Five Types Of Dreams & What They Represent

Dreams are really weird things. I mean, you shut your eyes and fall into unconsciousness only to hallucinate for hours on end. Only, it doesn’t feel like hours, and these hallucinations usually don’t make much sense at all. 

Despite not making much sense, dreams are actually really powerful and significant things. They can give us a lot more insight than we might think as to how we’re feeling about certain situations in our lives and generally our stat3e of mind. The cool thing about this is the fact that dreams aren’t trying to deceive you. So they may not make a lot of sense and you might feel like you’re being tricked, but dreams aren’t inherently malicious – they aren’t trying to sell you a truth that’s not really reality. 

Analysing Your Dreams Can Help Your State Of Mind

Analysing your dreams can really help you come to terms with how you’re experiencing and handling a life scenario. Getting to know what the content of a dream means can allow you to reflect on your own state of being and enables you to really reflect on what’s happening in your life. In that sense, dreams are like mirrors – they just show you what you’re not realising is really happening. 

However, dreams really aren’t easy to understand at all, considering they portray messages in odd, sometimes twisted, ways. Though, when you lean how to understand the symbolism within your dreams, you’re going to find that you’re much more enlightened. 

But you’re probably wondering; where do I start? That’s a fair enough question, as dramas are not easy things to deal with. I’m not going to pretend like I’m going to be telling you exactly how to interpret every single dream you have, but the first thing to be aware of is the different types of dreams there are and what they could mean. 

The Five Main Types Of Dream

Physical Dreams

These are dreams known to relate to the state of your body. If you’re experiencing physical sensations such as pain, or you’re suffering from an illness, our dreams can interpret that and show it to us in a negative image. If you have a headache when you go to bed, you might experience the imagery of having a weight on your head. A lot of the time, physical dreams can be somewhat easily interpreted, as you’re usually able to make the connection between your dream and your physical state of being. You could desperately need the toilet and be dreaming that you’re looking for a bathroom. These cues are always in our dreams, but they often go missed as we tend to brush them off or simply forget about them. 

Emotional Dreams

Instead of being focused around physical sensations, emotional dreams are revolved around how you’re personally and psychologically feeling. Most of the time, these dreams will be revolved around an identifiable emotion that you’re experiencing, even if you don’t realise it. The setting and the content of the dream works to bring your attention to how you really feel about a certain situation. Say you dream that you had a screaming match with your parents – this could illuminate being angry over a change in your personal life. 

Lucid Dreams

If you’re ever had a lucid dream, you know just how trippy they can be. Lucid dreaming is the state of knowing you’re dreaming and then being able to control that dream. Lucid dreamers can actually take control of their dreams and guide it so that they’re able to achieve almost anything they want. These dreams tend to be very, very vivid and memorable, and you can actually teach yourself how to lucid dream by partaking in reality check exercises. 

Soul Dreams 

These dreams are probably the weirdest type of dream that you can have. They’re focused around connecting you to a higher, more enlightened state of mind, body, and soul. The purpose of these dreams is to bring you closer to your deeper state of knowledge, even though they’re often seen to be revolved around another ethereal being. If you’ve ever had a dream that seems it has a certain spiritual quality to it, then it’s likely you’ve experienced a soul dream. 

Archetypal Dreams

More often than not, dreams contain archetypal symbols that can work to embody human experiences and represent universal meanings. Archetypes can be anything ranging from a particular type of person – like a damsel in distress or a villain – to a simple symbol – like a pot boiling over. They can be either positive or negative, and they tend to represent a deeper meaning than they may seem. Let’s take that pot boiling over as an example – that could showcase that you’re close to your breaking point with a particular situation, or you’re overly stressed.

How Dream Analysis Helps Mental Health

Dreams are, quite obviously, a big part of my mentality. They represent how we’re feeling, what we’re going through, and how we’re handling situations that are occurring in our lives. Therefore, it’s no wonder that understanding your dream can benefit your mental health. 

Generally, getting to grips with what your dream means can help you figure out a problem or decide on how to manage a scenario. It can be a form of enlightenment and self-reflection as analysis also means that you’re going to be contemplating your own state of mind. Whether there’s something that you’ve been avoiding or there’s simply an issue that you need to come to terms with, reflecting on your dreams allows you to do just that.

This self-reflection is so good for mental health as it allows you to really get in tune with your body and your mind. You’ll be taking care of yourself by acknowledging the issues that you’re facing, and you’ll be able to manage them better. Likewise, shrugging off issues tends to only lead to further stress, which is never good for mental health

Have you had any weird dreams lately, or have you ever had a dream with a big amount of significance? 

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