Monday, December 11

How To Work With Your Dreams

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More and more, people are beginning to realize the importance of working with their dreams. However, not many people know how. This series of articles will teach you Dream Interpretation.

The average person dreams 3 to 5 times per night, sometimes 7 to 8 hours.  As the night progresses, the dreams get longer.  Two hours of the 8 full hours of sleeping are spent dreaming. The stage in which we sleep is called REM, or Rapid Eye Movement. 

Everyone dreams, but not everyone remembers them. The reason why some can not remember is due to alcohol consumption, stress, fever, lack of or too much sleep, antibiotics and fear. I suggest that everyone make meditation a part of their daily lives. 

There are two theories why we dream.  One is that it’s to release and let go.  During the day we repress our feelings such as anger or hurt because it‘s not socially acceptable.  During our dreamtime, however, we can cleanse ourselves of these repressed emotions with no consequences.  Another theory is that our bodies biologically needs sleep.  When people are deprived of the REM stage, they are less productive and more irritated.  People who have gone 3 to 4 nights without REM will die. More people die from lack of  sleep than from alcohol. Scientists are still researching why our REM stage is important, but right now we know that it is important in order to function at peak level during the day. 

Dreams speak to us in symbols, often confusing us when we awaken.  This confusion is why so many people don’t pay attention to their dreams.  These articles will teach you how to work with these symbols so you can understand the meaning of your dreams. The first thing you need to do before attempting to work with your dreams is to remember them.  This may sound obvious but many people overlook this simple step when beginning dream work.  

This week I want you to purchase a special notebook and pen to keep by your bed.  This notebook is for recording your dreams only. Be sure to write the date at the top of each day’s entry, and a general sense of what happened during the day. This is because usually what we see and experience during the day will be used as symbols in our dreams.  Then before going to sleep tell yourself that you will remember your dreams. You may not remember your dreams right away.  It may take a couple of weeks so don’t give up, just be patient. When you wake up in the morning, or right after a dream, don’t move around.  Try to recall as much as you can and write it down in your notebook.  Perhaps all you remember is a dog.  That’s perfectly ok, write down “a dog” in your dream journal .  This also works with sounds, colors and smells.  If you can’t recall any of those, then write down how you felt when you woke up.  Were you exhausted, were you energized, happy, sad, worried?  However you felt, write it down in your notebook. This simple method trains your mind for dream recall.  That’s it for now.

Until next week,  pleasant dreams.  And please do not hesitate to contact me on this site if you have any questions.

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