Do dreams come in color?

If you looked at the small box on your desk, you might notice, at first glance, that it was cubic, brown, empty, and made of cardboard. But, if you saw the same box in a dream, you might not be aware of some or all of these 1367006_43740083details. In such a dream, you might be aware of seeing a brown box, or be aware of seeing just a box with no further awareness of any specific color.

In fact, you may be aware of a specific color in a dream, if it functions as a meaningful symbol, but if not; it will be totally missing in a dream and you will never be aware of any color.

Does a dream take a period of time?

Many psychologists claimed to have measured various dreaming time spans during sleeping. ImageHowever, in fact, your awareness of a dream period could be very different from such measurements. For example, you may sleep for less than a one-minute snap, while having a dream, which you believe that it has taken a very long time. Similarly, you may sleep all night long, while having a dream, which you believe that it has taken a very short time. In addition, you may have a dream, during which you are not aware of any period or timing at all.

As a dream interpreter, I am mostly interested in your awareness of dreaming time, rather than psychologists’ measurements of it. In fact, your awareness of dreaming time adds to the meaning of your dream, while brain waves measurements of dreaming time is irrelevant to dream interpretation, and relates more to medicine.

What Is Special About Dreams Shape?

Dreaming is not only different from the waking life in content, but also in shape.Image

A dream should contain at least one view in order to call it a dream. Awareness of “a dream” that has no views at all during sleep (only talking, smell, feeling…etc.) does exist in rare cases, but I should not call it a dream then. I will discuss such unusual types of sleeping experiences later.

A dream is not often a fully detailed experience, as the waking life may be, but on the contrary, a dream would usually have a selective behavior.

During the waking hours, when you are normally and fully aware, you could notice every detail in anything or anyone around you, even minor details, if you want to do that. A dream does not come this way. During a dream, you may see or experience specific items, views, and sounds …etc., but not every expected detail of the person or the thing.

You can notice that too! For example, if you had a dream about the living room at home, you might be aware of the place during the dream, or you might be aware of specific details, but you would not be aware of all details, except only few particular ones.

Most of dreams come in an unusual shape, even if you experience usual things in a dream. Although, many dreamers may have dreams about family members, friends, or any usual incidents in their daily lives, many of them reported to have experienced what they usually know in their waking life in an unusual shape or nature in their dreams.

Remember …

Try to think of a previous dream during which you saw something or someone you have already known, but in an unusual form or shape, or behaving in an unusual manner.

Think …

Have you ever dreamt of a family member or a  friend in an unusual shape? Or Have you ever dreamt of a usual place in an unusual shape?

What Is Special About Dreams Awareness?

As I mentioned in a former post, information received by mind during a sleep is special or of a special type, but why is it special? ImageDreams have specifications, meanings, and rules of their own, which are different from the waking life.

Despite the surface similarities between The Waking World and The Dreaming World (as you may have a dream showing what you have seen or heard before), each of them has its separate and own nature and rule.

The Waking World has constraints and freedoms that do not exist in The Dreaming World and vice versa.

In The Waking World, you are free to choose what you say or do, while, normally, the dreaming experience is imposed on you (Lucid dreams are off this topic). Usually, you have no choice to control or change your dreams, but you are almost free to change during the waking hours.

At the opposite way, dreaming experience has a very wide range of chances than any possible experiences during the waking hours. While dreaming, you could experience visiting a distant planet in no time, talking with dead people, flying with no wings, staying in fire unburned, and many other things that you might never be able to experience in the waking world.

Remember that …

The Dream World has an extremely wide scope of incidents, while having a complete restriction on human freedom of will. On the contrary, the Waking World has a comparatively less scope of incidents, while having many chances of free human choice.

What could you find in a dream?

  • You could experience or face a wide variety of countless things in a dream; however, I can categorize or group them as follows:
  1. ImageViews: They include any image, object, or scene such as people, home, street, work, mountain, planet … etc.
  2. Sounds: They include any sound or voice such as human voices, objects sounds, or a speech … etc.
  3. Smells: They include any smell, such as roses smell, food smell, or bad smell … etc.
  4. Tastes: They include any taste you can sense by tongue.
  5. Touches: They include any feel you can sense by skin, such as pleasure, pain, softness, touching an object, a human or another creature … etc.
  6. Feelings: They include emotions, such as love, hate, sympathy, anger …etc.
  7. Ideas and knowledge: They include whatever you may think of or realize in a dream.
  8. Others: Including special cases such as when you wake up realizing that you had a dream, but you do not remember most or any of its details.

Tip ...

Draw a table with several rows and columns. Fill each square at the top row with a category of what you could find in a dream (views, sounds, tastes …). Number each row in an ascending order. Write down one of your dreams in the first row, but in the form of separated components, each in the suitable square under the correct category. Do it with a second and a third dream.    

What is to dream?

dreamsDuring the waking hours, and while you practice your life activities, you see, you hear, you smell, you taste, and you touch. When you use your five senses, you are aware of surroundings, such as family, friends, home, work, cars, sky, land …etc.

Using your five senses as means of realizing what is around is an ongoing process of gaining information. As long as you are awake, you are aware; and as much as you are aware, your mind saves renewed information. We call this Normal Awareness.

 The human mind needs the five senses to gain and save different types of information (images, speeches, smell …etc.). For example, if you close your eyes, you will see nothing, or your mind will never get any new visual information. Moreover, if you close your ears, you will hear nothing, or your mind will never get any new aural information.

On the contrary, during a dream, you may see images, hear voices, taste food, smell aromas, and touch objects without using any of your five senses. When you have a dream, you are aware, and your mind receives and saves a special type of information. However, it is not Normal Awareness as practiced during the waking hours; it is a different form of awareness called Alternate Awareness.

Remember that …

      A dream is an alternate state of awareness, through which a human mind receives and preserves a special type of information during sleeping.

What is to sleep?

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Sleeping is a mental and bodily state, during which the five senses (seeing, hearing, touching, feeling, and tasting) become temporarily disabled and isolated from the incidents of the waking life.

Sleeping is a preserving and distinguishing container for dreams. We cannot tell dreams apart from waking incidents, or know the beginning or end of a dream without sleep.

According to Islamic Faith, Sleeping is a near-death experience, which occurs when God (Allah) takes away the sleeper’s soul, and then sends it back to the human to be able to wake up.

No dreams can take place out of sleeping, and this book studies such type of dreams. If some kind of so-called “dreams” may take place out of the normal state of sleeping, I will not discuss them in this book, as they are irrelevant to dream interpretation.