Oswald (as related in his book Sleep) observed active rocking in some children and adults during sleep. These rocking movements were very powerful, occurring at a rate of one per second during REM sleep. They occur more frequently in the blind or to people institutionalised during childhood. As rocking is a movement used by primates and humans to comfon themselves during stress or unhappi- ness, it is possible that the rocking accompanies disturbing dreams.
The dream probably evokes unhappy feelings or conditions from the past, as the person used rocking to cope with their past distress, it occurs as an habitual accompaniment of the distressing dream.
To dream of playing an accordian indicates that you are having to work hard to achieve your desires. Yet if you dream that you are having a wonderful, happy time playing it, perhaps with lots of people dancing to the music, then it means you are enjoying your job and are happiest when working.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary
The brain’s activity was found to be a better indicator of dreaming in animals than REM because some creatures, such as owls, do not move their eyes. In this way, all mammals were seen to exhibit active sleep or dreaming. Birds also dream, and, measured in this way, so do many types of fish, reptiles and some amphibians. See science, sleep and dreams. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
The .Asian family tends to keep strong family values and respect family rituals. This may suggest that you need to honor your elders and tradition.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
Because of its red color, this is an alternative blood emblem.
Among Moslems, a symbol of perfect happiness, effective speech and depression’s abatement.
In ancient Greece, this represented having one’s wishes satisfied. Arabian: Take care, someone is trying to trick or deceive you.
In dream oracles, this stone warns of forthcoming misfortunes for which you should begin to prepare.... The Language of Dreams
A variety of chalcedony; Crystalline mineral; Gem; Jewelry; Precious stone; Stone) Seeing a Carnelian-red stone in a dream means dispelling poverty. At the beginning of the creation, of all stones, the Carnelianred was the first stone that testified to God’s Oneness.
If one sees himself in a dream concluding his ablution or ritual bath with the essence of a Carnelianred, it means that he owns something blessed. Such blessings will manifest in one’s work and success in his material as well as spiritual life.
A Carnelian-red stone in a dream also represents one’s progeny, good religious conduct, good character, while seeing the white variety of this stone has a stronger meaning 70 and a better attribute than the red. (Also see Aqiq canyons; Aqiqah rites)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
This dictionary of Christian Dreams contains over 13500 indexed entries and this dictionary.
Interpretation for Christian Dreams Symbols.
Dream Analysis and Interpretation.
Understand the meaning of your dreams. Great dictionary of dream interpretations.
A comedian in a dream also represents someone who sells immodest clothing. (Also see Humorist)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Egypt is a land of mystery, and therefore if you dream of Egypt or things Egyptian there is probably some mystery in your life that you’d like to have resolved. Look to other symbols in the dream to discern what it is and what you should do about it.
Egypt is a land where a lot of secrets are being dug out of the ground. What secrets are you hiding? Or are others around you keeping things from you that you really need to know? If the other symbols in the dream support this idea, honest communication with those involved is definitely called for.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If the giant succeeds in stopping your journey, you will be overcome by your enemy.
If he runs from you, prosperity and good health will be yours. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
According to Jung, in a child’s dream the giant represents adulthood. In that sense, giants are a symbol of future changes and growth that, in a young person’s perception, appear “gigantic.”... Little Giant Encyclopedia
/2- Giants and ogres often represent the emotion of anger, particularly masculine anger. This can be confronted in dreams where perhaps we cannot do this in waking life.
3- Primordial power.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If the giant is your friend: you are going to be very successful.
If the giant is threatening you: in the end a risky transaction will fall through. See Tall, Big.
Depth Psychology: The giant, considered a symbol of male sexuality, is warning you to beware of uncontrolled instincts. Sometimes the dream is a sign of superiority (if you are the giant) or of inferiority (if someone else is the giant). This is a very important dream and should be analyzed further! See Gnome.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you feel small in comparison to a giant, then you are venting your feelings about inferiority, inadequacy, victimhood, and powerlessness.... Strangest Dream Explanations
Dreaming of being a giant sometimes indicates overconfidence. Be cautious of any new enterprises at this time.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
A grammarian in a dream also means embellishment of one’s words, making a flowery speech, falsification or exaggeration. Seeing a grammarian in a dream also means balance, unbalance, gossipry, pretension and ostentatiousness.
If a falsifier becomes a grammarian in a dream, it means that he will turn truthful and become known for it. Ifhe is a heedless person, it means that he will receive guidance.
If he is a sinner, it means that he will repent for his sins. Ifhe stammers, it means that he will prosper after having suffered from poverty.
The same interpretation is given for one who suffers from dumbness.
If he is sick, it means that he will recover from his illness. (Also see Linguist)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If it seems that we are being guarded, then we are being protected from harm.
If we are the guardian then we should consider our responsibilities.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
For a young woman to dream that she is being unkindly dealt with by her guardian, foretells that she will have loss and trouble in the future. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: People who dream about India often have difficulty managing their lives because they are constandy “living in another world.” More self-criticism and realism would be in order. Are you trying to deceive others or yourself? Do you often float too much in a “mystical dimension”?... Dreamers Dictionary
If it does not receive these desires it becomes angry.
The Iroquois therefore developed a system of allowing the dreamer to act out their dreams socially. Although a moral and disciplined group, during such acting out the dreamer was allowed to go beyond usual social boundaries. This included receiving valuable objects and making love to another person’s spouse. This was to allow unconscious desires to be expressed, thus avoiding sickness of body or mind. Such hidden desires were seen as the basis of social as well as individual problems. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Depth Psychology: Italy is the symbol of heightened sensuality, beauty, and creativity. Sometimes the dream is a warning of too much emotion, superficiality, or a craving for pleasure (La Dolce \rita). Looking at Italian art means your own creativity wants to be expressed.... Dreamers Dictionary
The major scientific conclusion is that we do not learn from what we hear while asleep. Sleep is important in the process of learning, however.
If one learns a list of nonsense words, memory of them eight or twenty-four hours later is better if we have slept; memory eight hours later without sleep is not as efficient as twenty- four hours later with intervening sleep. This suggests memory traces are strengthened during sleep.
That we do learn, in the sense of creating new information or perception, while we sleep is generally accepted. Albert Einstein suggested that the creative scientists are those who have access to their dreams. He meant that in order to be innovative we must be able periodically to leave behind the practical everyday path of commonsense and rational thought.
The rational tends to move in areas of thought connected with what is already known.
To create something new, to find a new direction, we may need to be capable of retrieving apparently irrational ideas, sift them and reconstruct them in practical ways.
Dreams have this ability to fantasise, to look at and experience the irrational, to take an idea and move it completely out of its old setting or viewpoint. Because our mind can do this in sleep, we can touch not only our creativity, but also our ability to problem solve. As a personal test of this, try the following experiment. At the end of this explanation a problem will be set. It is one that requires no special training or information to solve.
The solution is simple and will be seen as conect when reached. But do not even begin to think about the problem until you go to bed! It would discount the experiment if you did. On going to bed, think about the problem for no more than 15 minutes.
If you solve the problem note how long it took.
If not, stop thinking about it and go to sleep, making the resolve to remember any dreams. It is likely that you will dream the answer.
If not, on waking spend a funher 15 minutes trying to reach the answer.
The letters 0,T,T,F,F,-,-, form the beginning of an intelligible series. Add two more letters which make it obvious that an infinite number of letters could be added. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If in your dream you hate the idea of lesbianism, then it represents your fears and rejection of parts of your own femininity and sexuality.
If you are a lesbian in real life, then the dream is simply a reflection of your own self.... My Dream Interpretation
A library contains vast information which may represent aspects of yourself or your own knowledge or memories.
The librarian in a dream can help you to navigate a search within this information in order to grow and learn from yourself.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
If you dreamed about about your boyfriend’s (or crush’s) ex-girlfriend, you may be comparing yourself to the ex.
The dream is warning you not to make the same relationship mistakes that ended their relationship. Other love triangle dreams can suggest the dreamer is too hesitant in standing up for their own rights.
To dream that you have been outwitted by a rival in a love situation signifies that you have neglected your responsibilities for the pursuit of leisure and ease, which could lead to some negative consequences.
To dream that you outwit a rival in love suggests that you will soon find your love match, or advance your social position.... My Dream Interpretation
Example: 4I had backed my car into a big yard, a commercial area. My wife, two of my sons and I got out of the car. As we stood in the yard talking I realised there was a motorbike where my car should be. I said to everyone, “There was a car here a moment ago, now it’s a motorbike. Do you know what that means? It means we are dreaming.” Mark my son was now with us, and my ex-wife. I asked them if they realised they were dreaming. They got very vague and didn’t reply. I asked them again and felt very clearly awake’ (William V). William’s is a fairly typical lucid dream, but there are features which it does not illustrate. During the days or weeks prior to a lucid dream, many people experience an increase in (lying dreams.
The next example shows another common feature.
Example: In many of my dreams I become aware that I am dreaming. Also, if anything unpleasant threatens me in the dream I get away from it by waking myself (Alan). Lucidity often has this feature of enabling the dreamer to avoid unpleasant elements of the dream.
The decision to avoid any unpleasant internal emotions is a common feature of a person’s conscious life, so this aspect of lucidity is simply a way of taking such a decision into the dream. Some writers even suggest it as a way of dealing with frightening dreams. Avoidance does not solve the problem, it simply pushes the emotion deeper into the unconscious where it can do damage more surreptitiously. Recent findings regarding suppressed gnef and stress, which connects them with a higher incidence of cancer, suggests that suppression is not a healthy way of dealing with feelings.
Another approach to lucidity is that it can be a son of playground where one can walk through walls, jump from high buildings and fly, change the sofa into an attractive lover, and so on. True, the realisation that our dream life is a different world and that it does have completely different principles at work than our waking world is imponant. Often people introven into their dream life the morals and fears which are only relevant to being awake in physical life.
To avoid a charging bull is cenainly imponant in waking life. In our dream life, though, to meet its charge is to integrate the enormous energy which the bull represents, an energy which is our own but which we may have been avoiding or running away’ from previously. Realising such simple differences revolutionises the way we relate to our own internal events and possibilities.
To treat lucid dreams as if they offered no other attainable expenence than to manipulate the dream environment, or avoid an encounter, is to miss an amazing feature of human potential.
Example: ‘In my dream I was watching a fern grow. It was small but opened out very rapidly. As I watched I became aware that the fern was simply an image representing a process occurring within myself which I grew increasingly aware of as I watched. Then I was fully awake in my dream and realised that my dream, perhaps any dream, was an expression of actual and real events occurring in my body and mind. I felt enormous excitement, as if I were witnessing something of great importance’ (Francis P). It is now acceptable, through the work of Freud, Jung and many others, to consider that within images of the dream lie valuable information about what is occurring within the dreamer, perhaps unconsciously. Strangely, though, it is almost never considered that one can have direct perception into this level of internal ‘events’ without the dream. What Francis describes is an experience of being on the cusp of symbols and direct perception. Considering the enormous advantage of such direct information gathering, it is surprising it is seldom mentioned except in the writings of Corriere and Han, The Dream Makers.
Example: After defining why I had not woken in sleep recently, i.e. loss of belief, I had the following experience. I awoke in my sleep and began to see, without any symbols, that my attitudes and sleep movements expressed a feeling of restrained antagonism or irritation to my wife. I could also observe the feelings were arising from my discipline of sexuality. Realising I did not want those feelings I altered them and woke enough to turn towards her’ (Francis P). After the first of his direct perception dreams, Francis attempted to use this function again, resulting in the above, and other, such dreams. Just as classic dream interpretation says that the dream symbols represent psychobiological logical processes which might be uncovered by dream processing, what we see in Francis’ lucidity is a direct route to self insight, and through it a rapid personal growth to improved life experience. Such dreams provide not only psychological insight, but very frequently a direct perception of processes occurring in the body, as the following example illustrates.
Example: ‘Although deeply asleep I was wide awake without any shape or form. I had direct experience, without any pictures, of the action of the energies in my body. I had no awareness of body shape, only of the flow of activities in the organs. I checked over what I could observe, and noticed a tension in my neck was interfering with the flow and exchange of energies between the head and trunk. It was also obvious from what I could see that the tension was due to an attitude I had to authority, and if the tension remained it could lead to physical ill health’ (Tony C).
An effective way to develop lucidity is frequently to consider the events of waking life as if they were a dream. Try to see events as one might see dream symbols. What do they mean in terms of one’s motivations, fears, personal growth? What do they suggest about oneself? For instance a person who works in a photographic darkroom developing films and prints might see they were trying to bnng to consciousness the latent—unconscious—side of themselves.
A banker might feel they were working at how best to deal with their sexual and personal resources. In this way one might actually apply what is said in this dream dictionary to one’s outer circumstances.
The second instruction is, on waking, at a convenient moment, imagine oneself standing within one’s recent dream. As you get a sense of this dream environment, realise that you are taking waking awareness into the dream. From the standpoint of being fully aware of the dream action and events, what will you now do in and with the dream? Re-dream it with consciousness.
For example the things you run from in your normal dreaming you could now face. See dream processing for fun her suggestions. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
A magician represents the integrated whole and the individuality of the dreamer— that’s the reason why the magician in the Tarot was assigned the number One. This integration and uniqueness is what makes him magical.
The message here might be that the dreamer ought to concentrate on his “magical powers” and know that they contribute to success on his life path. But no personal magic will make itself known unless the dreamer chooses to pursue his own path.
If he doesn’t do that, everything will seem jinxed. He will not get ahead and a multitude of obstacles will get in his way. On the other hand, this dream symbol may also point out that too much emphasis is being put on the individual at the expense of the collective. See Witch.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The figure of a magician appearing in a dream signifies the arrival of a wise guardian and counsellor, whether that is from an internal perspective or in everyday life. You might also like to consult the entries for mystic, witch and wizard.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If negative, dreams about magic warn against using deception and lies to get your way, or you will suffer severe setbacks.... My Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: Either you overestimate your skills, believing you can perform magic, or you are hoping that magically you will get out of a difficult situation. Are you trying a bit of trickery?... Dreamers Dictionary
If he uses an apple in his illusion in the dream, it means that he will seduce his own son.
If he uses a butterfly in his performance in the dream, it means that he will rape his own wife. (Also see Magic arts; Sorcery; Spit out)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
The dream may also indicate that you are attempting to persuade yourself or others of a false truth.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
The Egyptian mummy in dreams can also symbolise our feelings about someone who has died.
2- The Egyptian mummy symbolises death, but also preservation after death and therefore the afterlife. We may be trying to understand such a concept in real life, or we may realise that life has got to continue on a more mundane level.
3- The Self, the unbending Mother and self-preservation are all symbolised in the mummy.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
2- The optician in a dream may suggest that we need to understand the skill of seeing. This may also signify clairvoyance.
3- This dream indicates our ability to enhance our perceptions.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If she is sick and thus dreams, she will have sickness or worry, but will soon overcome them, unless the physician appears very anxious, and then her trials may increase, ending in loss and sorrow. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. Possible illness.
3. A need for healing and care—likely emotional, often spiritual.
4. A good omen for improving situations. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A physician in a dream also represents a scholar, and a scholar in a dream represents a physician. Ifone sees a physician examining him in a dream, it means an improvement in his health condition. Ifone sees a religious scholar advising him in a dream, it means that hypocrisy and doubt will be dispelled from his heart.
A physician in a dream also represents one’s mother, or he could be an opponent, or an adversary.
The death of one’s physician in a dream means the death of one’s mother.
If a sick person sees a physician visiting him in a dream, it means that he will recover from his illness.
If a physician visits a healthy person in a dream and write a prescription for him, it means that he will fall sick. Seeing or visiting a physician in a dream means exposing one’s secrets, for a physician works to extract the patient’s illness just like a snake charmer who brings a snake out of its hiding.
A physician in a dream also represents a garbage collector, a street cleaner, a spy, a backbiter, or a fighter who sometime wins and sometime loses.
To see oneself as a physician in a dream means attaining a high ranking position, or becoming a policeman, or a commander who controls people’s livelihood.
A physician in a dream also represents someone who provides spiritual as well as practical guidance, a social reformer, a judge, a preacher, a teacher, a tanner, or a copper.
If one sees ajust and a well known judge as a physician in a dream, it means that his compassion and welfare will encompass everyone in that locality. Ifone sees a known physician as a judge or a wise man in a dream, it means that one will become renowned, his status will rise and he will become a celebrated pioneer in his field. Ifhe is not known to be a righteous physician, then it means that one will be visited with adversities, or it could mean that someone will die from malpractice, or it could mean persevering with daring attempts do increase one’s business at the expense of people’s lives. Ifone sees a physician selling coffins or folded shrouds in a dream, one should be suspicious of him in wakefulness even if people are fascinated by his charm. Ifone sees a physician working as a tanner in a dream, it shows the physicians ingenuity, knowledge of his trade and the many people who recover from their illness at his hand.
The exception to that is when the tan is spoiled, or if it has a stench, or if it is ineffective in the dream, then it means that such a physician is a crafty swagger.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you have a tendency to always help others while neglecting your own needs, the physician in your dreams is the Super Ego counseling that to be a healer, you must first heal yourself.
A gentle nudge to seek medical evaluation or treatments for something you have either ignored or overlooked up until now.
The patient in this dream can represent a person or group with whom you need to patch things up. It may also be situational.... The Language of Dreams
Vision: A physician-dream is a warning of some kind or expresses an exaggerated fear of illness. It might also suggest that your illness needs treatment. Speaking to a physician: a good sign that the illness can be cured. But no matter what, do pay more attention to your health. Being the physician: a sign of profound self-knowledge or a desire for a better social position.
Depth Psychology: If the physician is an old man: you are unable to cope with something and are searching for advice or for help.
The dream image of the physician is always a symbol of the power- fill healing capacity of the soul. It is often the image of a wise man and strong father.... Dreamers Dictionary
A symbol of masculinity, of a wise man, wise woman, or an emancipated female. Authority and wealth. Try—in the dream—to talk to the physician and ask questions about the situation.
The answers can serve as an important clue, not only to your health.
If the dreamer is the physician, he or she wants to have control over life and Death.
According to Freud, also a symbol for eroticism.
The physician is a person that we stand before naked.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
To hear sweet and voluptuous harmony from a piano, signals success and health.
If discordant music is being played, you will have many exasperating matters to consider. Sad and plaintive music, foretells sorrowful tidings.
To find your piano broken and out of tune, portends dissatisfaction with your own accomplishments and disappointment in the failure of your friends or children to win honors.
To see an old-fashioned piano, denotes that you have, in trying moments, neglected the advices and opportunities of the past, and are warned not to do so again.
For a young woman to dream that she is executing difficult, but entrancing music, she will succeed in winning an indifferent friend to be a most devoted and loyal lover. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
2. A need or desire for “harmony”—likely with inner self, often with friends and family (note the quality of the playing and whether or not the piano is tuned). ... New American Dream Dictionary
According to Freud, because of its rhythm when being played, it is a symbol for intercourse.
As with all musical instruments, according to psychoanalysis it symbolizes the body of the woman. See Grand Piano.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
The piano appearing in dreams is a symbol of our own creativity. Just as in everyday life we need to learn and practise playing the piano, so we also need to learn and practise using our creativity.
2- One of the aspects of piano playing is that wc are creative with someone else’s work. Few of us actually compose our own music. It may be that we need to look at our workaday situation in the light of making something happen in order to use our best potential.
3- Creative sound is a vital aspect in spiritual development, and our appreciation of music can often give an indication of spiritual progression.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
A piano appeanng in a dream may also simply comment on a desire to enjoy music.... Ariadne's Book of Dream
If the dream is of an unsuccessful attempt to play the piano, resulting in a jumble of tuneless sounds, it is an ill omen for lovers.... The Complete Dream Book
For all others it means emotional issues are making their appearances.
The kind of melody coming from the piano is important: is it heavy, sad, or a lighter tune? A fully open rose means love is blossoming.
If you have no particular person right now, music or dance may become your “great new love*!
Depth Psychology: The piano is a sign that feelings denied thus far are about to break through. Try to determine what kind of music you are hearing and if you or someone else is playing the piano.... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream that the piano needs to be tuned or otherwise repaired, indicates that some aspect of your life is in discord. You may need to repair or devote some more time toward a relationship, family duties, project, or other situation.... My Dream Interpretation
If you engage in political wrangling, it portends that misunderstandings and ill feeling will be shown you by friends.
For a young woman to dream of taking interest in politics, warns her against designing duplicity.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
Dreaming of a politician - any politician, even one you like - making a speech in which he or she makes idealistic promises is another sign that you should change direction, as your plans won’t work out if you continue on the course you’re on now.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
To see a politician in your dream, suggests that you need to choose and take a side in a real life situation.... My Dream Interpretation
2- Radiance represents something out of the ordinary or supernatural. It also suggests purity of thought, wisdom and the transcendence of the mundane.
3- Radiance is a sign of pure spirituality. It will enlighten and dazzle us and at the same time draw us in.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
2- On a psychological level there is healing and self-awareness.
3- A Red Indian represents an inner power of which we may or may not have been aware.
The dreamer should now be prepared to investigate his spirituality further.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
2- Particularly when we want to be soothed we like to be rocked.
The gentle movement can allow us to be in touch with our own centre. So to be rocking someone is to be soothing them. Conversely, to be rocked is to be soothed.
3- Rocking is a symbol of transition.
To move to and fro suggests both hesitation and desire. Rocking is also a fertility symbol.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To see someone else in a rocker predicts unexpected bliss for the dreamer. Empty rocking chairs, sorrow or separation from a loved one or a termination of an agreement.... Psycho Dream Interpretation
To see a mother, wife, or sweetheart in a rocking chair, is ominous of the sweetest joys that earth affords.
To see vacant rocking-chairs, forebodes bereavement or estrangement.
The dreamer will surely merit misfortune in some form.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
The next leap forward in understanding came when Aserinsky and Kleitman found rapid eye movements (REM) in 1953. In 1957 the REM were linked with dreaming. This defined sleep into two different observable states, REM sleep, and NREM (non-rapid eye movement or non-rem) sleep. Within NREM three different stages have been identified. These are defined by the different EEG patterns of electrical activity in the brain. They are measured by the height (amplitude) of the brain waves and frequency of up and down movement. There are also electrical changes occurring in the muscles (measured using an electro- myograph or EMG), and in movement of the eyeballs (measured using an electro-oculograph or EOG).
While awake the height is low and frequency fast. As we relax prior to sleep the EEG shifts to what are called alpha waves, at 8 to 12 cps (cycles per second). Stage one of sleep is the transition between this drowsy state of alpha waves to sleeping, in which theta waves occur, at 3 to 7 cps. In this first stage we experience random images and thoughts. This lasts about 10 minutes, followed by stage two, in which ‘sleep spindles’ occur which have 12 to 14 cps on the EEG. These last from 1/2 to 2 seconds, with K complexes following, which are slow large EEG waves. About half our sleep period is spent in this second stage of sleep. Deep sleep is reached when our brain exhibits delta waves, with 1/2 to 2 cps.
After approximately an hour and a half from falling into deep sleep, an exciting change occurs. We return to level two and REM occur. Suddenly the brain is alert and active, though the person is asleep and difficult to wake. This level has been called paradoxical sleep because of this fact. Voluntary muscular activity is suppressed and the body is essentially paralysed. Morrison has pointed out that, although the brain is transmitting full muscular activity messages, these are usually suppressed by an area of the brain in the pons. But bursts of short actions occur, such as rapid eyeball jerks, twitches of the muscles, changes in the size of the pupil, contractions in the middle ear, and erection of the penis. It may be that similar excitation occurs in the vagina. Also, autonomic storms’ occur dunng which large erratic changes occur in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and in other autonomic nervous system functions. These are the changes accompanying our dreams.
If we slept for eight hours, a typical pattern would be to pass into delta sleep, stay there for about 70 to 90 minutes, then return to stage two and dream for about five minutes. We then move back into delta sleep, stay for a short period and shift back to level two, but without dreaming, then back into level three.
The next return to stage two is longer, almost an hour, with a period of dreaming lasting about 19 minutes, and also a short period of return to waking. There is only one short period of return to stage three sleep which occurs nearly four hours after falling asleep. From there on we remain in level two sleep, with three or four lengthening periods of dreaming, and returns to brief wakefulness.
The average amount of body shifting is once every 15 minutes.
1- In undergoing 205 hours of sleep deprivation, four healthy males showed various physiological and psychological changes. Some of these were headache, lack of concentration, hallucination, memory loss, tremor and, in some, paranoia. In all cases one night’s sleep restored normal functioning.
2- One in ten people who complain of excessive daytime drowsiness suffer from sleep apnoea, which is a stoppage of breathing while asleep.
3- A condition called narcolepsy causes sufferers to fall asleep at inappropriate times—while making love, walking, playing tennis, working.
4- As we age we usually sleep less. Our REM sleep in particular decreases sharply. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
For instance most times this happened I have been in the middle of a dream in which there is a sense of absolute imperative that I must make love/have sex.
It is like being lost in a storm of glamour and fantasy or vision in which I am totally involved.
The whirl of the “dream” is towards the wonder, totality of the need to have sex. As this imperative is expressed in my still spontaneous, dreaming physical action, the experience of sex is also visionary and enormous’ (Charles W).
This fairly common dreaming experience demonstrates powerfully how dreams are an expression of a self regulatory or compensatory action in the psyche and body. Charles says that he had been restraining his sexual activity. This shows the enormous gulf which can exist between what we will to do as a conscious personality, and what our being needs to do or wishes to do outside conscious decision making.
The ‘glamour and fantasy’ Charles describes are regular features of how these deeper needs make themselves known, or attempt to coerce the conscious mind, into fulfilling the need.
If we reject the fantasy, the unconscious processes will attempt a more radical approach, as in actual physical movement while we sleep. This may have given rise to ideas about possession or devils in past ages, when it was not understood that we can split our mind by such conflicts. Fear of the possessing’ influence actually heightens its power through suggestion. It is much better to understand what one’s needs are, and seek an acceptable fulfilment. See abreaction. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
To sleep in unnatural resting places, foretells sickness and broken engagements.
To sleep beside a little child, betokens domestic joys and reciprocated love.
To see others sleeping, you will overcome all opposition in your pursuit for woman’s favor.
To dream of sleeping with a repulsive person or object, warns you that your love will wane before that of your sweetheart, and you will suffer for your escapades.
For a young woman to dream of sleeping with her lover or some fascinating object, warns her against yielding herself a willing victim to his charms. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If in fact the people are unaware or uncertain about something, and if one sees them in such a state of slumber in a dream, it means that God Almighty will remove that blind, and they will see things clearly.
If one sees himself sleeping or laying on his back in a dream, it means that he will gain power and financial success in the world. Sleeping with the face down in a dream means losing one’s job, or it could mean poverty. Sleeping on the floor in a dream means owning a land, being a rich person, or 396 having children. Sleeping for an unmarried woman in a dream means that she will get married shortly.
The sleeping of an unjust ruler in a dream means a temporary relief for the people. Sleeping in a dream also means intoxication of the mind, ecstasy, a sickness, neglecting one’s duties, disunity, humiliation, or death. Sleeping under a tree in a dream means having a large progeny. (Also see Doze; Sleeping on the stomach Slumber; Turning in one’s sleep)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A dream of sleeping with someone who is repulsive augurs £11 in matters of the heart.
To sleep beside a small child predicts that yonr love will be reciprocated by your sweetheart.
Sleeping alone m a bed with clean, fresh linen is a favorable sign to those in love.... The Complete Dream Book
People today have become very selective about interpreting the meaning of their dreams, they are more likely to believe and assign meaningful symbols to dreams, which are in line with their daily lives. This phenomenon is called motivated reasoning. Motivated reasoning is an emotion based decision making phenomenon.
Dream interpretation, in the sense of foretelling the future or discerning the will of gods or ancestors, is as old as human history. The Summerian civilization, which was the first to develop writing in the third millennium BC, recorded dreams their earliest texts. For instance, in the Gilgamesh epic, the bull-man Enkidu has a pair of dreams which foretell his death. Egyptian papyri and other early civilizations writings feature this type of interpretation.
The earliest recorded attempt at dream interpretation, comes from the Babylonian epic, "Epic of Gilgamesh" where mother of Gilgamesh helps him in interpretating his dreams.... WikiPedia
If this area is damaged or suppressed, humans or animals make full muscular movements in connection with what is dreamt. He observed that cats would stalk, crouch and spring at imaginary prey. These very imponant findings suggest a number of things.
The unconscious process behind dreaming, apan from creating a non-volitional fantasy, can also reproduce movements we have not consciously decided upon. This shows we have at least two centres of will which can direct body and mental processes. Christopher Evans, linking with the work of Nicholas Humphrey at Cambridge University, sees the movements of dreaming cats as expressions of survival ‘programs’ in the biological computer. These ‘programs’ or strategies for survival need to be replayed in order not only to keep in practice, but also to modify them in connection with the influx of extra experience and information. In the human realm, our survival strategies and the way we relate to our social, sexual, marriage and work roles may also be replayed and modified in our dreaming.
Such movements are not linked simply to survival or social programs’.
An important aspect of dreaming is releasing painful emotions or trauma, and moving toward psychological growth. Also, the process producing these movements does not keep strictly to the realm of sleep. It is observable that many muscular spasms, ticks, or unwilled waking movements arise from this source—the will’ of the unconscious—attempting to release trauma or initiate a necessary programme of psychological growth. That such dream’ activities as spontaneous movement or verbalisation should occur during waking would appear to suggest that a dream must occur with them. Research shows this is unlikely. It does however show that a dream may be imagery produced to express this mental, muscular, emotional ‘self regulation’.
The imagery may not be necessary if the process is consciously experienced.
Because the self-regulatory process produces spontaneous movements, emotions and verbalisation, it is likely there is a connection between it and many ancient religious practices such as pentecostalism, shaktipat in India, subud in Indonesia and seitai in Japan. These are forms of psychotherapy practised by other cultures. They create an environment in which practitioners can allow spontaneous movement and fantasy while awake. Because consciousness is then involved, and can co-operate with the self-regulating or healing activities of the unconscious, such practice can lead to better health and utilisation of unconscious functions.
The older religious forms of this practice relied on belief systems of spirits or gods. Once the connection between these practices and the dream is realised, much in them which was obscure becomes understandable. In my book Mind and Movement I explain the connection between the dream process, self regulatory healing, extended perception and waking consciousness. See abreaction; sleep walking; dream as therapist and healer. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
The dream probably evokes unhappy feelings or conditions from the past, as the person used rocking to cope with their past distress, it occurs as an habitual accompaniment of the distressing dream. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
If the child is agitated, excited or acting in a manner to injure themselves during the sleep walking, then it may be a sign of emotional distress.
The same applies to adults. Many sleep walkers perform complex acts without coming to harm.
A young Ponsmouth boy drove his father’s car 27 miles before waking in Southampton.
The police checked his story and did not charge him. But sometimes severe injury is inflicted either upon themselves or others. During a dream phone-in on London Broadcasting Company, a man told me his experience of smashing through a glass window, cutting an artery and nearly bleeding to death. In America and England homicidal acts have been committed while the person claimed to be sleepwalking, and the people involved were acquitted of murder.
Because of such powerful activity during sleep, many people who experience this type of sleep walking are worried about what they might do to a partner sleeping next to them.
In most cases one wakes as the contact is made, or the involved person wakes one, but the element of risk cannot be denied. Where such worry exists, hope can be gained by understanding what was observed with many men who began to sleep walk after war combat. In their cases the movements, speech and emotions were observably connected with trauma occurring during their war experience.
The self regulatory process in dreams was thereby attempting to release the tension, horror or emotional pain of the events. Where these emotions could be met consciously, perhaps with the help of a psychotherapist, the sleep movements stopped. This suggests that dramatic activity while sleep walking has similar roots, and can be dealt with. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Depth Psychology: Sleep is the symbol of your unconscious fear of or flight from reality. Do you have unknown talents you need to “wake up” ? A bedroom is a sign of your sexual needs. Bedroom dreams usually appear when something is wrong in an intimate relationship. See House, Room.... Dreamers Dictionary
If the sleepover party was fun, social plans that you make now will bring you much happiness.
If the party was bad, this indicates that you are unsure of your social skills.
If you see other people sleeping in your dream, you may not be alert or informed about a particular situation in your waking life.... My Dream Interpretation
If so, try to seek the people and activities that can give your life more purpose and a deeper meaning.... My Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: A swing means your moods are constantly “swinging back and forth.” In a man’s dream, it also might imply that—if married and having an affair—he can’t decide between his wife and his lover.
The dream is a warning: make a decision now and be more assertive.... Dreamers Dictionary
The dreamer was single, so the subject of the talk may have been bothering her. Perhaps the most prolific and creative of sleep talkers was Edgar Cayce. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
The first is the undifferentiated or preconscious stage, the second is the sense of individuality, feeling otherness’ in regard to the world; and the third is the relationship of the self to the other’ in people and the world. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
Depth Psychology: The triangle is the symbol for a “triangulated” affair. It may, however, also indicate that contradictory traits in your personality can be balanced in order to create something new. See also the chapter “Numbers in Dreams—Number 3.”... Dreamers Dictionary
If you’re experiencing a love triangle in your real life, your dream may refer to this. Also see “Love Triangle”... My Dream Interpretation
If one sees the reverse, which is turning from resting on one’s stomach to lying on his back in a dream, it means that he will repent for his sins. It also represents his willingness to face the people and to correct his wrongdoing.
If the subject is a woman, then sleeping on her stomach in a dream means that she is refusing to sleep with her husband. (Also see Running away; Take a flight; Sleep)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream that another person has the title of valedictorian suggests that you may feel jealous of that person’s success and it is a reminder that ultimately you have the power to make big things happen.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
To dream that someone else is the valedictorian is also lucky, foretelling an improvement in your social status. This dream can also be a reminder to take care of neglected obligations.... My Dream Interpretation
A veterinarian in a dream also may be interpreted as one’s physician, one who practices righteousness, a wise man, a specialist in setting broken bones, cupping, or practicing bloodletting medicine.... Islamic Dream Interpretation