The flying dream experience seems universal. There are several classes of
dreams that most people have had (I've been quizzing folks about their
dreams for about 30 years now). One class is the recurring dream. These
happen most often during youth. The dreamer will experience the same dream
over and over again. For most folks these dreams stop around puberty but
may also come back a few times during adulthood.
A second class of common dreams are dreams of shame. The standard is
finding yourself in a crowd of people either nude or more often, in your
underwear. These are also common during childhood.
A third class of common dreams are of flying. Flying dreams are quite
vivid. The flyer usually has difficulty in hovering but can move forward,
backward, land and take off with ease. It's interesting that everyone I've
discussed flying dreams with has never needed a lesson in flight. All can
instantly fly and instinctively know how to maneuver. The ability seems
inborn. Some dreamers relate that they can also enter and travel
underwater, never needing to breathe. An even smaller segment of these
dreamers can porpoise, flying up into the air then plunging down into water,
over and over. My gut feeling is that flying dreams are a fetal memory of
floating within the womb but my hope would be that humans once had the
ability to fly and carry the racial memory of the ability.
A fourth class of common dreams are of dying. Usually these dreams manifest
during the twilight of sleep, that gray area between consciousness and
sleep. They rush up and wash over the sleeper causing great fear. The
dream is so fearful that the sleeper will spring back into consciousness
with a racing heart, instantly wide awake. These dreams seem most common
after the age of 30 and I think that the purpose of the dream is the
conditioning of the conscious mind by the sub-mind of its mortality.
A fifth class of common dreams are those of fear. Monsters, fights,
confrontations, being unable to run or defend yourself, being trapped or
backed into corners. Again, my belief is that these dreams are used by the
sub-mind for training, exposing the mind to potentials and giving it a
chance to reason out its lessons in preservation. The best advice for those
experiencing fear-dreams are to confront the danger head on, especially
monsters. If the dreamer is told to face the monster and try to hug it, the
monster will instantly turn loving. Often the dreamer will experience great
warmth and love from the beast.
A fascinating class of dreams are lucid dreams. The ability to become
conscious within dreamland offers the dreamer a universe of experiences and
possibilities. The easiest way to wake up within dreamland is to tell
yourself aloud just before retiring that you want to awake while dreaming.
Making the verbal statement seems to help trigger the dreamers ability to
experience a lucid dream.
There is one type of dream that stands alone; dreams of the future that
become true. Usually these dreams are of small events in life. The dreamer
may dream of an unusual moment in traffic or in a retail store. They have
an interaction with others within the dream. Later, they actually
experience the dream-event in reality. A dream of the future!
History is repleat with dreamers that dreamt of tragic events which
manifested at a later date. The Titanic disaster was foreseen by some in
dreams. Air crashes, fires & major floods have all been dreamt by a few
dreamers ahead of time. How is is possible? The medical profession has put
forth the theory that instead of the individual having dreamt the future,
the mind's conscious filter becomes momentarily out-of-whack and gives the
individual the impression that what is being experienced for the first time
was within the memory all along. However, the brain filter is
malfunctioning and it never was a dream, it only appears to have been.
I put forth this theory instead: While awake, we are all trapped in the
here-and-now. 3 minutes from now you will stop reading this email. That
event is coming at you in time. You can't experience it yet because it
hasn't happened but the event IS approaching you. In the next 3 minutes
many different events COULD take place. Your home COULD catch fire. The
phone COULD ring, interrupting you. A spider COULD crawl across your
monitor. All of these potentials are rushing at you in the time stream but
you can only experience them as they occur and never a moment sooner.
Think of time as a sand hour-glass. Time can only pass through the neck of
reality one grain at a moment but all of the potentials lay directly in
front of the reality-moment. We are trapped in a conscious here-and-now.
While we sleep the sub-mind has the ability to scan ahead and view the
moments of time that are approaching us. These moments are potentials in
time. They may never occur. If you leave the house for work 5 minutes late
tomorrow, you alter what may have been, for better or worse. Yesterday, you
might have died in a car accident but your delay in making breakfast saved
As you dream, your sub-mind can scan the future events rushing towards the
reality-moment of your life, giving you dreams or visions of these future
potentials. When they occur, you become aware of your former dream. You've
dreamt of the future! The past can also be experienced by the sub-mind in
One more thought about dreams. When you dream of strangers in your dreams
it is possible that the stranger is not a figment of your mind. That
stranger may be a real person who is also dreaming of you! The man or woman
that you romped with last night may be smiling to themselves this morning,
just as you are, as you both remember your torrid tryst in dreamland last
night. Phillip W. Mark, central Florida, USA
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