Dreams can be baffling and mysterious. Throughout history dreams have been associated with sacred revelation and prophecy. And it was a dream, so the story goes, that revealed the molecular structure of carbon to a scientist. And so, just as we can wonder what a particular dream means to the dreamer, we can argue about what causes dreams in the first place. In spite of modern science, dreams still remain mysterious.
Sigmund Freud believed that nothing we did occurred by chance; every action and thought is motivated by our unconscious at some level. In order to live in a civilized society, we tend to hold back or urges and repress our urges and impulses. However, these urges and impulses must be released in some way and have a way of coming to the surface in disguised forms
One way these urges and impulses are released is through our dreams. Freud understood the symbolic nature of dreams and believed they were a direct connection to our unconscious, what Freud refers to as the id. The id is centered around pleasure, desire, unchecked urges and wish fulfillment. During our waking hours, the desires of the id are suppressed by the superego, which acts as a censor for the id. The superego enforces the moral codes for the ego and blocks unacceptable impulses of the id. Because your guard is down during the dream state, your unconscious has the opportunity to act out and express the hidden desires of the id.
There are countless ways to interpret your dreams. Each have there merits and flaws.
Free Association is inarguably Freud's most effective technique to uncover a dream's
real significance. The idea stems from the thought that all objects in the dreams
mean something and the way you describe the dream is how it should be interpreted.
We have made some changes to Freud's technique but without changing the basic principle
behind it. First let's look at Freud's technique, then we will look at how we have
changed it and why.
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Start a Dream Journal tonight. It is the best way to understand your dreams. All you need is a pen and paper and the ability to recall a least some part of you dreams.. A dream journal can be anything from just brief notes on the themes and emotions of your dreams to full fledged stories based on your dream content. The best way to start is to take a new notebook and pen and place them at your bedside. Use this notebook exclusively as your dream journal or if you prefer use a personal voice recorder.
When you go to bed tonight, take a moment and reflect on how you are presently feeling. Write the date on a new page and one or two brief adjectives describing how you feel, for example: Relaxed, Tired, Anxious, Emotional, Happy, Stressed, Peaceful, etc.
If you awake from a dream during the night, make sure you immediately write down a few notes about what you were dreaming. What kind of dream were you having? What details can you remember? How do you feel upon waking up? When you wake up in the morning keep your eyes closed an reflect on what you were just dreaming, then write down the theme, details, your emotions, etc.
Don't worry if you wake up and don't remember dreaming at all, just because you have a dream journal handy doesn't mean your dreams will instantly be at the forefront of your mind. Soon your dream habits will become apparent. You can analyze how often you remember your dreams and to what detail. More importantly you can discover how your emotional mind set at bedtime affects your dreams and dream recall.
Some people have intense and interesting dreams during times of stress, others dream little or have poor quality dreams. You will be able to find out how your bedtime emotions and events in your life affect your dreams. Other factors to consider would be dreams when you are having your period or are pregnant.
Use a notebook exclusively for your dream journal. Fancy or plain doesn't matter, it's whether or not you use it that counts. Keep your journal and pen next to your bed and turned to a blank page for tonight's dreams.
Maintain a consistent format for writing notes about your dreams. Make sure you date each page. An example format may be the date, your bedtime emotions, an area for quick middle-of-the-night or wake up notes and then another are or subsequent pages for your dream in a more detailed or story format. As you are writing down details, ask yourself what these dream symbols, themes or emotions may mean, add your thoughts about that as well. Don't worry about grammar or punctuation when you are quickly writing down details. The goal is to get the ideas on paper before they fade.
You can then incorporate these quick notes done in your own shorthand into well written dream documentation or stories if you so desire. Title your dreams. Just pick something that fits well or is interesting or amusing. You can be the highlight of the cocktail party with lines like "...well, if you want to talk about wild nights, let me tell you about my 'Trying On Bathing Suits With Cleopatra And Kramer From Seinfeld' dream.
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A lucid dream is a dream in which the person is aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress. During lucid dreams, it is often possible to exert conscious control over the dream characters and environment, as well as to perform otherwise physically impossible feats. Lucid Dreams are known to be extremely real and vivid.
A lucid dream can begin in one of two ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually logically concludes that he or she is dreaming, or a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state with no apparent lapse in consciousness.
Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically, and its existence is well established. Scientists such as Allan Hobson, with his neurophysiological approach to dream research, have helped to push the understanding of lucid dreaming into a less speculative realm.
There are many people that have devloped aids for entering into a lucid dream. There are some expensive commercial products available but it is much easier and cost effective to build your own. For $30 this website will send you a kit to build your own device to help you enter a Lucid dream state: Face-mounted Lucid Dreaming Mask