Have you ever had weird dreams? Ones so interesting that as soon as you woke up from them you wanted figure out their meaning? Or even desperately try to fall back asleep so you could continue those amazing dreams? Or maybe you only remember one little tidbit, and you spent the rest of your day trying to figure out these dreams and their meanings in your day to day life.
It’s not a coincidence! The dreams that you have every single night, or day even, ARE trying to tell you something!
Scientific research that stems far back, even further back than the most famous dream researchers of all, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, shows that we ALL dream, every single night.
Sigmund Freud referred to a dream term called “Day Residue”. An example of this might be where you had a fight with someone on the road when they cut you off in traffic. After that day you might dream about being afraid to ever drive on your own again, for fear that you might experience a similar situation. Your dream with this day residue in it will show you that you can conquer that fear, whether you really feel that way or not!
Carl Jung, another famous dream researcher who worked very closely with Freud explored other ways of dreaming. He performed a lot of work on lucid dreams, the kind of dreams you can have where you are dreaming, and know you are dreaming. Maybe you are dreaming about a long awaited reunion with a lover, but know in your heart of hearts you are just enjoying the fantasy of dream land until you can see them in person again.
Jung, Freud, and other researchers also discussed hypnapompic and hypnagogic dreams. These are the dreams you have right before you wake up, and right before you go to sleep respectively. For example, when you wake up in the morning and feel like you need to call someone right away, chances are you were just dreaming about them a few minutes before you woke up.
There are two kinds of dreams that fall into this category: mutual and concurrent. In each case, two or more people dream of similar characters and activities. What differentiates them are the means by which the dreams occur. In mutual dreaming, the dreamers intentionally develop a desire to experience a shared dream through incubation. However, in concurrent dreams, the dreamers had no idea their content would be similar going into the night’s rest.
Mutual dreaming is an intentional movement toward influencing dream content. This discipline allows dreamers to design psychic meeting grounds for subconscious awareness of one another. This can be a seedbed for finding new facets in a relationship, from the ordinary to the sensual.
It is often quite interesting to get together with your mutual dreamer friend(s) and compare dreams. The best way to do this is for both or all of you to write down what you dreamt about the subject in question, then share the essays.
Concurrent dreams are often discovered by chance. You may be telling a friend about a dream you had, using vivid details, when all of a sudden she reveals that she had the same exact dream. This is a rare and mysterious occasion indeed!
These are just a few of the millions of examples of dream interpretation that can help you navigate the secrets of your subconscious, so that you can navigate the secrets of your day to day life as well.