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Dreams - What They Are and Their Function
Dreams are a succession of images, actions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind primarily during the REM stage of sleep. Dreams are unbiased, spontaneous products of the unconscious, outside the control of conscious will. The act of dreaming is physical but the contents of dreams is psychological. They are NATURAL expressions of the dreamer's emotional/personal life illustrating experiences that possess strong emotional energies. Although there are literal applications in dreams the primarily language is symbolic, metaphorical of the dreamer's emotional energies.
  • 1. Dreams are about the emotions, emotional energies of the person who is dreaming. They offer advice and a deeper understanding of our waking life as well as the foundations for the emotional energies of the dreamer.

  • 2. The language of dreams is symbolic, but also with literal applications {literal waking experinces}. The symbolic images and actions are metaphors for the patterns or motifs for the dreamer's emotional/psychological/physical life. Every character in a dream is a different aspect of an unacknowledged aspect of the dreamer and/or a prevalent situation in the person's life involving actual persons/experiences {dreams will address both aspects}.

  • 3. The purpose and function of dreams is to guide the conscious self to achieve wholeness and offer a solution to the problems in waking life. Solutions to problems and conflicts from everyday life, as well as the deeper underlying issues, 'emotional injuries' that stem from the foundations of the dreamer {early life experiences and trama experiences in life}.
    ---Dreams attempt to reveal the authentic emotions and feelings that are often concealed from the conscious mind.
    ---Dreams compensate for conscious attitudes and personality traits that are out of balance.

  • 4. Dreams are intentional. Nature provides us with dreams to understand and help heal emotional conflicts/issues. Just as the body has the immune system to heal and protect, the psych{ology} has the dream.

  • 5. Dreams possess 'Archteypal' representations. Archetypes are universal, original patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious and are the psychic counterpart of instinct. An archetype is an inherited tendency of the human mind to form representations of mythological motifs-representations of the symbolic images/actions without losing their basic emotional pattern. Dreams and mythology share the same archetypal images, myths as illustrations of the universal patterns and dreams as illustrations of personal patterns.

  • 6. All dreams have at least two meanings or applications. One is the symbolic representation, metaphorical of the emotional energies, and the second being a literal application where a person, place or experience is addressing a real life experience. More about this in the Basics of Dream Analysis section at Power of Dreams

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    Repetitive Nightmares w/ sleep paralysis

    I have had in the past few years scary dreams with a common theme. They all happen soon after i begin to fall asleep for a nap or if i wake up in the middle of the night, soon after i start to fall back asleep. They happen in that state where you just start to fall asleep but you are still aware of surroundings, sounds, light changes.

    The last one I had just woken up and was tossing and turning trying to get back to sleep. Finnally i get comfortable and start to dose off when something attracts my attention, a presence. I open my eyes and theres a black shadow flash in front of me very fast. Instantly i am paralyzed and engulfed in fear as it feels like something is attempting to possess me and i struggle and struggle to wake up and get rid of it. After about thirty seconds it stops and i am left very afraid.

    All the other nightmares have had the same feeling of fear and paralysis because something was trying to possess me.

    Rather than know what is happening i want to know how i can work through these events. I write down dreams in a journall all the minor details i can remember, it has made me successful at having a few lucid dreams when i notice i am dreaming, but in these events i have absolutely no control.

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    Re: Repetitive Nightmares w/ sleep paralysis


    The Univ of Waterloo – Sleep Paralysis (click to open site) web site will likely answer many of your questions about Sleep Paralysis. It contains in depth information about SP, the 'dreams' that accompany SP, and preventing and coping with SP.

    I understand you requested information on working through the SP event during the event however current scientific research focuses on preventing SP events, likening them to hallucinations rather than dreams. With your repeated waking at night, trouble returning to sleep, naps, it sounds as if your sleep pattern is disturbed due to experiencing anxiety and/or stress. Stress and/or anxiety are noted influences contributing to SP...

    Kind regards,

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    Re: Repetitive Nightmares w/ sleep paralysis

    that sounds like a hypnogogic or hypnopompic dream. sometimes they are due to sleep apnea and sometimes it is due to stress and depression.

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