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Do nightmares affect health?

Do frequent bad dreams have a negative impact on your health?

Do frequent bad dreams have a negative impact on your health?

Do frequent bad dreams have a negative impact on your health? Michael Lund, writing for the Courier Mail, reports today that recent studies suggest a link between frequent nightmares and insomnia, fatigue, depression and anxiety.

Research in China suggests that 5.1% of people have frequent nightmares, defined as at least one a week, while other studies link the frequency of nightmares to income.

What are my thoughts about this research? I’m quoted in the article, so have a look.

The article also quotes Dr Michael Schredl, of Germany’s Central Institute of Mental Health’s sleep laboratory in Mannheim, who said “The high correlation between nightmare frequency and sleep-related daytime consequences underlines the fact that nightmares might have a strong effect on the wellbeing of the patient, and should be treated.”

I totally agree. And that treatment ideally would include professional interpretation of the nightmares and getting sufferers to apply dream alchemy techniques (specific to their dreams and situations) to address the issues the nightmares reflect. The result? The issues are addressed, the nightmares stop, the people begin to sleep properly again, and health and wellbeing returns.

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Lady Gaga’s dream interpreted

Pop star Lady Gaga told Rolling Stone she has a recurring dream about being told to cut her wrist. Here's my interpretation.

Pop star Lady Gaga told Rolling Stone she has a recurring dream about being told to cut her wrist. Here’s my interpretation.

Pop star Lady Gaga told Rolling Stone she has a recurring dream about being told to cut her wrist, and she thinks there’s a connection to an illuminati ritual.

Here’s my interpretation of her dream, based on the account she gave to Rolling Stone, as reported in Bossip, in which she said:

“I have this recurring dream sometimes where there’s a phantom in my home and he takes me into a room, and there’s a blond girl with ropes tied to all four of her limbs. And she’s got my shoes on from the Grammys. Go figure—pyscho. And the ropes are pulling her apart.”

“I never see her get pulled apart, but I just watch her whimper, and then the phantom says to me, ‘If you want me to stop hurting her and if you want your family to be OK, you will cut your wrist.’ And I think that he has his own, like, crazy wrist-cutting device. And he has this honey in, like, Tupperware, and it looks like sweet-and-sour sauce with a lot of MSG from New York. Just bizarre. And he wants me to pour the honey into the wound, and then put cream over it and a gauze.”

My interpretation:

She’s feeling haunted by an issue that leaves her feeling tied (restricted) and emotionally pulled apart. It relates back to the time she wore those shoes to the Grammys, and resonates with a deeper issue.

Cutting the wrist is symbolic, of course. The blond woman in the dream is the part of herself that feels tied up and pulled apart from time to time, so cutting the wrist is like cutting the bind that ties.

The phantom represents this issue that haunts her, and he suggests not only releasing herself from the ties that bind and restrict her, but adding a healing element, represented in the dream by the sweet and sour honey with MSG that reminds her of New York. So my feeling is that there’s a ‘sweet and sour’ emotional issue relating to New York that Lady Gaga needs to explore and release. This will free her from feeling pulled apart.

Is MSG a preservative? If it is, it suggests this New York thing is a long-standing (preserved) issue that she would be well to address and let go.

I’d like to ask Lady Gaga some questions to get a closer interpretation of course.

The Rolling Stone article suggests she’s pretty freaked out by this recurring dream, as most people would be. The worrying thing about this kind of dream is not the dream itself, it’s that people have lost connection with interpreting dreams and so regard this kind of scary dream as literal, (devil, exorcism, cut wrists) whereas, in fact, it’s symbolic and potentially healing.

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Episode 62 The Dream Show: Dark strangers

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Carolyn is my guest with a short fearful dream featuring a caravan (mobile home) she wants to stop from entering her garden, and two dark, shadowy men who grab her hands and threaten rape.

Our darkest dreams can be our most enlightening, though fear can hold us back from shining light into the shadows.

Listen as Carolyn firstly finds difficulty relating to her shadows and then, step by step, makes the connection and sees the light. No, it’s not about rape; yes, it is symbolic.

You’ll also hear Carolyn talking about her passion, and you’ll see why this dream – and the alchemy – is integral to freeing her to follow her passion more deeply.

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Dream interpretation: Naked in public

Have you ever dreamed of being naked in public? It’s a very common dream theme. What does it mean?

(This article continues below the video. On the video, from the 5 minute mark, I discuss naked in public dreams. Before that I discuss dreams of aliens and UFOs. Enjoy!)

Dream meaning:

The details of your dream will be different from everyone else’s but the common theme is that you are in public, for example, at work or in the street, when you suddenly realise that you are naked or partly naked.

It’s important to ask yourself, first, how you felt about being naked in your dream. Did you feel horrified or did you feel good about it? How you felt, as with all dreams, can change the interpretation. Feelings in dreams are extremely important.

This dream is about feeling exposed. How do you feel about people seeing the real you?

This dream is about feeling exposed. How do you feel about people seeing the real you?

When you are naked in a dream you are revealing your true self. There’s no hiding behind clothes, even though you may try, in your dream, to cover yourself up with whatever’s around. Your true self is exposed.

This dream is all about feeling exposed and about how confident you do – or don’t – feel about your true self being seen in public. If your dream is set at work, for example, it is about how you feel about your work colleagues seeing right through you – to the real you.

If, in your dream, you didn’t like the feeling, then this dream is about your feelings of vulnerability about being exposed.

If, in your dream, you felt comfortable being naked, then this dream is about your comfort with revealing your true self.

The details in your dream, once interpreted, pinpoint the actual situation this issue of exposure – of vulnerability, truthfulness and trust – is about.

A radio presenter who had this dream often had worried about keeping his personal life and views separate from his public persona.

A radio presenter who had this dream often had worried about keeping his personal life and views separate from his public persona.

A radio presenter once told me that he had the Naked in Public dream frequently and always felt distressed about finding himself exposed.

Once he understood what his dream was about he said he related it to being a radio presenter and worrying about how to keep his personal life and views separate from his working persona.

He thought about this and decided that as his feelings of vulnerability weren’t doing anything for him, he chose to simply be himself from that moment on, whenever he was on air. He decided that if the listeners or his employers didn’t like it, that was their problem. As a result he enjoyed his job more, his worry disappeared along with his recurring dream, and his listeners enjoyed his show more.

Another person with this kind of dream might have decided to be more protective of their private life. The details of your unique dream usually guide you towards your decision and that decision is always yours. Being able to make such decisions based on fresh and accurate insight into yourself from a dream is powerful.

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Dancing yin to yang

In dreams I am a most spectacular dancer, and from each dream dance a great lesson is learned.

In dreams I am a most spectacular dancer, and from each dream dance a great lesson is learned.

In night dreams I am the most spectacular dancer, always harmoniously partnered, cheek to cheek, heart to heart, soul to soul. Our weightless dances defy the gravity and clumsiness of waking life, as we move as one into every dimension of space until the dance ends and I wake up still smiling from the touch of the light fantastic. And from each dream dance, a great lesson is learned.

My earliest dance lessons came from my father as he waltzed me around the room, my little feet perched upon his big, dependable shoes.

My earliest dance lessons came from my father as he waltzed me around the room, my little feet perched upon his.

My earliest dance lessons came from my father as he waltzed me around the lounge room, my little feet perched upon his big, dependable shoes.

By the time I was seven I had decided my life’s mission was to be a ballet dancer. On being told I’d probably be too tall, I thought I could be a choreographer. Either way, no money for ballet lessons soon buried that plan. Prancing and pirouetting around the bedroom did nothing to enhance my future career prospects.

Besides, I was knock-kneed as my dancing needs clashed with economical reality. I took up yoga and learned the art of freestyle dance instead. I have since learned that dance lessons fade to insignificance alongside the lessons of dancing. Step with me into my dancing dreams to see why:

My dream partner was dancing me as he stood firmly and fully on my toes.

My dream partner was dancing me as he stood firmly and fully on my toes.

I once dream danced with someone I knew from waking life. It was a kind of reversal of my father’s waltz routine. In this dream dance the man placed his feet on mine and we waltzed the perfect waltz. The strangeness of the dream was that instead of me dancing his balancing feet through the steps, he was in control of the dance. He was the one calling the tune. He was dancing me as he stood firmly and fully on my toes. On waking I realised that this man had indeed, in waking life, called the steps. He had often trodden on my toes, but I had not recognised this and so the dance had been perfect for my learning at that time.

Life is always in harmony and balance, even when it seems not to be so. What we need to learn about ourselves is reflected in our world. I needed to learn about issues of control and being controlled, of restriction and freedom, through the delirious dance of the trodden toes. We danced to the pendulum of extremes until the calmness of the middle path stilled the motion and the dance came to its natural end.

Yet people in our dreams are not themselves, but aspects of our own selves. My treading-toes dance partner was the part of myself which danced the tune of conditioned restriction and lovingly taught the lesson of breaking free. He was my outer world, my Yang. I was his inner world, his Yin. We danced, cheek to cheek, Yin to Yang in search of the still calm point between us.

Think of the Yin Yang symbol, looking like two tadpoles nestled into each other, opposites huddled together in balance.

Think of the Yin Yang symbol, looking like two tadpoles nestled into each other, opposites huddled together in balance.

Think of the Yin Yang symbol, for all the world looking like two tadpoles nestled into each other, top to tail, each complete with an eye at the rounded head end. Or perhaps the symbol is more of a sacred 69. One side is black with a white ‘eye’ while the other is white with a black ‘eye’. One is Yin, one is Yang.

They are extremes, opposites huddled together in balance. As you trace the black of one tadpole from the thinness of its tail to the abundance of its head, you see the white of the eye colour. What this means is that as we approach an extreme in our attitude or being (the extreme being represented by the abundance of colour) a seed of the opposite nature appears. At the extreme swing of the pendulum, an excess of Yang births the return swing of the Yin. By the time the pendulum reaches its Yin extreme, the seed of a new Yang birth springs into being.

In swing style, Yin and Yang dance the great pendulum arcs that ultimately deliver the mutual destiny of the middle path.

My tango dream: was I being too flexible, too laid back? Or was I over-extending myself?

My tango dream: was I being too flexible, too laid back? Or was I over-extending myself?

In another dream of years past, I tangoed across the tiles, leaning back so far in my dream stranger partner’s arms that my body was suspended horizontal to the floor. I momentarily hovered only a few centimetres above the ground until I was lightly whisked and whirled back into the next staccato tango pose. The lesson from this dream dance was to find the balance between the extreme of being too flexible, too laid back and the extreme of expecting too much from myself through forcing over-extension.

One dream dance duo had me cart-wheeling, face to face, hands to hands, feet to feet with my tumbling dream partner. Childish joy, upside-down, right side up, round and round, dizzying we roller-coastered our cartwheel harmony until my partner finally let go and I finished in standing pose, one hand out-stretched, ready for my next dance partner to continue my journey. And so the great lesson of the cycles of life, the ups and downs, the rounds and rounds, the repetitions, the recurring dreams and the final achieving of the still point was energetically clothed as a dream dance. There I stood, in the quiet moment between one cycle of life and the next, between one lesson completed and another about to start, between one dance partner and the next.

Dance lessons fade to insignificance alongside the lessons of dancing.

Dance lessons fade to insignificance alongside the lessons of dancing.

May you soon find yourself dream dancing cheek to cheek, Yin to Yang, paradoxically stepping the duality of life’s one path strewn with the lessons of so many perfect dances.

[Copyright Jane Teresa Anderson, September 2000. First published as a Dream Sight article.]

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Episode 61 The Dream Show: The brain’s mind

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What’s the connection between a flagon of gin and seeing the world upside down?

Here’s a clue: it’s got nothing to do with getting drunk. Here’s another clue: it’s got everything to do with how the brain hears what it wants to hear and sees what it wants to see.

In short, the brain has a mind of its own. Now – that’s got you thinking, hasn’t it?

Your dreams can help you to understand why you experience the world in your own special, unique way, and can open your eyes to new, more fulfilling ways of experiencing life. Today’s show explores this firstly through Amy’s dream, then through a little brain science, and finally through my flagon of gin experience.

Lots of practical dream interpretation tips are included, as always, and by the end of the podcast you’ll have some interesting conversation starters to introduce at your next party. Cheers!

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Dreaming of your soul mate

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Have you searched for a lover you met in a dream, believing he or she must exist?

What does this kind of dream really mean? All is revealed in this slideshow.

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Have you ever dreamed of meeting a soul mate?

A sense of magnetism in the eyes of a passing stranger, an enchanting voice calling to you from a forest or a passionate kiss from a mate you know extremely well, but only in dreams? Have you been tempted to search for that man or woman of your dreams in waking life?

Or has someone you know in waking life utterly surprised you in dream by turning out to be your perfect lover with the magical soul touch you had only ever … dreamed of? Have you been tempted to follow your dream, drawn to cracking the surface of the person you thought you knew to touch that sleeping soul lover inside?

Perhaps you have dreamed of a reunion with an ex, only your dream ex reveals extraordinary qualities you never glimpsed in waking life. Have you been tempted to return to the ex, to reap the rewards of dream healing?

While some excellent relationships have been birthed and nourished in dreams, many people have searched without harvest for the partner they believe they have met on a soul level while asleep. Some have a mental checklist, fired by the indelible sensual memory of the dream, right down to hair colour, profession, scars and so on. Sadly such sole focus too easily blinds a person from seeing a perfect soul mate clothed in a different physical form.

So what do these soul mate dreams mean and why do they linger so powerfully and sensually?

The key, as always, is to consider all the people in your dreams as representing something about you – the way you think, your unconscious beliefs, personal issues, your attitudes and so on.

Your soul mate dreams bring you face to face with your own wonderful qualities, usually those you have denied or forgotten about. The person you are falling in love with is none other than yourself. In doing so, you become more whole, and then what happens? Then you are more likely to attract your real soul mate into your life.

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Record, search & interpret your dreams using our free Dream Sight Diary Database

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Imagine being able to instantly search all your dreams to find all those featuring a certain symbol, person, theme, or word. You could call up all your car dreams, for example, or all your dreams featuring water, animals, an ex lover, a place, or anything you wish.

Imagine being able to do a basic interpretation on any dream by being led through key questions and typing in your responses.

You can do all this and much, much more, when you download the free computer program, Dream Sight Diary Database, that Belinda Hodge conceived, developed and produced for us, based on my methods of dream interpretation and alchemy. (Note, April 2013: After 13 years of use, we retired this program. Times have changed. One day we’ll turn it into an app.)

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Episode 60 The Dream Show: Rescuing Fergie

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My guest today is Jules, who received a shock medical diagnosis last week. That night she had a vivid dream involving a healer and the search for Fergie, a corgi she once owned, who was lost in the dream.

Jules was faced with a choice in her dream, a choice between a piece of gold and a piece of murky brown stuff. How can this dream choice assist her as she moves forward with her life, post-diagnosis? In the dream, Jules finally found Fergie in a castle, but was she able to free her?

In this podcast we continue a theme of recent episodes, discovering the interrelationship between the unconscious mind and the physical body through dreams, and the shifts that can be achieved through dream alchemy.

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Dream symbols: Speed poetry

The idea is not to think at all, but just to let your unconscious mind flow its bad (or good) poetry onto the page.

The idea is not to think at all, but just to let your unconscious mind flow its bad (or good) poetry onto the page.

It’s not often that anyone is encouraged to write bad poetry, but this is one of those occasions. Bad poetry has a knack of making a weird dream symbol declare itself. And it’s fun. So when you want to discover the meaning of a symbol from your dream, try this method. This is what to do.

Take ten uninterrupted minutes to yourself – turn off the phones, lock the doors. Take a pen and a piece of paper, or your laptop, and a timer. Write the name of your weird dream symbol at the top of the page. It is the title of your poem. Set the timer for ten minutes, and write your poem.

You must write your poem fast, letting your fingers do the writing or typing with as little input from your thinking brain as possible. The idea is not to think at all, but just to let your unconscious mind flow its bad (or good) poetry onto the page.

It doesn’t need to rhyme, though speed poems often come out rhyming. It doesn’t even need to make sense. The only thing that makes it a poem is that you mustn’t write in sentences. Let your poem flow as words or phrases in separate lines.

Here’s an example.

The mystery dream symbol is a red brooch.

The mystery dream symbol is a red brooch.

Red brooch

A little red brooch
Fell off one day
From a coat
Of a goat
Well a nanny goat really
Nanny’s brooch.

“Let’s broach the subject,”
She said
Of red
Coz it’s said
Or I read
That a shed …
  (continued for ten minutes).

When your ten minutes is up, look over your poem. Whether it turned out to be good or bad poetry, the meaning of your dream symbol will probably jump out at you. In this example, the poem reminded the dreamer of secret meetings he held with his friends in the shed at the bottom of his garden when he was a child. They wore red badges under their lapels. He decided the red brooch symbolised ‘secret’.

Your turn!

Your turn!

Your turn!

[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, Jane Teresa Anderson]

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