Dream Interpretation

Dream Interpretation

Have you ever wanted a dream interpretation? Have you ever wanted to understand your dreams meaning? I hope to give you a basic understanding of what dream interpretation involves so that you can under stand your dreams meaning. If you understand the dream symbols and what they represent then you may be able to understand yourself better. Interpreting dreams is not difficult to do if you know what symbols to look for. With a little practice you yourself could become a dream interpreter.

What Are Dreams

On average, we spend about one third of our lives sleeping. During some of that time, we dream. While we sleep we can get rest and refreshment for our day to come. Basically, dreams are our way to relax and let our minds become lost in a distant world. While dreaming, we can interact with different people, places and things.

Technically speaking, dreams are a mass hallucination. A dream is a hallucination that is also a fantastic journey into our dream worlds, dreams can free us from stress and attempts to distract us from certain habits or future problems.

Dreams help us to understand ourselves if we know how to interpret them. Dream analysis is a very powerful tool. We can find deeper understanding of ourselves or reveal secret hidden feelings to something that only a dream interpretation can find.

As we think of the dreams we have to ask why they occur. There are several explanations for why we dream. It is a fact that as we all sleep we constantly pass through cycles of sleep and wakefulness. During each cycle, our minds are active. When we are asleep, is not obvious how our minds are at work, to keep the mind active during sleep we dream. These dreams if interpreted correctly can reveal a lot about our personalities. Tips for proper dream interpretation can be found below.

History of Dream Interpretation

Some of the earliest examples of dream interpretation can be found in the Bible. Joseph interpreted dreams for a cupbearer and a baker. And Daniel interpreted dreams for the King. Even the prophets received many of their prophecies through dreams.

A little later, the Greek philosophers also used dream analysis. The most famous of these Greek philosophers was Aristotle. He spoke of the illusion of sense-perception, the malfunctioning of the senses which allows dreams occur. Aristotle later suggested that dreams are formed by the disruption of the body.

Then in the middle of the 19th century, another philosopher came along. A man by the name of Sigmund Freud really revolutionized dream analysis. He believed that the analysis of dreams was a very useful and powerful tool in the uncovering of unconscious thoughts and desires. Freud believed that "the purpose of dreams is to enable us to fulfill the fantasies of instinctual urges that society judges unacceptable."

Understanding How We Dream

Sleep Stage Brain Waves Common Characteristics
Frequency Type
1
(SWS or NREM)
4 to 8 alpha,
theta

  • transition state between sleep and wakefulness
  • eyes begin to roll slightly
  • consists mostly of theta waves (high amplitude, low frequency (slow))
  • brief periods of alpha waves, similar to those present while awake
  • lasts only for a few minutes before moving on to next stage
2
(SWS or NREM)
8 to 15 theta,
spindles,
k-complexes

  • peaks of brain waves become higher and higher (sleep spindles)
  • k-complexes (peaks suddenly drastically descend and then pick back up) follow spindles
  • again, only lasts for a few minutes
3
(SWS or NREM)
2 to 4 delta,
theta

  • also called delta sleep or deep sleep
  • very slow brain waves, called delta waves (lower frequency than theta waves)
  • 20 to 50% of brain waves are delta waves; the rest are theta waves
4
(SWS or NREM)
0.5 to 2 delta,
theta

  • again, also called delta sleep or deep sleep
  • more than 50% of brain waves are delta waves; the rest are theta waves
  • last (and deepest) of the sleep stages before REM sleep; stages reverse and then REM sleep begins
5
(REM)
> 12 beta
  • beta waves have a high frequency and occur when the brain is quite active, both in REM sleep and while awake
  • frequent bursts of rapid eye movement, along with occasional muscular twitches
  • heart may beat faster and breathing may become shallow and rapid
  • most vivid dreaming occurs during this stage

Dream Interpretation

Interpreting dreams can be a difficult and time consuming process. If your dream interpretation is you can learn a lot about yourself. Here are a few steps to help you in your dream interpretation.

1. Before even going to bed, try to keep a clear mind.
2. Take a pencil and a piece of paper and put it next to your bed.
3. Try to lay down on your bed and try not to think of anything. Try counting if you like.
4. Slowly close your eyes and continue to keep a clear mind. You will eventually fall asleep.
5. If at any point during the night you wake up, write down all you can remember from the dream and the go back to sleep.
6. When you wake up write down everything you remember from the night's dreams.
7. Draw a line under all of the main symbols of your dreams.
8. On the back of that sheet of paper write down anything feelings you had during your dreams (joy, anger, anxiety, fear, ect).
9. Look at the major symbols and check what they mean in the dream dictionary.

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