Dream Interpretation as an Ascension Tool
Dreams are a catalyst for spiritual growth. The types of dreams and their uses can be supportive in our ability to understand the subtle nuances our spiritual path takes in shape and form. Paying attention to our dreams all the time and especially during auspicious times of our lives like age transitions (birthdays - solar returns), coming of age cycles, planetary alignments, and traveling to sacred global sites can also point us toward a greater understanding of our next steps in life, our divine mission, patterns we have bought into that need to be cleared from our emotional body and relationships pointing toward our healing.
Fun Factoid: The idiom Counting Sheep came from an Oxford University study as a means of inducing sleep for those suffering from insomnia. The repetitive monotony of counting a similar object in one's mind was all it took for most to nod off to dreamland. Similarly softly sung songs known as lullabies like the Dutch lullabye Wynken, Blynkenn, and Nod were used for children to assist them to sleep. Tip: Combining the two, music and counting, often works the quickest.
Once fast asleep, below is a list of dream explanations to help you better understand and utilize the power of our dreamtime.
Namaste and Happy Dreaming!
A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by, One after one; the sound of rain, and bees, Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas, Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky - I've thought of all by turns, and still I lie Sleepless... – William Wordsworth, "To Sleep"
Types of Dreams and Understanding the Messages Hidden Within Them
Daydreaming is classified as a level of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness. Studies show that we all have the tendency to daydream an average of 70-120 minutes a day. It occurs during our waking hours when we let our imagination carry us away. As our minds begin to wander and our level of awareness decreases, we lose ourselves in our imagined scenario and fantasy. Click here for a more in depth look at daydreams.
False Awakening Dreams
Ever thought you were awake and going about your morning routine of getting up, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast and going to work only to wake up "again" and realize that was just a dream. That sensation is referred to as a false awakening.
Lucid dreams occurs when you realize you are dreaming. "Wait a second. This is only a dream!" Most dreamers wake themselves up once they realize that they are only dreaming. Other dreamers have cultivated the skill to remain in the lucid state of dreaming. They become an active participant in their own dreams, making decisions in their dreams and influencing the dream's outcome without awakening. Click here for a more in depth look at lucid dreams.
A nightmare is a disturbing dream that causes the dreamer to wake up feeling anxious and frightened. Nightmares may be a response to real life trauma and situations. These type of nightmares fall under a special category called Post-traumatic Stress Nightmare (PSN). Nightmares may also occur because we have ignored or refused to accept a particular life situation. Research shows that most people who have regular nightmares have had a family history of psychiatric problems, bad drug experiences, people who have contemplated suicide, and/or rocky relationships. Nightmares are an indication of a fear that needs to be acknowledged and confronted. It is a way for our subconscious to make up take notice. "Pay attention!" Click here for a more in depth look at nightmares.
Mutual dreams are described as such when two people have the same dream. Mutual dreams may be planned, meaning that two people actively work toward achieving one dream scenario or goal. It is a way to improve communication and build trust. Mutual dreams can also be spontaneous. You find out that a friend, a significant other, faraway relative, or someone has had the same dream on the same night as you. Not much study has gone into the phenomenon of mutual dreams, but there is a very strong bond that exist between these two people.
Healing dreams serve as messages for the dreamer in regards to their health. The Ancient Greeks called these dreams "prodromic". Many dream experts believe that dreams can help us avoid potential health problems and help us to heal when we are ill or when we are grieving. Research has shown that asthma and migraine sufferers have certain types of dreams before an attack. Our bodies are able to communicate to us through our dreams to "tell" us that something is not quite right with our bodies even before any physical symptoms show up. Dreams of this nature may be telling the dreamer that he or she needs to go to the dentist or doctor. If you can understand the language of dreams, our dreams serve as an invaluable early warning system. They can help inform, advise and heal.
Prophetic dreams, also referred to as precognitive or psychic dreams, are dreams that seemingly foretell the future. One rational theory to explain this phenomenon is that our dreaming mind is able to piece together bits of information and observation that we normally overlook or that we do not seriously consider. In other words, our unconscious mind knows what is coming before we consciously piece together the same information.
Signal dreams help you how to solve problems or make decisions in your waking life.
Epic dreams (also referred to as Great Dreams, Cosmic Dreams or Numinous Dreams) are so huge, so compelling, and so vivid that you cannot ignore them. The details of such dreams remain with you for years, as if your dreamt it last night. These dreams possess much beauty and contain many archetypal symbology. When you wake up from such a dream, you feel that you have discovered something profound or amazing about yourself or about the world. It feels like a life-changing experience.
Progressive dreams occur when you have a sequence of dreams that continue over a period of nights. The dream continues where you left off the previous night. Such dreams are problem-solving dreams and help to explore different options and various approaches to a problem, situation or relationship.
Recurring dreams repeat themselves with little variation in story or theme. These dreams may be positive, but most often they are nightmarish in content. Dreams may recur because a conflict depicted in the dream remains unresolved or ignored. Once you have found a resolution to the problem, your recurring dreams will cease.
All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own. – Plutarch