Since dreams have been established as being part of the human condition — or rather, the mammal condition — there are certain dreams that are far more common than others. Sometimes based on culture or location, there are certain thematic dreams that seem to translate from society to society. These dreams are popular for dream interpreters and spiritualists to dissect and search for meaning. I can personally vouch for having most of these dreams, what about you?
Chase Dreams: Chase dreams are one of several common dream themes, stemming from feelings of anxiety in your waking life. Flight is an instinctive response to a physical threat in the environment. In these dreams, the scenario features you being pursued by an attacker, an animal, a monster or an unknown figure, who wants to hurt or possibly kill you. Consequently, you run, you hide or you try to outwit your pursuer.
Test/Exam Dreams: To dream that you are taking an exam indicates that you are being put to the test or being scrutinized in some way. Such dreams highlight your feelings of being anxious and agitated. You may find that you cannot answer any of the questions on the test or that the test is in some foreign language. Is time running out and you find that you cannot complete the exam in the allowed time? Or are you late to the exam, or did you forget about it entirely? Does your pencil keep breaking during the exam? Such factors contribute to you failing this test. You might have been out of school for years, and still dream about missing exams. It can be very disorienting.
Falling Dreams: Falling dreams are another theme that is quite common in the world of dreams. Contrary to a popular myth, you will not actually die if you do not wake up before your hit the ground during a fall but could you imagine the news story that would play if you did? “Individual dead we don’t know why. I think he fell in his dream.”
According to Freudian theory, dreams of falling indicate that you are contemplating giving into a sexual urge or impulse. You may not be as discrete as you should be.
Flying Dreams: My personal favorite, flying dreams. Many dreamers describe the ability to fly in their dreams as an exhilarating, joyful, and liberating experience. Flying dreams often fall under a category of dreams known as lucid dreaming. Lucid dreams occur when you become aware that you are dreaming, and are able to control the setting and plot of your dreams. Flying is often the first thing people attempt in these dreams; and be honest, you’d do it too.
Teeth Dreams: An incredibly common dream, dreams of your teeth falling out or breaking can be shocking. The typical dream scenarios include having your teeth crumble in your hands, fall out one by one with just a light tap, grow crooked or rot. Such dreams are not only horrifying and shocking, but they often leave you with a lasting image of the dream.
Snake Dreams: Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Snakes are a very common dream symbol, usually meaning evil, temptation, or sexuality. To see a snake or be bitten by one in your dream signifies hidden fears and worries that are threatening you.… Your dream may be alerting you to something in your waking life that you are not aware of or that has not yet surfaced.
Car Dreams: The great modern symbol of power, status, vitality, sexuality. Automobile dreams are very common and have many meanings in dream analysis. It depends on factors like who is driving? Is it a pleasant journey or a treacherous one? Is the car an old clunker or a luxurious new car? Beginning a drive in an automobile generally means that you are in the beginning stages of a new life-plan. Where the car takes you metaphorically shows you where your life should be going. If your car breaks down, you could be placing your trust in someone not worth it.
An out-of-body experience is an experience (OBE) in which a person seems to perceive the world from a location outside their physical body. You may experience watching your body as you sleep hovering over your bed, or possibly be in a far off land.
This experience happens when the brain turns off the body’s ability to move during dreaming, muscles lose their reflex or tension, causing the paralysis. Usually before this state dreamers are known to experience an inability to move called sleep paralysis; followed by loud noise as they are blasted out of there body.
Similar to an out of body experience but this one is induced by the dreamer. The feeling would be defined lucid as the dreamer travels through out the universe, defying gravity and time. People often experience this state during illness or if they where to experience a near death experience. People who experience this mysterious experience come back feeling changed or knowing the spirit is real and the body is just a temporary shell.
Do you want to know how to control your dream settings? Lucid dreams give you that opportunity to fly like superman for the night. This can be learned and applied to your dream world using certain techniques. You may even get the chance to fly or float above the ground randomly in your dreams, the feeling makes you alive the moment you wake up.
Never to be alarmed when you experience a nightmare. Dream analysts use these dreams and the symbols in them to get to the root of a problem. This might be unconscious issues that have been repressed or neglected, once you are able to find the weed you can pull out the root. Nightmares bring attention to neglected aspects of your emotions, past and present worries and wants you to fix it to move on peacefully in life.
Common Nightmare Dreams:
Stuck In Sleep?
The feeling of being unable to move as you are in your bed wide awake can be terrifying. This common occurrence called sleep paralysis when your brain is awake but your body is fast asleep. This is harmless and takes a couple seconds or minutes to pass; some can wiggle their feet to snap out of it faster. During this process you will hear noises, see people or even a masked man on your back. You will wake up terrified wondering why you experienced this dreadful feeling. Usually when people are stressed, sleeping positions or oversleeping my cause this to happen.