There are some nights when we have a lot of dreams.
For me, I know so because I wake up feeling tired, or exhilarated or confused. My Dream-Maker has been busy helping me do the psychological work necessary for my health.
As a matter or fact, researchers have learned that dreaming in absolutely essential to maintaining mental health. Subjects who were awakened, as soon as they were seen to be dreaming, became mentally unstable after just a few days.
So, if you wake up feeling tired after having lots of dreams, just be aware that you have done a long night’s work. . . and a good night’s work.
We are still solving the mysteries of sleep and dreaming. A dream can be incomprehensible mysterious, troubling, frightening, or so terrifying that you wake yourself from it. But, “It is just a dream,” as your parent might tell you.
Regarding nightmares, here’s what I think. Your Dream-Maker is trying to get your psychological attention, i.e. “This is a big deal.” Through the dream you encounter fears, against-the-law thoughts, and other scary stuff that goes on in your mind.
But, here’s the good news. Your conscious mind just got a glimpse of your unconscious mind, and that is always a gift to be explored. Your Dream-Maker won’t allow you to know anything you can’t handle.
So the nightmare might be your most recent opportunity for growth through some thoughtful self-exploration. Figure out what the symbols represent, perhaps by looking at what has been happening in the past couple of days. Or what have been some of your persistent thoughts. The clues are all there, if you can solve the mystery.
Dreams are there to enhance your mental health and overall well-being. . . perhaps even those pesky nightmares.
Occasionally, we have dreams that seem to be somehow related. The same characters interact, for example. Or we come to know they have a common theme. Another type of series is a set is where it feels like “the same song, second verse.”
What our Dream-Maker might be telling us is that we are in the midst of working through an unfinished issue. Each dream adds information to our ongoing awareness. And one of the things we know is that we have the dreams that we can psychologically tolerate.
Even our nightmares eventually become less scary. Your Dream-Maker will not give you anything that you can’t eventually deal with.
Be clear-eyed about this. Do the work, become more self-aware and move on.
When trying to understand one of your dreams, it can be helpful to give your dream a name. In doing that, think about going with your first impression. What is the name that pops into your mind? That will often be the most authentic representation of the dream. In other words, don’t over-think the dream’s title.
Another advantage to naming your dream could be realize that you have had a series of related dreams. You may be working through a recurrent issue. The dream drama might be like Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, etc.
Naming your dream might, indeed, unlock the true meaning of your dream.
This year much of our news coverage is dominated by items about the 2016 Presidential election coming in November. If you are interested in politics you may dream about that subject as I do.
Here is one of my such dreams. I share it here as an example of a political dream. I had this dream in December of 2004 and wrote it into my journal. The presidential election had happened the previous month.
It is my own interpretation of the meaning of my dream, which I named Green In a Dream.
Dreams are often related to whatever is currently happening in your daily life. “Day material” often produced a dream that may solve a mystery for you, give you an idea, or insight into what’s happening with you.
To work with a dream, think about what has occurred in the previous couple of days, and notice your associated thoughts. These are clues that can help you interpret your dream or series of dreams.