Category Archives: Dream Theory
If I have difficulty remembering dreams on waking I have found the following technique works most of the time :
I sit up in my bed with my eyes open and move my eyes from side to side. I keep my head still but look up to the top left corner for a second or two. Then look up at the top right corner for a second or two and continue until some image or trigger from the dream jumps into my head. It usually works quite well and I only need to do it for 30 seconds at most. Once I have found an anchor to the dream and start writing it down the rest falls into place. This works for remembering other things and not only dreams.
Sometimes however if this doesnt work and I have no recollection of the dream I find that the memory of the dream is sometimes triggered through the day by something someone says or something I see triggering a feeling of Déjà vu.
From the author:
Dreams follow an emotional pattern. Unless a dream plot is disrupted by external influences such as sounds, every dream begins with what the inner self loves, continues in the early-middle section with what is desired, proceeds in the late-middle with what is undesirable, and ends with what is hated. Some dreams might seem to have happy endings, but the dream plot in such instances is conveying an unrealistic “happiness” which the inner self would hate. I’ll add that Freud was partly correct: dreams can contain wish fulfillment, but only in the first half of dreams.
Freud’s key dream in his book the interpretation of dreams is “The dream of Irma’s injection.” Freud regarded this dream as his most significant and referred to it as his “specimen dream”. In his book “dreaming reality” Grffin argues that Freud’s interpretation of the dream of Irma’s injection was “hopelessly wrong”. Continue reading “Griffin: Against Freud’s Theory of Dreams” »
I have been recording my dreams in a journal for a number of years now. The main reason in doing so has always been for ideas and inspiration for my photography, however recently this has changed. I have never really felt the need to find out the actual meaning of my dreams and every time I attempted to interpret one I would never get very far (especially if I took the Freudian approach). Continue reading “How to Interpret Dreams: Expectation Fulfilment Theory” »
Jung proposed that the average dream is similar in structure to a drama, comprising of four distinct stages: Continue reading “Introduction to Jung Dream Analysis” »
Freud maintained the notion that the dream fundamentally acts as the guardian of sleep. When we go to bed, the curtains are drawn, the lights are turned off and in effect we are attempting to disconnect from our reality by extinguishing all external stimuli. During the night, the mind protects the sleeper from being disturbed by reacting to further external stimuli (noise, temperature, light, the need to urinate, numb arm/leg, pain, etc) as well as all internal stimuli (emotions, fears, dissatisfaction, desires, previous day’s activity) by manufacturing dreams. Continue reading “Introduction to Sigmund Freud’s Theory on Dreams” »
Our true nature is always hidden. In order to protect our inner self we each present an image or personality in public which meets the expectations of others. This ‘mask’ also determines how we see ourselves. However, there are parts to our personality which we do not recognise, parts which are unconscious. Continue reading “Jung: Confrontation with the Shadow” »
The simplest technique for inducing lucid dreams I have found is to look for your hands while you are in the dream state. This is based on a technique described in the book “Journey To Ixtlan” by Carlos Castaneda. Every night while sitting or lying in my bed I clear my mind completely and place my hands out in front of me. I concentrate on my hands and repeat the affirmation “Later, when I am dreaming, I will look at my hands and realise that I am dreaming.” Continue reading “Lucid Dreaming Techniques” »