Dreams...Meaningful or Meaningless

United States
April 24, 2012 12:41pm CST
My family believes that our dreams are very meaningful, that they are a way of telling us something. The hard part is knowing what they mean and learning how to interpret them correctly. It seems that the ability to interpret them is a learned skill. My great grandmother used to be able to tell you exactly what a dream meant, and what you should be doing based on a dream. My mother now is the one that we go to for dreams to be interpreted. I am learning from my mom how to be able to do this so that the tradition carries on in my family. Do you believe that your dreams are meaningful or meaningless?
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@AKRao24 (12963)
• India
24 Apr 12
Dear Amyaeric, I am a regular dreamer and hardly I spent any night without dreams! Yes, there are two schools of thoughts prevailing about the believing the fact that these dreams have any significance in one's life! The first school believes that the dreams carry some meaning and they interpret the dreams and correlate with day to day affairs! There are many professionals available at various places including on line ones! There are many books available to interpret these dreams. The second group believes that dreams are just subconscious thoughts emerge out during the process of sleep and there is nothing much about it! I am a science graduate, in fact I am a Veterinary surgeon practicing for race horses and I don't believe in interpretation of dreams. In my opinion many a times though we have some subconscious thoughts in our dreams but many a times we dream very funny things with no relevance! But however I believe in one thing that our brain can't dream a thing which is not known to it! Like you can never dream about the place or a person about which or whom you have no idea at all! Like a person from America who has never seen Ostrich or doesn't have any idea about this bird can never see this bird in his dream. Similarly a typical country side Indian who lives in Villages can never dream about Disney Land as he never have experienced it or heard about it! My wife can't dream the I am dreaming about my horses and he technical matters about them just because she hardly know about my field! Thus in my opinion dreams are just a haphazard feelings expressed by our brain which has some experience about the things which we are seeing in the dream. Yes, I have my own doubts about the dreams too! I many a times get to see people whom I never recall to have seen them anywhere before But still I am seen interacting with them in my dreams! Who are people? are they imaginary creations of my mind! Another thing I have noted is that I wake up immediately if I am trying to do any thing in my dreams which I never like to do in my real life! That means the brain is having its control on the subconscious thought too! Does it want to imply something about our personality or feelings through these dreams? Thus I don't believe in the interpretation of the dreams , I frankly admit that there are many grey areas left which requires lot of research before arriving to any conclusion! Thanks for the discussion, I liked partcipating in it!
• United States
24 Apr 12
As far as you dreaming about people you have never met, or being in places you have never been doesn't mean a literal translation that you have or will meet those people, or that you have been or will ever be in that place your dream of. For each person a dream is a personal insight. What you dream isn't a literal translation, for instance if you are dreaming of being in a place you have never been before what that could be translated is that in some area of your life you are dealing with something unfamiliar, and people you don't know in your dreams could be translated to that there are people in your life that you should be making a bigger effort to notice and get to know. Remember those are just examples to really translate a dream, it's a very personal insight into who you are and what you know about yourself. I enjoyed reading your response, thanks for joining in!
@AKRao24 (12963)
• India
24 Apr 12
Dear Amyaeric! I dreamt a snake with a orange colored underside, which was striking and when i dreamt I have seen this snake as very big one and it was upside down! Can you say some thing about it? Depending upon your answer I will decide to proceed further or not? Thanks !
• United States
25 Apr 12
Sorry that it has taken me so long to get back to you on this, as it takes alot of thought into actually doing this. Before I can really explain the dream I would need to know some things about you, for instance in the dream are you affraid of this snake, or are you calm, what feeling in the dream do you have about this snake? Another thing I would need to know is what are your feelings towards snakes in your awakeness? These are just two of the questions I have for you. I would be willing to give you my personal opinion and thoughts on this dream but wanted to know if you would rather do that in personal messaging or if you just want to continue posting here, because it can be very personal to have a dream interpreted. Thanks again AKRao24:)
• India
25 Apr 12
Dreams are meaningful,I have heard that a person is able to predict the future.So dreams are meaningful.There are so many examples of dreams bing come true.But no one don't know who dreams do come true.
• United States
25 Apr 12
My mom has seen many dreams come to pass in her life. She has been able to dream of things that will happen for a long time. Not everything she dreams comes to pass but often enough that I am a believer in that dreams have meaning. Thanks for your response musicloverfriend:)
• Philippines
25 Apr 12
For me dreams can be both meaningful at times, and meaningless in other instances. Dreams can be meaningful in moments when your dreams are inspired by God to show you something you need to do or correct in your life, and I think that happens with a lot of people. Another way dreams can be meaningful when it helps us see our deepest emotions and fears, and afterwards helps us realize that we need to do something with it, or correct something that we're doing wrong...it's like when our dreams became a kind of guide for us to tell us what we needed to do or undo in our lives...because I actually believe dreams comes from the deapest of our subconscious mind, so they can really gives us great insights into our emotions. Now at times I think dreams can be meaningless at times when they are simply the manifestation of our hidden fears or insecurities, and when we woke up we find that our dreams didn't teach us anything except to show us what our fears and insecurities are. If that dream doesn't inspire us to change for the better, then I believe that dream becomes useless, and it's better to simply ignore them.
• United States
25 Apr 12
Well I take the stance that dreams are meaningless. They are merely products of the imagination or the brain sorting through old memories or the like. I've been interested in dreams my whole life and I did lots of research into dream interpretation once upon a time. But the more I read up, the more I asked the experts, the more I felt like dream interpretation was about as helpful as horoscopes and palm readings. I still love dreams and researching about them and what they mean to different people and cultures but I no longer believe they have any significant symbolic, subconscious, or prophetic meaning.
• United States
25 Apr 12
I think it's cool that although you don't find meaning to dreams that you still study them. I don't study what they mean in other cultures, I only study and practice interpretation through the way my ancestors used them. I am still learning alot about how to do this. Good luck with your studies on this, and thanks for your response:)
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• United States
26 Apr 12
Well good luck in your studies too. I find dreams fascinating, partially because it's such a widely experienced phenomenon and we still know so little for certain. Partially because I find them entertaining and inspiring. Even if they don't "mean" anything in particular, they still mean something on a practical level to me because they give me ideas and tell me stories.
• United States
24 Apr 12
I definitely believe that most dreams are meaningful. Having had a few dreams that have come true, I'm convinced of their importance. Yes, a scant few may be caused by sounds you hear while asleep or the food you ate/book you read before bedtime. But the majority of dreams tell us about the choices we could or should make, warn us about impending danger or bad decisions we've made. They can encourage us to explore new talents and abilities. Some dreams are communications from spirits who may be family, friends, Guardian Spirits, or even our Angels. Sometimes dreams are prophetic. Sometimes humorous to make us laugh and de-stress. Dreams are often memories of forgotten activities in the astral or dream state. A number of things can be presented to us in the dream state. Even God communicates with some of us while we sleep . . . .
• United States
24 Apr 12
Very well put DREAMinterpreter! I like the name alot too:) Thanks for your response:)
• United States
25 Apr 12
You're welcome and thanks for the compliment on my name. :) Interesting discussion, BTW.
@amy77824 (147)
24 Apr 12
I believe they are meaningful because i believe them to be the gate ways to our true self and what things we are faced with and how to over come problems which have stopped us in life. I also think some people (like my friend) have been gifted with the power to dream of the future. I believe this because my friend has had many dreams that have come true. It sounds like a crazy suggestion but i actually believe everything i say here.
• United States
24 Apr 12
Hi amy77824, I am with you all the way on this. Many people may not believe or agree with it but my mom, like your friend has many dreams about not only things that are in the now, but as well as future. My mom didn't tell me about her being able to do this till just a few years ago and at first I was unsure of it until she started teaching me how to do the same. Thanks for your response!
25 Apr 12
Dreams are not only the way our minds process all we experience every day but are also the way our higher self connects to the world of spirit. It is in dreams that we are able to communicate with our spiritual guardians and loved ones who have passed to spirit, connect with the universal energies, and maybe even experience prophetic dreams that will help us understand our true purpose in life. I too have prophetic dreams and, as a Medium, have spoken to my loved ones in Spirit on many occasions whilst in the dreamstate.
• United States
24 Apr 12
i think it is very meaningful because it gives you a kind of ambition to go on with you're life
• United States
24 Apr 12
I've had dreams before that have taken me down paths that I never would have seen my self go down, and everything turned out well. You're right we can get ambition from our dreams to get us through many things. Thanks for your response forary2012:)
• Philippines
24 Apr 12
For me dream is meaningful if it inspires you, it made you smile or motivates you, if it doesn't show bad omen, as long as it is positive. Beware of dreams because it can sometimes kill us.
• United States
24 Apr 12
That's an interesting way of looking at dreams that I would have to say I haven't really heard before. I'll be thinking on that one for a while:) Thanks for your response nagatron123456:)
@GemmaR (8526)
24 Apr 12
I think that a lot of our dreams are just thoughts and feelings that we might have gone through with during the course of the day, and we can't read something into every single one of our dreams because it might just be something as simple as a conversation that we had overheard on the train or something like that. However, we should pay at least a little bit of attention to our dreams because we can sometimes realise when we keep dreaming about things over and over again that they're things that we had been worrying about that we hadn't even noticed. Our dreams can help to open our eyes to things that are wrong when we didn't even know (or think) that there was anything wrong in the first place.
• United States
24 Apr 12
I agree with you on this as well GemmaR, I also believe that once in a while we simply just have a dream that doesn't necessarily mean anything it's just our brains playing out something, like you said, that we saw or heard in the course of our day. You are right though that we should pay attention to dreams because it can open us up to things we are missing. Thanks for your response!
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
24 Apr 12
I believe that -dreams can be meaningful, they are a way our subconsious mind speak to us, there are lots of histories about people who, following one of their dreams found or discover something, or, got away from some danger. They are also, like a pressure relieve, from our mind, that try to organize all the feelings and thinking we do during the day.
• United States
24 Apr 12
Hi albto_568 I like the way you describe this alot. I agree with you that it's our way of organizing and processing the emotions and tasks that we go through during out day. If we follow our dreams in a matter of speaking they can help us with many aspects of our lives such as you explained. Thanks for your reply:)
@Lida2010 (84)
• Colombia
2 May 12
I believe that some dreams are very meaningful. I do not know how to interpret them, however there have been times in my life where a dream forewarned me about something. At the same token, I have also had some dreams that had absolutely no relevance to anything in my life. So, I believe they can be both as meaningful as well as meaningless.
• India
28 Apr 12
Dreams are the ones which tells us about the thoughts and likes of our inner mind. Most of the dreams reflect the same but there are some which are meaning less. According to our ancient belief, it said that the things which we see the day time comes true and most of the dreams which i had seen during those time had happned in my life.
@megamatt (14332)
• United States
25 Apr 12
Dreams are rather what we make of them. Which means in the end, they are only about as meaningful as we interpret them as. There are going to be many times where a dream is just that, merely a dream. There are many times where in the end, there might be some deeper meaning or just rather be just some subconscious way of our minds solving some problem. But are there times where we rather tend to see more meaning in some things, meaning that is often times not really there. We tend to see what we really want to see, dream what we want to dream and in the end, we can never be for certain what is really there in our minds. But in the end, a dream is just something that we can make anything out of it we wish.
@meozard22 (872)
• Philippines
25 Apr 12
I have a lot of weird dreams and as much as I wanted to know it has something to say, I guess I'll just have to deal with what's going on with my life, just go with the flow. But being able to interpret dreams is a great skill to have. I believe that dreams sometimes is very meaningful for me
@pjha1975 (214)
• India
25 Apr 12
Dreams are meaningful to some extent. I feel they either describe what you might face in the future or what you are going through currently, they are symbolic. Personally, I don't remember my dreams the next morning unless they were really weird or unusual. In such cases, they could mean a combination of things in your life. My wife, on the other hand, remembers her dreams & in certain cases, they do kinda show what has happened as well as what might happen. I find myself utterly amazed when she explains some of her dreams to me...
25 Apr 12
sometimes i feel that dreams has a meaning, but on the other hand i felt the dream was just a flower bed...