Live your dreams- Learn from it!
You are on a difficult mountain trek making steady progress. Close to the summit, you are getting
tired and lost. You see a hamlet but no people in it. Did you dream something like this?
Could be, this dream is about your project nearing completion. Possibly, you do everything sans
colleagues (Hamlet without people). May be, the dream is encouraging you to involve people.
We are discussing Dreamwork. For centuries, every faith & religion tried to study dreams.
Researchers continue to study dreaming scientifically. It’s scientifically proven that dreams can be
a crucial resource for self-knowledge, Problem solving and creativity. Dreamwork helps us work
In Dreamwork, a structured process, a dream is shared and its meaning is gradually unfolded by
raising specific questions. Images and emotions that a dream presents and evokes are explored.
Dream may have a variety of meanings depending on the levels (e.g. subjective, objective) of
exploration. Dreamwork believes each person has unique dream "language". Any given place,
person, object or symbol can differ in its meaning depending upon the dreamer's ongoing life
Dreamwork is different from classical dream interpretation, in technique developed by Montague
Ullman, Stanley Krippner, and Jeremy Taylor and now, widely practiced, its usual to wait until all
questions raised—and answers heard—before the dreamworker (or dreamworkers if in group
setting) indicates what the dream might mean.
Dreaming fascinates because everybody dreams – it’s a pictorial statement of happenings in
dreamer’s life, vivid, mysterious, mesmerising, consisting verbal, visual and emotional stimuli into
a sometimes broken, nonsensical but often entertaining story line. A dream is a series of images
occurring involuntarily during sleep in the Rapid eye movement (REM) stage, first discovered in
The REM period occurs about every 90 minutes after sleep and lasts 10 minutes. In the period just
before awakening, it’s about 45 minutes to 60 minutes.
We go through five sleep stages. First: very light sleep, Second: slightly deeper sleep, and Third-
Fourth: our deepest sleep. Our brain activity throughout these stages gradually slows down and
by deep sleep, we experience only delta brain waves -- slowest brain waves. After the fourth sleep
stage, REM sleep begins fifth stage of sleep, REM sleep is characterized by movements of eyes.
Several physiological changes occur during REM sleep. The heart rate and breathing quickens,
blood rises, we can't regulate our body temperature, and our brain activity increases to the same
level (alpha) as when we are awake, or even higher. The rest of the body, is essentially paralyzed
until we leave REM sleep. Because REM sleep is where most dreaming takes place. This paralysis
is nature's way of ensuring we don't act out our dreams.
We go through these five stages during night several times. Each subsequent cycle, includes more
Experts disagree on the purpose of our dreams. Are they strictly random brain impulses, or are our
brains actually working as a sort of coping mechanism through issues while we sleep --? Should we
interpret our dreams? Many researchers believe Problem-solving in dreams is feasible, we have
lot to learn from our dreams.
Dreaming is innate repair mechanism and biologically important. Our dreams reflects our waking
concerns, they shed light on aspects of our past that emotionally connect to these concerns and
reflect back to us truths about ourselves that elude us. Dreams are guardians of our sleep and
critical to mental health. Understanding dreams help in coping with conflicts, solving problems and
in generating ideas. But we can recall few dreams.
For those who believe we have a lot to learn about ourselves from dreams, can increase dream
recall by: telling to remember dreams, Keep a pad and pencil nearby to write and most important:
wake up slowly remaining within the "mood" of dream and write down everything immediately
after getting up.
Sigmund Freud's theory is unconscious does not only affect a person during the day, but also in
dreams. According to Carl Jung's principle of compensation, the reason that there is latent content
in dreams is because the unconscious is making up for the limitations of the conscious mind.
Dream incubation helps us reach to the deepest layer of wisdom and insights in dreams? It teaches
us to plant a seed for a specific dream topic to occur. Believers in problem solving through dreams,
use this technique to direct their dreams to the specific topic.
So go ahead, learn from your dreams and live it!