Welcome to Psychic Library’s Dreaming Room, a place to learn about dream interpretation. Dreams that occur during sleep are unique and are connected to an individual’s own life experiences, emotions and thoughts. Throughout history and within many cultures, dreams were believed to be spiritual messages and visions sent from a higher power or from the departed. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung revolutionized dream study and interpretation from a psychological standpoint.
Research continues to evolve and bring about a better understanding of the science. Certain dreams are common to many people, no matter their culture. In this room, dream themes will be described and explained, in the attempt to shed light on why we dream the things we do. Understanding your dreams will deepen the connection with your mind, body and spirit.
Dreams about feeling or being abandoned tend to be very disturbing and distressing until you take a look at your past experiences and your current waking life situations to understand why these dreams of abandonment are occurring.
These dreams can have physical or emotional implications. Ask yourself who or what in your waking life could be making you feel this way. Are you unknowingly being overly dependent on an individual, group, or material possessions? Are feelings, emotions or impressionable events from your childhood resurfacing to cause these dreams of abandonment?
Bug dreams or insect dreams are usually symbolic of something that is taking place in your waking life, particularly in the areas of relationships, career, workplace and social interactions. Although you may have an aversion to some of these creepy crawly creatures in your waking life, you should pay careful attention to what they represent to your subconscious mind during your dream.
Bugs all have their own unique traits and “jobs” within their societies. They have survived, evolved and adapted for millions of years. Although we like to think of the human race as the most intelligent species, insects are truly their own success and survival story. To interpret bug dreams, think about the duties and accomplishments of the bug you dream about and also the aspects you might find irritating about them.
A dream scenario that people often experience is that of being chased by predators, ranging from people, animals and even monsters that want to harm or kill you. These figures typically represent the people who you are currently interacting with in your waking life. You either try to outwit your pursuer or run away. Your reaction reflects how you might handle a threatening situation in real life.
Chase dreams often result from feelings of general anxiety, even paranoia, experienced in the waking hours. Also, feeling overstretched at work or pressures in a relationship can trigger this type of dream.
COLOR VS. BLACK AND WHITE
Most people who remember their dreams upon waking are focused on what took place in the dream and the emotions they experienced during it. They do not necessarily pay attention to whether the dream was in color or black and white. It is hard to believe that in this day and age, with the assault of technological advancements in high-definition color televisions, computers and films that are offered in 3-D with intense colorization, that anyone can dream in black and white.
It has been difficult for dream researchers to understand how dreams work and whether or not people dream in color. Psychic Library conducted its own survey about dreaming in color and polled its library cardholders, Facebook friends and posted it in the Conference room.
DEATH AND DYING
A common superstition or myth exists that if you die in your dream, you will not wake up to tell about it. This is not the case, at least in most circumstances. If you do dream of your death and are fortunate enough to wake up, remember it or tell someone about it. To follow are the possible interpretations of such types of dreams.
Death dreams, in general, can either represent positive or negative events that may be taking place in your life. Often, they indicate a desire you may have to end or escape a current situation that is causing undo stress. This dream may entail an individual other than yourself dying.
Dreaming about elevators can symbolize many types of situations taking place in your waking life, either past, present or future. Although elevator dreams are very common, they can also be quite unnerving and unsettling.
The location of the elevator in your dream can give you a clue about what issues in your life the dream is pointing to. If the elevator is in an office building, this may indicate issues (positive or negative) you are having with your career or your coworkers. If the elevator is inside a home, this may indicate issues (positive or negative) you are having in your family life.
Dreams about failing an exam, test or audition are very common dreams and can also be very frightening for some people. These dreams not only appear while you are in school, they can be experienced at any point in your life after your formal education.
At face value, if this dream appears while you are still in school, it usually represents your unpreparedness or fear of failure about the test itself. Later in life, after your schooling, this type of dream can awaken the anxieties you had at one time or another is association with taking a test.
The sensation of falling while in a dream state can be attributed to a normal physiological occurrence. Often, falling is experienced at a time when you are beginning to fall into a deeper sleep, which can cause a sudden awakening accompanied by a quick jerking motion. At this time, your blood pressure and heart rate begin to drop. The central nervous system is also calming down. It is thought that the sudden awakening is an arousal mechanism for awakening quickly or be on alert to possible danger.
Psychologically, however, dreams of falling can indicate several things. It is only a myth that if you hit the ground in your dream, you will die in your sleep. When you are falling you are out of control, with nothing to grab on to.
Flying dreams can be exhilarating and empowering or fearful and frightening, depending on what is taking place in your waking life. When the sensation of flying in your dream is a positive and enjoyable experience, this may indicate that you finally feel in control over something that you had been worrying about in your waking life. You may also be feeling “on top of the world,” in control of things and have an overall peacefulness about your relationships and career.
Dreams that conjure up a fear of flying or that you are flying too high might reveal that you are afraid to change something about yourself, afraid to take a new direction in setting goals or you are feeling stuck and do not know which way to turn. Could it also be that you might be afraid of achieving success in your life?
Dreaming of ghosts can have many different symbolic meanings, depending on what is happening in your waking life. A common reason for a ghost to appear in your dream is that you may be feeling detached and separate from those around you or not as fully engaged in life as you want to be. You could be feeling stuck in a current situation, or have unresolved issues with others or in your own pursuits. A dream ghost may also symbolize that it is time for you to move forward either in a job, relationship or some other situation in your waking life.
Fear is another reason that a ghost or demon can appear in your dreams. It may be a warning to flee from certain people or situations in your life, or be a warning of imminent danger to you or others close to you.
Dreaming of a house indicates the many facets of yourself and the experiences you have had during your waking life. Dreaming about the rooms in a house can relate to different characteristics of an individual’s personality. When analyzing the house in your dream, try to remember the condition it was in, how everything in it was arranged and how you felt being in each room. For example was the room disorganized, messy, tidy or unfamiliar? Dreaming of other sections in a house may represent something specific that is bothering you, or it may reveal some overall concerns you are having. Pay attention to all of the details in your dreams and you will definitely learn and uncover more about yourself.
Dreams about being late or missing an appointment or connection are very common, due to the fact that the majority of us are under such stress to manage our time and multitask in our waking lives. All of this puts undo pressure on us at work, home, school and even on our own personal recreational time.
This type of dream might mean that you are taking on too much in your waking life and it might be a symbol of your associated frustration. It can also be a sign of ambivalence and that you are waffling and having difficulty in making decisions about new opportunities in your life.
Dreams about becoming lost, searching for lost objects or not being able to find your way back are common in all age groups. These dreams have much to do with insecurities, frustrations or losses in your waking life. This type of dream may also be an indication that you are fearful of being unable to attain set goals for the future. It could also mean that you do not any have defined goals and have been procrastinating. Feelings of anxiety about a new job, a move to another location and fitting in socially or an impending deadline set either by someone else or yourself may trigger these dreams.
Naked dreams appear to have several common threads, depending on what is taking place in your waking life. In your waking life, you wear clothes to conceal your physical body. And, depending on the clothes you choose to wear, you make a statement about yourself and how you might want to be perceived by others. Clothing is a necessity in the majority of cultures but in a dream, a lack of clothing can represent several different things.
If you find yourself naked in public in a dream, you may have a fear that people will see you as your true self. Without clothes, you cannot cover anything up — you are exposed and vulnerable, which can bring on fears of rejection and disapproval.
Dreaming about paralysis or being unable to move in your dreams is very common. This kind of dream can symbolize the problems and struggles you may be experiencing in your waking life. The feeling of being paralyzed is an inherent fear for many people, and sometimes dreaming about it can cause great anxiety upon awakening. Manifestations in a paralysis dream can be the inability to: get up from your bed, walk a flight of stairs, grasp an object or run from impending danger.
Paralysis dreams may signify that you are feeling stuck and restrained from accomplishing a particularly important goal in your waking life. These feelings can stem from either external or internal sources; however, your own insecurities might be the ultimate driving force.
PEOPLE FROM THE PAST
Dreaming about people from the past is very common. These people might be those who were liked, disliked or passed away. These types of dreams have a symbolic meaning. Some of the people in these dreams can symbolize characteristics and personality traits similar to your own or represent aspects about yourself that you like or dislike.
For example, if you dream about someone you have known who was very aggressive, that person may represent your own aggressiveness or represent someone who is being aggressive toward you now. What is this type of dream trying to tell you about yourself or others in your life?
If you dream about childhood friends, this may mean that you are longing for a time from your past when you had less pressures and responsibilities. It may also symbolize the stress or pressure you had in your own life while growing up.
Dreaming about snow is symbolic of both negative and positive emotions and situations surrounding you in your waking life. At times, snow dreams can represent the foretelling of an unexpected illness.
If your dream is centered around watching the snow fall, it means that you are facing a time of change and renewal. You are feeling spiritual, cleansed, optimistic and calm about approaching new beginnings. Melting snow in your dream can symbolize that problems in your waking life are starting to melt away. You are beginning to let go of feelings you have been holding back and are getting ready to face obstacles that may be coming toward you.
Dreams about stairs relate to progress and moving forward or backward in some area of your waking life. These dreams can represent feelings of fear, falling, failure, success or challenge.
Walking or running up the stairs can have several meanings. If you are rapidly running up the stairs, you might be on the fast track to your goals or you might be leaping too quickly and missing out on something important in your waking life. When you see yourself slowly climbing up the stairs, it can be an indication that you are gaining a higher self-awareness, making progress toward a goal, moving in a positive direction, or you are on your way to achieving success. It can also mean you are reaching toward a higher consciousness.
TEETH FALLING OUT
Dreams of teeth falling out, rotting, or crumbling are one of the most common dreams. In Greek culture, teeth dreams indicate that someone in your family or someone close to you will get sick or die. In Chinese culture, these dreams indicate that you are lying or being deceitful. Even in scriptures there has been an interpretation that teeth dreams indicate the person is losing their faith in God.
In Jungian analytical psychology, this type of dream is seen as a sign of renewal and rebirth. Women who are experiencing menopause frequently have them.
Dreams about being trapped, feeling lost with no way out or being unable to move are quite common. Also, you may even experience a dream of being buried alive or that you have lost the ability to scream or breathe.
These dreams usually indicate frustrations you may be feeling in your waking life. They could be equated to a dead-end job you are in, someone holding you back in your career advancement, or a relationship in which you may feel trapped. You may feel that you are faced with no choice in a situation in your waking life or that you are facing difficulty in making up your mind about something.
The symbolism of water dreams can include life, death, change, rebirth and renewal, to name a few. When analyzing dreams about water, take into account the type of water formation you are surrounded by (i.e., river, ocean, swimming pool, puddle, etc.), as each form signifies significantly different meanings. Notice the way the water made you feel in the dream, as your reactions may be slightly or greatly different than another individual’s. Also important is your location with respect to the water. How much water is there, does it flow smoothly or is the flow obstructed? Are you outside in the rain or inside taking a shower? In general, dreams about water are symbolic of your emotions in your waking life, the deepest recesses of your subconscious mind and your intuition.
Lucid (clear) dreaming is the awareness that you are in a dream state while you are asleep. It is believed that there are some lucid dreams that you can control and some that you cannot. For example, you can influence the dream setting or the people and events appearing in it. Lucid dreams can heighten your ability to influence the twists and turns that are occurring in your dream.
Research shows that people have at least one lucid dream during their lifetime. These types of dreams are a natural occurrence. You can set the stage for your lucid dream, thus producing many potential benefits to your waking life. You can overcome fears, stop nightmares, heal your mind, body and spirit, solve problems, relieve stress and enhance your spirituality.
“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.”
— Edgar Cayce (1877-1945)