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Flying Dreams

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Dreams of Flying

Dreams of Flying

By Boomeryearbook.com

Some psychological articles say that dreams are the brain’s way of getting rid of useless information that we’ve collected throughout the day; while other psychological articles propound alternate theories. Either way, while, we may not remember our nightly dreams, we do indeed dream. And one very common dream in childhood, and typically less common but nonetheless apparent in adult dreams, is dreams of flying. But while some flying dreams can be intensely pleasurable, other flying dreams can be terrifying.

If you remember any of your dreams of flying, you will also remember that you knew in the dream that you were dreaming. How cool is that? As we’ve discussed in other psychological articles in Boomer Yearbook, (check out our forums on Courtz Dream Web: The Place to Untangle the Meaning of Your Dreams) this kind of dreaming, when you are aware that you’re dreaming, is called lucid dreaming.

Ok, so there are good dreams and bad dreams where flying is concerned. Many psychological articles report that the majority of flying dreams are of the scary, bad kind. One common reason put forward in psychological articles is that the dreamer can’t seem to get a good start, and “loses height” and hits the ground. The psychological articles and research propound that having difficulties staying in flight might be reflective of ones inability to control their circumstances in waking life. Other dreamers may manage to stay in flight but encounter hindrances like trees or mountains. In such cases it might be very beneficial to examine the “blocks” or hindrances in your waking life that are preventing you from moving forward. In other troubling flying dreams, the dreamer realizes that he/she has no control over the flight pattern; which can be really terrifying. When these dreams occur, it will serve the dreamer well to record the dream and try to pinpoint and evaluate what waking life circumstances make you feel like you are “spinning out of control”. Unsuccessful flying can range from being mildly frustrating to full out terrifying. What psychological articles advise is that you keep a “daily residue” (in your dream diary, record a few paragraphs of the day’s events before you go to sleep) and in re-evaluating your dreams, concentrate on how you are responding and dealing with the waking problems you have recorded in the day residue part of your dream diary. Then, do some honest soul searching and revisit how you are (or aren’t) managing problems in your everyday life, paying special attention to block and hindrances that are keeping your from your goals.

Easy and comfortable dream flying can be exhilarating. You’ll feel uplifted and thrilled. You might be on top of your game and that’s what is being mirrored in your dreams. Funnily, the time of day or night in your dream can determine the mood of the dream. Dreams where there are sunny skies and you can see the landscape might bode that you have good perspective on some issues. And then there are dreams of flying wherein you are escaping a situation by elevating yourself above and looking down on the turmoil below; a common escape fantasy type of dream often reported by younger children. And then there are flying dreams that are connected with sex… Ah but that’s for another article.

Sometimes you might not remember the dream itself, but you remember the joy you felt while flying. Sometimes, in truly lucid dreams, you can control the flying and change course because you know you’re dreaming. Interpreting flying dreams isn’t hard, but like all dreams, the meaning is subjective to the individual dreamer; and the dreamer needs to consider whether the dream left them in an emotional state wherein they felt happy or scared, or frustrated. And then there are hundreds of psychological articles that give “universal” ways to interpret some dream phenomena. For example, flying with wings relates you to birds and you probably have clear vision. Flying freely with total control indicates your free spirit. Flying low to the ground, or by peddling or flapping your arms (yes, people sometimes fly like that in their dreams!) may be indicative of your strong resolve and hard working nature. Dreams, while many may not give much weight to them, if remembered and analyzed, can have profound effects on mood and behavior.

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The Reality of Lucid Dreaming

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Boomeryearbook's Psychological Articles: Lucid Dreaming

Dream Like Never Before

(Psychological Articles By Boomeryearbook.com)

Have you ever been dreaming and in your dream you become aware that you were actually in a dream?! Well, that means that you were having a lucid dream. Lucid dreaming, also known as dream consciousness, simply means that during a dream you are conscious and aware of the fact that you are dreaming. We have seen some examples in movies such as Vanilla Sky and Waking Life, and in dozens of psychological articles that research these phenomena. It can happen to anyone at anytime, and there is now an even larger body of scholarly and self-help psychological articles instructing us on ways to learn how to induce lucid dreams. Many may not know much about this topic, many may not be familiar with the body of psychological articles, but we at Boomer Yearbook believe it’s always great to learn more about how and why we dream.

Lucid Dreaming Exposed

As psychological articles reveal, the topic of dreaming continues to be one that is very popular. As Baby Boomers we may or may not have more time to sleep and this usually affects our dreaming patterns. The statistical consensus of psychological articles determines that lucid dreaming is considered different from other dreams because we are not usually aware of the fact that we are dreaming. Yet in lucid dreaming, there is typically some kind of clue in the dream that indicates to that person that they are dreaming; however, that is not always the case as the psychological articles and research reveal there are actually different levels of lucidity when dreaming. Some of us are naturally aware of when we are dreaming. The higher the lucidity the more you are aware that what you are experiencing is not real and therefore you do not need to fear. The lower the lucidity the less you are able to distinguish what is real and what is not real. Psychological articles concur that having high lucidity can also come in very handy when dealing with nightmares.

Misconceptions

The body of research and psychological articles explain that there are many misconceptions about lucid dreaming. For example, a lucid dream is not the same as a controlling dream, because you will not necessarily have control of your dream just because it is lucid. It is rare, but there are some psychological articles that contend that lucid dreaming is not natural and may even be some form of witchcraft or occult activity. However, the overwhelming majority of theorists and psychological articles dispute this position. According to the preponderance of research documented in psychological articles, lucid dreaming is very natural and has nothing to do with anything demonic. It is simply being able to change your attitude in a dream because you know that it is only a dream and there is nothing to fear.

Grasping The Technique:

The body of psychological articles on the subject of grasping the technique involved in lucid dreaming informs us that the first step you must master is dream recall. Not just being able to remember a few things, but being able to remember in great detail. It takes lots of practice and motivation to enhance these skills, so do not get frustrated when it does not happen as soon as you would like. The next step expounded in the psychological articles is to attempt to induce lucid dreams. The length of time required to do this varies from person to person. One of the most common techniques explained in the psychological articles is the Reality Testing Technique; where the dreamer determines if they are dreaming by observing the world around them. If you come across something that you know cannot possibly be true then the preponderance of research in the psychological articles posits you will be able to realize that you are dreaming. There are a few other popular techniques that can be used to help with this. If you are interested in trying this form of dreaming I urge you to research the psychological articles on the subject and see if it is truly something you want to explore. You never know, it may reveal something about you that will knock your socks off!!

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The Baby Boomers Guide to Lucid Dreaming

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Does Lucid Dreaming Exist?

Does Lucid Dreaming Exist?

by BoomerYearbook.com

To sleep, perchance to dream. These words made famous through Hamlet by William Shakespeare may have been our official introduction to lucid dreaming. Was Hamlet aware that he was dreaming? What was he really seeking by falling asleep and dreaming? Those who are able to dream lucidly may be able to answer with authority what it means to be aware while dreaming.

Lucid dreaming can be defined as awareness by the dreamer that they are dreaming. With an awareness of dreaming, the dreamer then may experience any number of behaviors and results. With the awareness comes the ability to manipulate and generate not only the content of the dream but also the outcome. Reasons for attempting, and succeeding, at lucid dreaming vary among those who either desire to engage in or have been successful at lucid dreaming. Some of those reasons include:

• Engaging in an otherwise impossible activity. Perhaps you have a deep desire to rub shoulders with the Hollywood elite on the red carpet. Through lucid dreaming, you can use the abilities within your own mind to control your participation in after-parties and festivities attended by all of those on Hollywood’s A-list.
• Standing up to the enemy. Maybe your co-worker is an office bully or your in-laws are unconscionably disrespectful. Lucid dreaming gives you the power to voice your opinion without the threat of retaliation.
• Combating nightmares. Nightmares make our sleep restless and uncomfortably. With the ability of lucid dreaming, nightmares can be ceased at will and (hopefully) eradicated for good.

Whatever the dreamer’s desire to engage in lucid dreaming there is not necessarily a sure-fire way to experience lucid dreaming. There are many theories behind how to elicit a lucid dreaming state. Some of the most common suggestions for being successful at lucid dreaming are:

• Journaling. Write down or audio record your dreams as soon as you wake. By documenting your dreams you are better able to organize them both mentally and thematically and you will encourage your mind to put a more intense focus on dreaming.
• Napping. Sleep for a period of time, wake up and perform some physical activity, and then return to sleep. Lucid dreaming is thought to come easier after some type of activity and regular sleep intervals.
• Testing. Do some basic reality check tests to see if you are really dreaming. Some of the tests include checking your image in a mirror (mirror images in dreams are blurry), look at your hands (hands in dreams have too many or too few fingers), or pinch your nose and try to breathe (nasal obstruction does not affect breathing in dreams).

The results of lucid dreaming vary among those who experience the practice. However, some general changes that may be seen include a greater awareness of surroundings and events, a more intense sense of control over one’s own life, and a reduction in stress brought on by the challenges of daily living. Through lucid dreaming, the dreamer learns to analyze, accept, and alter the progression of dreams. As a result, in an awakened state the dreamer can put into practice those behaviors that were successful during lucid dreaming.

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How Unique Dreams & Their Symbolism can be..

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Snake Dreams

Snake Dreams

By Courtenay Turner for Boomeryearbook.com

As a dream analyst I often encounter people who ask me to provide
answers to what specific things in their dreams mean. They want me to
respond much like a human dictionary. For instance they will say
“what does it mean when I see a snake in my dream?” They then look to
me hoping I will say “it means you will have money fall into your
hands soon, or that you cannot trust your loved one” etc.
Unfortunately I don’t believe it is this simple at all. Perhaps this
is fortunate because it provides much more specific insight when we
really delve into what these symbols mean to us as individuals.

The reason I cannot provide a universal response to what snakes, or
lightning, or falling or anything else means is because we all come
from such diverse backgrounds and life experiences that mold our views
on the things we may see in our dreams. Let’s take the snake example.
Personally I am terrified of snakes, but I have friends who think they
are beautiful, powerful, have them as pets etc. When I dream of a
snake it will mean something very different for me then when they
dream of a snake.

You may be wondering if there is no universal dream dictionary how on
earth do I decipher the meaning of my dreams. I encourage you to
firstly write down your dreams. This will help you to remember them
more clearly, and to use them as a tool for self discovery. When you
are analyzing various symbols or situations in your dreams, ask
yourself how you would describe the symbol both in the dream and in
life and examine where in your life you see such a description. Here
is an example: again back to snakes. I would describe snakes as
terrifying, toxic, and powerful. Then I would ask myself what in my
life or what part of myself do I think is like a snake which I
described as being “terrifying, toxic and powerful”.

The beautiful thing about dreams being such a unique metaphor for all
of us is that the symbolism and meanings may vary not only from person
to person but even at different times in our lives. If tomorrow I
have a positive experience with a snake and tomorrow night I dream about a
snake, it may have a new meaning than it would have for me tonight. I
look forward to all of you unlocking the key to you lives through your
unconscious nightly reveries!

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Nightmares

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Nightmares

By Boomeryearbook.com

At one time or another everyone has had a nightmare. While more common in children, adults also experience these petrifying dreams. When they do occur, they are a terrifying experience. You know the feeling—you wake up in the middle of the night with your heart pounding and your mind racing. You are scared, but you may not know of what. Dreams tend to fade so fast from your memory and conscious mind that you may not even be aware of what just scared you half to death.

However children tend to have much more recall of what they were dreaming about and are extremely susceptible to nightmares. Their little minds are easily influenced as they grow and begin to develop their own set of fears. That is why children should be shielded from watching any scary movies or anything particularly violent on television. What adults may perceive as simply a harmless ghost story with a good old fashioned “fun fright”, children, especially younger children, tend to perceive TV stories as real and thus can confuse fiction and reality.

Moreover, not all nightmares are strictly irrational or fantasy based as some children and adults have valid underlying “reality based” nightmares. Anyone that has been traumatized in some way or is under extreme stress may experience nightmares. The loss of a loved one may cause nightmares particularly if the death was unexpected. Also, experiencing physical abuse or witnessing physical abuse and violence may cause nightmares, and war veterans with post traumatic stress syndrome are frequently plagued by recurring daytime flashbacks as well as nightmares that replay scenes from their horrific experiences.

Although nightmares can never fully be prevented, there are techniques for preventing them from occurring on a regular basis. The first step is to establish a regular sleep routine. Obviously, if you or your children tend to have nightmares after scary movies or books you should not watch or read these things right before bed. You can also minimize how often a child’s nightmare occurs by taking steps to reassure him or her that the family is close by. Using night lights and leaving the door open is a good way to accomplish this, along with following a regular bedtime routine. Perhaps a pleasant bedtime story along with a hug and kiss can be part of this routine. If it is a recurring nightmare, there are probably deeper underlying causes such as the ones mentioned above. Take time to figure out what might be disrupting the child’s life of if he or she has experienced any kind of trauma.

Remember nightmares are normal and will occasionally occur. So far researchers have not been able to prevent them and we at Boomer Yearbook want to offer the suggestion that maybe they shouldn’t be prevented; as a nightmare is really a call from your unconscious to a daytime situation that urgently needs to be addressed. So if you are troubled by a nightmare why not try to take control and “lucid dream”? Confront the troubling image? For instance if you are being chased in a nightmare, take control and say to your chaser, STOP! I will not allow you to frighten me. Or ask your chaser, Who are you? What do you want? You’ll be surprised at what you may discover about yourself and what your subconscious wants you to know.

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