Before getting to this particular post, I want to invite new visitors to read the first post HERE. It’ll let you know where we came from, where we are, and where we’re headed!
Here’s the first submitted dream we’ve received since the relaunch of Dream Prophesy:
“I have a recurring dream that I desperately need help understanding. Each dream has knives in it. In the first one, my son wanted to play his guitar but couldn’t find it. He opened the closet and a huge knife fell on him. Blood was everywhere and we were screaming. Then I woke up.
In the second dream, I was cooking supper and cut my hand off with a butter knife! The third dream was just about the same, except it was a steak knife and it cut off part of my plate.
These dreams are getting to me, especially the one about my son. I’m scared of what the next dream will be about and who will get hurt in it. Please help and thank you.”
I can see how these dreams would trouble you. The first thing you need to do is to remind yourself that these dreams aren’t prophetic. They aren’t signaling an accident or anything bad ahead. Dreams deal with what HAS happened, what IS happening, and your emotions and feelings. Some of these emotions and feelings the dreamer is fully aware of. Others, the dreamer doesn’t seem to be aware of whatsoever.
When I hear about people dreaming of knives, my first reaction is this: There’s something in their life that they want to remove, or “cut out.” These could include:
- A bad habit. Smokers who want to quit smoking often dream of knives. Their desire to “cut out” this habit weighs on their mind and presents itself in their dream world.
- Wanting to lose weight. Wanting to lose extra weight will also lead to knife dreams.
- Dislike of an annoying co-worker, fellow student, neighbor, or even family member. The dreamer doesn’t (of course!) want to harm this annoying person – but they wouldn’t mind AT ALL if fate cut them out of their life and put them in someone else’s!
- A desire to leave your job, school, home, community, etc. Wanting to separate yourself from a current situation or place can lead to knife dreams.
- A thought or feeling. Sometimes we feel things we wish we didn’t feel or keep having thoughts we wish would go away. We think, “Why don’t I just cut it out?! ” – But we seem unable to.
All of the above are instances that can lead to these types of dreams. When it comes to recurring dreams, more times than not, fully realizing WHY you’re having the dreams is enough to send them packing. Even if you haven’t arrived at the solution yet, your subconscious mind seems perfectly content with you just knowing the situation exists.
I truly hope this helps!
Thanks so much for submitting your dream. I’ve learned from experience (from the last time the site was up BEFORE disaster struck!) that people are greatly helped when they read other people’s dreams. So, know that you’ve helped others simply by sharing your dream.
“Dreams are road signs along the nighttime highway of sleep.” – Astrid Alauda
You may be one of those people who attach meaning to each and every dream, putting each and every dream detail under a microscope combing for the meanings in each. Or, you may disregard your dream(s) immediately upon wakening.
As a realistic dreamologist, I’d say that the happiest, sanest place is somewhere between the two illustrations above. No, you don’t have to over-obsess over EVERY detail of EVERY dream, but to totally dismiss your dreams is thisclose to foolish.
The subconscious mind is like a treasure trove filled with thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears and insights. Many of these are alien to our conscious mind, which is often far too busy to dwell on such transcendent thoughts. However, while we are asleep, the lid of the treasure trove can swing open, allowing all the gems to roll out!
If we would get more in touch with what our own unconscious minds are trying to tell us, who knows what all we could accomplish! Below are a few examples of how our dreams can help us.
Troubled Minds and Troubled Dreams: If you begin dreaming what we term “troubling dreams”, you might want to take a long, hard look inwardly. More likely than not, you are more troubled by recent events or circumstances than you may realize. Troubling dreams are dreams in which, while you don’t experience tragedy or sorrow, you are aggravated, annoyed and mentally tormented by something or someone. A few examples of troubling dreams would be misplacing something important, driving in circles unable to find your way, being wrongly accused of something, etc. They’re grating annoyances that aren’t nightmares but are far from being pleasant.
Nightmares: Nightmares are not always indicative of a mind in turmoil. Medications, stress, and even spicy food can cause outrageous dreams. Some people experience the worst dreams if they eat too closely to bedtime. However, over half the time a nightmare is a result of having too much on your mind. Think of a small wind-up toy car. If you wind it the perfect amount, all goes smoothly. If you over wind, it basically goes amok. The same can be said for our psyches. If we are putting too much on our proverbial plate….our unconscious mind runs amok.
Hidden Meanings and Symbols: Our dreams speak their own language, primarily using symbols and codes. Once you know the meanings and interpretations, you can decode what it is your unconscious mind is trying to tell you.
Dream Prophesy is a website which is devoted to the world of dreams. You will find an ever growing collection of articles dealing with dream interpretations, dream symbols, dream analysis, and dream meanings. There will also be a great many articles dealing with the world of sleep – how to achieve greater sleep, the benefits of sleep, etc.
You’ll also find an area that’s often gravely overlooked: Daydreams! Daydreams carry an unbelievable amount of insight into our subconscious thoughts, feelings, and desires. You will be amazed how much we can learn about ourselves simply
The wisest person is the person who is always looking for ways to grow. They never settle for good enough and would never claim to “have arrived”. They will always keep growing and learning, because it’s the only way they know how to live.
Dream analysis is simply another avenue to take on this trip we call self-discovery.
“Dreams are free therapy. Consult your inner Freud.” – Grey Livingston
What Your Dreams Mean and Why it Matters So Much
Do you remember the last dream you had? Were you being chased, looking for something you’d lost, or frustrated with a door that wouldn’t open?
Was a lost loved one in your dream and did they seem as alive as you are today?!
Maybe there were snakes in your dream and you still can’t shake the eerie feelings they left you with.
Each of the types of dreams I listed above (in addition to the countless other dreams we have each night) are more than just dreams: They’re messages.
No, I’m not going to say something like, “If you dream about snakes, you’ll meet someone next week who’ll give you a million dollars.” You may or may not have such luck! But if you DID, it certainly wouldn’t be because of the dream. Your sleeping mind doesn’t really have any more information about what will happen next week than your “awake” mind does. The ancient dream guides that suggest otherwise are delightfully fun to read, but accurate?
Thankfully, no. I’ve had a few dreams that would have surely cursed me if they were accurate.
While ancient dream guides are used for little more than amusement, Dream Analysis is a VERY worthwhile and helpful study. A modern dreamologist who is on top of his or her dream study can be incredibly helpful to you.
We all want to get the best that life has for us and we know that the only way to do that is to get the best out of ourselves. Having your dreams analyzed by a dreamologist is a simple, enjoyable, and fascinating tool to use to help make these things happen.
Remember, above, when I said, “Your sleeping mind doesn’t really have any more information about what will happen next week than your ‘awake’ mind does.”? Well, that’s completely true, HOWEVER, the sleeping, or unconscious, mind is more in tune with what’s going on in the present and the past. It’s uncluttered or distracted by its environment – so it can completely delve into its emotions, thoughts, and issues. And that’s exactly what it does – it dives right in.
“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.” – Marsha Norman
However, for the individual who isn’t familiar with dream symbols or the other particulars of dreams, the importance of the dreams will be lost forever! That’s why it’s so important to find someone who speaks the language of dreams and can help you to get to the bottom of your own dreams and their meanings.
If your subconscious mind senses trouble (or at least the potential for trouble) in a particular area of your life, it will often use dreams to communicate the potential problem.
Dreams can also alert you when your emotions are getting the best of you.
Always pay close attention to your dreams and use our dream dictionary to help you find out what your dreams mean. You may be missing something very important!
Other Resources on Dream Prophesy to Help You Interpret Your Dreams:
“Pay attention to your dreams – God’s angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep.” – Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book: Learning from God’s Heavenly Messengers by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
Can You “Make” Yourself Have Lucid Dreams?
- A Lucid Dream is a dream in which you realize you are dreaming.
- Lucid Dreams are more vivid than other dreams. The yellows are more yellow, the blues are more blue, the emotions are larger, the fear is stronger, and so on.
- Have you ever seen the movie Vanilla Sky? This was an example of Lucid Dreams hitting the big screen!
- During a Lucid Dream, a certain “clue” or “sign” will alert the dreamer that is actually a dream.
Lucid Dreams First Used by Frederik van Eeden
The term Lucid Dream was first used by Frederik van Eeden who used the word “lucid” in the sense of mental clarity. When something tips us off in a dream that it is, in fact a dream, we regain our mental clarity. The clue that tips us off could be seeing someone we realize is deceased, having a magical power such as invisibility, or being able to fly, etc.
Lucid Dreams occur in different “strengths” or “levels.” They’ve gotten a great deal of attention because many people believe we can use them to “control” our dreams and, even, help us solve problems.
Can You Make Yourself Have Lucid Dreams?
The questions on everyone’s mind are, “Can I make myself experience lucid dreams” and “How can I make myself have lucid dreams?!” There’s a bit of a controversy over this particular subject.
Some dream experts believe you absolutely cannot make yourself experience lucid dreams. They argue that these dreams only occur supernaturally and cannot be provoked or invited in any way.
Personally, I believe that “making” yourself experience lucid dreams isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. There’s certainly no switch to turn on and you can’t “will” yourself to have lucid dreams.
Having said that, however, I believe you can set the stage for experiencing lucid dream. There are steps you can take to become much more in tune with your dreams and this will, in turn, set the stage for lucid dreaming. Once the stage is set, so to speak, they are much more likely to occur.
I’ve written an article How to Have Lucid Dreams, read the article for 10 easy ways to help set the stage for lucid dreaming.
Lucid Dreams Category on Dream Prophesy
In the Lucid Dreams category, watch for many upcoming articles addressing this very premise. As a dreamologist, I am very passionate about Lucid Dreams. I believe they can, like all dreams, give us a lot of insight into our emotions, our thoughts, our core beliefs, etc. A greater sense of self can be gained by paying closer attention to our dreams.
That’s what this site is here for – to help us identify exactly what our dreams mean and what they’re trying to tell us. We’ll learn how to use this information to bring peace into our heart and minds as we build the lives we’ve always… well…dreamed of.
“Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.” – H.F. Hedge
Set the Scene for Lucid Dreaming!
Most of us who are fascinated with dreams, dream interpretation, dream analysis, and the meaning of dreams are equally fascinated with lucid dreaming. Lucid dreams are dreams in which we feel as though we are very much awake. Lucid dreams seem brighter, louder, more vivid, and more alive than most dreams.
Is it any wonder so many people are asking, “How can I have lucid dreams?!”
It’s all about setting the stage and creating an atmosphere where lucid dreams are more apt to occur. I talk more about setting the stage in an article about lucid dreaming (linked to in the first paragraph above as well as at the bottom of this post) but I’d love to tell you about something that’ll help you create an atmosphere, or scene, in which you’ll invite lucid dreams into your life.
If you’re truly serious in Lucid Dreams, you’ll love the Herbal Bath for Lucid Dreams and Candles Kit pictured above. The Lucid Dreams Herbal Bath is made and hand blended with Organic wild harvested herbs and follows an old recipe, passed down through generations. It induces deep sleep with relaxing powerful scents of the aromatic herbs.
When you have deeper REM sleep, lucid dreaming is more apt to occur.
From the website:
It is excellent for you to receive answers to important questions you may have because the mixture of herbs used gives you vivid and lucid answers to these questions in your dreams. This blend contains: Rose Petals, Mugwort, Rosemary, Lavender Flowers, Chamomile Flowers, Hops Flowers, Orris root, Borage and a relaxing blend of pure essential oils. We also included two purple chime candles in the kit and a reusable cotton bag to be used with the mixture in the bath water. The contents in the jar is enough for three or four uses. You can use also this mixture to do dream herbal pillows and use under your pillow to induce fast sleep. It comes with all information you need in how to use the kit. A beautiful iridescent organza bag is included to keep your jar safe when not in use. All our hand blended herbal mixtures are blended and sealed at the time of purchase to ensure freshness.
- Contains 1 (4 oz) jar of herbal bath for Lucid Dreams.
- Contains 2 purple chime candles.
- It will help you relax and invite sweeter sleep – the perfect environment for Lucid Dreams.
- Information on how to use provided. It comes with a iridescent organza bag.
“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” – Edgar Cayce
What Are Lucid Dreams?
If you’re interested in lucid dreams and want to know how you can have lucid dreams, yourself, see What are Lucid Dreams on Dream Prophesy. These fascinating dreams are worth the minimal amount of effort it takes for you to “set the stage.” There are steps you can take to improve your chances of having these fascinating and vivid dreams!