- Q. Are all dreams meaningful?
A. While some dreams seem more powerful and provocative than others, all dreams should be considered to be potentially meaningful. Each dream you examine for possible meaning offers information about your current life, immediate concerns and your personality traits. Even if you don't feel you've gotten to the bottom of a particular dream, you stand to gain insights about your dreaming patterns that will make the next dream(s) easier to understand.
- Q. Does everyone dream, even if they can't remember any dreams?
A. Normally everyone dreams several times each night. Some individuals with varying forms of retardation or brain damage may dream less than the norm. Some drugs and alcohol abuse may impair the dream process as well. The inability to recall dreams however is not abnormal, and may be associated with reduced sleep hours, rapid awakening in the morning, and a "compressed" lifestyle with little time for introspection or transitional moments.
- Q. Are there precognitive dreams?
A. Recorded history is full of references to precognitive, clairvoyant and telepathic dreams. Research in the area of paranormal dreams has been well done in many cases, but despite interesting findings has been poorly received by the scientific community. This has not stopped people from having inexplicable experiences, or from making discoveries on their own. The recent increase in people who are interested in and recording their dreams will likely provide valuable insight into what may be a universal and quite natural ability.
- Q. What does it mean if two people have the same dream on the same night?
A. This phenomenon, known as "shared dreaming" is being reported more frequently than ever before. It is more common to married couples (or committed partners who share the same bedroom.) It is also fairly common among siblings still living at home, and some friends have reported the experience as well. Generally, one person recounts their dream, only to be interrupted by the other person who finishes the story for them, because they just had the dream too! The implication of this experience is that some form of telepathy occurs during the dream state. It is not yet clear to what extent the shared form of this experience plays into the meaning of the dream, or whether one person is "overhearing" the other's dream. Although the striking nature of this experience seems to suggest that these dreams are more "important" that has not, as yet, been a notable pattern.
- Q. Do animals dream?
A. With just a few exceptions, all mammals go through a dreaming cycle of rapid eye movement. This means that they are having a physiological process that matches the human dreaming process. Since (with pets at least) this coincides with movements of the paws and often with little sounds, it does appear that they are having some experience that is like our own dream experience.
- Q. If you have separated from a loved one, and dream of being reunited with them, is this a sign that you are meant to be together? Or that the other person's feelings have changed?
Typically our dreams of romance reflect our own feelings, but do not necessarily reveal the emotional climate of the other person. A dream of longing is natural during a period of pain or grief over the end of a relationship. The wisest course during such a rocky passage is to examine a number of dreams to see what they suggest about your own process, and to assume they are for and about your own feelings. If you're in emotional shock and having dreams that carry a strong charge, write them down and go back to them when you feel a little clearer. Consider sharing them with trusted friends who have no agenda other than give you some support.
- Q. Is it normal to continue dreaming of someone who is deceased?
It is normal to dream of the deceased, particularly during the first year after they have passed away. It is also common to dream of them upon their birthday or the anniversary of their death. These dreams tend to be upsetting and bizarre at first, and then to take on less dramatic tones growing milder and more comforting over time.