Current society seems to be locked in to culture of blame. You hear the words accident and “my bad” so often the words seem to have lost all meaning. When you embrace the blame cycle you are giving your power to somebody else. If you are passed up for a promotion or opportunity to you tend to hold someone else responsible? Are you resentful because everyone else has while you have not? When you do this, you’ve given up control of your success and happiness.
Do you feel powerless?
By blaming everyone else for the things that are wrong in your world, you are reinforce the thought that you are weak and not in control of your own life.
Do you feel like a victim?
When faced with negativity do you ask the world, “Why me?” Don’t do this! This implies that you think you did something to deserve the terrible thing that befell you. By acting like a victim, you tell the world that you have no power.
Have you become negative?
By blaming the world and others for all of your bad luck and disappointments, you are opening up yourself for negativity. Inviting negativity can backfire by isolating you from the positive aspect of your life.
Instead, focus on something you can be grateful for and this can turn your viewpoint around. Take the lesson, not the loss.
Do you feel stuck?
Do you find yourself complaining or feeling frustrated over the same thing over and over? If you have, you are most definitely stuck. It’s not hopeless. You can certainly break free. If you are stuck do to an external trauma, seek help. If you feel frightened or physically out of control, you can always take a self-defense class. Start forgiving and stop blaming.
We can not control the world around us, and that’s fine. Even though you can’t control the challenges life hands you, you certainly can control how you respond.
Motivation and enthusiasm act as wish and interest, and they also represent the incentive drives and enthuse you to take actions and follow your goals.
However, it often happens that you have the desire and interest, but you lack the motivation. This is a frustrating situation, since you want to do a certain thing, but cannot get enough inner strength and motivation to act.
There are many reasons for the lack of motivation. It could be due to a weak desire, laziness or shyness, and it could be due lack of self esteem and self confidence. In some cases, the reason is a physical or mental problem, which requires professional help.
Motivation is the Key
Personally, if I had to describe the greatest spiritual key in life, it would be motivation. Motivation is THE key to not only mastering spirituality but regular life as well. Even if you consider yourself a motivated person, almost everyone can benefit from raising the bar and kicking life up a notch. Extremely successful CEOs and billionaires are not successful because they plateau; they are successful because they are always looking for new ways to find success.
Remind Yourself of Past Success
A lot of people have a difficult time getting motivated and successful people even have problems taking things to the next level. Think about it: How many times have you sat dreaming of tackling something? It would be wise to remind yourself of past success where you crossed the finished line, any finish line, to know that you can be successful again.
Change Your Mind and Heart
If you can change your mind and heart, then you can change your life. The tapes we play certainly become our reality. The constant thought of “I will never get this done” produces exactly that—never getting it done. It becomes important to break up this “mental matter”—this thought that you do not feel up to whatever task is at hand. Motivational speakers like Tony Robbins and financial motivational speakers like Suze Orman are shockingly impressive at getting you fired up and out of the way of your own success.
Record Over Old Mental Tapes
The idea is to record over the mental tapes (like “I’m too tired,” “Not today,” “I don’t feel like it”) that keep you from doing what you want to do. Try achieving something smaller and easier to manage to stay in the motivated zone. Personally, I love completing lists to get things done. There is something about the sense of empowerment and accomplishment that I get from crossing the completed items off of my list. Try making a list on days when you have a million things to do because at times like this you have a better success rate. This reinforces your new, positive mental tapes and also brings organization and order to what would ordinarily be a frantic, crazed, chaotic day.
You may have heard me say that for spiritual people it is sometimes easy to KNOW spirituality but it is a lot harder to PRACTICE the spiritual path. You love it but do you live it? Spiritual motivation is just as important as motivation in the rest of the world. The exercises found at the end of the chapters of many spiritual books are just as important if not more important than the chapter itself. Yet they may be the most neglected part of the books. A tip to bringing spirituality into actual practice in regular life is to try to see God or the universe or whatever you believe in as your best friend, close confidante and constant companion. Try keeping the conversation between you going at all times. This constant connection keeps your spiritual side “on” and is an easy way to “move up a level” spiritually (a big jump by the way) and keeps you motivated on the spiritual path as well.
We hear the word forgiveness a lot. What does it mean? Is it more than letting go of the pain and resentment of past offense and releasing hold on any thought of revenge? The act of forgiveness can not only release feelings that are holding you back, but it can also give you insight into understanding and compassion.When you forgive, you don’t reduce or justify the wrong that had been done to you, but you can let it your feelings about it go. Lack of forgiveness can lead to undue stress can even hurt you physically. It can be hard when we try to let go, because we are still hurt. The negativity that we feel can keep us from finding true happiness.
We are only human, and our emotions have a hold on us. We are only human, and the need for revenge is inherent in us. If we let this part of ourselves take over, our resentment can build into a wave of repeated behavior that can lead us down a dark path of bad karma and negative energy.
For example, if we have been wronged by a friend and we retaliate by spreading rumors or repeating stories of their ill luck, this only poisons our other relationships by making us appear petty and vindictive.
If we stay on this path and wear our hurt and pain like a comfortable cape, we just spiral in a negative cycle. In time, this keeps our souls from growing in forgiveness.
The hard part is trying to decide who to forgive. You may have karmic debt that you are repaying, but the one who harmed you may also be involved in a karmic exchange. They may be paying a soul debt that needs to be repaid.
It’s even possible that your current situation is a product of things that have happened in a previous life.
But how do you figure all of this out?
An excellent way to unravel this karmic knot is to consult a psychic. A psychic can help you recall the moments from your past life that may be echoing in your current situation. It would be extremely difficult to do this alone. We are connected to our feelings. A psychic can help guide you.
A psychic is neutral and separate and can help you understand your karma without any predisposition. This examination without bias will help you determine what you should do.
You may find that the one who you are having conflict may have hurt you in a former life. In that life you couldn’t forgive them. In this life, you can change the way you approach them and find forgiveness so that you can both progress spiritually. You may also discover that you hard a part to play in the conflict and now you can change this.
A psychic can bring harmony and balance back to your life by helping you let go of the pattern of negativity associated with the hurt and pain in your life. Your pain can live a lasting mark can attach itself your soul.
A psychic can advise you and lead you through the choices to help free you from the negative energy that is affecting your karma. Once you track down the source of your pain, you can stop accepting negativity and stop holding on to feelings of resentment.
Forgiveness can help you release the bonds that are tying your soul down. Once you let go of this negativity, the door is open for positive energy that will lead you towards rewarding relationships.
The right psychic can teach you to let go and help you find your way out of a negative cycle. You can forgive and have a better life.
At times taking proper care of yourself is not easy due to the fact that you’re occupied. However, if you don’t take care of yourself a time will come that you will be fatigued and unable to think about anything or anybody.
There are minor self-care exercises you can engage in when you have little time.
You can select at least one from every classification and incorporate them in your life this week.
Trust yourself. There is a lot of potential in you which you are unable to see. Realizing this will, therefore, impact a lot in your life on grounds that you’ll be more successful and your potential will be the reason why. You will attract individuals with similar interests as you if you have confidence in yourself, however; if you don’t then you’ll find yourself misusing your potentials.
Maintain balance in your life. There should be equity in the way you take care of yourself. You can’t discriminate on other parts of the body while taking care of the rest. The same amount of time you give maybe to your physical health is the same amount you should give to your mental health. We all are able to balance.
Have some alone time at least once a week. During this alone time, you’ll be able to do what you want to do without any interruption. At least 1-2 hour is enough. Do what interests you on your daily basis like watching a movie without being robbed of your time. If you find it hard being alone you can involve a friend in your activities as long as it’s what you enjoy doing.
Have time for yourself every day. It might be hard to find time for yourself but at least 15 minutes a day can be appreciated. You would have made an improvement towards your well-being especially maintaining personal balance. During this time you can engage in activities that make you happy. It can be writing, listening to music, reading or drawing. You should do that frequently and plan well with the 15 minutes you’ve allocated.
There are measures you can take right now if all you are exhausting yourself. These are:
Set your alarm 15 minutes before time.
Set an alarm 15 minutes after taking lunch.
Or you can as well stay up for 15 minutes. Allocate time for your self-gain. There are times you spend watching TV ask yourself if you can at least allocate 15minutes of that time for your self-care time.
Love is a strange beast. While it is possible for people to fall in love at first sight, most have to find a way to capture someone’s attention. Everyone has a different way to get someone to look at them romantically. This starts by flirting and then something great can develop. Men as well as women demonstrate their own flirting style. Here is a list of a few flirting styles based on Zodiac sign.
Aries are direct and to the point. An Aries will shower you with compliments with a focus on the now. Aries move fast and will move quickly towards the first goal: the first date. If you find yourself on the receiving end of this lavish attention, enjoy it, but remember an Aries likes a good chase and the thrill of the hunt.
If Taurus finds you intriguing, they may be so enraptured by you that they may seem passive. You can be y assured that they are into you by their constant and immediate attention. They will show possessiveness when you are in public. Return their interest and it will definitely pay off in your favor.
Gemini will flirt with you by getting your intention in unusual ways. This may include acting in the complete opposite way that your used to, that means a sweet guy suddenly turns shy and aloof If he is usually goofy and unkempt and suddenly becomes the perfect gentlemen. This means he/she is interested in you.
Cancers may seem shy and withdrawn. That is only for show. If they are interested and have been waiting for you to make a move, they may grow impatient start asking specific questions about your feelings towards them. This may not seem romantic but you will find their directness and honesty refreshing.
The sign of the lion and the king of the beasts is also the person who wants to be at the center of all of the drama in their world. They can be found as the life of the party or otherwise holding court within your group. If he has singled you out, you will know it when he begins to draw you in as part of the story. When you see this start to develop, flirt back and watch things develop.
Virgos show their energy by using their active minds by disguising their flirting as charm. They don’t mind sending mixed signals until they know they are safe with you. They are detail oriented and if you want to attract their attention, talk about the big picture, there is a good chance they will engage back with you and you will get to see their passion ignite.
Libras love relationships. This Venus ruled sign talks about their past loves with the great flourishes of Casanova. They love to flirt and will suggest future trysts or assignations. The real challenge is to get them to commit to anything more than casual flirtation. If you can get them to pay rapt attention to you and your stories then you know they are truly interested in you.
Sexy intense Scorpio will be more than happy to seduce you with their hypnotic attention. If they are interested in you they will give you a deep, intense look and share a secret. Then they will draw you in when they invite you somewhere alone and private.
Flirting with a Sagittarius to flirt is easing. Getting them to move on to something serious is a different story. Sagittarius loves to play and life is their playground. You can usually get this stubborn Archer to commit by letting him know that he is in charge of the game.
If you have caught a Capricorn’s eye, they will talk about their achievements and generally build themselves up. This is their way of letting you know that you are welcome in their life and if you become part of their big picture you can share in all of their successes. That may not sound very romantic; it’s a byproduct of the social discomfort that is part of this sign. But when you have caught a Capricorn’s eye, you will know it!
This sign is very unpredictable and exciting. Even if they are in the middle of flirting with you, something will grab their attention and then they will jump into that subject and turn away from you. They love long discussions about intense subjects, and they will be just as surprising and intense when it comes to romance.
Pisces rely on intuition to guide them through life. They may start flirting with you with ought even knowing it. You may have to be specific if you find them swerving towards a romantic topic. Be upfront about your intentions and their interest will flourish.
We generally have the expectation that our romantic partner will be supportive when we need them. From time to time our subconscious will take inventory of our partner’s successes and failings to see if they measure up tour expectations.
If you find your relationship lacking, here are eight reasons you may be setting standards too high.
You are too self-centered
While we think we will be happier if others behave the way we want them too, there is no rule nor should their be any expectation on our part they should. Scholar George Valliant has studied human happiness states,”A cardinal rule for happiness is not to think less of ourselves, but to think of ourselves less.” What this means is that you will feel happier if you think about your significant other before you think about yourself. Your relationship will be more satisfying if you focus on your overall happiness rather than expecting your partner to live up to your unspoken demands.
There’s No Commitment
If there is no understood commitment between two people, it is ridiculous to expect partners to make the kind of compromises that are key parts of relationships. You are definitely setting your expectations too high if you want you want your partner to act as if you are committed when you are not.
You’ve Cheated (or Considered Cheating)
If you have been unfaithful or considered being unfaithful, you have no room to claim your partner is making you unhappy. People who have cheated on their partners often say they strayed because their love didn’t measure up in some way. It is absurd to expect one person to be the sole source of their happiness. It is setting the bar far too high to demand that one person fulfill all of your needs.
You Rely on Them for Your Excitement and Romance
You expect them to do all of the work. If you want a romantic and exciting relationship, you need to work together. You need to take on some of the responsibility. Provide some of the adventure you crave and you will find that both of you are thrilled.
You want mind-blowing sex, but don’t work at it.
In a committed relationship, sex can become routine. This doesn’t have to happen if both partners are will to work together to keep things interesting. Communicate your needs to your partner so that they know what you like and what you need.
You aren’t will to make sacrifices.
If you don’t want make sacrifices or compromises you can’t very well expect your partner to do so. If you want something but aren’t willing to meet them halfway you are definitely setting the bar too high.
You Let Technology Get in the Way
Too often we are distracted by our phones, computers or televisions. This can keep us from engaging with the person who is right in the same room with us. Communicating solely through technology can also cause a strain on a relationship. If you have problem, wait until you can actually speak to the person rather than relying on texts or emails to push forward your point. You Expect too Much Out of Life
Your overall expectations are too high if you push yourself to the point of exhaustion trying to reach an impossible goal. While it is important to have goals, if we expect money, looks or a perfect home to make us fulfilled and happy, we ultimately will be disappointed. This disappointment can lead us to find our relationships to be lacking.
It’s part of human nature to talk to ourselves. The key is to discover what we are saying and figure out if the message is right. When we change from a negative message to an empowering one, we can alter the course of our lives. For me, I know I’m going to talk to myself, the question is: What am I saying?
Becoming mindful of the messages we rehearse allows us to modify them. Adopting a new mantra empowers transformation as we internalize a new life script. Here’s how it works. Let’s say you regularly tell yourself that you’re stuck or that you don’t know what to do next. On the surface this may look like discouragement and worry. Underneath it is an internal script made up of messages replaying in your mind and heart that shape how you think about yourself and how you respond to your situation.
Your Mantra Keeps You Positive and Strong
Do you buy new outfits to change your look as the seasons change? Do you change your mantra just as often as you can? If not, it may be time to. That’s because the same mantra doesn’t always work for us, year after year. If your well-being or path towards change is feeling stagnant or slow, it may be time to change things up. Ask yourself these questions to see if it’s time for a change:
1. Am I happy?
2. How is my health?
3. Am I using my creative energy?
4. Do I have a good life?
5. Do I enjoy the company of others?
6. Do I pay my bills on time?
7. Do I have a savings account and do I put money into it regularly? 8. Do I like my job?
9. Do I have good friends who treat me as well as I treat them?
10. Do I have a Plan B?
11. Do I have a strong sense of self?
11 is the Number of Enlightenment
You should ask yourself these 11 questions because 11 is the number of enlightenment. If you’ve answered “no” to any of these questions, you are not working toward your highest good and it’s definitely time to change your mantra. Mantras are a sound that you can say out loud or in your mind to bring a sense of peace and joy to your life. It is also possible and a good idea to have positive affirmations that can be used as mantras to deal with special needs that occur at different times.
Some of My Favorite Mantras
One of my favorite mantras is from the lovely Tim Gunn. He says, “Make It Work.” This can be used when frustrated and in a mood where you are feeling like there is no way to get it done.
“I am bigger then my problems” is another mantra that lets you release negative thoughts about situations and allows you to find peace of mind so that you can accomplish your task.
“Today I will live in the moment” helps you take it one day at a time to develop what is needed to stay focused.
“Challenges and hurdles allow me to rise to my highest self” means that you are ready to take on a good challenge.
“I give as good as I get” makes you think about whether you give freely or with condition. This mantra rings in karmic energy.
“I will have ‘me’ time today.” How often do you really take time for yourself? Life moves so quickly that we often find ourselves too tired to do anything other than the daily grind.
Positive and Strong
If used properly, mantras work throughout our lives to keep us positive and strong. Mantras are the keys that unlock worry, ease the mind and release more mental energy. When we commit to taking care of ourselves on all levels (mind, body and spirit), we find that we can run like a finely tuned machine.
We all know that dreams are otherworldly. We are right to be baffled by the significance of our dreams, especially since they can shift focus and meaning, seamlessly confusing us. Our dreams are fascinating and can be so vivid and compelling that surely there must be some meaning to them.
To gain an understanding of your feelings, and even yourself, you must pay attention to your dreams themselves. Pay attention to what your mind is opening up to you. In dreams, the opportunities are limitless. They are a playground for your imagination. To get them most out of the dreams, you should record them. Try keeping a dream journal and do some research into lucid dreaming.
Dreams can help you have fun with the facets of your life. Dreams can affect your mood, so make the most of them.
You can also look at dreams as a way to gain knowledge. They can also provide you with information as you learn to interpret their symbols. Some even say that our dreams are a the most honest our brain can be, since it gives our subconscious to stretch and flourish.
This is another reason to learn what our dreams can mean.
Dreams can mean many different things. This is because we first have to understand how our brain makes an association. Dreams can have many meanings in just one symbol. This can also change if you are ill or under the influence of medication or alcohol.
Since you are the only one who can assign meaning to your associations, you are the only one who can determine meaning Dream dictionaries can help as guideline to help you figure out the meanings for yourself. A good way to start this is by recording your dreams. Once you get into the habit of recording the dreams, you can start to see a pattern in your dreams and can begin to interpret them.
You can understand the dreams by learning more about the messages your subconscious is sending you. Pay attention to things that are plaguing you in your waking life and record your subsequent dreams. You dreams are an important aspect of your life, so make the most of them.
The oracle of the Chou people, the Chou I came to be when the Chou were trying to overthrow the Shang dynasty. There was social and spiritual turmoil at this time and it is said that a total solar eclipse on June 20th, 1070 BC gave the Chou king Wu the perfect opportunity to invade. The Chou I eventually evolved into the I Ching.
The I Ching, called the Book of Changes in English is the representation sixty-four archetypes in six line combinations of yin and yang . These combinations are called hexagrams. Yin/Yang, represents the duality of the universe and creates the dynamic tension who shapes all of the changes in the world
Examples of yin/yang are female and male, the heavens and the earth, dark and light. The descriptions of the energy of humanity can be interpreted by the sixty- four hexagrams. The hexagrams can be analyzed in different ways. They can be divided in half to get trigrams that are representative of the fundamental elements; sky, earth, thunder, water, wind and fire. These trigrams help establish the points in Feng Shui, the ancient art of placement.
In addition to this, the I Ching is the most ancient of all divination tools. It is one of the oldest books in the world. It was composed in or around 1000 BC. Its ancient and early history is legendary.
One of the myths of the origins of the I Ching involve the first emeperor of China Fu His. He is said to have watched a turtle emerge from the Yellow River. He knew that wisdom comes from observing nature and he noted the eight symbols on the back of the turtle. The lead him to the realization that the trigrams were reflective of the movement of energy in life on Earth.
Fu Hsi contemplated other patterns in nature though animals, plants, meteorology and his own body. His myth tells how his understanding of the connection of all things through yin and yang led to his interpretation of the trigrams.
Early Chinese divination involved tortoise shells being heated over fire until they cracked so the emerging patterns could be read. Some of these shells were stored for references along with the interpretations. These can be seen at the National Museum in Taiwan, China.
Yet another myth describes an ancient clan of female diviners who read the shells of live turtles. The myth states that they became queens and royalty in the Shang Dynasty. The Dynasty was considered mythological until archeologist unearthed relics in 1899. Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism is said to be a descended from this group.
Taoist and Concucian traditions say that combining the possibilities of yin and yang with Chinese creation myths created the I Ching. This combination made the the eight trigrams emerge.
The first I Ching interpretations were authored by King Wen towards the end of the Shang dynasty when he was imprisoned by the emperor Zhou Wang. Wen used his meditations on the trigrams. This mediation took Wen to heightened mental state and he assigned each hexagram a name and a meaning. His son King Wu, added more interpretations which brought the I Ching to its present day form.
Confucius was the I Ching’s greatest supporter and he added his own wisdom to the interpretive texts. He use date I Ching as a resource for living a life of high virtue and not a divination system. He wanted to live his life studying the I Ching.
Evidence states that the Book of Changes and its hexagrams are part of an ancient oral tradition that was part of Chinese history before the written word. According to this, the basics of the I Ching were composed in the eight century BC.
Using the hexagrams for interpretations didn’t happen until the fifth century BC. During the period known as the Warring States period, the I-Ching written texts were put into a book. to make them easier to review and share. It was spared the book burnings of the Ch’in Dynasty it was considered a great piece of literature.
During the Han Dynasty the Book of Changes was studied intently and canonized.
Additions were made at the turn of the millennium. These additions regarded the individual lines of the hexagrams and the definitions of the trigrams. The commentaries are attributed to Confucius. More changes were made and it became to resemble to today’s I Ching.
Chinese rules and the general public used the I -Ching before printing was available by weaving it into their culture. The influence of the to Book of Changes has been a great influence into how the Eastern world is viewed. Over the last century, Western Culture has been exposed to the basics of Taoism. Carl Jung explained the value of of the I Ching’s psychological validity. This lead to the Western World’s acceptance of the I Ching.
Today, the I Ching is consulted by tossing three coins six time to create the hexagram. This is much simpler thant the tradition of casting fifty yarrow stalks to divine the hexagram. After the coins/stalks are sorted out the sacred book is consulted to discern the meaning.
Dreams are Mysterious, bewildering, eye-opening and sometimes a nightmarish hell. Your dream’s length can vary from a few seconds to as long as 30 minutes. The average person goes through 3-5 dreams a night, mainly occurring in the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep; it’s in this stage where the brain is at its most active, almost as if you were awake.
Below are a 20 Interesting Facts About Dreams that You Might Not Know:
1. You Forget 90% of your Dreams
Many people keep a dream diary by the bedside table to help them record their dreams, and with good reason.Within 5 minutes of waking, half of your dream is already gone; within 10, you will have forgotten 90% of it. Freud has theorized that dreams are forgotten because they contain repressed feelings or thoughts that we don’t want to remember anyway. Dream researcher L. Strumpell, on the other hand, blames the vagueness of dreams; because we tend to remember things by association and repetition, remembering dreams can be quite challenging.
2. Women have More Nightmares than Men
In a 2009 study conducted by Jennie Parker, British researcher and psychologist for the University of the West of England it was discovered that “women in general do experience more nightmares than men”. Women’s nightmares were also reported to be more emotionally intense than men’s. The test involved 100 women and 93 men between the ages of 18 and 25, who were asked to record their dreams in diaries.
3. Night Owls Have More Nightmares
A study conducted by the Yúzúncú Yil University in Turkey has shown that those who stay up and wake up late have a higher chance of belonging to the 2-6% population who has weekly nightmares. The study states that, although cortisol levels rise in the morning, irregular sleep patterns disturb circadian rhythms and lead to the stress hormone affecting dreams.
4. Your Dream Might be the Next Big Thing
Several game-changing ideas came about from dreams, says Harvard University psychologist Deirdre Barrett. In a weeklong study conducted on college students, Barrett asked the students to incubate answers to school assignments and other problems they were facing at the moment. The study concluded with 50% of the volunteers having a dream about their problem and 25% actually dreaming of a solution.
5. Dreams Can Help You Lose Weight
For those looking to lose some extra pounds, you’ll be glad to know that dreams do burn calories. In a study conducted at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, volunteers went under a strict diet regimen for 4 days under various sleep conditions. They were then asked to fast on day 5, and were allowed to eat as much as they liked on days 6 and 7. The results showed that those who slept longer and had more dreams each night were less hungry, specifically for fat- and carbohydrate-rich foods. Volunteers who slept only 4 hours each night, on the other hand, found that their metabolism slowed down and they ate more on the 6th and 7th day.
6. Depressed People Have Better Dreams
In a study that involved 23 women and 26 men going through a divorce, psychologist Rosalind Cartwright from Rush University found that those diagnosed with clinical depression were better off than their more resilient counterparts. While the depressed subjects had shorter, more pleasurable dreams, their better-adjusted peers had more ruthless dreams, usually involving their exes.
7. Nightmares Help Pregnant Women
Researchers at the University of Messina in Italy found that pregnant women who had bad dreams about birthing traumas or losing the baby often experienced shorter labour periods.
8. Violent Dreams Can be Warning Signs
If you think nightmares are bad, then imagine having a rare sleep disorder wherein you act out violent dreams by kicking and screaming. According to a study published online on 28 July 2010 in Neurology, this can be an early sign of brain disorders as you get older.
9. Dreams are Stress-Busters
In a study published in the Nov. 23, 2011, issue of Current Biology, UC Berkeley scientists found that the brain showed decreased levels of chemicals associated with stress during REM sleep. According to Matthew Walker, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, previous emotional experiences lose much of their negative effects the next day because they have been reprocessed in a neuro-chemically safe environment during the dream state.
10. People Tend to Dream about the Same Things
A 2004 study, which was conducted by scientists from the Sleep Laboratory at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany, showed that most of the 55 typical dream themes occurred at least once in most of the participants’ lifetimes.
11. Sexual Dreams are a Common Occurrence for Everyone
Psychologist Antonio Zadra, in a study conducted in 2007, was able to show that dreams about sex account for approximately 8% of all reported dreams for both men and women. The most common type of sexual dream involved intercourse, while some dreams involved kissing and fantasies.
12. Not all Dreams are Colourful
While many people dream in colour, it’s estimated that 1 person in 8 has dreams in black and white. Dundee University’s Eva Murzyn suggests that “…there could be a critical period in our childhood when watching films has a big impact on the way dreams are formed.” She concluded this from the fact that dreams during the 20th century were almost always devoid of colour; the shift to coloured dreams occurred only during the 1960’s, coinciding with the advent of Technicolor.
13. Dreams Paralyze You
During REM sleep, or dream-phase sleep, your body suppresses the release of neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, serotonin, and histamine—all of which are vital in stimulating motor neurons. This effectively paralyzes the body and puts it in a state of REM atonia, a condition wherein the muscles are in a state of relaxation that borders on paralysis.
14. Our Pets Dream Too
Studies have shown that REM sleep and its associated brain states also occur in a number of animals.
15. There is a Science to Dreams
While dream interpretation focuses on understanding dream meaning and deciphering their symbolisms, Oneirology, the scientific study of dreams, is more concerned with the mechanisms and processes involved in dreaming.
16. Blind People also Have Dreams
Not all dreams are visual, and this makes it possible for blind people to dream. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital in Denmark published a study in Sleep Medicine stating that blind people’s dreams mostly involve auditory and gustatory sensations. While people who become blind after birth have visual dreams, those who were born blind also have vivid dreams, thanks to a broader array of sensory inputs.
17. Dreams are More Vivid for Quitters
According to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 33% of 293 smokers who were abstinent for between 1 and 4 weeks reported having at least 1 dream about smoking, with these dreams being described as more vivid than usual. It was concluded that they were the result of tobacco withdrawal because 97% of the test subjects did not have them while smoking. The dreams were also rated to be as common as most major tobacco withdrawal symptoms.
18. Déjà vu is a Thing
If you’ve ever had the feeling that you’ve already seen or felt something that you’re only experiencing for the first time, you’re not alone. A survey found that 18-38% of people who participated in the survey have had at least one precognitive dream, and 70% have experienced déjà vu. It’s also interesting to note that up to 98% of these people believe in the possibility of precognitive dreams.
19. Familiarity Breeds Dreams
You may not be familiar with all the characters in your dreams, so it might surprise you to know that those strangers in your dreams are actually people you have already seen. Through your life, you have already seen thousands of faces that you may not necessarily remember. The mind does not invent faces for the people in your dreams; it already has an ample supply stored somewhere in your memory.
20. Dreams Can Melt into Reality
At times, you may be dreaming of frolicking in a meadow and then suddenly hear the shrill sound of bells, only to wake up to the sound of your alarm clock. This phenomenon is known as Sensory Incorporation, wherein elements of your physical surroundings incorporate merge with your dream. A study conducted by Nielsen in 1993 has shown that the physical sensation of pressure on the participants’ legs was incorporated into their dreams, subtly yet directly.