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The meaning of pretending in dream | Dream Interpretation


Islamic Dream Interpretation | Ibn Seerin

Pretending to be in love in a dream means going astray.

If a knowledgeable person pretends to be enamored in his dream, it means that he deceives people with his ornate presentations, and that his actions contradict their common standards. Ifa little person displays such pretension in his dream, it means that he will rise in station, strengthen his religious adherence, and have a better understanding of his spiritual goals and real purpose in life.



Pretending | Dream Interpretation

Keywords of this dream: Pretending

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İntentionally avoiding acknowledgement, i.E. Pretending not to see a need in order to avoid filling it... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

New American Dream Dictionary

1. Possibly pretending to be happy but, in fact, sad.

2. If lines are cutting, one is expressing hostility.

3. Actually happy. ... New American Dream Dictionary

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Inebriety) Drunkenness in a dream represents unhappiness, stress, depression, worries, vanity, arrogance, wantonness and abuse of riches. Wine in a dream represents the king of drinks. Ifone gets drunk from wine, then tears off his shirt in the dream, it means that he has put his life in order and has it harmoniously organized. It also means that he has abused his privileges by indulging in vain pleasures of living to such a degree that he could not bear to live with such comfort or control his passions and wants.

If one is seen drinking wine to inebriety in a dream, it means that he earns unlawful money. It also means that such earnings will seem to have power over him in the way of spending them.

To become drunk in a dream without drinking alcohol means feeblemindedness or childishness of an old man. Drunkenness in a dream is a bad sign for both men and women for it denotes ignorance and complication in one’s life. However, if a scared person sees himself drunk in a dream, it means that he will overcome his fears. Pretending to be drunk in a dream means a false claim. Such a person also may be inflicted with an untrue accusation in wakefulness as a lesson, so perhaps he may refrain from false claims and he will come out of such false adversity as though he is drunk without drinking.

If a pious person sees himself drunk in a dream, it could represent his love for God Almighty.

(Also see Intoxicants)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Love; Poverty) To see oneself inflamed with love for someone in a dream represents distress, adversities, blindness, deafness or notoriousness. Such a case may draw people’s compassion.

If a sick person sees himself in a dream inflamed with love it may mean his death. Fire in a dream also means love. Love in a dream also means heedlessness and failure to fulfill one’s religious obligations. It also means financial losses, losing one’s child, divorce, despise of one’s friends, hunger, travels, sickness or dangers. Being enamored with God in a dream means a strong devotion and certitude. Pretending to be in love in one’s dream means straying from God’s path. Ifone finally reaches his beloved to mates with in the dream, it means that adversities may strike at him, or affect his or her beloved.

(Also see Love)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Build; Contour; Frame; Profile) Having a tall figure in a dream signifies pride, arrogance, stinginess, ostentatiousness or pretending to be tall.

(See Tallness).

If one sees his figure shorter than his normal size in a dream, then it denotes losing respect or nearing the end of one’s life. Seeing oneself beyond the common human size in a dream also denotes the near end of one’s life, or it could mean falling in rank. Ifsomeone in authority sees himselfshorter in size in a dream, it means that he will lose his post, or fail to render a just verdict, or it could mean a political fight. Being smaller than usual in a dream means 158 defeat in a war or losing a fight.

If a politician sees himself tall in a dream, it means that he will win his political battle.

(Also see Body’)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

(Impudence; Shamelessness; Silliness; Stupidity) To make fool of oneself in a dream means ignorance.

To play silly before people in a dream means spiritual losses or foolishness. However, silliness in a dream is also interpreted to mean victory over one’s enemy, rising in station or expansion of one’s authority, ifhe is pretending.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

To walk lamely in a dream means concealing God’s favors and blessings for selfish reasons, or pretending to be poor when in fact one is rich, or claiming to be in need when his claims are false, or it could mean cunningness, deceit and fraud.

(Also see Limping)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

In a dream, listening to the Qur’an, or to the teachings of God’s Prophet, upon whom be peace, or to words of wisdom, or to an admonition, or a discourse of knowledge in a dream means receiving guidance, and it means turning repentantly to God Almighty.

Other wise, if one sees himself listening to backbiting, slandering, defamation, or eavesdropping in a dream, then it means that some harm will befall him. Listening to good advice and following its best guidance in a dream means receiving good news.

Eaves dropping in a dream means that one in tends to defame the other person. Listening, though pretending not to hear what is being said in a dream means that one makes it a habit to lie.

  • The sound of a crowd in a dream means money beside other benefits.
  • The bleating of sheep in a dream means distress and fear.
  • The neighing of horses in a dream means might and honor.
  • The barking of a dog in a dream means vein talk and meddling in people’s business.
  • The sound of a lynx in a dream means pampering oneself, or wantonness.
  • The cooing of pigeons in a dream means crying, sorrows or marriage.
  • The chirp of swallows in a dream means beneficial words.
  • The croaking of frogs in a dream means beatings.
  • The sound of bells and the hissing of snakes in a dream means a fight, an argument, a warning, or a war.
  • The braying of donkeys in a dream means cursing in the darkness.
  • The braying of mules in a dream means vein talk, or indulging in suspicious acts.
  • The mooing of a cow in a dream means temptation.
  • The gurgling of camels in a dream means travels and difficulties.
  • The roaring of a lion in a dream means threats.
  • The yowling of a tomcat in a dream means uproar, backbiting, defamation and insinuation.
  • The yapping of foxes in a dream means a warning to escape, or to move from one field into another.
  • The howling of a wolf in a dream means a robbery.
  • The squeak of a mouse in a dream means profits, reunion, love and peace.
  • The crying of a female gazelle in a dream means longing for one’s homeland.
  • The barking of a jackal in a dream means a mission of good intent, or a for the coming evil.

(Also see Eavesdropping, Sound of animals, Speaking)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

Shaving, clipping or adjusting one’s moustache in a dream means lessening one’s burdens.

A moustache in a dream also means money.

A bad cut in one’s moustache in a dream means a mishap or losing money. Having an unusually long moustache in a dream means going against the currents, or it could mean an illness that will deprive one from eating solid food, or it could mean religious innovation.

A long and an ugly looking moustache in a dream means difficulties, sorrows, distress, becoming an alcoholic, refusing to surrender to others what belongs to them, or refusing to pay charity, or pretending to ignore the necessity to pay the obligatory alms tax. Shaving one’s moustache in a dream for someone who follows that trend means comfort and dispelling sorrows.

If one dislikes to shave his moustache and sees himself shaving it in a dream, it means that he will lose his rank, earn a bad reputation, or it could mean poverty or business losses. Having a small moustache or a short one in a dream means languor or laziness.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Islamic Dream Interpretation

“I love you,” in a dream, it means that he truly hates her.

If one sees himself indulging and satisfying every desire he has and without feeling any restrictions in the dream, it means that he will stray from God’s path and lives a corrupt life. Love in a dream also means distress, worries and sorrow. Love in a dream also represents one’s ability to express something. Otherwise, it could mean that he keeps to himself. Love in a dream also means trials and fame that incurs people’s compassion for the person in love. Love in a dream also means poverty, sickness and death. In fact, death in a dream also could mean love, or living distant from one’s beloved or life after death.

To burn in the fire in a dream also means love.

To enter paradise in a dream also means love and to enter hell-fire in a dream means separation from one’s beloved. Yearning for one’s beloved in a dream means heedlessness, and love in a dream also indicates corruption in one’s religious life, or loss of money.

To love someone in God in a dream, means mercy between people. Otherwise, to love one another for personal interests in a dream means a partnership that will end in betrayal or it could mean a marriage without family consent. Pretending to be in love in one’s dream means straying from God’s path.

If a knowledgeable person or a scholar pretends to be enamored in a dream, it means that he will deceive people with his ornate presentations and contradict their standards.

(Also see Enamored; Honey; Lick; Pretending)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

Christian Dream Symbols

Playing a role or pretending to be someone you are not ... Christian Dream Symbols

The Bedside Dream Dictionary

Falsehood; deception; concealment. Masks might represent our persona and how we appear to others.

The roles that we play in life such as parent, student, or worker. On the other hand, masks can be a symbol of pretentiousness.

If you are wearing a mask, look inside and check if you are being sincere in your presentations, or if you are hiding something and pretending to be something you are not.

If other people are wearing masks, it suggests that you may be concerned about their genuineness ... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

The Bedside Dream Dictionary

Masks might represent our persona and how we appear to others.

The roles that we play in life such as parent, student, or worker. On the other hand, masks can be a symbol of pretentiousness.

If you are wearing a mask, look inside and check if you are being sincere in your presentations, or if you are hiding something and pretending to be something you are not.

If other people are wearing masks, it suggests that you may be concerned about their genuineness.... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

Little Giant Encyclopedia

See Theater. You are pretending to be something that you are not. You want to be the center of attention and admiration. Also, you are trying to discover your own potentialities. See Exam.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

Dreamers Dictionary

Vision: Dreaming about acting in a movie means you dislike false and hypocritical people—or you are pretending to be somebody you are not. Seeing others playing in a movie: be aware of treachery and lies. Seeing an actor in a dream: you want something you can’t have, forgetting the good things you have.

If you are the film actor, you don’t feel comfortable around your friends. Find out who you really are.

Depth Psychology: People and actions in a “dream-movie” are usually a mirror of your emotions.... Dreamers Dictionary

Encyclopedia of Dreams

Dreaming of reading or telling fables may mean you have many pleasant tasks before you or that you have a strong interest in writing. Religious fables mean you have, or will have, a deep devotional feeling toward God.

To dream you are living a fable may mean that you are pretending too much and you should face the truth, or it may mean you have an inner wish to escape a situation you find uncomfortable in your daily life.... Encyclopedia of Dreams

Strangest Dream Explanations

Dreams of plastic signify that something or someone in your life is fake or pretending to be someone other than who they say they are. Alternatively, plastic also represents durability and resilience.... Strangest Dream Explanations

My Dream Interpretation

To see counterfeit money in your dream suggests that something is not what it appears to be. Perhaps you are feeling unworthy or someone is undervaluing your talents or efforts. Alternatively, this dream symbol could mean that you are pretending to be something you’re not.... My Dream Interpretation

My Dream Interpretation

Dreams about owning or wearing diamonds is a good omen, meaning you will get honor and recognition from high places. You will also find clarity in matters that have been clouding you.

If you dream your boyfriend gives you diamonds, you will have a happy marriage.

To dream of losing diamonds foretells bad luck.

If you steal diamonds in your dream, it means your unfaithfulness will be discovered by your friends.

A dream about fake diamonds suggests that something is not what it appears to be. Perhaps you are feeling unworthy or undervalued, or maybe you are pretending to be something you’re not.... My Dream Interpretation

My Dream Interpretation

To dream that something is fake suggests that something in your waking life is not what it appears to be. Perhaps you are feeling unworthy or someone is undervaluing your talents or efforts. Alternatively, this dream could mean that you are pretending to be something you’re not.

If you dream about a person being fake or phony, this represents your suspicions about a particular person, relationship or situation in real life.... My Dream Interpretation

My Dream Interpretation

If you dream of an imposter, whatever the imposter is pretending to be is probably what you in real life are pretending to be.

The dream imposter is showing you your self-image.... My Dream Interpretation

My Dream Interpretation

A dream about money signifies the dreamer should be more attentive to family members.

To see counterfeit money in your dream suggests that something is not what it appears to be. Perhaps you are feeling unworthy or someone is undervaluing your talents or efforts. Alternatively, this dream symbol could mean that you are pretending to be something you’re not.

If you dreamed of foreign money, this symbolizes the journey toward your life goals. Consider the emotions you felt in your dream, for clues to whether you are feeling good about the direction you are currently headed in life.... My Dream Interpretation

My Dream Interpretation

The moon represents the feminine and the spiritual self. How the moon appears to you in your dream suggests how close or distant you are from your inner feelings.

For example, seeing a full moon means that you are closely in touch with your instincts and inner emotions.

To see a sliver of moon represents new beginnings.

If you dream of the moon being another color, especially a red moon, this symbolizes disappointments in love. Someone close may not be as truthful or loyal as they have been pretending.

If you dream of a lunar eclipse, this signifies that your feminine side is being overshadowed. It may also foretell the illness of someone near you. Also see “Moonlight”, below.... My Dream Interpretation

My Dream Interpretation

A dream featuring bright moonlight means you will solve a problem by learning to look at it in a new way.

It is a sign that you should trust your instincts.

If you dream of being bathed in moonlight, this is a positive omen. You are closely in touch with your emotions and instincts. However, if someone you know was touched by the moonlight in your dream, this person may not be as truthful or loyal as they have been pretending.... My Dream Interpretation

My Dream Interpretation

If a noose appears in your dream, you have been pretending forgivement to someone you are secretly still angry with.... My Dream Interpretation

My Dream Interpretation

If you dream of running away from home, this suggests you are trying to avoid an issue in your real life. Pretending it doesn’t exist could make things worse - you will not solve problems until you face them head on. This dream also suggests that you are not taking or accepting responsibility for your actions. In cases where the dreamer’s home life is very difficult, this dream can represent a straight-forward wish to live in a happier place.... My Dream Interpretation

The Premier in Dream Dictionary

Dreaming of being naked can signify a desire to return to childhood innocence; a need to be unburdened from the responsibilities and pressures of life.

• It can also signify a fear of being exposed. You may have a fear of an embarrassing secret being discovered or you may be feeling guilty about something.

• Have you recently been lying or pretending about something you don’t want people to find out about?... The Premier in Dream Dictionary

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

A dream of contrary.

If you dreamed of being hurt, you can expect a financial improvement; but if your dream involved others being hurt, it is a warning that you are in danger of being hurt by someone who is pretending to be other than they are.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

This pretentious type of eyeglass featured in a dream is a caution against pretending to be other than you are.

Being yourself is always the easiest position to maintain or sustain.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

What the impostor is pretending to be is probably what you in real life are pretending to be: your persona or self-image. (For persona, see pages 38-39.)... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

The Dream Books Symbols

Identifying with ego self instead of spiritual self. Pretending to be something you are not; blaming others for self-created situations. Covering up real self through fear. See Mask, Facade.... The Dream Books Symbols

The Big Dictionary of Dreams

Just like the fool, the clown represents the opposite of authority. It symbolizes the instinct, the uninhibited, and childishness.

If you dream of an anonymous clown, the image alerts you of the false camaraderie of others.

If the clown has the traits of someone you know, this is the individual that the dream is warning you against. But if it is you who is dressed as a clown, you must watch out, because your attitude will cause people to not take you seriously. Maybe they think you’re always pretending and hiding your feelings. However, if the dream is enjoyable there is nothing to object to: the unconscious suggests that you laugh at your concerns because their gravity is relative.

In the Tarot, the Fool is depicted as the Joker from other cards. It reveals the unconscious side of the personality with all its potential for transformation.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

The Big Dictionary of Dreams

If your dream takes place on a stage it indicates that you are living some experiences without having the feeling that they are real.

If in these oneiric images you are pretending, it means you are playing a role. Therefore, the unconscious is suggesting that maybe it is time you face your responsibility, since, apparently, you try to go through the world marginally.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

The Element Encyclopedia

If you have a dream in which nakedness features strongly, or if you dream of appearing underdressed in public, ask yourself if you want others to see you as you really are in waking life. Examine how other people respond to you in the dream, as their reaction and behavior may be holding you back. Often these dreams reveal a fear of exposure, so ask yourself if you feel guilty about something. Have you recently been pretending, or even lying, about something you don’t want others to discover? Also ask yourself if you fear that a plan or a concept you are offering to others will be met with disapproval. You should also pay attention to your feelings in the dream about being naked or underdressed. Do you feel pleasure at being free of inhibitions, or do you feel anxious and vulnerable?... The Element Encyclopedia

The Big Dictionary of Dreams

“In waking, the dream gains imperceptibly on the subject and engenders a forgetting, or rather a memory, whose contour is transferred to a plane of the conscious that cannot accept it. But if it reaches an appropriate plane of the conscious, where it and the soul enter into symbiosis, it becomes an element of creations in the process of personal life.”
MARIA ZAMBRANO

The technique of “lucid dreaming”
Broadly speaking, this type of dream permits the dreamer to consciously participate. That is, realize suddenly that they are dreaming and that they can use the elements of the oneiric scene to their advantage or whim. In this aspect, lucid dreams have a greater potential for creativity; it is the ideal occasion to invent, conceive, and formulate without any type of limit or restriction. The main course of these dreams are the curative properties they offer. The life of any individual can be improved by sleeping, since making direct contact with unconscious material makes it easier to discover oneself and progress interiorly.

But what is a lucid dream? You may have experienced it before. You are sleeping and your mind enters into a dream in which a stranger, for example, yells at you to go home. The inverosimile of the situation makes you suddenly say to yourself: “This is a dream.”

Lucid dreams are very stimulating, above all because they allow the dreamer to control their reactions within the oneiric episode, even if it is a nightmare.

Experts define this phenomenon as “prelucid oneiric activity.” But this situation can manifest in a much more evident form. In this case, you not only know you are dreaming, but you can also use your conscious to change the dream as you wish. In the example given, you could ask the stranger who he is, or why he is throwing you out of your own house.

It must be said, however, that oneiric lucidity is not common, even though surveys have reported that 70 percent of people claim to have had this type of dream at some point. It is possible that many are confusing lucid images with prelucid ones, in which they only had the vague sensation of dreaming.

Keeping the conscious awake for a long time as you navigate your oneiric oceans is complicated. When one has lucid dreams, normally you either wake up shortly after, or quickly fall back into an unconscious state. Lucidity is only intermittent. And once you’ve had a dream of this type, it could be years before you experience another one. This exceptional character is why many people consider lucid dreams to be the most stimulating, above all because they allow the dreamer to control their reactions within the oneiric episode, even if it is a nightmare.

Unfortunately, not much is yet known about this type of oneiric process, although it is believed to occur more frequently in the early morning hours, since this time period makes it easier for the individual to realize that the mind is conceiving something improbable or outright impossible (for example, seeing yourself lift an airplane with one hand).

Are lucid dreams beneficial? Of course, since the individual who experiences them, upon realizing their mind is conscious, has the satisfaction of the sensation of freedom increasing as their self-control does. In this sense, some experts go beyond and claim that when one has learned to control oneiric events, it is much easier to solve daily problems and face anxiety. Lucid dreams, therefore, can contribute to our spiritual growth.

In another way, their potential can help us to treat the most terrifying nightmares. Lucidity allows you to face the threatening images in order to understand them, not obliterate them. According to some psychologists, such as the reputable American analyst Gayle Delaney, the best way to deal with a nightmare is not to turn it into a pleasant dream. Quite the contrary, those who dream lucidly have a better option: directly ask the oneiric characters that so terrorizes them what it is they want, or what they represent.

This experience can not only help transform the evil figures into friendly characters, but also allows one to discern what parts of the dreamer’s personality are represented by the original threatening images. With proper training, the individual will report feeling more secure and confident upon waking.

How it all began
The term “lucid dream” was coined by Frederik Van Eeden in 1898, using the word “lucid” in the sense of “mental clarity.” So we can say that a lucid dream is one in which “the dreamer becomes conscious that they are dreaming.” This definition, given by the researcher Celia Green in 1968, is the most widely accepted today. In any case, the

study of this type of dream has been ongoing since Ancient Greece. In the fourth century BC, Aristotle makes the first written reference to a lucid dream in his Treatise on Dreams: “When one is sleeping, there is something in the conscious that reveals that what is present is nothing more than a dream.”

In 415 AD, Saint Augustine used the story of a lucid dream to justify life after death. Later on, in the seventh century, Tibetan Buddhism studies the yoga of dreams, in which the monks train themselves in lucid dreaming as part of their spiritual development. Despite these precedents, the study of lucid dreams, as we understand them today, does not emerge until the nineteenth century, by the hand of Marquis d’Hervey Saint Denys. This researcher published the book Los suenos y como controlarlos (Dreams and how to control them), in 1867. In this, he demonstrated that it is possible to learn to dream consciously. This fact converted him into the founder of the first line of study on lucid dreams, although his discoveries were put into doubt by many researchers afterward.

In lucid dreams we are conscious that we are dreaming.
The sensation that time has passed, in a normal dream, is due to the sudden change of setting. In a lucid dream, however, the critical sense of the dreamer makes them question passing of time they did not live.
Much more systematic and objective than Saint Denys, was the English psychologist Mary-Arnold Forster (1861–1951). In her book, Studies in Dreams (1921), she describes techniques of lucidity and control over dreams she herself experienced. The researcher was especially interested in “learning to fly” in lucid dreams, a practice which she had done since childhood.

Another very important aspect of her work was her nightmare therapy. She learned to recognize that her terrifying dreams were “just dreams.” So she helped many children overcome their nightmares through lucid dreaming, teaching them techniques to change an unpleasant dream to a pleasant one. The fact that she criticized many Freudian theories, especially those about pretending and censorship, relegated her brilliance to obscurity. It wasn’t until many years later that the true value of her discoveries was recognized.

Meditation is a good resource to stimulate lucidity in dreams.
Through the techniques of lucid dreaming, we can overcome nightmares by transforming them into pleasant and agreeable dreams.

The lucid dream, today
Modern research on lucidity has advanced a lot in the last fifty years and has come to dismiss old theories. Traditionally, it was thought that dreams happen in a moment, although long stories occurred within them. However, after studying in a lab the subjective experience of the dreamer, in all cases the estimated time of the lucid dream was very close to the real time (LaBerge, 1980–1985). The sensation that more time has passed is due to the sudden changes of scenery during dreams. In 1982, a study by psychologist Stephen LaBerge and William Dement demonstrated that, in the lucid dream, respiration was controlled voluntarily. They confirmed it with three lucid dreamers, who could breathe rapidly or hold their breath during the experiment without suffering any alteration of the dream.

On the other side, one of the most common themes of lucid dreams is sexual activity. LaBerge, Greenleaf, and Kedzierski (1983) completed a pilot experiment on the physiological response in lucid dreams of a sexual nature. The experimental protocol required the lucid dreamer to make ocular signals at the following moments: when he entered lucidity, when the sexual activity of the dream began, and when he experienced orgasm. The investigators discovered that the body reacts the same sexually during a lucid dream as it does while awake.

The situations, characters, or objects that are present in dreams but impossible in real life are precisely those that awaken the dreamer’s critical sense and brings them to lucidity. “The Meaning of Life,” Hipgnosis.

Meditation is also a good resource to stimulate lucidity in dreams. Before going to bed, find a quiet place and sit in a straight chair or on the floor with your legs crossed. Close your eyelids until only a faint fringe of light enters your eyes, or close them entirely if it won’t make you sleepy. Then, try to relax for five minutes (as you practice, you can lengthen the sessions). Concentrate in a single stimulus, focusing your attention on a specific spot. When you finish the exercise, go directly to bed, trying not to lose the relaxation you attained. Meditation will help you concentrate as you sleep, allowing you to recognize the incongruencies in your oneiric thoughts. This is the starting point of lucid dreaming.

Another method for inducing this type of dreams consists of proposing to complete some sort of assignment while you sleep. When dreaming, you will try to finish this job, something that will remind you that the activity you are doing (if you do in fact dream about what you proposed to) is nothing more than a dream.

A variation of this technique (also implies taking on a task) consists of leaving a glass of water in the bathroom and eating something very salty before going to bed. If you follow this method, you are likely to be thirsty but, given that your body is reluctant to get up and go to the bathroom, the displacement will end up incorporated in your dream. The coincidence will make you realize you are dreaming.

When in daily life, if a person, feeling, or thought appears repetitively, there is a greater chance you will dream of it. The content of dreams is always influenced by the content of your day. The more often you do a certain task, the more likely it is to appear in dreams. Therefore, if you ask yourself “am I dreaming?” frequently, you will end up asking this question in dreams. The problem comes when the sensation of reality in dreams is so strong that it tricks you. It is necessary to repeat the reality test we show later on.

Dr. Consuelo Barea notes that there are two primary techniques to induce lucid dreaming at night. It has to do with self suggestion and direct entry into dreams without losing consciousness, which comes from Tibetan yoga.

The number of times that stimuli repeat in a dream has a great impact on the content. However, the same happens with the quality of these stimuli. An event that impresses you, that hits you hard, that causes a big impact, is much more susceptible to appearing in your dreams, even if it only happened once. The way in which people talk to you or in which you receive information can be very suggestive and enter directly into your unconscious.

The prospective memory is a variation of this ability. It consists of giving yourself an order, forgetting it, and then completing it when the opportune moment arrives. We see an example of this memory in people who are able to wake up without an alarm at the hour they want. When the order of oneiric lucidity is given intensely and with force, it can directly reach the unconscious. Some people are able to have a lucid dream just by hearing about it for the first time; this seems interesting, but it’s more useful to educate one’s prospective memory, so that one knows how to give the order effectively.

The process of training in lucid dreaming requires a gradual increase in oneiric experience. It is possible to advance suddenly to a much higher level of lucidity and control but, if this happens by chance, without having worked for it, you will not be able to maintain this achievement. Advances remain fixed when you work for lucidity, persisting with the techniques for induction. Then, the accomplishments are incorporated with your normal oneiric repertoire. In this way, you can reach a point where, in non-lucid dreams, you still act spontaneously, following the lessons learned from lucidity. For example, if you train yourself in lucid dreams to confront an oneiric character that terrorizes you, you will end up responding bravely to this person automatically, even if you are not having a lucid dream.

When in daily life, if a person, feeling, or thought appears repetitively, there is a greater chance we will dream of it; this happens because the content of dreams is very influenced by the content of our waking day. “El voyeur” (The voyeur) (Carles Baró, 1996).

This practice will give you the keys to discover all that worries you in waking life and ends up represented in worry dreams and nightmares. Upon practicing with oneiric lucidity, you will learn to reap maximum benefit from this source of inspiration and creativity.

In the box we show the steps to follow to train yourself in lucid dreaming. The information comes from the studies of Dr. Consuelo Barea that appear in her book El Sueño Lúcido, (The Lucid Dream), published by this same editorial.

Practicing lucidity gives us the keys to discovering everything that worries us and stalks us in nightmares.
1. Development of induction techniques. Practice some of the techniques described earlier with the intention of having a lucid dream (for example, self-suggestion). You can practice it during the day, before going to sleep at night, or in the morning before a morning nap.

2. Gradually increase the level of oneiric astonishment.

  • - Level 0. No surprise about oneiric signs. - Level 1. One-time astonishment without seeking an explanation. - Level 2. Astonishment and superficial search for an explanation. - Level 3. Lucidity: “I am dreaming.”

The objective is to reach Level 3 through practice of the prior techniques.

3. Reality test. Once you’ve reached at least Level 1, you must get used to practicing the reality test in a dream. This can be visual, of laws of physics, or temporal. To do so, question for a moment the reality or coherence of that which you are seeing or what is happening, according to your notion of time and space. If you find something strange in the evaluation of one of these factors, it will set off an alarm for you.

4. Prolongation of lucidity. Once you’ve reached lucidity, you must extend the time as much as possible to better obtain more information. The way to do this is by internal dialogue with the people in the oneiric scene, and with the thoughts you have during the dream.

5. Control. When you’ve achieved lucidity for a while and it seems like it will continue, you can begin to practice control:

  • - Space-time orientation
    - Changing your own behavior
    - Changing settings, people, events . . .
6. Entering and exiting a dream. After achieving all of the prior steps, you will encounter oneiric moments that you want to remember.

The Kabbalists associate dreams with the central symbol of their tradition: the Tree of Life. “Tree of Life” (Gustav Klimt, 1909).
... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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