Dreams & Meaning

My Experience

I’ve certainly had some very random and vivid dreams over the past few weeks! Here are some examples of what I’ve been dreaming of:

  1. I dreamt that a dog protected me. I was in a street near a lampost and there was a golden dog next to me protecting me, barking at someone who was trying to approach me. (A dog in a dream is the symbol of protection, this dream is a simple warning. You should try to protect something in life. If the dog is friendly, then this suggests that someone or that someone is actually protecting you. A dog can also mean faith and companionship.)
  2. Needles in my mouth – I swallowed lots of needles and I was trying to get help from the hospital but no one seemed to believe me or take me seriously. My viewpoint changed from close ups of the needles in my throat to viewing myself as third person to just being me, like watching a film almost which all my dreams seem to be like! (Seeing needles in your mouth indicates pressure in your life. Especially around communication.)
  3. For a few nights I dreamt of buying my dream house which was near this old abandoned Disneyland in a canyon in Mexico which also happened to be next to Nottingham and Kettering (where i grew up) all these places were combined to make one place. The house had no stairs, there was a huge glass panel at the front and it was at the top of dark wet rock. The living room was outside and had medieval black wet stones around the top but was contemporary and minimal in design on the inside. I loved this house and I felt a sense of achievement to live there and amazed to have found it but at the same time I knew it was temporary somehow.  (Dreaming of an apartment, Congo or flat indicates the basic requires for your life: shelter, warmness, eating, feeling safe. The meaning of this dream is associated with your finances. The apartment represents your life quality, items you have produced during your life and the way that you feel about your achievements.)
  4. Last night my dreams were very fragmented – a model . drag show / cabaret, I was in a hotel (I’ve been getting lots of dreams of being in a hotel) and all my possessions were in there, people crowded the street and broke through and stole everything I had, I was screaming not to but quickly realised I had to accept it and forced myself to be ok with it. Then I was out in the streets. It was chaos with people everywhere and I realised I might be dreaming and when I did this I put my hands down to check if I could fly (which I did) and I flew up above the buildings and then woke up. I remember inthe dream people noticing my flying and thinking I was an angel of some kind – I was just grateful to get away from them as they wanted to harm me in some way. Then I was on a reality TV show and I did not fit in at all and I remember everyone being in a room with a small bridge on yoga mats and we had to do tasks. I felt really uncomfortable and out of place, like I should have been selected to go on there! Also, something about red lipstick (flying dreams serve as a sort of escape from the pressures of the real world (which is represented by the ground).

Common Dream Meanings

  • Being chased is one of the most common dream symbols in all cultures. It means you’re feeling threatened, so reflect on who’s chasing you (they may be symbolic) and why they’re a possible threat in real life.
  • Falling is a common dream symbol that relates to our anxieties about letting go, losing control, or somehow failing after a success.
  • Teeth are common dream symbols. Dreaming of losing your teeth may mark a fear of getting old and being unattractive to others.
  • Being trapped (physically) is a common nightmare theme, reflecting your real life inability to escape or make the right choice.
  • Water comes in many forms, symbolizing the unconscious mind. Calm pools of water reflect inner peace while a choppy ocean can suggest unease.
  • Animals often represent the part of your psyche that feels connected to nature and survival. Being chased by a predator suggests you’re holding back repressed emotions like fear or aggression.

Why are we all having such vivid dreams?

This could be down to a couple of reasons. One is that regardless of if we or someone we know has the Coronavirus, we are all still hugely affected by it. Whether that be from relentless messages on the news talking about it, to the restrictions of socialising, being made furlow or changes in pace of work – our whole routine and freedom has changed. Due to this collective change in circumstances and that we use dreaming as a way of processing information and healing stress and trauma physically and mentally from the day – it would make sense that our dreams are much more vivid. Another reason could be that we’re actually sleeping more now – as we’re not being woken up by our alarms which disturbs us during a deep sleep it allows us to enter REM sleep. REM sleep is often associated with very vivid dreams due to the increase in brain activity. Because the muscles are immobilised yet the brain is very active, this stage of sleep is sometimes called paradoxical sleep.

Lucid Dreaming

A lucid dream is a dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment; however, this is not actually necessary for a dream to be described as lucid. If you want to find out more about lucid dreaming – check out the link here:

https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sleep/how-to-lucid-dream#how-to-lucid-dream

Aja Ireland,

Trainer

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