Dream Types
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There are eight major types of dreams we all have. Identifying and understanding each type and what it is trying to tell you is important significant for solving problems in your waking life. Here is an overview of the different types of dream states.

Daydreams
Studies show that we all have the tendency to daydream an average of 70-120 minutes a day. Day dreaming is classified as a level of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness. 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. You may revisit the past, or explore the future, and in doing so, approach the border of the dreamscape. All the while, consciousness keeps pulling you back into the present.

Lucid Dreams
Lucid dreams occur when you ‘wake up’ or gain consciousness while dreaming. Although physically asleep, you are also aware that you're dreaming, and can control the dream or direct your awareness. You may actually be able to control many aspects of the dream - like the locations or characters in the plot, but your dreaming mind still fills in a lot of the details on its own.

This sense of knowing you are dreaming allows you to do fantastic things like fly over houses or obstacles in your path. Most dreamers however, 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 and become an active participant in their own dreams, making decisions and influencing the dream’s outcome without awakening. This ability to achieve the lucid dream state is an important initiation into mastering the power of thought and its ability to influence events.

Nightmares
A nightmare is a disturbing dream that causes the dreamer to wake up feeling anxious and frightened. A nightmare can be as simple as ‘leaving something behind’ while you hurry to your destination, or it can be as frightening as actually experiencing death or dismemberment as you awaken to the idea of letting go.

More than any other dream, the nightmare will disturb you so profoundly, that it cannot be forgotten. It is a natural mechanism, which forces you to confront the truth about how you are hiding from life. Once these fearful feelings are transformed into authentic power, the nightmare will not recur.

A nightmare can be as simple as ‘leaving something behind’ while you hurry to your destination. It can be as frightening as actually experiencing death or dismemberment as you awaken to the idea of letting go. More than any other dream, the nightmare will disturb you so profoundly, that it cannot be forgotten. It is a natural mechanism, which forces you to confront the truth about how you are hiding from life. Once these fearful feelings are transformed into authentic power, the nightmare will not recur.

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 wake up take notice.

Recurring Dreams
Recurring dreams are story lines or themes that repeat themselves over weeks, months and even years. Sometimes they leave you feeling puzzled because they seem irrational. Most dreams contain messages that serve to teach you something about yourself, but soon after you wake up to go about your daily routine, you tend to quickly forget what you dream about. The message in recurring dreams may be so important and/or powerful that it refuses to go away. Such dreams may be nightmarish or frightening in their content, which, along with thier frequent repitition, help you to notice and pay attention to them. Once you have found a resolution to the problem, your recurring dreams will cease.

Recurring dreams are quite common and often triggered by a certain life situation, transitional phase in life or a problem that keeps coming back again and again. Whatever the frequency, there is little variation in the dream content itself. They serve to highlight a personal weakness, fear, or your inability to cope with something in your life - past or present. The repetitive patterns in your dream reveal some of the most valuable information about yourself. It may point to a conflict, situation or matter in your waking life that remains unresolved or unsettled. Some urgent underlying message in your unconscious is demanding to be understood. These dreams may be positive, but most often they are nightmarish in content.

Healing Dreams
Healing dreams serve as messages for the dreamer in regards to their health. Many dream experts believe that dreams can help us avoid potential health problems and help us to heal when we are ill. 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/she needs to go to the dentist or doctor.

Many times vehicle doors, or lower and upper rooms of a house will depict aspects of the body, offering a message about your health and well-being. The front door can suggest arms, while the back doors can represent legs. Lighting or electrical circuitry can be neurological, while water problems can suggest psychological, vascular or ‘plumbing’ issues. The top floor of a building can represent the head, while the rooms below can suggest various parts of the lower body.

Prophetic Dreams
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.

Dreams can be called The Mind’s Mirror because they have a special predisposition for reflecting aspects of you in a way that is puzzling or strange. The ‘newness’ or bizarre imagery of the dreamscape provides the innovative perspective that is necessary to achieve transformation. The third portion of the dream offers information about the ‘missing link’ in overcoming conflict or crisis.

Signal Dreams
Signal dreams are primarily focused on problem solving. They occur as the result of your brain continuing to think about an issue even after you're asleep, and coming up with a solution which is presented to you in your dream.

Paul C. Fisher, inventor of the Fisher Space Pen recounts how he struggled for a long time to figure out the way to modify the ordinary ballpoint pen to work in space without gravity, until he actually had a dream which brought him the solution. Signal dreams demonstrate how dreams have an uncanny ability to break through the walls of consciousness and provide soltions to our waking life problems.

Epic Dreams
Epic dreams (or Great 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.

During periods when you are actively undergoing transformation, you will tend to experience epic dreams. Revisiting these dream themes to contrast the symbolism against ancient mythology can present you with a more profound understanding of its message

 
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