What are dreams? Are they significant? Do they have a message? After some research and experimenting with my dreams, I concluded that there a 4 types of dreams:
- Subconscious Dreams
- Conscious Dreams
- Lucid Dreams
- Astral Dreams
1. Subconscious Dreams
These are the dreams that we are not aware of and the dreams that are happening based on our subconscious processing. As we start to become aware and we engage more consciously with trying to understand what our subconscious is telling us, we start entering the early stages of conscious dreaming.
A good majority of our dreams tend to be like this, at least we start to engage with them more consciously. These dreams are when the deeper parts of our brain are trying to process events from our day. Ex: If you had a stressful day, you are going to have dreams that are related to stress or if you have negative emotions, such as fear during the day, you are going to have dreams related to them. Such dreams are often random, and it’s hard to follow their sequence. They most of the time symbolically reveal your fears and insecurities.
When we start to more actively engage and pay attention to our dreams, they will progress from being mostly subconscious to becoming an amazing tool for growth and transformation.
2. Conscious Dreams
What is Conscious dreaming? There are many levels of conscious dreaming but it begins when our conscious mind starts to observe and become aware of what our dreams are communicating to us. At first, that awareness comes as we wake up from a dream, remember it and contemplate its meaning. For the most part, our dreams speak in symbols and they’re usually not to be taken literally. For example: When people we know show up in our dreams, it’s usually not about that person, but it’s about what they represent to us. Every character in our dreams typically symbolizes some aspect of us even if it’s someone we know in real life. So if a family member, friends, or whatever appears in one of your dreams, first ask yourself: what qualities do you tend to think or feel most about that person, what role do they play in your life, what is their main characteristic, … It’s likely that this person represents that aspect of you. Universal symbols and animals also play a role. Our conscious mind needs to learn the language of our dreams.
The more we pay attention to our dreams, and consciously work with them, the more we will remember and the more they will reveal to us. Before going to bed write down your intention for your dream time. Then, whenever you wake up, write down anything that you can remember from the dreams, even you don’t remember anything just write down how you feel.
Now as we get good at conscious dreaming, a more advanced goal would be to become conscious within our dream and be able to observe and engage with it in real-time. There is a difference between this and lucid dreams.
3. Lucid Dreams
What is lucid dreaming? What is the difference between lucid dreaming and conscious dreaming? When we become lucid and aware within the dream and consciously choose to manipulate it and change it, we can go and have a fantastic journey. These are lucid dreams. In a lucid dream, we are becoming more conscious of what was previously a subconscious type of dream and if we choose to change the dream, we are applying our will, but it’s kind of still our ego’s will that gets in when we become lucid. We tend to control the dream from our personality level of things.
Sometimes our Higher Self or Oversoul will come in and guide our dream and here comes the main difference between lucid dreaming and conscious dreaming. In more advanced forms of conscious dreaming, we become aware that we are dreaming but rather trying to manipulate it with our personal will, we ask: ‘What is it that I’m supposed to be learning here?’ We call in our Higher Self and our guides to teach us and help us understand and learn. We take more of a receptive role. It’s still proactive and conscious within the dream. Higher Self and our guides communicate with us through our dream when we are paying attention.
Lucid dreaming is fun, but it’s not supporting our progression in any big way. It’s kind of similar to astral travel for tourist-type purposes. It’s not always productive necessarily.
4. Astral Dreams
How is Astral different? What does this term mean and how does it relate to astral travel?
With astral dream, we are actually engaging with the astral planes. It’s not just symbolic or archetypal and we all astral travel while sleeping but it’s usually during the deepest part of our sleep cycle. We are usually not aware of it. If we do become aware within an astral dream, the experience is very real.
Other types of dreams tend to jump around and we may not remember how we got from one point to the next. Astral dreams on the other hand follow a clear sequence, just like in our waking life. What are we doing in the astral realms when we are sleeping? Well, every night during the deepest part of our sleep cycle, we all astral travel to the akashic zone to record everything that happened that day. It’s our personal book of life.
When we become conscious during these kinds of astral dreams, we can engage with higher spiritual dimensions and learn a lot. This type of experience makes us wonder, what is real? Is reality what is happening in the physical? Or is reality what is happening in our mind? Is this physical experience an illusion? What’s real and what’s a dream?
Science has shown us that our brain can’t tell the difference between a real event and an imagined event or events that happen in dreams.