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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 2, 2018

          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

          Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

          The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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          The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

          Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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          Review Your Past Flow

          Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

          Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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          Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

          Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

          Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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          Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

          Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

          We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

          Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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