Do you have a recurring dream? What are the 5 most common dreams and what do they mean?
I was recently reading an article written by National Geographic about how the current pandemic is affecting people’s dreams and making them appear more vivid. Its suggested that lockdown and the withdrawal of our usual environment has left us lacking in inspiration for our dreams, causing our subconscious minds to delve deep into our past for inspiration.
Could it be that now we’ve slowed down as a collective, spirit is compelling us all to look within for messages, guidance and healing in our dreams?
It is my belief that dreams are connected to our wellbeing. Dreaming allows us to overcome psychological stress, intense memories and emotions in the safety of our subconscious minds, and although a nightmare is in no way pleasant it is still important for highlighting warnings or anxieties that we may not be aware of in our waking lives.
With more people experiencing dreams right now, it’s a good time to interpret the meaning of our dreams and look at how we can use them as a tool for healing and developing our awareness.
Everyone dreams, whether you remember them or not. The exact reason why we dream is unknown, but many theories have been offered by scientists, psychologists, and neurologists to name a few.
Dreams, especially nightmares can feel quite involuntary, and most of the time we can only recall snippets of our dream once we wake, but with practice you can use dream time to experience anything, there are no limits or boundaries. The impossible becomes possible, we can talk with animals, fly, meet our ancestors and travel to other realms.
Whilst we may be experiencing these things in our dream without knowing, it is possible to gain some control over the narrative of our dream through lucid dreaming.
What is Lucid Dreaming?
A lucid dream is a dream in which you become aware that you’re dreaming, you are awake in your dream so to speak. There are many spiritual benefits that come from lucid dreaming, such as overcoming fears and phobias that have become a barrier for us in our waking lives. Finding solutions to significant problems, evaluating different outcomes for important decisions, and practicing life skills.
There are many techniques that can help us to achieve a lucid dream. One idea is to set an alarm 15 – 20 minutes before your usual alarm, hit the snooze button and fall back to sleep. This is when you’ll have your most vivid dream but are also in a light enough sleep to become aware that you are dreaming. It takes a lot of practice so it may not happen right away, but at least from this technique you’ll have a better chance of remembering your dream. Keep a dream journal next to your bed, so on waking you can quickly write down as much as you can remember about your dream in order to interpret it.
Journaling is an especially useful and insightful way of remembering and interpreting any dream and to discover what your unconscious mind wants you to look at or heal from. The key to dream journaling is to not make any prejudgments, try not to be too intellectual with this and go with the flow, and be open to the possibilities of what your dreams might mean.
The Five Most Common Dream Types
Now that you’re keeping a record of your dreams, let’s look into what types of dreams you may experience and what they mean.
There are many kinds of dreams, but the most common types are:
Release dreams – These dreams are typically chaotic and disturbing with no sequential order and sometimes described as nightmares. Any fear, anger, insecurity, or frustration that we experience but suppress in our waking lives get buried in the subconscious. These emotions still need to be heard and healed and therefore present themselves as release dreams. Perhaps your fleeing from a monster? The notion is that the monster you are running away from is an aspect of yourself. In order to heal, you must confront the part of your life that needs work.
Wish dreams- A dream that reflects your real hopes, fantasies, ambitions, and the life you really want. These dreams signify that something maybe missing in your waking life.
Prophetic dreams – Dreams that really do come true! You don’t have to be psychic to have a Prophetic dream, but they are pretty rare. This type of dream delivers a message or a warning about what is to come, however the dreamer is not always given enough information to take any action. This type of dream unfolds logically and in sequential order.
Astral dreams - A dream that feels especially vivid or real. These dreams are often about visiting strange and new places or being visited by departed love ones or spirit guides who help us on our earthly journey.
Problem Solving Dreams – This is where the saying “sleep on it” derives from. If you’ve gone to sleep at night trying to find a solution to something and woken up the next morning with an answer you were probably having a problem-solving dream. During sleep we tap into our subconscious mind more easily, as we let go of our problem consciously, our subconscious mind works behind the scenes to solve it.
We’ve been fascinated by our dreams and their meanings for thousands of years, dream interpretation links back to the Ancient Egyptians. They documented dream symbolism and interpretations in a papyrus dream book and believed that all dreams were answers given to them by the Gods.
Dream symbolism today is largely documented online and in books so it’s easy to explore the meaning of your dream. I have touched on a few of the common symbols here.
A dream that involves animals could represent your animalistic nature, things that are connected to your survival. Are you eating enough of the right foods, getting enough sleep? If the animal has a warm and welcoming presence it may be your totem or spirit animal showing itself to you or delivering a message. If you find yourself being chased by a predator it could be that your holding back suppressed emotions like fear or aggression.
Falling represents a sense of powerlessness in your waking life, or a feeling of failure. Perhaps you’re feeling a fear of losing control in your life or holding on too tightly to something.
Dreaming of angels represents a heavenly force watching over you, in the form of help from your higher self or from spirit guides. It may suggest your growing in spiritual awareness. If the angel has a human face it is likely to be your spirit guide, listen to what he or she says. These dreams may provide comfort and healing in times of desperate need.
A dream about having your own children could represent a desire to have children. It may symbolize the birth of a new idea that will grow and become successful if nurtured. Perhaps you feel your being treated like a baby in your waking life and are seeking more independence.
Dreaming that your flying could signify that you are breaking free from something that is holding you back in your waking life. You might be soaring or “flying high” in a new successful venture. Flying with ease and control is an indication of your personal power and capability, it could also indicate your control over your emotions.
Can you use your intuition for interpreting dreams?
The world of dreams is mystifying and complex, but a key point to remember about dream interpretation is that intuition plays a role in interpreting the symbolism and messages that come in a dream, after all it is YOUR dream. By recording your dreams quickly and honestly you will come to notice patterns and similarities that can provide insight from your subconscious mind.
To help you remember your dream you can place crystals under your pillow, such as Amethyst, Dream quartz, Lepidolite or Azurite.
I hope you found this post useful, and I hope it inspires you to create a dream journal to unlock the synchronicities and messages buried in your subconscious mind. Do you remember your dreams? What are some reoccurring themes that appear in your dreams?