About dreams


Before I describe the different types of dreams I will give some general information.

Dreams are a source of wisdom. If you interpret dreams you can find answers to questions, differentiate between right and wrong, get warnings or get personal development.

You usually dream during REM-sleep (Rapid Eye Movement), but you can also dream when you are falling to sleep and when you wake up. REM usually starts about 90 minutes after you fall asleep, and then comes back every 90 minutes. In this period is the brain very active, it can play with strange combinations of things or try to teach you something new, even if you usually remember little of it.

The reason dreams often seem illogical is that when we are awake is the left side of your brain most active. This part of your brain is mostly used for logical thinking. When you dream are both parts of your brain active, and the logical thinking does not dominate your fantasy or intuition.

No matter what you dream, and how you feel in your dreams, you would not be dreaming if it was pointless or of no use. According to Jung and Freud there are many universal symbols that are in the collective subconsiousness. These symbols often appear in dreams, and symbolize the same for everybody. A dream can therefore try to tell you something useful through symbolism. This is when you need dream interpretation.  

The oldest registered case of dream interpretation is found in the Chester Beatty Papyrus that comes from the 12th Egyptian Empire (1991-1786 BC). A document from India called Atharvaved contains a chapter about dream interpretation. This document was written around the year 500 BC. A guide to dream interpretation was found in the ruins of the city Nineveh, in the library of Emperor Ashurbanipal (668-627 BC). The Bible does also contain dream interpretation; Joseph interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh (Genesis 41). 

There are many famous people that over the years have used dream interpretation. These are among others: Plato, Goethe, Shakespeare, Caesar, Napoleon, Franz of Assisi, Marie Antoinette and Niels Bohr.

You may have problems remembering your dreams. What can help you to remember them is to say the following to yourself before you go to sleep: ”Now I must remember my dreams”. When you wake up you should think closely to try to remember what you dreamt of. If you do this for some time it will be easier to remember your dreams.

One other thing you should do is to write a dream diary. If you do this you will see how the dreams change over time, and if you do the correct things. You will also remember important things the dream has tried to say to you.

Some people dream in black and white, while others dream in color. If you dream in color you should look at the symbolism of the colors, if they are an important part of your dream.

You may dream about something you do often, or you are very absorbed by. These dreams do not need to symbolize anything.

Dreams can mean a lot, but they usually symbolize things that may happen in the future. This is what is important when you interpret the dream. If you find out what might happen you can change the future, if you want to. For instance: If you dreamt you crashed your car at a specific location, and you are careful when you drive there in the future, you will avoid that accident. You have then changed the future. 

What you dream might not happen the same day you dreamt about it. It can take a long time before anything might happen.

The French prophet Nostradamus has said that the reason he predicted the future was to war people so they could avoid what probably would happen. The reason that his prediction about the seventh month in 1999 did not come true, does not have to be that he was mistaken, it can be because we have changed the future.

You can also ask your dreams for the solution to a problem. If you think about a problem when you go to bed, you will often get the answer in your dreams through symbolism.