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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Want to remember your dreams?


Interested in remembering your dreams? Many say, "I don't dream." Ballyhoo! Everyone dreams barring a physiological problem. Most people have 5 to 7 dreams per night during their REM cycle which grow in length the longer we sleep.

If you ARE interested in remembering your dreams ask your subconscious mind just prior to bedtime that you are now interested.....keep a pen and paper on your bedstand or better yet, a tape recorder. Jot it down or mumble into your recorder prior to rising.

After 15 minutes of awaking the conscious mind loses about 75% of the dream content. So, grab it while you can!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

WHERE THE HECK DO DREAMS "COME" FROM?





Dreams are mysterious, fun, interesting and sometimes even scary. Where do they come from? Why are our dreams so strange and weird? What do they mean?

Dreams originate from our subconscious mind...period! Not the television show watched prior to bedtime or from some nefarious source.
Although we do tend to insert "symbols" borrowed from the days events, the actual plot and flow of the dream originates from you!

The brain processes 400 billion bits of information per second but we are only "consciously" aware of about 2000 of those - information connected to the environment, bodily functions and time. Often, we don't have the capacity to integrate all of this information...BUT the "subconscious" mind does! The subconscious mind is your personal treasure chest holding all of the information in your lifetime regarding thoughts pondered, words spoken and actions taken.

Pretty darn impressive eh? Amazing really. Our mind has functioned as a supercomputer long before the term was ever coined.

WHY ARE OUR DREAMS SO STRANGE AND WEIRD?

Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, a pioneer in dream work and research states, "Images produced in dreams are much more picturesque and vivid than the concepts and experiences that are their waking counterparts." Why is that? During Rapid Eye Movement (REM), the phase of sleeping were we engage in dreaming, the most active part of the brain is the limbic system which controls emotions. The prefrontal cortex, which handles logical thinking - prevalent in our waking hours, lies more dormant in our sleeping hours.

Jung goes on to say, "In our conscious thoughts we restrain ourselves within the limits of rational statements. Statements that are much less colorful because we've stripped them of most of their psychic associations." In other words, our conscious mind can't "handle" all of the rich and varied information coming at us in our waking hours but the subconscious mind can!!

"Pictorial language represents the world of instinct. It's the difference between controlled thoughts we have in waking life and the wealth of imagery produced in dreams." Jung is saying that something "more" is needed to bring certain things home to us effectively enough to make us change our attitude and our behavior - that is what dream language does!!

It's symbolism has so much psychic energy that we're forced to pay attention to it. We are problem solving in our dreams, venting socially unacceptable emotions, and manifesting and reviewing our future!







Friday, July 2, 2010

Flying Dreams

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People typically really enjoy flying dreams. You get to leave the earthbound restrictiveness and rise above your problems. Flying dreams often come into the dream life to allow the dreamer the opportunity to attain a higher and broader perspective of life. The mouse vs. the eagle perspective.


Here is a real example:

"I dreamed of flying all night. Was in a UFO type thing with some friends cruising just above the ocean waters. Dang...I am charged today!"

She obviously experienced a freeing feeling from the dream. She is accompanied by others in this experience - others that are seeking a higher understanding as well. A UFO can indicate an unusual or "alien" experience and perspective - not the norm. And, flying just above the waves can mean gaining an intellectual perspective on one's sometimes turbulent feelings. Detachment can be a wonderful tool when exploring the journey of "self."