Dreams – the top ten most Common Dreams
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. To most of us dreams are just a jumble of events and emotions- at best laughable and at worse, scary. But dreams are messages from our subconscious which, if interpreted properly, answer our problems, reveal secrets about ourselves and can even keep us healthy and looking beautiful. Making sense of our dreams can help us make sense of our lives- here’s how you do it with my list of the top ten most common dreams.
The first thing to remember is that there’s nothing to be scared about. Dreams are good for you. Once you suss out the meaning of your dreams you will discover a lot about yourself and what bothers you. Dreams will give you solutions to your problems and may reveal your hidden feelings about your friends, relationships, your parents or even yourself. Understand the meaning of your dreams and you will become much more self-confident and at ease with yourself because you know yourself better. Dreams highlight the real source of your problems- and, by recalling them, you start to face anxieties. You’ll also start to sleep more deeply, which is good for your peace of mind and health. Sleep well and dream well and you’ll turn into a regular Sleeping Beauty.
Intro from my Dream TV Show in the USA
THE MEANING OF YOUR DREAMS
There’s no doubt that dreams are essential for our health and well-being. They are a safety valve, as important as eating or drinking, for without them our frustrations and anxieties would overwhelm us.
Dreams speak to us with symbols. By unravelling the allegories and metaphors, we learn important information to guide us through life’s ups and downs. Above all it is important to enjoy working with your dreams. Make it fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. In this way, you’ll get to know yourself better and acknowledge those parts of you that until now you may have ignored.
Most dreams don’t fit into neat categories. They’re unique, and it’s how you interpret them that counts. However there are some dreams that we all have in common. Now find out what your dreams are saying about you:
DREAMS OF BEING CHASED
This is a metaphor for insecurity. Circumstances may be closing in on you or you may feel at the mercy of feelings that get out of control. You may have feelings of guilt or fear of being caught for something you have done. Children who have this dream may be being bullied at school.
Dreams like this one reflect your feelings of insecurity. Are you running away from something? The figure that chases you is most likely to represent an unresolved aspect of the your circumstances or personality.
Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology, believed that all dreams were sexual in nature. Our secret wishes and fears, he believed, are expressed through the symbolism of dreams.
Some dreams are sexually explicit; others cloak eroticism in symbols. They may express your sexual fantasies, but don’t take them too literally. A dream lover may not necessarily be someone you’d want to know in real life! He may just symbolise an aspect of your sexuality that needs to be expressed.
DREAMS OF CLIMBING
Are you escaping from something dangerous in the dream like a wild animal? Then perhaps your dream symbolises an escape from destructive emotions. Perhaps you are working too hard at climbing the ladder of success.
If you’re filled with a fear of the dizzy heights you may need more self-confidence.
You may be at a critical point in your life and fear loosing control. Emotionally you may feel as if you are ‘teetering on the brink’ or feel that your life is like a ‘cliff hanger’ movie. If you dream of climbing a cliff, it may show how you are trying to overcome an obstacle. Once over this problem the way ahead is smooth and even.
DREAMS OF FLYING
To dream of flying is usually a pleasant experience and is accompanied by a sense of exhilaration and freedom. Rarely is the dream accompanied by a fear of heights or of falling.
Flying may symbolise liberation from something that’s been troubling you. The obstructions and shackles that have held you down have been released and you can now experience the same sense of freedom that we see in the birds that soar in the sky. The sky may symbolise awareness and spirituality so to dream of flying can represent expansion of your life and knowledge.
You have high hopes and are overcoming obstacles at last. Nevertheless, flying also has its perils and can symbolise over-ambition. Don’t elevate yourself above others or, like Icarus in the Greek myth, you may find a crash follows your rapid rise to success.
DREAMS OF BEING NAKED
Dreams like this can signify the ‘naked truth’. There’s a feeling of being exposed. Perhaps you feel failure, or that you’ll make mistakes and be ridiculed?
In your waking life, you need to overcome your feelings of vulnerability and learn self-confidence.
If you dream of being partly dressed- such as going out without your skirt on- you fear you’re not prepared for what lies ahead. Thoroughly examine your plans and perfect them.
Dreams of being nude in public are a well-known anxiety theme. You may be inhibited and fear close relationships. Alternatively, if you’re admired in the dream, then you may be looking to fulfil your sexual desires.
DREAMS OF FALLING
Dreams about falling usually occur as you are “falling off” to sleep. They may be triggered by a drop in blood pressure, a movement of the fluid in the middle ear, or a limb dangling off the side of the bed.
As a symbol, falling highlights a loss of emotional equilibrium or self-control. You may fear “letting go” in real life. Anxiety usually accompanies this dream. It may represent your insecurity, a lack of self-confidence, a fear of failure or an inability to cope with a situation. There could also be a literal interpretation. You may have noticed something unsafe- a loose stair rail, wobbly ladder or insecure window. Check it out. The dream may be a warning.
DREAMS ABOUT ACCIDENTS
Your dream is not necessarily predicting the future. Nightmares of this type reveal deep anxieties and fears. A car crash may symbolise your emotional state. Are you driving
yourself too hard? Perhaps you should slow your life down a bit. If your life feels like it is set on a course for disaster, examine your mistakes and resolve to set a new and better course. If the accident happens to someone else in your dream then examine your heart for you may have suppressed hostility towards that person. Unexpressed jealousy resentment or hatred may be finding its release through your dream. Perhaps also the dream refers to accidents of a different kind such as saying the wrong thing or accidentally not turning up on a date.
Digging up buried treasure or finding money symbolises rediscovering a part of yourself. Is there something that you have neglected or hidden? It could be that you had an ambition in life and only now have found the opportunity to try again. There may be a wealth of past experiences that you can draw on- something from your childhood perhaps?
The dream may also have a literal interpretation. If you’re worried about finances, now may be the time to start a new venture. The dream may symbolise other things too: power, independence, or security. Examine your life- there may be unlooked-for opportunities just below the surface.
TEETH FALLING OUT
Dreaming of teeth falling out may represent insecurity. These dreams often occur at a time of transition between one phase of life and another. When we lost our milk teeth, we also gradually lost our childhood innocence. Loosing your teeth therefore show that today you have similar feelings of uncertainty and self-consciousness as you did in childhood. The dream could also highlight your worries about getting older or your sexual attractiveness. Animal teeth may represent aggressiveness and false teeth may represent concern about your self-image.
Don’t take this one literally. Dreams about death are symbolic. They represent the ending of one phase so that a new one can begin. If the dream features someone you know, question what aspect of yourself that person represents. For example, has the romantic angry or impatient person in you died? Similarly, if you see yourself as a corpse, then it means that you can’t cope with your problems and if you dream someone close to you dies it can mean that all is not right with your relationship with them. Perhaps you should make some changes.
Top Ten Most Common Dreams
CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER is a celebrated U.K. medium who has confounded skeptics by the uncanny accuracy of his readings. Craig and his wife Jane have had their own TV shows in the UK and USA including 'The Spirit of Princess Diana'. In 2003 the BBC made a 3 part documentary about their work. Craig is the author of 15 books.