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Dreams Do Not Lie

Updated on April 28, 2016
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Paula has freelanced for nearly 40 years. She has a passion for her forte of Behavioral Science & continuing education in this field.

Do I talk in my sleep?
Do I talk in my sleep?
If you can dream it, you can do it.
If you can dream it, you can do it.

Don & Phil, "The Everly Brothers"

"When I need you, in my arms....when I need you and all your charms, whenever I want you, all I have to do is dream...........

You can hear the melody and you know the words of this song. Brothers, Don and Phil Everly, possibly the most popular music duo of the '50's-'60's, recorded the love song, "All I Have to do is Dream," released in April 1958.

The Baby Boomer generation believed in the music, the lyrics and the love that made this era so magical and memorable. So much so that it continues to hold millions of fans yet today, dedicated to "The Golden Oldies."

What is this dreaming given such awesome power in the song? Can we really dream our lover into our arms as we drift into slumber?

We can..but not as simply as may be suggested by Don and Phil.


What happens behind closed eyes?
What happens behind closed eyes?

What does it mean to...DREAM?

We snuggle into our comfy bed and wiggle around a bit until the perfect spot is found....and in our favorite position, we know soothing slumber will soon quiet the world.

For just a moment, the day now done and over, sneaks into our semi-consciousness for one final good-bye. The purpose of our senses is gently placed on pause and we are surrendered to the whims of the Universe.

It may happen that the night goes into morning without a single sound or nudge or butterfly to tickle us. But often, imp-like Dream Weavers sprinkle pixie dust about our pillows and silk pajamas. Soon they sing and dance for us and take us to a sparkling place as big and open as the sky.

We've all had dreams, perhaps a thousand times. Some dreams so vivid and clear....they play like motion pictures of every sort.

In our dreams, we see familiar faces whose voices ring true to their actual sound, as their movements and smiles are every bit a mirror image. There may be strangers too, who prove to startle us and set our mind to wonder. "Who is that man with the ruddy face and calloused hands? Why do I not recognize him as I do my loved ones? I need to know why he is here....."

When morning comes, you see your dream through a groggy haze but you don't forget the eerie discomfort caused by the stranger's presence. This stays with you throughout the day and burrows into memory, to taunt in future dreams.



Dreams can bring tears.
Dreams can bring tears.

"We are not hyypocrites in our sleep."

This is a quote from the book, "On Dreams," by English writer, William Hazlitt (1778-1830).

I glean several thoughts from these words. It's fairly evident that Hazlitt is suggesting here that in our dreams, only authentic selves and convicted beliefs are presented. I would think then, that we cannot pretend to be other than who we truly are, at our very core. There are no games played in our dreams. Is this what you find in Hazlitt's statement? Thinking back to any one of several dreams I've had that remain in my memory, I submit to William's opinion.

No mind games in our dreams? Interesting and a bit unsettling as well. For me, this opens an entire world of contemplation.....in hopes of grasping a deeper understanding of self, as well as those in our life whom we're sure that we know so well on a conscious level.

In dreams, I recall being treated unfairly or spoken to harshly by individuals who mean so much to me. People I have loved and depended on for truth and comfort with a deep conviction of their love for me as well.

I would ultimately find these dreams unpleasant and hurtful....even feeling disappointment and devastation within my dream....like a palpable emptiness inside. I am forced to see a reality of my wakeful self.

I see that in life, I have created myself as a force of control.....a woman with strength and resolve, not subject to a fragile image. I have shut down emotion and held steadfast to indignation. My mantras are all of blocking out, pushing aside and waving off those who might attack me or mine. I've learned so well, my image of steel. I embrace it as my essence. It's kept me safe and lent me the surge of pride so necessary in moving forward. I can appear to have little concern for chaos all around, as it relates to me.

But if I'm to believe, "We are not hypocrites in our sleep," what must I do with my protective facades? Is this yet another moment of self-analysis, weighing what I've learned and what I've chosen? Must I go back to evaluate again? Can't I just refuse to dream?

Deep within, the person that I truly am, seeks freedom to live and to thrive as she has been assigned. Building walls to hide behind and masking smiles with scorn.....laughter for tears and indifference to love......? How shameful can our efforts be? We rob from our very souls to present as just a shell.



Intriguing thoughts on Dreams

Dream a little dream with me.
Dream a little dream with me.

Should we fear our dreams?

"He who learned aright, about the signs that come in sleep,will find that they have an important influence over all things.".......Hippocrates

Some nights I dread to fall asleep, afraid of what or who might visit in my dreams. If only I could write the script of my own dreams and choose the cast of characters. My dream would be of all things wonderful and my ego would not suffer. The heroes of my fantasies would never leave my side.

"Only the dreamer shall understand realities, though in truth, his dreaming must be not out of proportion to his waking..."........Chinese Proverb

So much for creating our own dreams. If you've taken any amount of time to study the subject of Dreams and Dreaming...you should have a fairly accurate sense of what the scientists and experts have had to report.

While sleep patterns were first discovered in 1935, it wasn't until the early 1950s that dreaming sleep was more accurately evaluated, identified and explained. In 1953, Professor Nathaniel Kleitman at the University of Chicago, via a series of live experiments, came to conclude that rapid eye movement or REM. during sleep became associated with dreaming. Conversely, non-REM. or NREM is characterized by dreamless sleep.

From this basic foundation in knowledge of dreams and dreaming, the general scientific study of dreams rose to thousands of experiments and volumes of text. 


As the Sun sets, we begin our dreams...
As the Sun sets, we begin our dreams...

Our Dreams will teach and guide us.

I chose to accept long ago,that my dreams come in friendship to do only good. If I hold them closely and listen well, my questions will be answered and my doubts put out of mind.

In all dreams there are lessons to be learned. If we look deep enough, there are countless gifts free for the taking. No dream comes to us without purpose and treasure. It is up to us to be aware and to focus on the messages passed along in our dreams.

When loved ones come to us in slumber, we must open our arms in embrace and listen closely to their pleas. Be grateful for their presence and ask them to return. They will come again and again with gifts of foresight, introspect and achievement. Grab it all and open your heart to share with the world, all that you are and you have.

In these ways, our dreams become our mentors and cherished friends. Never fear them, do not forget them........For a man without dreams, is a man without hope.

Sweet sweet dreams

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    Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Paul...I'm always happy to see you. Thanks for stopping by again to comment. Not dreaming of your parents can be a positive indication for a few reasons. For one, you may be assured they are at peace and know you are doing well. Also, it can mean they have left nothing unsaid for the moment. The more they are on your mind, Paul, the more likely it is they will respond by appearing in one of your dreams.

    Sleep well, dream peacefully. Paula

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    Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nell.....the study of our dreams is a fascinating topic. There is much to be learned. It is said that our dreams hold a wealth of information we would do well to heed. Hope you're healthy & happy Nell! Paula

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    Nell Rose 2 months ago from England

    Came back for another read, and yes dreams can certainly strip away our doubts and shove the truth in our faces, LOL! great read Paula!

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 2 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    Hi, Paula! I couldn't resist commenting once again on this superb hub. It seems like the older I get the more I dream. I also tend to reflect on past happenings in my life when not dreaming. Perhaps you might call that day dreaming. Surprisingly, I have yet to dream about my mother and father since they passed away.

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well, you may be amused easily, but your dream sounds a bit out of the ordinary! Watch out for Part II! Sleep with caution. :)

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    shanmarie 3 months ago

    Your hub is coming up in my notifications due to recent comments. . .So. . . I am amused. Yeah, I know. I amuse myself a little too easily sometimes. LOL.......But. . .just thought I'd warn you.....That story hub I started sharing here. THAT SCENE was a dream!!!! Not sure what that says about me exactly. LMAO! But I woke up, got my laptop and wrote it all down. Even then, I already woke up with a sense of the girl's motives even though I haven't revealed them yet. That was months ago. Since then, I have developed a general plot idea and shared that part on HP. But I knew it had to be a story.....I mean, why else would I have a dream that plays out like a movie in my mind and that does not involve me or a single person I know? LOL. But like you said, dreams don't lie!

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Rajan....So good to see you! I hope you have been well, my friend. Nice of you to stop by and show interest in my work. I appreciate this. You have a wonderful day. Peace, Paula

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 3 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    A very interesting look at dreams and how they are connected to our thoughts and life.

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    Nadine May 7 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

    Great article on this topic. I loved this sentence: Dream Weavers sprinkle pixie dust about our pillows. I do have to admit that when I watch a movie that is maybe less positive, like a crime or a thriller movie, then it can have an effect days later during my lucid dreaming stage and then I have to change the outcome. That is why its so important to make sure kids ( and adults) do not watch scary movies before going to sleep.

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    Paula 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ken~~So nice of you to stop by and share your own experiences. You last sentence is so profound and similar to my own beliefs, you have taken my breath away. I can fully relate to your feelings. I appreciate your disclosure. Peace, Paula

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    Ken Burgess 7 months ago from Florida

    I was hoping for a little more insight... but I felt compelled to add some of my own experiences.

    Some of the most loved, or beloved... or both... that have passed, on rare occasions 'visit' in my dreams, and the sight, sound, and smells are so real, it is always a cause for me to awaken, no matter how deeply I may be asleep.

    I attribute that to my conscious mind trying so desperately to take control of the dream and interact with them, more than any surprise or disbelief at seeing them, that causes me to awaken.

    Most dreams, are not that 'real' and do not create such a reaction... as I get older I realize it is not merely age that makes people tire of living, its how many people in your life that are missing that can contribute to that as well. How I view and feel about things has far less to do with the years I've lived, than the loved ones I have lost.

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    Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Linda.....It's always a plus to be able to recall our dreams. Not a bad idea to jot down some notes as well for future reference. May you have pleasant dreams throughout the New Year! Thanks for stopping by,,,always good to see you! Peace & Joy, Paula

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    Linda Rogers 9 months ago from Minnesota

    I am a big dreamer and remember many of them in the morning. I've always learned many things from my dreams.

    Love the Everley Brother song about dreams. My sister and I love singing it at Karaoke. Thanks for a very interesting hub.

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    shanmarie 13 months ago

    Not as much as mine! Maybe you'll see why I'm having strange nightmares.

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    shanmarie 13 months ago

    OMG, Paula, I'll have to email you. Just when you think things are crazy, they get even crazier!!! LOL. I couldn't make this stuff up. And by those standards, even my conscious mind is in excellent shape!

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    shanmarie 13 months ago

    Gee, thanks. You're so very comforting. :p Mi vida loca is also my crazy dream life, I guess. LOL. I'll tell you one thing. . . my life suddenly seems like it's been a cake walk!!!

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    Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Considering the workout your mind gets all day, every day, I'm certainly not surprised your dreams are a conglomeration of mish-mash, weird and disconnected! Your poor subconscious has to be on overload. Don't be surprised if you have repeated confusion in your dreams, Shan! Your conscious mind must be EXHAUSTED!!!! LOL

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    shanmarie 13 months ago

    Oh...here's a funny dream story, though. When I was a freshman in college, my roommate and I were both dreaming and talking in our sleep. I was dreaming of shopping in a grocery store with my sister and she was dreaming about working out or something. She was a soccer player. So since we were both talking in our sleep, we argued with each other, incorporating what the other said into our own dreams. I can't really remember the full conversation now, but I do remember arguing over what kind of weights and one of us getting frustrated that it was obviously the weights you lift. I was arguing with my sister in my dream and she was arguing with someone in hers. It wasn't until the next morning that we realized we'd been talking to each other in our sleep!

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    shanmarie 13 months ago

    I remember doing a series of articles for a client one time. The one I remember the most about after further research was on lucid dreams. I almost think I'd prefer lucid dreaming to some of the weird dreams I actually remember.

    When I was younger I used to dream about tornadoes. I find them fascinating, yet also terrifying. I grew up in tornado alley so it was a frequent thing each spring to have warnings issued. As much as I love the rain and a good thunderstorm, the thought of tornadoes still can cause anxiety. But - I still stare every time I see a funnel cloud and I remember clearly the one tornado I saw on the ground after it hit the edge of my hometown. We were on a school bus.

    My sleep schedule is all kinds of screwed up and I was sleeping this afternoon until I woke up from a nightmare. It wasn't one of those that you wake up and feel like it's real because I knew it obviously wasn't, but it was still unsettling. It was like a mini-horror movie starring myself, a couple of friends, and some random people I don't know.

    Us back at college age. My best friend and one of our other friend. To sum it up, we went shopping at some mall somewhere with an old abandoned and off limits part. For some reason, went into this part of the mall where there were some rickety looking stairs with bars across them so that no one went down them. Of course, the bars had been pried apart where others had gone before, so all of the others went through them. I was afraid to for some reason. I didn't feel safe. Somehow I got to the bottom with them. I must've done it anyway. Then there was danger all of a sudden, besides the spookiness of the setting and something was after us, but we got blocked into the old part of the mall for some reason and we all started screaming for help, hoping someone on the ohter side would hear us. I was aware something was after us and it was inevitable that it would get us, but I never saw what "it" was. Monster? Crazed serial killer? No idea. I woke up and no one was injured or dead, of course.

    My first thoughts were along the lines of WTF. Who dreams something like that? You'd think I'd been watching scary movies or reading Stephen King novels. Then I remembered the last time I had a dream about stairs, it involed myself and the same two friends. LOL. Only this one was just wild and weird. But it left the same feelings of anxiety and panic in me. It was actually when we were back in college and it was teh week of finals before Christmas so I was particularly stressed out. We were all running in a hurry to get somewhere fast and urgent. When we got to the stairs, the other two girls jumped over the edge to get to the lower landing to save time. It was that urgent. But I was terrified and wouldn't jump. They kept urging me to hurry. For whatever reason, I ended up doing a crab crawl down the stairs because I became too afraid to even run or walk down the actual steps.

    So. . . I have to say to you after reading this. . .where are my loved ones? LOL They can come tell me comforting messages instead of letting me create panicky ones. I don't like uncertainty. that's for sure.

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    Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Gina....Good move on your part. Jotting down any recall from your dreams is the best way to stay on course for their meanings. Even months later, you will find how your subconscious made attempts to provide a thought and/or a question for your attention.

    We can find that our dreams in many ways, relate to the activities in our lives currently. This can hardly be avoided, especially where trauma or crisis is a part of it all.

    Keep doing what you're doing. Research the huge selection of books written on dreams and dreaming. Be careful to choose the book(s) that can provide the most current and scientific information, written by scholars, scientists & sleep pattern experts. Good luck! Paula

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    paula 13 months ago

    Gina.....Far from a nutcase my friend, you're very wise to take note of as much of your dreams that you can recall upon waking. It is an exciting discovery when your life seems to be falling into step with your nightly subconscious activities. Good for you that you became aware of what was clearly occurring.

    I can promise you, you will be grateful for having decided to keep a record. Even some time in the future, you may realize something extremely relative and as you stated so well...."find you are on the right path."

    It is very nice to meet you and I thank you for visiting and especially for your enlightening comment. Peace, Paula

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    Gina Welds Hulse 13 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

    I had a very strange dream about a month ago which prompted me to record my dreams (at least the ones that I remember) for at least the following 30 days. With each dream I did some research and realized that they really were trying to tell me something.

    There were transitional moments occurring in my life at the time, and the dreams let me know I was on the right path, or confirmed something I was considering. Many who know me would consider me a nutcase because of this, but there were too many revelations that were spot on for me to think that dreams are not vessels of messages.

    I will continue to record my dreams, and maybe write about them and their interpretations on day.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Paula 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Audrey....So nice of you to visit again. I'm honored you can appreciate my message about our dreams. They truly are connections to our inner selves and the depths of our thoughts. Nothing to fear. There is a purpose if we can simply remain open & work with what they tell us.

    Hugs dear Audrey.

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    Audrey Hunt 18 months ago from Nashville Tn.

    Thank you dear Paula *tears welling up in my eyes* for this sage advice. It feels so good to absorb your profound understanding and compassion. I will, as you suggest, begin to embrace my dreams.

    Love,

    Audrey

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    Paula 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks, Robert.....and sweet dreams to you. Peace, Paula

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    Robert Sacchi 18 months ago

    An interesting look at the significance of dreams.

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    Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    moon lake.....I can imagine this may have been a bit unsettling to you. Premonitions in dreams are more of a common experience than we might guess. One day, the reason may occur to you out of the blue, or as you have said, you may never know.

    Remember that so much of what appears in our dreams has been stored in our subconscious, often for a very long time.

    Thank you for stopping by!

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    moonlake 20 months ago from America

    I never usually fly on planes. I flew for the first time in May when my mother was sick and I needed to get there. That was the first time I had flown since 1964.

    My husband and I drove when we would take a vacation.

    Years ago I started dreaming of plane crashes. They were always large planes full of lots of people. I never found out anything else about the plane in my dream. Just scary to see all those people dying. A few days after each dream there would be a plane crash. All of a sudden the dreams stopped. I wish I knew why I would dream like that. I guess I will never get the answer to that question. I hope those dreams never come back.

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    Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Audrey...I always smile when I see your beautiful sweet face. Thank you for this second visit. You've come to the right place. I dream consistently & often attempt to analyze and ponder their meaning or message.

    The reality is that each of us are left with the job of working these dreams out for ourselves, for no one else has lived our life or knows our deepest, darkest secrets. And no one should.

    What I can share with you without the least bit of hesitation is that profound loss & overwhelming grief, is the single-most shattering experience of one's life. From the moment of that loss, our entire being is altered, perhaps even smothered in limbo for a period of time.

    It is a part of us we carry, despite all else. Until & unless we can break through from that place & time when the earth opened beneath us and swallowed us whole.....our bodies move yet the very core of us remains a shattered mess. We go on in spite of it....and it remains in spite of us.

    It's our own private war within as we struggle to find peace.

    Whether genuine peace comes or it eludes us, all we have is our freedom to choose each battle one at a time. At times we may win & at others, may fall. Let your dreams come. Embrace them. They're yours...........Love, Paula

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    Audrey Hunt 20 months ago from Nashville Tn.

    Hello Paula,

    IT's been 18 months since I first read this fascinating hub of yours. I'm back again to try and make some sense of a re-ocurring dream. This dream seems to invade my sleep day and night year after year. I tried analyzing it several times with no apparent enlightenment.

    So...I decided to do the next best thing...and here I am again. This time I read every word carefully stopping to really ponder and retain each phrase. I went through the video again waiting for answers to come to me. And I think I found it! According to what I've learned this time, I have a strong fear of being abandoned. This would co-ordinate with the death of my son and the time the dream began.

    I'm eager to see if I still have the same dream now that I've exposed the rascal. You are a gifted writer dear Paula and in a class I long to graduate to.

    Thank you for your compassion, your understanding and the light of knowledge you are for us all.

    Hugs,

    Audrey

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    Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Doug..... trying to analyze out dreams can be very interesting, but it may help to get a good book on dream analysis. One that is written by a Dr. or at least an expert in sleep patterns and the meanings of dreams.

    I;m glad you stopped by to read my work. Have a wonderful day.

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    Doug Cutler 20 months ago from Temperance. Mich

    It is said we need to dream to solve problems and for instruction from God or other from above. What about animals. I have seen a cat or dog go through some actions while dreaming. Are animals advancing too and need instructions.

    This would indicate that their soul goes on after death too.

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    Paula 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Poet...Thank you for visiting my site and for the follow. I appreciate your interest. Your story is very fascinating and uplifting. I am happy to hear you have only pleasant dreams. Stay well, Peace.

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    Rudy Lopez 20 months ago from Dallas

    Paula, on this issue of dreaming, I will give you a brief summary of my experience. Some years ago I fell off the side of a building where I was working a some welding. I sustained severe massive head trauma. For over twenty-four years after that I had nightly nightmares (evil dreams). A Christian minister translated these nightmares to me and I was able to stop them immediately overnight. From that day and to this day, I do not have knowledge of nightmares though I may have them subconsciously. My dreams now are pleasant and non-threatening. Many of my writings come from these dreams and this is what I say about my writings:

    Writing is like going to a place of make believe worlds where a swirl of thought will bring me back to the beauty and reality of this world. Your hub was great I am now following you.

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    Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Very rare to dream "Literally" in color. except for definite colors we know "consciously".....In other words, if you dream of blood, we KNOW it's red.....trees are green, sky is blue, etc ...Get it? So in a sense, we "dream" the colors. If there's a car in your dream, there'd be no color to it....because in the conscious world, a car can be any color. Hard to explain, but you get the gist.

    If there is "color" in most of one's dreams, they are either very imaginative or artistic people.

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    Alastar Packer 21 months ago from North Carolina

    Sweet dreams...ahhh, thanks, Paula. We could all use more of those.What is the different process between peeps who dream in color and those who dream in black and white?

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    Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Remembering a dream or not, depends on so many things, The dream itself could be so scattered & in pieces, we may only remember one or 2 faces or incidents & not much more. Very vivid clear dreams with somewhat of a THEME are easier to recall.

    One of the only ways to remember is to jot words down immediately upon awakening, Another is to actually TRY to recall what went though your sub-conscious. Often, it's a good thing to not remember.

    There are numerous books on Dreams. Just research the AUTHOR and their credentials before buying one. Good luck & sweet dreams.

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    Alastar Packer 21 months ago from North Carolina

    Mr. Sandman says you've written a very dreamy and informative hub here, Paula. Had leg cramps last night so there was just a little dreaming. Mama wasn't around to hear the moans. She once told me that she has never rememebered a dream. Is this unusual and what could be the cause for not remembering?

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    Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    word55...So nice to see you. "Happy New Year to you and yours." I wish you every blessing in 2016

    "entertainment while sleeping."...now that's an interesting thought and I think you're right.

    We can't possibly take our dreams too seriously. They are a mixture of so many things, both conscious and subconscious, people places and events throughout our lives. Sometimes dreams can be really crazy! LOL

    But...speaking of dreams.....I'm ready to hit the pillow! May all YOUR happy dreams come true! Peace, Paula

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    Word 21 months ago from Chicago

    Happy New Year Paula! this was a fantastic hub about dreaming. I have some very interesting dreams. I call them entertainment while sleeping. I don't take them seriously but I may try to make some come true and some not. Great job. Be blessed!

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    Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    dreaming of snakes is claimed by some (who apparently are seriously into the "dream business") to be a warning to us of "deceivers, liars & general trouble makers," attempting to cause us grief & other mental & emotional turmoil. The "female" who removes this snake and tapes it up to prevent it from doing you harm, can represent any woman in your life whom you trust as being loyal to you.

    You might want to look into your life in an open & honest way to determine who the snake could be. Avoid them or at least be on your guard. Let the loyal female know you appreciate her.

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    Doug Cutler 22 months ago from Temperance. Mich

    Why am I dreaming of snakes? A solid black one lunged at my side and got its fangs in my shirt. Reach back and grabbed it behind the head and shook it loose. A young woman or girl tape its snout closed. Folded the body and taped that then put it in a see through plastic bag. Then I was up on something and walked down a rope that ended up being another snake with a rope tied around its snout and somewhere near the ground. When I got closer to the ground I jumped off. Was not the black one

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    Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Oh, I KNOW what temperance means, trust me. I got a real charge out of your comment and had to laugh because if you see it the way I did, it included "sex, music & temperance".....and all I could think about was "sex, drugs & rock 'n roll!!" I have a twisted mind.

    THANKS FOR THE CHUCKLE.

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    Doug Cutler 22 months ago from Temperance. Mich

    TEMPERANCE: moderation or self-restraint, especially in eating and drinking.

    Sex is the only vice I have left. Don't smoke or do drugs. And don't get much sex either. So, I dream about it sometimes. Maybe in my next life I will come back a female and have higher aspirations.

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    Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Huh?? I, ah.....did you just write what I think you wrote? Oh my....

    I see you're a boomer, so I don't need to explain that boomer women are the last generation of females who still blush!

    Doug...this is so sudden! LOL I'm simply not answering. Just call me Lois Lerner....it's OK. I'm hangin on the 5th.

    At least you made me laugh! OMG! AND YOU'RE FROM "TEMPERANCE" MICHIGAN?? LMAO!! Bless your heart!

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    Doug Cutler 22 months ago from Temperance. Mich

    Do you women have sex dreams so intense that you orgasm? I am 69 and had a couple as good as real life. The last one was a couple years ago and did not ejaculate. Also hear parts of songs I don't think I heard before. See mechanical devices and assemble them.

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    Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    word.......How nice for you that your dreams entertain you. I dream so much (nightly) they all seem to run together. I rarely take my own advice and write notes when I awaken. Then again, some dreams are best forgotten.

    Thanks so much for visiting! Sleep tight, sweet dreams.

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    Word 22 months ago from Chicago

    Dreams are entertaining while I sleep. Thank you for such a good hub.

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    Paula 24 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Doug, Thank you stopping by. Nice to meet you. I am not familiar with "Christina Sponias," but thank you for her name. I will surely do some research.

    I see you don't mess around when you dream.....your dreams are almost like an actual movie playing out in your sleep!! Since your dreams are clear, active and vivid, I hope you keep that pad and pen on your night stand to jot down all that you can recall of your dreams.

    Doing this is truly a very helpful way to attempt to connect your subconscious to your wakeful state. There is much you can learn about yourself and happenings in your life.

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    Doug Cutler 24 months ago from Temperance. Mich

    I did some research on dreams a few years ago and came across Christina Sponias. Do you have anything to say about her work?

    I do dream a lot. In color, hear music and new song lyrics. Have been killed many times. Have had sex many times. Found money and gems. Did not get any benefit physically. So that must have been an a emotional or spirit level. Did have dreams about buildings falling down b4 9-11. Seems to have stopped afterward. The last time I think I was killed, last week. Was in a yelling match with two men and holding my ground. The bigger one started beating on me. Wake up then.

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    Paula 24 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Reynold.....Nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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    Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

    Yes--Lots of helpful information that helped me to sort it all out. Well done.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well Peg.....That is what is recommended if you really want to remember a dream in detail. Wake up enough to write things down or tape them! Great idea!

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    Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Dreams are fascinating and sometimes so realistic that I wake up full of emotion. The other night I woke humming a melody to accompany a poem I wrote as a child. I've waited a few decades for that to be turned into a song. I made myself get out of bed, (it was nearly two am) went to the cassette player, sang and recorded it so I would not forget the melody.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OF COURSE you can, Valentino.

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    Whipped cream on pie . . . what I waste!

    I can think of many other tasty morsels it is far better suited for.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Laughter is a good thing.....I'm glad I make you laugh! It burns calories too! Thanks to me now you can have another piece of pie!! and don't forget the whipped cream!

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    Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

    Hiya Paula, came over to say thanks for the great comment on my hub! LOL! you do make me laugh!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LG...Many people suffer from sleep disturbances due to utter exhaustion. It seems contrary, but the body & mind get to a point where it's stretched beyond being able to relax and unwind. Just another strange thing about we strange humans!! Thanks for the visit & the input.

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    Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

    I like that song too and also the other one that was just mentioned called Dream Weaver. There is another one that I just thought of, Plyground in my Mind and another one about an Illusive Butterfly of Love.

    I dream many nights and most are in color and premonitory. Some that are bad I have to sit and figure out what I watched on TV before I went to bed or even in that whole day before. When I am really tired I have a very hard time falling asleep, but that is just me.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    izettil.....Well, we don't call them "The Golden Oldies" for nothing. That genre of music is obviously for all eternity and I couldn't be happier about that.

    Appreciate your visit and comment. You are so correct that it is our own interpretations of our dreams that mean the most. Peace, Paula

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    Lizett 2 years ago from The Great Northwest

    I love that Everly Brothers song. I'm not a baby boomer and obviously my young kids aren't either but honestly we all enjoy that music from the 50'-70's and I realized the other day WHY! It was easy to sing to and relate to. Today's music is so fast and strange really.

    Back to the topic...I do believe only we know the meaning and it's personal. I've always thought it's how the dream makes us feel is what the interpretation is. And on that note...my dreams always seem more intense and complex than my real life.

    Great hub!!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    peach......Thanks for visiting. Keep track of your dreams in a way you can remember them and also the date you had the dream. After a few times, you'll be able to figure some vital messages, by revisiting what your dreams are signifying.

    Also, sometimes, especially when we dream of departed loved loved ones.....it's as simple as them wanting to say Hello and remind you they love you. It's their way of remaining in your heart.

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    lately, I have been having dreams, one is about my mom, dad and brother because I missed them and another is about losing my waay

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Thelma.....thanks for the visit! I think you're on the right track! Our loved ones can and do come to us in dreams...and always with a message although we don't always understand the meaning.......Peace, Paula

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    Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

    An awesome hub. I have dreamt about my late mother a few weeks ago and I was crying in my dream. I woke up and thought about my dream. I think she reminded me in my dream about her death anniversary which will be next month. Thanks for sharing this thought provoking hub. Well done.

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    fpherj48,

    LOL! Yep, but you also know that this expression does not apply to you, but me. See my comment and the line, "I just flew over?" Did I mention wings or an airplane?

    LOL. That is for me. Talk to you soon.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OK Ken...I hope you're familiar with the expression, "The Lights are On, but nobody's home."....LOL Blessings & Peace, Paula

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Jan. 21

    Hey, fpherj48,

    Hope you are well. And having a good new year. I just flew over and saw your lights on and thought I would say hi and thinking of you.

    Take care and keep up the fine hubbing.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OK blue.....I get it. Give it rest, precious. Come on down and plant those feet on the ground just long enough for me to give you a hug G'night!!

    Been up since 5am.....I'm very sleepy......

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    Well . . . actually my feet never touch the ground, although for the sake of the adoring masses (the rest of humanity) I make it appear so. After all it must appear that I have humbled myself before those less fortunate.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    God help me.......OK OK alright. I give. I surrender....I submit to your awesomeness and supremeness. I feel the "warm and fuzzy," eminating from your higher intellectual & spiritual being. I am your virtual love slave forever, Your Majesty. I bow at your feet.....which I'm POSITIVE are a vision of loveliness........

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    Good point, I must been having momentary fleeting sense of self doubt, that is what it must feel like to be mortal, scary I don't no how you humans live with it every day.

    Good thing I'm willing to share my awesomeness with everyone so that you may get a little glimpse, a smidgen of my supremeness and feel that warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that they're higher intellectual and spiritual beings that really do care.

    Your Welcome!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Call me silly, blue....but I cannot imagine you being even more awesome than you think you are. Really. Some things are simply not humanly possible, honey. I'm just sayin...........

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    Talk 'bout a crush, wow! I had no idea the mere thought of me could create such an impact, I must be even more awesome than I thought I was, which is saying something.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    blue......Oops, you're absolutely correct! What's wrong with me? How could I have possibly left out the best part?! I don't even have an excuse for that crazy oversight. Although, it's quite possible that I was still floating on air, with my head in a fog, after our tryst.

    In fact, I'm glad you brought that up. I will be forwarding my medical bills to you. That warm loving embrace by your hard sinewy arms broke 3 of my old brittle rib bones.

    I haven't been able to go to the Senior Center to play Bingo for over a month. You may add that to your resume, my precious stud muffin.

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    Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

    Since this hub popped back up I thought I should pop back up in the comments. I thought I wasn't dreaming lately, until Larry told me I've been talking and yelling all night long. Maybe its best not to remember nightmares. Have a good one GF.

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    What you left out is that because your dreams are mostly about being in my hard sinewy arms and feeling my warm loving embrace, that you rarely have distressing dreams and who could blame you.

    After all, there are thousands of women that I have discarded as less than worthy whom share your feelings, because once you've experienced my love there is no going back to the rest of humanity, your basically ruined.

    That being said, sometimes dreams should remain just dreams because reality may be too distressing for the average heart to endure.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello Paul....Thanks for stopping by....in between all those dreams you have. I too dream a lot, nearly nightly. Once in a while, if I find the dream has caused me to be a bit distressed or confused, I will take the time and effort to try to analyze. Most of them I do not though because they seem to make some sense to me according to what's going on in my life at the time.

    My inexpert opinion is that with all of your many successes, I hope your upsetting dreams don't bother you to any degree. You may be too hard on yourself about a few past failures. Remember......they merely prove you're human.

    Focus more intently, more often on all the positive.....& chase those negative dreams away for good!.......Bless you, Paul. Peace, Paula

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    Paula,

    This is an awesome hub which I also found very interesting and useful. I dream quite a bit, and many times the dreams are related to failures in my life and very trying experiences like learning how to swim in the Navy. Voted up and sharing with HP followers and on Facebook.

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Dear fpherj48,

    Thank you so much. I appreciate your sweet friendship and honesty. Take care of yourself and enjoy 2015.

    I will be around on HP, so you can always find me.

    God bless you Dear Friend.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Oh Ken, I'm really no more "qualified" to interpret dreams any more accurately than the next person. There are books and sites one can study that assist anyone to try to make some meaning and/or sense of our dreams. It amounts to a series of connections & assumptions with some fact thrown in too.

    Where you see I address a particular dream.....that is my sincere feeling based upon the info given.....

    Ken..I don't stress easily...no worries.

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    fpherj48,

    LOL. Sorry for my mistake. Did you also give me your interpretation of the wacky dream I had about a fake bird an old friend turned loose in my house, but had the voice of someone I knew?

    The only meds I take are those prescribed for this Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy. I promise.

    Thanks, Paula. Do not let me cause you any stress.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ken.....Here's the scoop. You commented long ago when I first wrote this & I replied back then. You commented just recently and I surely did answer you because you even commented AGAIN....remember I said, "Long time no see." and asked you if you've been sleeping and dreaming?

    Just scroll back up a very short distance and you'll see it.....LOL

    So THIS makes it a total of 3! Let's not have a public affair, Ken! LOL

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Dear fpheri48,

    I am very confused. I saw my comment to you about a dream that I had and looked for a long time and did NOT see your reply.

    Did I say or write something wrong or offend you?

    I was having a real down-day with troubles coming from all places, my church. Can you dig that?

    Anyway. Would you mind looking at my previous comment and leave a reply for I trust your input and insight.

    I really do.

    Love you and Happy New Year.

    K.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello Ed and "Happy New Year," to you and yours, as well! How has our resident "Romeo" been? I've not been on HP nearly as much as I used to be. Planning, packing, dreaming, .....my life is changing. It's all pretty positive. I don't like rushing through anything, so I'm dragging out the process. Good to hear from you, sweet man.......Peace, Paula

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    ahorseback 2 years ago

    Dreams while asleep or in waking are the best aren't they ! I so often think about how much dreaming I 've always done , looking someone in the eyes and think , dream , conspire , fantasize ......Yup I'm a dreamer ! Happy new year girl !......Ed

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    @ fpherj48,

    It has been a while. I have had some health issues, mine and my daughter's. She spent most of the summer in UAB, Birmingham, with a lung infection and died until they brought her back.

    I had eye surgery on both eyes.

    Other than that, just life itself and this Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy are keeping me in pain especially with the cold weather YOU in Great Lake Erie Regions sent me. LOL, of course. No blame.

    I was happy to hear from you and your dream hub for two nights ago I had an interesting-but-raveled dream in color.

    An older friend of mine, a retired public official, had released a demon chicken into our home at 2 a.m. one day and my wife saw it and screamed when it growled at our bedroom door.

    I charged out of bed and did some growling of my own of how did you even get in here. I saw the torn door facings and looked outside and my friend was standing in the dawn in his dress clothes ready for a job he retired from years ago. I threatened to sue him and he stopped laughing.

    I am now tired from writing.

    Happy New Year my dear, talented, and interesting friend.

    Keep in touch with me.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ken....Long time no see! Have you been out there sleeping and dreaming all this time?? LOL....Pleasant dreams......dream BIG! Thanks.

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    Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Dear fpheri48,

    Happy New Year to You and Yours. Your hub work is excellent. Very concise, sharp and easy to understand.just hope that you taste more and more success on HP.

    If I can ever be of help, just yell and I will be there.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    thanks, Lou......I'm happy you agree!

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    Amanda Louise Cannon 2 years ago from Wynndel BC Canada

    The sub-conscious mind really releases the truth during dreams... Great hub!!!

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OH yes.....I have the habit of waking up....Half awake, looking around, rolling over and falling right back to sleep again. This is usually when I dream the most vividly! Thanks for stopping by, Nadine. Good to see you. Pleasant dreams, Paula

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    Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

    What a great article on Dreams. I know that my dreams are effected if I have seen a movie just before going to sleep, so I rarely do go straight to bed, especially if the movie was a thriller. My most vivid dreams usually arrive in the early morning hours, and I have my pen and diary ready to recall them. Then I often go back to sleep.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    thom.....So nice of you to stop by. I know exactly what you mean.....being a near-nightly dreamer, I have often wished I could simply fall back to sleep and continue on with Part II of a wonderful story.

    Then there are the upsetting dreams that see to hang heavily throughout the morning, when we'd prefer we could forget all about them.

    Whatever the case may be....I find it interesting to try to analyze that which goes on in our sub conscious as we sleep....

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    Big Dan 3 years ago

    Great article. I dream more when stressed for some reason. Some dreams make we wake up in a panic and it takes me a bit to realize it is not real. Other dreams are fantastic and make me wish I could go back to sleep and re enter the dream

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kenneth...I could not agree more about our dear fellow writer, Audrey. She surely is a gem. Thanks for stopping by to say Hello. Appreciate your input!

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Audrey.......Oh singing Angel of ours.....good to see you! I am taken by your kind and generous comment. I'll give you a year to stop.

    I dream so incessantly......nightly.....long, involved dreams....I actually found myself with no choice but to research and investigate the intricacies of this complex thing our sub conscious does as we are innocently in slumber.

    There is so SO much written about this phenomenon, we can study for years....Thanks, Audrey.

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    Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Hi, dear vocalcoach,

    I was "hub-surfing," tonight, and came back to this piece and happened to catch your comment above . . .and I have to readily-agree on this hub being an award-winner.

    She outdone herself on the subject of dreams, an area of life that has perplexed me so long that I have burned myself out from thinking and figuring it out.

    I have to hand to you too, vocalcoach, you are one of the BEST on HubPages and I urge you too, to keep writing no matter what.

    Friends to You Both,

    Kenneth

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    Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    This is an award-winning hub my friend. You have managed to cover everything about dreams and this is no easy feat. I love the quote by writer, William Hazlit. Until I read this hub, I actually felt guilty about most of my dreams.

    Now, I understand that our dreams bring us clarity about where we are in our lives. No bull when dreaming - just the straight truth.

    For the past 7 years, I have had the same recurring dream. After viewing the marvelous video you have included here, I have a better understanding of why I continue to have this dream.

    Thank you beautiful lady for putting your all into this article. Your talent knows no end. You deserve all the joy and peace your lovely, giving heart can hold.

    It's my pleasure to share this everywhere and to vote up and across. Stay close by - Love, Audrey