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Dreams that have meaning

Dreams do try to tell us something vital, but we are unable to comprehend them, writes Dr Prem Kumar Sharma.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2008 12:30 IST

There are too many recorded incidents to dismiss dreams as mere "vestiges of the day" that get projected on the silver screen of the mind at night.

Our own experience also points out the fact that, at times, dreams do try to tell us something vital or important, but we are unable to comprehend them.

In my years of experience in interpreting dreams, I have gained some immense insights into the meanings and workings of dreams.

Let us see some common dreams that most of us have dreamt at some point in our lives:

Exam dreams: These dreams run something like this: We are unable to reach the examination hall and the clock is ticking away; our pen just refuses to work; we just don't seem to comprehend the question paper or recall the answers...the variations are endless.

Fortunately, such dreams are not related to examinations at all. They suggest that we are being tested or scrutinised in some way in our lives. These may also be related to our self-esteem and confidence or the lack of it.

Chase dreams: Who has not broken into a cold sweat running scared from an assailant or a murderous mob in dreams? Even if we ran fast, the pursuer always seemed to catch up.

At the exact moment of getting caught, we woke up with a start! Although these dreams can arise from an actual fear of being attacked, they often stem from our feelings of anxiety in waking life. These dreams indicate running away from a difficult situation, rather than confronting it.

Naked dreams: Turning crimson with embarrassment on finding ourselves completely or partially naked in public in our dreams generally leaves us unsettled on waking up. Such dreams are often a reflection of our lack of confidence or self-esteem in real life.

We may be hiding something and are afraid that others might discover it by seeing right through us. Nudity also symbolises our fear of getting caught or exposed in something that we have done. This dream can have variations, which can range from embarrassment to feeling proud about your nakedness in public. Each, of course, has different interpretation.

Falling dreams: Almost all of us get scared out of our wits while plunging down from dizzying heights in our dreams. No amount of convincing can rid us of the fear that we will not actually die if we do not wake up before we hit the ground! 0

Falling can be of two types - one when we wake up alarmed before we hit the ground, the other when we land slowly just before the point of impact. Both have different interpretations. Generally, falling is an indication of insecurity, instability and anxiety Such dreams occur when we feel overwhelmed and out of control.

Dreams of losing teeth: Dreams of falling teeth are quite common. These may take the form of teeth crumbling in our hands or falling out one by one with just a light tap. It was thought that such dreams represented malnutrition, which may have been true for some dreamers. Actually, such dreams reflect our anxiety about appearance and how others perceive us.

All dream imagery is symbolic. Each dream symbol is person specific. In other words, what a symbol represents for one person can have an entirely different meaning for another. This is the reason why dream dictionaries generally prove useless. Of course, a common streak runs through all symbols, but they have to be interpreted in the context of the dream content.

(Dr Prem Kumar Sharma is well-known Astrologer Vastu , Expert and dream interpreter. If you want your dream to be interpreted then mail at psharma@premastrologer .com)