What do dreams mean and how can we interpret and explain them

Dreams are those visuals, thoughts and occurrences in a person’s mind while he or she is asleep. Through the ages there has been an assumption that what a person dreams of is directly proportional to what has been nagging his or her mind before they fell asleep. Sometimes it may be conscious thinking on the person’s part but there are times when it is ones sub-conscious that controls the contents of a dream.

Most times however, when the person wakes up, he or she finds it difficult to recollect their dreams. This may be for various reasons including lack of focus, disorientation as well as simple indifference. Sometimes when a person has a ‘nightmare’ or a bad dream, they wake up with a jolt completely forgetting where they are. These situations, the brain is functioning on over- drive, that is, the brain is overloaded with the dream that attempts to forget are rendered fruitless as it retains most details of the dream.

How does one interpret the dream?

For generations, the topic of dreams has been of scientific speculation. New theories arise on a regular basis. A common notion has been the need to interpret dreams. Several methods of interpretation have been discovered. A consolidated version of the steps involved in analyzing a dream can be summed up :

Step 1: Maintain a dream journal. As soon as you wake up note down whatever you remember about the dream. Make sure to do this everyday

Step 2: Always look for the obvious. Try to connect the basic essence of the dream to real life.

Step 3: Try and see if there is a specific dominant emotion in the dream. For example, fear or love.

 

If you are unable to make sense of the dream after analyzing it in both obvious and emotional
perspectives, then you need to look for deeper, hidden meanings. It is a fact that dreams are
merely thoughts that you are already aware of on some level. Dream interpretation is absolutely
under your own control. Don’t worry if you think you interpreted it wrong because by the end of
the day, it is between you and your mind.

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15 tips to remember your dreams

Dreaming

Dreams come from our sub-consciousness and are meant for us to use in the future. Many dreams come as a disguise and need deep analysis, but first you need to remember them as thorough as possible. These hints & tips are ordered from most important to less important:

  1. Start writing down your dreams. Buy a notebook and/or start blogging about your dreams – this will give your consciousness a hint to remember your dreams. Notebook or a computer must be within your bed reach. The more you write down, the more you remember
  2. Go bed sober – drugs and alcohol blur your mind and you’ll have difficulties remembering your dreams. Antihistamines and certain other medications can inhibit recall. Vitamin B6 is thought to increase recall.
  3. Sleep 3-7 hours a day – don’t oversleep. Some experiments say that 2 hour sleep 3 times a day is enough for a body and it makes remembering your dreams even more efficient
  4. Repeat to yourself “I will and want to remember my dreams when i wake up” – amazingly your sub-consciousness listens to it and acts accordingly
  5. When you wake up, don’t get out of bed right away – stay in bed for couple of minutes.
  6. Carry your dream diary with you, sometimes during the day you will remember new details about your dream.
  7. When you wake up, try to stay in the dream – this could take 1-10 minutes but it’s fun and useful
  8. Picture is worth more than thousand words – if possible, draw as many pictures as you can
  9. Write in the present tense – instead of “I saw a house on the hill” write, “Im seeing a house on the hill”. Theory is that by writing as if the dream is just happening will help your brain remember what happens next.
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