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What Recurrent Dreams Imply: Interpretation of Dreams of Common Themes

What Recurrent Dreams Imply: Interpretation of Dreams of Common Themes

Dreams have an impact on most of us in some way or another.

I have had nightmares that rendered me unable to sleep; I have experienced vivid lucid dreams and astral projections; and I have had dreams that came true. But what do dreams mean [1]?

Dreams Cultivate Successful People

Whether you realize it or not, dreams helped to mold our society in various ways.

  • The father of quantum physics, Niels Bohr, claims to have distinctly seen the composition of the atom in a dream, which led to our present day understanding of atomic structure.
  • Albert Einstein came up with the Theory of Relativity based on a dream that gave him a vision about how the universe worked.
  • Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s greatest minds and the inventor of Alternating Current (AC) power systems, functioned often in a “lucid dream-like” state to undertake complex scientific research.
  • Both Einstein and Tesla were practitioners of astral projection techniques.
  • Larry Page (founder of Google), Madame C.J. Walker (first female American self-made millionaire) and Elias Howe (inventor of the sewing machine) all got glimpses of their business ideas from their dreams.
  • Musicians such as Beethoven, Handel, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones attested that some of their compositions were based on music they heard in dreams.
  • Successful authors Stephen King, Mary Shelley, Robert Lewis Stevenson and Stephanie Meyers dreamt some of the books that they went on to write.

These occurrences are not uncommon, and the list is endless with such anecdotes.

Psychologists Say Dreams Are More Than Just Mental Pictures

Many parapsychologists believe that dream precognition [2] is a real phenomenon, while others have coined various theories in their quest to unravel the brain’s ultimate secret: what do dreams mean?

Psychologist, Carl Jung, felt that dreams were connected to the subconscious and that during sleep, the unconscious mind sought solutions to day-to-day problems [3].

While Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, analyzed dreams in his body of work The Interpretation of Dreams. His conclusion was that our dreams are driven by our unconscious mind and repressed urges, thoughts, and desires.

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The Meaning Imbedded in Dreams of Common Themes

Water

    Water dreams are connected to your emotional and subconscious state[4].

    • Swimming means you are going with the flow of things.
    • Struggling in the water is indicative of struggles.
    • Being underwater symbolizes feeling overwhelmed, and drowning signifies feeling overcome with emotions or difficulties.

    Falling

      To see yourself falling in your dream is a sign of the fear of failure or taking risks [5].

      It is associated with is a sense of losing control over what is happening.

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      Flying

        Flying represents high spirits or happiness that is often reflective of something in life. It could also be linked to working towards specific goals and being full of hope [6].

        Nudity

          This interpretation depends on how you feel about being naked within the dream [7].

          If you feel negative, it denotes vulnerability or insecurities.

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          On the other hand, if you feel positive, it would imply freedom and comfort within yourself.

          5 Things You Do To Dream Whatever You Want

          1. De-clutter your bedroom and keep it tidy

          This will promote tranquility, calmness, and relaxation. I also always opt for neutral and matching colors in my bedroom, with lightly scented candles and oils.

          2. Ensure that your bed is comfortable

          If you wake up with a sore back or feeling tired every day, check your mattress and pillows. A comfortable bed induces more comfortable sleep.

          If you can not afford a memory foam mattress, memory foam mattress toppers can sometimes be almost as good for a fraction of the price.

          3. Don’t watch disturbing or scary videos before you sleep

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          What you do before you fall asleep may continue in the REM stage of sleep, which is when your most intense dreams will occur[8].

          4. Try to eat at least 3 hours before you go to sleep

          Avoid a very heavy meal as this would make your body feel uncomfortable.

          Dreaming Is an Unknown yet Exciting Adventure

          Since the dawn of time, mankind has been asking that question about what do dreams mean. Today, it remains just as shrouded in mystery.

          That, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from the unknown, have the best night’s sleep, and dream whenever you can.

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          Last Updated on December 9, 2019

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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