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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 March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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