Friday, April 29, 2016

Z is for Zenith

Well, that’s it folks. The last day of A to Z. It’s been fun, but I’m spent. 

So for today I’ll simply ask what are your favorite kind of dreams and what are the dreams you like the least. For me I like Epic Dreams and dreams of the universe. I wake up with a sense that I want to do something great that day. My worst dreams are falling from great heights. Yeah, those are the worst. 

Question What are your favorite kind of dreams and what are the dreams you like the least.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Y is for Yourself

Yourself All too often I hear people tell of their dreams and wonder what the setting means or what a particular color signified or what the heck other people were doing there. Rarely do I hear anyone talking about themselves in their dreams. Even though they are in their dreams, the dreamer focuses on everything external surrounding them rather than what the dreams means to the inner-man or the inner-woman. 

To dream of yourself can have a variety of meanings, of course, specific to you. So next time you remember a dream, don’t forget to think about what's going on inside because after all, it’s your dream and more than likely meant to benefit you deep down inside the spirit, soul and mind. After all, you may very well be trying to sort yourself out, something you might not be able to do while you are awake. 

Carl Jung has some interesting insight into dreaming of yourself. But time does not allow us to move forward, so if you’re so inspired this is a good mini-project to Google this weekend. 

No Honorable Mention for Y for You

Honorable Mention Like X, there are slim pickings here. I can see the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld say, “No honorable mention for Y for you.” 

Tomorrow Z is for Zenith 

Question Do you dream about yourself? You probably do and may focus on everything externally about you rather than the real you.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

X is for X

X From what I know X in a dream is not very common. But when someone dreams of a prominent X it is in reference to something that is taboo or forbidden to you. 

Gossip or slander or defaming someone is a common theme. X is not necessarily a bad dream as much as it is a warning to you. Stop! Don’t go there. Just turn around and move in another direction.

Honorable Mention None. As you know, there are slim pickings for the letter X.

Tomorrow Y is for Yourself

Question Have you dreamt of anything that is taboo? You don't have to tell us, but gosh darn I bet there are some really interesting X Dreams to tell.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

W is for Write It Down, White and Wind Chimes

Write It Down If you remember your dreams, at least for your first waking moments, have a journal by your bedside and write down with as many details as possible: setting, colors, people, time, pace etc. You can grab your cell phone and speak the details of your dreams and record them. You never know when you might want to refer back to a particular dream. 
Yes, This is an Image of White

White I mentioned a few times colors mean different things to different people simply because of culture and religion for example. From my experience white means something righteous and heavenly such as the Great White Throne of God. But I have heard people relate white to isolation and loneliness. 

Wind Chimes There is a common theme of peace and tranquility. I have not heard of a bad dream related to wind chimes. 

Honorable Mention Walking, Warehouse and Weather Vane

Tomorrow X is for X

Question Do you write down your dreams or have the desire to moving forward?

Monday, April 25, 2016

V is for Visitations, Vehicles and Venting

Visitations From what I’ve read in comments from previous posts many of you have had what you believe was a visitation from someone who had passed on. This is exactly what a visitation dream is. 

But it’s important to note many people claim to have a visitation while awake. There is a verse in the Bible. Hebrews 12:1 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 

Many interpret this great cloud of witness to be the saints of old (Catholics) or loved ones (Protestants) who God has given authority to briefly make a visitation to an individual or to help them pray. 

Vehicles Now here is a topic whose meaning is all over the charts. I’ve read vehicles could mean dozens of things. So I’ll state what they have meant to me: a message is being delivered. 

I believe God can deliver a message in dreams and a vehicle is the mode of transportation; cars, trains, planes, buses, boats, sherpas, etc. Time detours me from elaborating on this topic such as what type of vehicle, is it public private or corporate, the speed, color, who is driving etc. 

Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots. Great Way to Vent. 

Venting This is self-explanatory. You may never open that release valve at work and tell your boss what you really think of him or her. But in your dreams, you have a blank check to vent with mucho gusto. 

Tomorrow’s Post W is for Write It Down, White and Water 

Question Have you had a visitation in your dreams or while you were awake?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

U is for Universe, Underwater and Unicorns

Universe These dreams are incredible and amazing. These are big dreams that are fueled by big thinkers who see endless opportunities, even if their current life may be stuck in a rut. 

Underwater Most dream experts agree being underwater means you’ve lost control of your life and need to take immediate corrective action. Often emotions are the drivers of these dreams. 

Some will view a dream like this as negative. But it’s all about perspective. Dreams like this are a warning and actually give you direction. They shout out for you to take action now and once you do you’ll be able to breathe freely and tread water once again. 

Unicorns I know there are a lot of unicorn fans out there so I had to include this. I’ve never dreamt of a unicorn but other people have. From what I’ve read a dream with a unicorn has almost always been positive and signifies hope and dreams and even power that is to be used in a good way. 

Honorable Mention U-turn, underwater and UFO 

Tomorrow’s Post V is for Visitations, Vehicles and Venting

Question Had any universal dreams or dreams with unicorns?

Friday, April 22, 2016

T is for Top Ten Dreams

Okay, this topic is partially subjective to those researching dreams as ten experts can come up with ten different lists. Yet there are some themes that are far more common the majority of dreams. And since this is my blog and my post, I get to choose. 

Here they are in alphabetical order: 

Being Chased See R is for Running Slowly 

Falling or Sinking See F is for Falling

Falling Teeth I’ve never had this dream or knew anyone who did. But evidently it is quite common and signifies confidence and power. Lose your teeth and your’re struggling with confidence and power. 

Flying See F is for Flying 

Late or Missing a Train I rarely have these dreams but I am a stickler for time. 

Lost or Trapped See Q is for Quarantined 

Naked See N is for Naked 

Out of Control Vehicle You really need to get things back on track.

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Pregnant or Babies A very common dream that often signifies you are or just have birthed something incredible and powerful and beautiful in your life. And yes, men can have dreams with babies, already born I’m assuming. 

Unprepared for an Exam I’ve had dreams telling me to be prepared and specifically how to prepare. See P is for Prophetic Dream for the flip side of Unprepared for an Exam.

Well that’s my Top Ten list gleaned from many Top Ten lists I’ve looked up. Do you see any of your dreams here? 

Honorable Mention Time, Time Travel and Trees

Monday’s Post U is for Universe, Umbilical Cord and Unprepared 

Question Do you remember your dreams? What are some of your common dreams?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

S is for Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis is the phenomena of being conscious but not being able to move. Some have described it similar to waking up dead because their mind is awake but their body is not. 

During REM sleep the brain tells the body’s voluntary muscles to relax. They enter a state of near paralysis called atonia and this state protects your body from acting out physical movements in your dreams and preventing injury. 

When atonia does not happen people can act out their dreams and thrash about or even sleep walk. However, sleep paralysis happens when you begin to wake up but your body remains in REM atonia. Hence, people sometimes feel like they are waking up dead. 

Some people claim to have hallucinations between sleep and waking up. This can add to an already panicked state of sleep paralysis. No Worries Experts tell us this is completely natural and there is no need to worry. You’re not in any physical danger although you might be scared silly for thirty seconds or so. Experts also tell us to try and sleep better overall to counter sleep paralysis. 

Honorable Mention Speed, School and Storms 

Tomorrow T is for Top Ten Dreams 

Question Have you experienced sleep paralysis, herky-jerky movements while dreaming, or sleep walking?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

R is for Running in Slow Motion in Dreams

I remember as a kid I had these dreams. I was chased by kids bigger and badder than me. Try as I might, I could not run faster than running in slow motion. It was very similar to a lucid dream (scroll back to L is for Lucid Dream) where I was awake in my dream. 

The major difference was that I could not make a conscious effort to run faster and escape. Maybe this falls in the category of a nightmare; awake in the middle of a dream with imminent danger but not having the ability to change anything. 

One general consensus here is anxiety. Your legs push you forward throughout your life and there is resistance to your progress. You are in a situation where an intrusive force is disrupting your otherwise peaceful world, sometimes even mocking you, and you have no control over it. At least at the moment. Life changes often for the better. You just have to go through trials and tribulations and learn how to overcome. 

Honorable Mention Race, Recurring Dreams and Red 

Tomorrow S is for Sleep Paralysis 

Question Have you had a similar dream where there was a force resisting your progress?

Q is for Quarantine (not as bad as you might think)

Quarantine Let me reiterate that not all dreams need interpreting. But for those dreams that you feel might need such assistance, that’s what this theme is all about. 

Like many elements of a dream, quarantine is a double-edged sword. It can have two meanings depending on perspective: are you the one quarantined, or are you looking at the quarantined. Big difference. 

Quarantined generally insinuates creating a distance between you and someone or something else. An action needs to take place to change an outcome; or you need to run in the opposite direction. 

Quarantine may not be a bad dream. It could be a warning of self-protection in advance so that you or someone else does not make a mistake or get hurt.

Honorable Mention Queen, Question and Quicksand

Tomorrow's Post R is for Running in Slow Motion

Question Have you had a dream that included quarantined, regardless of the side of the quarantined door you stood?

Monday, April 18, 2016

P is for Prophetic Dreams, Progressive Dreams and Places (setting)

Prophetic Dreams You see the future through your dream. Not every future dream is prophetic. It may or may not come to pass. If it does, that doesn’t necessarily make it prophetic. But you have to ask yourself, what are the chances of it coming to pass? If they are quite slim, you need to do a reality check and ask yourself, was that a prophetic dream? 

Progressive Dreams These dreams can be classified as sequels and occur in part over a period of time. They generally focus on solving a problem or exploring approaches to a situation or even solution. For whatever reasons, these dreams occur fragmented over a period of time but can be pieced together like a jig-saw puzzle to make sense to the dream. 

Places (setting) Jung and others have proposed the setting in which a dream takes places is the symbol of the person's state of being and life. It’s a map of how you see yourself. Large building might represent big endeavors. A setting in disarray might mean confusion or turmoil. There could be a street intersection or a fork in the road at a place you once lived as a child. 

Honorable Mention Package, People and Purple 

Tomorrow Q is for Quarantine, Queen and Quicksand


Sunday, April 17, 2016

O is for Orange

Colors They play an important role in dreams and any possible interpretation. Me, I look to the Bible to see what colors mean there, and then seek out if there is a correlation to colors in my dreams. 

Example In general, blue should be viewed as a heavenly color. Crimson is used to describe fine materials and sin. Green is a symbol of natural growth and life. Purple represents royalty.

However Not all colors have a specific or even a general meaning in the Bible. Not even a mention. Orange is one of them. I had a dream that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt was from God (and these dreams are the exception rather than the norm). 

I was an astronaut (childhood ambition) inside a capsule colored mainly in orange with white highlights headed for deep space. Our outfits were also orange with white highlights. Think Matt Damian on The Martian, and my dream occurred about a year before the movie was released. The resemblance is uncanny. See tomorrow's post P is for Prophetic Dream.

We were so ahead of the times in every category speeding toward our goal to wherever the heck it was we were going. That was the dream and nothing more. 

Meaning Was Simple Orange is not used in the Bible. So I looked at the next best thing which is God’s handiwork; his creation. And in his creation orange is the color of harvest or autumn or sunset. And these are the end of a season or day of hard work. The key word that stood out: Harvest.

So I sought and felt a deep conviction that this was the interpretation of the dream. And yes, things are coming to pass that I will most certainly call a harvest to all my hard work over the past years with more in the works. 

Side Note If you don’t harvest the fruits of your, a thief might steal what you so diligently worked for, or your harvest will rot in the fields. So if you see orange prominent in a dream, you may be rocketing toward a harvest for all your hard work over the years. 

Honorable Mention Oasis, Ocean and Outer Space 

Tomorrow P is for Prophetic Dream, Paralysis and Places (settings)

Reruns If you haven't checked out M is for Movies take a moment to scroll the list of movies with dreams playing a big role in their success!
Question Have you had dreams related to a harvest from all your hard work? Orange may or may not be involved. A mature wheat field flowing in the winds on a prairie could mean the same thing.

Friday, April 15, 2016

N is for Nightmares, Night Terrors and Naked in Public (One out of three ain't so bad)

Loved the Monsters Inc Movies. Hope There's a Third!
Nightmares We’ve all had them. They are vividly distinct and disturbing dreams. Sure, nightmares are more common among children. However, one out of every two adults has nightmares on occasion and between 2% and 8% of the adult population are plagued by nightmares. 

Nightmares may have terrifying man-eating monsters chasing you, or you cannot outrun or escape danger. You could be about falling from a great height (see F is for Falling). 

Although nightmares and night terrors both cause people to awake in great fear, they are very much different in nature. 

Night Terrors These dreams generally occur in children during the first few hours after falling asleep. They are experienced as feelings, not dreams, so they don’t recall why they are terrified when they wake up. Yeah, that is scary, waking up being scared, and not knowing why. Reference 

Naked in Public Okay, you might think this dream is certainly a nightmare. However, many experts and mystics claim being partially or completely naked in public, especially around people you know, is a sign of confidence. You are compromised and exposed. Yet no matter how dire or humiliating the situation may be, you are an overcomer and there is absolutely no one or nothing that can stop you in whatever challenge comes your way. You are a super conqueror!

So the next time you are naked in your dreams, give yourself a fist pump and a loud shouting Whoo-hoo! Then tell the person next to you the what and why you are doing that! 

Honorable Mention Names, Newborns and Nature 

Monday’s Post O is for Orange (this is a really cool dream you will want to know about)

M is for Movies

Time to have a little fun and discuss movies with dream themes. Here are ten movies, in alphabetical order, where dreams play a central role:

Avatar This movie was inspired by a dream James Cameron's mother had, blue woman and all. A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. 

Inception A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. 

Matrix The Matrix is, in essence, a shared lucid dream, guided by the Artifical Intelligence that creates the simulated reality. As Neo learns to bend these rules, he becomes increasingly lucid and aware, discovering that actually, anything is possible. 

Nightmare on Elm Street Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Walter Mitty is a meek mild man with a vivid fantasy (daydreaming) life. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. 

Total Recall When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he? 

Vanilla Sky A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover. 

The Last Newhart A TV show I needed to include. At the end of the last show of  Newhart (1982 - 1990), Bob Newhart wakes up next to his wife from his previous TV series The Bob Newhart Show (1972 - 1978) The latter series was just one long crazy dream. One of the most memorable and craziest endings ever.

Waking Life A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. 

Wizard of OZ Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High Bonus Feature!!! Okay, so there was only one dream in this movie but it's a classic. Enjoy!

Honorable Mention Mutual dreams (two people dreaming in sync), Mystics and 

Tomorrow N is for Nightmares, Night Terrors and Naked Dreams

Question What are some of your favorite dream movies?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

L is for Lucid Dreams (False Awakenings)

Lucid Dreaming dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming. The term was coined by Frederik van Eeden who used the word "lucid" in the sense of mental clarity. Lucidity usually begins in the midst of a dream when the dreamer realizes that the experience is not occurring in physical reality, but is a dream. 

Often this realization is triggered by the dreamer noticing some impossible or unlikely occurrence in the dream, such as flying or meeting the deceased. 

When lucidity is at a high level, you are aware that everything experienced in the dream is occurring in your mind, that there is no real danger, and that you are asleep in bed and will awaken shortly. 

With low-level lucidity you may be aware to a certain extent that you are dreaming, perhaps enough to fly or alter what you are doing, but not enough to realize that the people are dream representations, or that you can suffer no physical damage, or that you are actually in bed. Reference 

I have had lucid dreams where I could actually make free will decisions. They are crazy weird. One such dream I was in mortal combat with someone I knew and I really had to focus and fight for my life while making conscious decisions such as how to defend and attack. I’ll never forget that dream.

Honorable Mention Language, Landscape and Love

Tomorrow M is for Movies (best of dreams in film)

Question Have you had a lucid dream? I'd really like to hear about it. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

K is for Knowing (Intuitive Dreams)

Knowing or Intuitive Dreams You wake up from a dream and you can skip sorting through what the heck was that. You do not need any interpretation from anyone. You just know what it means without a shadow of doubt. No room for error. You can’t kid yourself even if you tried. 

A dream like this, you know exactly what it means. Don’t try to BS me or yourself or someone else. This type of dream can be related to an epic dream (scroll down for E is for Epic Dream) or not, as epic dreams sometimes need some level of interpretation. 

It's Okay. You Often Know and Don't Need an Interpreter
Knowing or Intuitive Dreams are generally directed for you and you only, although another person or event could be the focus of this dream. But yeah, if you have one, it’s probably specifically for you and you know exactly what it means. You don't need to tell anyone else if you don't want to.

Honorable Mention Karate, Key, and Kiss.

Tomorrow’s Post L is for Lucid Dreams (False Awakenings). Oh yeah, you’ll want to stop by for this one! 

Question Have you had a Knowing or Intuitive Dream where you raise the white flag and say okay this is specific and I know exactly what it means?