We have all experienced the familiar yet weird dream of falling from great heights or the sound of water that equates to a mad dash to the bathroom but exactly what does it all mean? Why do we have some dreams in common, while others are so far-fetched, we awake scratching our heads in thought? Dating back to Ancient Rome and Greece, dreams have always been an interest and mystery. Theorists such as Freud called dreams “‘the royal road to the unconscious,” left open to interpretation—his theory bordered on sexual desires—maybe or maybe not? However, one thing is clear dreams are often the response to daily life, whether it’s our subconscious thoughts, sensations or activities.
Did you know infants spend 70% of their sleep time dreaming, while adults average about 24% in dreamland and even animals dream? In the end, what do our dreams mean and how do the “experts” interpret some of our most typical or even outlandish dreams…well let’s see
The Falling Dream
-Falling dreams are one of the most common dreams that people have. When you fall in the dream there is nothing to grab or hold onto that is sturdy enough to save you. Studies reveal that in many cases, dreams of falling may be due to physiological in nature (i.e. a blood pressure drop at the moment of slumber or out-of-whack equilibrium). However, dream analysts suggest that falling dreams can have a symbolic significance that indicates a feeling that life is spiraling out of control. Falling dreams are interpreted as insecurities, and anxieties. There is an overwhelming sense that your situation in life is out of control. This may be a personal relationship or career-oriented. This type of dream may also indicate a fear of falling.
The Flying Dream
“Hey is that Superman?” Have you ever had a dream where you were flying amongst the clouds, free and unburdened by the world? In this dream you have no cares or worries, no schedule, no responsibility. Many dreams are forgotten by the time we awake, but that is not usually the case with flying dreams. This dream seems to be divided among those who fly spontaneously in their dreams and those who have a lucid dream and choose to fly. These dreamers have a powerful feeling of freedom, exhilaration, a feeling that you control your own destiny. Kudos to those who fly!
The Sex Dream
This dream is probably one of the most favored dreams. Almost everyone has had the sex dream—sex, is sex! But if we look at it both symbolically and literally then a dream about sex can you wish you were getting some good loving in real life, or that there is a person you desire in real life, etc. Dreaming of a sexy ex or a good-looking stranger is healthy. It just means you have a fantasy side that shows up in your dreams–afterall, dream sex is safe sex. Maybe you want more sexual excitement or never had the chance to fulfill a sexual urge. Whatever it may be enjoy and let live!
Teeth Falling Out Dream
This dream is one of the most infrequent but daunting. There are a few theories surrounding the teeth falling out dream. One is your teeth reflect your anxieties about your appearance and how others perceive you. Since teeth play an important role in self-image and attractiveness, such dreams may stem from a fear of rejection, sexual impotence or the consequences of getting old. On another note, it also shows a rooted fear of being embarrassed or making a fool of yourself. These dreams are an over-exaggeration of your worries, frustration and anxieties.
Water dreams depends on how you feel about water. Do you view it as serene and tranquil or intimidating? How you feel about water will represent the symbolic aspect of your dream. Was the water a peaceful lake or a muddy Bayou? Were you floating along your favorite beach or drowning? Did it have vicious waves or a beautiful waterfall?
Dreams of death are scary but are important signs from your unconscious. These dreams are present when there is an aspect or situation in life that is no longer working for you.
Sometimes it may reflect an old patter or habit that has died within you or an old relationship that can no longer blossom. Dreams of death about someone else could be an outward expression of an inner situation or maybe someone that you have lost contact with. Death dreams are described as “feeling the most real” but alas, it is the most uncommon.