DREAM TYPES.Dreams present a wide range of messages that can be grouped by types as in expert Michael's list of twenty-seven dream types with their unique features described so you can recognize the dream type and the purpose behind the dream. Dream messages have a purpose. Among many purposes, a dream highlights issues that need attention, suggest how to improve a relationship, provide insight about a decision, balance your feelings, remove emotional blocks, alert you to danger, the heal body or mind, practice talents as you sleep and expand your spiritual horizons.
A BODY OR HEALTH DREAMgives you a health report or a heads up about a physical problem and can include suggestions for recovery or better health.
Body and health dreams often have a direct and literal quality, even when metaphors are mixed in. Watch for medical images such as operations, parts of the body, doctors and hospitals. Note scenes where someone is discussing health and the body. Be aware of images that can be metaphors of the body such as houses, cars, large boxes, kitchens, and plumbing. What happens to such symbols parallels the state of your health or body and references about specific foods or eating habits are often literal.
COPING & VULNERABILITY DREAMS mirror whether you feel strong or vulnerable in dealing with life and others. Strength is the power to become all one can be while vulnerability, at the other extreme, indicates barriers to living one’s life. Like an automatic meter, dreams register your emotional changes and a primary see-saw needed for coping is strength versus vulnerability. Dreams of empowerment show scenes of heroic strength and the ability to take initiative while dreams of vulnerability show fear, being passive, depression or inappropriate aggression in trying to achieve goals.
Being chased or wearing no clothes in a dream can indicate some vulnerability. As the meter goes further into vulnerability, nightmares of falling, losing precious items and being chased by a murderer register greater helplessness and feeling out of control. At the extreme end you may see war, combat and destruction, or rape as dream indicators of extreme fear and vulnerability.
On the strength end of the meter, dreams that show scenes of heroic acts and unusual feats such as flying indicate the dreamer is on the right track or gaining in strength and empowerment.
COUNSELING DREAMS.Therapists gain insight into clients and individuals can understand their own psychological and emotional issues via dreams.
Even if you are a therapist or counselor, it’s a good idea to learn to analyze your own dreams well before commenting on the dreams of patients. A counseling dream is a dream that dispenses advice about a serious emotional or psychological problem, and everyone can have these. Watch for themes that parallel feelings, style of communication and basic problems. A counseling dream can summarize a problem, point out its cause and accurately suggest insights towards healing.
If you are a therapist, a counseling dream can appear to allow you to empathize with the client's emotions and establish needed rapport with a client. Such dreams do not eliminate the therapist's work but can greatly speed up the individual’s healing process. Counseling dreams provide accurate insights and suggestions that save both therapist and client a great deal of suffering, wear and tear. A therapist's sincere desire to help the client automatically primes the psyche's pump to produce counseling dreams.
CREATIVITY IN DREAMScan tap into and expand your creative potentials.
If you are highly creative or have creative hobbies or interests, dreams depicting those activities may contain creative inspirations. Watch for dreams which make you laugh or leave you with a sense of accomplishment which are feelings linked to the creative process. Scenes of someone showing you how to do complete a creative task in a better way can be a creative dream insight. Creative dreams can enhance anything with creative overtones such as music, art, ideas, problem solving and solutions in research.
DEATH IN DREAMS. Death in dreams is generally symbolic but on occasion, can be a literal warning. Dreams that forecast a natural death can include transition images such as crossing bridges, going on a journey, or a funeral scene. Dreams that show death by accidents or disaster tend to be symbolic as a metaphor for unpleasant endings or change.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, dreams about death are metaphors of change, huge change, because death is the greatest change we encounter. Changes can relate to relationships, work, attitudes or personality. On occasion dreams about death are actual warnings of danger or indications of an impending disaster.
A common dream about death is seeing a person who has just died. A person who is about to die or has just passed on often appears to a loved one in a dream to say good-bye. Though this is an actual experience, it's remembered as a dream because dreams are the only mechanism for memory as you sleep.
Someone who is on the verge of dying often has dreams which prepare them for the transition. They may dream of loved ones who give reassurances, show love and support, and give glimpses about what the transition will be like. Such dreams hint that for most people, under normal circumstance dying is happy event that is as easy as walking through a door into another room.
DECISION-MAKING DREAMS. Dreams help with everything, including making decisions. Themes about real versus fake tell you to take another look at what is true or false for you according to your own goals and standards, before making a decision. Dreams where you picking out one item from a group of similar items are hints to examine the fine points related to a decision and examine options.
Trips and journeys in dreams are often metaphors for choices and decisions you are considering. What happens on the trip depicts how you are handling the options and the end of the journey tells you outcome is in store for you, if you take that decision track.
To get a dream insight about a decision, think about it as you're falling asleep and you will receive a dream that describes the problem, past and current options, and how things might work out based on present circumstances.
You are the captain of your ship of life, but the soul is the owner. Sometimes you had a course of action in mind but the soul suggests a new or different direction, usually seen at the end of a dream. Notice your reaction to the end of a dream; if you feel surprised or thoughtful, it may be because of input from the soul. The conscious mind may be the captain steering us on our earthly journey but as the ship's owner, the soul has a vested interest in how things work out in the long run!
ENERGY RELEASING DREAMShappen where there is a release of an emotional block in a dream and provides the upliftment and energy to cope with challenges. If you go to sleep tired and depressed yet wake up feeling revived and inspired, you may have had an energizing dream.
Energy dreams connect you with an important insight or answer that releases an emotional knot and provide so much energy that the dreamer is transformed. Such dreams appear during periods of confusion, pressure or challenge. It inspires and uplifts and is one of the dream types that emanates from the soul.
ESP DREAMS give glimpses into the future. It is said that we pre-dream everything of importance that happens to us and keeping a dream journal helps you pin-point glimpses of the future. A full ESP dream is more vivid and intense than an ordinary dream, gives exact, true-to-life details such as an actual car or the face of a loved one, and features intense emotions which are consistent with the event portrayed.
Wisps of ESP, telepathy and clairvoyance can peek though in all dream types. By working with dreams regularly, you develop instincts about the dreams or dream parts that may be a forecast of the future.
GROUP DREAMS. There are several versions of group dreams. A number of individuals can have the exact same dream or a group can decide to dream about a particular person or topic. When you are part of a group of close friends, family members or associates, dreams for each another are common; group dream experiments consistently show that sharing interests and time together links you to others in deep ways that even dreams express.
If you want to try a group dream, the topic can be a specific question that is revealed or unknown to the individuals and you can try it both ways. On one occasion, let a members pick a secret question that everyone will dream on; though it sounds fantastic, the dreaming psyche or soul picks up on the question and sends a dream relevant to the secret topic. On another occasion, let the group decide on a joint topic or agree for everyone to have a dream for one individual who needs insight on a question. The dreams that emerge from group dreaming can be amazing and is a fun activity to try.
HEALING DREAMS convey healing graces through dreams. Thanks to a healing dream, you can go to sleep sick and wake up healed, fully or partially. Such a healing is not actually a dream; more likely, it’s an experience manufactured by the soul that we remember as a dream, because dreams are the only vehicle of memory as you sleep.
You can ask for a healing dream event; I had a dream about asking for healing dreams that said “Ask and you shall receive” and indicated it was available as a grace to one and all. The healing can be physical or related to an emotional trauma or relieve a state of anxiety to produce full or partial transformation depending on the need and the readiness of the dreamer. The healing dream is one of our links to God Himself, representing a little-used resource for healing that is available for the asking.
INTEGRATION DREAMS.Integration dreams bring wholeness and balance. As one of the dream types connected to God and the soul, they arrive unexpectedly, often during a period of striving towards spiritual growth and constructive living.
Common images in integration dreams are the wise old man, circles of radiating light and light sources of any kind, high mountains and the number seven, among others.
As dreams that come from the soul, integration dreams attune you to grace and energy beyond words that arrives from a Divine realm and leave you permanently transformed. You feel whole, alive, confident and stronger than ever before, and may have to be experienced to be fully understood.
Transformations that happen as a result of an integration dream as a mystical experiences of sort may be one of life's greatest mysteries and perhaps the sweetest. Integration dreams are as individual as finger prints, each bringing their own special quality of amazing grace to the dreamer. Reach for one; as we seek, we find.
LUCID DREAMS.When you are asleep and dreaming and suddenly become aware that you are dreaming, you are having a lucid dream. In that sense, a lucid dream is not about the content of the dream but about your level of awareness as you sleep and becoming aware, as you sleep, that you are dreaming. On the other hand, the content is important, too, because, as you interact with the elements of the dream, transformation and healing can happen. Though you have to read the full chapter in my book, The Bedside Guide to Dreams, to understand the complete picture, here are the most important points.
First, as you become aware you are dreaming, stay calm and centered; don’t get over-excited.
Second, look for a source of light in the dream such as a ray of sunlight or a shining person or object and, remaining calm, go toward it and see what happens. Or, if there is a negative character in the dream who challenges you, react in kindness and see what happens. If you get it right, good things will happen, leaving you feeling great.
MALE-FEMALE (M-F) BALANCE DREAMS..To stay whole and balanced, every man needs soft, feminine traits like empathy or understanding, and every woman needs strong traits like initiative and decisiveness. Keeping this balance is what M-F balance dreams are about and often feature a central, opposite-sex figure who can be someone you admire or a person with strong male or female traits. Sometimes the central figure is a negative character; a negative central figure can symbolize a trait the dreamer is trying to push away rather than deal with, or can denote an excess of an opposite-sex trait in the dreamer. The words, actions and reactions of opposite-sex figure gives you clues about how to deal with the traits that you need to add or deal with. Noticing M-F balance dreams can be a process of elimination. If the story line of the dream does not make sense in your life, check whether the dream can be about balancing male or female traits.
NIGHTMARES AND FRIGHTENING DREAMS. A scary dream is easy to recognize. You wake up feeling anything from mild fright to absolute terror! Most frightening dreams are about oneself and one's fears and there are three types. A scary dream may reveal a negative trait that you’d rather ignore, and because you push it away, it cloaks the dream into scary scenes. Sometimes dreams act as a digestion system so a nightmare can be processing an actual fear or a trauma, and be cause you are reliving the experience to some extent, the dream feels frightening. And on rare occasions, frightening dreams can be actual warnings. Click on Frightening Dreams for more details and to see the signs of an actual warning dream.
NONSENSE DREAMS show contradictions or extreme push-pulls in the dreamer’s feelings or thoughts. Nonsense dreams tend to be jumbled images or scenes that happen when someone is ill, either physically, or from mental challenges such as depression or other conditions. As the person’s health improves, such fragments or dreams disappear.
OTHER-PERSON DREAMS are dreams that show what it’s like to walk in another’s shoes. They put you in touch with how another feels about themselves, the world or toward you and at times suggest how to help the person. Noticing a dream that puts you in other person’s shoes, as if you are seeing the world from their perspective, can be tricky. The clearest cue may come from the story line and the match-to-life step in the Five Step dream technique, as you discover that the dream does not match your life issues. If the dream is not about you, check to see if the story could relate to someone around you who has touched your heart, or to whom you have strong reactions.
PRACTICE DREAMS. Sometimes as you sleep, your brain practices skills or traits and you may see and remember the practice session as a dream. Look for repetitive themes or symbols that come in cycles in your dreams, which can be a metaphor for something you're practicing. A practice dream helps you develop a new skill, talent, attitude, or awareness. To notice such patterns, review your dream journal once in a while. Like getting a pun or the punch line of a joke, once you notice a practice dream, picking out the next one becomes easier.
PROMISE DREAMS let you glimpse the end of something in progress if you persevere and continue, revealing the long-term potential. A promise dream emerges at a critical turning point, when you are weighing whether to continue with the activity or goal and as an invitation to continue, shows the rewards of staying on track. It is encouragement from the soul that often creates a positive shift in the dreamer's attitude, motivation or purpose.
REBALANCE AN EMOTION. A main function of dreaming is to help keep your emotions in balance and a rebalancing dream gives a meter reading of where a specific emotion is at, or where your general emotional state is at. Look for dreams dealing with strong emotional issues or personality traits. One form of rebalancing dream mirrors attitudes and feelings that are out of whack, as if to say, “Hey, this is what it looks like when you act like this.” Sometimes a dream creates a very intense reaction in a dreamer, like disgust at watching an activity that you participate in. That is a balancing dream that initiates a reaction in the dreamer, a reaction which becomes the antidote and achieves the rebalancing.
RECURRING DREAMS and dreams that repeat arrive to flag important issues that need to be dealt with. They repeat because for some reason the message has been ignored or missed. Such dreams often pack an emotional punch to get your attention. A dream that repeats regularly may be a sign of blocked emotions linked to fears or a past trauma. Recurring dreams bring a buried issue back into your awareness to you face the issue; left unaddressed, the ignored issue can prevent your emotional progress and satisfaction in life. Examining when a recurring dream first started may help you understand what it is about and pinpoint whether the dream is linked to a past trauma. Once you get its message and act on it, the recurring dream stops.
A second type of recurring dream echoe the positive side of the coin. Some repetitive dreams act as a cue -- or reminder. The story draws your attention to past traits or qualities that can be helpful in a present situation, such as strength and perseverance. For example, if you ate mac and cheese often as you studied in college, seeing mac and cheese in a dream from time to time can be a cue -- an invitation -- to apply yourself to the present goal.
REINCARNATION DREAMS. For those who believe in past lives, a concept embraced by two thirds of the world’s population, reincarnation dreams reveal scenes of past cultures, places and experiences. Past life dreams can be triggered by a new person, sight or sound, or action around you that, like touching a harp string, unlocks a memory. Full-fledged reincarnation dreams are rare but have an opening scene that shifts your attention to something in the far past; the scene changes to a past life, depicting costumes and details of the time period. Sometimes in the dream, you notice a person from the present and the dream sheds light on why the person felt so familiar, or explains the dynamics between the two. Reincarnation dreams tend to have an intense impact; the dreamer feels as though they are reliving an episode and upon waking, feel the qualities of the past life period as a residue. Past life dreams tend to explain a relationship, talent or problem. Look for reincarnation dreams during periods of change when purposes, strengths and weaknesses from past lives related to the present, may be unearthed.
REVIEW DREAMS are a review of past events that continue to have an emotional impact, and give perspective on recent or long-ago events. Review dreams often put you into settings of old neighborhoods or childhood homes, or may show scenes of moving or seeing loved objects from the past. Review dreams process the thoughts, feelings and situations around the past that may be leftovers blocking present growth. By reviewing old memories and events, review dreams help sort out feelings and priorities so that you benefit the past instead of feeling burdened or confused by it. Whether they deal with the recent or the long term past, review dreams put past events and feelings that still have a grip on you, into perspective, so that you can move on.
SEX DREAMS.Sex and sexual scenes in dreams can help you achieve your best passion, or can be a metaphor for “getting close”. A common misconception is that dreams with sexual themes arrive because a cold shower did not work. Dreams mirror sexual urges but in general, a sex dream arrives because the dreamer needs insight related to a psychological issue rather than to a physical one. Sexual images are at times a metaphor for “getting close” since sex is the ultimate in intimacy, as a play on words for overcoming barriers between people, so that having sex with one’s boss or parent is not about sex; it’s an “in-your-face” message to get over your barriers and take a step closer to the person.
SIGNAL DREAMS are a heads up that there is something new on the horizon, whether soon or in the near future. Because signal dreams bring something new to your attention that you are not expecting, like a new attitude, project, talent or life cycle, during the dream, the dreamer feels a sense of surprise or shock. A signal dream points out a new potential and describes something on the horizon and can be a timing cue for a beginning or an ending. Look for a reaction of surprise, amazement, wonderment, or disbelief during the dream and a sense of wonder upon awakening. Just as news of something unexpected would surprise you in waking life, the same reaction in a dream is a cue that it is a signal dream.
TRAVEL BY THE SOUL IN DREAMS.Some dream experiences suggest that while you sleep, the soul can travel and visit other spiritual realms; some call this astral travel. Though dreams of flying can be a metaphor for rising above a situation or feeling empowered, a lengthy scene of flying where one observes streets or landmarks may on rare occasion be a memory of astral travel as a night journey of the soul. Such dream visits may come in clusters, with two or three of them happening over a few days, leaving the dreamer feeling tired as they awake, with vague recollections of distant places as signs of night travel. Another indicator can be waking up with a jolt, or feeling as if your body just landed in bed with a thud, as signals related to a return from such travels. Soul journeys at night may be rare yet accounts of astral travel suggest that they happen to many, hinting night travels may be uncharted but natural during sleep.
VISITS FROM THE DEAD.Dreams of visits from those who have who have passed on are common. Some dreams may be symbolic, where the appearance of a mother or father hints that the dreamer needs to incorporate their parent’s standards or qualities. However, some dreams are not dreams, they are actual experiences remembered as a dream because a dream is the only form of memory during asleep and many believe that the soul lives on and that a deceased soul can occasionally visit.
In dreams of visits by the dead, loved ones look and act like themselves. The dream may include a simple conversation though communication tends to be short as a simple phrase or sentence. In some dreams, the loved one merely gazes, showing that they are okay and care about the dreamer and the dreamer senses what they feel and think. Visits by the deceased happen most often shortly after they have died, or when the dreamer is going through a period of challenge.
WORLD EVENT DREAMSgive an ESP glimpse into a world event that is about to happen, hinting that we are all connected at some unconscious, collective level. Ordinary people dream of world events; however, unless you monitor your dreams, you will overlook correspondences between your dreams and an actual world event. The events depicted are ones in which you have an interest, such as political or sports events, indicating such dreams require at least an indirect connection to the dreamer.
World event dreams don't come to shock or amuse, nor are they warnings for the dreamer to prevent what is in progress on the world scene. We tune into world events due to an interest in the topic and if the event is a negative one, the purpose of the dream may simply be to cushion the shock. If you have a world event dream that depicts a potential tragedy, pray over it. Since the event is still in the future, your sincere wishes may help alleviate the circumstance or help one or more of the persons who are involved. The dreamer experiences the event as an observer or may see the events unfold from the perspective of one of the persons in the actual episode. Once the event occurs, look for corroborating details in the media between what you saw in the dream and what actually took place.
Such dreams have much to teach us about the potential connections of the mind and soul to everyone else and to all that happens in the world.
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