In truth everything is a dream/programmed illusion/virtual reality experience created by a consciousness source of light which set up layers/dimensions/grids/matrixes through which souls experience simultaneously. These programs follow patterns called Sacred Geometry and repeat in loops, creating the illusion of linear time.
In the slower frequency movement of third dimension, one experiences linear time. As one moves their conscious awareness into dreamtime, released from the physical body, grid of experience, physical body, one experiences with time, and is able to move from grid program to grid program, in what often appears as 'flying'.
The soul is able to consciously able to view one or more grid programs at the same time, splitting the consciousness, moving in hyperspace, quantum physics, with a greater understanding of the dynamics of its total experiences.
While in a physical body, it takes most of your conscious effect to focus on events around you, as they are guided by emotions, the duality of the physical experience, which is bi-polar. This mirrors swings in emotions and constant changes in environment as all grids are in flux. In the physical, the goal is always to create balance. Many dreams are laced with emotions masking their true meaning.
A dream can warn us of potential danger.
Things that trouble us often crystalize in a dream.
Everyone who sleeps, dreams, including animals.
When you take a nap, you are ten times more likely to remember your dreams. For example you dream about meeting a partner. When you 'wake-up' that dream can continue. When you meet that person in the physical you get a deja vu feeling or say, "I dreamed about you, and it was all so real (surreal)!"
When you wake from a dreams, your consciousness can remain part of that experience.
On average, we sleep for a third of each day. Take your age and divide it by 1/3 and you will know how many years you have been asleep, on the other side, in this lifetime. For example, if you are 30 years old, you have slept for 10 years.
Many dreams bring messages, some part of your soul's evolution. Dreamtime is often a place of transformation for the soul where it awakens afterward enlightened about the next step on its journey into awareness. This is a time where the soul and mind process the path of the quester who returns in higher frequency of thought and personal mission.
If you can perceive of your dreams as projected illusions in which you are experiencing and learning, then so too shall you look upon your experiences in the physical, and unlock the mysteries of humanity and your purpose for being here. From the point of view of dreamtime and other realms of conscious awareness, our reality is but a projected illusion in linear time.
What happens when our consciousness leaves the physical body and enters the grids? What is the true reality - this one or that? Are realities merging now? Are dreams really dreams? Do they end when we wake up here or do they continue? How do our journeys into alternate realities help us? As we are here to study and experience emotions, much of our sleep time has to do with processing issues, healing, connecting with spirit, glimpsing the grids (past, present, and future viewed simultaneously) and so on. This is a wide open field, that works differently with each person and is up for personal interpretation.
Anxiety Dreams, Nightmares
These dreams often are fear-based and result in waking up with sweats and heart palpitations. There is generally a situation going on in the person's physical life that results in such dreams. Heed their warning and create change. Some people call them "Frustration Dreams". They mimic life as they always contain unresolved issues leaving the person frustrated in dreamtime then waking up in this reality with the same feelings of frustration accompanied by anger, fear, panic and anxiety.
Many of our issues, cannot, and will not be resolved in our experience here. One must find workable solutions and act on them. The key is ... always remove stress and anything, or anyone, that does not work in your life.
Within your dream you are shown something you are to create, perhaps something affecting the destiny of humanity. Famous inventors, writers, artists, and musicians were inspired by their dreams.
Color vs. Black and White Dreams
Some people feel that as a dream manifests into third dimension it moves from black and white to color definition. Other believe that black and white dreams are dreamtime but dreams in color are parallel experiences. Further, dreams in black and white indicate an event in the far future, then same scene later manifesting as a dream in color meaning it is getting closer to physical reality.
End Time Anxiety Dreams
They contain events linked to the end of our reality hologram, simulation, dream, or program. Sometimes the events are obvious to the dreamer, while other times they are symbolic, all the while scaring my clients, who come running for answers. End Time Anxiety Dreams are on the increase as grids collide and consciousness increases. This goes along with a knowing that ET -- "Extraterrestrial" or "End Time" -- intervention in the human drama is about to be revealed, not by the governments of the world, but by the hologram. End Time Anxiety Dreams by clients and others who live in the Pacific Ring of Fire are mostly tsunami dreams, and they too are on the increase. - April 2012
Episodic or Sequence Dreams
Your dream is like a movie, involving a story that goes on and on in sequential order.
Ellie's Sequence Dream of Creation, September 2004
These dreams are common. You fly free, escapism, ascension to source, time travel or move through grid realities.
As consciousness is evolving to higher frequency of light and sound, so too are our dreams. With this comes the lucid dream in which you can control and alter the events in your dreamtime by realizing that you are dreaming. If you become a lucid dreamer, this does not mean that all of your dreams are of this type. Dreams vary as with all things your consciousness experiences.
There are many methods to use to create lucid dreaming. Here are just a few. Before going to sleep, tell yourself think: "I am going to have a lucid dream." This phrase will remain in your physical consciousness. When you dream, it will activate and you will know you are dreaming. Next you must find a symbol that when seen in dreamtime allows you to recognize that you are dreaming. Let's say your symbol is the 'sun'. Whenever you see that symbol in a dream, your mind will realize that you are dreaming and begin to interact freely.
For example ... you are dreaming that you are walking on the beach on a nice sunny day. You look up and see the sun! Your mind relays the message to you, this is all a dream. You now can stop alter the events of this scene, projection, or move to another. The important things is expanding your conscious awareness to the point that you perceive the dream as a dreamtime experience. This takes practice, but can be done. It will help you realize what is occurring on the other side when you sleep and the nature of dreams as projected illusion.
Precognitive or Prophetic Dreams
You dream about events that manifest in the future usually within 3 weeks if not immediately. These can be personal or universal messages. You may also see your future partner, your children, a place you will live, or future events for the planet.
Dreams are projections, just as we are projected thought experiencing in physical reality - which is nothing more than a consciousness hologram - actually holograms within holograms in which we experience at different levels of awareness. Dreams can be comprised of still images where you may see a face and telepathically receive information from that person or they can be animations (animated scenes). They can project from your thoughts or the collective unconsciousness.
Repetitive or Recurring Dreams
You have the same dream over and over as if a message is being sent from the other side, which you have to understand. Very often it is you sending yourself a message, often a warning.
Sex plays a major part in our dream world for many of us. This depends of its importance in our everyday lives. It's a powerful driving force, like hunger and ambition. While we're awake, sex is ruled by social restrictions and conventions, but in our dreams, even the most timid of us can have explicit and excitingly sexy dreams once our repressed selves are asleep. Sexual dreams are very coming during puberty.
You remember the events in your dream, that involve another person. At the same time, another person in your dream remembers the same events
Messages are given by those who have crossed over or a religious icon. These are often the soul of someone you knew, guiding your journey or telling you that they are okay on the other side.
Dreams can have layers that unfold over many days. In that time, Spirit can teach you through symbols of light or other means that raise your level of awareness. Shamanic dreams often teach lessons.
With accelerating Earth Changes, many people dream about large waves of water inundating them. This dream is becoming more common especially for people who live in coastal areas. Tsunami
You experience yourself moving through a tunnel into a white light or returning from the light. This may be accompanied by the sound of whooshing water. You may meet someone, or meet yourself, at the end of the tunnel, much like a Near Death Experience. While moving through the tunnel, you may move alone or see others. You can fly quickly or slowly. You can experience emotions with this dream journey, which often brings transformational messages.
These dreams are related to information you receive from the collective unconscious, the grids of our experience, akashic records, hall of records, that which creates the reality in which we live. Whenever a dream presents symbols of a cosmic nature, in all probability it is a representation of a Universal dream. Such dreams are reflective of religious experiences, and denote changes that are to occur at some future time.
Just about anything external or internal can be incorporated in your dreams and influence the events. Sometimes the influences are positive while other times they create fear and anxiety as they are warnings.
- Crystals can enhance dream state in many ways, depending on the type of crystal and how it is used. It can be placed near your, under the pillow, or worn.
- Books – Photos,
- Audio tapes or other recordings playing while you sleep
- Sound Machine that creates a soothing noise, water, white noise, other
- Astrological Influences, Moon, Depends on your chart
- Scents, Herbs
- Health issues
- Chemicals in the Body
- Emotional Issues
- External stimuli while you are sleeping, Ex. It is raining heavily outside, so water could be incorporated in your dream. The soul can take information from anything it is experiencing and incorporating it into your dream.
- Events occurring prior to going to sleep: Media (TV, Radio, Video), something you have read, a conversation, or other physical activities can impact on your dreams
As reality is programmed illusion, you can preset your programming for dreamtime, before you go to sleep.
The power of suggestion often works when it comes to dreams.
If you want to remember at least one dream, tell yourself that before going to sleep.
If you do not want to have scary dreams, before you go to sleep, mentally state that, "I do not want to have scary dreams." This is good to do when your life is in turmoil.
If someone is attacking you in dreamtime, tell your spirit guides to protect you, and never allow that person near you. Example: An old lover who wants to contact with you in dreams.
It is often helpful to review the events of your day before going to sleep, as if watching a movie. This is helpful if you wish to work out issues during dreamtime.
After you wake up, it is best to remain still and focus on your dreams experiences.
We dream in a higher frequency of thought and light than our physical experience. Therefore when we slow down our frequency as we return to our conscious awareness to the physical mind and body, we often do not have the means to understand what occurred in dreamtime.
Once consciousness enters, the physical mind, we return to the 'realms of forgetfulness' about who we are and the nature of a soul's experiences. Our thought processes move too slowly. Many view the physical as the dreamtime, as a result, as we are no longer aware. they see reality as a dream.
Some people remember their dreams while others have little or no recognition.
Dreams help you work out issues. Emotions can distort memory. We often do not remember dreams because we do not wish to deal with the issues addressed.
Most people remember what I call 'wake-up dreams.' As your consciousness returns to the physical mind, it slows down to a frequency where it become aware of something that is occurring on the other side that it wishes to remember. You wake up and you remember, if only for few minutes as your consciousness slowly returns to physical frequency. It is then you must record your dream information before the events are lost in time.
Dream Journal, It often useful to keep a dated journal of your dreams. Keep it by your bed. Write the notes in the journal as soon as you 'wake up.' You may not understand their content until later. using a tape recorder is also advisable.
Interpreting Dreams, Interpretation of dreams often vary. One must know about the dreamer and what is going on around them if this is a personal dream. If it is a universal dream, it may be more easily understood. For example, a friend of mine dreamed about the Twin Towers in Manhattan being engulfed in water and collapsing. He dreamed this over and over again but did not understand its full meaning until the events of 9/11 occurred several weeks later. He is a fireman. He saw the water from the hoses. He lost many friends on 9/11.
Some dreams are exact in content while others are metaphoric. Most dreams have symbols.
Your mind can only process the events in the dream based on symbols it understands. If you experience a dream that is not within the vocabulary of your mind, you will not be able to process and remember it. The physical mind has to be able to make sense of a dream, for you to remember it. It's like a young child being taught calculus. It has no way of understanding, and therefore processing or interpreting what it is being shown, so it forgets what it sees.
In dreamtime you generally receive messages in symbols or archetypes whose meaning you must later discover. This is not unlike messages received in meditations or other states of altered consciousness.
Here is an example, You dream about 'keys.' Keys open locks, doorways. Something new will be shown. You must then look at the number of keys given, the metal of which they were made, and anything else given in your dream related to these keys, such as ... who gave them to you.
Death in a dream does not necessarily mean a physical death in as much as a transformation, old giving way to something new and better.
A Dream Dictionary is often helpful in deciphering symbols as well as searching the internet for the symbolic meaning of that which has been shown to you.
Asking for Guidance: What I have discovered about myself is that when I am uncertain about an issue I go to sleep and ask for guidance.
Sometimes I am shown events in a dream that I remember and help me focus. Other times, I don't remember the dream when I wake up, but I know I have processed the information and know what the solution is. I often wake up with feelings of closure about issues. My soul has made the decision that is best for me in third dimension.
Dream Wizard or Oracle or Spirit Guide
Reality is consciousness therefore people experience simultaneously on many levels of awareness, some considered dreams and some physical.
As far back as memory serves, humans have always dreamed and in some way were aware of their dreams, if not able to understand them. In pre-historic times, dreams were recorded on cave walls where one might find a prone body with an image above it and wavy lines connecting the 2 images.
Most dreams were linked with the 'supernatural', messages sent from gods or ways to heal the person dreaming as reality has always been about healing and the journey of humanity back to its creational source.
Every ancient civilization developed some manner in which to record dreams, often recorded as oral tradition to be kept by the Record Keepers, Elders, Shaman, of that culture. If a message came from god, it was prophecy, holy and would one day determine to journey of the people.
Atlanteans used dreams temples and crystals arranged in a specific matrix to enhance their dreams thus receiving messages from those of our realms.
Today, many people dream of a place called Atlantis, merging this reality with their experiences there. They often view themselves in the final days of Atlantis, before it allegedly sank into the 'sea of creation' as it is a parallel running grid.
Our dreamtime is spent in parallel grids of experience.
The fall of Atlantis mirrors our current experience in which we are shown through dreams, and meditations, the ending of this reality and the beginning of a Golden Age, the Alchemy of Consciousness through time and illusion, dreams and projected reality.
Many people see themselves as priests or priestesses storing or hiding information in crystals as Atlantis fell.
This information would be found in our 'current' [as in electromagnetic energies] time line, in computer technology, communication devices using crystals, crystal grids, gemstones and more.
is to remember one's destiny and the geometry of creation.
The Time Before Time, The Place of Creation
The 'Aboriginal Dreamtime' is that part of aboriginal culture which explains the origins and culture of the land and its people.
Aborigines have the longest continuous cultural history of any group of people on Earth, dating back, by some estimates, 65,000 years. Dreamtime is Aboriginal Religion and Culture.
The Dreamtime contains many parts: It is the story of things that have happened, how the universe came to be, how human beings were created and how the Creator intended for humans to function within the cosmos.
As with all other cultures, it speaks of Earth's Creation by Gods and Goddesses, some of whom were kind hearted, while others were cruel.
The Australian Aborigines speak of jiva or guruwari, a seed power deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds. The shape of the land, its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and waterholes , and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that place into creation. Everything in the natural world is a symbolic footprint of the metaphysical beings whose actions created our world. As with a seed, the potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin.
The Aborigines called this potency the "Dreaming" of a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. Only in extraordinary states of consciousness can one be aware of, or attuned to, the inner dreaming of the Earth.
Another famous dream shrine was located in Lough Derg in Donegal, Ireland. It was a cave known as St. Patrick's Purgatory. People would entomb themselves in tiny cells for up to nine days waiting for a vision of what was waiting for them in hell. When a person was sick, a Priest would interpret the dream and then give advice on healing.
In ancient China, the dreamer's soul, "Hun", was considered to be the guiding factor of dreams. The "Hun" was thought to leave the body and communicate with the land of the dead. Dream Temples were created to this end. These temples sometimes served a political purpose through the 16th century. Any high official visiting a city reported to a temple the first night to receive dream guidance for his mission. Judges and government officials were also required to visit dream temples for insight and wisdom.
Originally dreams were thought to be part of the supernatural world.
Ancient Egyptians had great temples which they used for initiations and as dream shrines
as they believed that the Gods showed themselves in dreams.
The King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid was one such place.
The Egyptians believed dreams were based on real events.
The recording of dreams in Egypt may be traced back to 2000 B.C. were the Egyptians wrote these dreams on papyrus with dreams symbols. Egyptians were among the early civilizations to attempt interpretation of their dreams. Egypt was where the process of "dream incubation" began. When a person was having troubles in their life and wanted help from their god, they would sleep in a temple, when they would wake the next morning a priest, which was then called a 'Master of the Secret Things', would be consulted for the interpretations of that night's dreams.
They believed there were three main types of dreams.
- Those that happened as a result of ritual.
- Dreams that contained warnings.
- Dreams where the Gods were demanding some type of action.
Egyptian Dream Scrying
The earliest Greek view of dreams was that the gods physically visited dreamers, entering through a keyhole, and exiting the same way after the divine message was delivered.
The fifth century BC marks the first known Greek book on dreams, written by Antiphon, an Athenian statesman.
During this century, the Greeks developed the belief (through contact with other cultures) that souls left the sleeping body.
Hippocrates (469-399 BC), the father of medicine and Socrates' contemporary, wrote On Dreams. His theory was simple: during the day, the soul receives images; during the night, it produces images. Therefore, we dream.
Aristotle (384-322 BC) thought that dreams could be indicators of conditions within the body. He did not believe they were divinely inspired. He hypothesized that external stimuli are absent during sleep, so dreams are manifestations of a profound awareness of internal sensations which are expressed as dream imagery.
Galen, a Greek physician born in 129 AD, emphasized the need to observe dreams carefully for clues to healing. He was so trusting of dream messages that he carried out operations on the basis of his dream interpretations.
Artemidorus, his contemporary, wrote on The Interpretation of Dreams (Oneirocritica). describes this as the "best source we have for the dream interpretation practices of antiquity." His theory is extensive, but within the five books he wrote, he describes two classes of dreams: somnium, which forecasts the future; and insomnium, which deal with contemporary matters and are affected by the state of the body and mind. He stated that the dream interpreter should have information about the dreamer including:
1. Images that are natural, lawful and customary for the dreamer
2. Circumstances at the time of the dream
3. Dreamers occupation and personality
The practice of dream incubation was at least as important to the Greeks as it was among Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and Chinese.
Dreams also aided in their practice of medicine, sending sick people to particular temples in those places where the "gods of the body" had their shrines. The ailing Greeks would visit these temples, perform various religious rites, sleep, and hope to have a dream that assured a return to good health. Night after night they would sleep and sometimes this would go on for weeks or even months until they had the "right" dream. The most famous for dream pilgrimage was the Aesculapius at Epidaurus.
Aesculapius was a Greek healer who was believed to be the son of Apollo. He was linked with cults that began the practice of dream incubation. Aesculapius visited sleepers, miraculously curing them.
A shrine to Aesculapius was established at Epidaurus in the fifth century BC. It may still be visited today.
There are thought to be around 410 Aesculapian sanctuaries near Athens, generally being active from the sixth century BC until the third century BC.
Prophecies would also be given through dreams to those who slept in dream temples or shrines.
Almost like initiations of the ancient mystery school teachings, certain would go to the temple, where they would purify themselves first by making an offering to the Gods. Sometimes there was an animal sacrifice such as a ram, its fleece removed and then used as a sleeping mat inside the temple.
The magistrates of the city also used the temple to receive answers to difficult questions.
Ancient Hebrews believed dreams were connections with God. However bad dreams were the work of Demons.
The biblical figures Solomon, Jacob, Nebuchadnezzar and Joseph were all visited in their dreams by God or prophets, who helped guide their decisions.
It was recognized and accepted that the dreams of kings could influence whole nations and the futures of their peoples.
The Talmud, which was written between 200 and 500 AD, includes over two hundred references to dreams. It states that "dreams which are not understood are like letters which are not opened."
The Hebrews incubated dreams in order to receive divine revelation.
God spoke to the dreamer.
The time when a prophetic dream occurred indicated when the event will take place.
The Sacred Books of Wisdom, or Vedas, were written in India between 1500 and 1000 BC.
In the Vedas, dreams of violence were thought to lead to success and happiness if the aggression was pro actively handled in the dream, even if the dreamer gets hurt in the process.
If the dreamer remains passive and becomes hurt by his own passivity, however, it was considered a bad omen.
Van de Castle (1994) states that these dreams might be more indicative of the dreamer's character than prophecy, since "those who take an active role in their dreams are likely to be more active, and therefore, more successful, in their daily lives"
The Upanishads, written between 900 and 500 BC, articulates two perspectives on dreams. The first maintains that dreams are merely expressions of inner desires. The second closely resembles the Chinese belief of the soul leaving the body and being guided until awakened. It was also thought that if the sleeper was awakened abruptly, the soul might not return to the body quickly enough and the sleeper could die.
The Emperor's palace contained a dream hall with an incubation bed.
Japanese Emperors also incubated their dreams at a
Shinto Temple at Usa on the southern island of Kyusha.
In Mohammed's sacred book a distinction is made between true dreams from God and false dreams. Rituals were used to create good dreams. Later on dream interpretation became associated with astrology.
Many Native American tribes believed that dreams revealed the hidden wishes of the soul or the messages from the Spirits above.
Dream Catchers help us to remember and work with our dreams. It is a very serious tool that is much more than a decorative ornament. The opening in the center determines the volume that you are asking to receive and parallels the changes that will occur in your life.
The Romans had strong views on dreams. They believed dreams were messages from the Gods. Emperor Augustus ruled that anyone who had a dream about the state must proclaim it in the market place. Every Roman Legion had a soothsayer to try and make sense of 'nocturnal visions'. Priests consulted oracles and shrines for guidance to try and make sense of dreams.
The earliest recorded dreams are derived from materials dating back approximately 5000 years, in Mesopotamia.
The Sumerians, the first cultural group to reside in Mesopotamia, left dream records dating back to 3100 BC.
According to these early writings, deities and royals, such as the 7th century BC scholar-king Assurbanipal, gave careful attention to dreams.
Within Assurbanipal's archive of clay tablets, portions of the story of the legendary king Gilgamesh were found. In this epic poem, one of the earliest known classical stories, Gilgamesh reported his recurring dreams to his goddess-mother Ninsun, who made the first recorded dream interpretation.
His dreams were taken as prophecy and used to guide actions in the waking world. These attitudes recorded in the Gilgamesh epic provide a valuable source of information about ancient dream beliefs.
Assyria - The Assyrians believed in dreams as omens. For example, if a person fled in their dreams it indicated all would be lost.
Babylon - The Babylonians divided dreams into two categories, good dreams were sent by the Gods and Bad dreams sent by Demons. Mamu
During the European Middle Ages, dreams were often studied in the context of their relationship to God. Questions typical of the period were "Are dreams sent by God to a person of superior virtue? Or are they sent by demons to a person who has fallen from grace?"
Beginning with the dawn of the Christian era until the time of Sigmund Freud, dreams were not regarded as important. As society became more "structured," dreams fell into disrepute. Churches had little appreciation for the use of dream interpretation.
Sigmund Freud gave new life to the lost art of studying dreams in his major work, Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams), written in 1899.
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung was interested in Freud's ideas that he visited him in Vienna in 1907. After 330 letters were exchanged, their correspondence was terminated due to differences in their beliefs. Freud (1949) believed that dreams were "delusions and illusions of a psychosis" and contained mostly hidden wish fulfillment.
Jung came to believe that dream contents present us with revelations that uncover and help to resolve emotional issues, problems, religious issues and fears. Jung believed that recurring dreams are proof that dream-manifested issues neglected in a conscious mode will show up repeatedly in dreams to demand attention. Many of the symbols or images from these dreams will return with each dream. "Man never perceives anything fully or comprehends anything completely". He concluded that symbolic terms are used to represent concepts that we cannot grasp.
There is a conscious use of symbols, as seen in religious symbolism; there is an unconscious use of symbols, such as spontaneous dream symbols. Both are to help us comprehend the world around us, whether sleeping or awake. Jung believed that the deeper layer of unconscious, which he calls the collective unconscious, is an inborn and universal part of the unconscious identical in all people. Jung thought that dreams could help us grow and heal through use of archetypal symbols.
These symbols, Jung proposed, are mental images from the collective unconscious which help us to recognize and integrate the parts of ourselves that we have disowned or are apprehensive about. Various archetypes are represented within myths, fairy tales, and religions, as well as dreams.
Among the numerous archetypes he documented are those of birth, rebirth, death, power, magic, the hero, the child, the trickster, God, the demon, the wise old man, the Earth mother, and many natural objects such as sun, moon, stars, rivers, fires, and animals.
In his quest to discover the role of dreaming, Jung also concluded that dreams are not only relevant to the dreamer's life, but that they are all parts of "one great web of psychological factors." Such things as events, movies and people seen the previous day also play a role in dreaming. Sometimes referred to as day residue, these memories leave impressions for the unconscious to deal with when the ego is at rest. The unconscious "reenacts" these glimpses of the past, in the form of a dream.
Jung estimated that he interpreted over 80,000 dreams by the time he retired in his 80s. Through these, he surmised that dreams and their universal imagery seemed to follow a pattern among all individuals with whom he worked over time. By learning to observe the patterns within one’s dreams and learning to consciously interpret symbolic content, the process of individuation – gaining a higher state of consciousness through a broadened state of awareness – can occur. This enables one to overcome many personal problems, fears and anxieties while realizing full potential.
Gestalt therapy, developed by Frederick (Fritz) Perls, is interested in immediate emotional dream work.
Rather than interpreting and linking the dreams with past history, Perls has the dreamer act out all aspects of the dream. Someone dreaming of a glass house, for example, might find it useful to be the house and describe himself as such. He might then act out being the house. For instance, the dreamer might surround another member of the group as walls of a house would, thus becoming aware of how it feels to be a warm, inviting structure for another. In this case of a glass house, the dreamer might describe himself as transparent, fragile or easily shattered.
Much dialogue (between dreamer and dream object) is used in gestalt dream work, as it becomes a mental-block breaker, and another method of self-discovery. It is helpful for the dreamer to experience this process with each part of the dream in order to learn about and reassimilate the disowned parts of self.
Other 20th century dream theorists – including Adler, Erikson, Maslow, Boss, Buhler, Greene, Heidegger, Garfield, Horney, Hartmann and Piotrowski studied dreams. A common thread among most is that dreams provide opportunities for intrapersonal and interpersonal growth.
The broad range of current dream-related research includes:
- learning during sleep,
- gender differences in dream content,
- drugs and effects on dreaming,
- sleep deprivation and effects on dreaming,
- the healing properties of dreams,
- depression and effects on REM,
- emotions and effect on dreaming
- non-REM dreaming.
- lucidity during dreams
What People Choose to Dream About: Sex and Flying Live Science - July 11, 2014
Trying to fly and having sex are the two most popular activities that lucid dreamers - people who are aware that they are dreaming, and can control their dreams to a certain extent - aim to do in their dreams, according to a new study. The researchers surveyed about 570 people who said they've experienced lucid dreaming, and asked them what they've dreamt about, and whether they just observed their dreams unfolding or they actively aimed to change the dream. The researchers also asked the participants which activities they decided - when they were awake - to try to do in their dreams. About 350 of the participants provided examples of the actions they planned in wakefulness to accomplish in their lucid dreams. Most often, participants wanted to try things that are impossible in waking life, such as flying, doing magic, breathing under water, talking with animals, being someone else and time travel.
Brain Zaps Can Trigger Lucid Dreams Live Science - May 12, 2014
In lucid dreams, people are aware of the fact that they are dreaming, and can control their dream plot. Lucid dreams, in which people are aware of and can control their dreams, are rare. But now scientists have found they can induce this weird state of mind in people by zapping their brains with a specific frequency of electricity. The results showed that when the inexperienced dreamers were zapped with a current of 40 Hertz, 77 percent of the time these participants reported having what were described as lucid dreams.
The mysteries of 'lucid' dreaming The Guardian - April 28, 2014
One of our most mysterious and intriguing states of consciousness is the dream. We lose consciousness when we enter the deep waters of sleep, only to regain it as we emerge into a series of uncanny private realities. These air pockets of inner experience have been difficult for psychologists to study scientifically and, as a result, researchers have mostly resorted to measuring brain activity as the sleeper lies passive. But interest has recently returned to a technique that allows real-time communication from within the dream world.
Why Some Remember Dreams, Others Don't Live Science - August 14, 2013
People who tend to remember their dreams also respond more strongly than others to hearing their name when they're awake, new research suggests. Everyone dreams during sleep, but not everyone recalls the mental escapade the next day, and scientists aren't sure why some people remember more than others. To find out, researchers used electroencephalography to record the electrical activity in the brains of 36 people while the participants listened to background tunes, and occasionally heard their own first name. The brain measurements were taken during wakefulness and sleep. Half of the participants were called high recallers, because they reported remembering their dreams almost every day, whereas the other half, low recallers, said they only remembered their dreams once or twice a month.
Scientists 'read dreams' using brain scans BBC - April 5, 2013
Scientists have found a way to "read" dreams, a study suggests. Researchers in Japan used MRI scans to reveal the images that people were seeing as they entered into an early stage of sleep.
Computers can 'see' people's dreams MSNBC - April 4, 2013
A computer can predict what you're dreaming about based on brain wave activity, new research suggests. By measuring people's brain activity during waking moments, researchers were able to pick out the signatures of specific dream imagery - such as keys or a bed - while the dreamer was asleep. The findings, which were published today (April 4) in the journal Science, could also help scientists understand what goes on in the brain when people have nightmares. Exactly why people dream is a mystery. Whereas the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud may have thought dreams were about wish fulfillment, others believe dreams are irrelevant byproducts of the sleep cycle. And yet another theory holds that dreams allow the mind to continue working on puzzles faced during the day. In general, most people believe their dreams have meaning.
Dreams Do Discriminate: Racial Makeup Mimics Real Life Live Science - December 16, 2011
Here's a new version of the old question "Do you dream in color?" What color are the people in your dreams? A new study finds that the racial makeup of dreams tends to match up with the proportion of different races people run into in their daily lives. A person's own race matters as well, said study researcher Steve Hoekstra, a psychologist at Kansas Wesleyan University. "If you are, say, a black student at a predominately white school in a predominately white community, yes, you dream more about whites than do other black people in other communities," Hoekstra told LiveScience. "But you also dream more about blacks than most people do in your same community."
Why Do We Dream? To Ease Painful Memories, Study Hints National Geographic - November 30, 2011
REM sleep acts like "overnight therapy," expert suggests. Dreaming may act like a type of overnight therapy, taking the edge off painful memories, a new study says. In a recent experiment, brain scans of people who viewed emotionally provocative pictures and then went to sleep showed that the part of the brain that handles emotions powered down during rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep - the stage in which dreams occur. What's more, the subjects reported that the images had less of an emotional charge the morning after. This suggests that REM sleep may help us work through difficult events in our lives, the researchers say.
Why We Dream: Real Reasons Revealed Live Science - June 27, 2010
The slumbering mind might not seem like an apt tool for any critical thinking, but humans can actually solve problems while asleep, researchers say. Not only that, but one purpose for dreaming itself may be to help us find solutions to puzzles that plague us during waking hours. Dreams are highly visual and often illogical in nature, which makes them ripe for the type of "out-of-the-box" thinking that some problem-solving requires, said Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard University. Barrett's theory on dreaming, which she discussed at the Association for Psychological Science meeting here last month, boils down to this: Dreaming is really just thinking, but in a slightly different state from when our eyes are open. [Why we dream is just one mystery of the mind.]
Study shows that adults have dreamlike thoughts during sleepwalking and sleep terrors episodes PhysOrg - December 1, 2009
A study in the Dec.1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that short, unpleasant, dreamlike mental activity occurs during sleepwalking and sleep terrors episodes, suggesting that people with these sleep disorders may be acting out dreamlike thoughts.
Waking up memories while you sleep PhysOrg - November 19, 2009
They were in a deep sleep, yet sounds, such as a teakettle whistle and a cat's meow, somehow penetrated their slumber. The 25 sounds presented during the nap were reminders of earlier spatial learning, though the Northwestern University research participants were unaware of the sounds as they slept. The research strongly suggests that we don't shut down our minds during deep sleep.
Sweet dreams are made of geomagnetic activity New Scientist - April 1, 2009
Looking for an explanation for recurring nightmares of leaving the house without your trousers on or losing your teeth? New research suggests you can blame the Earth's magnetic field, rather than a repressed childhood. Darren Lipnicki, a psychologist formerly at the Center for Space Medicine in Berlin, Germany, found a correlation between the bizarreness of his dreams, recorded over eight years, and extremes in local geomagnetic activity. Other studies have tied low geomagnetic activity to increases in the production of the melatonin, a potent hormone that helps set the body's circadian clock. So, based on anecdotal evidence that melatonin supplements used as a sleeping aid can cause off-kilter dreams, Lipnicki wondered whether local magnetic fields could induce the same effects.
What Do Dreams Mean? Whatever Your Bias Says New York Times - March 10, 2009
Suppose last night you had two dreams. In one, God appears and commands you to take a year off and travel the world. In the other, God commands you to take a year off to go work in a leper colony.
Why Dreams Are So Difficult To Remember: Precise Communication Discovered Across Brain Areas During Sleep Science Daily - March 10, 2009
By listening in on the chatter between neurons in various parts of the brain, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have taken steps toward fully understanding just how memories are formed, transferred, and ultimately stored in the brain--and how that process varies throughout the various stages of sleep. Their findings may someday even help scientists understand why dreams are so difficult to remember.
When Dreaming Is Believing: Dreams Affect People's Judgment, Behavior Science Daily - February 25, 2009
While science tries to understand the stuff dreams are made of, humans, from cultures all over the world, continue to believe that dreams contain important hidden truths, according to newly published research.
Dreams Imaged, Scientists Claim Live Science - December 12, 2008
Japanese researchers say they've imaged thoughts and dreams and displayed them on a computer screen.
New Machine Interprets Dreams Live Science - February 22, 2008
Sleep Waking is an unusual art work that combines recorded brainwave activity and REM sleep with robot behaviors. The Sleep Waking robot plays back your dreams, or, if you will, presents an interpretive dance of your dreams.
The (Brain) Stuff Of Which Dreams Are Made Science Daily - September 13, 2004
A grand tradition in the study of the brain is to wait for disaster to strike. The functional map of the brain--identifying which areas underlie movement, different senses or emotions, memory, and so on--has largely been filled in by observing which functions were eliminated or changed with injuries or strokes to focal areas of the brain.
Japan invents the gadget to help create your dreams BBC - January 14, 2004
A Japanese company has invented a product which, it says, allows owners to create their own dreams. Prospective dreamers are asked to look at a photo of what they would like to dream about and then record a story line into the Yumemi Kobo, or "dream workshop". The machine uses the voice recording, along with lights, music and smells, to help them direct their own dreams during periods of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, Takara Co said.
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