What are dreams? Are they something the mind just has us doing to occupy us while it is doing something else?
asked 07 Oct '09, 06:42
Barry Allen ♦♦
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I believe our dreams are created within our subconscious mind by the interaction of the infinite consciousness and the sum of our all our thoughts and feelings about our life experiences. Our dreams can reveal many useful things that can help our mind to evolve to a higher state of awareness and understanding, and yield much practical information about how to live a fuller life. Dreams can reveal areas of our life that need growth and they can bring us a deeper understanding of who we really are. And our dreams can send us warning signals, too. I would avoid simplistic equations that say "this type of dream means that." Everyone is unique and our dreams teach us in different ways, often communicating in a language that is deeply symbolic.
I suggest keeping a dream log when you first awaken. Have it right next to your bed so you can record what you remember as soon as you wake up. I tried this and it accomplished two things: First, it helped me remember more and more details about my dreams; and second, it helped me understand what my dreams were trying to teach me. Is the "teacher" our own mind or is it the universal consciousness (or God, if you prefer)? I believe the "teacher" that communicates via our dreams is a combination and interaction of both.
answered 07 Oct '09, 08:12
Well that was differently food for thought, thanks.
(07 Oct '09, 12:09) flowingwater
Dreams are a truly fascinating topic to me.
There is a debate whether dreams are simply created by brain activity during sleep or if they have a deeper meaning. I believe both can be true. To some extent dreams probably help us filter the experiences of the day and get everything in order in our heads. As we grow spiritually though we also experience more and more meaningful dreams.
For example one of my spiritual teachers talks about meeting recently deceased friends in a dream and helping them. There are a lot of stories about people getting inspiration or guidance from higher forces in their dreams.
A while ago I was very actively practicing lucid dreaming (becoming conscious in your dreams). My experiences during that period led me to believe that dreams are not just "images" created by the brain. In a lucid dream you can touch, feel and sometimes even smell and taste things and they do not appear any less real then in waking reality, even though they are more easily influenced and changed by pure thought. My intuitive feeling therefore is that dreams happen on another plane of existence, which is very real, just not as solid as our everyday world.
answered 07 Oct '09, 07:33
Thanks for your answer.
(10 Oct '09, 10:07) flowingwater
Hello flowingwater ... thought, mind and consciousness go beyond the limits of our material earth and into the world of dreams where time and space are abolished.
Here is a story of how the first native american dreamcatcher was conceived;
Long ago in the days of the ancestors some of the children of the people were having strange frightening dreams. As the children talked to other children, the troubling dreams spread among them like a plague and the parents of the children were concerned, they wanted their children to be happy but they did not know what to do so they went to talk to the shaman.
The shaman listened patiently as the parents told him about their distress, then he told the parents that he could help, but he would need to spend some time in councel with the spirits before he would have a solution, he would have to enter into the dream world before he could find the answer.
Upon entering the dream world the shaman was approached by the four elements: air, earth, water and fire. Air had already heard of the parents concern and had carried the message on the wind to the other elements. All the spirits in the dream world loved the children and wanted to help return the children to their state of peaceful sleep. The elements and the shaman dreamed together for a long while and they finally came to understand that;
Air could carry the children's dreams
Earth could hold the dreams within her hoop
Water could wash and separate dreams, the wanted from the unwanted
Fire could use the morning sun to burn up the unwanted dreams that are caught in the web
Now all they needed was something to capture the dreams as they were carried by the air, but try as they might the shaman and the elements could not think of a way to catch the dreams.
Grandmother spider had been listening! she said "beautiful loving elements, i can help you as you help me every day", she continued "i can weave a special web that only wanted dreams can escape down to the dreamer", and so she did and the first dream catcher was made.
The shaman brought the dream catcher with him when he made his journey back from the dream world. All of the families of the people made dream catchers and they hung them above where the children slept, in a place that was seen by the sun. No longer were the children troubled by unwanted dreams. Instead they had happy dreams and peaceful sleep.
Since the 1950's a very similar dream catcher has come into being, it was conceived by felix and william servranx and although their explications of how it works uses a different language it is nevertheless just as poetic. Here is a graphic representation
it measures 18cm in diameter and has 32 points on the circumference, thus in perfect mathematical harmonic resonance with the original shaman web which has just 16 fixation points. It works on the principle of the radio telescope constantly listening to the smallest message from the cosmos and receives a series of information in the form of waves that accustom you to stay constantly listening to that which makes us humans.
After a while, trained to strengthen your sensitivity and your listening powers, you become more and more clairvoyant with all that entails in advantages. Little by little you will come to interpret quickly, you may feel, predict, imagine correctly a great variety of situations, from the most commonplace to the most important.
This tool presents itself as a graph, all the 32 points symmetrically disposed on the periphery of a solar disk are joined to each other by straight lines to form a beautiful fine web that serves to capture cosmic waves. The cosmic waves, or rather informations, are immediately conducted to the center of the webbed solar disk which then transmits them to the earth's magnetic field which is necessarily in contact with you.
When the information travels from the solar disk to the earth's magnetic field, it intermingles and is colored by your own individual energies. That's why it's important to be conscious of your state of being and make sure that your thoughts are clear and pure.
The graph enters into action as soon as you place your photo on the center of the disk and it's possible to improve the effects by placing under the photo a color filter, a beneficial number or simply a piece of paper on which you have written what you wish to achieve. If you have a pendulum you can easily, naturally and certainly more exactly, make your choice by using radiesthesia. Use of this disk should be limited to twice a week, each time 3 hours.
There is a second way of using it, instead of placing your photo on the graph, place an electret that the graph will fully charge in 3 hours. An electret is a 5.5cm square aluminium envelop containing a sheet of 18 carat gold and a mixture of waxes, heated and cooled very slowly in a high voltage, polarized, electric field. It condenses and stores subtle energy, dream energy if you prefer and can be charged by various means; visualisation, laying on of hands, radionic, or any other magnetic procedure.
As soon as you carry the electret around with you, it acts on your aura and will continually diffuse whatever it has been charged with during three days. This method much gentler than the first method has the advantage of being a constant reminder to remain in a state of awareness. Recharge the electret every 78 hours.
Here is the reference for the graph and electret;
The electret requires specialist knowledge and equipment to make, however i enjoy drawing the graphs myself, this gives the advantage of not only automatically embedding your own energy within it whilst you trace the lines, but also the action of drawing it gives deeper understanding of how it works, remember the saying " what i hear i forget, what i see i remember, what i do i understand"
have fun :)
answered 26 Mar '13, 12:47
(27 Mar '13, 06:32) ele
I sure agree with John. And in keeping a log, what may seem non-nonsensical at the time, may later make perfect sense to you weeks later, or even warn you of something. I started a log a few years ago and was very surprised. Besides, it's fun!
answered 08 Oct '09, 00:08
That's my experience, too, LeeAnn. It's surprising how a crazy, disjointed dream can suddenly make sense when we practice the discipline of keeping a log. It's been awhile since I kept one, but I'll have to get back into it. It's a fairly easy way to arrive at some pretty profound insights.
(08 Oct '09, 06:14) John
I have had dreams of word for word conversations with people that I didn't know at the time of dreaming, but then I met them and I had the most odd sensations when I heard them say something that I had dreamed and my reply, all word for word. This happened in my teens and at later periods in my life too and the people were usually significant in my life for a while.
I also had one very vivid dream as a child that kept recurring for some years that I didn't understand fully. I was flying down a tunnel and there was a 30 mph speed limit, and I thought, "But that can't apply to me, that's for other people in cars and I'm flying". Strangely I remembered it the other day, after thinking about limiting beliefs, and it suddenly made a lot of sense in relation to handing over our power to other peoples' ideas and beliefs as to how we create our lives and what we are expected to do to conform to societies' definition of what 'normal' people do. I got one of those 'aha' moments that, even way back then, something was trying to explain something to me. At some level I took it on board then as I have never felt like I fitted in with people's ideas about how to live my life and I have gone my own way. I have done many things back in my original home country in the UK including being a published live music photographer, a qualified garden designer, an artist, an antique dealer, and now an art gallery owner in the USA. As one woman who has been in the same job all her life said to me once, "What, you just decide you're going to do something and then you go and do it?" It was incomprehensible to me that I shouldn't, just as it was incomprehensible to her that I should!
I think our dreams guide us, as well as act as filters.
answered 09 Oct '09, 21:38
I Loved this answer Rebecca and totally get the "what you just decide you are gonna do something ? "
I have friends who have to analyze things to the Nth degree before doing even simple things, used to drive me nutz ;-) but I have learnt I don't have to go with their flow tis all down to choice.
(25 Mar '13, 22:49) Starlight
I found this excerpt from the teachings of Abraham through Ester & Jerry Hicks to be very informative... Abraham Speaks To Us About Dreams
answered 07 Oct '09, 15:01
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Thanks everyone for their answers and please continue to add answers.