Understanding Night-Time Dreams

Everybody dreams, we usually have 5 dreams per night, yet some of us never remember our dreams. The reason for this is often a lack of interest and awareness of how beneficial working on our dreams can be.
Recorded dreamwork goes back to Assyrian-Babylonian times and can be found in Egyptian hieroglyphics and the Bible (over 700 recorded dreams and visions). The Greek pantheon included the healing god Asclepius who was in charge of 300 temples dedicated to dreamwork. People for thousands of years around the world in less “developed” countries have continued to rely on dreamwork for the safety and health of the tribe.
Our dreams can provide creative solutions. Albert Einstein’s dreamed the theory of relativity and Elias Howe invented the sewing machine needle from a dream. Robert Lewis Stevenson composed many of his novels particularly “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde from dreams. Mary Shelley wrote of “Frankenstein” from a nightmare she experienced. Many songs, poems and ideas come from dreams.
We all know of someone who had a premonition dream, i.e. a dream of something that later occurred. Others have had warnings of illnesses, plane crashes and various other disasters. Our dreams can be our greatest allies.
Our dreams are often symbolic. They symbolize something other than the obvious. For example, to dream of your car may represent your physical self or your means of getting around. Notice who is in control of the wheel? If its you, good, if not perhaps you are allowing someone else too much influence in your life? If the car is veering off the road. Perhaps you are currently making a decision that is not in alignment with your values or goals. All dreams are unique to the dreamer and we often need help in deciphering the symbolic meaning.
People who seek out my dream interpretation often do so because they are experiencing recurring anxiety dreams or nightmares. Anxiety dreams and nightmares are more common in children below the age of 9yrs old. The reason for this is that young children feel more powerless and dependent on others. Nightmares in children are often a warning sign for parents to pay attention to the child’s current situation and evaluate where the child is having difficulty. Often children can not voice what it is that worries them but by paying attention to the nightmare you may be able to figure it out. If not you can always benefit from an experts opinion.
For some of us, dreams that cause anxiety or nightmares are often caused by a feeling of a lack of control. Dreams are related to our day’s events and feeling that occurred. Often we are busy with life and don’t notice or pay attention to how we truly feel. If a client tells me everything in there waking life is fine but they are experiencing nightmares. Then as a licensed mental health counselor and Dream worker I know that something is bothering them that they are unaware of and I will assist them discover their repressed feelings. In my experience, working on interpreting the dream can help resolve emotions and end the nightmare episodes.
In my 10years of providing dream interpretation I have been pleasantly surprised at how people’s dream retention increases rapidly by attending a dream workshop or dream group. Working on your dreams can provide greater self awareness, emotional stability and aid in decision making.
Isobel McGrath, Counselor& Life Coach is hosting a fun presentation, “Understanding Nighttime dreams” on February 28th  2014, 11.30 to 1.00pm in St. Augustine, Florida, 32080. Check out my calendar of events for further information.
Isobel McGrath, MS, LMHC, CAP, CHT
Licensed Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Hypnotherapist
Stress/Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Co-Dependency, Relationship Issues
904 436-5576 (Office) 904 806 8840 (Cell),  www.mindunltd.com