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As promised in an earlier post, April sees the launch of our new monthly competition feature.

Each month we will be giving one lucky reader the chance to win some great prizes by answering one single question.

Entry into the competition is free, but you are limited to just one entry per person. The lucky winner will be picked at random and sent their prizes accordingly.

So, what am I giving away this month?

The winner will be getting a copy of the fabulous ebook – ‘The Beginners Guide To Lucid Dreaming’ and a voucher for a free dream interpretation by yours truly.

For your chance to win, just answer this simple question;

According to my post entitled Dream Facts, what percentage of people only dream in black and white?

Send your answer via email to dreamology@ymail.com . Closing date for entries is the 30th April 2009.

Good luck!

History Of Dreams

Many people are curious to know about the history of dreams, and a common question I often find myself answering is ‘where did dreaming start?’

The answer to this is very simple; Dreaming started with the birth of mankind.

Back in 1875, Richard Caton discovered evidence that the brain’s neutral dream state is actually full of activity. Hans Berger, a German neuropsychiatrist, recorded the first alpha rhythm which indicated a state of meditation or relaxation. He observed the first electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings of sleep in the early 20th century.

More research was conducted using Berger’s findings at Harvard University in the 30’s and by the 1940’s, sleep was viewed as “one end of a continuum of arousal”.

However, the physiological study of dreams didn’t really begin until the 1950’s. A graduate student at the University of Chicago discovered REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep after attaching electrodes to his son. REM was one large puzzle now solved in the sleep laboratory.

After REM was put under the microscope from both a clinical and medical viewpoint, dreaming soon became a respectable subject of serious clinical study by the scientific community.

I have stated before that dreams and the recording of dreams goes way back in time. If you take a look at the Bible, you will see examples of prophecys relating to dreams, and much of the symbolism that us modern day interpreters use still dates back to these times.

Since the beginning of time, man has believed in predictions for the future, and many examples of prophecy can be seen in many religions throughout the world.

Today, many people still believe that  some individuals can see into the future, and employ the services of psychics and tarot readers to help them find answers to specific questions.

Both history and science have proved that the ability to sense or glimpse the future does exist, but they have yet to find out how or why.

Prophetic dreams, however rare, do occur. There have been a number of tales telling of people who dreamed prophetically or found the answer to a vexing problem in their dreams; Abraham Lincoln supposedly dreamed about his assassination and told both his wife and his friend about the dream before he met with his assassin.

The Bible is filled with accounts of prophetic dreams, from Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of seven years of famine to Mary’s angelic visitation in the Annunciation.

Arguments still rage about whether or not our dreams can predict the future. Many sceptics say that because our dreams are based on underlying troubles and problems, that we are already aware of what the future holds for us, and what we need to do to help ourselves. So when we do have these ‘psychic dreams’ they are not really predictive, just confirming what we already knew in our awakened state.

What do I think? I am in no doubt at all that precognitive dreams do occur. You always hear stories of people who dream of major disasters before they happen. If you take a look back at your own dream diary as I often do, you can find many smaller less significant events of a dream have a predictive element.

Quick Update.

I have been having my very own weird and wonderful dreams of late, predominantly related to status and celebrity (not my usual sort of dream at all)

In answer to all of you who have taken time out of your busy day to ask me about my ebook, it is coming on great thank you, and I am hoping to have the first draft finished by the end of April eeek!

I again find that I have to apologise for not being around often this month, but I have been so busy lately with work projects that there are simply not enough hours in the day!

Next month I am hoping to get out some special offers and competitions to you readers, where you can win all sorts of goodies, from free dream analysis consultations to ebooks.

How does that sound?

While I have great plans for this blog, I also have to work along side being a mum to two girls, who are getting more and more demanding as each day passes. Thus this is a second reason for me not updating with dream interpretations as I would like.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

As always feel free to leave your comments, suggestions and questions.

Have a great day!

Dream Facts

Today I would like to throw a few little dream and sleep related facts into the mix.

Feel free to leave your comments about them or ask any questions.

1. Dreams have been around as long as mankind.

2. In the Roman era, striking and significant dreams had to be reported to the authorities for analysis and interpretation.

3. Our brain waves are more active during sleep than they are when we are awake.

4. The most common emotion experienced during sleep is anxiety.

5. 12% of people only dream in black and white.

6. REM sleep was discovered in 1953 by Eugene Aserinsky.

7. One third of our lives is spent sleeping.

8. Studies suggest that women need up to one hours more sleep than men.

9. Elephants sleep lying down during REM sleep, but stand up during normal sleep.

10. If you are snoring, you are not dreaming.

11. Dolphins and ducks keep one half of the brain awake, while the other sleeps, so they are always prepared for predators.

Interesting don’t you think?

The Financial Crisis

Right now, a vast majority of us are worried about the financial crisis that we are all victims to.

Unfortunately some have more to fear than others as we face the threat of unemployment, rising debts, and repossession. Then it is no wonder that worrying on such a large scale affects our sleep and dream patterns.

During times of stress, we often here people talk of how they are having sleepless nights as the sub conscious conflicts with the conscious, resulting in us spending a majority of the night tossing and turning in our beds.

Worrying about the state of our finances raises lots of feelings about self doubt, insecurity and vulnerability.

Dreaming of water is a very common occurrence in times like this. Water represents our emotions, and how we are coping can often be seen in how the water is behaving in our dream.

While water can take on many forms (from vast oceans to gentle streams) it is important to read into the feelings of the water and to look deeper at what it is doing. Many who feel out of control may dream of vast, dark and stormy seas while those who are in a little more control may experience a more calmer sea.

With high levels of stress, you can expect to have a confusing array of dreams. We have talked before about falling dreams and how this relates to lack of control and how nudity can be represented as vulnerability.

Other dreams that can be related to our money worries can also take form as sharks, buildings and even the feeling of suffocation.

Where I am

As you may have noticed, my posts have been a little thin on the ground over the last couple of weeks. Well there is a perfectly good reason; I have been working on my first ever dream interpretations book.

Right now I have a hand written basic plan, but tomorrow I am going to begin typing out my first words.

I have to admit that I am very excited about the prospect of having my name in print, I just hope I can manage to complete my project within good time.

The book is going to be an A-Z of common dreams, in fact, that is what I am thinking of calling the book.

I am sorry to leave this post so short but my eagerness to do more research is going to lead to some sort of human combustion if I don’t get on with it!!

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