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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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    Nadine May 2 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 2 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 2 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 4 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 4 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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    Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

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

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    Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

    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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    Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

    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 8 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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    Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

    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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    Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

    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 8 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 8 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 8 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 13 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 13 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 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

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

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    Robert Sacchi 14 months ago

    An interesting look at the significance of dreams.

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    Paula 15 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 15 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 15 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 15 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 months ago from Chicago

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

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    Paula 19 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 19 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 19 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 19 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

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

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    Paula 19 months 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 19 months 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 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OF COURSE you can, Valentino.

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    somethgblue 21 months 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 21 months 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 21 months 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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    Laura Irwin 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    something blue.....Thank you so much for adding your interesting facts so that my readers can have an even broader concept of dreams and dreaming. The more we can share with one another an assortment of knowledge, the closer we come to understanding and interpreting the mysteries and puzzles life presents...

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Michael...Anyone who appreciates the music of The Golden Oldies is a friend of mine.

    So, looks like you're asking me to engage my brain before noon. For you, I'll give it a shot. No guarantees.

    You have posed an interesting question, but not actually a complex one. In terms of the "visual cortex" of our brain being integral to our dreams, this is only partially accurate.

    The primary visual cortex, relating to Vision is completely inactive during sleep....OR ...realistically, we are all blind during sleep because our eyes are closed. However the secondary visual cortex remains active while we sleep, which is responsible for our human ability to "Imagine scenarios."

    The reality is that individuals can set the stage, so to speak, for possible dreams, by merely closing our eyes during a wakeful state and going into deep contemplation and creating scenarios.

    Thus, when you suggest that dreams may be the result of "all the visual memories we have gained in our lifetime," you are partially correct. Using the concept I have described above.....this becomes clearer.

    The blind, although lacking sightedness, can certainly "IMAGINE."

    How'd I do? Can I go back to focusing on nothing but my coffee and the Hummingbirds fluttering about the feeder in my yard?

    Peace, my friend.

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    somethgblue 2 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    Our 'five' senses interpret information for our brain as a way of processing knowledge and incorporating it into our psyche or ego (Edging God Out). Our ego is software constructed by our brain that defines and creates our character, our personality.

    When one of our five senses fails to operate correctly, our other senses compensate for this lack of data input. This software or ego communicates with our soul or I Am presence telling it what it is willing to accept (believe) as the truth.

    Because our souls already know the truth about everything (our souls are God sparks) they in turn communicate with the consciousness as intuition or through dreams, hence the title to this article, Dreams Do Not Lie. this is the only way in which our soul can try to convince our consciousness that what they 'believe' is incorrect.

    The word Be Lie Ve is a deception designed to control the way humans think. After all we 'think' the way we talk and 'talk' the way we think. Consider for a moment a race of beings that communicate telepathically, it would be impossible to lie, because everyone would know each others thoughts. So you introduce verbal communication as a way for one group to communicate with each other without another group understanding the discourse.

    BE describes a person or thing that exist, LIE is falsehood or deception, VE is a suffix that is the 'action of' or 'state of'. Take the two root words add them together and you have Belie which describes a deception or disguise. So when you tell your soul you 'believe' something, you are in essence telling it you are willing to accept the existence of a falsehood or deception.

    What you should be saying is either I know or I don't know and ask your soul to interpret the information for you, then pay attention to your dreams or the synchronicity in your life that confirms or denies this information.

    Without a doubt 'blind' people dream, because dreaming is created by our Pineal Gland an organ near the brain with photoreceptor built into it. You've heard of the term 'mind's eye', what is the definition of 'imagination'?

    The question you should be asking is 'How do people dream?', because when you understand this the original question becomes mute (excuse the pun).

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    Michael Kismet 2 years ago from Northern California

    Hi Paula! Here's proof that the song "All I Have To Do Is Dream" is enjoyed timelessly, it's one my favorite songs! I have a tricky question for you regarding dreaming. I gleaned from somewhere that dreaming originates from our visual cortex, all the visual memories we have gained in our lifetime is where our dreams derive from...

    My question to you is, do you think people who were born blind, dream? How could they if they have no visual memories? I haven't attempted to google it or anything, I thought I would "Pauuula" it first. =)

    Great post, I learned a lot about dreaming I didn't know before, I believe I shall read it again!

    M

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    Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Hello, again, fpherj48,

    I join you in this dream come true. Gangs, if formed for the right reasons-helping the elderly, protecting school children, I would not have such a problem. But we live in real world. The gangs are about drugs, violence and controlling neighborhoods

    No need to thank me for the visit. It is I who needs to thank you.

    Your friend, Kenneth

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    You know......Ken, I wish I could REALLY bust up "gangs"......I had to go with a little play on words this evening, trying to lighten things up. Even though I'm 30 miles from any city.....the goings-on in the inner city still have a ripple effect on our quaint little town... .."Gangs and their violence" are a terrible thing.

    If I could have a DREAM come true....it would be that our streets become safe and our people stay protected...Thanks for the visit. Have pleasant dreams!...

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    somethgblue....I appreciate your visit and certainly your lovely, generous comment. I find your relationship with your dreams quite fascinating. You truly have a deep understanding of the phenomenon of dreaming.....

    Hmmmm...interesting to think we may have crossed paths in a former life...My mind is always open to all possibilities!...Peace, Paula

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    Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    fpherj48 . . . Another gangbusters hub. Great read. Well-written. Voted a deserved Up and away.

    If you ever decide to write a book, I want the first copy.

    Kenneth

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    somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

    You are really good writer, period end of story!

    Perhaps you should have said the Western world discovered sleep patterns in 1935, because the rest of the world, especially the monks in Tibet knew well the significance of dreams for centuries (read Tuesday Lobsang Rampa).

    I have trained my consciousness to rely on my dreams to interpret the information my I AM presence (soul) is communicating to me however since they don't speak the same language, this takes practice.

    For instance, I writing a book and the hero has a love interest that spans 300 years (why limit yourself to living only 70 years) but how to introduce her into the story and still make it real, passionate and believable. It came to me in a dream Sat. night/morning clear and fresh, I awoke and started writing and it was/is really good.

    Our I AM presence, that little voice some call God inside all of us, tries to tell us the truth but because of the conditioning our society has endured for thousands of years, we don't trust our intuition.

    The synchronicity in our lives defines what our I AM is telling us but because we do not listen or recognize the signs, by limiting our perception, we do not realize the veracity of this information.

    Great article, your photo lead me to read your article, perhaps we knew each other in a past life . . .

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Harish....Thank you so much for your generous comment. You have made me wish that I could be one of the "enlightened!!" I can only imagine how wonderful and life-altering this would be.....

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    Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

    Paula, what a wonderful subject you chose for writing this hub ! Sigmund Freud conducted a thorough and scientific study of dreams and he proved that we can generate dreams as per our liking by forethought about what dreams we have to dream when going to sleep. With some alterations in our bedding also, we can alter our dreams. Indian thought has also given importance to this matter. As per this thought, a common man experiences three states of existence- waking, dreaming and deep sleep but the enlightened beings experience a fourth state beyond these three states. At this stage, man remains awake to and can recall all three stages vividly meaning he is fully awake to awakening, awake to dreams and awake to deep sleep and awake to his awaking though it is a very different kind of awaking- a real awaking to the world and to the self. Paula, to think and write about dreams is really very wonderful. Loved reading this very fantastic and thought provoking hub. Wish you all happiness and peace. :-)

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    "catch them and hold them for a while".......what a beautiful thought!

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    kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

    I seldom remember my dreams, but when i wake up in the middle of a dream it stays for a while, then it fades away, I wish i could chatch them and hold them just for a while:)

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nadine.......I LIKE your comment! Thank you and Sweet Dreams!

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

    What a great hub on our dreamtime. Love the way you write. It's poetic

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    savvydating 3 years ago

    I had not thought of "our subconscious on alert." Thank you for that and also, for noticing my real name. Your writing style is amazing. (Just wanted to add this last comment.) I'll be back to read more. --Yves

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Yves......So nice to meet you. I'm pleased you chose to visit my hub and even more so that you enjoyed it. Music to the writer's ears, as you should know.

    I understand precisely what you express in terms of special breakthroughs. You should know that your disappointment can be a good thing. It can keep integral fragments of our subconscious on alert and... for lack of a better phrase...."in search of" the information and messages you wish to receive during sleep....

    I wish you delightful dreaming.

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    savvydating 3 years ago

    Beautiful... insightful. Your hub captured my attention from beginning to end. I especially related to that time of night, just before sleep, when we remember the day and, in my case, hope to know more--consciously or subconsciously about the days lessons. I am disappointed when I seem to have no special breakthroughs as I drift off to sleep and into my dreams...

    Voting Up, beautiful, useful, interesting.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    DREAM ON.....Like your name.. :) It annoys me when I have to struggle to remember certain details of a dream....but the truth is, if we're supposed to remember, we do....otherwise, it's best we don't recall. Thanks for stopping by!

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    DREAM ON 3 years ago

    Waking up peaceful and relaxed I know I was dreaming but unable to remember. I give myself time. Enjoying my day before me waiting for my dream to appear in little ways all through my day. Thank you for sharing.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Tammy &

    Dream On

    Thanks for stopping by to visit my hub for dreamers. Lately, I've done some research on why some people dream constantly, yet others, claim to dream so rarely.

    For a very long time, I had no idea it was possible to sleep without dreaming. I don't know what it's like to sleep through an entire night without a full length movie playing out......there has to be a viable reason why dreams occur nightly, to me. In fact, if I take a nap during the day, I will dream!

    I enjoyed your comments........."Sweet Dreams."

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    DREAM ON 3 years ago

    From your hub to all your incredible comments you expand the boundaries and open up a world of dreams we keep trying to understand and enjoy. To all those hubbers who dream such wonderful dreams. Let our dreaming lead us to a wonderful life both past, present, and future.I can see this is a hub I will keep on visiting and loving it more every time.

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    Tammy 3 years ago from North Carolina

    I had forgotten how much I liked that song. I have always had vivid dreams. Even though they can be frightening, I wouldn't trade them for anything. I loved the part about hypocrisy. Great hub!

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    You're very welcome, Vinaya......I ENJOY your writing. It's quite that simple, my friend.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

    Paula,

    I stopped by to thank you for your wonderful comments on my hubs.

    Thank you very much for always being around. God bless you.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    There you go, Mike.....you've a very good handle on what's going on. We humans can put on an outward appearance and maintain order and calmness........but the chaos going on within, is still very much a part of us. While our anxiety and stress can be "controlled," to some degree.....it will creep up in other ways. Dreams are of course, an outlet for the subconscious. This is really a healthy thing, despite the fact that nightmares may give a bit of concern......The release of anxiety is important, so we don't just IMPLODE, out of the blue!!

    The human mind is an incredibly complex and marvelous thing!

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    mike 3 years ago from England

    Thank you for your reply, After analyzing the emotional life changes I am going through at present, I believe, although on the surface I consider myself calm, sub consciously it is not the case and the panic attack in my dream state is wakening me to my true feelings of protecting the ones I love. I'm sure " fingers crossed " that my bad dreams will pass when I sort out my situation.

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    It's actually important to know that you do no mind-altering substances. They most definitely carry their effects into our sleeping mind! Even natural supplements can do this, actually.

    To my knowledge, mike, "nightmares," are simply negative, upsetting and/or frightening DREAMS....The difference, of course, being obvious. The feelings and/or response one has, upon awakening.

    Many dreams "feel real"....as some are quite vivid and realistic in content. So, in a sense, they are real in our subconscious.....although not actually happening in a wakeful state. Also, our dreams can be a premonition, warning or reminder....of very real things in our life.

    Hope I helped you understand. One thing for certain is, you should never allow a dream to overwhelm your emotional state.

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    mike 3 years ago from England

    Is there a difference between dream states and sleeping nightmares. The reason I ask I have bouts of waking up anxious thinking i have not done something paranoid and getting back in bed which are so real and others that have been brought me by the dream fairy i do not understand. Oh and by the way i don't drink or do drugs

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    Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ed......Who is, "THEY?" No one can lock you away for merely DREAMING, Ed. You are free to dream as crazy, sexy or kinky as you please! However, it they're too HOT to talk about....start writing adult short stories......I want first copy!! LOL..........

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    ahorseback 3 years ago

    "To go quietly insane every night " wow girl I love that one , they would lock me away for sure if I revealed mine . whew , I plead the fifth on those treasures ! Hey lets dream together !......Ed

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Thats okay, just as long as you keep making me laugh like on my hub, so darn funny! lol!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello to you too....my friend from across the pond! So nice of you to drop by!.....I know it's time I wrote a hub.....I know, I know.....Peace!

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Hi paula, just came by to say hello! lol! have a great week, nell

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    How totally sweet you are! What a much-needed boost to the tattered ego of a great-gram who just recently had her 65th! OMG.....it hurts, just to write the numbers down. The good news is, my mind refuses to get old....and I really believe I'm still .....um......well.....maybe around 40? and my friends will tell you, in most cases, I'll never grow up!! LOL....It's just the BODY, confirming the numbers. I'm actually using hand rails now, going up and down stairs....and taking one at a time. LONG gone are the days, my sister & I bet on who could get up and down the fastest!

    Hey! Tuesdays at the grocery store is 6% Senior discount. I do my shopping any day but Tues!! LOL!! Thanks, Mickey, you're too kind.

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    MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

    Paula ~ you are always too generous with me, thank you . . . and I love your current photo - so, are you like the prettiest woman on HubPages or what?

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello Mickey! WOW!....Now that's what I call a COMMENT. I'm flattered you took the time, to not only read one of my hubs, but put so much time and serious thought into sharing your opinion with me.

    I can certainly see your point. If I say I agree totally with your slant on "dreams" & dreaming....I'm basically saying I must not use my brain to it's full potential in my wakeful self......which is why I DREAM NEARLY EVERY NIGHT of my life! Although, there is a line of individuals, a mile long, who would say, "See, Paula, told you that you're DAFFY!".....I confess that I may be the complete opposite of you, in terms of the strength and focus of my daily brain use.

    I've come to terms with the idea that I dream so incessantly, because there's a Giant, Forceful Dream Monster, who will never stop, trying to make me face reality. Long story. I mean LONG story! Suffice it to say, for as far back as I can recall, I have put a whole lot of effort/struggle, into putting "things" OUT of my mind....obliterating, ripping & shredding, what I consider, unbearable pain, deep sorrow and a mountain of fears.......shove it back, bury it deep, ignore, avoid and run to my hiding places. Why? Because as sure as I sit here, communicating with you.....I am 100% sure, if I could not continue to do this for the past 50+ years.....I am 100% sure I would NOT be sitting here communicating with you! This is just the way it is. Period.

    My constant dreams, of course, are not the only consequence....but neither you nor I, have the next decade to discuss this.

    It's so good to see you again. I've been pretty much away from HP since Feb. 11th.....I stop by briefly, here and there, just to get a quick fix and try to remain connected, until my full-time return....and I simply don't have any specific time determined, as yet, for that big return. I just keep telling myself, "pretty soon." Thanks again, Mickey....I love to read the writings of a genius! Peace, my friend...Paula

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    MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

    Paula ~ my own personal take on dreams, is that they are nothing other than continued brain activity after you fall asleep . . . which means they are unconscious brain activity, and so, uncontrolled brain activity. Now, when you think, with no determined point, random rather than well-ordered thoughts, it seems to me there may be some instances when an insight that the biases and distractions of consciousness hide from us may present itself - but I'm not sure we are in any state to usefully consider, or properly recall, just what that insight may have been . . . and, the larger point; I just don't think that happens that often, I think commonly our dreams are useless arbitrary thoughts, residue of the day that have no guidance or purpose but just sloppily bounce around our brain tissue as we sleep.

    I acknowledge that this is my own surmising, and that my surmising is fully swayed by my own perception of things and general disposition - and my general disposition is, I don't like the notion that I'm not in control of what my brain is thinking about. But taking my own personal issues in hand, it honestly does seem to me that dreams are nothing more than unguided brain activity, "unguided" because we are not conscious.

    Now, I count it no small matter regarding all this that - I don't dream. I understand research tells us that we all constantly dream and that the dreams we recall when we wake-up are those dreams that were interrupted during the night, but in practical, experiential terms, I used to dream when I was an adolescent, but I very rarely (like once every 3 or 5 years or so) dream . . . and when I do dream, they are the most inane and brief dreams imaginable. I'll dream of me walking through a room, but will only see my feet and only for a step and a half . . . or I'll dream I'm drinking a glass of water, but I'll only see my elbow and only for 2 seconds.

    Now, putting all that together, for me personally - I think I dream so little because I think my brain actually, really needs to rest when I sleep, I don't think it has enough juice to just keep running and producing random pointless thoughts - I think it shuts down a bit more than most folks' brains shut down. During my day, I think, organized and very deliberate thoughts, from moment to moment - I just don't get distracted and seek a thinking-rest or anything like that. All I do, all day, is think in a very orderly, purposeful, and relentless manner. I really think I don't dream because my brain really just can't keep going anymore.

    . . . please understand, I'm in no way suggesting I'm real smart, I'm not asserting that I'm so smart that my brain needs rest - I use it perpetually, but I don't count my brain any better than anyone else's . . . . I just get very focused, and relentless about an idea and go after it in a ludicrously determined manner (not necessarily smart brain work, but diligent brain work).

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    spy.....I want to tell you not to fear your dreams....for in doing this, you may be attracting your dreams to become more and more negative or frightening.... Dreams CAN be visions of our future, but certainly there are times when what occurs in our life, merely happens.....whether we dreamed of it or not. By remaining calm and nurturing a feeling of peace, before falling asleep, you may find that your dreams become more positive and joyful in nature...

    Also, perhaps you can utilize what may be a prophetic dream, to your benefit. Thank you for visiting.....Peace & Gentle Dreams.

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    IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    sometimes my dreams are the vision of my future..sometimes im afraid to dream :)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Cyndi....You are fairly accurate with your assumptions.....My mind is also very very busy in my waking hours....and when I dream, my dreams are a jumbled mess of various scenarios and people.

    I sleep so soundly, that what happens is, if I awaken in the night, it is when I fall back to sleep again, that I have very vivid dreams.

    Wishing you only pleasant dreams!

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    Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

    Hello Paula, I enjoyed reading your article this early morning after a dreamless (that I recall, anyway) sleep. When I was younger, every now and then, I could make myself dream a particular story. That was interesting! I seemed to have lost that ability when I reached by twenties. Now my dreams are more like snippets of scenes running together. I think it's because my mind is doing overtime during the day and there is more or less complete shutdown at night. I'm thinking that's the reason, anyway.

    Great insights you have here about the dream state and our psyche. Voted up.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ausseye.....LOL...I love your comment. Thanks so much for chiming in.

    By the looks of things lately....at least in THIS country, I'm afraid we are ALL sleeping....but the "dream," is more of a nightmare, at this time!

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    Ausseye 4 years ago

    Hi Herj48 a dream come true :I love pixie dust, its makes the world a dreamier place and brings comfort to the awakened. I dream of a world full of ethical and noble and forthright humans and it make the world a truly magical place, where pixies are accepted as unique individuals and loved for their goodness. The quote “ in dreams we can not pretend or seek to pull the wool over others eyes” what a magical world , no mind games, hell we should all be sleeping to make the world a better place…….yes lets start a new movement “ Sleep and the world sleeps with you”….make the world a magical experience for all. My mind dreams of the power of truth and all its ramifications……boy are you making this a hallucinogenic experience where love works to great effect. I never want to wake up!!!!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks, Laurinzo.....When you do recall your dream....write down a few notes, so you can start a dream journal of sorts...just leave a small notebook on your night stand......It is interesting to go back and read your notes after 10 or 12 dreams......you can sometimes connect them to your life....

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    Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

    This hub is absolutely "dreamy"... I love to dream and am disappointed when i don't remember my dreams ... really great food for thought

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Vinaya....Yes, it is interesting. The truth is, one dream may have a number of interpretations.....not only from a psychic & a psychoanalyst, but also, dream experts and let's not forget that each "dreamer," may have excellent insight into their own dreams, being able to connect certain individuals and scenarios to these things in their life....

    Thanks, Vinaya....and pleasant dreams to you.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    I love to read about dream interpretation. It is interesting to note that the same dream is interpreted differently by psychics and the psychoanalyst.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    lovedoc.....AWESOME dream. You are wise to journal your dreams (all that you can recall and describe about them) It is important to look back at them periodically. Often, you will see connections and clear messages for you. While they may not make sense to you or have much to do with your life, at the time.....they may eventually. In fact, our dreams usually DO come to some form of fruition in our wakeful state.

    It's evident that you dream of living near water because it is a strong desire. The man? Only you can figure that out.

    It's all very intriguing. BTW....when we cry in our dreams, you should understand that your subconscious created the situation purposefully.....I'm not at all surprised you said, "I hardly ever cry."

    The reality is, that crying is a "necessary" function.....not to the degree of breathing, moving, eating, laughing.....but due to hormonal and chemical balance....our bodies/"brains" literally know when any degree of depression has built up that should be released by crying.

    There's a lot to learn about our dreams. All of it, stunning.

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    lovedoctor926 4 years ago

    Awesome hub! Dreams also fascinate me and I believe dreams reveal something hidden desires in your subconsious mind.

    I'm a deep sleeper. My dreams are vivid. Recently, I had a dream where I pictured this good-looking man standing outside the balcony of the 22nd floor of my beach studio. The corridor of the balcony was opened and there was a light breeze coming in. I was sleeping inside. Now, mind you, my dream has always been to live on the ocean and I have thought of renting or buying a place overlooking the water before, but the strange thing about this dream was that I was sound asleep. Who was this man and why was he standing on my balcony and why could I remember this dream so vividly? Another dream that I had recently was in a secluded island on the beach. I visualized the sun hitting the water and watching a romantic sunset. In this dream, I woke up shedding some tears, which is strange for me because I hardly ever cry. And so I woke up around 3am and recorded this dream in my journal. I don't know what these dreams could mean.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    You crack me up, Nell! and I love people who make me laugh!

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Hi paula, I came back for another read, dreams fascinate me, especially the ones when I am not me, in other words I look in a mirror and its someone else, now that is spooky! lol!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    and I think you may have something there!

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    YiMin 4 years ago from Malaysia

    Great hub.

    I think that dreams are a way of our mind telling us something our mind have subconsciously picked up and decided we need a summary for it.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    DDE....Dreaming in "series" is an incredibly rare occurrence......Your sub conscious has to be very active and strong......not to mention persistent. If this were happening to me, I would definitely keep pen and pad on my night stand and write, the moment I opened my eyes.

    There's something really important your sub conscious is struggling to get through to your conscious mind..........

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I sometimes remember my dreams only for a few seconds and it seems much longer thanks for this insightful topic I am amazed by my dreams at times and continue dreaming the second part , that is when I do remember

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    What?? HUH?? OH!...Wesman, is that YOU??!! OMG, I must be DREAMING!!!

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    You know I totally endorse and promote the use of Melatonin to aid in sleep, and to aid in good health...it is just terrific stuff.

    Anyway, it makes ME dream like wildfire...every night.

    It is just like Prozac in that way...total dreams in technicolor nightly.

    A lot of the time I have dreams...and I wake up...and I know what it was all about. Some other times, I might not realize what the dream meant until some time later.

    Still other times...IDK WTF I JUST DREAMED!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Mike.....First...tell me your dreams-----In detail. Then I'll tell you what they mean. LOL.......After reading my Zumba Hub, I'm almost afraid to hear about your dreams. And for Pete's Sake, don't TALK in your sleep, unless your wife is a deep, deep sleeper!!! LOL...........Thanks, Mike. Always good to see you

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    molometer 4 years ago

    I find the whole dreaming thing fascinating, as is this well put together hub.

    What do they mean? As you point out, only the dreamer can really know.

    Voted awesome.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Gesithub.......Your dream flower.......what? Is this a "finish my sentence game?" OK....I'll play......."my dream flower....is blooming." Good?

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    Gesit Prayoga 4 years ago from Indonesia

    my dream my flower :)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    bravewarrior......Hello there and than you for coming by to visit! I may, in fact, do another hub or 2 on Dreams and dreaming. I do find it a fascinating subject. In fact, I seem to be dreaming nightly as of late. Apparently there are some things I need to focus on!! Until we meet again, my fellow-writer!

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    I hope to read more from you on this subject.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Brave....so glad you stopped by! I'm pleased you found my hub spoke to you. This is great! I appreciate your input on "dreams," as well....very interesting. I wish you pleasant dreams always...

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Paula, this hub speaks to me. I've always been intrigued by dreams. I analyze my dreams when they are other than mini visions of what I've experienced thru the day. Our dreams speak to us. They don't have the logic of our conscious minds which is why they appear in sporatic frames and don't always make sense. Yet they are sending a message and they have everything to do with who we are and what is going on in our minds, even if we don't realize it.

    The mind is a complete, complex wonder. Dreams are the product of our thoughts, wishes, fears, visions and uncertainties. Once we learn to pay attention to them and analyze them, we can discover ourselves and pave the road to our earthly dreams.

    Awesome hub!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks for stopping by to visit, rajan....and thanks for mentioning the book. I may like to read it. Did you know that the fact is we dream ALWAYS when asleep, but simply do not remember by morning? This has been proven through brain wave studies. I really wish I did not dream as much as I do. I have a feeling it disturbs healthy sleeping....Thanks again...please come by anytime.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Very interesting read. I've read Zadkiel's Book Of Dreams and some interpretations are very good. Though I have dreams rarely, most of the times I do not remember them.

    Interesting topic.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    lyn.......I am open to and able to consider all beliefs. We could never learn anything worthwhile, with a closed mind. Thank you.

    unknown.....(Sam?) I can imagine that a horrific experience such as a Tsunami would haunt one's dreams for a very very long time. I hope these dreams are often therapeutic for you.....I dream of loved ones who have passed....sometimes they make me sad, other times they are pleasant feelings............

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    UnKnow 4 years ago

    I dream about the 2004 Tsunami

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    Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I have read that when we dream our spirit is actually leaving our body and travelling to that astral state. We are in our most relaxed state of mind and can be open to many things. I believe that this is one of the ways that we can and do connect with our loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Great article.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Diana....I would assure you that the deaths and other unfortunate circumstances would have happened, regardless of what or who you happen to dream about.

    I'd also like to suggest to you that the loved ones who came to you in your dreams, might very well have been visiting to forewarn you of impending tragedy or trauma and specifically to remind you that they are with you in time of need.

    Try to keep in mind that our "loved ones" in life.....continue to love us after death...perhaps more so. It is highly unlikely they would bring you fear. Their main intent is to protect and comfort you.

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    Diana L Pierce 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

    This is a very interesting hub. I have always believed I have a gift of dreams and can usually find an answer to their meanings. I fear dreaming of deceased loved ones because to many times I have lost someone else after a dream like this. In the early morning hours of July 31 this year I had a series of three weird dreams. Each dream had a different deceased loved one in it. On that day my mom's cousin passed away and my co-worker caused an auto accident at my workplace which it was lucky no serious injuries were had. Ten days later my nieces husband passes away from a battle with cancer. I wrote a hub about these dreams before I knew anything bad had happened. I hope that's all which is going to.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    english mike....You made a statement that leads me to believe that you ARE, in fact influencing what you do NOT dream of......

    This may suggest you should try the opposite......just after slipping in to bed, you might want to close your eyes and relax with thoughts of your loved ones and the previous day's activities. Suggest to yourself that you WILL continue those thoughts within a dream while you are sleeping.

    Be as realistic as possible with your thinking and feel assured you will experience pleasant activities while dreaming.

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    mike 4 years ago from England

    FP

    Thankyou for responding to my comment, but I have had a lovely day out today Dad and daughter on an adventure, loads of giggles and fun. I should be going to bed dreaming of that, but I will not. Please any advise of a pre sleep formular to having dreams that reflect your life

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    english-mike.........I can imagine you are trying to make sense of your dreams....and I must tell you, it's easier than you believe, to understand the dreams you describe.

    You describe where you once lived as .."my birthplace and part of me."

    This is profoundly etched in your being and I would not be surprised if you don't continue to dream of your former home and life....for the rest of your life. The child-you.....will always hold on and take you back every chance possible,

    I wouldn't be concerned about being "warned off," ......this may simply be the adult-you making sure you are not lost in a fantasy world................We have little choice in What or Whom we may dream of.......................Pleasant dreams..........

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    mike 4 years ago from England

    FP

    This might sound like a daft question can your dreams get stuck in time?. I have left the area I was born and grew up, now for about 16 years, I am still finding my way round my new location. My Childhood home I used to know every street every garden every shortcut, it was my birthplace and was part of me. Every night I dream I am living back there, but increasingly am pushed further away. For about a year after my father died I had vivid wake up moments of leave the House. Now my dreams are played out in the area's around my original home, if I move into even the garden " sounds weird "I get warned off. I would love to Dream of my new Home and loving family

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Lovelove.......Yes, dreaming and their significance is somewhat akin to astrology......in that they do provide us with information and insight on ourselves and our lives.....

    As for blk & wht as opposed to color.......funny you should mention this because there is a sense of why this may occur. It seems to be related to a number of various situations.......people taking certain medications will dream in vivid color. Often, the frame of mind of the dreamer at the time, has a connection to whether your dreams display color or not.......needless to suggest that color may come in Happy dreams while upsetting or disturbing dreams will lack any color.

    There is another school of thought that suggests that dreams themselves are not "in color," but that during a dream, the dreamer "sees" certain images in the manner they would be during wakefulness......somewhat like "a mental vision" of a picture in memory.

    Thank you for visiting my site. I appreciate your comment..

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Tammy....Our "dream-life" holds much more meaning and relevance than most people will allow themselves to believe......After all, dreams originate in the "brain." Whether obvious in our conscious mind or buried DEEP within our sub-conscious......what comes to us in slumber....are bits and pieces and variations of the jumble of brain cells, sending out electrical activity.....

    Dream journals are an excellent concept....because often, they will explain a future occurrence that you might not otherwise understand.

    Thanks for visiting. Always nice to see you. Pretty new profile pic of you, hot stuff!!!

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    Lovelovemeloveme 4 years ago from Cindee's Land

    interesting hub.

    it's something to believe and research in. I think this subject is like astrology. Some people really believe in it, others not so much based on how broad it is.

    It's cool when i dream something because i really believe it's happening during that moment. And i make the decision (in my dreams) then wake up and realized, oh...if that really happened, i know what i would have done. ...And if i make the wrong decisions in my dreams, when i wake up i would know what NOT to do. cause i would know how i felt if i did do that cause i experienced it in my dreams.

    It's cool that some people dream in colours and full details while others only dream in black and white with less details. I wonder why that is? Do you?

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    Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

    What a wonderfully written piece! I have been a vivid dreamer since I was very young. I always wonder if dreams are a reflection of our internal questioning or a way to warn the dreamer of things that may be coming. I think dreams are a combination of both. This is an excellent read. No one can hide from themselves or lie in a dream. Sharing!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Anaz93...Your attitude is one of common sense. To take a bit of insight from our dreams is one thing.....To follow them as though they are directives would be foolish. Thank you for your interest in my work.

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    Hanna Anaz 4 years ago

    Lovely read. You're right about learning lessons from your dreams. Mine seems to show me what my emotions/ feelings are towards people/ events. Most of the time they are right but I think it would be dangerous to use dream interpretation to influence your actions in life.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Bill.....I don't even know where I was when I wrote this. I certainly don't know where you were..........Thank you for your high praise. I appreciate your opinion greatly.

    BTW...while I have you here....Did I do this already? If so, I'll do it again....CONGRATULATIONS on your 2012 Hubbie Awards...not one but TWO!! You worked for it, you earned it, you deserve it! And THAT'S the name of that tune!!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Wow, where was I when you wrote this one? This was great work Paula! This might be in the top five of Paula Hubs! I'm being serious....there is some serious reflection and introspection in this hub and I love it.

    Well done my friend; you raised some great questions and provided some very astute deductions and conclusions.

    lovin' it!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you so much, Vincent. Your comments mean a lot to me.....really a lot. I do more and more "research" on dreams, each night after falling into a peaceful sleep!

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    Vincent Moore 4 years ago

    No matter a nightmare or a pleasant dream. I love to dream, sometimes I don't want to leave the dream and wonder why I woke up to face another day. I wish I could stay in some dreams and fight off the nightmares that linger awhile. I have gone through some nights when I don't dream at all and others that I wake up disturbed by them. Dreams do not lie? how interesting a thought. You did a wonderful job of researching on this subject. Voted UP awesome, beautiful and interesting for sure.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey Coge......If you were not getting any R.E.M. sleep, you'd be totally drained and worn out to the point of falling asleep on your feet......some people simply dn't "remember" their dreams.

    Your wife is lucky to have such activity as she sleeps.......especially since she takes it seriously and realizes they can relate to our wakeful state in so many ways.....

    Do your children ever tell you that they had a dream? If they do....always ask them about their dream and encourage them to talk about them in their own child-like manner.......I thank you for visiting Bruce...you are a real pal!

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    Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

    Very nicely done. I do not dream that often....I think you need R.E.M. sleep to dream....and it does not seem that I get that sleep to often....I blame HubPages and little kids...lol.

    My wife seems to dream almost every night....and your thought of dreams do not lie fits her perfectly.....plus her dreams sometimes actually help her get solutions for her work problems.

    I loved the quotes you included....great research and an interesting hub to read......voted up and awesome.

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    Skarlet 4 years ago from California

    Your description sounds good to me. I get a kick out of hearing about people's weird dreams.

    Hanging in there. Sort of.......

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    KrisNick09 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Lol, yes I keep a dream journal. I doubt I would have remembered half of that otherwise! By the way, thank you for an interesting hub! :)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Krisnick....MY !! That's what can be described as a multi-fceed dream with several different messages! It sort of gave me a bit of a fright. ...only because it was so jumbled I hope you keep a dream journal.....eventually, the messages in your dreams will become clear to you

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    KrisNick09 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Soooo... I had a dream a few months ago, and I don't really have a question I just want to share.

    It started off I was in highschool again, and I had a sub in art class. He told us to form a circle with our desks and passed out little pink flowers to everyone. He told us to open the flower ( I know weird!) and read out loud what we found written there. I remember quite clearly thinking that isn't a good idea, so I just watched everyone and held the flower in my hand. Next thing I know, a dark monster thing is in the middle of our desks and I don't quite remember what he looked like, only that he had huge eyes. He wanted out from the middle of us but he couldn't seem to jump over our desks. Everyone was screaming and running, and I just leaned forward and spit in its eye and it vanished. Then it was later that night and we were all sleeping. I woke up in my dream and heard voices. A gorgeous man (black hair, blue eyes)came walking out of another room and almost left again when he saw me watching him. He stopped, came over and stood leaning over me. He knelt down beside me and I knew he wasn't right. He wasn't human? I asked him what was he and he tilted his head at me. The voices from the other room called something and he paused, then got up and left. Then a group of us were driving in a jeep, running from the humans that weren't human. Then I was at my dad's house. This is where the dream changed.

    I walk into my father's house, alone. I walk in and my father is on the couch talking to someone. My stepmom is in the kitchen cooking. And my dead granny is in the hallway watching. I knew she was staying in my room but nobody else knew she was there. She didn't have an oxygen tank and she was standing upright without a walker (both things she always had as far as I remember). I walked up to her and she leaned down and gave me a hug, it was the best hug I have ever had! It was all encompassing. I remember thinking in my dream that someone must be putting a blanket over my body right now, the hug was that warm, that real. Then she turned me towards my stepmom in the kitchen and gave me a push. I knew she was pushing me to my stepmom and not just the kitchen. As I walked towards her, I looked back and my granny was trying to get my fathers attention but he just kept talking.

    Then it jumps back to a group of us in a jeep, running from the nonhuman humans. Somewhere along the way in this dream we learn that they are occupying peoples bodies. But I realize as long as I still have that pink flower I'm safe.

    My granny is the only dead person I know, so this kinda freaked me out a bit. Well, I called my dad up right then and I don't remember what I said but I was accused of being a bit hysterical lol. A few weeks later my stepmom left him and I don't know what to make of that. When my dad mentioned that dream I played it off like I thought my subconscious was trying to find a way to tell me something I should have already figured out, but I'm not sure that's what I believe.

    Especially in light of the fact that I had a dream a few months prior about my dog Ladybug being covered in maggots. I know I was hysterical when I called that time. They found her in the road, she had been hit by a car. She was still alive though, she's fine now :)

    I know I'm a lucid dreamer, at least some of the time. But I only seem to be able to control things when I really don't like how they are playing out. Besides that though I am usually aware I'm dreaming, just can't seem to focus enough to instill a change.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sharyn:

    It's very common to dream more often when you take a nap than during a full night's sleep......I'm not sure I recall why that is, but I do remember reading that fact.

    Dream "journals" are a great idea......but next time, try to wrte down more of your dream in specific terms so you won't say, "WTF??" lmao!!!

    Skarlet

    Your spiritual nurse friend must have her very own way of interpreting dreams....... but dreaming of being naked or sitting on the potty in front of a group of people.......would have nothing to do with "confidence." lmao.....Actually, being "naked" in your dreams is allegedly (per the dream experts) telling you that you are possibly "exposing" too much of your inner secrets to too many people who cannot be trusted. (Makes more sense, wouldn't you say?)

    and the one about being on the potty? I have no idea, but I sure as heck would do some research if I had a dream like that!!!! LOL

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm happy to see you are still alive and kickin after your incredible HUB-MARATHON!! Peace.

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    Skarlet 4 years ago from California

    While in my office a few months ago, a group of nurses started talking about dreams and it seemed that just about everyone has had the dream of being at a fancy party where everyone is dressed up, and they are sitting on the toilet in front of everyone. Or if not that particular one, discovering that they are naked in public and frantically trying to hide.

    One particularly spiritual nurse diagnosed it, "that means you are confident." Of course I disagree, because the person who is naked, or on the toilet is suffering with extreme embarrassment and trying to conceal the fact. Ever since that discussion, my interest in dreams has peaked. Thanks for the dreamy hub!

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    Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Wow, what a great article Paula. I learned so much. I do not normally remember dreams. But many years back, I did have a spell where I was remembering them often so I started a dream journal. Recently, I read some of it and all I could think of was WTF?

    What has tended to happen more recently is that I have very bizarre dreams. that I do remember, if I take a nap, maybe for two hours or so. But I don't remember dreams when I sleep longer. It's actually kind of creepy, these "afternoon dreams", because they are so vivid and intense. Hmmm, I have some things I need to think about after reading this, thanks!

    Sharyn

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    thanks so much, pagesvoice......wow!! you and your wife really did walk down memory lane with troy and sandra!! their "controversial" movie is like a child's Fiary Tale in 2012!!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Christy......Thank you so much. I wish you pleasant dream always........bedtime or naptime!!

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    How lovely. As I read your hub I started to think about when I am just getting comfy in bed and falling into dream-land... now I want to take a nap! Your descriptions are wonderful.

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    Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

    Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. This article was a joy to read and so well written and researched with fantastic quotes. I don't know about you, but there are those days that may have been somewhat frustrating and I actually seek refuge in the hopes of having some entertaining dreams. To me dreams are like turning on a movie with no title or summary teaser...instead we just have to lay back and await the surprise.

    I enjoyed the trip down memory lane with the "Everly Brothers." Just yesterday my wife and I were listening to the oldies radio channel and we were commenting how we could picture those long ago days, laying on the beach with our transistor radios. Also, we started talking about Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee in "A Summer Place," and how controversial the movie was for its time. Funny how fast life flies by.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jools.....I apologize for being so late in responding to your comment.....I just rudely scrolled right past you.......but I think you distracted me by juggling those balls......I never learned to "stay on task!"

    Your dream is self-explanatory.....you have too much on your plate....trying to do too much all at once. You have my permission to take a break. I don't care what anyone else thinks! Relax!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Docmo...WOW........What is really "too good," is your comment. Don't stop now..........

    Seriously, thank you, kind Doc...you have made my day with your words of praise.

    I shall dream of you tonight. Not THAT way!! Unfortunately, my dreams are much too tame........tee hee.

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    Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

    Ok. This ain't fair. One minute I am chucklin at Daisy May's letter and the next I am reading hi-falutin' quotes from Hazlitt and Hippocrates in an erudite, exceptional discourse on our dreams. This it too good. Deep, meaningful and chock full of truths. I love dream analysis and understanding the science of dreams. This hub goes a step further and escalates the whole discussion into a philosophical poetry. wow. voted up/awesome and pressed all darn buttons.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kelly....Thanks so much for all the added info!! There are so many studies out there, you can research forever.....Lots of very different answers and opinions......I believe that your your comment about the relevance of dreams to the dreamer is absolutely valid.

    Myself? I have had one too many "prophetic" dreams to simply take the seriousness of dream interpretation, lightly. The first few frightened the Bejesus out of me....afterwards, I began to realize why it was happeneing and how to use it in the most positive way... Thanks so much for your input!! Great info

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    Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    After working in a sleep lab for several years...and countless seminars, meetings and research...I do believe that dreams are only relevant to the dreamer. Dreams are bits of what's floating around in the subconscious mind...they seep into our dreaming mind when we let our guards down. I do think it's our minds trying to work things out in our sleep and if we pay attention..it can be helpful.

    Dreams are fascinating aren't they?

    Dreams can occur in any stage of sleep but typically are remembered better if in REM...our sleep cycles get longer as the night progresses so each stage of REM gets longer. So many, many people will wake up while in their longest stage of REM in morning....having dreams while the alarm goes off!

    Some drugs do affect dreams, the Patch, and oh some we Did research studies on (Modafanil I believe was one) cause technicolor surround sound dreams! Some subjects were having really vivid nightmares! It was weird!

    Excellent hub!!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    teaches....Our subconscious is MORE active when we are asleep.......If a dream can be properly analyzed and delved into, with some professional help, it has been found that one's dreams are indeed relavant to their life or someone quite close to them.

    Even what we might call a nonsense dream that seems insignificant, has a particular connection to a fraction of some person, item or event in your life......

    Thanks so much for visiting.....There are probably thousands of book on this topic...but much like "astrology," we need to be knowledgeable in what to look for and especially know the authors and their background.

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    Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

    Interesting topic on dreams. I do believe they hold answers to problems we experience and also will lead to answers in our future. Our subconscious mind is always at work, even when we are asleep. Not all dreams are relevant to life, those that are need to be meditated upon for meaning and purpose. Voted on.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    PF....I am happy to see you! Really I am.....and I'm very flattered. (I'm blushing) yeah, right.

    Seriously. Thank you! You know my dear Poetic Fool....we CAN to some degree, control what we dream of......just by learning how to overload with the thoughts and images of your heart's desire........it WILL eventually play out in a dream.

    Then again.....our SUB-conscious is the BOSS ...and might just screw everything up! Like instead of dreaming of pigging out on a lobster dinner with the love of your life on the beaches of Waikiki.........we might dream of a giant lobster attack, who EATS the love of our life.....on the beach of a derserted island where no one will ever find you.

    You see, that would be MY luck!

    I thought you read my SECOND attempt at POETRY.........run run.....go read! "My Man in the Can! Thanks PF!!!!

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    Poetic Fool 4 years ago

    Paula, what a great, thought-provoking hub and you are such a talented writer! I was enthralled. And what a great topic! It is one of the frustrations of life that we can't control our dreams. If anything, they control us. Oh that we could dream about what we wish! Maybe it is a good thing that we can't. We would all spend our time sleeping!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    grandmapearl......you have touched on some serious realities, and not even aware of how close you are to the tuth....when you ask your questions about the lines between sane and insane.....Th subconscious has an enormous impact on our entire being and our existenece. Dreams are not to be ignored...nor even taken lightly.

    Without becoming fanatical, we can explore the meanings to our dreams. It's a great gauge.......doesn't take a whole lot to learn to understand our nighttime journeys into dream land.... Thanks for the visit!!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    POP.......I can agree that you are a wonderful writer and you certainly can put together some great recipes.......but it's time you realize (WAKE UP, literally) that your subconscious is deperately screaming to you, of your talent to write songs...whether the lyrics, music or both!!

    Do not shun this.....how ELSE do you suppose that in your dreams, you are clearly singing a song of your own creation?

    Put a notbook and pencil at your bedside......start writing when you open your eyes!! Good luck!

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    I agree with what you say about the subconscious being its own entity, and how scary that is to realize. Luckily it also seems to have its own control mechanism. Once we awaken, that hidden virtual power has been thwarted until our next dream state. Or has it??? Do some forms of insanity stem from the subconscious actually overtaking the conscious mind when we are not asleep? Most of my dreams seem to be fairly neutral in nature. Sometimes, though, I have dreams about my Mom who has passed. I wake up from those feeling very sad. Other times I can remember that my mind has 'entertained me' and made me smile and laugh. Those are my favorite dreams. I really enjoyed this article. Voted Up & Interesting.

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    breakfastpop 4 years ago

    I dream every night and I remember everything. Sometimes I am singing in my dreams and it's a song I actually never heard of! If only I had a pencil in my dreams so I could write it down! Up and interesting.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ruchira...Hello, nice to see you!.......although many dreams seem fairly "fantasy-like" there can always be a part of it you can analyse, which will have some meaning to a situation n your life, at some point. Quite often, dreams are a "collection" of that which lives in our subconscious over years.

    Thnk you for the visit....Pleasant dreams, Ruchira!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    fennelseed....Please know that your story has taken my breath away in awe. Your dream was so incredibly meaningful and prophetic. It may be one of he most stunning examples of a dream-connected-life-experience I have ever heard.

    I hope the importance and the impact of this experience has given you comfort and a sense of peace. The spiritual thread between you and your friend is much more powerful than you are even aware

    Please accept my utmost compassion for the painful loss you deal with. I know the deep void that haunts you.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    La Thing.....Yes, dreams are very fascinating and there is no question that have realmeaning as to how they relate to our life. There is a clear and profund example of this in the comment here, from fennelseed......which, by the way, is so stunning, I am shaken.

    Thank you forreading and commenting. You may want to beginto take notie of some of your dreaming..........

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Vinaya....The book you mention is an excellent source on thew subject of dreams. If you are familiar with Freud's works, you can read it with more understanding of where he's coming from......Freud had his very own unique hypothesis on everything!

    Thank you, Vinaya....so good to hear from you. Pleasant dreams!

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    Annie Fenn 4 years ago from Australia

    Thank you for a wonderful article on dreaming. I like what you say about us being our real selves in dreams. I wonder if that is why we often find dreams disturbing, as in our dreams our defences don't exist. This is a very interesting concept that I would like to explore further.

    I often have very vivid dreams which at the time can seem quite random. Some have stayed in my mind for years and a few of them are actually making sense to me now. I don't think we should ever underestimate our dreams. Several years ago I dreamt that I was standing on the edge of a very deep ravine. There was a rope bridge across but I was too frightened to cross. Just now a friend came along and offered to help me across. She seemed so confident with it so I let her help me cross to the other side. My friend and I parted ways in life sometime after that dream. I moved away and we gradually lost contact. Late in 2010, my son lost his life in a tragic accident. My friend suddenly appeared in my life after some 8 years with little contact between us. This friend has become my greatest support and has helped me so much to cope with my grief. What I didn't know about my friend previously is that she lost her two brothers in separate accidents, many years before I first met her. There are other examples, but without writing another hub right here in this comment I will say again - we should never underestimate our dreams!!!

    Thank you, fpherj48, this is a fascinating subject and a very interesting hub. My votes to you and sharing.

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    Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

    I rarely dream and IF I do dream...I ponder over it the next day. I don't think dreams ever come true 'cause mine have been a fantasy so far (chuckle!!)

    great read on your beautiful hub, Paula.

    Always a pleasure to read your perspective...many votes and interesting button!

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    LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    Dreams always fascinated me! I know there are meanings to them..... It's the interpretation that throws me off, lol! This is a wonderful article, enjoyed reading it..... Don't you just love dreaming... :)

    Voting up and interesting.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    Ever since I read Interpretations of Dreams by Freud, I'm very interested to read dream analysis.

    I enjoyed this hub.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sunshine seems to be in-cahoots with one too many shady characters around these parts......be careful...she could be a double agent.......maybe even triple.

    btw....what does VUMS......mean? I didn't get the memo.

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    Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    fp, total awesomeness. :) I dream I fly ships to far away galaxies and rescue hot cowboys in distress. Sunshine is my co-pilot and sister in mayhem. :) VUMS!

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    Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    I like how you think and you like how I think . . . I think that I like that! :-)

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Vee.....Oh, you shower me with too much sweetness! I know that Edgar Cayce is a Spiritualist (Medium)/psychic, very well-known & an author. Spiritualists really get deeply involved in studying dreams and interpreting them! I like how you think and you like how I think BECAUSE.....altogether now....GREAT MIND THINK ALIKE!!

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    Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

    I have very vivid dreams most nights. Another hubber has told me to start writing them down to see if they kind of all mean similar things. In my dream last night, I was in the nursery at the school where I work and I was juggling 3 balls for the amusement of the children - what does it all mean I wonder? I find the subject of dreams very interesting, voted upm great hub.

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    Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    This is great, Effer! Dreams fascinate me. And you're right--the hurtful ones stick with us. Have you ever read anything by Edgar Caycee? he wrote books about dreams and what they mean. I did get a book by him but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. haha. Maybe in retirement!

    Loved this hub. I love how you think and write. You make me think, too. Lots of votes, girl!

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Tillie,my dear friend....your thoughtful comments are as much a treasure as your hubs......Your practise of picking up certain lines that move you, tells us that you read with your heart......which is as it should be.....just as you care for your loved ones and tend to your garden of flowers....as a woman of pure heart. Thank you, for your visit.

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    "If only I could write the script of my own dreams and choose the cast of characters." I really love that. That is my favorite line out of everything in this hub! You've put together a good one here with your explanations, facts, and quotes, but still I like that line!

    Dreaming is a fascinating subject and interpretations vary so greatly...kind of like the weather, if you don't like that interpretation go to someone else and you'll get a different one.

    It's been a while since I've remembered a dream and I'm not sure if that's good or bad but I know I'll remember this hub!

    Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jaye.....Thank you as always for shoing an interest in my hubs. The study of dreams and dreaming is so totally fascinating, Jaye. Most of the books written in a very serious and "scientific" vein, cover subject matter you may not have expected. For instance, there is always 3 or 4 chapters devoted to the human brain, it's sections and connections......and why all those loose mables sometimes roll back and forth...(lol.....Kidding on that last part!)

    What I have found most interesting about "interpreting" our dreams, is that with a little time and patience, we can learn to not only make absolute sense of our dreams, but understand how the brain INTENTIONALLY communicates to us, matters of importance......via our subconscious...

    The subconscious......forget it! It is mind-blowng how much there is to learn about this powerful force....it is nearly it's own individual entity!!

    A bit frightening if not approached with a WIDE opened mind.....

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    writer20....Hi there! You may be interested to know that we do dream quite frequently.....even when not aware of it or have a memory of having dreamed. Sounds strage I know, but this has been proven scientifically with electronicmonitors during sleep study. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    My most vivid dreams usually arrive in the early morning hours--most often after I've made that 5:00 a.m. trip to the bathroom that half wakens me (but not quite), then fall back onto my pillow to slumber again. I never cease to be amazed at how real some dreams seem. I often see a large half-open window with a soft white curtain blowing in the breeze in my dreams. It reminds me of the windows in my grandmother's house when I was a child. I'm sure there's symbolism connected with open windows in one's dreams, but for me, it symbolizes a time when life was simple and innocent.

    Sometimes, upon awakening from a happy dream, I want to go back to sleep and continue it. Instead, I rise from my bed and head to the kitchen for coffee. There will be other nights, other dreams.

    I had insomnia for years, but finally learned to get ready for bed when I wasn't sleepy and turn out the light the very moment I felt slightly drowsy. It was the putting off sleep "just a little longer" while I read another 50 pages of an engrossing book that was keeping me awake. If I don't go to sleep right then--as soon as I feel sleepy--I get my second wind and can stay awake until dawn. I rarely do that any more since I learned how important sleep is to the human body and brain.

    Wonderful hub, Paula. I enjoyed the factual part, but also the lines that read like an essay from your heart. The dream world of our subconscious is such a fascinating place.

    Oh, and I remember so well the Everly Brothers singing, "All I Have to do is Dream." I'll be hearing them sing it in my mind the rest of the day.

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    Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

    Great read, I used to dream but they are very rare now.

    Voted up and beauitful, Joyce.

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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    No...actually, Sunshine..dreams seem to occur more frequently the more tired or fatigued one is. so sleeping more probably wouldn't help much. 5mg. of melatonin, the miracle supplement for those with sleep issues..right at bedtime..has been know to induce very lucid (sometimes bizarre) dreaming. Good luck. I wish you dreams of Keith and Blake and all those Country HUNKS!!

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    Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I rarely dream. I have no hope? I thought I just needed more sleep and a pair of silk pajamas :) If our dreams define who we are I'm in BIG trouble! Ha!!

    Excellent article Effer, you had my attention from your title. I want more dreams! I know the answer...get more sleep!! :)

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