Updated: Mar 17, 2019
Dreams, we all have them. We've heard or read about them. There are many ways to interpret them; and, they have become a major focus in the personal growth industry. For many, dreams are at the very heart of the subconscious' communication with the mind. Experts specialize in dream interpretation-categorizing similarities.
Sometimes, though, dream-analysis becomes very much a-catch-all for all the mysteries in our lives. Have a dream, there must be a reason! Often, I imagine a doctor sitting at his or her desk listening intensively to their patients talk.
Patient, "Well Doctor I've been seeing this bird most every night in my dream!"
"Well," the Doctor says, "this is a sign that you're feeling bad about your relationships, maybe feeling you're being left out in some way!
"Well," the patient goes on to say, "I've dreamt last night that this giant snake bit me."
"Yes," the Doctor goes on, "this is a clear sign that you are in fear or expect something bad to occur in your life. Clearly, your subconscious is trying to warn you here!"
Funny, but actually, there is another way to look at our dreams. We can just enjoy them, lucidly.
Lucid dreaming is where you are aware that you are dreaming. This is a bit of a paradox. How can you not be aware that you're dreaming? You, in fact, are the dreamer! If you're the person dreaming, you have to be aware, right?
This question addresses the very nature of lucid dreaming. Being aware that you're dreaming is one part of the lucid process, more importantly is the ability to remember that you've been lucid dreaming. Awareness and memory are vital. As a lucid dreamer, you're aware you're dreaming; you remember you're dreamin; all of which prepares you for the next nights lucid dream.