Explore your subconscious to unearth hidden religious meanings. Dream Time
Wiccans have the belief that whatever is seen in a dream has a correlation to a certain relevance, and that dreams provide psychological and emotional guidance to one's day-to-day life.
Because dreams contain a number of different symbols, all of which have their own unique interpretations, it is possible to interpret one's dreams and apply the insights gained from doing so in one's everyday life.
To begin with, a person needs to be asleep in order to dream, and while sleeping, the brain goes through a series of transformations. These changes take place as a person gradually loses consciousness and progresses through the four stages of sleep. The first stage is known as the hypnopompic stage, and it is characterised by a drop in blood pressure as well as a rolling motion of the eyes from side to side. During this stage, a person is neither asleep nor awake, but they can be startled easily and will become awake quickly.
When a person is in the second stage of sleep, their breathing and heartbeat slow down, and they become oblivious to what is going on in the outside world. When a person has entered the third stage of sleep, they are so deeply asleep that it would be extremely difficult to wake them up. The conscious mind also enters a stage of sleep known as the fourth stage, which is followed by the rapid eye movement (REM) stage, which is when a person is able to remember the dreams they had during the final REM stage.
The ability to relax one's mental and emotional well-being is made possible by getting enough sleep, making it one of the most vital aspects of human health. The amount of sleep a person needs is directly proportional to their age; infants require fifteen hours of sleep per day, adolescents eight to nine hours, and adults seven to eight hours; the older a person gets, the less sleep they need. Because sleep allows both the body and the mind to refuel and refresh themselves, getting enough of it is necessary for mental and physical equilibrium as well as overall health. The mind requires care and attention in order to function well at its optimal capacity, and when one is asleep, the subconscious mind takes control and reorganises that person's experiences. The mind can only function at its optimal capacity with proper care and attention.
When a person dreams, it is as if they are watching a movie of their own life, complete with both strange and recognisable people and situations. Some people report feeling unsettled or comfortable, sad or happy; others report seeing items such as animals, symbols, automobiles, clothing, boats, and so on. Still others claim to hear voices.
Dreams are almost always accompanied by feelings, and the content of a person's dreams will almost certainly have an effect on how they feel when they wake up. For instance, if a person dreams of being in water and water represents emotion, then the person can try to relate the dream to something that is daunting them in their life when they wake up, and the dream might just try to give them an answer to the situation that they are facing. Those who see symbols can, in most cases, trace their perceptions back to the actions they take in their everyday lives.
Wiccans recommend that people keep a dream journal next to their beds so that whenever they have a dream, they can immediately wake up and jot it down, and then later on try to decipher what the dream is trying to tell them.
The process of reading through one's dream and analysing the first thought that arises in response to it is known as dream association. This is the most effective method for deciphering the meaning of a dream after it has been written down.
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