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  • The Science of Sleep Infographic
    in Log in Articles About Resources Forum Course Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Infographic authored by Medical Website Design Pros Copyright 2008 2016 Rebecca Turner World of Lucid Dreaming All Rights Reserved Website Design by Cre8ve Online

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  • A History of Dream Research
    In fact Hobson claims our dreams reveal far more than they hide and we should shrug off the mystique of fortune cookie dream interpretation Who Discovered Lucid Dreaming In our timeline of dream studies we might ask who discovered lucid dreaming There is no single person responsible for discovering lucid dreaming It is an innate skill we have evolved as human beings such as being able to communicate through verbal language or even think with an internal monologue It s a high functioning ability and we can currently only attribute lucid dreaming to humans That s because to lucid dream we need two things To be able to dream and remember those dreams Though research at MIT in 2001 found that even rats have complex dreams and are able to retain and recall long sequences of events while they are asleep To be self aware and consciously reflective Only a handful of other species among them chimps and dolphins are thought to possess this skill but no one has yet determined if they can be self aware while dreaming Lucid dreaming is not as prevalent in the human population as the ability to communicate verbally or think in words But it has nonetheless penetrated our cultures for millennia and shone a brighter light on the mysterious dreaming mind In the Western world the term reve lucide lucid dream was first identified by Marquis d Hervey de Saint Denys in 1867 in his book Les Rêves et les Moyens de les Diriger Observations Pratiques which translates as Dreams and the Ways to Direct Them Practical Observations The Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden experienced lucid dreams and wrote in his 1913 book A Study of Dreams In these lucid dreams the reintegration of the psychic functions is so complete that the sleeper remembers day life and his own condition reaches a state of perfect awareness and is able to direct his attention and to attempt different acts of free volition We are here however on the borders of a realm of mystery where we have to advance very carefully To deny may be just as dangerous and misleading as to accept Half a century later the British philosophical skeptic Celia Green recognized that lucid dreaming is a separate state of consciousness distinct from both regular dreams and waking awareness Green also published many accounts of lucid dreams out of body experiences and apparitional experiences and postulated that they all have something in common Namely that the subject s field of perception is entirely replaced by a hallucinatory one Evidence for this hypothesis is presented in her book Lucid Dreaming The Paradox of Consciousness During Sleep As a result of this dream science and more lucid dreaming has advanced our understanding of the dreaming mind revealing an extraordinary capacity for conscious thought while asleep that is still not fully understood to this day Dream Science Today For those who believe dream science is old hat think again Here is a smattering of just

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  • Dreams and Nightmares Infographic
    Resources Forum Course Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest This infographic hits on some of the latest fascinating facts about the world of dreams and nightmares Copyright 2008 2016 Rebecca Turner World of Lucid Dreaming All Rights Reserved

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  • Why Do We Dream? Modern Theories of Dreaming
    is the result of random impulses coming from the brain stem Using an EEG machine the researchers were able to track the regular REM states of people during sleep They used this data to form a predictable mathematical model and conclude that dreaming is a freak physiological bodily occurrence rather than a psychological function According to them the fact that we see images and hear sounds in our dreams is simply the brain s way of understanding noisy electrical signals They said that dreams are random and meaningless However many scientists point out that dreams often do make sense In fact they can follow very intricate plots however illogical This suggests that our higher brain is playing a role Hobson s more recent theory above attempts to reconcile this by having a neurochemcial and an emotional basis for dreaming We May Dream to Organize The Brain We may dream to de clutter our brains Every day we are bombarded with new information both consciously eg learning and unconsciously eg advertising This modern dream theory suggests dreaming is a way to file away key information and discard meaningless data It helps keep our brains organized and optimizes our learning This theory hasn t been proven by dream research If it were 100 correct our entire day would be replayed to us during our REM sleep Critics of this theory also point out that our brains are not the same as computers and to draw a comparison to filing processing and storage space is likely to be inaccurate They also point out that although some of our dreams relate back to the waking day Freud called this day residue the majority of our dreams are not about real world events We May Dream to Help Solve Problems A number of researchers think that dreams are for mental and emotional problem solving One scientist in particular named Fiss claimed that our dreams help us to register very subtle hints that go unnoticed during the day This explains why sleeping on it can provide a solution to a problem Unfortunately there are also arguments against this theory of dreaming For a start most people only remember a very small number of their dreams So if our dreams contain important answers shouldn t we remember them better We May Dream to Cope With Trauma Dreams may be a way of coping with trauma Based on the intensity of our emotions we will generate dreams to cope with certain situations For instance if you escape from a house fire and the experience shakes you up chances are you will dream about it that night The more traumatic the event the more emotions are felt and the more important it is to get over it Dreaming about the fire will help you come to terms with what happened and prepare you for it ever happening again Of course this doesn t explain why we dream of fantastic or mundane things only that nightmares can be a kind

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  • The Meaning Behind Dreams: Find Insights with Dream Interpretation
    learns in neural patterns If you fall off your bike and cut your knee you will associate your bike with pain Your unconscious then creates a rule to avoid falling off a bike in future This is a neural pathway a link between neurons in your brain It is learned through experience Neural pathways become more complex over the years They apply to every kind of experience in life Your unconscious mind uses these associations in dreams How to Interpret Dream Symbols You have a unique understanding of the world around you As you grew up your unconscious learned about friendship love loneliness and betrayal It made up rules about every human emotion and how you should feel about life These rules are reflected in your dreams each night But equally we have all grown up in the same culture the same era and we are all human So it s no coincidence that we all make the same conclusions about life unconsciously That s where a dream dictionary comes in extremely useful Cloud Nine A Dreamer s Dictionary is a most comprehensive dream dictionary for beginners It provides thousands of dream symbols and definitions from which you can base your personal dream translations For anyone looking to find the meaning behind dreams this dream dictionary is a good start It also teaches you how to Keep a dream journal Identify dream symbols Encourage peaceful sleep Remember your dreams Gain insights from nightmares Invoke healing dreams Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination He s also a school teacher and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams Latest 12 awesome Inception style dreamscapes Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where a space of surprises creates a space that creates surprises Based on photos of Istanbul Buyuktas explains We live in places that most of the times don t draw our attention places that transform our memories places that the artist gives another dimension where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic as well as a multidimensional romantic point of view Latest 10 essential oils to boost lucid dreaming One summer the 19th century lucid dream researcher Marquis d Hervey

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  • Inside Robot Dreams: What Google's DeepDream Bot Thinks About
    the random shapes This network was trained mostly on images of animals so naturally it tends to interpret shapes as animals But because the data is stored at such a high abstraction the results are an interesting remix of these learned features This technique gives us a qualitative sense of the level of abstraction that a particular layer has achieved in its understanding of images We call this technique Inceptionism in reference to the neural net architecture used See the team s Inceptionism gallery for more pairs of images and their processed results Neural Net Dreams The coolest thing about this process is that the deeper you go the more creativity you find The engineers found that if they apply the algorithm over and over on the same image as well as zoom in on the most complex or interesting parts as they go an endless stream of impressions emerge Take a look at these neural network dreams generated purely from random noise What do you these of these robot dreams Impressed Inspired Perplexed Generate Your Own Images Visit Google s online Deep Dream Generator to upload your own images and have them interpreted Here s what happened when I ran some of my lucid dream digital paintings through it Alien From The Deep see original Mother Nature see original Tell us what you think of neural network creativity over in our forums Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination He s also a school teacher and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams Latest 12 awesome Inception style dreamscapes Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where a space of surprises creates a space that creates surprises Based on photos of Istanbul Buyuktas explains We live in places that most of the times don t draw our attention places that transform our memories places that the artist gives another dimension where the perceptions that generally crosses our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise These works aim to leave the viewer alone with a surprising visuality ironic as well as a multidimensional romantic point of view Latest 10 essential oils to boost lucid dreaming One summer the 19th century lucid dream researcher Marquis d Hervey de Saint Deny took a bottle of an unfamiliar scent on his travels

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  • Pregnancy Dreams: Why Dreams During Pregnancy Are So Intense
    The presence of baby animals is thought to reveal your gut instincts towards nurturing your young In pregnancy dreams these animals are often cuddly and cute but can morph say from a sea creature to land mammal as if you are watching it grow and evolve I think Piper becoming miniaturized and adorable reflects my feelings toward the unborn baby I am really looking forward to having this cute little critter to care for Anxiety About Losing Your Mate Dream I am in a city searching for Pete who has the elusive characteristics of Eric Bana in The Time Traveler s Wife Every time I find him we share a few precious moments before he fades away in time and I don t know when I ll see him again Our dogs Howard and Piper turn up to help me search and I have a strong feeling they are my sons Finally unable to find Pete they decide to leave forever to go on a lifelong search for him leaving me totally alone and hopeless in the world Analysis Some pregnancy dreams convey husbands having love affairs or no longer caring about their pregnant wives This gives the woman a sense of true vulnerability In my experience I ve had recurring dreams of physically losing Pete for mysterious reasons Although the real world insecurity may be largely unfounded the dreaming mind tries to work through this fear as a worst case scenario Feeling The Baby Kick During Dreams Here s something weird that no pregnancy book ever warned me about During the second trimester you start to feel the baby kick and move inside you For me this this began around 17 weeks It started off as a fluttering sensation but the movements have become progressively stronger After a couple of weeks of this I was having a dream when the baby started moving around in real life The movement was transferred and amplified in the dreamworld so I felt like I had a washing machine going off inside me It was an alarming feeling I woke up about 20 seconds later gasping and thrashing around like a lunatic I have since begun to link the baby s movements to doing a reality check It s suitably random enough to occur multiple times per day and next time the baby kicks while I m dreaming it ll help me have a lucid dream The timing is useful for this too At this stage of pregnancy lying down causes my muscles to relax and the fetus has more room to jump about I feel the most movement when I go to sleep and wake up in the morning Pregnancy Dreams in The Third Trimester Dreams in the third trimester 7 9 months tend to be guided by psychological factors based on your expectations of the baby and it becoming a dominant feature of your life According to Garfield these pregnancy dreams most commonly include Predicting the baby s sex Imagining what

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  • Characteristics of Dreams: Dream Research by J Allan Hobson
    in the brainstem He does not say that dreams are purely the random firing of neurons but rather the brain s cobbled attempt at making sense of them He later acknowledged the increased activity of the limbic system a primeval part of the brain which produces emotions during REM sleep This served to give the meaning of dreams an emotional basis rather than a random neurochemical one So does this provide us with any psychological basis for dream interpretation Was Sigmund Freud right to suggest that dreams symbolize our repressed fears and desires Do our dreams contain our darkest secrets just waiting to be unlocked Actually Hobson believes Freud had it wrong He may even have impeded our scientific understanding of the nature of dreams by propagating such ominous theories Hobson is all for a psychological meaning to dreams but just that it needn t be locked away under layers of secretive unconscious meaning Instead Hobson takes a Jungian approach dreams reveal far more than they hide and can actually be highly transparent However it s difficult to link this conclusion to Hobson s biological explanation for dreaming But the theory does make sense Next time you dream of being chased isn t it likely that you are metaphorically running away from something in real life that s causing you anxiety And if you dream of being pregnant for a woman at least is this a natural expression of your desire to have babies With simple interpretive analysis dreams may not be so mysterious after all Further Reading To learn more about J Allan Hobson s theories of dreaming check out Dreaming An Introduction to the Science of Sleep This book describes how the evolution of dream theory has advanced dramatically over the past 50 years See how dreams have specific perceptual cognitive and emotional qualities that set them apart from waking consciousness loss of awareness of self loss of orientation loss of directed thought reduction in logical reasoning and poor memory that correspond to specific modes of brain activity Full review on Amazon Share email facebook tumblr twitter reddit google pinterest Your Gateway to Lucid Dreams Some people dream to sleep Others sleep to dream Start now About the author Rebecca Turner is the creator of World of Lucid Dreaming where she offers valuable first hand insights Learn more about Rebecca Take her home study program Connect with her on Facebook Twitter and the lucid dream forum Latest Extraordinary fantasy art by Jeremiah Morelli Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist and visual storyteller He places conceptual fairytale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination He s also a school teacher and amazingly finds the time and motivation to create this huge gallery of artwork Such light and dark fairytale paintings make beautiful places to visit in your lucid dreams Latest 12 awesome Inception style dreamscapes Inspired and named for the notion of Flatland artist and photographer Aydin Buyuktas has created a series of works where a space

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