The meaning of Straw, straw hat in dream | Dream interpretation


Vision: Seeing a straw hat: you are wasting your time on unimportant things. Also—you are too talkative! Lying on straw: your financial situation will take a turn for the worse. Wearing a straw hat: you will enjoy a few happy, carefree days.

Depth Psychology: The dream warns about taking material risks or indicates an impending crisis. See Hay.

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Straw, Straw Hat | Dream Interpretation

The keywords of this dream: Straw Straw Hat


AXE / HATCHET

Axes have a complex range of meanings. Their meaning must be determined from the larger context of any particular dream. Axes are symbols of execution (beheading), and can therefore represent anxieties about being punished or killed. We also speak about being “axed” from our position of employment (job anxiety). In ancient times, axes were made from meteorites, and they were associated with the divinities of the sky and the power expressed by rain (fertility), thunder (power), and lightning (illumination). In the hands of the dreamer, axes are thus symbols of personal power; how they are utilized shows how the individual is using or misusing his or her power.... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia

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CALIPHATE

(See Calif; King; Vice-regent)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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CAMEL CALF THAT IS WEANED

It symbolises a person’s child.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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CAMEL THAT ESCAPES

An escaped, lost or stolen camel means that a person’s wife will separate from him.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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CAT IN THE HAT

The tall, lanky Cat in the Hat, created by Dr. Seuss, brings the message that reading is fundamental. He may suggest that it is nme to crack open the books, dc one’s homework, or read for enjoyment.

The Cat in the Hat may come to trick and coax you into having fun even with seemingly unpleasant circumstances of life. He may also represent cleverness.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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CHAT ROOM

If you dream of being in a chat room, then this represents connecting with aspects of yourself that you have not yet met. Pay particular attention to the content of the chat, the words are the prime message in this dream.

A chat room also reflects a desire for anonymity, intimacy at a safe distance, and a desire for connection with people that share a mutual interest. This dream may be advising you to venture out and take your chats to the next level. See Internet.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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CHAT ROOM

To dream about being in a chat room suggests that you need to reach out to people who may not always physically be around. It could also suggest that you have been spending too much time in front of the computer and this has carried over into your dreams.... My Dream Interpretation

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CHATTER

A runaway marriage will cause much gossip.... Mystic Dream Book

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CHATTER

The yakety-yak pf chatter in your dream was your subconscious suggesting that you be much more circumspect or much less kinky in your relations with the opposite sex.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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CLOTHES THAT ARE JOINTED

Joined clothes, if they are soiled, means the one who wears them will become poor and needy.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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COLLECTING FIRE THAT DOES NOT BURN

Collecting fire which neither burns nor gives off light symbolizes knowledge that is futile and worthless.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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DOG THAT ATTACKS

If a dog is seen attacking and biting a person it means that the harm caused by his enemy ill not be confined to unpleasant words only but bodily harm as well.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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DREAMS THAT FORETELL ACCIDENTS

A number of well-recorded dreams have appeared to foretell accidents and some researchers believe that accidents in dreams are a warning. Research, however, does not support the idea that dreams predict impending disaster. See also DISASTERS.

The story of the SS Titanic is well known. On 14 April 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk in the North Atlantic, carrying with her more than 1500 lives. The lack of sufficient lifeboats has often been blamed as the leading cause of fatalities; experts will tell you, however, that there were hundreds of causes leading to the accident, including everything from faulty construction of watertight compartments to a failure to pay attention to numerous warnings of icebergs in the area. What is important here, however, is the huge number of accident dreams that foretold this disaster.

Immediately after the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic, there were at least two dozen reports of people who cancelled their trip because of precognitive dreams they had about the sinking. No one knows how many had the same warning and ignored it, going to a death they could have avoided. There is one businessman that had the same precognitive dream of the Titanic sinking three times and chose to ignore the warning. He still intended to make the trip, until a sudden turn in business forced him to cancel.... The Element Encyclopedia

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The Element Encyclopedia

DROPPINGS OF ANIMALS THAT ARE NOT EATEN

It symbolises haraam wealth.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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DUNCE-HAT

İmplying someone did something mischievous; see “hat”... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

GALIA MOSCHATA

(Oils; Perfume made of a mixture of musk and ambergris) Anointing oneself with galia moschata in a dream means happiness,joy, peace, praises, commendations and celebrations. Anointing oneself with this perfume in a dream also could mean performing a pilgrimage to Mecca or begetting a son. Wearinggalia moschata in a dream also could denote distress from an allegation that will be handed down by someone in authority.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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HARD HAT

(See Helmet)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

HARRIOT, HATTIE

Ruler of home... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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Dream Dictionary Unlimited

HAT

To dream of losing your hat, you may expect unsatisfactory business and failure of persons to keep important engagements.

For a man to dream that he wears a new hat, predicts change of place and business, which will be very much to his advantage.

For a woman to dream that she wears a fine new hat, denotes the attainment of wealth, and she will be the object of much admiration.

For the wind to blow your hat off, denotes sudden changes in affairs, and somewhat for the worse. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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HAT

Defines one’s title of/or responsibility, i.E.

A son who takes his dad’s place, wears his hat... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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HAT

1. Authority, power.

2. Concealment.

3. Social status.

4. Healing, recovery (woman’s hat). ... New American Dream Dictionary

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New American Dream Dictionary

HAT

(See Helmet)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

HAT

Opinions, beliefs, mental attitudes—for instance a Jew­ish skull cap would represent the religious beliefs of the wearer. Idioms: at the drop of a hat; brass hat, eat one’s hat; hang on to one’s hat; under one’s hat, old hat. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

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A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences

HAT

Points to intellect, but also arrogance, as with all other symbols that have to do with the head. Vanity and self-expression, as with all symbols concerning jewelry.

The type of hat points to the personality of the dreamer. See Cap,

According to psychoanalysis, a hat is a phallic symbol. Today it is more likely a symbol of the condom.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

HAT

see Clothes... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

HAT

See Dress.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary

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Gypsy Dream Dictionary

HAT

(see Clothes)

Antiquated methods or approaches (e.g., something is “old hat”). Involvement or interest (e.g., “tossing your hat into the ring”).

The mind: Keeping ideas “under one’s hat.” Top hat: A refined, classy approach to a situation.

Jester’s hat: Clowning around. Possibly using humor as a communication tool, or to cover up insecurity.

Changing hats: Transitions or additional responsibilities especially in a work-related situation (e.g., “wearing many hats”).... The Language of Dreams

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The Language of Dreams

HAT

Hats, in general, represent the attitudes you wear and explain something about the direction of your thinking.

A flowered bonnet may comment on old-fashioned feminine values.

A Nike sports hat may point to someone who thinks he can do anything with the right attitude.

A Nike cap worn over the third eye may suggest that you use your psychic abilities.

A sports cap representing your favorite team may indicate a sense of rooting for yourself and those you love.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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Ariadne's Book of Dream

HAT

To dream that your hal is broken, or fallen oil, means damage and dishonor.... The Complete Dream Book

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The Complete Dream Book

HAT

If the hat is new, smart and becoming, the portent is favorable. After such a dream is an auspicious time to begin a new enterprise.... The Complete Dream Book

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The Complete Dream Book

HAT

To dream of wearing a hat that does not fit you signifies that your pride will cause you trouble.

To lose a hat predicts a shameful experience.... The Complete Dream Book

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The Complete Dream Book

HAT

Vision: Dreaming frequently about wearing a hat: you would love to be the center of attention wherever you go; more humility would be in order.

If you are wearing a very extravagant hat: your actions or your behavior make you look like a fool. Making a hat: you will soon be offered an interesting job—or someone is going to make an interesting request.

The wind blowing the hat off your head means a loss of profit. Watching a hat floating on water may indicate a friend’s suicide. Wearing a straw hat: your lover will be unfaithful. Wearing a hat with feathers: you are too vain and too desperate for admiration. See Top Hat.

Depth Psychology: The hat represents opinions and attitudes you would rather hide from others; be brave—speak your mind. Who are you suspicious ofr Take off your hat and show the world who you are!... Dreamers Dictionary

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HAT

New clothes are generally excellent omens, but shabby things are warnings of trouble.

If you lose your Hat, beware of false friends.... Mystic Dream Book

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HAT

Dreams of a hat symbolize the way you want others to see you. Also a hat represents your egoic thoughts, opinions, judgments, and ideas.

If the hat has a logo or a picture this could be about your affiliation or job (as in a fireman’s hat, a fez or baseball cap).

A hat can also be a disguise, a distraction, or an extension of your beliefs.

A hat can also symbolize that you feel the need to protect yourself from the influence of those around you. See Chakra-Crown, Crown and Yamaka.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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Strangest Dream Explanations

HAT

See clothes... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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Dream Meanings of Versatile

HAT

If the hat is new, the dreamer may be considering a new job - and should go for it.

If the hat is old and shabby, the dreamer’s current job will eventually “get old.”

If the hat is too small for the dreamer, something in his life for which he had high hopes could turn out to be a disappointment. But if the hat is too large, he has bitten off more than he could chew.

A top hat or fashionable ladies’ hat indicates a rise in social status.... Dream Explanations of Astro Center

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Dream Explanations of Astro Center

HAT

If a person wears a big hat in your dream, someone you know may be keeping a secret from you.

If you are wearing the hat, you need more creativity in your life.... My Dream Interpretation

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My Dream Interpretation

HAT

Dreaming that you are wearing a new hat prognosticates a change of place.

If you lose your hat it forecasts a very unsatisfactory outlook.

The hat is also used as a symbol of the male sex organ and its function.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

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Psycho Dream Interpretation

HAT

The significance varies according to the action and other factors, so all details should be correlated, but as a general guide:... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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HAT

(1) A hat may be a sexual symbol, representing male or female genitals.

(2) According to what sort of hat it is, it may represent a particular quality, role or lifestyle. Changing hats may therefore denote a (needed) change of attitude or direction or values; throwing your hat away may mean a decision to concentrate less on “worldly5 performance and more on self-knowledge’ and personal wholeness.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

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A Dictionary of Dream Symbols

HAT

The role or roles you play, how you present self to others which is not the full expression of who you really are. See Cap.... The Dream Books Symbols

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HAT

As they serve to cover the head, hats are a symbol of what is harbored (or thought). In the same fashion, it references the role that you play in life. And, if you change it, it indicates a change in attitude or direction in your existence.

It is possible that you are turning towards the assumption of more responsibilities at work, or be searching for a new work position. According to Freud, hats (and gloves) represent the female genitals due to its ability to surround the body. In contrast, Jung thought that the hat, relative to the crown, gives people a determined expression. So, the type of hat changes the meaning of the dream. A tophat manifests that you want health or that you are too pretentious; a baseball hat that you want to be younger or more athletic; a straw hat, that you hope to adopt a more natural and unworried attitude; a military cap indicates an excess in authoritarianism; lastly, if you wear a ridiculous hat, it is a warning of the grotesque posture that you maintain in the situation represented in the dream. In general, imagining that you are wearing a hat shows a lack of security in what you do and a fear of being judged by others.

The predecessors of Freud believed that if a woman wears a man’s hat, she wants to maintain relations with the owner of the hat. And, if you dream that you lose the hat, you will soon be married.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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HAT

The head is the symbolic wellspring of our thoughts and ideas. Hats both adorn and protect the head. As such, a hat can represent specific ideas or thoughts themselves, but also the need or desire to contain them. In terms of adornment, a hat can be the outward expression of an inner idea. In the realm of protection, a hat can connect with keeping such ideas firmly in place. Wearing someone else’s hat could be expressing the notion of trying on someone else’s ideas.

(See Cap.)... Complete Dictionary of Dreams

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Complete Dictionary of Dreams

HAT

Hats represent concealment (e.g., a magician’s hat) and a covering of one’s head and mind (“keep this under your hat”).

A tipped hat suggests a greeting, and different types of hats symbolize different situations (e.g., a beret suggests the military and a top hat represents magic, a formal occasion, a dance routine).... Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia

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HAT / CAP

A hat or cap is a symbol of wisdom and the intellect and also of protection. It can also signify both spirituality and sexuality, depending on the other aspects of the dream.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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HAT / CAP / HOOD / TURBAN

For Jung, hats symbolized thought, so if you are changing hats in your dream, this may be a sign of personal growth where long-held views are old hat and new ideas are developing. Freud, on the other hand, believed that the hat was a sexual symbol. Nowadays it is more likely to be seen as a symbol of authority, although if you take your hat off to someone in your dream, you are showing them your respect. In general, dream hats suggest intelligence and aspirations—your thinking cap—because they are worn on the head.

If your hat is taller or grander than everyone else’s in the dream, what could the aim of your unconscious be to set you apart in this way? Did you tip your hat in the dream or, perhaps because you have been accused of having ideas above your station, was it knocked off? If you are wearing a crown, do you feel that you deserve the acclaim of others in waking life?

Headgear is also associated with allegiance to a profession, team or particular roles in life; for example, a judge’s wig suggests justice. Your dream may be suggesting that you can learn much from the qualities displayed by that role.

If the hat is a helmet, this is a symbol of protection. A dream of wearing a hood may suggest secrecy and concealment. Although they also hint at flirtatious behavior, fans don’t protect but hide the face, as do veils (which furthermore have connotations with grief and mystery) and hoods (which also have connotations with death), so if any of these accessories feature in your dream, see if you can make any connections with your waking world. From whom or what are you trying to hide? For the devout Muslim or Sikh, turbans are symbols of authority, strength and dignity; for those outside these religions, the turban may be associated with the mysteries of the East, and thus can represent spiritual aspirations, as well as a sense of the exotic and a desire for more excitement in everyday life. It may also draw the dreamer’s attention to a male authority figure.... The Element Encyclopedia

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HATBOX

To dream of opening one denotes a gay occasion unless you find it empty, in which case it means disappointment about a festivity to which you will not be invited.... Mystic Dream Book

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HATBOX

A hatbox in your dream predicts a pleasant surprise, unless it was emp-ty, in which case it signifies a social disappointment.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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HATCH

Stage of development in the beginning of a new work, but before maturity... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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HATCH

1. Projects or plans will soon be realized.

2. Negative ways of thinking or patterns of behavior are about to be replaced. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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HATCHERY

(See Incubator)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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HATCHET

A hatchet seen in a dream, denotes that wanton wastefulness will expose you to the evil designs of envious persons.

If it is rusty or broken, you will have grief over wayward people. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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HATCHET

1. Tremendous emotional discomfort, fear and anxiety.

2. To defame or libel an individual or reputation (as in a “hatchet job”).

3. Reconciliations are possible. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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HATCHET

(See Ax)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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HATCHET

Smashing, destroying, Ps. 74:6... Christian Dream Symbols

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HATCHET

See Axe. Either bury it or excavate it. You have, or think you have, an axe to grind.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

HATCHET

See Axe.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary

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Gypsy Dream Dictionary

HATCHET

A small hatchet used in a dream predicts that you will do someone a wrong if you do not curb any tendency you may have toward gossip-.... The Complete Dream Book

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HATCHET

You will be in danger soon. Anxiety and trouble.... Mystic Dream Book

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HATCHET

Dreams of a hatchet represent that you are chopping down debris that stands in the way of you accessing to your true path; you are cutting through the jungle of your mind to find certainty and clarity. See Knife and Kill.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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HATCHET

You can expect a period of disturbing predica- ments, domestic and /or busi- ness, if your dream involved using a hatchet to chop any thing, unless is was used to split kindling wood, in which case it forecasts a reconciliation. To sharpen a hatchet signifies an increased income. See also Ax.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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HATCHING

Turn your mind from all unhappy thoughts and look ahead to brighter times amongst friends.... Mystic Dream Book

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HATE

To dream that you hate a person, denotes that if you are not careful you will do the party an inadvertent injury or a spiteful action will bring business loss and worry.

If you are hated for unjust causes, you will find sincere and obliging friends, and your associations will be most pleasant. Otherwise, the dream forebodes ill. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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HATE

1. Long-repressed anger, never dealt with, needs to be ad­dressed.

2. Need to examine thoughts and feelings toward others, possible misjudgment.

3. Emotionally draining relationship. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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HATE

Hate and abhorrence are the cause of divisiveness and enmity between people, and people need one another in order for them to reach their common goal.

If one sees himself suffering from despise, or if he hates someone in a dream, it means a bad omen for everyone involved.

To hate someone who loves you in a dream means having perfidy, jealousy and rancor. Hatred in a dream also may connote wanting to do what is right and abstaining from what is wrong.

(Also see Grudge)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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HATE

Repressed aggression, often due to a lack of boundaries.

A lack of self-protection and a weak immune system. Are you afraid of confrontation.7 Or are you making your points too aggressively7 It is necessary to find out what it is that you really hate.

If a “hate dream” overwhelms you, and you have it often, consider consulting a psychologist.

Folklore: A sign that relief is in sight.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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Little Giant Encyclopedia

HATE

To dream that anyone hates you is a sign that someone will do you a favor.... The Complete Dream Book

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HATE

This is a dream of warning against giving way to hate for anyone.... The Complete Dream Book

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HATE

To dream of intense feelings like hate often reflects old repressed feelings like aggression or fear of confrontation. This might also refer to our desire to impose ourselves and our opinions on others. Try to pay attention to other symbols in your dream to be able to figure out the right meaning.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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HATE

Dreams of hate denote judgment, hurt and unprocessed pain. Often hate stems from unrequited love, betrayal or a deep soul-mate connection that did not meet your needs.

The ability to hate someone is either an extreme repulsion/judgements to a person’s behavior or lifestyle. This just maybe an aspect of yourself that you have rejected. See Integration Dreams.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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HATE

To dream about hate, indicates repressed aggression and your fear of confrontations. On the other hand, you may be forcing your views and opinions onto others. Consider the symbolism of other elements in the dream to find out what is it that you really hate.... My Dream Interpretation

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HATE

To feel hatred in a dream suggests that you should beware of misjudging someone; but to be hated is a dream of contrary and predicts an improvement in your affairs through the influence of sincere friends.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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HATE

If in the dream you harbor a lot of hatred, perhaps it refers to a negative feeling that is part of your personality. The hated person or thing is, logically, important but other factors must be analyzed in depth in order to correctly interpret the dream and get to the root of this emotion. Once the real object of your hatred identified, you will have already partially solved the problem.

To feel hatred towards a stranger is a bad sign for everything related to material concerns: there is every chance that you will ruin yourself in business. To hate a loved one, however, denotes emotional and family quarrels; and yourself, dissatisfaction and uncertainty about your self-worth.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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The Big Dictionary of Dreams

HATRED

(See Grudge)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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Islamic Dream Interpretation

HATRED

The man or woman who dreams of hating a person of the opposite sex will find that a love affair will develop before long.... The Complete Dream Book

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HATRED OR MALICE

A dream of contrary.

To Hate anyone in your dream is a sign of success with friends or in your domestic affairs.... Mystic Dream Book

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HATS

Hats are usually symbolic of power and authority. They also stereotype the person that is wearing it. Look at the details in your dream especially who is wearing the hat.

The type and quality of the hat usually represents the degree of authority and respect that your unconscious mind is giving to the person wearing it. Generally the person wearing the hat is representing a part of you. What is the hat saying about your position in life and your attitude toward it?... The Bedside Dream Dictionary

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HATS

A new elaborate hat denotes a rise in status and good luck, while old shabby hats are a wide range of bad luck; if you lose your hat you will have a loss of finances.... Tryskelion Dream Interpretation

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HATS

This is a variable dream and depends more on the action in the dream rather then the hat itself. These are a few meanings: A new elaborate hat denotes a rise in status and good luck, while old shabby hats are a wide range of bad luck; if you lose your hat you will have a loss of finances, etc..... Encyclopedia of Dreams

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HUNTING WILD ANIMALS THAT ARE FEMALES

they represent men, women and slave-girls.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT OUR BRAIN WAS WASHED FROM HEAD TO TOE WHILE SLEEPING

Scientists have found that the human brain is washed during sleep through a study on 13 subjects. According to the research, blood flows out of the brain during sleep, while the cerebrospinal fluid washes the brain. A team led by Laura Lewis, who is working at Boston University, made an interesting scientific discovery. The team, which has been working on the human brain for a while, has discovered that when people sleep, their brains are washed with cerebrospinal fluid. So your brain is completely washed through rhythmic and breakthrough waves while you sleep. According to previous studies, Lewis says that they already know that neurons in the brain have electrical wave activities, but that they have discovered that there are also waves in the cerebrospinal fluid. Scientists have illustrated the phases of the brain during sleep so that the research can be done, and the images we will share with you shortly reveal how this washing process will be. According to the data obtained in the research, after the people sleep, the brain neurons do not function, and the blood flows out of the brain. It is precisely at this time that the cerebrospinal fluid comes into play and washes the brain from beginning to end. Laura Lewis states that the findings from the research are very important because she hopes that these findings may lead to new discoveries. Lewis’ hopes are about psychological and neurological discoveries. Because brain waves can combine with blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid, especially for the investigation of age-related normal impairments. The reason for this is that as people age, their brains produce less and slower waves. So this research could both open a new door and be a glimmer of hope, especially for the treatment of alzheimer’s disease. Lewis made this important discovery with 13 people aged between 23 and 33. Considering getting help from the subjects at older ages in the ongoing processes of his research, Lewis states that they can understand how the movement in the brains of people who are older is going to be. Lewis says that so they can make a new discovery about alzheimer’s.... Dreampedia

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KHATEEB

He symbolises a faqeeh, jurist and a man of great Islamic learning.... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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KHATIB

(arb. See Preacher; Sermon)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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MANHATTAN

Dreams of glory. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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PHAT

Dreams of referring to something as phat represents your desire to be on the cutting edge of cool with regards to fashion, trends, style, and pop culture. Keep in mind that what is phat today may be skinny tomorrow. You are realizing that fads fade because they are fickle.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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SHATTERED CUPS

(jars and dishware) these can symbolize ruin and destruction, Jer. 48:12 ... Christian Dream Symbols

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STRAW

If you dream of straw, your life is threatened with emptiness and failure.

To see straw piles burning, is a signal of prosperous times.

To feed straw to stock, foretells that you will make poor provisions for those depending upon you. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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STRAW

Temporary and insecure; of little worth; a drinking straw is an intermediate means of contact... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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STRAW

In a dream, straw represents richness, prosperity and a good harvest, for one who gathers straw ends and brings them home. Eating straw in a dream means poverty and hunger. Locking or placing straw in an unsuitable container such as safe or a dresser in a dream means depression and destruction of cattle feed. Straw in a dream represents charities. Abundance of straw in a dream also represent a community where the female count exceeds the number of men. Wheat straw in a dream means goodness and trustworthiness.

(Also see Wheat straw)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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STRAW

worthless words or valueless work, Jer. 23:28... Christian Dream Symbols

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STRAW

Misfortune, lack of money (Gypsy). ... The Fabric of Dream

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STRAW

Troublesome work or difficulties. Also refers to bed and camp / cot (in the past consisting of fresh straw or mattresses stuffed with straw).... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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STRAW

1- Straw in dreams highlights weakness and emptiness. Unless the image of straw appears in a countryside scene, we arc probably aware of a passing phase which has little meaning.

A straw house being a temporary structure would suggest a state of impermanence is present in our lives.

2- When we say something is built on straw, we are aware that it does not have a proper foundation. We need to look at what we feel is impermanent in our lives and build on it.

3- Straw appearing in a dream can often reveal that we feel there is a lack of support or that the support we do have seems to be rather dry and brittle when undertaking our Spiritual journey.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary

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STRAW

A warning of difficulties. You must work hard in order to overcome your troubles.... Mystic Dream Book

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STRAW

If you dream of drinking through a straw, then this dream is showing you that you are sucking energy from a particular source, to get nourished, quenched, and filled up. Consider what it is that you are drinking and how it makes you feel.

If you dream of drawing straws, then you are grappling with the fear of coming up short, or fearing that if you win, then someone else will come up short. Dreams of a house made of straw means you have flimsy structures of support in your life that could be huffed and puffed and blown over. In general, straw signifies warmth and wealth that has not yet manifested.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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STRAW

If your dream features heaps of straw, it predicts an increase in material wealth. Burning straw is a warning against loss of money due to carelessness.... My Dream Interpretation

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STRAW

If your dream featured heaps of straw, it signifies security through increased savings; stacks of straw predict an increase in material wealth; burning straw is a warning against loss of money due to carelessness; wet straw suggests loss of freedom due to foolish behavior: and a straw bed forecasts an improved income, unless you slept on it, in which case it means you are in for a lover’s quarrel.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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STRAW

(Drinking) Learning to direct emotions.... The Dream Books Symbols

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STRAW

If you dream of a great quantity of straw stored, it indicates abundance.

If it appears scattered, it reflects poor organization that could cause economic problems.

To sleep on a pile of straw is an omen of sadness and injustice. In the same sense, to have sex on it is a warning of misery and bad relationships.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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STRAW MAT

(See Carpet; Mat)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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STRAW, STRAW HAT

Vision: Seeing a straw hat: you are wasting your time on unimportant things. Also—you are too talkative! Lying on straw: your financial situation will take a turn for the worse. Wearing a straw hat: you will enjoy a few happy, carefree days.

Depth Psychology: The dream warns about taking material risks or indicates an impending crisis. See Hay.... Dreamers Dictionary

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STRAWBERRIES

To dream of strawberries, is favorable to advancement and pleasure. You will obtain some long wished-for object.

To eat them, denotes requited love.

To deal in them, denotes abundant harvest and happiness.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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STRAWBERRIES

Symbolic of a delicacy... Christian Dream Symbols

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STRAWBERRIES

Good luck, a happy marriage (Gypsy). ... The Fabric of Dream

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STRAWBERRIES

See Fruits.... Gypsy Dream Dictionary

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STRAWBERRIES

Picking strawberries may signify the discovery of your sensual side, which is ripe. red. and luscious.

If strawberries are offered to you in your dreams, they may represent an invitation to be passionate with a romantic partner.... Ariadne's Book of Dream

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STRAWBERRIES

Eating strawberries In a dream is a good sign to lovers. It indicates a happy culmination to one’s affair if the berries are sweet and of good flavor.

If the strawberries appear to be unripe or sour, it is a prediction of quarrels that may be pleasantly adjusted.... The Complete Dream Book

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STRAWBERRIES

These berries, eaten or seen, are a presage of unexpected luck.

The tuck may be conccrncd with money, or it may be in connection with friends.... The Complete Dream Book

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STRAWBERRIES

Symbol: Strawberries, like violets, are symbols of humility, but also temptation.

Vision: Enjoying a bowl of strawberries means luck in your love life. See Apple, Berries, Pear. Looking at strawberries: the affection you have for another person is growing. Collecting wild strawberries: you would like to have a love affair. Spilling strawberries: disappointment in matters of love. See Berries, Fruit.

Depth Psychology: Strawberries symbolize your need for friendship as well as an intimate relationship.... Dreamers Dictionary

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STRAWBERRIES

A sign of some unexpected success.... Mystic Dream Book

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STRAWBERRIES

See “Berries”... My Dream Interpretation

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STRAWBERRIES

Strawberry dreams mean general good health.... Psycho Dream Interpretation

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STRAWBERRIES

Happiness is the message contained in a strawberry dream.

If you picked them, you are likely to have an unexpected and delightful vacation; otherwise, whether you ate them, served them, bought them, or cooked them, they signify happy domestic and/or love affairs.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries symbolize feminine sensuality. Eating strawberries augurs the beginning of a loving relationship. Passion and desire are the keys expressed through these fruits.

If during the dream you do not taste this delicacy at all it seems clear that you are repressing yourself. Keep in mind that unfulfilled sexual desires do not disappear and, therefore, the unconscious sends you messages reminding of an inhibited erotic load.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams

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STRAWBERRY

Temporary pleasure mixed with problems... Dream Dictionary Unlimited

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STRAWBERRY

1. Lucky.

2. Love. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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STRAWBERRY

(See Mulberry)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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STRAWBERRY

Sexual symbol (like nipple). Marriage, becoming a mother, summer fun.

Folklore: Sign of unexpected success.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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STRAWBERRY

To dream of seeing or eating strawberries represents your erotic thoughts and desires. Strawberries reflect the female aspects especially referring to sex. This dream may also suggest that you are close to achieving your objectives.... Dream Symbols and Analysis

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STRAWBERRY

Dreams of strawberries represent romance, passion, delicious, juicy love.

The strawberry is also symbolic of the vagina; sexuality, fertility, and sexual pleasure. See Fruit.... Strangest Dream Explanations

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STRAWBERRY MARK

(See Birthmark)... Islamic Dream Interpretation

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STRAWS (DRINKING STRAWS)

To see or use a drinking straw in your dream suggests that you have been taking some things for granted. Pay more attention to the people around you. You will find that you will build stronger and more meaningful bonds with them.

To dream that you are buying drinking straws indicates that you are trying to buy your way into a situation or relationship.... My Dream Interpretation

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THAT PERSON

There is however an exception to the rule of contrary in this case, which is that if your dream specifically concerned a venereal disease, it is a warning that someone is trying to impugn your character.

Beware of overconfidence.... The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams

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THATCH

To dream that you thatch a roof with any quickly, perishable material, denotes that sorrow and discomfort will surround you.

If you find that a roof which you have thatched with straw is leaking, there will be threatenings of danger, but by your rightly directed energy they may be averted.... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation

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THATCH

1. Depression and physical discomfort (to have a thatched roof ).

2. Rural charm, rustic tastes.

3. Hair, especially in the pubic region. ... New American Dream Dictionary

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THATCHED ROOF

Great care should be exercised after this dream to guard against accidents.... The Complete Dream Book

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THE HOWS, WHYS AND WHATS OF SLEEP AND DREAMS

‘Sleep is the balm for hurt minds, nature’s great second course.’
William Shakespeare

Sleep is absolutely crucial for our physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. It is during sleep that we abandon conscious control of our physical body and the unconscious mind is allowed to roam free, giving rise to dreams.

Although we now know a lot more about dreams, their real purpose isn’t yet fully understood. It wasn’t until we approached the middle of the twentieth century, with the first electronic monitoring of the brain, that we began to get a clearer idea of the nocturnal adventures of the mind. For centuries it was thought that the purpose of sleep was to rest the body and the mind, but this reasoning was disproved when it was shown that both the body and mind are active during sleep. If sleep doesn’t rest the body or mind, then what is it for?

Sleep researchers may not yet have discovered the exact reason for sleep or dreams but they have discovered some fascinating things. For example, it seems that when we are asleep our brains are a bit like computers that are offline. This J. August Strindberg means they are not idle but are filing and updating the day’s activities. They take stock of your body and release a growth hormone to repair damaged tissues and stimulate growth, while the immune system gets to work on attacking any viral or bacterial infections that may be present. Some experts believe the brain also jettisons trivial information during sleep to prevent it becoming overburdened with unimportant information, but this explanation is perhaps too simplistic, as no memory can be totally eradicated.

The advent of space travel gave scientists the opportunity to prove that resting the body was not the main function of sleep. What they found instead was that prolonged periods of isolation decreased the need for sleep. In other words, the fewer stimuli received from people or external contacts during the day, the less sleep was required. It seems we have a sleep control center at the base of our brain linked with activity during wakefulness. When that gets overloaded we get tired, but if there have not been enough stimuli from the outside world, the sleep mechanism isn’t triggered. It seems, therefore, that boredom and lack of stimuli may account for many cases of insomnia. (Paradoxically, overstimulation also produces insomnia.)... Dreampedia

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THE STRAWBERRY

As the only fruit to carry its seeds on the surface, signifies honesty and love.... Dream Meanings of Versatile

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TOP HAT

In a mans dream, a desire for greater virility. In a woman’s dream, often a wish for marriage.

A top hat was worn only to very formal events, such as a Wedding and a Funeral. Pay attention to the symbolic meaning of the event to which the top hat is worn.... Little Giant Encyclopedia

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TOP HAT, CYLINDER

Vision: The top hat in a man’s dream is a phallic symbol.

A cylinder appears often, in a man’s dream, if he feels he cannot perform sexually as well as he used to. Wearing a top hat; success will bring recognition from friends and the public. See Hat.

Depth Psychology: The cylinder from a motor is an indication of your strength and vitality—and you will need both to reach the goals you have set for yourself.... Dreamers Dictionary

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WHAT ABOUT THE UNLUCKY NUMBER 13?

Many people have a deeply rooted aversion against—even a fear of—the number Thirteen. Ancient cultures assigned great importance to it, considering it more positive than negative.

It is stated in old writings that “he who knows the meaning of the number 13 has the key to power and control”!

Christianity, however, was opposed to any kind of occultism and had a lot to do with giving this number such a bad reputation. They insisted that 13 was an unlucky number because there were 13 people sitting at the table of the Last Supper. This gave rise, for instance, to the belief that when 13 people sat at a table, one of them would die in the same year. And to this day, there are hotels where no room is numbered 13. Theaters in Italy don’t have a seat numbered 13. But this suspicion is rare in the rest of the world.

It is only prevalent in places where the Christian Church is very influential.

Cheiro, in The Book of Numbers, wrote:

In the Indian pantheon there are 13 Buddhas.

The mystical discs which surmount Indian and Chinese pagodas are 13 in number. Enshrined in the Temple of Atsusa, in Japan, is a sacred sword with 13 objects of mystery forming its hilt. Turning westward, 13 was the sacred number of the Mexicans. They had 13 snake gods.

The original states that formed the American Union were 13; its motto, E Pluribus Unum, has 13 letters, the American eagle has 13 feathers in each wing, and when George Washington raised the Republican standard he was saluted with 13 guns.

The sum of the number 13 is 4 (1+3=4), the number of “radicals,” because Four-people often feel misunderstood and unconsciously invite secret envy and enemies. They are not inclined to recognize authorities who act as if the power is theirs alone and often misuse it. Challenging conventional standards, laws, and the powerful—and speaking out—has never been popular with the general public, least of all with the ruling authorities.

The number 13 is Four on a higher level and has thereby more gravity, increasing the intensity of any revolutionary conviction even more—including the struggle to bring about social reform and justice.

13 is a symbol of your whole person and your entire life. Don’t let others drive you crazy—13 is not an unlucky number! On the contrary, it seeks to “revolutionize” in the sense of reforming a world that is in dire need of it.... Dreamers Dictionary

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WHAT ARE DREAMS FOR?

“Trust in dreams, for in them the gateway to eternity is hidden.”
KHALIL GIBRAN

Dreams and their purpose
Consider dreams like home movies that each person produces in response to their daily experiences. These movies are meant to clarify certain situations and support the person. With sufficient knowledge, they can become a sort of spiritual guide, since oneiric thoughts are a window to the subconscious where, frequently, hidden feelings and repressed needs are stored without us realizing.

Even then, there are people who question the importance of dreams. Some scientists, for example, believe that the content of dreams is simply a random mix of the many electronic signals the brain receives. Others, however, find all types of messages in even the simplest dreams, and end up distancing themselves from daily reality in favor of oneiric activity.

Neither extreme is advisable. Each dream is undoubtedly a journey into the unknown, but, at the same time, modern psychology has allowed us to understand a good part of their structure. One of the conclusions drawn from the study of dreams confirms this: dreams can be a priceless aid to the imagination, but above all when it comes to solving problems. You just have to know how to listen to them, because their content tends to have a direct relation to the emotional challenges you are experiencing.

Each dream is a journey to the unknown with an implicit personal message. Although it is the content of the episode that determines our emotional state, dreaming in black and white indicates a possible lack of enthusiasm or nostalgia for the past. These dreams are an invitation to live with more intensity and enjoy the present.

Still from the film Viaje a la Luna (Méliès, 1902).

It is known that in times of crisis, our oneiric production increases significantly, both in quantity and intensity. Should we consider this “surplus” to be positive? Yes, as long as one makes an effort to remember and interpret the dreams, since, as we will see further on, they have a valuable therapeutic potential.

For example, if a couple is going through a critical phase, remembering and analyzing usually helps them understand the subconscious reactions they have to the situation. In other words, dreams are an excellent tool to get to the bottom of emotional conflicts. Knowing the causes is an essential step to resolving the problems, regardless of what course you take.

The English psychologist David Fontana, whose books have been translated into more than twenty languages, said it clearly: “In listening to my patients’ dreams in therapy sessions, I have observed how, often, these can take us right to the root of the psychologic problem much quicker than other methods.” Although, we shouldn’t fool ourselves: dreams are a mystery that can rarely decipher everything. But if a certain level of interpretation helps us understand ourselves better, what more can we ask for? From a practical point of view, our own oneiric material can be very useful.

In dreams, relationships with others are a recurring theme. The people that appear in our dreams, especially strangers, represent facets of ourselves that the subconscious is showing us.

Well-known writers such as Robert Louis Stevenson, William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe, and Woody Allen have had faith in this, acknowledging that part of their works have been inspired by dreams. The discoveries of Albert Einstein or Niels Bohr (father of modern atomic physics), among other celebrated scientists, had the same origin. In any case, these examples shouldn’t confuse us: no dream can tell you what path to follow through symbolic images without the intellect to decipher them.

Prosperity, precognition, and pronostics
What’s more, judging by some documented cases, we can even reap material gain from dreams. There is proof of some people that had premonitory dreams managing to earn significant sums of money thanks to their oneiric “magic.” The most spectacular case was in the fifties, when an Englishman named Harold Horwood won a considerable number of prizes betting on horses. His dreams transmitted clues as to the winning racehorse to bet on. Unfortunately, these types of premonitions don’t come to everyone. However, anyone has the opportunity to discover the greatest treasure of all—knowledge of one’s self—through their dreams.

We’ve all experienced the feeling of having lost control of our lives at some point. We might feel like others are deciding things for us or that we are victims of our circumstances.

Our “dream-scapes” contain valuable information about our desires and concerns; they could also function as a forecast of some aspect of our future. According to ancient tradition, dreaming of stars predicts prosperity and spiritual wealth. “Starry Night” (Van Gogh, 1889).

However, many psychologists disagree with this. That is, they argue that daily events are not coincidences but rather meaningful deeds that reflect the inner state of the individual.

Dreams and thoughts
According to these experts, luck is a pipe dream, something that does not exist, since that which we consider the result of coincidence is none other than the natural manifestation of our thoughts and attitudes. We are basically creator, not passive receivers or victims of the events that unravel in our lives.

An example that illustrates this idea perfectly is the story of the old man who threw rocks into the sea. One day, someone asked if he ever got bored of the simple game. The old pebble thrower stared at his questioner and gave an answer he’d never forget: “My small stones are more important than they seem, they provoke repercussions. They will help create waves that, sooner or later, will reach other other side of the ocean.”

What does this have to do with dreams? It’s simple: as we’ve just seen, we are the only ones responsible for our daily experiences, no matter how hard that is to believe. Therefore it shouldn’t be too difficult to take control of our lives; we just have to listen to the messages in our interior, that is, our oneiric thoughts, of which we are ultimately the authors.

Visualizations
In this way, thanks to dreams, our two existences—conscious and unconscious—can work together to make our lives more creative and free. An important part of this process is getting to know and understanding better the process of thought. One of the most beautiful and commonly used visualizations in yoga reminds us of this: “In the bottom of the lake of our thoughts is a jewel. In order for it to shine in the light of the sun (the divine), the water (the thoughts) must be pure and crystal clear and calm, free of waves (excitement). If our water is murky or choppy, others can’t see this jewel, our inner light...”

In the bottom of the lake of our thoughts is a jewel...

But it’s not that simple: it’s often difficult to discern the connection that unites wakefulness with sleep, between what we think ourselves to be and what our oneiric fantasies say about us. In any case, if our search is passionate and patient, constant and conscious, it will result in the discovery of our true Self. Therefore the interpretation of dreams cuts right to the heart of the message conceived by and for ourselves (although not consciously). It is important to learn to listen to them (further on we will discuss techniques for this) when it comes time to unstitch their meaning and extract the teachings that can enrich our lives.

The rooms in our dreams reflect unknown aspects of our personality.

In this way, when we have to make an important decision, we can clear up any doubts through a clear understanding of our most intimate desires. Although it may seem like common sense, this is not that common these days, since most people make decisions at random, out of habit, or by impulse.

The meaning and psychic effect of some deities in Tibetan Buddhism can be linked to the monsters that are so popular today.

Dreams allow creativity a free rein and free us from worry, sometimes resulting in surreal images that would be impossible in waking life.

Put simply, the idea is to find your true identity and recognize your wounds, fears, and joys through dreams. Never forget that the subconscious, although hidden, is an essential part of our personality. Dreams are fundamental for understanding the Self, since they are a direct path to this little-known part of ourselves. Their symbolic content allows us to recover repressed emotions and gives us a map to the relationships that surround us.

Nightmares that put us to the test
Sometimes the messages they bring us are not so pleasant and take the form of nightmares. However, although it may be hard to accept, these nightmares are valuable warnings that some aspects of our life are not

in harmony with our deepest Self and thus need our prompt intervention. Nightmares are proof that self discovery is not always pleasant. Sometimes it’s necessary to feel this pain in order to find out what you really are and need.

On the other hand, dreams give creativity a free rein because, when we sleep, we are free from our day-to-day worries. Therefore, even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, keep in mind that all the scenes, symbols, and characters that appear in your dreams have been created solely and exclusively by you.

It’s often very helpful to record dreams in a notebook (we will explain how further on) in order to later analyze them and apply their teachings to daily life.

It is quite the paradox; the human being awakens their most intimate reality precisely when they are sleeping.

Carl Gustav Jung, who dedicated his life to studying dreams, developed this metaphor: “People live in mansions of which they only know the basements.” Only when our conscience is sleeping do we manage to unveil some of the rooms of our magnificent house: rooms that may be dusty and inhospitable and fill us with terror and anxiety, or magnificent rooms where we want to stay forever.

Given that they all belong to us, it is reasonable to want to discover them all. Dreams, in this sense, are a fundamental tool.

How to remember dreams
At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Sure, dreams are really important, but I can’t use them because I simply don’t remember them.” That’s not a problem, there are techniques you can use to strengthen your memory of oneiric thoughts. Techniques that, when applied correctly, allow us to remember dreams surprisingly well.

The use of these methods is indispensable in most cases since people tend to forget dreams completely when they wake up. Why? Because, according to the hypothesis of Sigmund Freud, we have a sort of internal censor that tries to prevent our oneiric activity from becoming conscious material.

Sometimes the message of dreams turns unpleasant and takes the form of a nightmare...

However, we can laugh in the face of this censor with a few tricks. The most drastic is to wake up suddenly when the deepest sleep phase (REM phase) is just about to end, so that you can rapidly write all the details of your mind’s theater in your notebook. Waking suddenly will take this censor by surprise, stopping it from doing its job. The best time to set the alarm is for four, five, six, or a little more than seven hours after going to sleep.

If your level of motivation is not high enough to get up in the middle of the night and record your dreams, there are alternatives that let you sleep for a stretch and then remember what you dream with great precision.

First of all, it’s helpful to develop some habits before going to bed, such as waiting a few hours between dinner and going to sleep. Experts recommend avoiding foods that cause gas (legumes like green beans, raw vegetables, etc.) and foods high in fat.

You must also keep in mind that, like tea and coffee, tobacco and alcohol alter the sleep cycle and deprive the body of a deep sleep (the damaging effects of a few glasses on the body does not disappear for about four hours).

What is recommended is to drink water or juice, or eat a yogurt, more than two hours after eating, before going to bed. There are two main reasons for this: liquids facilitate a certain purification of the body, and because, most interestingly for our purposes, it causes us to get up in the middle of the night. As we said, this will catch the internal censor by surprise and allow us to record our dreams easily.

Relaxing in bed and going over the events of the day helps free the mind and foster oneiric creativity.

Yoga exercises, such as the savasana pose, are great for relaxation, restful sleep, and a positive outlook.

Relaxation
It’s important to surround yourself with an environment that stimulates oneiric activity. You should feel comfortable in your room and your bed. The fewer clothes you wear to sleep, the better. Practicing relaxation techniques, listening to calming music, or taking a warm bath a few minutes before getting into bed will help relieve stress so that you enjoy a deep restorative sleep.

There are good books on relaxation on the market, both autogenous and yogic; we recommend one of the most practical, Relajacion para gente muy ocupada (Relaxation for Busy People), by Shia Green, published by this same publishing house. However, the real key is to concentrate on remembering dreams. When you go to bed, go over the events of the day that were important to you. This way, you will increase the probability of dreaming about the subjects that most interest or worry you.

So, let’s suppose you’re asleep now. What should you do to remember dreams? First, try to wake up naturally, without external stimuli. If this isn’t possible, use the quietest possible alarm without radio. Once awake, stay in bed for a few moments with your eyes closed and try to hold your dreams in your memory as you gently transition into wakefulness. Take advantage of this time to memorize the images you dreamt. The final oneiric period is usually the longest and these instants are when it is most possible to remember dreams.

Remember that it’s best to write the keywords of the dream immediately upon waking. It is convenient to keep a notebook on the nightstand and reconstruct the dream during the day.

The dream notebook
Next, write in the notebook (that you have left beside your bed) whatever your mind has been able to retain, no matter how absurd or trivial your dreams seem, even if you only remember small fragments. This is not the moment to make evaluations or interpretations. The exercise is to simply record everything that crosses your mind with as much detail as possible. Giving the fragility of memory, it’s okay to start off with just a few key words that summarize the content of the dream. These words will help you reconstruct the dream later in the day if you don’t have enough time in the morning. Ideally this notebook will gradually become a diary or schedule that allows you to study, analyze, and compare a series of dreams. Through a series of recorded episodes, you can detect recurring characters, situations, or themes. This is something that’s easy to miss at first glance. One important detail: specialists recommend you date and title each dream, since this helps you remember them in later readings.

It’s also interesting to complement your entries with relevant annotations: what feelings were provoked, which aspects most drew your attention, which colors predominated, etc. An outline or drawing of the most significant images can also help you unravel the meaning. Finally, you should write an initial personal interpretation of the dream. For that, the second part of this book offers some useful guidelines.

While we dream, there is a sort of safety mechanism that inhibits our movement. Therefore, sleepwalkers don’t walk during the REM phase. This protects us from acting out the movements of our dreams and possibly hurting ourselves. Still from the Spanish movie Carne de fieras (Flesh of beasts) (1936).

As we’ve seen, there are a series of techniques to remember dreams. This is the first step to extracting their wisdom. Now, given that oneiric thoughts are a source of inspiration for solving problems, wouldn’t it be great to choose what you dream about before you go to sleep? Rather than waiting for dreams to come to us spontaneously, try to make them focus on the aspects of your life that interest you.

How to determine the theme of dreams
Let’s imagine that someone is not very satisfied with their job. They’d like to get into another line of work but are afraid of losing the job security they enjoy. On one hand, they’re not so young anymore, they should take the risk to get what they really want. But they don’t know what to do. They need a light, a sign, an inspiration. In short, they need a dream. But not just any dream, a dream that really centers on their problem and gives answers.

However, if you limit yourself to just “consulting your pillow,” you won’t get the desired results. There is a possibility you will be lucky and dream about what you’re interested in, but more likely you will dream of anything but. If we are really prepared to dive into that which worries us most intimately, we can direct our dreams to give us concrete answers. Just like the techniques to remember dreams, the process is simple: before sleeping, we must concentrate on the subject of interest.

It’s also best to write in your notebook all the events and emotions of the day that were most important before you go to sleep.

Once your impressions and theme to dream have been noted, concentrate on the subject that most bothers you. Think about it carefully; propose questions and alternatives, “listen” to your own emotions. It’s best if all possible doubts are noted in the dream notebook. This way you’re more likely to receive an answer.

In order for it to be an effective answer, the question must be well defined. The fundamental idea of the problem should be summed up in a single phrase. Once you’ve reflected on the problem, it’s time to go to bed. But the “homework” is not finished yet. Before going to sleep, you need to concentrate on the concrete question. You need to forget everything else, even the details. Just “visualize” and repeat the question, without thinking of anything else, until you fall asleep.

Oneiric thoughts are a source of inspiration. Annotating and analyzing them carefully fosters a process of self discovery.


Writing a dream notebook
You should always have a notebook and pen near your bed to write down dreams the moment you wake up. Don’t forget to always write the date. What details should you include in this kind of diary? As many as you remember, the more the better.

  • Note the events of the dream in order. It may not seem important when they appear unrelated. However, when analyzing them you can establish a chronological relationship between distinct elements.
  • What characters appear in your dreams? Was someone important missing? If one of them reminded you of someone you know, note that. Don’t rely on your memory.
  • If a familiar sight appears, analyze the differences between the dream and the real world. Were the doors/windows in the same place? Were they the same size and color? And so on. This is especially important if you want to practice lucid dreaming.
  • Also note the differences between familiar people in dreams and how
  • Also note the differences between familiar people in dreams and how they are in real life.
  • List the non-human characters that appeared, as well as any objects that behaved as if animated.
  • Take special note of recurrent themes, scenes, or characters. Do they always act/happen the same way?
  • Write down all the colors you remember.
  • Note your emotional reactions: if you feel happy, scared, nervous... Don’t let any theories about the meaning of dreams interfere. You run the risk of skipping details that might be very significant.
  • Finally, don’t trust your memory. After a time, you won’t remember a thing about some of the dreams you wrote down. No matter how clear they are in the moment, write them down.

Dreams are “signs,” messages from our subconscious, and the study and interpretation of them helps resolve the problems that worry us.

Nocturnal sleep puts us in touch with the deepest level of being, which allows us to approach our problems with a wider perspective. And induced dreams tend to be easier to remember than other oneiric activity.

When we dream, we enter a marvelous world that escapes the laws of spatial and temporal logic.... Dreampedia

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WHAT ARE MY DREAMS ABOUT?

Dreams! What do they mean? You probably recognize a connection between the dream world and the “real” world, but did you know that you can actually do things to nurture your dream life? The bulk of this intriguing volume is an alphabetical directory of the psychological and mystical meanings of various dream symbols, from angels to zoos.

For example, if you are chased in your dream, this will show a sense of insecurity. Dreams Interpreted, each page reveals the fantastic meanings of quotidian objects and occurrences that surface in your reveries. Make a note of it when you wake up so you do not forget your dream.... About Dream Interpretation

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN YOU HAVE A RECURRING DREAM?

Recurrent dream themes often start at a young age, but can begin at any time, and persist for the rest of one’s life.

The theme of missing an exam, to take one example, commonly begins during college years, when the stress of performing well may be more intense than ever before. However, this theme may then carry forward as a recurring dream for many years, even as one moves on to a career.

The “missing the exam” dream may reappear the night before an important job interview or an evaluation at work.

The circumstances may change, but the same feelings of stress, and the desire to perform well, can trigger the relevant recurrent dream. Theorists suggest that these themes may be considered “scripts” (Spoormaker, 2008) or perhaps “complexes” (Freud 1950); as soon as your dream touches any aspect of the theme, the full script unfolds in completion. Dream theorists generally agree that recurring dreams are connected to unresolved problems in the life of the dreamer. In a previous post I discussed the idea that dreams often portray a Central Image, a powerful dream image that contextualizes a certain emotion or conflict for the dreamer.

The Tidal Wave dream is an example of a Central Image that represents overwhelming emotions such as helplessness and fear.

The Tidal Wave dream is a common dream to experience following trauma or abuse, and often becomes a recurrent theme that reflects a person’s struggling with integrating and accepting the trauma. Resolution of this theme over time is a good sign that the trauma has been confronted and adaptively integrated in the psyche. Empirical research has also supported findings that resolution of a recurrent dream is associated with improved well-being (Zadra, 1996). This is one way that keeping track of your dreams can be extremely informative and helpful in a therapeutic, or even self-help, process.


Many people have the same or a similar dream many times, over either a short period of time or their lifetime. Recurring dreams usually mean there is something in your life you’ve not acknowledged that is causing stress of some sort.

The dream repeats because you have not corrected the problem. Another theory is that people who experience recurring dreams have some sort of trauma in their past they are trying to deal with. In this case, the dreams tend to lessen with time. Nightmares are dreams that are so distressing they usually wake us up, at least partially. Nightmares can occur at any age but are seen in children with the most frequency. Nightmares usually cause strong feelings of fear, sadness or anxiety. Their causes are varied. Some medications cause nightmares (or cause them if you discontinue the medication abruptly). Traumatic events also cause nightmares. Treatment for recurring nightmares usually starts with interpreting what is going on in the dream and comparing that with what is happening in the person’s life. Then, the person undergoes counseling to address the problems that are presumably causing the nightmare. Some sleep centers offer nightmare therapy and counseling. Another method of treating nightmares is through lucid dreaming. Through lucid dreaming, the dreamer can confront his or her attacker and, in some cases, end the nightmares.... About Dream Interpretation

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WHAT DREAMS CAN DO FOR YOU

Your dream world is an invisible but extremely powerful inner resouce, one that you can learn to access freely. You can learn to command and control your dreams, thereby enriching your life immeasurably.

Once upon a time not so long ago, an inventor was struggling with a major problem. His name was Elias Howe, and for years he had been trying to solve this problem, so that he could complete a machine he was building—a machine that would in time change the world. He was missing a small but vital detail, and, try as he would, he just couldn’t figure it out. Needless to say, Howe was a very frustrated man. One night, after another long day of fruitless work on his project, he dreamed he had been captured by fierce savages. These warriors were attacking him with spears. Although in the dream he was terrified he would be killed, he noticed that the spears were unusual looking: each one had an eye- shaped hole at the pointed end. When Howe woke up, it hit him like a brick: he had actually dreamed the answer to his problem. His nightmare was a blessing in disguise. He immediately saw that the eye of the spear could be an eye in a sewing needle, near its point. Elated with the discovery, he rushed to his laboratory and finished the design of his invention: the sewing machine. The rest, as they say, is history.

The list of what dreams can do for you seems endless. We’ve touched on a few of these benefits of dreaming in the preface and introduction. Now let’s go into a bit more detail. I want you to get really excited about your own dream potential. And, once you realize the possibilities, I think you will.

FAMOUS DREAMERS

The history of dreams is filled with stories of famous people who have called on their dreams for help, or who have received help unexpectedly from their dreams. Here are a few more interesting stories to illustrate the point:

The physicist Niels Bohr, who developed the theory of the movements of electrons, had a dream in which he saw the planets attached to the sun by strings. This image inspired him to finalize his theory.

The great Albert Einstein reported that the famous theory of relativity came to him while he was napping—a good reason for taking frequent naps!

Author Richard Bach, who wrote the bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, was stuck in a writer’s block after writing the first half of his now-famous novel. It was eight years later that he literally dreamed the second half and was able to complete his book.

Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman told reporters that his classic film Cries and Whispers had been inspired by a dream.

Another writer, the well-loved British author Robert Louis Stevenson, was quite dependent on his dreams for ideas that he could turn into sellable stories. Stevenson has related in his memoirs that after a childhood tortured by nightmares, and his successful efforts to overcome them, he was able to put his dreams to work for profit.

A born storyteller (though he started out as a medical student), he was accustomed to lull himself to sleep by making up stories to amuse himself. Eventually, he turned this personal hobby into a profession, becoming a writer of tales like Treasure Island. He identified his dream-helpers as “little people,” or “Brownies.” Once he was in constant contact with this inner source, his nightmares vanished, never to return. Instead, whenever he was in need of income he turned to his dreams:

At once the little people begin to bestir themselves in the same quest, and labour all night long, and all night long set before him truncheons of tales upon their lighted theatre. No fear of his being frightened now; the flying heart and the frozen scalp are things bygone; applause, growing applause, growing interest, growing exultation in his own cleverness . . . and at last a jubilant leap to wakefulness, with the cry, “I have it, that’ll do!”

Stevenson wrote his autobiography in the third person, not revealing that he was the subject until the end.

Stevenson further states that sometimes when he examined the story his Brownies had provided, he was disappointed, finding it unmarketable. However, he also reported that the Brownies “did him honest service and gave him better tales than he could fashion for himself,” that “they can tell him a story piece by piece, like a serial, and keep him all the while in ignorance of where they aim.”

Stevenson’s Brownies are a perfect example of dream helpers just waiting to be called upon. A particularly famous example of the work of Stevenson’s Brownies is the tale The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. As he explains:

I had long been trying to write a story on this subject, to find a body, a vehicle, for that strong sense of man’s double being, which must at times come in upon and overwhelm the mind of every thinking creature. [After he destroyed an earlier version of the manuscript . . .] For two days I went about racking my brains for a plot of any sort; and on the second night I dreamed the scene at the window, and a scene afterwards split in two, in which Hyde, pursued for some crime, took the powder and underwent the change in the presence of his pursuers. All the rest was made awake, and consciously, although I think I can trace in much of it the manner of my Brownies.

Although Stevenson did the “mechanical work, which is about the worst of it,” writing out the tales with pen and paper, mailing off the stories to publishers, paying the postage, and not incidentally collecting the fees, he gave his Brownies almost total credit for his productions.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a British poet, was accustomed to taking a sedative derived from opium (legal in those days). One afternoon after taking a dose he was reading and fell asleep over his book. The last words he read had been, “Here the Khan Kubla commanded a palace to be built.” When Coleridge awoke some three hours later he had dreamed hundreds of lines of poetry, which he immediately set to writing down. The opening lines of this poem—one of the most famous of all time—are:

  • In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
    A stately pleasure-dome decree:
    Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
    Through caverns measureless to man
    Down to a sunless sea.

Unfortunately for posterity, after writing only fifty-four lines of the two to three hundred he had dreamed, Coleridge was interrupted by a caller, whom he entertained for an hour. When he returned to complete the poem, he had lost all the rest of what he had dreamed! In his diary he noted that it had disappeared “like images on the surface of a stream.” Even so, he had written a masterpiece. This true story, however, emphasizes the need to record dreams upon awakening, a subject we will take up in chapters 5 and 6.

Not only artists and writers give their dreams credit for their ideas and inspirations, but many scientists as well (as we saw in the examples of Bohr and Einstein). Psychologist Eliot D. Hutchinson reports numerous cases of scientists receiving information through dreams and says of dreams that “by them we can see more clearly the specific mechanism of intuitive thought,” and that “a large number of thinkers with whom I have had direct contact admit that they dream more or less constantly about their work, especially if it is exceptionally baffling . . . they often extract useful conceptions.”

I personally can attest to this statement, as it mirrors my own experience writing books. For example, when I began work on this book about dreams, I noticed that my dream production immediately doubled; and I have had Stevenson’s experience of “little people,” whom I call my “elves,” and whom I write about extensively in my book for teens called Teen Astrology, telling about how they came to my rescue when I was quite stuck (see chapter 9, pages 249– 252 in that book).

One of the most astonishing as well as fascinating stories is that of Hermann V. Hilprecht, a professor of Assyrian at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1800s. It seems to be a characteristic of those who receive dream help that they have recently been working long and hard and are frustrated. In Hilprecht’s case, he was working late one evening in 1893, attempting to decipher the cuneiform characters on drawings of two small fragments of agate. He thought they belonged to Babylonian finger rings, and he had tentatively assigned one fragment to the so-called Cassite period of 1700 B.C.E. However, he couldn’t classify the second fragment. And he wasn’t at all sure about the first either. He finally gave up his efforts at about midnight and went straight to bed—and had the following dream, which was his “astounding discovery.”

Hilprecht dreamed of a priest of pre-Christian Nippur, several thousand years ago, who led the professor into the treasure chamber of the temple and showed him the originals, telling him just how the fragments fitted in, all in great detail. Although the dream was long and involved, Hilprecht remembered it all and in the morning told it to his wife. In his words: “Next morning . . . I examined the fragments once more in the light of these disclosures, and to my astonishment found all the details of the dream precisely verified in so far as the means of verification were in my hands.”

Up until then, Hilprecht had been working only with drawings. Now he traveled to the museum in Constantinople where the actual agate fragments were kept and discovered that they fitted together perfectly, unlocking the secret of a three-thousand-year-old mystery by means of a dream!

How did this happen? Clairvoyance? Magic? Who was the priest? How was it that Hilprecht seemed to make contact in a dream with someone who had lived so long before him? We will never know the answers to these questions; but we do know from the professor’s own words that this is exactly what happened to him. (It makes you wonder whether Professor Hilprecht was in the habit of paying attention to his dreams!)

No doubt one of the most famous dream sources of scientific discovery was experienced by the German chemist Friedrich August Kekulé, when he was attempting to understand and model the molecular structure of benzene. Like Professor Hilprecht, Kekulé had been searching for the answer for many years and was totally immersed in the problem. He told of a dream he had while he napped in front of his fireplace one frigid night in 1865:

Again the atoms were juggling before my eyes:
My mind’s eye, sharpened by repeated sights of a similar kind, could not distinguish larger structures of different forms and in long chains, many of them close together; everything was moving in a snake-like and twisting manner. Suddenly, what was this? One of the snakes got hold of its own tail and the whole structure was mockingly twisting in front of my eyes. As if struck by lightning, I awoke.

This dream led Kekulé directly to the discovery of the structure of benzene, which is a closed carbon ring. A dream had presented a realization that served to revolutionize modern chemistry. Later, reporting his discovery to his colleagues at a scientific convention in 1890, he remarked, “Let us learn to dream, gentlemen, and then we may perhaps find the truth.” Not the sort of comment one generally expects from a scientist!

Here is the story of another scientist. Otto Loewi, who won the 1936 Nobel

Prize in Psychology and Medicine for his discovery of how the human nervous system works, credited this discovery to a dream. Prior to Loewi, scientists had assumed that the body’s nervous impulses were the result of electrical waves. However, in 1903 Loewi had the intuition that a chemical transmission was actually responsible. But he had no way to prove his theory, so he set the idea aside for many years. Then, in 1920, he had the following dream:

The night before Easter Sunday of that year I awoke, turned on the light, and jotted down a few notes on a tiny slip of thin paper. Then I fell asleep again. It occurred to me at six o’clock in the morning that during the night I had written down something most important, but I was unable to decipher the scrawl. The next night, at three o’clock, the idea returned. It was the design of an experiment to determine whether or not the hypothesis of chemical transmission that I had uttered seventeen years ago was correct. I got up immediately, went to the laboratory and performed a simple experiment on a frog’s heart according to the nocturnal design:
Its results became the foundation of the theory of chemical transmission of the nervous impulse.

Interestingly, Loewi had previously performed a similar experiment, which combined in his dreaming mind with the new idea, creating the successful result. This is an excellent example of the ability of dreams to combine with previous dreams, or with actual events, to produce fertile new ground.

These are some of the stories of famous people who have used dreams to solve problems, enhance creativity, and even make money and win important prizes. They are all evidence of the vast human ability to make use of dreams. As you draw upon your own dream life and develop skills in both dreaming and interpreting your dreams, you will become an advanced teen dreamer. Think of your dreams as a school where you are continually learning new skills and developing new aptitudes, reaching ever higher levels of achievement.

As you pay conscious attention to your dreams, and then use your dream symbols in your waking life, you will be integrating yourself, creating the greatest artwork of your life: your whole and unique Self.... Dreampedia

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WHAT'S IN A DREAM?

Are dreams some strange, mysterious phenomenon that spontaneously happen on the night shift of life? Or is there some deeper meaning behind this universal experience?

Throughout recorded history humankind has valued the dream. A source of guidance, inspiration, prophecy, predic­ tion and problem solving, dreams are a common experience to us all. They know no boundaries between young and old, rich and poor, races, religions and nationalities, In every cul­ ture we find some version of “sleeping on a problem” before making a decision. The Bible and other ancient texts are filled with examples of how dreams have played important roles in people’s lives.

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