Destination DreamspaceConfidently Follow Your Intuition By Unlocking The Clues From Your Dreams
MODULE 3: Types of Dreams
Today’s lesson is an introduction to dream recall and an overview of techniques you can use to better remember your dreams on a regular basis.
Before You Start:
- Have a pen and paper handy to take notes.
Hopefully over the past seven days you’ve been practicing your dream recall techniques and have had some success filling your dream journal.
In this lesson module, we’re going to discuss the various types of dreams you may have at any given time, what they mean and ways to identify them. At the end of the lesson, you’ll be able to download a checklist to help you determine which types of dreams you may be having and I have a lengthy list of blog articles for you to read to further your knowledge about types of dreams.
We have a lot to cover, so today’s lesson is going to be a tad longer than the others, but it’s going to be super fascinating!
Two Types of Dreams
There are many kinds of dreams and today you will learn about those and how to recognize them. Most of these dreams fall into 2 main categories:
- Subconscious dreaming
- Superconscious dreaming
Subconscious Dreaming is considered the “traditional” type of dream.
It’s the type of dreaming that most psychologists and scientists defer to – which we learned about in lesson one, and that is your brain regurgitating unprocessed emotions and events.
- A reflection of waking life
- A way for the mind to achieve psychological and emotional balance
- A unification of consciousness
- Highly symoblic
- Rarely literal
- Reflections of emotions from daily life
Subconscious dreams are very useful in that they can really help you recognize emotional blockages that you may be holding onto which are keeping you from moving forward in various areas of your life. They are often highly symbolic. There may be a few literal elements scattered throughout, but for the most part everything you see within the dream has a symbolic meaning that has little to do with the actual literal meaning of the symbol.
These dreams also tend to take elements from recent waking life and utilize them as relevant dream symbols, so if you happen to have a dream that involves something that happened to you recently, don’t disregard the symbol as just “psychological junk”, it may still hold an important significance. Always look up the meaning of every symbol.
Reflect repressed or ignored emotions that need to be released
A sub type of subconscious dream is the recurring dream, the most common type of which is when you have the exact same dream multiple times.
Recurring dreams can come in different forms, though. You may have a dream that is almost exactly the same, except one or two elements change each time, or you may have different dreams with different story lines which take place in the same place, or you may see a recurring symbol or characters across many different dreams.
These recurring patterns that exist within dreams are there to bring your attention to something that hasn’t been dealt with, emotionally.
Superconscious dreams often contain more literal symbolism than subconscious dreams and are typically reflective of the soul level of consciousness.
In other words – subconscious dreaming typically involves the ego-level of consciousness, or, who you are here and now, whereas superconscious dreams tend to involve a higher, more expansive level of consciousness.
Let’s take a look at a few of these types of dreams:
- Dream visitations
- Dream walking
- Astral projection
- Past life dreams
- Alternate reality
- Precognitive dreams
A dream visitation is when another soul or spirit visits you in dream state.
- When someone (dead or alive) visits you in a dream
- Lucid/conscious awareness
- Hyper real
- Strong feeling that hte person is really there
The typical markers of this type of dream are a lucid/conscious awareness that you are dreaming, or at least of who that person is and who you are, and that the person in question is dead or shouldn’t be there.
People often describe these types of dreams as “more real than real,” they have a very strong feeling that the person is, in fact, really there, and these dreams can also be accompanied by strong emotions.
Dream Walking is when you enter another living person’s dream. You may be consciously aware that you’re doing this, or you may have no recollection of it.
- When you enter the dream of another living person
- May be lucid, or not, may not be remembered
- Involves shared dreams
- Shared dreams may not be experienced exactly the same by both parties
Many of us who are incarnate but also serving as spirit guides to others from the soul plane will do quite a bit of dream walking while we sleep at night, as we visit the incarnates that we’re in charge of guiding at any given moment.
Many times when you have a shared dream – a dream that both you and the other person remember – this is a result of dream walking.
It’s important to note that a shared dream doesn’t have to be experienced exactly the same way by both people – the dream itself may look totally different to each of you, but you’ll see a similar theme in both and maybe even similar conversations.
I’ve also experienced and heard examples from others where each of you only remembers your half of the conversation, but not what the other person says.
Astral Projection often manifests itself as having a few distinct differences from a regular dream.
- Also known as an “out of body experience” that you have while sleeping
- You’re lucid
- You feel yourself leaving your body
- You may have a floating sensation and hang around in your bedroom for a bit
- You may stick around this plane, or move on to others
Many times, you can actually feel yourself leave your body and you may even do so before you’ve fully fallen asleep. This has happened to me pretty frequently.
You may pop right into a dream afterward, or stay fully conscious and float about the room.
Many times leaving or returning to your body is accompanied by physical sensations and sounds such as a feeling of “velcro peeling” or full body vibration, loud claps, thuds, or rumbling. You may also see a flash of light. Sleep paralysis is also very common during this state.
Past Life Dreams
Past life dreams also have a pretty unique set of signifiers:
- Strong emotions
- Karmic relationships – will reflect patterns in this life
- Often accompany events in this life that are tied to the past life
- May recognize that you are not yourself in the dream
- May recognize the energy of another person, but they don’t look like themselves
They’re often tied to strong emotions. I like to call the morning after the “past life hangover,” where the dream seems to linger in your mind.
These dreams can pop up when you experience events in your current life that are repeating a karmic pattern from a previous life, and these are your indicator that this is something you’re here to work on.
In these dreams, you may be in a different time period, be a completely different person, or see and recognize people that you know you know, but they aren’t someone you know from this life.
Or, you may recognize their energy as someone from this life, but they look completely different or have a different name.
Something I should clarify about past lives – they don’t actually take place in the past. Hold onto your hats, kids, we’re about to get real sciencey up in here!
We experience time as linear, but from a scientific perspective, past, present and future all exist simultaneously. So all of your past and future lives also exist right now.
In addition to that, there’s also this thing called the multiverse wherein every possible experience in your life also exists at once. Sometimes we tap into these alternate timelines and other ‘selves’ while we dream.
- May dream about places that you’ve been or have yet to see
- May dream about situations in this life playing out differently
- May feel more like memories
These kinds of dreams tend to show up more so as memories or a sense of deja vu – you’ll remember something happening a certain way and then realize that it didn’t, and think, “Maybe I just dreamed it.”
You may also experience them as dreams where you’re life is very similar, but with slight differences – different people, different events, different places.
If this is a neat little tangent that you’d like to learn more about, You can check out some links to relevant blog posts in the resources below the lesson.
Epic dreams are exceptionally vivid dreams that play out over the course of several dreams, and in some cases, consecutive nights.
The dreamer will dream, wake up, fall back to sleep and continue the dream and they may even continue it the following night, picking right up where it left off.
Most people who have epic dreams report that they wake up feeling as though they’ve just learned something important, perhaps even life-changing.
The final type of dream we’re going to discuss today is precognitive dreaming. These can and do happen, although they are rare. They also tend to occur on a spectrum.
What I mean by that is, you may have a precognitive dream where the general theme of the dream comes true, but not necessarily the literal details of the dream.
And then you may have a precognitive dream that happens exactly as it occurs in your dream.
In my experience with dream interpretation, people often believe or are afraid that their dreams are precognitive far more than they actually are.
Dreams don’t have to be one type or another.
You may have dreams that incorporate elements of any number of these types of dreams, or you may fluctuate from one type of dream to the next as you travel through various layers of your own consciousness.
And that’s that for today, folks.
Your homework assignment between now and our next lesson is:
Download the worksheet and use it to identify types of dreams you’ve recorded in your dream journal so far.
Choose one of those dreams to post in the dream forum on Facebook and tell us which type or types of dreams you think it is, along with your reasoning behind it.
I’ll see you again in a week!
- Review the dreams in your dream journal so far and use the downloadable worksheet to identify which types of dreams they are.
- Choose one dream to post to the Facebook forum – tell us which type of dream you believe it is, along with your rationale.