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    Do you find that your dreams can effect your entire next day?
    Also, do you believe that dreams come from subconscious desires
    or concerns?


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    Yes and Yes.


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    Thank you for your detailed response. It was most helpful.
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    Sorry, I'll try to remember some haunting dreams... Hmm...

    Around the time I had a baby, I had a dream where I had just given birth and there were two babies. One was the alive baby, and the other was a 'throw away' baby (I think it represented the umbilical cord). I remember wanting to keep both of them, and begging the doctor not to throw the other baby away, "Please don't throw it away, look, it's still breathing". That one stayed with me for a while and was quite disturbing.

    Also, around the time I had a tarantula and a cat as a pet (both aquired about the same time), I had a dream that they were one creature. A large spider that was the size of a cat and would meow. That one stayed with me for a while, too.

    When I was a child, I had a dream that I was driving a car over a long, green, hilly field. I could steer the car but it didn't have any breaks.

    I also had a dream as a child that the cookie monster was as tall as a skyscraper and he was after me, and he even found me and looked in my window.

    When I was 12 I had the flu and would have fever dreams that dinosaurs were after me. I woke up and being so out of it I thought there were really dinosaurs in my house for about 1-2 minutes. I had just read the book Jurassic Park and seen the movie months earlier, so I guess that's why.

    Those are the dreams I can think of at the moment that have stuck with me.
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    I'm actually lucky in that since I was about 16 I mastered the art of lucid dreaming, I know when I'm dreaming and can take control of it in any way I wish. Needless to say I never have nightmares. I'll sometimes act out my hostility in a dream to help vent that hostility from my day to day life. I can also set myself up to conquer any fear if I so desired, so far I've not really had the need.

    I've heard people dream in black and white, I myself dream in vivid color. Perhaps this is just a rumor.
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    See, I never mastered the lucid dreaming at all. I'm never flying, always falling or being chased or looking for something and not able to find it. However, my dreams are always in color, so I guess that makes me capable of the lucid dreaming. And I have actually realized that I was dreaming and tried to control it, but I can't quite do it.

    Also, have you ever had a dream where suddenly you were paralyzed. Or where you were running but then suddenly it's like you're running through quicksand? I hate it when that happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2112
    See, I never mastered the lucid dreaming at all. I'm never flying, always falling or being chased or looking for something and not able to find it. However, my dreams are always in color, so I guess that makes me capable of the lucid dreaming. And I have actually realized that I was dreaming and tried to control it, but I can't quite do it.

    Also, have you ever had a dream where suddenly you were paralyzed. Or where you were running but then suddenly it's like you're running through quicksand? I hate it when that happens.
    I can't recall having a dream like that, perhaps when I was very young. I either don't dream much anymore or just never remember them, too tired, too busy

    Some people say spicey food makes you dream, I should dream like crazy in that case.
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    Not so much spicey food, but cheese. However any food can cause you to dream. And you are 10 times more likely to have nightmares when you have indigestion. As for the falling, I've had that many a time, though I've never hit the ground. Apparantly that's a very good sign of a healthy mind. Boy have they got me all wrong lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UT
    Not so much spicey food, but cheese. However any food can cause you to dream. And you are 10 times more likely to have nightmares when you have indigestion. As for the falling, I've had that many a time, though I've never hit the ground. Apparantly that's a very good sign of a healthy mind. Boy have they got me all wrong lol.
    Well the indigestion part I didn't know, has anyone found a reason why? I assume it has something to do with feeling miserable
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    I once had a dream I was being chaced by a "super tarantula". It could pretty much jump as far as I was away from it.

    As far as the lucid dreams go, I havn't mastered it yet, but I know when i am dreaming, and always dream in color.
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    For some reason, for the last three nights in a row I've had war dreams, where I'm either in battle in a war or trying some strategy to get out alive. I really don't think about the war in Iraq any more than the next person, and I haven't been watching war movies or playing war videogames lately, but I'm having these war dreams and last night it really messed with me. There was a male and female teenager (like 18-19) and they wouldn't stop hunting me. I didn't have a gun, because I had dropped it after I ran out of ammo. So I hid until the male moved past me and I jumped out and grabbed him and used a razor blade to cut his throat, but right after I did so I realized that he was my son. I immediately said to myself "This is a dream, wake up" and I did. Maybe it was the tacos that made me dream that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2112
    For some reason, for the last three nights in a row I've had war dreams, where I'm either in battle in a war or trying some strategy to get out alive. I really don't think about the war in Iraq any more than the next person, and I haven't been watching war movies or playing war videogames lately, but I'm having these war dreams and last night it really messed with me. There was a male and female teenager (like 18-19) and they wouldn't stop hunting me. I didn't have a gun, because I had dropped it after I ran out of ammo. So I hid until the male moved past me and I jumped out and grabbed him and used a razor blade to cut his throat, but right after I did so I realized that he was my son. I immediately said to myself "This is a dream, wake up" and I did. Maybe it was the tacos that made me dream that.
    It almost sounds like your afraid of gang type voilence, did you watch any type of movie related to inner cities or such?
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    We allways dream. Dreaming is probably one of the more vital functions of sleep. It's our mind's way of sorting out memories aquired during the day mostly, but in reality from the past in general.

    Now it generally seems that our memory is quite symbolic and that we have an interpreter/filter that can take these symbols/icons (circle+segments+"shape of segment"+green+white+blue+yellow = beachball for example) and make firstly objects from them, and then make stories from these objects. What happens when we sleep is that neurons/synapses fire at random while we sleep and thus cause the memories within them to be activated. This is important because it connects it all in our minds. Have you ever been stumped by a difficult problem only to solve it easily after a good night's sleep. You might even have woken up in the middle of the night with an amazing insight. This is the value of dreams. I should actually say that it's the value of the random firing of nerves during sleep. The dreams that we remember are merely by-producs of this phenomenon. Without the sorting of memories we would probably not be very smart beings at all.

    Now whether we remember the dream depends on the degree whereby these symbols were enforced and how well connected they are to other strong memories. It's like learning basically... You have to repetitively learn something when it's boring, but you only have to read something that interests you a lot once. The neural pathways have to be excersized/enforced. Just like muscles.

    So you are more likely to remember a vivid dream because of it's oomph. And I'd generally say that people with more vivid dreams are more intuitive in general. It would mean that their minds are efficient at storing information and then associating concept with other concepts. Does not mean they are smart. Conventional intelligence (as opposed to intuitive leaps of genius(lots of background/subconcious processing going on)) is a much more concious process I think. A truely clever person is probably somewhere in between...
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    I don't know how many of you experience this, but I always have dream that seem real. It's always something really stupid to. I wake up and I have no memory of them, but in the back of my memory, it's still there. A few days go by and then I do something in real life and whamo, the memory of my dream hits me. I just act dumbfounded and remember it. It's never long. It's maybe a few seconds. It's very detailed to. My line of sight, what I'm wearing, what I'm doing, etc, etc. And it's always right. When it happens, it freaks me out for a short while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poly_nightmare
    I don't know how many of you experience this, but I always have dream that seem real. It's always something really stupid to. I wake up and I have no memory of them, but in the back of my memory, it's still there. A few days go by and then I do something in real life and whamo, the memory of my dream hits me. I just act dumbfounded and remember it. It's never long. It's maybe a few seconds. It's very detailed to. My line of sight, what I'm wearing, what I'm doing, etc, etc. And it's always right. When it happens, it freaks me out for a short while.
    Can't say I've had that one yet, I do have the Deja Vu thing a lot. I hate that feeling, knowing you've done this before. I think it's just a factor of our patterned lives.

    As for dreams, I control them to a large degree. Two nights in a row now I've had dreams that involved M-16's and indoor conflict. Like a school or a hospital. Given my mothers ability to predict the future, this kind of worries me somehow. I didn't feel in control of these dreams, I knew I was dreaming yet let the dreams take their course. That's so not my norm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    As for dreams, I control them to a large degree. Two nights in a row now I've had dreams that involved M-16's and indoor conflict. Like a school or a hospital. Given my mothers ability to predict the future, this kind of worries me somehow. I didn't feel in control of these dreams, I knew I was dreaming yet let the dreams take their course. That's so not my norm.
    I don't control my dreams. I just dream. Sometimes, I don't have any memory of dreams. Maybe I don't have dreams. The dreams I hate is when you're falling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poly_nightmare
    I don't know how many of you experience this, but I always have dream that seem real. It's always something really stupid to. I wake up and I have no memory of them, but in the back of my memory, it's still there. A few days go by and then I do something in real life and whamo, the memory of my dream hits me. I just act dumbfounded and remember it. It's never long. It's maybe a few seconds. It's very detailed to. My line of sight, what I'm wearing, what I'm doing, etc, etc. And it's always right. When it happens, it freaks me out for a short while.
    Yes, I have this happen quite a bit. Except I can't remember enough details. Just pretty much where I was and what I felt like in the dream, and the rest of the dream is fuzzy at best.
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    (In)Sanity, what you're saying about your mom having some prophetic ability with her dreams and that maybe you have that... My grandmother in law had a dream that she was at a funeral and the girl in the coffin asked her, "Why are you here? You didn't love me." And a couple days later her grandson's wife (my sister in law)'s sister died. It haunted her out so bad she didn't even go the funeral. And then she mentioned that she always has dreams about someone before they die. I guess that is a forewarning, but it's hard to prove.

    Lately I've been having too many conflicts in my dreams. The night before last my cousin's husband accidentally killed a kid (not sure who it was) in a moment of rage and then he was going to kill me because I witnessed it. So I fought with him and ended up telling him that he's not even part of our family and that he should just stay away from the family. Which is just not how I feel, because he's such a good dad.

    Also, last night I had a dream that I was trying to cut off the head of some psychotic guy who had taken me hostage, but instead I started having sex with him and then I cut off his head. I mean, this is some pretty weird stuff. I don't see why I'm having these dreams where I'm trying to kill people all the time by cutting them. Maybe it's time for some dream analysis. Geez.
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    My dreams have been all over the place lately. They all appear to have the same theme, persecution.

    I had the people in the school or hospital being hunted by some other group and M16's were involved. The good guys shot at the bad guys but nothing happen.

    Then I had the executioner in some almost mid evil world killing the guy that was suppose to sharpen his blade because it wasn't sharp enough.

    Last night I had people running from some great evil that they never could see.

    None of it scary, but the odd part was unlike 99% of my dreams non of these I felt I created. I was the 3rd party watching the events unfold. I have to wonder why I am having these dreams and why I wasn't in control of them as I normally am.
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    That might be odd for you. I have those dreams on occasion where I'm not really there, I'm just watching things happen. But it is very seldom, actually, now that I think about it.

    Perhaps when people begin to have war dreams, dreams of violence, it is because the world is violent. I mean, if it is prophetic, perhaps it's a glimpse of things to come in Iraq during their elections. Or perhaps it is happening right now.
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    Wow, Really interesting reading up on other peoples dreams. I definitely havent mastered the art of lucid dreaming, wouldnt mind if someone could lend me some tips though!

    I have been haunted by two or three reoccurring dreams in my life time, im getting goose bumps just thinking about them. As a kid I used to have these two dreams whcih would wake me up vomiting.

    The first one is like, the whole world or everything is just white space like a blank white page, and there is a black dot in the corner, I think its supposed to be me. The dot moves ever soo slowly across and theres almost a constant high pitched noise in the back ground.

    The second is the same white space with a black line across the middle, I seem to approach the black line ever soo slowly again and as I touch it I start spinning around it real fast trying to scream. That scene in the matrix where Neo goes into replication kinda reminds me of that. ??. These two are almost like sensations, I have that sensation sometimes when im awake, kinda like a horrible solid numbness.

    The third is a house that im trapped in and there something real bad inside, every now and then I dream of being stuck in that same house with people I know. In the last one my friend was stuck up stairs screaming from a room and there was a white light shining from underneath. But When I opened the door I saw my older sisters friend crying on her bed.

    Errr... Im not sure if these will stop, havent had the first two in ages but the house one keeps coming back. I also often wake up in a half state of paralysis. Such a weird feeling.
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    lucid dreaming sounds like fun.

    i can never ever remember dreaming, when i wake up its almost like i checked my bedside clock 5 seconds ago and now it reads a completely different time.

    i know i must be undergoing REM sleep or else i would be dead by now.
    but any dream i have is either extreamly wierd, in a boring way, because it has nothing to do with anything or i just can't remember dreaming.

    this bugs me.
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    this is interesting area indeed: after all we see dreams almost every day - who knows how much things there are we don't know yet.
    i've seen lot of falling when i was a kid. i'm not sure that do i see colors or not - i've not analized that - i will now.
    also when i see that i'm getting money or what ever then most of time i wake up - sad :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by (In)Sanity
    I'm actually lucky in that since I was about 16 I mastered the art of lucid dreaming, I know when I'm dreaming and can take control of it in any way I wish. Needless to say I never have nightmares. I'll sometimes act out my hostility in a dream to help vent that hostility from my day to day life. I can also set myself up to conquer any fear if I so desired, so far I've not really had the need.

    I've heard people dream in black and white, I myself dream in vivid color. Perhaps this is just a rumor.
    How do you master lucid dreaming? i really want to try it 'cause sometimes i have real bad dreams.

    I dreamt once in black and white? what does that mean anyway?
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    Also i was talking to a friend of mine and she told me she's worried because she always has dreams that she's stabbing people. she never sees their faces but she just has these dreams repeatedly. i say it's her way of getting rid of the problems in her life. the faceless people represent all the problems and issues she has.

    and if people have these really warped dreams, like murdering babies,is that cause for worry? not me, but someone close to me and it freaked me out!

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    One of my weirdest experiences with a dream was a nightmare I had. There was a cat attacking me in a dark alleyway, and some vague silhoette down the alley who might have been smoking, nothing remarkably scarey.
    Anyway I had only just fallen asleep a while ago (I checked the clock), and I realised somehow that I was dreaming. The weird thing was trying to wake up; I sort of shook around a bit and for about 3-5 secs I could feel my blanket and bed distinctly with only the right hand side of my body, it took 3-5 secs for my left side to be able to feel my bed and to be awake.

    Last night I dreamt I was talking to some mobster, I don't know much about what was going on, but I do remember I had to swallow a padlock and had trouble regurgitating it. :| I've started getting more and more weird dreams, when I was a bit younger I don't remember dreaming at all.


    Dreams are interesting though, they'd be less interesting if it wasn't for the fact that they're somehow very very important. Every animal dreams, and we die if we don't dream.. I've still not read anything on exactly what dreaming is and why it's so important.
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    I've recently got interested in lucid dreamming and for a while been trying it but nothing yet (have to admit not stuck at it religiously) but defo going to try harder from now on. I've found this site which seemed useful to get me started but as I said I don't know much about it so don't know if this a perticularly good site: http://www.ld4all.com/#frames(content=ld4all_welcome.shtml)

    I've been told that one should concentrate on how one feels during the dream rather than what the dream is about. For example I've recently got this reacuring dream on being out of control of hte car I'm driving. I don't think it means that I'm scared of driving (although if I'm honest with myself dreaming that I can't control a car has scared me a little from driving, since I don't drive much at all) it prolly means that I'm feeling my life is out of my hands and I'm worried about the future, which I am.

    I've defo had dreams which stay with me all day and sometimes for more than a day. Quite disturbing, a bit like watching a v powerful movie (I felt like that after fighclub - don't laugh ).

    As B&W dreams I don't think I've ever had one.

    Jimis's dreams sound weird, never heard of such simplistic (no offence) dreams before, quite spychodelic.

    Oh and I used to suffer from indigestion an awful lot but I never dreamt more than usual during that period.
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    I used to have very strange dreams when I was a teen. I used to mail order electronic kits and build them. They would take forever to come by mail but every time I ordered one I would have a very realistic dream that
    I got it and was putting it together the night before it came every time.

    Once I had a dream that I was driving through the small town I lived near
    and just drove across the railroad tracks with out looking as usual but there was a large yellow dump truck with train wheels on it coming down the track right at me the next day it happend exactly as I had dreamed it the night before.

    That was all over 20 years ago and I have not had a dream like that since
    and don't usually remember my dreams anymore.
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    dreams are very emotional for me, even if i do not remember exactly what i was dreaming about, the emotions are very real and yes, sometimes they do affect my whole day.

    i believe that dreaming is the minds' way of sorting things out without the conscience interferring. some of my best wisdom comes in the form of dreams, but never in a typical way....it's always very bizarre, very bizarre

    and if you were dreaming in black and white, wouldn't you then realize that you were dreaming? i've never experienced this.

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    , True, black and white dreams, very simplistic and definitely psychodelic, I once told a friend about those dreams. He was someone I considered rather spooky. He hadnt heard of something like that before and he suggested that I get a psychologist or someone of the sort, to help me out. How can you possibly analyze something soo simple?

    Also.... (person who wrote the above post) ... youd think youd realise you were dreaming, but you could also say the same for flying dreams or 'breathing under water' dreams. Absolutely absurd! but still you think youre flying, or breathing under water etc.

    .... Also, hallucinations, thats when your mind tricks itself into believing something is there, or something is happening, in other words, youre absolutely convinced something is happening and it manifests itself in the form of an image or sound or, an event, whatever. ie you dont know that youre hallucinating, youre convinced 'such and such' is actually there or happening.

    Ive hallucinated before that frogs were jumping on my bed, and im telling you!." Frogs were jumping on my bed!!!!"
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    yeah, i've definitely had hallucinations that i knew could not be legitimate, but that didn't keep me from oogling like a train wreck, or course, that's the beauty of the beast :wink:
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    I nearly don't dream; and a wide majority fo my dreams are a frustating kind.

    They happen to me when I should be awake; I know that I am in some way awake, as the dream may end anytime with just wishing it, and then I will be awake inmediately. This trick only failed me once and it was while having a nightmare, which lasted for two or three seconds after I had decided tha I had had enough of the stuff. This dreams are sorta weird as they're a bit like watching a film, and sometimes I can even move (roll over msyelf, FAI, while the dream keeps going on... also sometimes the dream is traslucent and I can see my bedroom through it (this "traslucent" dreams are specially delicate, even the slightest hint of "what if I awake now?" will awake me and kill the dream).

    I call this experiences dreams as I can't control what's going on, it just happens, but if it is uninterestign I may order "awake" and wake up. Anyway this dreams are annoying to me as I am always completely broken the day I have them; I'm perfectly useless, as if I hadn't slept, for all the morning, each time I do have one of this dreams. I'm still unsure if I dream this way when I'm broken or I'm broken because I've dreamed one of this dreams...

    And last but not least, besides of being apparently unable to have "ordinary" dreams in the middle of the night and not in the morning and just before waking up... I may note that I never -never- have had a erotic dream... so I guess someone is having double fun with MY share of hot dream chicks!
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    Dreams are just peices of memories.Say you are asleep in a cold room,the brain will probaly register "Cold" .That will bring forth a picture of an ice berg or a snow storm.
    It is also said we have a dream every night,except 90% of the time we can't remember that dream in the morning or when we wake up.
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