2015 A to Z

Elements of Dreams

The theme for 2015 on this blog is "Elements of Dreams". I'll be looking at some common dream themes or imagery with some thoughts as to why we might dream about these things and what they might mean to us. As you read, think about your own dreams and see if any of these elements fit into your dreams.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Worry (Elements of dreams) #AtoZChallenge



       Worry can influence what we dream and the subconscious can introduce worry into the dream story line.  There is a reasonable probability that our worry from waking life carries over into our dreams and is transmogrified into a new kind of dream worry.   However if that waking life worry is powerful enough then it will probably show up in the same or similar manner as we had experienced it in the original incarnation.

         Sometimes a reimagined or newly invented dream worry can vex us to the point were we might wake up with that same worry on our mind.   We might not remember what it was in the dream that caused our worry which at times can become even more troubling in the first few minutes of being awake.   As we gather our senses we realize that the worry has been induced by a dream story and is not real.

         There is probably little doubt that any worry in dreams is rooted in an actual concern we have carried over from waking life into our dreams.  As is usually the case with dreaming, the subconscious attempts to analyze the worry from waking life and find a possible resolution.  If no adequate answer to the worry in the dream is found then we are left with the original worry though perhaps it may have been mitigated to some degree by the act of trying to analyze it.

         Do you ever dream about being worried about something?    Do you ever wake up worried by an idea that was introduced in a dream?     How often have you lain awake in bed worrying about some issue in your life?  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Variance (#AtoZChallenge)

var·i·ance
ˈverēəns/   noun
  1. the fact or quality of being different, divergent, or inconsistent.
    
       Dreams are at variance with the reality of waking life.   The logic and consistency of one world is not quite like the other.  Dreams have a similarity to our lives of working, playing, eating, or any of the other many varied things we do when we are not sleeping.  However during sleep we imagine or remember that waking world and reinterpret the images and sensations of that world into a sometimes fantastical world where anything can and often does happen.

         Waking and sleeping are complementary worlds that rely upon each other to exist. Waking cannot be without sleeping.   However we can sleep in a coma for an indefinite period of time.  What dreams exist in that interminable sleep?  And do those dreams gradually lose touch with the imagery of the waking world?

         As with all circumstances of living, there must be some balance between waking and sleeping in order for the dreams to function normally.   Or is there truly a normalcy to dreams?  If dreams are the variance of waking life and these dreams reinterpret and evaluate the experiences of the waking hours then what do the dreams of a comatose state consist of--colors, shadows, darkness?

         More research will be necessary to understand the dream world of the coma victim, but without the variance of waking life versus dreams is there anything really to be measured or studied?

         Do you think there is a purpose to the variance between waking life and dream life?    How "normal" are most of your dreams?   What do you like best--dream life or waking life?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Understanding (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge



         Dreams can help you in understanding self and the external world.   The subconscious mind reinterprets daily events as well as how you feel about your life.  If you are content and happy, your dreams will likely reflect those feelings.  If you are having dreams that frighten or discourage you then you need to take a look at your life to see what it is that might offer threats or apprehensions.

          The mind uses dreams to connect your body, soul, and environment to some sense of meaning and point to ways that you can clear up the difficulties that might be standing in your way.  Your dreams rarely hand over the answers you need in any obvious way.   It's up to you to figure things out by determining what the dream symbols represent and what you need to do with them.

         Your dreams might not deliver easy answers, but they can help but you on the road to better understanding.   Dreams are a useful tool when you take advantage of them.

         Do you ever use dreams to understand yourself and environment better?     Do you see any useful purpose to dreams and the study of those dreams?   What are some ways that you might analyze your own dreams to make them more clear to you?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Traveling (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge


       Traveling dreams for me are of a highly personal nature that many readers might not share in the same way as I do.   Since I spent many years touring with a theater group, traveling for me represents essentially a way of life as well as part of a work environment.  Traveling in dreams for me is normally a relatively positive circumstance in which I feel comfortable for the most part.

        The part where travel in dreams might find a common ground between me and others for whom travel might tend to be a more special experience is the feeling of being lost or being late.  In my travel dreams I frequently find myself behind schedule which can introduce an element of stress into the dream.  Add to that the sense of being lost and the dream can become highly disorienting and sometimes rather upsetting.

         In some of these travel dreams I will find myself without my vehicle for one reason or another and I will be on foot.  Typically I am not alone, but with another person or a group of people.  As we travel, whether it be by vehicle or on foot, I will often get side-tracked by other events or situations and my original destination becomes forgotten or determined to be a lost cause.

        There are also travel dreams that might involve car trouble, accidents, or external threats that hinder my ability to continue my journey.  These situations are likely to be more relatable to those of you who are not frequent travelers.  In your case you might be dreaming about trying to get to work or some other destination that is important to you.

         Do you dream about travel?   Where are you usually going when you dream about trying to get somewhere?   What typically hinders you from reaching your dream destinations?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sex (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge



      One of the most common elements of dreams is sex.   There can be any number of interpretations of a dream about sex and several reasons that one might have dreams about sex.  Generally a sex dream would indicate desire, a wish for dominating another, or a fear resulting from a threat of another person.

       The desire part is easy enough.   Our dreams often merely depict something that we are wishing for.  The partner in the dream might not be one that we would really want in waking life, but the meaning behind that depiction would have to be something determined by self-analysis.  The main components to consider in a desire dream would be who we were with, where the act had occurred, what were the circumstances of the encounter, and how the situation made us feel.

        Some sex dreams are not really about sex at all, but they actually refer to our wish to dominate, control, or humiliate another person in our lives.  Once again how we feel about the situation is an important determinant as to the possible meaning of the dream.

         Sex dreams that induce fear are again not so much about sex as they are about real or perceived threats.   If you have a dream of this nature you should carefully consider what the dream is telling you and perhaps heed the warning delivered by the dream.  Often it is nothing but a matter of something thought or heard about the person in the dream.   In some cases the dream encounter might be a symbolic representation of something totally unrelated to anything sexual.   It's up to you to read carefully the dream story and emotions to determine whether these dreams are important to your waking life or something else entirely that has nothing to do with the person about whom you dreamed.

          Have you ever dreamed of a totally absurd encounter with someone that you would not have otherwise thought about in a sexual context?   Do you have recurring nightmares of a sexual nature?  Do sex dreams typically make you feel positive or negative?