reality, or not?

November 23, 2011 9:53am CST
Do dreams really have any connection to our everyday life? I had a dream last night, that was directly in connection to something I’ve been thinking about, and also in connection to something I’m emailing someone about at the minute. So that’s fair then? That I’ve dreamt about this thing that is a real part of my life? But what about the strange dreams? Riding an elephant? Living in a town made of ice-cream? Yes I’ve had dreams like that! Are dreams an actual part of our sub-conscious? Do the delve into the inner most workings of our brain? Or are they random thoughts that play no part in our everyday lives, and a dream about something in specific that IS happening in your life, is that probably only because you went to bed thinking about it? What do you think?
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@koperty3 (1877)
23 Nov 11
I believe some of my dream are warnings. For example if in my dream I can see dark water or child I expect problems next day. If I dream about spiders or other disgusting warms I expect payment. If I see black cat or black and white cat I expect some dishonest person do something against me. If I dream about dogs that dream mean that everything will be fine in my family as dogs are guards of family. My dream warning were never mistaken.
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23 Nov 11
how did you know what the meanings of the dreams were initially tho?
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@koperty3 (1877)
23 Nov 11
I analysed it few times. Initially. I mean more than 1 years ago. So far its works. So I always know when problems come but I don't know what kind of problems.
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24 Nov 11
ohhh i see!! god you're so smart lol!
• United States
23 Nov 11
I think that part of it depends upon what you believe and another part depends upon who you are - your character and what type of person you are (literal or intellectual). I think that sometimes dreams can have meaning, but other times they are just what they seem to be. For instance, I was telling a friend about a recurring dream I have of a river and swimming, etc. He started telling me that river often represents life and swimming, especially if there is a current, means that you are struggling with life. I said, "Couldn't it just mean that I like swimming?" He laughed and said that it certainly could.
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23 Nov 11
lol that really made me laugh. i guess you can see that a lot of things are interpretated very differently bu various people. i would have thought a long the lines of life being a struggle if i was swiming up a river. but then you seem to have a bubblier approach to life than i do then if you just think you must like swimming lol!x
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• United States
23 Nov 11
LOL! I suppose that it could have a double-meaning, because life is a struggle sometimes. However, I really love swimming, so it just seems logical to me that when I dream about it the only "meaning" is that I am enjoying myself in my dreams. Of course there have been times when I knew my dreams had another meaning than the literal one, such as when I was working and having a problem or worried about something that happened at work, so I would have a nightmare or bad dream about work. My dream was not about anything that had happened (or would necessarily be likely to happen), but I just knew that it was due to the fact that I was worried about something there.
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24 Nov 11
so therefore you don't think you ness. dream about what is going on in your day to day life, but the factors and emotions of your day to day life, can slip into your subconscious? so you can dream a dream about say something bad, in direct connection to the stress of something in your day to day life? ... very interesting.
@lynnemg (4540)
• United States
23 Nov 11
I have always felt that dreams are trying to tell us something about our waking life. They may not seem to make any sense when we recall them, but, for me, if the dream is vivid enough for me to remember, it has something to do with my waking life. Trying to figure out the meaning is not always easy, and doesn't always happen when I would like for it too, but it seems that it all makes sense when the time is right. Maybe if you think about the things that are going on in your life, and how you have been feeling, the dreams, even the strange ones, will begin to make sense.
14 Dec 11
i think i might do that, and maybe even keep a dream diary!
@ramonah (213)
• Romania
23 Nov 11
Well yes there are many kinds of dreams. Mainly we do dream what happens throughout a day, even if we don't realize it, something that happened near us and we just overheard or overseen. We can also dream something we really wish for or think about often. Then there's the dream connected to what's happening at that very moment. Like if your alarm clock rings you dream it's the phone ringing and you don't wanna answer it. Don't know if you dreamed anything like that, many people do. Or if you wake up with the tv or radio you dream about what people are saying there but physically, like you're in the story somehow. Also there's the surreal dream. Like you said about riding elephants or town of ice cream. Those are connected to very deep parts of our subconscious and are surreal wishes that we might have or had as children, or they can represent something symbolically. Like if you dream a town of ice cream it means you might wish your town was more colorful, less boring or maybe just with nicer people, nice, colorful being connected to ice cream in your head. Or riding an elephant can connect to you wanting to boss over someone that might be bigger, taller, better than you. Or maybe you just wanna achieve a high position in something. Explanations are more easily given by professionals in this area like psychologists and such. It highly depends on each person's personality it can't always be generalized.
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24 Nov 11
ohhhh see that thing about the alarm clock you said? well i had a dream not that long ago that i was at a party and they were playing really ravy dancey music and i was sooooo out of my comfort zone and then they started playing a snow patrol song and i was like ooohhh happy days, and the next thing i realised it was my alarm haha!!
@taheraa (1547)
• Giza, Egypt
24 Nov 11
Right, when we think deeply in something in our life before we going to our bed, usually, we dream for such what we thinking for. I have an example for what i say, i am an engineer work for oil field, and during my working day, i have some problem for how to complete some hard and difficult tasks, and while my sleeping, with more thinking for that problem, i have its solution, so i am hurry for waking up at morning and directly go to my work to proceed what i have get in my dream. But by the way, if you do not mind, what you think for before you are going to sleep and get you dream by the elephant?
@taheraa (1547)
• Giza, Egypt
24 Dec 11
It is true, The Subconscious always stores inside all things and/or events occur, or any other things we are concerned during the day. So, at night during our sleep, we get as a dream. I read more about that.
@toniganzon (41073)
• Philippines
7 Dec 11
I've always believed that dreams are part of our subconscious and they are part of our real life. If we dream about fantasies that seemed unreal, it's because we want to escape in the real world and for once enjoy the feeling of being in a perfect dream world. I have dreamed about my fears, my ambition and my frustrations. I am a dreamer and i always remember our dreams. They say we dream about 2 or more times a night but we get to remember only one or two if we are lucky. Sometimes i get to remember all three of them.
14 Dec 11
i wish i could remember all my dreams!! do you remember them in detail, or just little bits and bobs of them?? so do you think dreams and fantasties are two totally different things?
27 Nov 11
I definitely reckon dreams are connected to some things such as what we might have been thinking or discussing during the day. Although there are times that they really do not make any sense and I have no idea where those dreams come from!! Haha
14 Dec 11
see i think that too, but some people also say that dreams can predict the future.. so i wonder about the ones that make no sense, are they trying to tell us something, or warn us about something?
@nezavisima (7419)
• Bulgaria
24 Nov 11
reality or not. to think that dreams are related to everyday life. sometimes what we think and not saying it out loud it comes to our dream. because we want an awful lot but we can not say it and sometimes we do not want to admit to what many want. why our dreams are our reality. because we think about constantly. nice day!
14 Dec 11
so you think our dreams when we sleep, are the dreams we actually wish for and want, and think about all day long??
@bingskee (5238)
• Philippines
24 Nov 11
i think dreams are part and parcel of our entire thoughts, probably in a day. some say that some dreams are the opposite of what will actually happen. i don't know. sometimes my dreams are vivid and sometimes they're not.
14 Dec 11
dreams are the oppotite of what is going to happen? thats so strange.. because some people say that dreams can be a prediction of the future??
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
24 Nov 11
According to psychology, dreams are our subconcious mind thinking. They are what we are thinking to happen or what our innermind would like to happen. There are sayings here in our town that what we dream will happen. There are also saying that dreams are reverse of what will happen so I don't really know what to believe in dreaming. Anyway, what I was always dreaming was my past with school friends maybe because I miss school. Sometimes,I also dream what I would like to happen
27 Dec 11
Definitely dreams will have connection to our real life. And some dreams like your ice cream dream come only if you are fond of something more or thinking of that particular thing before sleep or had a discussion with your friends about the same thing