September 24, 2009 at 11:55 am , by Julie Bain
I’m standing in a living room at an elegant cocktail party. Suddenly I start to levitate, and then I’m floating, flying, above the crowd. It feels great, so light and freeing. Then I wake up.
What does it mean? Flying is one of the most common of pleasant dreams, and it usually happens when you feel exuberant, in command, on top of things. But when it comes to dream interpretation, there’s no one-size-fits-all.
So for me, that floating feeling simulates what I imagine it would be like in space where there is zero-gravity. It just so happens that a friend of mine is an astronaut who recently sent me an invitation to attend his next space shuttle launch in Florida next February. I’m dying to go, and it’s possible that it spurred my dream of weightlessness. You see, it’s what the symbols in your dream mean to you that matters!
That’s one of the many things I learned while working on our Dreams story by Dan Ferber in the October issue of LHJ. Surely there’s no topic more endlessly fascinating and mysterious than our dreams. They’re like little windows into our souls—and with more amazing special effects than any sci-fi movie. But most people say they don’t remember their dreams, and even when they do, they don’t pay much attention to them.
That’s a shame. Because research is showing more and more that dreams serve a bunch of major purposes. They can help you resolve conflicts, defuse your fears, conjure up creative solutions to problems, and even help you make life-altering decisions. That’s why it’s worth it to focus on your dreams. There are some good tips on how to do that in the article. And some more advice in the Today show segment I did this morning, which you can watch here.
You can train yourself to have more interesting dreams, and to remember them, just by telling yourself, right before you turn off the light and go to sleep, that it will happen. It works!
Then before you know it, you’ll be flying! How cool is that?