We all dream though we may not always remember our dreams in detail. Most of our dreams occur during REM sleep. Brain scans show that during this phase our brains indicate lots of activity. Scientists and psychologists offer many explanations as to the function or purpose of dreaming but there is still a lot that we don’t know. Some people believe that dreaming is a way that our brain makes sense of and sorts out the day’s events. Others believe that dreaming is a way for our mind to deal with conflicting issues and emotions. Are our dreams trying to tell us something? The following are some popular beliefs about what our dreams say about us.
Travelling is a popular dream. You could be in the car or on public transport. Or you could be embarking on walking and sightseeing tours in Paris. Travelling or journeys are thought to represent the journey of life and all of its twists and turns. Travelling dreams may also reflect a goal you’re working towards.
Have you ever dreamed you were falling? This is another very common dream. It is thought that it could be a response to falling asleep and the process that our bodies are going through. It could also be an indication that you’re feeling powerless or out of control in some aspect of your life.
Being chased is often a nightmare rather than a dream. It is something that may recur throughout your life. A dream about someone pursuing you may suggest that you’re running away from something in your waking life. This could be an issue, a problem or a person.
Dreaming about teeth could have many meanings. It could represent that you’re feeling confident about your physical appearance. However, if you dream that your teeth are falling out, it could represent feelings of a lack of control.
Have you ever dreamed that you’re taking an exam? This could have several interpretations depending on the content. An exam often represents a challenge. If you feel unprepared for your exam, look for areas of your life where you’re feeling unprepared or out of control. If you dream that you have failed an exam then this may indicate an area of your life where you have been unable to prove yourself. Or perhaps it indicates that you feel unprepared in some way. Of course, if you have exams looming in your waking life then this could just represent your natural anxiety.
One of the forefathers of psychology, Carl Jung, believed that dreams are a route into our unconscious. He believed that by analysing our dreams we can derive a lot of information about ourselves. Before you settle down to a good night’s sleep, place a pen and paper next to your bed. As soon as you wake up write down any dreams you remember, focusing on your emotions.
Though we know very little about our brains and the function of dreaming, analysing our dreams can be very helpful. There may be a lot of debate over symbols and meanings. But dreams can be a useful
tool to unlock our emotions and our unconscious mind.