Keep on dreaming
Thiruni Kelegama and Vidushi Seneviratne
"Harry Potter whizzes by on his broomstick
trying to catch the snitch during a game
of Quidditch in the presence of his arch enemy Voldemort.
Jones is seated on the ground with her diary, crying because Mark
Darcy is getting married to some other. Near her is a scale where
she keeps measuring herself and moaning aloud because she's too
I'm in the middle of it all eating candy floss!" states Nilushi
(18). "I was enjoying myself- and then to my disappointment,
I Woke Up!"
It was just
Abandonment - If you are the one being abandoned
in your dream, it signifies the contrary. You may experience
reconciliation or recovery from trouble or illness. Remember
that the unconscious is attempting to compensate for an imbalance
in the conscious. For example, if you are overly attached
to someone in your daily life, in the dream you may be abandoned
by him/her. This is an attempt by the unconscious to make
you aware of your dependency.
- If you are being attacked, you may be feeling vulnerable
in some areas of your daily life. If you are doing the attacking,
it may be that you are releasing some of your frustrations
- Those that are literally blind cannot see the world around
them. They can only percieve images with their mind's eye.
When dreaming about being blind, the message is of a pyschological
and spiritual nature. Blindness in a dream suggests that the
dreamer may be unwilling to see some aspect of his life. There
may be a blind spot in his mind or soul. This definition also
applies to darkness and sleep as dream symbols.
- Dreaming about drowning is common and it invokes fear. However,
it has a positive effect. This dream suggests that unresolved
emotions, old issues or a current crisis might overwhelm you.
It also suggests that a release of the old is necessary in
order to emerge and begin anew.
- This is really an omen that you will receive unexpected
news and be successful against your opposition. However, the
main theme in abduction dreams is fear. The dreamer may be
afraid of losing his safest and most familiar surroundings.
These type of dreams may be most prevalent during stressful
times of your life when the future is somewhat uncertain.
- A symbol of commitment, affirmation and encouragement to
grow in self-awareness. If you are not married, but would
like to be, this dream could be a form of wish fulfillment.
It could also represent a great deal of awareness whereby
the dreamer's conscious and unconscious elements are becoming
more familiar and are embracing one another.
- It could symbolise the energy levels, the strength or the
force that you have to get through life. If you are running
without a goal, it may be an indication that you need to slow
down in your everyday life. If you are competing, you need
to consider your recent rivalries and realistically look at
the current challenges.
- Suggests that the dreamer may be feeling overwhelmed in
some areas of his life. It may help you to identify the source
of your negative feelings and helplessness. You may be currently
concerned about ethical or moral issues and may be experiencing
anxiety as a result. The vampire represents personal attributes
or negative habits that drain energy and resources or cause
- Violent dreams are relatively common. Violent dreams reflect
the confusion and conflict that the dreamer experiences in
daily life. Dreams with violent themes suggest that the dreamer
has unconscious negative emotions such as fear, anxiety and
we spend about one third of our lives sleeping. So while dreams
may be only hallucinations they are also fantastic journeys we make
in our sleep.
us to understand ourselves if we know how to interpret them. We
often wonder why dreams occur. There are several explanations. It
is a fact that we all must sleep. We constantly go through cycles
of sleep and wakefulness. During each cycle, our minds must be active.
To keep our minds active during our sleep, we must dream.
of dream interpretation is unknown but some of the earliest examples
of dreams being interpreted are in the Bible. Joseph interpreted
the dreams of a cup bearer and a baker and his analysis had a tremendous
impact on not only Egypt, but the future of dream interpretation.
Later on, Greek
philosophers such as Aristotle, furthered the theory of dream analysis.
According to him, dreams are formed by disturbances of the body.
It was in the mid-19th century that another great philosopher, Sigmund
Freud came up with a truly revolutionary theory. He believed that
"the purpose of dreams is to allow us to satisfy in fantasies
the instinctual urges that society judges unacceptable."
dreams is a very powerful tool. Deep secrets or concealed feelings
can be revealed by analysing a dream. For instance, when one dreams
of being an alien, it could be that he might be feeling unsure of
his or her new surroundings. If, on the other hand, he sees an alien
in the dream (whether extra-terrestial or foreign), he might be
feeling that his life is being invaded. A couch in your dream symbolises
being in love.
But, it can
also mean laziness (which is the more likely of the two!).
Being fat in
your dreams could mean that you possess a great wealth of knowledge
but a pig, could mean that you are greedy and dirty.
(18), a university student in England who is on holiday here relates
a strange dream she had recently. She dreamt of scenes which were
a mix of her life here as well as there. "I was working at
the hopsital attached to the university, when I got a call and someone
asked me to come and see Spider Man (which is currently being screened
here, and which she was planning on seeing last week). Once at the
theatre, I realised that they weren't showing it, and went back
to my flat. Suddenly, I got a call from my music teacher (who is
in Sri Lanka), asking me to come and see her immediately. I got
all worked up and then suddenly...I was rudely awoken!
Before going to bed, try to keep a clear mind. Having many
thoughts on your mind can distract you from remembering your
a pencil and a piece of paper and put it next to your bed.
lie down on your bed and not think of anything.
your eyes slowly and continue to keep a clear mind. You will
eventually fall asleep.
any point during the night you wake up, write down all you
can remember from the dream and then go back to sleep.
you wake up in the morning, you should write down everything
you remember from the night's dream.
the main aspects of the dream.
back of the paper, write down anything that has been disturbing
you, causing anxiety or joy.
the symbols given to check what they mean!
do dreams reflect the happenings of our day-to-day life? Do they
affect people psychologically?
Mendis of the psychiatric department of the National Hospital of
Colombo, disagrees. According to him, dreams have absolutely no
psychological effect on people. "They could reflect what is
happening to them in their lives. But new research has proven that
these Freudian theories on dreams can't be accepted anymore,"
dreams may not carry any psychological value, interpreting them
can still be fun.
walking along a sandy beach and the moon was just rising. It was
truly romantic. The sea was calm and I could feel the sand beneath
my feet. I was in heaven. Suddenly something appeared out of nowhere.
The creature was grinning maliciously. I screamed and started to
run. Running towards me was the guy next door whom I had liked for
ages. He rescued me and we rode off on a midnight black stallion...",
sighed Anusha (18), still carried away by the dream she had a couple
of nights before.
In our dreams,
we may be trying to figure out this mystery called 'love'. The dream
may be wish fulfilling or compensatory in nature.
an essential part of our lives. They enrich our imagination - a
good laugh is always called for after a particularly funny dream;
though a nightmare could keep you shivering for weeks.
all that is left to be said is a word of warning: Dreams are not
meant to be taken seriously! So..... dream on.