Dreams have always been an intriguing part of our lives. Whether we are seeing a pleasant dream or experiencing a nightmare- they always increase our curiosity.
Why did we see such a thing in our dream? Does it mean something? Most of our dreams are just random, consisting mainly of things we may have already experienced that particular day. But some dreams gnaw our curiosity deeper to the extent that interpreting dreams have been one of the most ancient fascinations of mankind.
A branch of scientists are dedicated just to study the meaning of dreams. The scientific study of dreams is called oneirology. Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep—when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. The study of oneirology can be distinguished from dream interpretation in that the aim is to quantitatively study the process of dreams instead of analyzing the meaning behind them. Certain dreams are quite common and we all have experienced it at least once in our lifetime. Here are a few meanings of such common dreams as defined by experts. If you have ever experienced such a dream, you can check if you can relate to them too or not. Some believe that dreams are purely biological phenomena and therefore contain no symbolic meaning. Others believe that they carry special messages from our subconscious minds and other unearthly beings. The choice is yours to which group you would want to belong:
Meaning of falling in a dream: A good deal of arguments and counter arguments arise when trying to decode the meaning of this dream. Falling from a cliff, roof top or some other elevated places is a very common feeling. Some even feel the sensation as if it is happening in this very reality, even in their sleep! The popular opinion is that it denotes insecurity, anxiety and so on. Falling can be a devastating emotion. We say somebody is falling apart when they are going through a lot of troublesome experience. It can suggest loss of control. Another group however is more optimistic. Being on the edge of a cliff is synonymous to being in a dangerous situation. “On the edge” refers to being in a very worrying state. Falling or coming out of that state may mean coming out of a dangerous situation, according to these people. It does create a lot of questions to the rational thinker. Normally by falling, we think of a hazardous situation which may result to death such as falling from the roof top. But in your dream like state, you necessarily will not get wounded. Research shows some people can even fly or float in their dreams and thus overcome the risk of falling down and getting hurt. If falling is not seen in the negative way, could it actually mean that you will be removing yourself from a bad episode of life soon? Then again, does it have a meaning at all?
Dreams of seeing deceased family member: Science and superstition seems to cross each others’ roads in this particular topic. When we have lost a loving member of the family, seeing them even in our dreams can be such an ecstatic moment for many. However, the question is - are they simply a pigment of our imagination or are these visions we see in our dream really from the other world? What if they are trying to communicate something? Some analysts say that seeing somebody from a dream may actually mean something. Even if they do not speak, a sad expression could mean that you have some trouble coming up (as they love you and are sad to see the oncoming problem). A happy expression could mean that something good is about to happen in your life. However, it is undeniable that we mostly dream of that which we think of the most. Once a beloved family member goes missing from our lives, it is apparent that we would miss them and think much about them. The fact that they came in our dreams may not mean anything in that case.
Meaning of dreams about snakes: Other than the first two mentioned above, this is one of the most searched in the popular search engine of Google. Around 39,200 000 results appear in this list. Various meanings are attached to this dream as well. Snakes are complicated symbols because they can have both positive and negative meanings. For most, such dreams symbolize change or transformation. Some say seeing a snake may mean that there is a potential threat somewhere around you which may not be known to you yet. In this case, you could look for the source of danger and that would mean the dream had served you as a warning. As a metaphor, the snake in your dream can be symbolic of a person around you who is callous, evil and ruthless. In this scenario, the snake will try to strike at you, bite you or even eat you alive. However, in some cultures, snake refers to healing. After all, poisonous snakes hold the antidote for their own venom.
Well, scientists are deciphering ways to record our dreams so that we can watch it again. Japanese scientists have learned how to interpret what you're dreaming about by measuring your brain activity while you sleep. What can science not do! Perhaps one day you will be able to watch your own dream, sitting cozily in front of your laptop. May be then the accurate meaning of all these dreams would be comprehended, if a meaning exists at all!