What is a dream?

If you look at a dictionary definition for the word “dream” you will read a description like “a series of images experienced during the stage of sleep known as rapid eye movement”.

This is a very scientific description and, for me, there is more to be offered by way of an explanation.  That’s not to say that the sciencey stuff isn’t important and there is a wealth of information available to those interested in that side of it.

Essentially, dreams and nightmares are good for you.  We know this because research has proved the important role that dreaming plays in helping us store memory.  Your dreams are also like a friend offering you a piece of advice which, like some friends, you may choose to acknowledge or ignore.

Dreams are a personal message – designed and encrypted especially for you so that only you can decode it. Where you believe this message comes from (be it God, The Universe or your Subconscious Mind) is personal to you. For me, it’s about taking the time to understand that message and then using the information to enhance your life through positive action.

Many cultures believe that dreaming is necessary to our health and wellbeing and when it comes to our dreams I believe they are so much more than just the subconscious rattlings of the Mind.  You only have to look at examples of Creative Dreaming to see that.  If you choose to follow a specific theoretical model when it comes to dreams (such as Jung or Freud) then you are really only getting one bite of the apple.  (I discuss this more in my brief article Dreams are not for boxes and will talk more about this in my new book, out next year).

In the meantime, broaden your horizons and consider the possibilities available to you through the Dreaming World.

About Delphi Ellis

Qualified Counsellor, Mental Health and Well-Being Trainer, and Mindfulness Practitioner. Creator of Monday Mojo™. Talks 'Lady Business', raising awareness of factors which predominantly affect Women's Mental Health like pregnancy and domestic abuse. Helping to improve the global conversation, and bring an end to stigma and shaming. Dream Explorer as seen on the telly. Avid tea drinker.

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