Life Story by Daniel | Tuesday, June 17, 2008 | 1 comments »

What's your dream?

Wait a minute, I don't mean dream as what you hope to achieve in future.
But as in 'What you Dream about last night?'

Every dream is unique.
No other individual can have your background, your emotions, or your experiences.
What happened in your dream last night definitely won't happen in your friends Dream tonight.

Dream is a reflection of how we're coping with our current Life or Situation.
Every dream is connected with our own "reality".
Thus, in interpreting your dreams, it is important to draw from your personal life and experiences.

Dreams is defined in Webster's Dictionary as a "sequence of sensations, images, thoughts, etc., passing through a sleeping person's mind" .
Dreams have been a topic of study dating back to 4000 B.C.
One may say that dreams have been around as long as the first civilization came to be and are just a normal part of human existence.

In our dreams, we can go anywhere, we can be anybody, and we can do anything.
When we dream, we are like passengers on a moving train, unable to control our actions and choose surroundings.
We let our mind take over.

Sometimes, dreams can be understood in the the context of repressed thoughts.
Dreaming serves as an outlet for those thoughts and impulses we repress during the day.

When we go to sleep at night and slip into our dream state, we feel liberated and behave and act in a manner that we do not allow ourselves in our waking life.

Visions and ideas can come from your dreams.
Authors, screenwriters and poets turn to their dreams for stories.
Artists and musicians explore dreams for their inspiration.
Dreams can help us find solutions to our daily problems and see things from a different perspective.

As you can see, the study of Dream goes way back to 4000 B.C.
There's no way we can summary all up into a single post.

So we shall discuss only a few common dreams and their interpretation.
If you hope to learn more or interested to know specific dream interpretation do feel free to comment and request =)

Try asking around your friends, what the most common dream that they have.
Chasing and Falling dreams are definitely the 2 more common one.

Chase dreams often stem from feelings of anxiety in your walking life.
The way we respond to anxiety and pressure in real life is typically manifested as a chase dream.

Running is an instinctive response to physical threats in our environment.
Often in these dream scenarios, you are being pursued by some attacker, who wants to hurt or possibly kill you.
You are running away, hiding, or trying to outwit your pursuer.

Chase dreams may represent your way of coping with fears, stress or various situations in your waking life.
Instead of confronting the situation, you are running away and avoiding it�
Ask yourself who is the one chasing you and you may gain some understanding and insight on the source of your fears and pressure.

The pursuer or attacker who is chasing you in your dream may also represent a part of yourself.
Your own feelings of anger, jealousy, fear, and possibly love, can assume the appearance of threatening figure.
You may be projecting these feelings onto the unknown chaser.
Next time you have a chase dream, turn around and confront your pursuer. Ask them why they are chasing you�

One may be consumed by their own anger, jealousy, love, or self-destructive behavior. For example, you may be drinking too much or exhibiting open hostility toward others around you.
You may subconsciously be threatened by these actions which have been jeopardizing your relationships and/or career.
Your dreams are a way of calling attention to these self-destructive actions.

A more direct analysis of chase dreams is the fear of being attacked.
Such dreams are more common among women than men, who may feel physically vulnerable in the urban environment.

These dreams are inspired by fears of violence and sexual assault in which we are so over-exposed from the media.
The violence that the media portrays magnifies our fears and how at risk we all are�

Falling dreams are another theme that is quite common in the world of dreams. Contrary to a popular myth, you will not actually die if you do not wake up before your hit the ground during a fall.

As with most common dream themes, falling is an indication of insecurities, instabilities, and anxieties.
You are feeling overwhelmed and out of control in some situation in your waking life. This may reflect the way you feel in your relationship or in your work environment.

You have lost your foothold and can not hang on or keep up with the hustle and bustle of daily life�
When you fall, there is nothing that you can hold on to.
You more or less are forced toward this downward motion without any control.
This lost of control may parallel a waking situation in your life.

Falling dreams also often reflect a sense of failure or inferiority in some circumstance or situation.
It may be the fear of failing in your job/school, loss of status, or failure in love�
You feel shameful and lack a sense of pride.
You are unable to keep up with the status quo or that you don't measure up.

According to Freudian theory, dreams of falling indicate that you are contemplating giving into a sexual urge or impulse.
You maybe lacking indiscretion.

Falling dreams typically occur during the first stage of sleep.
Dreams in this stage are often accompanied by muscle spasms of the arms, legs, and the whole body.
These sudden contractions, also known as myclonic jerks.

Sometimes when we have these falling dreams, we feel our whole body jerk or twitch and we awaken from this jerk.
It is thought that this jerking action is part of an arousal mechanism that allows the sleeper to awaken and become quickly alert and responsive to possible threats in the environment.

According to biblical interpretations, dreams about falling have a negative overtone and suggest that man is acting and walking according to his own way of thinking and not those of the Lord.

You may find many other different dreams interpretations out there.
But like I mention previously, in interpreting your dreams, it is important to draw from your personal life and experiences.
Only with these factors, then you'll be able to relate what your dream is trying to tell you and thus find a suitable solution =)

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