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What Your Dreams Are Telling You

Audrey's desire to help others to respect and understand themselves led her to the study of psychology at UCLA.

Do You Dream in Color?

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According to Freud...

Are dreams really a window to our unconsciousness? Sigmund Freud claimed this to be true. With so many interpretations of what dreams are and why we dream it can be a bit confusing. Most of us are so busy simply living out each day, we seldom think about the process of dreaming.

Sure, we share a dream now and then but when it comes to really understanding these fantasies we know very little. Theories pop-up left and right about why we dream but the jury is still out when it comes to why we dream.

Our dreams can be about personal fantasies, people we know, fear, or perplexing events. They can include falling, being attacked, people, sexual fantasies, and fear.

I was surprised to learn that our dreams will never include reading or telling time. I also had no clue that our brains are actually more active during sleep than during the day.

Do you dream in color? Not everyone does. Actually only 12% dream in color.

Here is more interesting information about dreams. Enjoy!


15 Surprising Facts About Dreams

Do you know?:

  • Our dreams last from five to twenty minutes.
  • We dream an average of one or two hours every night and we often have four to seven dreams in one night
  • Dreams may help us solve problems that take place in our lives.
  • Emotions are discovered and processed when we dream.
  • Five minutes after the end of a dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 99 percent is lost.
  • When people snore they aren't dreaming.
  • Our thoughts and desires are revealed when we dream.
  • Toddlers do not dream about themselves. They don’t appear in their own dreams until the age of four.
  • Everyone dreams even though they may not remember their dreams.
  • One-third of our life is spent sleeping.
  • Dreaming can be a channel for creativity.
  • Hidden stress and anxiety are revealed as we dream.
  • The word dream stems from the Middle English word, ‘dreme’ which means joy and music
  • Dreams unleash suppressed longings.
  • We spend about six years dreaming during our lifetime.

Revealing Our Thoughts and Desires Through Dreaming

Thoughts and desires are revealed when we dream.

Thoughts and desires are revealed when we dream.

Four Theories About Why We Dream

Although Science is making progress when it comes to realizing why we dream, there is still no answer to this question. But there are a few theories I've come across that may interest you as they have me:

  • Dreams reflect the experiences of waking life, of waking consciousness.
  • Biochemical changes and electrical impulses that occur during sleep causes the brain to respond, hence, dreaming
  • Dreaming can be a protective act by the brain to prepare itself to face threats, dangers and challenges. This makes perfect sense to me.
  • Dreaming is also a way for the mind to work through difficult experiences and thoughts to achieve balance and stability emotionally and psychologically.

Why Do We Have Recurring Dreams?

I often experience two recurring dreams that bother me. The scenes are different in each dream but the message is loud and clear:

Dream 1

I seem to be helpless in some way, such as being partially paralyzed, or I'm about to die from a stroke. In my dream I reach out to family and plead for help but I'm given a look of complete disregard by one or more people and finally ignored. I feel like no one believes me and that I'm suspected of exaggerating.

Dream 2

Another dream I have repeatedly is about being lost and unable to find my way. When I awake I'm totally worn out and I can recall every detail.

As I searched through stacks of books about this subject I found the following interesting clue about why I keep dreaming the same dream:

  • First off, I learned that about 60 to 75% of all adults have recurring dreams. Just to know this is common makes me feel a little better. Recurring dreams appear during emotional and difficult times in our lives. It's up to us to get to the root of the problem (if we can) and figure out what these dreams mean. Sometimes professional help is needed.

Why do I continue to repeat the same dream for such a long time? It seems that I have an unresolved problem in my life that I need to deal with.

Recording the details of our dreams can help establish a pattern which takes us one step closer to solving the problem.

Illusion In A Safety Net - A Poem About Dreams

Silent noise invades the night

Images of purple light

Floating spheres dance on and on

Reappearing spinning on


Reality with all its malice

Deep dimensions offer solace

Arousing passions lost through time

Claim silver networks so sublime


Timeless treasures await the giving

Accentuated by the living

Angels wings of gossamer thread

Hover around the damaged bed


What is the stuff where dreams are born

Weaving a spell till early morn

Exchanging mirrors with different faces

A caravan exotic places


Gradient hideaway to rest

Safe to nestle the calming breast

Illuminate the path at night

To rise again in mornings’ light.

I'm a Lucid Dreamer - Controlling Dreams

I actually control many of my dreams as well as the outcome . I actually know when I'm dreaming most of the time. Some of you may know exactly what I'm referring to but until now you haven't realized there's a name for this type of dream. It's called Lucid Dreaming.

The cause for Lucid dreaming lies in the brain. Fewer than 100,000 people in the United States have the ability to control their dreams. However, everyone is capable of learning how to do this through instruction and some practice.

According to Wikipedia.com:

"Some skeptics of lucid dreaming suggest that it is not a state of sleep, but of brief wakefulness, or "micro-awakening". Experiments by Stephen La Berge used "perception of the outside world" as a criterion for wakefulness while studying lucid dreamers, and their sleep state was corroborated with physiological measurements"

Trap Bad Dreams With A Dream Catcher

My dream catcher.  This one is for decoration..

My dream catcher. This one is for decoration..

Dream Catchers: Trapping Bad Dreams

The idea that Dream Catchers help trap bad dreams were originally used by the Objibwa people long ago. Explorers reported that this Indian tribe used them to protect their children while they slept. Also known as "Sacred Hoops," the Cree and other First Nations people were heavy into dream catchers.

According to John Cline, P.H.D.: " Some say that good dreams pass through the hole in the center of the web while bad dreams are caught in the web. The good dreams will flow down the feathers to the person while the bad dreams dissolve in the daylight. Another version says that only good dreams can filter through the net. Yet another says that good dreams are caught in the web while bad dreams flow away through the hole in the center."

I was given a small one to hang above my bed, an endearing gift from my daughter. I liked it so much I purchased another dream catcher for a decorative piece in my guest room.

Because dream catchers are beautiful and also because the idea of protection from nightmares is compelling, dream catchers have become very popular.

Facts About Dreams

Five Stages of Sleep

Let's take a look at the following stages of sleep:

1. First we experience a light sleep - the type that allows us to wake up easily.

2. During the second stage we fall into a deeper sleep.

3. The third stage finds us even deeper in sleep

4. With the fourth stage we continue on in a deep sleep

5. Stage five finds us in REM sleep which occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep.

And do you know that a higher I.Q. equals more dreams? It turns out the smarter you are, the more you dream. A high I.Q. can also fight mental illness. Some people even believe they are smarter in their dreams than when they are awake.

Quite a fascinating manifestation of events!

A Dream is a Microscope

A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul. ~Erich Fromm

A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul. ~Erich Fromm

Summary

I don't know about you but I've gained a new respect for falling asleep and how the body works. The miracle of the human mind is the most advanced structure in the universe. What an amazing force we are. Although there is much yet to learn, especially about the brain, science has come a long way and new discoveries are happening continually.

I believe that the day will come when scientists will crack the dream code.

I welcome your comments and feedback. Feel free to voice your thoughts in the comment section below.

I appreciate your being here and sweet dreams.

Sources

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleep-newzzz/201502/why-do-we-dream

http://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/sleep/journal/lucid-dreaming

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/dreams

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dream-factory/201411/whats-behind-your-recurring-dreams

http://www.dreamdictionary.org/dreaming/recurring-dreams/

Caught in the act!  Do you ever fall asleep with the remote in your hand?

Caught in the act! Do you ever fall asleep with the remote in your hand?

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”

– George Bernard Shaw

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 12, 2018:

Melissa

Yes, I love your comments. Your take on dreams may be exactly right!

Thank you so much.

Melissa on July 11, 2018:

I dream always every night weird things that I did not know so in my opinion dreams are other life other dimensions and an ilusion like this life .

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on January 27, 2018:

A very engaging hub Audrey. Dreams are mystical and amazing. It is still an inexplicable fact of life.

- hari

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 25, 2015:

Harishprasad

I'm so grateful for your wonderful comments. I can see that you really liked my poem about dreams. Thank you so much!

lisavanvorst

Thank you for being here. I appreciate your supportive comments.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 23, 2015:

CMCastro

Oh, thank you my friend! I love your beautiful message. Take care and blessings to you and yours.

Christina M. Castro from Baltimore,MD USA on January 23, 2015:

Lovely Poetry, Audrey. I am glad to be inspired. The Angels that guard one's dreams fascinate me.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 23, 2015:

ChitrangadaSharon

Your lovely comments have touched my heart. I thank you so much for feeling this way about me and my poetry.

Thank you for voting up and for sharing on HP.

Peace and joy to you and yours,

Audrey

rebeccamealey

How are you my friend? It's always a pleasure to see you and to read your nice comments. Thank you and enjoy your day.

Audrey

Vellur

I appreciate your taking time out to read and leave a comment on my poetry. Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Audrey

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on January 22, 2015:

Simply beautiful and I loved the illustrations.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on January 22, 2015:

So beautiful verses and each one so fantastic ! " Reality with all it's malice, deep emotions offer solace..... Weaving a spell till early morn ...Whatever I pick up is capable of arousing sleep and dreamy wonderland. Lovely poem ! One read is not enough, I want to savor it more and more. You have captured dreams so deftly !

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 22, 2015:

A beautiful poem and great images, enjoyed reading.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 22, 2015:

Great poem. Showcases your talent! And I love the way you chose to illustrate it.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2015:

Beautiful poem, so nicely expressed!

Being a singer, I believe composing a poem comes naturally to you and your choice of words is so impressive.

Beautiful suggestive pictures and well done!

Voted up as beautiful and shared on HP!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 21, 2015:

Randall Guinn

So nice to see you hear. Happy to know that you enjoyed my poetry. I'll hop over to your neck of the woods soon.

Jodah

Such a nice comment from you! My father enjoyed writing poetry so I come by it naturally. But I find that I have to be inspired when I start a poem, otherwise nothing comes to me. Your poetry is amazing!

mary615

Oh, thank you my dear friend. What a nice thing to say. I'm so glad you enjoyed my poetry.

Take care.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 21, 2015:

You are a writer with many talents; poetry is just one of them! I enjoyed this poem very much.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 21, 2015:

What a lovely poem Audrey..perfect rhyme too. I have to make the effort to read more of your poetry, it is wonderful. Thank you. voted up.

Randall Guinn from Pinellas Park, Florida on January 21, 2015:

A beautiful poem, I'm glad that you shared it with us.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 08, 2013:

Dear Petra ~

I am so honored to receive the feedback from an expert like yourself. You have sacrificed your own precious time and skill to help me strive to become a better poet. Thank you.

I understand now, exactly what I must do. I will write more poetry using metaphors. For me, that means I must digg deep and release emotions that are painful. This "releasing of pain" is therapeutic. I resist on some level because it's easier to pretend the painful memories never happened.

How do I thank you for the new journey I am about to take? Do you believe in angels? You are mine.

Petra Vlah from Los Angeles on May 06, 2013:

You live in a world of music and this poem proves it - the words are just perfect as lyrics for a love song. I personally prefer the modern form of poetry based entirely on metaphor and where rhyme is almost never used.

I read (and commented) on the poem you wrote as a tribute of love for the loss of your son. The emotions are expressed with such power and intensity that any reader can feel your pain and share your tears; the poem was extremely moving, real, tragic and painful.

I also read the poem dedicated to your sister and again, the emotions are strong and the joy authentic. Being able to express emotions with such great authenticity makes you a real artist whether you choose poetry or songs as a vehicle

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 22, 2013:

dghbrh ~ Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm thrilled that you are sharing this with others. I appreciate the great votes too. Stay close.

torrilynn ~ I'm so glad to find that you love poetry and found mine to be inspiring. Thanks for being here and for your support.

torrilynn on February 22, 2013:

vocalcoach, really nice poem. i absolutely love poems especially inspiring ones that portray a deep meaning about them. thanks. voted up.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on February 22, 2013:

Very nice imagery to go with your wonderful poem here. ....

'....Timeless treasures await the giving

Accentuated by the living

Angels wings of gossamer thread

Hover around the damaged bed....'

So delicate words just like delicate dreams!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing this one and I am sharing it too. Votes all up way.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 27, 2013:

Thank you Rolly - Coming from someone who arranges words in the form of an illuminating symphony of sounds, your poetry, I am thrilled with your assessment of my poem. Hugs and blessings back to you.

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on January 27, 2013:

Hi Vocalcoach... what a lovely colourful poem that gives the reader a new spirit and awakens the senses again...

Thank, Hugs and Blessings from Canada

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 09, 2012:

Capedium - You are kind to visit me again. And yes - WOW is indeed and english expression. I use it regularly :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 09, 2012:

Dear Audrey - Thank you. I have no idea how I wrote this poem. It happened one very late evening when I found myself trying to interpret a dream I had. It was as though someone else or something else was inside of me. You have inspired me - so I will put pen to paper and see what happens. I'm so grateful to you!

Ov Overo from Oklahoma on December 08, 2012:

Interesting... Very interest.. Am so wow! away.. Not sure if that is an English expression. But it was very impressive

Audrey Howitt from California on December 07, 2012:

Oh Audrey you should write more poetry--this was lovely, especially the last stanza

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 15, 2012:

Hello rajan - thank you for your kind comments my friend. It means a great deal to me. Take care over there in India. Your sharing of my poem is appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 15, 2012:

Beautifully expressed, Audrey. Voted up. Shared.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 10, 2012:

Victoria Lynn - Thanks very much for being here and adding your lovely comments. I appreciate it!

billybuc - I'm feeling pretty good right now after reading your great comments. Thanks for taking time to read and comment. Take care.

sunshine625 - I hope you have sweet dreams tonight and everynite. You're the best!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on October 10, 2012:

Beautiful, lovely. I love your word choices!

Ov Overo from Oklahoma on April 09, 2012:

One of my favourite show is Fact and Fiction.. Maybe that's the reason I dived into this poem without hesitation.. Love every moment I spend.. Hmm.. This is the kind of poem I read and am like.. I should have wrote it..

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 05, 2012:

Fennelseed ~ Your opening remarks, "A wonderful kaleidoscope of words depicting the illusions that dance in our heads as we sleep." ~ is poetry in itself.

Thank you dear friend for all your votes, for sharing and most of all - for being here.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 05, 2012:

writer20 ~ So nice to see you and to have you comment favorably on my poetry. Your vote up and beautiful is much appreciated. Sweet dreams, Joyce!

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on April 05, 2012:

Beautifully written. Your words and the images combined are perfect.

Love this well expressed poem and voting up

Eiddwen from Wales on April 05, 2012:

Such a wonderful collection of poems,pictures and music.

Brilliant my dear friend and enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Hubert Williams on April 04, 2012:

Very beautifully written. Some of the words seemed to offer up a supernatural image in my mind.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 04, 2012:

How could I resist a poem about beautiful dreaming? Well I couldn't! lol I love the poem and you always have amazing images to accompany them. Perfect!

I like how you describe dreaming! And I have heard a lot of them watching people sleep - the best thing I ever heard anyone say was "cheeseburger". I said that is why the guy isn't sleeping go get him a big mac! lol

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 04, 2012:

Thank you dear Audrey. I'm so glad you like it. And thanks for giving me the opportunity to join in this celebration for National Poets Month!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 04, 2012:

Victoria Stephens ~ Very nice to see you here! Thank you for sharing your feelings "with painted words." I hope to see you again soon. Meanwhile I will escape to one of your marvelous hubs for a while.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 04, 2012:

Majestic in its essence, its bearing and its balance.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 04, 2012:

Sweet and lovely enough, Audrey, to be set to music. Beautiful work, m'dear.

breakfastpop on April 04, 2012:

This is just beautiful and voted that way...

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 04, 2012:

It is a beautiful poem. As I mentioned to Eiddwen earlier, my nerves are raw this morning and reading poetry calms me. I am glad God led me here to this one. Thank you.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 03, 2012:

Loved your imagery, so powerful and evocative.

I'm enjoying your poems for April poetry challenge

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 03, 2012:

Charlotte ~ Very happy to see you and so enjoy your comments. Thank you for appreciating the images too. It took some searching to find just the right ones.

Your vote up, beautiful and awesome make me delighted!

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on April 03, 2012:

Great Poem, Great pictures, Beautiful dreams for sure!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 03, 2012:

I'm looking forward to sweet dreams tonight after reading your stunning poem!:)

Excellent video choice!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 03, 2012:

Well I can certainly see why you have as many followers as you do. This is simply beautiful work!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 03, 2012:

Such a neat perspective on dreams. Beautifully written. You paint beautiful images with your words. Love it!

Annie Fenn from Australia on April 03, 2012:

A wonderful kaleidoscope of words depicting the illusions that dance in our heads as we sleep.

"Reality with all its malice

Deep dimensions offer solace"

Yes, dreams do this, projecting reality in splintered fantasy. Dreams are amazing and you have captured the feelings so well in this wonderful poem.

All my good votes and best wishes and SHARING!!

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on April 03, 2012:

Amazing poem written so lovely. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 03, 2012:

Lovely word painting and lovely pictures--ethereal write!

Victoria Stephens from London on April 03, 2012:

As Charlotte said, paints such a lovely picture in my mind. Thank you for this ever lasting image!

Charlotte B Plum on April 03, 2012:

Hey vocalcoach, this is lovely! I love how your words paint this beautiful picture in my mind. Also, the pictures that accompany your poem really make your words come to life. It's really cool! I'm voting you beautiful and awesome! =)