At this moment, Veronica awakened terrified with an agonizing pain in her left wrist.
Research shows that we all have dreams - pleasant dreams, weird dreams, dreams that seem real, prophetic dreams, and bad dreams. What are dreams? Why do we dream? What are common themes in dreams?
A dream involves experiencing images, sounds, tastes, smells, sensations, feelings, and emotions while sleeping. Although everyone dreams, we do not always remember our dreams, which can occur in black and white or in color. The reasons that we dream are unclear. However, one theory suggests that dreams provide a mechanism to deal with feelings that we may repress during the day. Another theory surmises that dreams are a biological component of the process of sleeping. This research shows that when people are prevented from going into the dream stage of sleep, they are more anxious and irritable and perform below average.
People's dreams are based on their psyches and experiences in life; however, there are themes in dreams that might help people better understand their dreams and what they mean in the lives. Author Kelly Sullivan's book, The Dreamer's Dictionary for the 21st Century, provides some interesting explanations for common themes in dreams including the following:
Flying: If you have ever had a dream about flying, then you know how exhilarating and free it feels. According to Sullivan, flying represents freedom, happiness, self-assurance, and creativity.
Failing a test: Have you ever dreamt you failed a test? Well it could mean that you are feeling overwhelmed.
Nakedness: Talk about being exposed! Dreams of being naked might indicate a desire for honesty and closeness. On the other hand, it could represent a fear of having others knowing your inner thoughts and feelings.
Teeth falling out: This theme could be a way of expressing feelings of insecurity that may result from difficulties such as financial stress and grief over the loss of a loved one.
Bombs: Many might think bombs represent feelings of anger or violence. However, Sullivan believes that it symbolizes a transformation of attitudes, ideas, relationships, etc.
These are just a few of the common themes in dreams, that sleepers find themselves drifting into while their minds meander through the stages of sleep. However, just because a dream encompasses one or more themes, it does not necessarily mean that the theme holds true for your dream.