The ability to dream is one of the most important and basic functions of human consciousness. But it is also one of the least understood elements of human consciousness, and opinions vary across disciplines from psychology to the metaphysical.
Some psychologists—Carl Jung the most famous among them—attempted to bridge the gap between science and spirituality by recognizing the spiritual quality of dreaming. Jung believed that dreaming was the manifestation of the subconscious mind and that it used the symbols inherent in human archetypes to convey messages to the dreamer. But is that all there is to it?
Different Types of Dreams
Some schools of thought hold that dreaming is simply the result of random thoughts traversing the mind’s landscape during sleep. And it may be that many of our dreams are simply the mind’s way of processing our daily realities. Others, however, recognize broad patterns that we can categorize as different types of dreams. Some different types of dreams include:
- recurring dreams
- lucid dreams
- false awakening dreams
- mutual dreams
- healing dreams
- precognitive dreams
- death dreams
Telling the difference between these different types of dreams is sometimes easy, but often very difficult. The tricky thing about precognitive dreams is that you don’t know if it is a prophetic dream until after it comes true. But other types of psychic dreams are easily verifiable.
Different Types of Psychic Dreams
In order to understand how our dreams are communicating to us, we must first understand what type of dream we are having. Some dreams tend to flow from our regular life into our waking, while other dreams shake us up, making us even question our reality. Here’s a list of some common types of psychic dreams.
These are when you dream of something that happens in real life while you are dreaming it. For example, you dream of a plane crash and find out the next day that there was an actual plane crash at the same time (or close enough to the same time) as you had the dream. In these instances, a dreamer is able to tune in psychically and perceive the actual event without the cognitive awareness of it.
These dreams will foreshadow something that may happen in the future. Events could be positive or negative in nature. When you dream of someone’s death or an upcoming wedding, this is a prophetic dream.
Clairaudient dreams are characterized by a voice or particular sound that seems to come out of nowhere and is very distinct, often conveying a message.
These are also dreams that convey a message, ideas or feelings between two people who are usually very close. The dream is verifiable when the dreamer shares the content of the dream with the other person involved and they both come to realize they were communicating telepathically through the dream.
These occur when two or more people share the same dream at the same time or on the same night. These also usually happen between people who are close.
These dreams are where you are conscious the entire time, completely aware of what’s happening when it’s happening, when you’re dreaming. Many people use lucid dreams to astral travel, or work on a creative skill.
As the name implies, this is when you dream about something bad that will happen in the future. Of course, there’s no way to know it’s a warning dream unless it actually comes to pass.
How To Keep Track of Your Dreams
Keeping track of all these types of dreams can be challenging but is something anyone can learn to do with practice. First you have to be able to remember your dreams if you don’t already (and many people don’t). The single most important element in doing dream work is to keep a journal on a consistent and ongoing basis. Keep a notebook beside your bed and every morning after you wake up you write down everything you can remember about the night’s dreams. If you have a particularly strong dream and wake up in the middle of the night, take the time to write it down then while it’s still fresh.
Writing your dreams down accomplishes two things: first, it trains your mind to remember your dreams better. Second, it gives you a record you can then use to verify the content of psychic dreams in the future. You will learn to see patterns in your dreaming, and in time with a lot of perseverance you can even learn to manipulate your dreams. This is known as lucid dreaming.
Here 5 tips to help you remember your dreams so you can make sense of them.
Tip 1: Keep a Dream Journal
As soon as you get up, the first thing you should do is stay still. Once you begin to move, you start forgetting anything that you may have been dreaming about. Always keep a notebook and pen by your bed. Write down whatever you can remember, in as many details, even if it’s just a fragment. The more you do this, the better you will get at recalling larger chunks of your dreams.
Tip 2: Watch What You Eat and Drink
What we eat and drink can greatly inhibit our ability to remember our dreams. Some food, like dairy, can cause very strange dreams or even nightmares. If you want to remember your dreams, avoid drinking alcohol, taking sedatives, or eating heavy meals before sleep.
Tip 3: Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule
If you constantly change up your sleeping patterns, it can be hard for you to remember your sleep. Try to stick to going to bed the same time every night, or as many nights as you can. The body craves consistency. If you have trouble sleeping, try meditating before bed. This will also aid you having very vivid dreams.
Tip 4: Tell Yourself You Want to Remember
As often as you can, throughout the day, say to yourself, that you want to remember your dreams. This helps program the brain that this is something that is important to you. Also, try stating out loud, before bed, something specific that you want guidance on in your dreams. You could even write it down in your dream journal. Don’t be surprised if you dream about that very thing that night.
Tip 5: Get Rid of Clutter
Have you created a pleasant environment for you to sleep in? Believe it or not, but clutter can be one of the biggest things that prevents you from remembering your dreams. Clear away any clutter on the bed, or surrounding it. The clutter prevents you from thinking clearly, both when we are conscious and asleep.
Interpreting Your Dreams
Whenever you dream about something, you may be tempted to look up the meaning online. But keep in mind that you are your own best interpreter. For instance, if you dream about snakes and love them in real life, this may be a positive sign for you. While someone who fears snakes, if they dream of one, it may be an indication that they need to avoid whatever is associating with the snake in the dream. Here are a few archetypes to get you started.
- Circles – completion
- Water – cleansing, transforming, renewal
- House – problems in your body, building
- Birds – peace, communication
- Washing – cleansing
While dreams can be very confusing at first, once you understand your personal dream language, it opens up a world of opportunity. Your dreams are merely an extension of what is occurring in your waking state. If you can begin to master your dream life, you can master your waking life too. Happy dreaming.