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 This way, the emotion itself is no longer active.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

 

 

 

 

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

Awareness & Sharing Our Story

Awareness to me is sharing accurate information so that people can get answers to lead them in the right directions. With this, just like everything else I’ve noticed, has conflicting information which becomes confusing at a time you are already in a state of upset, anxiety, hopeless, helpless emotions. I want to change that. I want to share my story because it’s a different path I took to healing. In sharing my story I hope to spread the word to individuals who need it the most. Learning about and being aware of natural healing and natural remedies could be a lifestyle that saves you from more suffering, masking symptoms which ultimately allows your body to continue to be malnourished and unnecessary surgery.

I’m hoping to reach as many people as possible so that others can find a path of least resistance to avoid masking symptoms and avoid surgery.  In this journey I changed my lifestyle. Obviously, the way in which I was living my life was not working.

Safer Beauty Care Products

Why I took the job at Beautycounter

I live with 4 autoimmune diseases and by January 2015 I almost lost the battle to Crohns Disease. To become that ill I knew that my life was not working. I needed to change my lifestyle and make informed, educated, life changing decisions so that I could beat these diseases. In the healing process over the next two years I searched and researched how to heal naturally through diet which lead me deep into the health and wellness spectrum.

I followed many people who are a part of new movements in Paleo, autoimmunity and whole foods.  Last year one of those individuals introduced me to Beautycounter on her Instastory talking about BC products and how she was thinking about switching to healthier cosmetics.  I immediately went to their website and learned about safer beauty. Beautycounter’s branding is stunning, their mission to get safer beauty care products into the hands of everyone is inspiring and the products are high performing. I knew I wanted to be a part of this movement too.

Since 2000 I have struggled with allergic reactions to fragrances by getting sinus infections, pink eye from cosmetics and rashes from deodorant just to name a few. Beauty care products that are safe, that I can use and wear without reacting to or feeling sick was a search I was on for over a decade. I didn’t think it would ever happen, but here was a company that would give me peace of mind about what I put on my skin daily. I had to dive in!

A little over a decade ago I started learning about toxins and chemicals in food and cleaning products and did a huge shift in my home for the health of my family so, this was the next natural step in my healing journey.  Seeing that BC had launched in Canada on March 14, 2016 I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.  On December 1st I decided to become a Beautycounter Consultant hoping it would help propel me into the working world again and to try to get some momentum after not functioning for so long.

I partnered with Beautycounter to help share our mission to get safer beauty care products into the hands of everyone. We are working towards a future where we don’t have to read labels for toxic ingredients. Help make an impact on the beauty industry by educating and informing others on toxins and chemicals. We are a movement! Join me in being a voice for change, because we deserve it!

Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. In Canada, Health Canada maintains a current list of close to 500 chemicals that are prohibited for use in cosmetic products and a current list of close to 80 chemicals that are restricted for use in cosmetic products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date.

At Beautycounter, we’re committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. and Canadian law: We’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals

I want to live a healthy life so I can be here to continue watching my daughters grow old and to watch their children grow and thrive into the future. This empowering career opportunity will also allow me to further my education in becoming a Homeopathic Practitioner so I can help save lives. Thank you Gregg Refrew for having a vision to change the world and making it happen! #takethejob.

~Andrea