People have been fascinated by dreams and symbols for thousands of years. Carl Jung, the famous 19th century psychotherapist, concluded that looking into dreams was like opening a door into consciousness and the spirit world. But, there is a whole science behind sleep.
Recently, a team of scientists at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratory based in Kyoto, Japan, examined several brain scans while looking for visual dream imagery. They found that we watch our dreams in the same manner like we watch our waking world.
If we want to learn to analyze our dreams, we must study how we participate in our daily activities. Are dreams a replay of the visual stimuli we receive during the day? What do the symbols mean? Here are 10 dream symbols you should never ignore!
Dreaming of flying is as indication of a need to reach ambition. These dreams leave us recharged when we wake up, and there’s a feeling of freedom and being able to achieve anything.
Dreaming of teeth being pulled out means that something will come out, while rotten teeth indicate the holding of fear and anxiety. Falling teeth are the most widespread teeth dreams and are usually associated with stressful things like a new job, fear of loss, lack of power in a relationship or hidden lies. If you see teeth in your dreams, ask yourself these questions: How do you feel about your teeth? How are you nourishing your life?
Dreaming of being pregnant indicates a major growth or development which is linked to your desires and future projects. If you are pregnant in your dreams, ask yourself, what are you trying to create? What transformation are you currently undergoing?
Dreaming of death is more common than people think, and these dreams symbolize the end of something. Death is the termination of ego parts – anxiety and anger can die for example, and a situation can die as well. There’s the death of an idea or the birth of another. Dreaming of death is a psychological aspect of some great emotional change. If you dream of death often, try to remember if it was you who died or a loved one. Dreaming of death can symbolize guidance from a loved one to give comfort.
Dreaming of money is often associated with luck and gives us gratitude. Dreaming of winning the lottery indicates a change in your lifestyle, while dreaming of giving money symbolizes the fear of loss. Money dreams are usually connected to financial instability, which causes a lot of stress in our lives. You can dream of money if you have recently lost your job or have a debt that concerns you.
Dreaming of water is usually associated with your emotional state of mind. Water symbolizes cleansing and purity, and dreaming of waterfalls is a symbol of new beginnings. Try to remember if you dreamt of a small or big waterfall, or was the waterfall in a jungle or on a beach.
House dreams symbolize the self as well as the different personality aspects. Depending on the type of house and the number of rooms you dream about, the interpretation can vary, although all house dreams are about security and comfort. Dreaming of an attic can symbolize hidden memories, while dreaming of a basement can symbolize your intuition and unconscious mind. If you dream of houses, ask yourself, do you take care of your body? How do you see yourself in the world?
Dreaming of adultery symbolizes your sexual desires and urges which are suppressed or need to be expressed. These type of dreams also symbolize abandonment and fears, self-worth issues and unconscious acceptance of a problematic relationship. If you dream of adultery often, ask yourself if you’re afraid of losing the loved one? Are you unhappy in your relationship? How do you feel about your figure and your sexual desires?
Fire dreams have different meaning – if you dream of fire in the distance it symbolizes desire and transformation, while playing with fire indicates risky activities. If you’re starting a fire in your dream, it symbolizes repressed anger. If you see fire in your dreams, ask yourself if you spend your day putting out fires. Do you avoid risky situations?
Being naked in your dreams is associated with the fear of being exposed. If you dream of someone else being naked, it symbolizes “the naked truth” of some situation or predicts a future affair. Nakedness in dreams symbolizes the acceptance of flaws and imperfections. If you’re naked in your dreams, ask yourself ask yourself if you’re afraid of being seen for who you really are, or if you’re overexposing yourself.
Dreams are episodes of our lives that can be analyzed in many ways, but only the dreamer can figure out the true emotional state of the dream. The aforementioned symbols are only a small part of the world of night visions – the mind, body and spirit are intertwined and how we see ourselves plays over during our sleep as well. The mind always tries to dictate our emotions through short visions. For example, anxiety or anger can have a big effect on the way we sleep.
“Dreams…are invariably seeking to express something that the ego does not know and does not understand.” – Carl Jung