First of all, do you like hearing about other people’s dreams?
I’ve seen quite a few people on social media recently talking about how boring it is to hear about other people’s dreams. Tweets and Facebook posts such as:
- “Nobody cares about the crazy dream you had last night” or
- “If you can’t describe your dream in a couple of sentences or less then I don’t care.”
Which is honestly insane to me because I kind of love hearing about weird dreams. I think dreaming is one of the strangest, craziest, creepiest parts of being human. I mean sure there are boring dreams to hear about. And yeah, if someone’s not that great at storytelling they can drag on. But in general I think there’s a lot to be learned and analyzed and created from dreams.
Some dreams seem to foretell actual events. Some dreams can tell us about our own subconscious problems or about potential solutions to problems. And some dreams can lead to the creation of full novels or movies or artwork or music. Did you know ‘Yesterday’ by The Beatles was inspired by a dream Paul McCartney had?
Here is an article about ‘10 World-Famous Ideas that Started as Dreams.’
And people dream some peculiar things. Some of it must mean something.
I know a lot of people tend to dream about violence when they aren’t even close to the type of person who might resort to violence in their actual lives. And a lot of people experience dreams dealing with death, flying, failing tests, being surrounded by water, being late, and being lost.
I’ve had dreams so crazy and ridiculous that I don’t even think I could have imagined them while awake if I tried. I mean I’m talking car tires eating people and nuns chasing me down. Like… what is that??
I can often fly in my dreams and when I have nightmares I frequently experience paralysis if I’m being chased. (Both of which I think are pretty common dream characteristics.)
So out of curiosity I looked up what a few dreams mean in a dream dictionary my dad has lying around.
- Associated with rising above or overcoming a situation or experience
- May be associated with a desire to avoid the real world and engage in fantasy
- Often occurs just prior to the awareness within a dream that one is dreaming (a lucid dream)
- The deepest reaches of the soul, the unconscious, or the emotions
- Associated with the source of all life
- Can correspond to spiritual depth
- Can correspond to imposing one’s views or will on others
- Could be representative of being overly defensive or the need to become defensive
- Often symbolizes one’s own handicaps of criticisms, bad thoughts, or negative emotions toward others, for these paralyze the self
- Can represent the state of being powerless or feeling stuck in the situation
- Could indicate that which was numbed emotionally
- Represents the end of an idea, an experience, a project, or a relationship
- Symbolic of a transition or a change
- Could correspond to the approach of a condition or an experience that will tremendously challenge your current understanding of yourself
(There are a lot of different options for this one)
- Not finding the testing room or the class could indicate that one feels lost in the situation
- Not knowing the answers may symbolize one’s own uncertainties
- Not being ready suggests unpreparedness for a present condition
- Failure or a low grade is associated with low self-esteem or insecurity
- Can correspond to something within one’s own self about to blossom
- Represents beauty, hope, and new life
- May be symbolic of the growth of spiritual gifts, sexuality, or a new insight
(Certain flowers can have specific meanings)
- May correspond to the feeling that something is missing from one’s life
- May be associated with having forgotten to deal with something
- To lose a part of oneself (i.e., hopes, morals, dreams), the situation, or another
THE COLOR YELLOW
- Generally associated with intelligence and power
- One’s own conscious or belief systems
- May be symbolic of one who has isolated oneself from others
I think this stuff is fascinating.
In regards to the meaning of nuns in dreams, I definitely get into periods where I isolate myself – and the timing of my nun dream matched up perfectly with one of those periods of isolation. I had never dreamed about nuns (nuns!) before, and I had just been talking about isolation a few days before I had this dream. I mean, come on! That’s weird!
And yeah – of course coincidences exist. And maybe sometimes dreams are just random conglomerates of nonsense. But most of the time I do think there’s something to take away from them.
What do you think? Do you think dreams have meanings?
Even if you don’t think they have meaning, do you like to hear about other people’s dreams? Or do you agree with the people on social media that they’re boring?
I’d be curious to know!