“So last night I had a crazy dream…”
I know you’ve said that before, or at least heard your friends say it. This statement is usually the beginning of an intricately woven tale about the twisted inter workings of someone’s mind. But usually the story ends with a sense of confusion and a resolution to forget about the dream all together, moving on with your life.
But I say, STOP! WAIT! Let’s analyze that dream!
“Why?” you might ask, because dreams are great indications of what’s going on in your subconscious mind. The subconscious are where your feelings, beliefs, and ideals are stored. It stores the information you don’t have access to on a day-to-day basis, and still influences you in ways you may not quite fully understand.
Dreaming itself is important, due to the fact that it indicates you’ve gotten some vital REM sleep. The REM sleep stage, or rapid eye movement stage, is characterized by brain activity that is almost as heightened as when you are awake. Your eyeballs move quickly under your eyelids but your body is paralyzed due to chemicals your brain releases. REM sleep is the 5th stage of the sleep cycle, lasting around 10 minutes at the beginning of a nights sleep, to about 90 minutes in the period of time before you wake up. So dreams occur during this heightened state of brain activity. [Learn more about the sleep cycles]
What you dream about literally indicates the kind of stuff on your mind that you should address or be aware of. Sometimes, a dream is very straightforward, like when you dream about fighting with your friends when in your life you and your friends aren’t getting along. But sometimes dreams appear COMPLETELY wacky, and you really don’t have any idea what something in your dream means. That’s where Dream Moods comes in.
Dream Moods is a site I found a few years ago that I’ve been using to interpret my dreams. I use their dream dictionary and search terms and symbols that can help me understand what my subconscious was doing when it put that crazy story in my head. I read what the description of the symbol says, and determine if that really applies to my life.
For example, last night in my dream there was a part where my car was stolen. So I searched “stealing” and got this:
…To dream that someone is stealing something from you indicates that you are experiencing an identity crisis or are suffering from some sort of loss in your life. Alternatively, the dream means that someone has stolen your success or has taken credit for something you did. Perhaps you feel that you have been treated unfairly.
Hmm… so then I searched “car” and part of the description said this:
…To dream that your car has been stolen indicates that you are being stripped of your identity. This may relate to losing your job, a failed relationship, or some situation which has played a significant role in your identity and who you are as a person…
I have recently been a little upset that people have been taking my ideas and turning them into their own. And in the last few months, I’ve also been searching for my identity now that I’m a sophomore in college. I also had a bad falling out with my former roommate and friend last semester, and I’m constantly adjusting to how awkward and guilty I feel. So… Dream Moods hit the nail right on the head.
So give Dream Moods a try. You can get an idea of how much something that seems seemingly small (obviously large) is affecting you and you can figure out how to address it.
What does Dream Moods say symbols in your latest dream? Is it right, or not really?