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MoonDreams

By Vicki Keller

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes

 

Hello my fellow dreamers.  Welcome to MoonDreams.  I am Vicki Keller and I will be the mistress of this nocturnal journey you and I shall travel together.  Whether we traverse sweet dreams or heart palpitating nightmares, I will be there to help guide you through and help you to understand what it all means.

We are all guilty of saying, ‘I had the weirdest dream last night…’.  Well my column will help you to understand the difference in the types of dreams, how to interpret the symbols, how to apply them to your lives and best of all, how to manipulate them into helping you live the life you most desire.  Sound daunting?  Don’t be discouraged.  I will take you step by step and I promise it will come easier than you could ever imagine.

Let’s start today with a little background knowledge about dreams.  Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung are probably the biggest names in dreams. Both were famous psychiatrists and in fact, Jung studied under Freud at one period of time.  The difference is in how they defined their doctrine or beliefs.  Without going too deep here, Freud believed dreams based in wish-fulfillment and libido, while Yung did not emphasize libido as prominently as the collective unconscious.  I personally take what feels right from both their studies and interpret, adding a touch of my own salt for flavor.  I will encourage you always to think for yourself and follow your instincts, inner-self and heart.  On that path lies the truth to your true inner-self and that my MoonDreamers is what your dreams are really all about.

I follow along the lines of Jung as far as there are three levels to the mind.  First is the conscious mind, that part of your mind that is awake and aware of what surrounds you.  Then you have your subconscious mind, and this is the part of the mind that stores information and also performs involuntary bodily acts. Lastly, we have the super-subconscious where the stuff of repressed emotions and nightmares lie.  We can tell ourselves we will forget about a subject, but it is still there buried deep in this part of our mind.  Learning to discern between these three levels of the mind is the first step to understanding your dreams.

These three levels of the mind play an integral part of your dreaming state.  When you first start to fall asleep, you enter the REM stage. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement.  When you enter REM sleep you have physiological similarities to your conscious mind.  The eyes begin to move rapidly, you start to dream, you experience rapid and variable heartrate, and our muscles also tend to become paralyzed from the neck down.  Three chemicals are needed to cause sleep paralysis.  Glycine, metabotropic GABA and ionotropic GABAA/glycine.  The three work together to paralyze your body in order to stop you from enacting your dreams while sleeping.  People, who have troubles sleepwalking and thrashing in their sleep, are thought to have issues in this area. It is your body’s way of protecting you, when your conscious mind is not able to. REM and NREM (nonrem) sleep, cycle with each other.  One cycle lasts about 90 minutes.  Really important things happen during all of this.  You need uninterrupted sleep so that the brain can sweep out all the bad gunky.  That would be neurotoxins, waste products of beta-amyloid and toxic proteins.

Everyday our minds are like a video camera.  They take in all the details around us.  They have to in order to visualize the world we are seeing.  The sub-conscious mind sorts these things accordingly.  Some are regulated to memory.  The things we see that impress themselves upon us for one reason or another.  Some get repressed into the super-subconscious.  These are the things we didn’t want to see or remember.  Such as coming upon a gory accident scene.  Then we also have what I like to call the recycle bin. Just like the one on your desktop, all the waste gets dumped there.  The things that are mundane to us.  Like the million details we take in on our drive to work or errands.  Our waking or conscious mind is always busy and at work storing, filing and shredding.

All this, and much more, go into our dreaming world.  Our mind uses everything in its arsenal to alert us, teach us, remind us or, even amuse us.  Take a deep breath!  All this information actually makes interpreting our dreams ever so much easier.  Trust me, for those of you out there thinking, “but I never dream”.  Yeah you do.  Everyone dreams.  It is a part of your body’s way of healing itself.  You are just not remembering them.  Stick with me and we will conquer all this and more.  So beginning today, start to take the time to notice the brighter and more positive side of your life.  Fill your mind with fresh, wonderful sights and thoughts.  Your dreaming mind will thank you for it.

Sweet Dreams,
Vicki Keller

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Vicki Keller resides in a small town in West Virginia.  She is happily married and mother of one son.  She currently has a website under construction for dream interpretations and tarot readings.