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Cheese, alcohol, movies and dreams

Cheese, alcohol, movies and dreams

Does the movie you watched last night, the cheese you ate after dinner, or the whisky you knocked back all evening affect your dreams? Might a hot night, a thunderstorm, a full bladder, a rattling window, a screeching mosquito, or a headache explain away a weird dream?

Think of the movie as having prompted issues that need your deeper attention.

Think of the movie as having prompted issues that need your deeper attention.

Yes, and then again, no! Let’s start with the movie. If a movie really affects you, your dreaming mind will often process the parts that resonated with your emotions, personal issues, beliefs, and life experiences. Your dream may or may not use some of the symbols from the movie, but whatever the dream, do not dismiss it as caused by the movie. Think of the movie as having prompted issues that need your deeper attention.

How about that cheese or alcohol? The idea that cheese causes bad dreams is an old wives’ tale, though body sensations such as indigestion, thirst, cold, a full bladder, a blocked nose, and numbness can get picked up by your brain and woven into the storyline of a dream.

Body sensations such as indigestion, thirst, cold, a full bladder, a blocked nose, and numbness can get picked up by your brain and woven into the storyline of a dream.

Body sensations such as indigestion, thirst, cold, a full bladder, a blocked nose, and numbness can get picked up by your brain and woven into the storyline of a dream.

So your indigestion might turn up in a dream as a python coiling around your waist, the thirst as a shift in scene to a desert, the cold air as a passing ghost, or the numbness as a lost limb, but these will vary from person to person and from dream to dream. Again, the important thing is not to dismiss your dream as caused by the cheese, cold, or thirst, but to ask why your dream has chosen a certain symbol or way of processing the sensation. That symbol is meaningful, as is your dream. It tells you about how your mind works, and that’s the object and power of dream interpretation.

The rattling window might become the sound of a roulette game in one person’s dream, a cattle train speeding by in another person’s dream, and a trash bin being emptied in someone else’s dream. How the dreaming mind interprets the intrusion, and how it goes on to incorporate it into the dream storyline, delivers meaningful insight about the dreamer.

Binge drinking can knock out dreams for a few hours, but if you sleep long enough you’ll experience more intense dreams towards morning.

Binge drinking can knock out dreams for a few hours, but if you sleep long enough you’ll experience more intense dreams towards morning.

So never dismiss any dream.

Oh, about the alcohol. Binge drinking can knock out dreams for a few hours, but if you sleep long enough you’ll experience more intense dreams towards morning. It’s as if the dreaming mind has to squeeze all the dreams in at the end of the night, once the worst of the alcohol is out of your system.

These intense dreams are ‘REM Rebound’ dreams. (REM refers to the Rapid Eye Movement sleep phase where we do most of or dreaming). Too much alcohol blocks REM in the early hours so, come morning, it’s rebound time. And, yes, those dreams are meaningful, so don’t dismiss them.

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

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Mooning the personal trainer

Mooning the personal trainer

I was called onto this morning’s Maz, Dan and Shane breakfast show on Nova 919, to do a bit of dream detective work on the embarrassing dream Maz had just shared with the listeners.

“I woke up when Josh Pyke mooned me and my new personal trainer,” she laughed. She had the dream the night after her introductory PT session, and she was doubtful that she’d be able to keep a straight face during her second session later today.

In the dream, she and her new PT went to a gig at an amphitheatre near her old primary school, to hear Australian singer-songwriter Josh Pyke. When she went up to the stage to introduce Josh Pyke to her PT, he mooned them.

Nova style radio means getting to the – ahem – bottom line pretty swiftly, give or take a bit of banter.

“If you want to succeed with your exercise goals, you’ll need to understand your mooning attitude,” I began, perhaps mysteriously. “Which three words would you use to describe Josh Pyke’s personality?”

“Chilled out, a chiller, friendly,” Maz replied.

“So there’s a chilled out part of you that feels like mooning your PT,” I suggested.

“So there’s a chilled out part of you that feels like mooning your PT,” I suggested.

“So there’s a chilled out part of you that feels like mooning your PT,” I suggested. “And because your primary school comes up in the dream, this probably goes back to how you felt about training and discipline back in your primary school days.”

“I was 110% committed at primary school,” Maz observed.

Every aspect has its shadow – or balance – and for committed, disciplined people there’s always a chilled out side hanging in the shadows. Sometimes we’re driven to extremes (like 110% discipline) by a fear of the opposite extreme (totally chilled out).

“I was 110% committed at primary school,” Maz observed.

“I was 110% committed at primary school,” Maz observed.

Things began to click for Maz. In her introductory session, her PT had discussed nutrition, and she said she began to think, “Oh, no! I’ll have to give up booze, foods I love …”.  She could relate to the feeling of mooning the whole PT idea in favour of chilling out. But by the time she went to bed, she said she’d decided to “110%” commit to her personal training goals.

Maz’s dream reflects the way her mind processed all of this – as all dreams do.

I pointed out some dream word play: her introductory PT session became, in the dream, an introduction to her PT.

Dreams cleverly convey levels of meaning and visual word play, and I suggested to Maz that the mooning may reflect deeper feelings of being quite happy with her butt the way it is (assuming her training also targeted this area).

I returned to the opening bottom line.

Better to add some balance, to add some chill, to get the right mix to make it fun and achievable.

Better to add some balance, to add some chill, to get the right mix to make it fun and achievable.

“If you want to succeed with your exercise goals, you’ll need to understand your mooning attitude. Giving your PT 110% discipline may lead to burn out. Better to add some balance, to add some chill, to get the right mix to make it fun and achievable, and maybe, just maybe, to factor in being happy with your butt the way it is.”

Maz related to this, and I’m sure the memory of the dream mooning incident will bring a chuckle and a chill factor to her workout this afternoon.

 

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Episode 125 The Dream Show: Mystery prize

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Mystery prize

Alicia, my guest from Atlanta, Georgia, dreamed of winning a prize that led her on a mystery journey. Listen as we piece together the elements she encountered along the way: the red tinted photographs, the light under the garage door, the significant numbers and directions, the distinguished faces, Carmen the neighbour, Debra the team mate.

What does Alicia discover, and how does this relate to her life? Listen as we explore the many, concurrent levels of meaning shining through this dream, the whole always being so much greater than the sum of its parts.

The Dream Show, a free monthly podcast with Jane Teresa AndersonDuring the interpretation, Alicia shared that she is a photographer, and she is delighted to invite you to see her work on her website at www.kindnessoflife.com

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