Are Your Dreams Telling You Something? The Truth Revealed!
You’d be lying if you said you had never once awoke from some skewed version of reality and thought, “what the hell?” Or maybe you are one of those “I don’t dream” people and you truly believe you do not dream. Who are you kidding? Even our cats and dogs have dreams; studies have shown that animals have the same brain wave activity during sleep as we do. Still think you’re not a dreamer? Well, even those who are visually impaired still have dreams. They may be very different from yours or mine, but they have dreams nevertheless. We all dream. If you truly believe you do not, perhaps you are just not remembering yours, in which case you may need to focus on getting better sleep. Which begs the question, are your dreams telling you something?
So what about that precognitive dream of yours from last night? Many of us do one of 2 things: 1) We march on with our morning and forget all about Alice in Wonderland. 2) We start writing it all down like John Napier discovering logarithms for the first time, log onto dreammoods.com, and proceed to tell anyone who will listen.
Are your dreams telling you something? Why should we care? After all, dreams won’t help you pay those bills of yours. But let’s say one’s dreams could help lead to professional success or a better dating life, would we listen to them then? I’d say that’s an easy answer for most. Consider that your dreams may actually be telling you something really important about how you feel in your waking life; feelings that you either don’t recognize or choose to ignore. Imagine your success in both your career and personal relationships depend on your recognition of these feelings. Well, they do.
Lauri Quinn Loewenberg, a dream expert, surveyed 5,000 people and found that the most common dream her participants had experienced was that their mate was cheating on them. Other common dreams include: being chased, teeth falling out, or feeling embarrassed. All of these dreams denote some kind of negativity and have implications of insecurity as well. Have you had any of these dreams or something like it? It could mean that you have a few skeletons desperate to get out of that closet you just won’t open. Those same skeletons could be poisoning your dating life, your friendships, and yes, even your career!
So now it’s time to deal with your insecurities. You insecure? Never. I know, it’s madness isn’t it? Understand that it is not happiness and joy that are the most commonly experienced emotions during dreaming, it’s fear and anxiety. Remember, those negative dreams you’ve had at some point were created by your mind. You created those emotions; most likely you have some hidden weaknesses. Surprise! You’re not impenetrable, you are human. It doesn’t make you a bad person, it just means you have a few things that need to be worked out (like most of us). Because the chances are you’ve been ignoring bad feelings the same way people ignore what’s under the hood of their car. Take your mind for a tune-up and look under the hood once in awhile. The insecurities you ignore in your waking life are often encoded in your dreams.
Decoding. Figure out what it is that your dream is telling you and proactively solve whatever it is that may be lying dormant in your subconscious. Your insecurities and negative feelings project onto others even if you don’t realize it. For instance, if you are having the dream in which your mate is cheating on you, it may mean you have some trust issues you need to work out. You can actually project those negative feelings onto your partner in your waking life without even knowing it. You may have developed this trust issue from a past relationship with someone, and it needs to be confronted by you before it poisons your future relationships. You are stronger and better for your life experiences, good or bad, and you need to tell yourself that. Find out who those skeletons are and speak their names out loud to someone or even just yourself (this could be an old boss, ex-spouse, a family member who has passed on, anything). It needs to be said, so you can take off the shackles and move on.
None of us can hide from the truth of our emotions. Even if we choose to ignore them they will find us in a dream, in a friend or maybe in our careers. Often times our emotions hold us back from being successful at work because we don’t feel good enough. Remember that you are worth it. Actor Johnny Depp once said: “As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too.” Are your dreams telling you something? Yes, perhaps it’s time to listen.