One night, about 18 months ago, I had a vivid dream about a mole that poisoned me. When I had the same strange dream again a few nights later, I googled what being sick could mean in a dream.
Perhaps, I decided, the mole could be a metaphor for someone in my life who was not doing well with me – a figurative & # 39; mole & # 39 ;.
At the time, I was working with a bitcoin company, arranging strategic alliances, and there was someone in the company who wasn't honest with me, so I concluded that the dream was a warning.
I had pretended that everything was fine, but now I decided to follow my instinct, and told the person that I could no longer work with them unless they were honest with me. When nothing changed, I stopped.
The British model Victoria Aitken (photo) said that her dreams are always & # 39; intense & # 39; but that she never paid much attention to it
But even afterwards the dream came back – I would later learn that if you don't pay attention to dreams, they keep repeating themselves. And I was wondering. Maybe I should take it more literally. Did my subconscious mind warn me about physical birthmarks on my body?
I went to a mole scan clinic. It turned out that one of my moles did not look good and had to be removed for safety. If I hadn't had that dream, I would never have had it checked.
My dreams have always been detailed, but I have never paid much attention to it. After the moldroom, however, I began to become acquainted with it – and the more I did, the more I realized that they were telling me about the problems I encountered in my life.
I bought books about the theory of dreams and started to study them. I found it fascinating and decided to register for an online dream course at the Institute For Dream Studies, based in America. Dream Star Institute is also on the right track.
A taught method of dream analysis is the Ullman method (Montague Ullman, who died in 2008, was a New York psychiatrist and champion of dream analysis), in which you discuss your dreams with a group of people.
Then she realized that her dreams & # 39; told her about the problems she faced in her life & # 39; and decided to register for a course at the Institute for Dream Studies
Dreams are universal. In the Bible, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh & # 39; s dream about seven years of good harvest and seven years of bad harvest. The ancient Egyptians believed that dreams were messages from the gods, and the Roman orator Cicero accepted the idea of dreams that seem to predict the future.
Sigmund Freud first suggested that dreams were a manifestation of our unconscious mind and needed to be analyzed. Carl Jung went one step further and saw dreams as subliminal images that the dreamer's memory might have forgotten.
My studies have taught me that we have to listen to our dreams because of our mental health. And I believe that if we all pay attention to what our brains tell us while we sleep, we would all have so much more insight.
Recurring dreams or nightmares happen because we do not listen to our inner voice. It is the subconscious that screams & # 39; watch & # 39 ;.
I learned how to record my dreams, keep a notebook and pen with a flashlight next to my bed and write down everything I remember when I wake up.
When I started this, I started to dream even more regularly and more vividly. It was as if I had unlocked something.
At first I could only remember vague dream fragments, but as time went on it became easier. In addition to each dream I would write what I had done the day before to find connections with my dreams.
Through her studies, Victoria learned that she had to listen to her dreams because of her mental health (stock image)
Sometimes a dream would not be true for months, then I read it back and the message was clear. Dreams are really puzzles that you have to solve.
For a while I had a long-term relationship with a very successful man – let's call him Mr. X – and I wasn't sure if he was right for me.
I would love him during the day, but my dreams told me a different story. One night I dreamed that I was trapped between Russian President Putin and rocks, suggesting that this man was not a comfortable choice.
Then I dreamed about a long driveway. It was beautiful in the beginning, but as I walked past it, the terrain became barer. This showed me that if I entered into a long-term relationship with Mr X, my life would be difficult.
I did not pay attention and tried to convince myself that my waking mind knew best. So the dreams kept coming. There was one about a long corridor that told me that I have mental & # 39; tunnel vision & # 39; had developed. In the next Mr X was in a shallow pool. I reasoned that, if I was honest, Mr. X was a bit superficial. Or perhaps the dream meant that I was superficial, because my admiration for the material success of Mr. X blinded me about his unsuitability as a partner.
The average person has three dreams per night – while some have seven!
After skiing in a race in Sochi in Russia, I dreamed that I was in a different race, but my ski poles were missing. I realized that this coincided with a time when I did not feel supported in my daily life and had to make changes.
You can even actively use your dreams to solve problems with & # 39; dream incubation & # 39; to solve. Write a sentence about your problem and put the piece of paper next to your bed.
View this before you go to sleep and visualize yourself who is dreaming about the problem. Keep a pen and paper, and even objects related to your problem, close by.
The artist and poet William Blake did this by putting some sketches or poems next to his bed to stimulate his creativity.
Many works of art and inventions exist because people listened to their dreams. Singer Paul McCartney woke up with & # 39; a nice tune & # 39; in his head that became the Beatles hit yesterday. Wagner told a friend that he had dreamed the entire opera Tristan und Isolde. The Russian chemist Mendeleev dreamed about the periodic table.
She is now firmly convinced that if we all pay attention to what our brains tell us while we are sleeping, we would all have so much more insight & # 39; (stock image)
And the sewing machine would not exist if inventor Elias Howe hadn't had a nightmare about cannibals attacking him with spears with holes in their ends. This allowed him to design an effective needle.
Sometimes dead people can visit you in your dreams with messages for you or others. I remember one in which my late grandmother Nada appeared and told me about a garage company that would be a good investment. A few weeks later I discovered that my mother worked with a garage company.
My father, former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, is now a consecrated priest and the prison chaplain in Pentonville. I suggested that he should start dream workshops for prisoners – something that was done in San Quentin, the state prison in California, and was found to boost the prisoners' self-confidence and improve their mental health.
By listening to my dreams, I sleep better and feel calmer and I have more control.
Many other people also realize the importance of dreams, so there are so many apps and courses. And that can only be good.
For more information about dream therapy courses, see: institutefordreamstudies.org; dreamanalysistraining.com; charliemorley.com
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