I just came across this article by Kari Hohne on the healthywealthynwise.com website.
Understanding the meaning of your dreams can become a powerful tool to increase self knowledge, wellness, and to help you achieve lasting success. Dreams reveal an understanding of who you are and where you are going, as if some part of your mind knows you better than you know yourself. Interpreting dreams is a bit like learning a new language because nothing is what it appears to be on the surface. The ABCs of dream analysis are simple if you keep in mind these basic ideas in approaching your dreams for guidance:
(CNN) — You’re in a classroom and the teacher puts an exam face down on your desk. You pick it up and can’t really make out what’s on it; it’s blurry, or it’s in another language, or it’s in a subject you didn’t study.
You feel like you’re going to fail, even though it’s been years since you’ve actually been in school.
People commonly relive this scenario in their dreams, even decades after their last graduation. While many high school, college and graduate school students are cramming for real exams this week, you may dream about it if you have anxiety about being judged, or if you’re in a situation you don’t know how to handle, experts say.
Dreams are “an extremely rich source of practical advice, and other alternatives about what we’re doing in our lives,” said Deirdre Barrett, Harvard psychologist and author of “The Committee of Sleep” and “Trauma and Dreams.” “They’re just coming from such a different part of ourselves that they’re a very good supplement to our waking, rational thinking.”
As all lucid dream experts know, one of the best ways to program a lucid dream is to read about it before you go to sleep at night. This puts the idea of dream control in your subconscious mind (the part of you that actively creates and directs the dreamscape). When your subconscious lands on the idea of lucidity in a dream, you have a significantly increased chance of becoming lucid!
That’s why Rebecca Turner teamed up with six other authors and graphic artists to create Lucid Fiction. It is a lucid dreaming tool specifically designed to program your mind for lucidity – any night you read it!
Check out this interesting article from the New York Times. It states taht a new theory has occured which states that dreams are a warm-up for the day ahead. I am not sure I buy the theory, but it is plausible that it is all or part of the story.
A Dream Interpretation: Tuneups for the Brain
By BENEDICT CAREY
Published: November 10, 2009
A new theory suggests that dreams are a warm-up for the day ahead.
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