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Remember the Lotus

Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.  Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.  Suzy Kassem. The lotus flower is considered a sacred symbol.  The Lotus symbolizes purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, knowledge and serenity.  The lotus will fluorish in murky waters, pushing through mud and mire.  The petals break through and reach toward the sun, while the leaves stay afloat as they shine in the light.

Symbolically, lotus petals can be found in the chakra symbols.  Each chakra has a specific number of petals, representing ascending vibrational frequencies.  The state of enlightenment is represented by the thousand-petal lotus.

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Dream Interpretation and Types of Dreams

All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream. Edgar Allan Poe.

Dream researchers have discovered several distinct categories of dreams, and these dream categories can be very useful to both people attempting to interpret their own dreams and to those striving to assist in interpreting the dreams of others. This article will discuss these categories of dreams.

Dream #1 – the Daydream.

While not technically a dream, since it takes place while we are awake, researchers are investigating just where the daydream fits on the spectrum of dreaming, and what it can teach us about more traditional dreams.

It is estimated that most people spend between 70 and 120 minutes each day engaged in daydreaming. Daydreaming is thought to be a level of consciousness below that of a normal waking state but above that of sleep. Daydreaming falls about midway between these two extremes.

During a daydream, we allow our imaginations to take us away from the mundane tasks of the day. As the mind is allowed to wander and conscious awareness is reduced, we can become lost in the fantasy or imaginary scenario.

Dream #2 – the Lucid Dream.

Lucid dreams are among the most fascinating subjects in all of dream research. Lucid dreaming takes place when the dreamer realizes that he or she is dreaming while still immersed in the dream. Lucid dreaming occurs in that moment when you tell yourself, “This is only a dream”. The occurrence of lucid dreams varies widely from person to person, with some people reporting never having lucid dreams and others reporting almost 100% lucid dreams.

While most dreamers wake up when they realize that they are in a dream, other people are able to develop the ability to remain in the dream and take control of it. These people are able to become an active participant in their dreams, and to take the dream narrative where they want it to go. These people experience some of the most enjoyable and interesting dreams.

Dream #3 – the Nightmare.

Many people are troubled by frightening and disturbing dreams, commonly known as nightmares. Young children in particular often suffer from nightmares brought on by fears of monsters in their closets and under the bed, as well as other types of fear.

Of course nightmares are not confined to childhood, and many adults, particularly those who have suffered real-life trauma, are particularly susceptible to nightmares. Those people suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), such as soldiers returning from war, and rescue workers who have been through harrowing situations, report a higher incidence of nightmares than the public at large.

Many people who suffer from frequent nightmares report a history of real-life problems, including psychiatric problems, problems with drugs or alcohol, or problems with family relationships. Treatment for frequent nightmares should therefore be aimed at dealing with the initial trauma or traumas that created the situation in the first place.  Treatment for nightmares should be addressed with your health care professional.

Dream #4 – the Recurring Dream.

Most people have had a recurring dream at one point in their life . . . a dream that repeats itself, with minor variations or even none at all. Recurring dreams can be about any subject, and they focus on that subject night after night.

Some dreamers report experiencing recurring narrative dreams, in which the dream picks up where it left off night after night. These dreams are somewhat rare, but the people who experience them report them to be very vivid and memorable. Keeping a dream journal can be a big help in both remembering and interpreting these kinds of dreams.

Some recurring dreams are positive and uplifting, but studies show the majority of recurring dreams to be negative in nature. Dreams can recur in this manner because the real life event that triggered it has remained unresolved. Dealing with the real life trauma responsible for recurring nightmares is the best way to banish the bad dream.  Always seek professional care for assistance with healing from traumatic events.

Dream #5 – the Healing Dream.

Healing dreams are often seen as sending a message to the dreamer regarding his or her mental or physical health.  Sometimes it is simply the mind's way of  releasing long-held hurts.  However, healing dreams often spur the dreamer to take a long delayed trip to the doctor.  Be sure you maintain a relationship with your health care provider, and be proactive in pursuing optimal mental and physical health.  Dream Interpretation is not a substitute for health care.

Dream #6 – the Prophetic Dream.

Prophetic dreams are also known as precognitive dreams, and the people experiencing these dreams often report the ability to use them to foretell the future. However, scientifically speaking, independent studies of these types of dreams are rare, and whether this ability to see the future exists is subjective.  One explanation for the prophetic dream is that the subconscious mind pieces together bits of information encountered throughout the day, then puts them together in a form that makes sense to the dreamer.

Some believe that prophetic dreams have s spiritual or supernatural explanation.  Many religions have carried long-standing traditions of viewing prophetic dreams as a spiritual gift. If your belief in dreams goes beyond scientific explanation, careful documentation of dreams, will help you determine if the gift of prophetic dreams is a gift you've been given.

Dream #7 – the Epic Dreams.

Epic dreams are somewhat rare, but they are unforgettable to those who experience them. Epic dreams are so vivid, and so compelling that they simply cannot be ignored. The tiniest details of these dreams are often remembered for many years. These epic dreams may possess lots of symbols and meaning for the dreamer.

Regardless of which type of dream for which you seek meaning, dream journals and books to assist in interpretation are wonderful tools to guide you through the process of greater understanding.


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