What happens in our head at night may be more important than we think.

There have been thousands of studies on dreams.  Through these studies, researchers have found by analyzing the colors of a dream they could accurately predict certain things about a person’s emotional state.  The clues are in the colors. Dominant colors are reds and blacks that spike during difficult times.

Cutting edge technologies are beginning to discover the hidden secrets in our dreams and the role they play in our lives.

Dreams are a way for the subconscious mind to communicate with the conscious mind. Hypnotherapy is a very useful tool to help interpret dreams because hypnosis works with the subconscious mind.  Many times our dreams are a way our brain helps us rehearse for a disaster in case it happens.  Dreaming about a challenge you have, like a presentation, can actually improve your performance.  REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is your deepest stage of sleep. Dreams and REM sleep is linked to the ability to learn and remember.

Dreaming is also a good “mood regulatory system” as they help people work through the days’ emotional problems.  While we sleep our dreams compare the new emotional experience to old memories, which creates a pattern of old images laid on top of new ones.  It is the job of the conscious mind to figure out the relationship.

Scientists are working on new ways to interpret dreams once we are awake.  Remember dream symbols differ depending on the dreamer.  Each person understands their dreams better than anyone else. There are no universal dream symbols, so throw your dream dictionaries away.

When decoding dreams it is important to interpret the colors.  More than 80% of people dream in color. Specific colors represent particular emotions.  Examples…Red means action, excitement, and desire.  Blue means calmness, tranquility, and harmony.  Black means fear anxiety and intimidation.  Every dreamer has a different palette to reflect personal associations.  Using color is your brains’ way of painting your dreams with your emotions.  The dreaming mind is more insightful about the people in your life than your waking mind.

So what can your dreams do for you?  It is well known that some people can solve their problems at work and at home by “sleeping on it”.  Try to think of a question just falling to sleep and then let the subconscious provide the answers.

Research has found that some people can guide their dreams while they are sleeping. This is “lucid dreaming” in which a sleeping person realizes they are dreaming “while it is happening” and can experience fantasy adventures while being perfectly aware that they are dreaming.  Everyone has the potential to dream lucidly but it rarely happens.  Lucid dreamers can use the experience for problem-solving, developing, creativity, and healing.

If you want to recall and interpret your dreams more often try these few steps.

1. Incubate an idea – before falling asleep think about a person or topic you want to dream about and ask a question that’s troubling you.  Then ask your dream to respond to it.

2. Keep track – keep a pad of paper & pen or recorder by your bed to record your dreams as soon as you wake up.

3. Try to waken naturally – don’t use an alarm clock.

4. Wake up slowly – when you first waken lie still with eyes closed. Give the dream a name and write down as many details, images, feelings and impressions that you can remember.

5. Connect the dots – to interpret your dreams try to make connections between your recalled dreams and recent events.  Do you recognize the people, places, themes or patterns?

6. Change the outcome – If you have reoccurring nightmares try to change the ending when you waken.  You can do this by visualizing a change in the action that creates a more positive outcome as soon as you wake up.

7. Be patient – It can take days or weeks before you can recall your dreams in detail.

Practice makes perfect so keep trying.

Your dreams are like your private movies where you are the star, director, and writer. You are also the best critic!

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