Nightmares, Dreams, and Everything In-between

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To see fluffy, white clouds in your dream signify inner peace, spiritual harmony and compassion. An issue in your waking life may be clearing up.

Dreams can help us in many ways, although scientists are still hesitant to say why and how. Some say they help send messages from the deep subconscious to the conscious awake mind. Others argue that dreams have absolutely no meaning or relation to our lives.

Senior Chris Caron believes. “there’s definitely a link between our dreams and our subconscious. I think dreams are our subconscious’s way of trying to show us what we’re really thinking.”

According to new research, many scientists now conclude that the majority of people, from cultures all over the world, continue to believe that dreams contain important hidden truths. The article “When Dreaming Is Believing: The (Motivated) Interpretation of Dreams,” by Carey K. Morewedge, PhD. shows this.

“The researchers wanted to explore how dreams might influence people’s waking behavior. They surveyed 182 commuters at a Boston train station, asking them to imagine that one of four possible scenarios had happened the night before a scheduled airline trip: The national threat level was raised to orange, indicating a high risk of terrorist attack; they consciously thought about their plane crashing; they dreamed about a plane crash; or a real plane crash occurred on the route they planned to take. A dream of a plane crash was more likely to affect travel plans than either thinking about a crash or a government warning, and the dream of a plane crash produced a similar level of anxiety as did an actual crash.”

This study shows that even New England inhabitants, known for being practical, are more affected by their dreams than by actual warnings from experts. People may not believe that their dreams have meaning, but their levels of anxiety tell a different story.

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To dream of your hands represent your relationships with those around you and how you connect with the world. Hands serve as a form of communication.

Most researchers agree that nightmares affect our waking lives. Rich Bayer, Ph.D., is the CEO of Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, Inc. and a practicing psychologist. Bayer believes that nightmares can have negative effects on our lives once we wake.

“For example, people sometimes dream about loved ones who have recently died and waken in overwhelming sadness. Sometimes people dream about a person who has recently done them wrong and awaken in intense anger. And sometimes people have dreams in which they have done something wrong themselves and awaken with feelings of embarrassment or guilt.”

Though nightmares can affect your life in a negative way, did you know that those dreams can also help you? Different obscure situations presented in dreams or nightmares could provide an answer or solution you’d never come up with awake. Research has shown that dreams can help us to heal emotional trauma and stress or increase our happiness.

Have you ever woken up in a sweat after a bad dream? Or woken up feeling on top of the world because you’ve had dream of adventure? Dreams can give us courage to face our day with a new attitude and even if it isn’t noticeable, dreams do affect your mood!

Dreams cannot only affect your mood, but also your actions. Maybe you have a dream of your mother taking care of you as a kid. You’ll wake up wanting to be around her. Possibly you’d contact her to go out for lunch when you wouldn’t have seen her otherwise!

Forest Parenteau explained how dreams affected his life in a big way. 

“Dreams can give you a different perspective on things, they challenge your thoughts of consciousness, things we experience and our perceptions of reality. I think it can be used as a tool and help our waking lives… Dreaming can be helpful in the sense that you can use it as a tool for so many things, as an escape, as an outlet for creativity, as just a fun time.”

 

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