Analyzing our Dreams

Have you ever wondered how and why we remember dreams–and what purpose they are likely to serve

The study of Oneirology can be distinguished from dream interpretation in that the aim is to quantitatively study the process of dreams instead of analyzing the meaning behind them.

The reason I have dreams as a topic this week is to do with the fact I have been fascinated by them for a very long time.

I had a dream on May 2/3 that I was delivering a baby. I looked online to see what it meant. Here is the result::  A baby signifies new life or beginnings. It can also refer to a new chapter in one’s life.

Our brain experiences four types of electrical brain waves: “delta,” “theta,” “alpha,” and “beta.” Each represents a different speed of oscillating electrical voltages and together they form the electroencephalography (EEG).

For centuries people have pondered the meaning of dreams. Early civilizations thought of dreams as a medium between our earthly world and that of the gods. In fact, the Greeks and Romans were convinced that dreams had certain prophetic powers. While there has always been a great interest in the interpretation of human dreams, it wasn’t until the end of the nineteenth century that Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung put forth some of the most widely-known modern theories of dreaming. Freud’s theory centred around the notion of repressed longing — the idea that dreaming allows us to sort through unresolved, repressed wishes. Carl Jung (who studied under Freud) also believed that dreams had psychological importance, but proposed different theories about their meaning.

Dreams seem to help us process emotions by encoding and constructing memories of them. What we see and experience in our dreams might not necessarily be real, but the emotions attached to these experiences certainly are. Our dream stories essentially try to strip the emotion out of a certain experience by creating a memory of it. This way, the emotion itself is no longer active.

This mechanism fulfils an important role because when we don’t process our emotions, especially negative ones, this increases personal worry and anxiety. In fact, severe REM sleep-deprivation is increasingly correlated to the development of mental disorders. In short, dreams help regulate traffic on that fragile bridge which connects our experiences with our emotions and memories.

Pay attention to your dreams they are telling you something important about your life.

~Andrea

 

 

 

 

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Purge Writing

I have a hard time keeping a “journal” it feels like a task or another thing I didn’t do today type of pressure I don’t want or need.

Writing is a beautiful art form, it allows my thoughts, emotions and creativity to flow from my brain out my hand onto paper. It is freeing, cathartic and therapeutic for me.

When I think of “journaling” I don’t write. When I think about releasing the thoughts that are dragging me down I write or purge write. Purging my thoughts proves to be healing for me in that all those negative thoughts and emotions are on paper and I can forget about them or at least they become manageable.

I use to worry about someone else finding my writing books and reading the personal stuff that they contained which stopped the creative, purging process. So, if this is a concern for you use loose leaf paper and burn it when you are finished.

I like keeping my writing now though because I go back weeks, months even years later and see how much I’ve grown personally and in writing style. I surprise myself each time I look back at how advanced my thinking was or how my thinking has develop, what I’ve learned in a short period of time but did not feel any of those things when I was writing those words.

Writing or purge writing has given me confidence and is helping me heal from being broken, disease, situations…. everything to do with LIFE!

If you are wanting to start writing your thoughts to get them out of your head simply start with a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. No goals, no expectations; just write! Write what you don’t want to think about anymore. Doing this will also help get your thoughts straight, organized, best of all it will give perspective to your life, problems and issues.

Purge writing is not something you have to do every day, it’s not another line on your to do list; it’s for purging thoughts and emotions when you are done with them so you can move on.

Writing your thoughts on paper will help you grow as a human being because you won’t stay stuck in a rut, you won’t stay stuck in your purgatory suffering. Writing gives your life the quality of cleansing and purifying your thoughts.

KEEP WRITING UNTIL YOU FEEL POSITIVE, FREE, LIGHTER!

It’s good for mind, body & spirit.

Love, Light & Peace
~Andrea