Why Do We Dream-Discover The Important Meaning Of Dreams
We are all fascinated and amazed by our dreams and we all have them, some good, some confusing and some downright scary.
Our dreams can be so emotionally and graphically powerful and real, that even when we wake up, we can still feel the emotional effects of our dreams, which can leave us a bit confused to whether or not they were real or not for a short while.
But are our dreams just random or is they much more to our dreams and if so, what do our dreams really mean?
Psychologist Joe Griffin understanding of what dreams means after conducting a study of hundreds of dreams discovered that we all dream even if we do not always remember our dreams and our dreams are all about unfilled arousal.
This suggest that, if during our day we activate a state of mental and emotional arousal, let's say we have a specific worry, problem or fear that we have during our waking state which we take with us to our bed without resolving our worry or problem.
During our sleep, we will then dream out that emotional worry, expectation, desire or problem, symbolically.
This seems to demonstrate that our dreams help us to make sense of what is happening during our waking state as well as helping us to deactivate our emotional arousal that we have triggered during that day.
When we go to bed without resolving our problems or worries, we carry that emotional baggage or expectations, into our dreams.
If we have good day and we go to bed feeling happy and relaxed, we tend to have god feeling dreams that are based on our positive and optimistic expectations, and we will have a good night's restful and restorative sleep.
But when we go to bed stressed and worried, without resolving and letting go of our problems and worries.
Then we will take that emotional baggage of the day into our dreams and we will have restless and poor quality sleep that can leave us feeling tired and exhausted
Why you should pay attention to your dreams?
On average we spend almost one third of our lives sleeping and dreaming, but even though your dreams may seem bizarre and far fetched at times did you know that most of your dreams have a meaning and carry a valuable lesson and purpose that is hidden and disguised in them.
Even though our dreams can carry an important hidden message, very few people actually question what their dreams mean.
So what's really going on in the midst of these sometimes bizarre and extraordinary inner world stories which depict pain and pleasure.
Even the scientists now strongly believe that our dreams have a meaningful purpose and it is the mind's way of trying to figure out and make sense of the importance and the significance of the emotionally arousing things that have been on our mind during the day.
This suggest that the dreams you are having are trying to tell you what is important or what area's you need to pay attention to in your waking everyday life.
Your dreams can reveal many important information regarding your goals and what you want in life and they can let you know what you need to do and what direction you need to take.
Your dreams also help you to connect your past with your now and your future as well has letting your know your true identity.
Sometimes when our dreams take us back into our past it can be a message that their is a lesson we need to learn or we have not addressed a problem or block.
The message being revealed in your dream can involve your current situation as many of your dreams are based on something that is bothering you.
They also could be your inner source giving you an insight into your future or trying to coax you to pursue your passions and goals.
Your dreams could also be trying to tell you that you have things or issues from the past that you have not properly dealt with yet.
Sometimes our dreams can be made up of bits and pieces that have happened to us during our day and sometimes there are created by the thoughts and feelings we have been thinking about of late.
Your dreams are a inner reflection of your day time thoughts, events and any emotional issues or upsets that you have been experiencing and the purpose of your dreams is to try and prepare for and handle the situations of the future better.
There are two important things to be aware of if you are interested in working out, what your dreams mean.
1) It is believed that our dreams are designed to help us deactivate any emotional arousal which has remained unfulfilled or unresolved during your waking hours, our emotional thinking and feeling loops that we activate during our waking state are often processed and completed during our sleeping state with the intention of helping us to switch off all those negative and stressful, thoughts, feelings and emotions.
If you notice, the moment on awakening, you have a clear slate and the emotional arousal has calmed down, this presents you with a brief window to leave your emotional baggage behind you and a new chance to start afresh, the trouble is most people soon start to focus on their problems and issues again.
2) Dreams are always disguised and played out in the language of metaphor and symbolism.
By learning what your dreams mean and what they are trying to express to you, it can help you to unravel your emotional problems and issues that are occurring in your everyday waking state.
A way to begin to understand and makes sense of your dreams is to try and see if the theme and feelings of your dreams match the feeling, thoughts and problems that you are trying to deal with and resolve in your everyday life.
An example of this is: A common dream is, when you keep returning back to your school days.
This can be a message from your inner self that is trying to tell you that there is an important lesson that you have not yet resolved or overcome in your everyday life.
If you have a dream that is troubling you then this can represent that you currently have an unresolved problem or worry that you are trying to resolve.
You may find that the feelings in your dream match the feelings to your everyday worry or unresolved problem.
Our dreams provide us with important data, information and feedback that can help us to resolve our everyday emotional worries and concerns, which can help us to resolve our personal problems and grow.
Once you can identify what your dreams and the feelings associated with your dreams mean, this can help you to pinpoint the root cause of your everyday problem, challenge or issue, which can then help you to treat your problem and break the emotional loop.
Most people's dreams have a negative theme
It is estimated that about three quarters of people's dreams are negative orientated and most are themed around their troubles and misfortunes reflecting their current mental and emotional state and their waking concerns.
Your dreams are an indication of what's going on in your life and if your having a lot of negative ones this could indicate you will need to change what your giving your attention to.
So the type of dream that your having will largely depend on what you've been thinking of and how you have been feeling, they can also be an indication of what might come in your future outer reality.
If you have been having recurring dreams of similar subjects and themes then this can mean that your close to that situation becoming a part of your physical daytime reality.
Yet even though our dreams could be trying to deliver us a important message how many people actually pause for a minute and think what message was my dream trying to relay to me.
Most people never spend the time or give their dreams much thought but you can gain a lot of insight and clarity about yourself and your life if you were to spend a little time trying to interpret the meaning of your dreams.
Your dreams are your inner mind trying to give you some subtle hints and directions regarding your outer reality.
Sometimes your involved in your dreams sometimes your not. Dreams are portrayed in a different language than our outer world and they are usually depicted in the form of symbols.
Go To Sleep Feeling Good And Have Sweet Dreams
When we drop of to sleep and we enter the dream state we are actually returning back to our whole none physical selves and the emotional state your in when you go to sleep will probably be the same state as you feel when you wake up in the morning.
So if you go to bed with your mind in a negative minds, lets say you had a lot of worries or issues bothering you.
Then the chances are that you will wake up in a negative mindset and because you fell asleep feeling bad then the theme of your dreams will tend to match the energy you we experiencing when you dropped off to sleep, so the chances are you will have negative related dreams.
This is why it is important to feel calm and positive when you go to sleep because firstly you will have more pleasant dreams and secondly you will wake up feeling good and that good mood will set the tone of the rest of your day.
Also when you go to sleep in a positive energy state you can sometimes have dreams that will point out to you what you need to do or which direction you need to take in your life.
Very often if you can learn to understand the meaning of your dreams then you will find out that your dreams are offering you a answer to the questions you have been seeking or a solution or cure to your current or your on going problems and challenges.
Although normally when you dream your muscles are shut down to an ultra relaxed state, you can even physically and emotionally respond to your dreams.
People who have nightmares or bad dreams can sometimes wake up in a cold nervous sweat feeling scared and the powerful emotional and physical reaction from a bad dream can leave you feeling shaken and upset for a while after. Whilst you can also become sexually respondent to your dreams
Some powerful and scary dreams can make you afraid to go back to sleep because you don't want to return back to that particular dream.
It is believed that nightmares and scary dreams actually serve a purpose to help us cope with external challenges and they act as a rehearsal for future stressful events and situations.
But sometimes nightmares are a result of a bad emotional experience or a stressful traumatic event that has happened to us during our waking reality and they are your brains way of trying to figure out your future based on your past memories or emotional experiences.
This indicates that your dreams are much more than just random images and fantasy stories and your previous memories are connected to your dreams so it can be important to try and interpret your dreams to decode the secret hidden message.
Our dreams when properly understood can help us to learn something from our sleep as the link between our dreams and memories could play an important role to the way we learn and deal with issues and goals in our waking world and your dreams can help you to bring about new positive experiences and insights from your past memories.
Unravel Your Inner World
You can emotional respond to your dreams. It has been said that the only difference between our waking state and our dreams is
"We believe our waking reality is real" and that we have more control of our waking world because are waking reality is more logically controlled by our sensory data and input.
Where as our dream world is generated internally.
During our day time reality we tend to be so tied up with our everyday stresses and challenges that we become so narrow focused that we lose our creative ability.
To tap into your true creative powers and to receive messages from the higher all knowing universal intelligence you need to be in the relaxed theta zone like energy state.
During the night when our rational and logic mind get switched off we enter that theta state which is a place where we let our sometimes limiting beliefs and mental guards down. This can allow messages to more easily get through to us.
This does not necessarily mean that every dream has a message from the higher consciousness, but you can receive vital information when your in a dream state.
Some artists have had blockbusting songs come to them through their dream state. One famous example of this was by Paul Mccartney who said that one of his most famous songs "Yesterday" came to him in his dreams.
Many inventors have discovered vital information from their dreams, some of the major drug breakthroughs came to pioneering people whilst they were dreaming, two nobel prizes came from the result of dreams not to mention the idea's for countless novels and works of art.
During our dream state their are no mental distractions so you are more able to tap into the source of genius or universal intelligence thus helping you to solve problems, think more clearly as well as helping you to think outside the box.
The contents of your dreams are your minds way of processing and making sense of information and they are important for your emotional well-being and mental health.
Psychologically most people are already know and they intuitively aware that their dreams are meaningful and have a purpose as they attempt to make sense of our day.
Your mind is seeking and searching for answers as it wrestles with your problems in it's quest and search for answers to your questions and solutions so that's' why it is important to understand and pay more attention to your dreams.
It is also believed that some people can have visitations or messages come to them from deceased loved ones at night when they are fast to sleep.
The best way to remember your dreams is, when you awake don't move, just have a piece of paper handy and jot down the main points and symbols of your dream.
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