The meaning of Foot-log in dream | Dream interpretation
A woman who dreams of crossing a clear stream of water on a foot log may look forward to having a husband who will treat her with the utmost consideration. But if the water she crosses is muddy, her husband will be difficult to get along with.
If a widow dreams of falling from a foot log into clear waterT she has every reason to expect another suitable mate will soon appear with happy results.
To dream of crossing a clear stream of water on a foot-log, denotes pleasant employment and profit.
If the water is thick and muddy, it indicates loss and temporary disturbance.
For a woman this dream indicates either a quarrelsome husband, or one of mild temper and regular habits, as the water is muddy or clear.
To fall from a foot-log into clear water, signifies short widowhood terminating in an agreeable marriage.
If the water is not clear, gloomy prospects. See Bridge.
Some anthropologists, such as Kilton Stew- art, provided romantic idealizations of dream practices in non-Western cultures. According to Stewart, the Senoi of Malaysia reportedly lived a trouble-free life based on their reverence for dreams. Stewart, who lived with the Senoi in 1935, wrote that “the absence of violent crime, armed conflict, and mental and physical diseases ... can only be explained on the basis of institutions which produce a high state of psychological integration and emotional maturity, along with social skills and attitudes that promote creative rather than destructive interpersonal relations” (Stewart, p. 160—see Sources). According to Stewart’s study, the collective life of the Senoi centered around a complex dream psychology that served to integrate the community. However, his theory was soon seriously challenged, and anthropological research on dreams lost credibility.
Anthropologists have long been interested in cross-cultural experiences of dreaming and interpretations of dreams, concentrating especially on the latter interest, rather than focusing on the dream as an experience. With the publication of Dreaming: Anthropological and Psychological Interpretations (1987), edited by Barbara Ted- lock, anthropology emerged as a major field of dream research with important insights to con- tribute to the modern study of dreams.
According to the authors of Dreaming, which is a collection of essays based on fieldwork con- ducted among various peoples of Central and South America, the culture to which the individual belongs largely determines the social context in which the dream is narrated and how it is interpreted. Dreaming experience also reflects important beliefs about reality, death, the soul, and the boundaries between self and others. Thus, to achieve a good understanding of dream experiences of other groups, it is fundamental to fully understand their culture through the study of their language, their social institutions, and their psychological, philosophical, and religious beliefs.
Tedlock’s anthropological research indicates that many other cultures draw lines between more and less meaningful dreams. Also, as one might anticipate, in many non-Western cultures dream- ing has religious meaning, in that dreams reflect a culture’s spiritual beliefs, and may even create new religious imagery that can influence the individual’s as well as the whole society’s religious orientation.... Dreampedia
2. Another action is necessary to correct something. ... New American Dream Dictionary
To dream that we apologize to someone means we acknowledge a lack of integrity in ourselves.
To receive an apology suggests a recognition of that same integrity.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
You may lose (Hie and gain another, or perhaps be surprised by the return of a former one.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
A current situation or person in your life may be bringing up old feelings for you. Or, it could be a hint to look to your past experience for clues to how to handle a current situation. Also see “Digging.”... My Dream Interpretation
An astrologer in a dream also may mean knowledge of people’s secrets, curiosity, inquisitiveness, meddling in people’s affairs, divulging people’s secrets, soothsaying, fortune-telling, backbiting, predicting the future, hearsay, gossip, distress or trouble.
If the one who is seeing the dream suffers from any of the above ills, seeing an astrologer in a dream also means dispelling such misfortunes. Seeing an astrologer in a dream also signifies marriage, divorce, the death of a sick person, travels, delivering a baby, hearing good or bad news. Seeing an astrologer in a dream also may denote knowledge, following the true path and acting upon it, for a God fearing astrologer mostly arbitrates by the prophetic rules.
(Also see Astrolabe; Divination; Fortuneteller)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
See also Horoscope.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If you are given an astrological forecast or see your horoscope in your dream, this may offer a significant message which should be analyzed closely to see how it relates to your life. A dream astrologer often represents your intuition or unconscious insights into yourself and others; there may be a link with your need for a sense of destiny or direction. But perhaps you do not believe in astrology, in which case your dream might be suggesting you are being misled in some way.
Astrology can enter your dream world in ways that you have probably never imagined. The celestial messages may come through symbols, numbers, archetypes, elements, planets, gemstones, body parts, plants, colors and places associated with a particular sign of the Zodiac. It is also possible that symbols in your dreams can be connected to astrological ideas relating to your own birth chart or people connected to you. A person appearing in a dream can be an aspect of your psyche, show an attitude or quality, represent the real person, be a symbol, or a combination of all of these. Similarly, several other elements can have meaning if you are able to crack the code. For example, if you dream you are a warrior charging into battle, this is definitely an Aries theme. At critical times of transformation in your life you can dream of the astrological event that is thought to correspond to what is actually happening. For example, when you experience a Saturn Return, which according to astrologers is a time of coming of age and maturing that only happens once every twenty-nine years (between the ages of 28-30, 57-59, 86-88), you might dream of climbing a mountain and reaching the top of the first peak.
If you dream of a particular Zodiac sign or symbol, see Zodiac signs below. See also SPACE AND SCIENCE.... The Element Encyclopedia
If an astrologer is talking to you: you are examining a situation (and yourself) and are going to be successful. Dreaming about seeing astrological signs (signs of the zodiac or symbols of planets) means you are gaining insights into issues that have previously been foreign to you. Life will change for the better. See Fortune-teller, Planets, Signs of the Zodiac, Stars.... Dreamers Dictionary
2. Impaired mobility.
3. Putting off success. ... New American Dream Dictionary
If one sees himself traveling barefooted, it represents a debt that he could not repay.
If one sees himself walking with one foot bare and the second fitted in the dream, it means breaking up a business partnership.
(Also see Walking)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
2- To be barefoot and not able to find one’s shoes shows a lack of suitability, an awareness of inappropriate behaviour.
3- Being barefoot at one time indicated great humility. When Christ wished to show that he was no different to other men he washed his disciples’ feet.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Consider the context of the dream first.
For example, there is nothing unusual about walking barefoot on the beach, but walking barefoot on a roadway might indicate exposing oneself to harm.
Sensitivity. Feeling the grass between your toes, and really experiencing life to the fullest.
Freedom and liberation. Tossing oft’your shoes is like being released from a cage or other material bonds.
Among ascetics, the ability to walk your path confidently and safely because you know it so intimately.
Fire-walking barefoot reveals an ability within to accomplish any task to which you set your mind, no matter how impossible it may initially seem.... The Language of Dreams
Bare, unprotected feet imply difficulties to be overcome.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center
If your feet are exposed to the elements, it leaves them vulnerable to injury, but can also help connect you more organically to the ground beneath your feet. This image also connotes feeling more down-to-earth and implies being laid-back and relaxed.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
If you dreamed of a mountain-dwelling bigfoot, you will need to be strong to get through a tough social or emotional ordeal.
If the creature you saw dwelled in the forest, follow your instincts to keep certain things to yourself - this is an important time to protect your privacy. Also be careful of giving in to irrational urges that go against what’s best for you.... My Dream Interpretation
To dream that someone is reading your blog, or to dream that your blog is hacked or otherwise compromised, indicates that you are keeping secrets. You have difficulties telling others how you really feel.
If you dream of reading someone else’s blog, you are mistrustful of others and you tend to poke your nose into everyone’s business. Perhaps you have recently stumbled upon some information that was not meant for your eyes.... My Dream Interpretation
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The same interpretation is given when such a thing is seen speaking to a person which does not possess the faculty of speech.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
To dream of watching someone else give a eulogy, suggests that your inner feelings are being made known to those around you. Consider what is said in the speech, for more clues to the dream’s meaning. TO dream of someone giving a eulogy about you means that you are trying to ignore a situation that needs to be confronted and dealt with directly. You may need to let go of old feelings, or an old way of thinking, in order to move on with your life.... My Dream Interpretation
See also Funeral, etc.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
Vision: Dreaming about blue eyes: either somebody is secretly in love with you or you are secredy in love with someone. Dark or brown eyes: prepare yourself for a disappointing romance. Dreaming about an eye illness (eye patch, eye injury, or blindness): you are unable to see a situation in your life clearly, or you have a problem facing the real truth.
An eye patch indicates that you can do your job even with your eyes closed! Visiting or seeing an ophthalmologist: you will soon see things as they really are. See Cross-eyed.
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about eyes means you are too preoccupied with yourself.
The eye is considered the organ of light. Dreaming about eyes always has something to do with understanding life. Dreaming about an eye that is looking at you might be a warning from your conscience. Eyes by themselves are symbols of intelligence, spirit, alertness, and curiosity. Other events in the dream are important here.... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream of being flogged would indicate that we are aware that someone is driving us beyond our limits, often in an inappropriate manner. Flogging ourselves would highlight a type of masochism in our own personality.
2- Flogging someone else means we have to be careful that we are not attempting to impose our will on that person. While painful there is also a degree of encouragement and stimulation present.
3- Atonement of sins.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
To dream of being flogged would indicate that we are aware that someone is driving us beyond our limits, often in an inappropriate manner. Flogging ourselves would highlight a type of masochism in our own personality, which may be inappropriate and suggest self harm.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
If one sees his feet pointing toward the heavens in a dream, it could denote the death of his child.
If one’s feet turn green, it means that he will suffer business losses. Ifone sees himself committing loathsome sexual acts with his feet in a dream, it means that he will pursue an unlawful sexual intercourse. Walking bear footed in a dream means toiling in life, difficulties and fatigue.
If one sees himself eating the foot of another human being in a dream, it means that he will become a close friend with him, acquire his intercession, reap success from his connection, fulfill his needs, receive benefits in his travels, or if he qualifies, he may preside over a group of poor people or guide seamen to their catch.
If he is a poor person, it means that his benefits to others are greater than if he were a rich person.
If a rich man sees himself eating the foot of another person in a dream, it means illness, weakness or blindness. As for evildoers, eating someone’s foot in a dream means imprisonment, sorrow and blame.
If one sees one ofhis feet turning into a stone, it means that he will be deprived of its use.
If one steps over a king or a ruler in a dream, it means that he will step over a coin of money that carries the figure of such a ruler.
If one’s foot is amputated in a dream, it means that he will loose half of his wealth.
If both his feet are amputated in the dream, it means that he will lose all of his wealth, or that he may die shortly. One’s feet in a dream also represent his parents or the leaders of the land.
If one’s foot is fractured in a dream, it means that he should not near the people of authorities for some days or he better leave town for sometime and pray for his safety.
If a sick person sees his foot broken in a dream, it may mean his death. Ifone sees one of his feet longer than the other in a dream, it means that he will travel and profit from his journey, or receive the needed help during his journey.
If he is rich, it means that he will become sick.
If a poor person sees himselfhaving four legs in a dream, it means that he will travel and receive help to accomplish his goals.
A rich person in that case may get sick, or it could mean longevity. Walking on three feet in a dream means either that one will grow to be old, or that through an ailment, he will not die until he uses a cane to help him walk.
If a ruler or a judge sees himself having many legs in a dream, it means that he has many helpers.
If one’s feet turn into iron in a dream, it means longevity and prosperity.
If they turn into glass in a dream, it means that he will live a short life and suffer a debilitating illness.
If they turn gold in the dream, it means that he will use them to seek a lost property or a desired wealth.
If they turn silver in the dream, it means that he is a philanderer and he will live in poverty, for lust for women and wealth cannot exist together.
If one’s feet turn into led in the dream, it means that he may suffer from paralysis, unless if the dream contains other elements that denote actions which are pleasing to God Almighty.
If one sees his foot without a covering skin in the dream, it means longevity. In a dream, one’s toes represent good deeds. Experiencing foot pain in a dream means sins and punishment or repentance and endurance.
(Also see Measure; Body’; Leg; Thigh; Travels)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
A broken foot can symbolize faithlessness, Prov. 25:19. Having a foot cut off is symbolic of trusting in a foolish person, Prov. 26:6... Christian Dream Symbols
Astrology: Sign of the Fish.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Your sense of mobility and spiritual or emotional balance (e.g., “footing”). Taking a new step or direction with your life.
Jungian: Our connection with the earth; our foundations in materiality.
Kissing or washing of the feet represents humility and service, as Mary Magdalene with Christ.
Footprints: Leaving behind a wavmark that others can recognize, respect, or follow.
Aching feet may represent trying to move too far too fast. All of life’s journeys have an optimum pace. Try and find that pace before you wear out.... The Language of Dreams
Vision: If you are running barefoot: come back to reality and become more “earthbound,” real, and sensitive. See Going Barefoot.
If your feet are dim*: vou have a bad conscience—unburden yourself. Washing your feet: an uncertain situation is clearing up—the small detour you made was very therapeutic.
If you have fractured your foot: unexpected obstacles and misadventures are blocking your progress.
Dreaming of having very big feet: you might buy a house—but be careful with your money.
Dreaming of having very narrow feet: life is difficult, you are exhausted.
Depth Psychology: Dreaming about moving feet (walking, running, etc.): you are determined not to walk away from life’s difficulties. Feet always symbolize the “foundation” of your life: your convictions, principles, and values.
It is important in which direction the feet are running—Left (the feminine, intuitive, irrational, emotional) way, or Right (the everyday life, logical, “right”) way, or if either foot is missing.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you dream that you are washing your feet, you will let others take advantage of you. Dream about being barefoot represent your playful attitudes and relaxed, carefree outlook on life.
If you dream that you have big feet, people admire you and find you attractive.
If you dream of having no feet, this foretells unexpected obstacles in your path. Also see “Footprints.”... My Dream Interpretation
If injured on left, you are not allowing yourself to receive.
If on right, you are giving away too much energy without replenishing it. Washing the feet means healing. See context of dreams. Barefoot shows that you are grounded and in touch with the earth. See Body.... The Dream Books Symbols
If see that your foot has been amputated, it could be that you are losing your balance, either physically or mentally. The dream may warn you that you should be more practical and realistic, and your feet on the ground. On the other hand, it could indicate that you are reconsidering the direction in which your life is going or questioning on which your existence is based. For a Christian, to dream of washing your feet denotes forgiveness. In India, the feet of gurus are considered the most sacred and divine part of their body. (See AMPUTATION, CROSS, SHOES, and ORIENTATION)
In China it is said that all great journeys begin with a single step. The dream recommends that you move cautiously, taking one step at a time.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The foot also represents your whole being and is a reflection of your persona.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
(2) Feet moving backwards may mean that, in real life, you are not making progress — not growing as a person - but are (in danger of)
regressing to an earlier stage. For feet moving to right or left, or clockwise or anticlockwise, see Anticlockwise, Clockwise, Left, Right / Left.
(3) Feet may symbolize what your life is based on. Perhaps the dream is urging you to take a critical look at your fundamental attitudes and values.
(4) Feet may symbolize contact with Nature, including instinctual drives and instinctive wisdom. Feet are at the opposite ends of the body to the head, which symbolizes intellectuality and fantasizing. Intellectuals typically have difficulty in assimilating the instinctive wisdom of their unconscious, but desperately need what the unconscious has to offer: without it they are lopsided (or top-heavy, if you will). Keep vour feet on the ground and your head in the air? No, that means a split in the psyche. Rather, keep your head in your feet!
(5) A foot or feet may symbolize male or female genitals. (Freud says that the foot resembles genitalia in having a strong smell and, although in adult life we may find such pungent body smells disagreeable, in childhood they fascinated us.)... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If a widow dreams of falling from a foot log into clear waterT she has every reason to expect another suitable mate will soon appear with happy results.... The Complete Dream Book
If the water is thick and muddy, it indicates loss and temporary disturbance.
For a woman this dream indicates either a quarrelsome husband, or one of mild temper and regular habits, as the water is muddy or clear.
To fall from a foot-log into clear water, signifies short widowhood terminating in an agreeable marriage.
If the water is not clear, gloomy prospects. See Bridge. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
It is a good sign to see yourself playing, provided your side wins, or you yourself score a goal. ... Mystic Dream Book
The game of football is an expression of masculine energy primarily reflecting that you are moving past obstacles and knocking down whatever is in the way to get past the goal line of your desires.
If you dream of the actual ball, then this could be a sign that you are being abused, kicked around, piled upon, thrown, and treated harshly. Consider the feeling tone. See Sports.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To dream that you are standing or walking on a football field represents competition and showing off. There is a lack of cooperation in some area of your life. Also see “Tackle.”... My Dream Interpretation
Could be a lucky gamble, an unexpected bonus, extra dividends, or even a legacy, but whatever it is it will be an interesting size.
A dream of watching a football game is a warning to be more selective in making new friends.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If football features in a dream, you may be looking for a healthy and socially acceptable way of expressing aggression and competition.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
The Ball expresses concentrated vitality and / or your own center. Here, the question is: Are you kicking yourself7 Or are you bringing yourself into the game.7 It is important what position you play: quarterback, referee, fan, and so on.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If the foot print is bloody it symbolizes the path of wrongdoers, Hosea 6:8 ... Christian Dream Symbols
If those footprints are stretching in front of us, there is help available to us in the future, but if thcv are behind us then perhaps we need to look at the way we have done things in the past. They usually indicate help in one way or another and certainly consideration.
2- If we see footprints going in opposite directions, we need to consider what has happened in the past and what is going to happen in the future. We also need to consider what actions we have initiated in the past to enable us to move into the future. We are, as it were, standing in the present and are considering the confusion of the present and how it may affect our future.
3- We may be aware, on a subconscious level, of a Divine presence.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If those footprints are stretching in front of us, there is help available to us in the future, in the sense that someone has experienced similar circumstances.
If the footsteps are behind us or seem to be our own then perhaps we need to look at the way we have acted in the past, who we have affected and what we still need to be responsible for.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To see y*>ur own footprints indicates success in your current undertakings; a conglomeration of mixed footprints signifies help from an unexpected source.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If the footprints belong to someone else, you should distrust those who seem excessively interested in your job: they could be looking for information in order to get a promotion at your cost.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
2. A good omen of success.
3. Good news is in the ofﬁng. ... New American Dream Dictionary
A footstool can also symbolize an enemy being subject to you, Ps. 110:1... Christian Dream Symbols
To see others studying it, foretells that you will be forced to yield your rights to others.
If any of the branches are missing, you will ignore some of your friends because of their straightened circumstances. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
If you are walking barefoot in clear water: prospects for the future are good. Running barefoot through wet Grass: the possibilities are even more promising. Walking barefoot over gravel: a present issue can only be resolved with difficulty. Stones are thrown in your path.... Dreamers Dictionary
A hologram allows for something to be considered from all angles, so there is an element of objectivity present when it appears in a dream.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
2. A negative omen regarding ﬁnancial matters (to cut up a log).
3. Possible wordplay on “to sleep like a log.” 4.
A good family life (to see a burning log in a hearth). ... New American Dream Dictionary
(Also see Firewood)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Depth Psychology: The log stands for an unnecessary’ burden or irritating responsibility you have assumed and for which you will not be rewarded. It can also be a warning to defend yourself against the rudeness of others.... Dreamers Dictionary
If you are building with logs, then this dream denotes that you are creating a solid relationship or a venture that can support your dreams and desires.... Strangest Dream Explanations
To see stacks of logs, or fallen trees in a wood, is a generally favorable omen for whatever concerns you most. Logs floating in water predict a new opportunity which should not be overlooked.
A logjam in a river foretells obstacles in the form of delays - have patience.
A brightly burning log symbolizes family joy.
To sit on a log is a sign of personal contentment.... My Dream Interpretation
To see stacks of logs, or fallen trees in a wood, is a generally favorable omen for whatever concerns you most; logs floating in water predict a new opportunity which should not be overlooked; a logjam portends obstacles likely to be in the form of inexplicable delays; plenty of patience will be required.
A brightly burning log augurs family joy; to sit on a log is a sign of personal contentment, and a log cabin is a symbol of satisfaction through diligent hard work.
See also Lumber.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams
If the wood is not split, cutting down trees may also mean a loss of energy. On the other hand, chopping wood may also be seen as aggressive action against one’s own aliveness and health.
The logger may stand for being wooden and unrefined, resulting in a stupid and dull position or attitude. In the case of a city person, there could be a romantic longing for a simpler life, as in Farmer and Craftsman.
Folklore: Great effort without gain.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
If you dream that your hard drive is crashing, do you wake up just before the Fatal System Error message appears? What would be the meaning of a dream about a cursor that was frozen, not flashing, on a blank screen? And in scrutinizing nightmares about phones that won’t work in times of extreme emergency, are there times when a hard drive is really just a hard drive? In other words, is your dream a reflection of your day-to-day preoccupation with computers, televisions or mobile phones or does it have a deeper meaning?
As computers, televisions and phones leach deeper into our unconscious, accounts of anxiety-filled dreams about them are becoming increasingly common. According to Jungians, the computer as a symbol of the advance of technology is fast becoming its own archetype. In this chapter we’ll take a look at some of the most common dreams about the media and modern technology, and what they might signify to you. See also EVERYDAY THINGS; LETTERS AND COMMUNICATION; NIGHTMARES.... The Element Encyclopedia
In numerology all numbers correspond to the letters of the alphabet as follows:
1 = A, J, S
2 = B, K, T
3 = C, L, U
4 = D, M, V
5 = E, N, W
6 = F, O, X
7 = G, P, Y
8 = H, Q, Z
9 = I, R
The human qualities associated with each number are:
Numerologists believe no number is better or worse than another. All the numbers have incredible power potential as well as a downside. The downside simply suggests challenges associated with a particular number and if these challenges are faced and overcome, they can be a source of incredible strength. See also LETTERS AND COMMUNICATION.... The Element Encyclopedia
An ophthalmologist in a dream also represents a teacher who entices people to seek knowledge, to reflect in advance about the consequences of their actions and to develop a sharp sight.
An ophthalmologist in a dream also could represent a pearl diver, an ocean diver, one who digs wells or restores old springs, or an eye expert who can tell the difference between false eyes from the true ones.
An ophthalmologist in a dream also represents a preacher, or a counsellor who can show the difference between the path of righteous people and the path of the heedless ones.
An ophthalmologist in a dream also may represent someone who has something to say, or news to report.... Islamic Dream Interpretation
Dreaming of undergoing psychoanalysis: you are starting to make the connection between your actions and what is going on inside.
The psychologist is a sign that you are able to work through inner conflicts on your own. See Guru. Arc you afraid (usually without reason) that you are “going to lose it,” to go insane? If this dream recurs frequendy, see an appropriate dierapist and explore die reason for die dream.... Dreamers Dictionary
To dream of giving someone a rabbit’s foot is suggesting that it might be an opportune time to make the important move you have been deliberating.... Dream Symbols and Analysis
What happens when we sleep?
Why do we sleep? The answer is not as simple as it seems. We sleep so that our body can rest, we think at first. However, science has not been able to prove concretely that sleep is necessary for physical recuperation of the body. Experiments performed on rats have proven that when deprived of sleep, these animals die.
But human nature is not as simple as that of rats. Everyone knows people who barely sleep. The most extreme case, published in some scientific magazines, is that of a man who claims not to have slept since contracting a serious illness. In a similar vein, some individuals with a highly developed spirituality are able to remain conscious all night. We’re not referring to a student during exam time drinking coffee or taking stimulants to stay awake more than twenty-four hours straight. We’re talking about people who can achieve advanced levels of relaxation through deep meditation.
It is known that anxiety and lack of concentration increase considerably after a night or two without sleep. One theory related to sleep affirms that we sleep to conserve energy. However, another suggests that we rest to conserve our food stores, since when we lose consciousness, we repress the hunger mechanism.
How much do we sleep?
Sleep at different ages
In the course of his life, a person has, on average, 300,000 dreams. As we age, both the time we spend sleeping and the time we spend dreaming decrease gradually.
Newborns sleep almost all day, alternating hours of sleep with short spells of wakefulness. By one year of age, they sleep fewer sessions but for longer in total: they have cycles of 90 minutes of sleep followed by another 90 minutes of waking time. Gradually, the child will sleep more at night and less during the day. By 9 years of age, most need between 9 and 12 hours of sleep a day.
The average for an adult is between 7 and 8.5 hours. But after age 70, we return to the sleep phases of childhood and sleep fewer hours continuously.
There are arguments that even claim we have slept since ancient times in order to appear a less tasty snack for nocturnal predators (when we sleep, our body looks like a corpse).
There are theories to suit everyone, but we shouldn’t forget the fundamental: for almost all of us, sleeping is a relaxing and pleasant experience that lasts between six and eight hours each night, an experience that is utterly necessary to “recharge the batteries” of our bodies.
It’s no coincidence that we choose nighttime to sleep. In the darkness our vision is reduced, the world becomes strange, and as a result, our imagination runs wild. Our minds remain occupied with images (that is, dreams). At night, our eyes don’t work, but we have a need to create images. If for some reason we are deprived of sleep, the following nights our dream production increases, since we spend more time in the REM phase (the period of sleep when oneiric thoughts are most active). Therefore it seems evident that we need dreams to live.
Some ancient civilizations believed that dreaming served, more than anything, to be able to dream. They were convinced that oneiric activity wasn’t the result of sleeping, but rather the reason for it. Some scientists, however, don’t share the theories of our ancestors when it comes to the reason behind our dreams.
There is a scientific school of thought that asserts that oneiric thoughts are simply a neurophysiological activity that comes with sleep. According to this theory, when we sleep we generate spontaneous signals that stimulate the sensory channels in the mind. The brain transforms these signals into visual images and induces the dreamer to believe that he is living real experiences.
Up to that point, perfect. But, why do dreams have such an interesting narrative? Why do they so often express metaphoric language? Why do they narrate stories that directly affect us? There is no concrete or scientific answer to these questions.
Percentages of REM sleep
Cold-blooded animals never dream; the cold temperatures at night cause them to hibernate and all their vital functions, including the brain, slow down. Only when the sun comes out or the temperature rises to an acceptable level do they recuperate all vital functions. The only cold-blooded animal that has shown signs of dreaming is the chameleon.
On the other hand, we know all warm-blooded animals dream, since REM-phase activity has been detected in all of them. Birds dream only about 0.5% of the time they spend asleep, while humans dream up to 20% of the time. There are exceptional cases, such as that of the Australian platypus, that never dream.
Other theories suggest that dreams serve to eliminate unnecessary facts from memory, since we can’t store everything that happens every day. According to this thesis, at night we erase the “archives” we don’t need, just like a computer. The sleeping mind tests the process of erasing in the form of dreams, which would explain why they’re so difficult to remember. There are obvious limitations to this theory if you keep in mind that, occasionally, oneiric thoughts work creatively (they go beyond the information that we give them). These don’t have much to do with the merely “hygienic” function that the aforementioned scientific community claims. Often, dreams don’t eliminate the useless leftovers of daily experiences. Quite the opposite: they give them a surprising new shape, so when we wake up, we can reflect more deeply on their meaning.
The phases of sleep
Even though we don’t realize it, when we sleep at night we pass through four different phases of sleep. Each phase is distinguished by the deepness of sleep. That is, when we are in phase 1, it is a fairly light sleep; during phase 4, we reach maximum intensity.
When we go to sleep, we enter a period in which we gradually pull away from the exterior world. Little by little, our sleep deepens until finally (phase 4) our breathing slows and becomes regular, our cardiac rhythm slows down, and our body temperature decreases. Therefore the body’s metabolism also reduces its activity.
More or less an hour after falling asleep, your body has already gone through the four phases. At this point you begin to go back through the levels until you return to phase 1. This brings along an increase in respiratory and cardiac rhythm. Parallel to this, brain waves once again start to register an activity close to that of consciousness. You are therefore in a moment of transition, demonstrated by the fact that at this point the body tends to change position.
All signs indicate that any noise might wake us. But that’s not the case: since your muscle tone has been reduced, this is actually the moment when it’s most difficult to regain consciousness. At the same time, your eyes begin to move behind your eyelids (up and down and side to side). This ocular phenomenon, which anyone can observe easily, is known as the REM phases, which stands for “rapid eye movement.”
Certain areas of the brain are associated with different functions and human skills, translating external sensory stimuli into a well-organized picture of the world. In dreams, those same stimuli produce different reactions. If a sleeping person hears a sound or touches something repulsive, those stimuli will probably be integrated into their dream before they wake up.
The REM phase
The REM phase is particularly important for those interested in dreams. All studies indicate that during this brief spell (from five to ten minutes) we typically experience the most intense oneiric activity. Some of these studies, done in a sleep laboratory, have observed that eight out of ten individuals relate very vivid dreams when woken up right at the end of the REM phase. These periods alternate at night with what we could call non-REM phases, that is, periods when no ocular movement is registered.
How many times do we reach a REM stage at night? It is estimated that each cycle is repeated four to seven times. As the hours pass, each phase gets longer. This way, the final REM stage might last twenty to forty minutes. On average, an adult enjoys an hour and a half of REM sleep each night, although for older individuals it may be less than an hour and a quarter. Babies, on the other hand, remain in the REM phase for 60 percent of the time they spend asleep.
In any case, let’s make this clear: not all dreams are produced during this period. It has also been demonstrated that humans generate images in other stages. However, these are dreams of a different quality, since during the non-REM phases, our oneiric activity tends to generate only undefined thoughts, vague sensations, etc. Nothing close to the emotional content that characterizes dreams produced in the REM phase.
The oneiric images produced in the most intense phase (REM) are more difficult to remember. One method to remember them consists of waking up just after each REM phase.
As we’ve commented already, those who wish to read their dreams have to first do the work of remembering them. If we want this work to be 100 percent effective, we can use a method that, although uncomfortable, almost never fails: wake up just after every REM phase. If you want to try this method, set your alarm (without music or radio) to go off four, five, six, or seven and a half hours after falling asleep. You can be sure that if you wake up just after one of the REM phases you go through each night, you will enjoy vivid memories.
This is the process used in sleep laboratories, where oneiric activity is studied through encephalographic registry of electrical brain activity.
The people in the study—who are volunteers—sleep connected to machines that register their physiological reactions (brain waves, cardiac rhythm, blood pressure, muscle activity, eye movement, etc).
At certain points during the night, these reactions indicate that, if you wake them, they will be able to tell you what they dreamed. This is because the phase that produces the most intense dreams (REM) is characterized by a physical reaction easily observed: the rapid movement of the eyes of the dreamer.
With this method, sleep laboratories can collect proof of precisely
when subjects are dreaming. And given that oneiric images are difficult to remember, the lab techniques have been a great advance in dream research. Some experts assert that thanks to the scientific advances of the second half of the twentieth century, we have learned more about sleep processes in the last fifty years than in all the history of humanity.
What do we dream?
A wide study done in France on the subject of dreams produced these results:
Hypnagogic images: between waking and sleep
As we’ve seen, throughout the night our sleep is divided into four distinct phases. But what happens just before we sink into the first phase? Are we still awake? Not exactly. In the moments when our mind decides between wakefulness and sleep, we begin to lose contact with the world around us, without the characteristic physiological changes of sleep.
This intermediate point has been called the “hypnagogic state” by psychologists. This is a period when, despite the fact that we’re not asleep, our brains generate images that can sometimes be very beautiful. In some ways, these images rival those found in our dreams.
Hypnagogic images of great visual beauty evaporate like bubbles when we wake up and are barely remembered.
However, the hypnagogic state cannot be considered a truly oneiric state. Among other reasons, the scenes produced in this phase are unrelated to the episodes with a more or less coherent plot that characterize dreams.
In the hypnagogic state we produce unrelated images that hardly connect to each other and that, unlike dreams, are not linked to our daily experiences. This phenomenon occurs not only before sleeping but also in the moments before waking up, when we are not yet conscious enough to be aware of them.
Sometimes, before falling asleep we also experience a curious sensation of floating or flying, or we may see very sharp scenes, with a clarity comparable to that of real visual experiences. These types of images, like dreams, evaporate like bubbles when we wake up and we barely remember them, which is a shame because their beauty slips from our minds. In any case, unlike oneiric thoughts, the hypnagogic state is little use for understanding the messages our subconscious wants to send us, and we should value it more for its beauty than its transcendental content.
Salvador Dali, painter of dreams.
To remember them you must not lose consciousness during the apparition. That is, you must observe the process of the hypnagogic state without falling asleep. It seems simple but it is not, because you must submerge yourself in sleep while the mind remains aware of the events happening in its interior. With a little luck, we can see some of the marvelous “paintings” of our private museum.
The surrealist artists of the 20s and 30s knew all about this. This is how Salvador Dali, fervent lover of hypnagogic scenes, turned to what is known as “the monk’s sleep.” He went to bed with a large iron key in his hand. With the first dream, the key would fall to the floor and he would wake up suddenly. In his mind he recorded the hypnagogic images he would later transfer to the canvas in his masterful style.
The seven “chakras,” or centers of subtle energy in the ayurvedic hindu medicine (1).
The nadis according to Tibetan tradition (2).
The meridians of traditional Chinese medicine (3).
If you have difficulty retaining the hypnagogic state, try centering your attention on a concrete point. For example the “third eye” of the yogis (that is, between your eyes), in the area of the heart, or in the top of the head. These three positions are, according to the philosophy of yoga, the centers of subtle rather than physical energy in the human body. You need a place to direct the mind. Another trick to hold attention without effort is to think abstractly about the name of the object you wish to see. This doesn’t mean you have to “create” the images; you just have to induce its appearance during the hypnagogic state. Entering through meditation is also very useful and beneficial.
Sometimes, the hypnagogic scenes are not as pleasant as we would like, but we must confront them in order to strengthen our ability for self-control. If they persist, try following the previous advice. Think abstractly about the name of what you want to see, resisting the temptation to construct it in a certain way from the conscious mind.
The main advantage of the hypnagogic state is that it brings us progressively closer to our deep Self . . . and all that helps to understand and better benefit from dreams.
The same subject can have very different meanings depending on the circumstances and personal situation of the dreamer.... Dreampedia
(Also see Slippers)... Islamic Dream Interpretation
If you are burning one then this is a warning not to set your sights too high or your dreams could go up in smoke and turn to ashes.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation
1- In Pagan times a log was decoratcd and burnt in order to clear away the Old Year. In dreams it will be seen as a symbol of light and new life.
2- In modern times, the Yule log is symbolised as a celebration cake.
Therefore it tends to suggest the New Year and new beginnings in dream language.
3- A Yule log represents a spiritual offering or sacrifice, particularly at the time of a spiritual or religious celebration when we pay homage to the gods.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
If you are burning one then this is a warning not to set your sights too high or your dreams could go up in smoke and turn to ashes.... Encyclopedia of Dreams
If you visit them you will overcome all opponents that stand in the way of your success. You gain knowledge if you dream of tending the garden.... Encyclopedia of Dreams