Title: Dreams: Meanings & Interpretations
aspire2be - June 23, 2011 06:04 AM (GMT)
I was just looking at the (supposed) meanings of some objects and themes that occurred in my recent dreams and thought this might be an interesting topic.
I used the site [Dream Moods]
because I remember a friend linking it to me back when I had a dream about very large, threatening maggots and I found the information provided to be pretty insightful.
Now, I have a very open mind but I don't easily buy into things. It is interesting, however, to examine dreams. They may not always REALLY mean something, but I think dreams can be learned from.
I found some amusing and some spot on info about my dreams/myself tonight. So, think back to some recent or really interesting dreams and look up some of the elements or speculate on them yourself. For example, there was a gun in my dream the other night. Could be anything. Bees, a store, cars, tornadoes, people, etc... Share your findings, whether they be absurd, relative to your life, or just plain amusing.
Do you dream often? What was your worst dream? Best dream? Share a dream for outside insight or laughs. Discuss dreams!
girliegokumanda - June 23, 2011 08:09 AM (GMT)
I am a total believer that everything I dream means something. Like, they may not be exactly what those sites say, but often I sit down and think about what my dreams are trying to tell me. I mostly ALWAYS remember my dreams too. But I can't remember my dream last night hahaha! But that's probs cause I got the flu.
The most recent dream I can remember at this moment was like, I was walking through this farm, and as I would jump over fences, the animals on that side of the fence would hunt me down and try to kill me/attack me. And the farm would be huge, it would take me a whole day to get to like the middle of it. Mostly the animals were cows and dogs. Cows would run at me with their horns, and dogs would snarl and growl at me, even when I crossed the fence and ran away from them, they would follow me down the fence. I wonder what that could mean =_=...
Maybe I'm like feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the stuff I have to do, plus being sick. Or something. Cause like the farm was huge, so that's kind of like showing out I'm dealing with something that it too big for me to handle kinda thing. I dunno hahaha!
cijay - June 23, 2011 02:13 PM (GMT)
I believe that not every dream is a warning/clue/sign but that warnings, clues and signs come IN dreams. It's like TV channels, there's the nonsense things and the informative things that tell you when there's bad weather or an emergency on its way.
My most frightening dream...I dont' tell people because they use it in jokes and such and they don't realise how very terrifying it is but it is recurring.
I have also 'the wasp dream' and that is literally when something is bugging me. It zooms all around my face, sometimes even goes in my mouth. I have only been stung once though, usually it just scares me.
Another I have is of...you know those coin banks you have where you drop the coin in the slot and it bounces around like a pinball 'til it falls in the proper cylinder for the coin size? But it's a ball and it never shows after it first drops.
Also have one at the fair/Disneyland. There is a ride I've "always wanted to go on" but it's either broken or I get on the wrong one. Often it's something with a faster or higher option and I always end up on the whimpy one. I find I get in the wrong line and end up going through the slow side or I look up and see the people higher having more fun and that's where I want to be.
The wierdest one though involves a field of high grass - like a corn field but it's only grass. I'm following a fox and he cuts diagonally through it. I never catch him, I come out the other end to a stop sign...something to do with the number 7, I have no idea what that one is.
I think my best one though was another recurring one - a telephone. I'm trying to dial and either forget the number half way and have to hang it up and look again, or I drop the receiver or the person can't hear me or something that I can't complete the call. This time I was at a payphone and I dropped my money. The phone started ringing and all this money poured out of the change return. Then I woke up to realise my phone really WAS ringing, so I got up and answered it and it was a lady from the Humane Society. I had bought one of their raffle tickets and won $2000!
Most of my recurring dreams though have to do with something not being completed, there's still more to do. There's an uncompleted phonecall, there's a better ride I haven't found my way to, there's something after the ball drops that I don't know, there's a fox to be located and...I don't know where the wasp comes in but I wish the fuck he'd leave me ALONE!!!
BTW, I bought a dream book once, apparently (according to that book) everything is either a phallic or vaginal symbol. Being as I have no use for either (well, I guess I'd be rather uncomfortable without one of them but I don't dream about them) I would say that book is rather inaccurate.
yogachick - June 23, 2011 08:58 PM (GMT)
Great topic! For the most part I think dreams are just our subconscious mind's way of trying to put together the events that have recently happened in our lives. I think it also tries to "problem solve" while we sleep, when it is most able to access the deep recesses of our minds & the more creative parts that are stifled during waking hours.
I also am into the paranormal, so I believe that some dreams are 'signs" from other dimensions/realms. Some dreams are prophetic too.
I've read that some Native American cultures believe that while we sleep, our souls leave the body (& remain attached to the body by a *silver cord*). The soul wanders to other realms & returns before the body wakes. Interesting to think about whether you believe it or not.
I find recurring dreams to be of particular interest. It seems they must be some unresolved issue, or have SOME kind of deeper meaning.
cijay - June 24, 2011 04:47 AM (GMT)
(My friend's local band in the 80s was called "Silver Cord")
I didn't have the fair ride one for a long time, I thought whatever it was about either happened or resolved without my knowing it but it's back.
On the other hand...it could be something very benign. I LOVE the high and fast rides so by not getting onto the highest or fastest it could just mean that I am going to be or WAS disappointed at some point around there.
aspire2be - June 24, 2011 06:06 AM (GMT)
|For the most part I think dreams are just our subconscious mind's way of trying to put together the events that have recently happened in our lives. I think it also tries to "problem solve" while we sleep, when it is most able to access the deep recesses of our minds & the more creative parts that are stifled during waking hours.|
This is pretty much what I believe. I'd like to believe there is more to dreams, I just haven't had enough personal experience and haven't done much research on it.
The only "prophetic" dream that I remember having was about a friend of mine. She'd recently gotten into a relationship with someone I was wary about. Later I had two dreams. One of her and her boyfriend sitting up at opposite ends of a bed with the clear connotation they'd had sex. I have no idea why I was also sitting in the bed, but whatever. The other dream about them was fairly normal although it left me with an uneasy feeling about her boyfriend. Sometime after those dreams my friend (who was 15 at the time) told me she was pregnant. They're broken up now, her daughter is so cute and intelligent <3 , and I became okay with her ex-boyfriend.
It would seem I don't have recurring dreams. They're all pretty different and all pretty weird. Like Amanda I have a tendency to remember most of my dreams. And I dream a lot. Very rarely is there a night when I don't dream/can't remember dreaming. I guess that is a good thing as REM sleep is the deepest sleep. On another note, I'd really like to have a lucid dream so I can try the whole flying thing. :D
Has anyone else had dreams have this certain... air to them? It's hard to explain but there is an indistinct feeling to the dream that is almost tangible. When I wake up from these dreams I feel like I want to go back to them and figure out what happens. They're usually very interesting. Not sure if I've made any sense just now.
girliegokumanda - June 25, 2011 11:25 PM (GMT)
I hate those dreams where, in the one night, the dream will repeat itself over and over again. The trigger in these dreams for me to start the dream again is usually dying, so not that greatest. I remember one I had years ago where I was in this bamboo forest, and I kept on walking and came out onto a kind of temple ruins area. Then out of nowhere these ninjas would jump down from the walls and the trees and they wouldn't quit until I was dead. And each time the dream would repeat itself, I would live a tiny bit longer. But now that I've had martial arts training ( although I havent done any in a couple of weeks due to being sick ), I kick ass in these dreams, or survive extremely powerful warriors, but then there will be something else that others me in my dream, like this powerful warrior that I can't defeat will follow me around, and try to kill me, and I'll be using everything I have just to deflect like one hit. Did anyone ever watch dragonballz before? I had this dream once, and the warrior was Frieza as a samurai. SCARY!
I've also had that phone dream before, where I'll be trying to talk to someone on the phone and they can't hear me, or I'll just be standing there on the phone for hours waiting for the person on the other line to talk, and then eventually, after a really long time, I'll realize that there is no one on the other end of the phone. But I began having that dream after my best friend ran away, so that's probably why.
Also I often have this dream where I have a gun and I can't squeeze the trigger.
Oh! Does anyone here have those moments when a moment in your day seems really familiar, and you know you've dreamt it? Like something random, like looking at a page in a book for a couple of seconds, or seeing some random person walk by. I often have those dejavu moments (at risk of sounding crazy LOL)
yogachick - June 26, 2011 02:08 AM (GMT)
hi girl, yes i have those deja-vu momets often.some native americans believe that those moments are things we remember from seeing them when we were traveling in our dream state. they believe that the soul roams & often roams into the future. so when the scene happens to us, it feels familiar because we already "saw" it. i'm not sure what the reason behind the feeling is, but it is very freaky! :unsure:
i have had lucid dreams. i wish i had control over them! they are amazing! the times i have been fortunate to experience them, they just happened randomly. there are tips on how to increase odds of having one, but i have not found them to be very helpful.
anyone else had a lucid dream? any tips?
cijay - June 27, 2011 12:33 AM (GMT)
Deja vu scares me because my seizures start with deja vu. (That is, not every time I experience deja vu I have a seizure but every time I have a seizure, it starts with deja vu.) So the first second of the deja vu I have to evaluate the situation if the other symptoms are coming or if it's just harmless deja vu.
I've had a couple of lucid dreams...I have no idea how to have more.
girliegokumanda - June 27, 2011 03:22 AM (GMT)
At risk of sounding silly... what's a lucid dream? >_>;;;;;;;
I've had many bizarre experiences in my dreams so chances are I've had them!
yogachick - June 28, 2011 03:49 PM (GMT)
hi girl, not silly to ask at all! a lucid dream is a dream in which you are aware you are dreaming & gain control over it. you can do virtually anything you want: fly, slay a dragon etc! it is like being the star & director of your own mini movie! some people are so adept at it they can produce lucid dreaming at will.
cjay, i can see where deja vu would be frightening for you. i know people with seizures often have an aura, but had never heard of the aura being deja vu! :(
aspire2be - June 30, 2011 05:34 PM (GMT)
I'm not quite sure but I don't think I had any dreams, that I remember, last night because I was sleeping so hard. Maybe I'll remember one half-way through the day.
|Oh! Does anyone here have those moments when a moment in your day seems really familiar, and you know you've dreamt it? Like something random, like looking at a page in a book for a couple of seconds, or seeing some random person walk by.|
Sometimes something insignificant in my day triggers the memory of a dream I had mostly forgotten. One day I walked by my neighbor's blue car and it suddenly hit me I'd had a dream about my sister, who owns a similar blue car. Don't think I usually have dream deja vu, though. Normal deja vu, that's another story.
I think one of the most interesting dreams I had was when I met this young woman with dark hair. Her name was something with the "Chri" sound. Like Christen, or Christy or something like that. The dream was captivating, it seemed as if my mind had made a real person with their own life. My dream self had just met them and we talked and eventually went to her house where it became clear she had trouble with her parents. They were quite strange. When I woke up I was almost saddened to realize this person I'd become friends with didn't exist. :(