likely to be the latter than the former.
  • Falling – are triggered by anxiety of losing control (usually of aspects of one’s life). Falling is the brain’s way expressing loss of control. If you’ve never fallen from somewhere, you’re likely to instead have a dream about being in a situation where nothing is going the way you desire, like having all of the people you love turn against you. Either way, the simulated emotion of “loosing control” remains more or less exactly the same in all cases.
  • Flying – Anytime you have a dream about flying, it is an expression of a desire to be free from some stress in your life. Your brain has already connected the dots during your waking state and has simulated the feeling of freedom that flight would engender. Therefore, dreaming about flying usually points to some emotional stress manifested in your life.

Embarrassing Dreams

  • Embarrassing situations – are triggered by deep insecurity about the visualized situation. Dreaming about turning up at a party or some social event naked is very common. Since your subconscious mind knows that being seen naked is the most primal form of embarrassment for you, it’s your mind’s popular choice for expressing insecurity.
  • Being chased – are triggered by an awareness of danger. This is why they are usually expressed in the form of being chased. Most of the times, you are not necessarily aware of who or what is chasing you – and that is usually your first clue. I’ve known people who have had dreams of being chased at their office by their boss or coworkers, only to realize that they were being fired. Chase dreams are expressions of a need to escape from harm.
  • Good fortune – are triggered by hopefulness, unfulfilled want or longing. These dreams are usually rare and only manifest themselves when your want is palpable. Pay very close attention to these dreams if you’ve ever had one. They usually contain tiny clues by your amazing problem solving mind as to how you can actually achieve that desire in your life.
  • Being angered – are triggered by deep subconscious resentment. The strange part about these dreams is that they sometimes depict you being angry at someone you normally wouldn’t be angry at. If that ever occurs, then it’s because your subconscious mind picked up a personality trait in that person that your brain knows may upset you.
  • Frightful situations (nightmares) – are triggered by our natural survival instinct. You won’t have nightmares about things that can’t frighten you. For example, I’m something of a neat freak. I’ve only had nightmares about my room being a mess and crawling with dangerous sea creatures (I have a palpable fear of sea urchins and jelly fish – don’t ask). Nightmares about family and friends are triggered by a deep concern for their well being.
  • Past loved ones – are triggered by lingering grief of their death. Even when you dream about that person passing on sage advice, your mind is only using that person as an icon for articulating some conclusion it derived via pattern recognition about a problem that has been bothering you. It doesn’t mean that person “appeared” to you to save your life.
  • Religious experiences – are triggered by socially implanted desires. Evocative, vivid dreams about religious experiences tend to be particularly powerful and vivid, because they appeal to your most primal instinct – the desire to survive death. Either way, the key to debunking religious dreams is that they only occur to people who have been exposed to religion – irrespective of whether or not they are believers. Secondly, these dreams are religion specific. So devout Muslims will never have a religious dream involving Jesus Christ.
  • Fantastic occurrences (epic dreams) – are usually a reflection of a very creative passion, usually that which belongs to someone at the level of a genius. People who are unusually creative tend to have these types of dreams. I’ll deal with more on this in the next section.

Dreams sharpen our survival instinct and problem solving skills

Problem Solving DreamsDreams are powerful problem solving tools

Most dream psychologists agree (and there is still some debate on this) that the very nature of dreams are such that they heighten our awareness to elements in our environment which were only previously noted by our subconscious mind, thereby allowing us to enact all of the necessary behavior modifications to guarantee survival. Many of us can also attest to the fact that we discovered the solutions to many of the problems in our life by dreaming about them.

But you aren’t the only one. Dreams are famous for this type of problem solving. Dreams are most famously responsible for the following works of pure genius in history, most notably in;

Science:

  1. The invention of the Sewing machine by Elias Howe
  2. The postulation of the theory of relativity by Albert Einstein
  3. The invention of the scientific method by Rene Descartes
  4. The discovery of DNA by James Watson
  5. The discovery of Benzene by Friedrich Kekulé

and Creativity:

  1. Many of Stephen King’s novels, notably “Misery” and “It
  2. Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein“.
  3. The melodic tune for Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday“.
  4. The plot of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. Kubla Khan” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Dreams are also responsible for what appears to be precognitive perceptions of death. The most notable of these is Abraham Lincoln’s dream of his death just day before it happened. Similarly, Caligula foresaw his own assassination in a religious dream. Even Hitler survived a mortar attack which killed his fellow soldiers during World War I by a dream he had in a trench.

Dreams have no intrinsic spiritual meaning

The cryptic nature of dreams have been the source of much speculation for centuries. But they only appear to be cryptic because we didn’t understand the mechanics of how they’re formed. This is why many have assigned spiritual qualities to dreams, when they are really just the mind helping us to subconsciously rationalize what we tend to ignore while we are still awake.

Concordantly, dreams have no spiritual meaning. Some of the fantastic content of our dreams have been introduced to us through social constructs such as religion and urban myth. That is why the world famous Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramunujan dreamed of a Hindu god handing him breakthrough mathematical formulas and not a god of Christian or Muslim origin.

For this same reason, Mormons are likely to dream of Joseph Smith, Muslims dream of Allah, Christians of Jesus Christ and heavenly angels, and those who believe in reincarnation will appear to mysteriously articulate past experiences that predate their birthday based on brief exposure to the world from the media. Thus, every spiritual dream has a traceable source.

I realize that by stating all of this, someone out there is going to be in denial and that is quite fine. I’ve come to the understanding that it is human nature to value mysticism over fact, since facts are nowhere near as intriguing. Mysticism may provide some escape from our unpleasant realities, but they may only be dangerous distractions from the truth about our powerful mind.

Philosophical Implications

Dream Incorporation

Even though we understand the mechanics of dreams, there are a few things that still bother us about them. A number of intriguing questions have been asked about the significance of our dreams from a philosophical perspective. All of these are based on scientific observation on how our mind works. Some of these are pretty deep. So I’m going to simplify as best as I can.

Why do dreams appear to be real if they’re not?

Famed French Mathematician René Descartes asked himself this question by proxy of the observation that our brains are just interpretation engines. Whatever sensory information we perceive in our awake state is based on electrical signals fed to our brain. This means that our experiences can be effectively simulated. That presents us with a very intriguing observation:

Do you notice that when you’re dreaming, you never actually know that you’re dreaming until you’re awake? Why is that? It’s because of a fundamental flaw in the design of our brain. Our brains are wired to interpret sensory information fed to it through our eyes, skin, ears, noses, and tongues. The interpretation is done by “connecting the dots” based on this sensory data.

Our perception of reality is only a fraction of it

However, in connecting the dots, the interpretation isn’t always correct. This is why people often experience Pareidolia – the illusion of perceiving objects (such as faces, animals, places and things) in otherwise random, meaningless patterns that occur in our environment. We see these things because our brain is always connecting the dots – whether we want it to or not.

With that said, that’s how you perceive reality. Every visual image you are seeing right now is not actually there in exactly the way that you’re seeing it. That’s just your mind connecting the dots based on photons caught by your eyes. The computer you’re using right now isn’t smooth around the edges. The ruggedness is just too tiny for the touch cells in your fingers to detect.

The real essence of the things around us cannot be interpreted by our brains, because the software in our minds wasn’t designed to interpret that data. There’s a whole other universe of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell that lives right in front of us that we can neither see, hear, feel, taste or smell – because our brain was not built to harness and interpret that data.

That limitation may be by design – which is probably why we don’t try to walk through walls (despite the fact that there is so much space inside and between atoms), why we can’t see the full spectrum of light (which is why we can feel things we cannot see), why objects appear to be solid when they’re not and why you can recognize someone who has gotten older than the last time you saw them. Your brain is mostly just a very elaborate interpretation engine.

Why is dreaming still an experience if it isn’t real?

So what does this have to do with dreams? Everything. Why? Because it presents a question that needs answering: What exactly is feeding our brain the experiences we have in dreams? I said earlier that our dreams are made of bits of sensory memory data from our awake state. The problem however is that while we never dream about things which we don’t already recognize, we almost never dream about events that have already happened. Strange, isn’t it?

Most dreams we have are new experiences – to the point where sometimes we can remember them. If the dreams we’re having are new experiences in and of themselves (whether or not they make sense is irrelevant), then doesn’t that mean that some of our memories are based on events that never actually happened? Doesn’t this mean that our memories can be forged?

Are we dreaming that we’re awake?

Have you ever had a memory that you couldn’t tell if it was a dream or a real event? When we have vivid dreams, we always assume them to be real while we’re in them – even when they don’t make any sense. It’s as if our minds are inside an infinite feedback loop, where it is in the process of creating an experience while simultaneously living that experience in real time.

If your brain is only connecting the dots, then it is not intelligent enough to tell us if whether or not what we’re seeing is real. So that presents us an even deeper question: Are we actually dreaming that we’re awake and awake while we’re dreaming? If the human mind can be so easily fooled to interpret the world that exists (including a world that doesn’t), then how could we differentiate between which experiences were dreams and that which actually happened?

One might answer that our conscious state appears to be more lucid and more consistent than our unconscious state. If that is true, then why is our mind still able to present these very vivid sensations when it is not being fed from our senses? Do you notice that your memories of your senses are not as vivid in your awakened state as when they are in your dreaming state?

If we were to suggest that the mind remembers a sensation and can use that memory to good effect such that it can literally fake an experience, then do we realise that we could be trapped inside a dream, inside a dream? That wasn’t a typographical error. For if you actually believe the sensations your brain is telling you, then you will never know if you’re dreaming or not.

The conscious mind is a primitive tool

The answer to these questions is what raises the original question. Our conscious mind is actually more primitive than our subconscious mind. Our conscious mind is neurolinguistic in nature – meaning that it relies on the “codec” of language. Language allows us to encode and decode our thoughts. Thoughts originate in the subconscious mind and as such, need no code.

If humans developed the ability to communicate with each other subconsciously, meaning that we only communicate the raw data making up our thoughts without the encoding of language in the spoken or written word, then we could forget learning how to speak other languages altogether. Languages only allow us to communicate since we can’t read each other’s minds.

This is why the deaf and the blind can still have dreams that have sound and visual elements respectively. This is also why the subconscious mind uses much more of our brain while the conscious mind uses only a small fraction of it. If our conscious state requires so little of our brain, why do we still believe that our conscious state is what is real and our dreams are not?

A possible Answer

In searching for an answer to this question, I came across a possibly profound, mind bending answer – and it is found in String Theory. The essence of String Theory is that there is an ultra thin membrane universe consisting of strings of energy vibrating at light speed. The vibration of these strings causes physical mass in this universe, as well as in other parallel universes.

But wait… it gets deeper.

Scientists posited String Theory, because of the observation that electrons flit in and out of existence. They are doing this fast enough to give the atoms the cohesion necessary to make solid objects appear to be solid. Electrons in motion are what cause electrical current. Every thought in your head is an electrical current. All of your thoughts are made up of electrons.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Now that scientists believe that parallel universes are real, and that these electrons are passing in between universes to keep the fabric of space and time together, does the same thing happen to the electrons that make up our dreams? If so, then isn’t it plausible that some of this dimensional travel among electrons could cause some kind of resonance in this reality?

In other words: Are our dreams flashes of experiences from a parallel universe? Is our awake state a function of the dreams of a parallel version of us? If this is true, then do parallel versions of us have dreams made up of the stuff of our universe? Wouldn’t that explain why some people can gain sudden inspiration from what appears to be literally out of nowhere?

The idea seems to be outlandish at best – but it would explain some dream phenomena:

  • Having consistent, vivid, accurate premonitions – Quantum physicists suggest that time travel isn’t possible, except across universes. Therefore, could those who have pre-cognitive dreams actually be sharing their dream states with the awake state of a parallel, future version of their self, facilitated by spontaneous universe hopping electrons?
  • Dreaming about past loved ones – When you die, your energy doesn’t die with you. Remember, according to the first law of thermodynamics, energy is neither created nor destroyed; it merely transforms. So is the death of a living being (human or otherwise) really the end of that life or do the electrons that became the essence of that life pass through the curtain of the 11th dimension and continue to resonate at a separate frequency, in a parallel universe, thereby allowing the human minds emotionally connected to that life, to continue to experience them, but only during sleep? If true, then it explains:
  • Reincarnation – Are the dreams of people who have never been to certain locations in the world, who are yet able to recall extremely fine details of experiences in those places acting as little more than a short wave radio, resonating the electron field passing from some parallel version of themselves that lives in a version of our universe that is centuries behind ours? If parallel universe theory is correct, then are all living beings bound together by the same electrons passing through each parallel universe? The idea is mind boggling.

We will perhaps never have an answer to any of these questions – at least maybe not in our life times. But the observation of very strange phenomena from our minds is certainly intriguing enough to possibly consider them. Who knows. We may either be on the verge of discovering the true nature of our universe or we may just be needlessly killing brain cells over nonsense.

Conclusively;

Dream path

Even though we have a pretty good idea of how dreams are created and what they ultimately mean in most circumstances, the human mind is an incredibly powerful machine and we would be grossly arrogant to think that we thoroughly understand all that it is actually capable of.

Even so, I would be most intrigued to hear about the strangest dreams you’ve ever had and any real life connection you’ve discovered about them. Whether they helped you solve a tough problem or they had strangely predictive qualities, I would love for you to share them. If you remember them, that means it was a vivid dream and those tend to be the most interesting.

Let’s hear them!


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  1. tulio
    September 24, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Sometimes I’ll have a very powerful episode of deja-vu where I literally have to stop what I’m doing for a second, look around in bewilderment and that overwhelming sensation that I experienced this before. What I think is happening is that perhaps many months ago, you dreamed a situation similar to the scenario you are currently experiencing. It was probably very mundane in the dream such as seeing a yellow school bus drive by while you were looking out the window on the phone. Of course such a dream would be easily forgotten. But when something very similar happens in real life, I think it triggers that subconscious memory of the dream. You can’t consciously remember the dream so you get that fuzzy feeling that this happened before. Sometimes though, I do vaguely feel that I can remember dreaming whatever I saw that gave me deja-vu. They are typically just very everyday ordinary things that trigger it. It’s never been a situation where I was talking to someone and knew what they were about to say before they said. Now THAT would be freaky!

    Does anyone here experience lucid dreaming? I get them frequently. It’s when I become fully aware that I am dreaming inside the dream state and then have the ability to do crazy Inception type stuff in my dream once I realize it’s a fake world I’m in. Sometimes they can be frightening as well, because if I think of something ominous, it can then materialize.

  2. Jon Paul
    September 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I’m very interested in the actual process of dreaming myself, and just wanted to point out that one can very easily train themselves to increase dream retention. Simple things like repeating “I will remember my dreams” 10-20 times out loud before you go to sleep, and focusing only on remembering your dream when you awake, will go a long way. I try and do this every night and morning, as learning how to do this is a precursor to frequently attaining a lucid dreaming state.

  3. Kitsune3
    October 9, 2010 at 2:39 am

    I think that the majority of dream interpretation is something thats much more relative to a person seeing how all people experience things differently.

    That being said, to interpret a dream requires an understanding of ones self, ones current psychological state, and the conditions surrounding ones life. For instance flying could be used to describe escape, happy, confidence, or even fear. I think it coincides with the “fight or flight” instinct we all intrinsically have and is situational dependent as well as a physical/visual representation of being happy.

    Now, as far as I’m concerned, I’ve had 3 re-occurring dreams in my life. I’ve never figured out their purpose or what mental garbage to which they are referring to. I had them frequently when young, and periodically, in perfect clarity when I’m older. They’ve never changed a bit. I’ll write about one.

    I’m at a camping site that I went to when I was young, I try walking down this path during the winter (ive never been there in the winter)…I slip and slide down a hill from ANOTHER camping site. At the bottom is a WWII allied bomber plane. When I look at it, it starts its engines and begins to move. No one is in it. I’m filled with overwhelming fear and try to climb back up but can’t and wake up.

    The most vivid dream I’ve had (did not reoccur)…There was a storm, it looks like its the end of the world. My family builds a hang-glider, they all jump on and take off. I slip and fall, hang onto a rope thats dangling trying to yell at them for help, then I fall. Later by a few years I realized that I’m the ostracized one of my family, thats what the dream was trying to tell me.

    I also have had a dream of being stoned to death, and the feeling of a large rock shattering my teeth and my mouth filling with blood is something I’ve never been able to shake. Extremely vivid, makes me want to throw up. I’d say past life but…ya, weird.

    I’ve also had a few dreams that gave me deja-vu.

    I can tell the difference between mental garbage, my subconscious trying to tell me something, or dreaming of something ‘else’. I remember part of my dreams every night, even if not in detail.

    Good post, i enjoy your work.

    ~Kitsune

  4. Stewart
    September 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Before I go into the dreams I’ve had, I have a question that you partially answered but I would like to know more about. You stated that Blind and Deaf people (I’m assuming people who were actually born blind/deaf) actually have dreams where there are visual and audio representations… I dont know any blind/deaf people that were born that way so I’ve never gotten to ask them before. But I was hoping you would point me to where you got that information.

    I have had a few dreams that I still remember quite vividly. Most of them are based on things I like doing though, dreams where I wake up laughing at how silly the dream was. For example in the late 90’s when I just got a nintendo 64 and would play Mario Kart all day with my brothers, I actually dreamt that I was literally in the game in a kart racing against my brothers and then the cloud guy appeared and set us off. After that race I also switched to a race where I was riding bikes against my brothers and after that one we drove cars… It was quite entertaining.

    I have also had dreams where I am in the counter strike world and one more recently where I was in the world of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. (You may realize a pattern here, which I guess ties in with the fact that I’m a gamer).

    I’ve had a few others but those are the ones that stood out the most to me

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