I have been having the most vivid dreams lately. So brightly colored and realistic. I wake, not necessarily remembering the dream itself, but knowing I controlled the outcome of the dream. This is called “lucid dreams”.
I’ve been able to have lucid dreams for many years now. I learned how through therapy. If I can get my brain to cooperate during a nightmare, I can turn it around and make it a pleasant dream.
As for colors, there are a lot of different researches on what colors mean in dreams. I don’t really care what they mean, I just enjoy the fact that I do dream in color and not black and white. It makes the dream more real and leaves me with a feeling of euphoria, something I seldom have while awake. This leads me to believe that while in my dream state my brain is working hard to erase all the stress I put it through during the day time hours. Stress of worrying about things I can not change.
It is a proven fact that while sleeping the body is in a healing state, so I do not fight sleep. I accept it as a needed part of life. So when I started having insomnia, I knew my body was not working properly and sought help from my doctor. He prescribed me a stronger antidepressant that helped me rest more at night and is proving to be beneficial for my stress and depression during the day. I have felt much better during the days and though I still run out of energy and have to take a nap, I am getting a few things done that I was unable to do before this medication.
All in all, the body needs time to heal. Sleep is a good thing. If you have bad dreams, try to control those dreams, I am not a professional, so I can not tell you how to control them. Maybe ask your therapist about it, or read up on it. It has helped me to rest easier, instead of waking up scared to death. Just knowing that there is a way to control the outcome of a dream is worth researching, in my opinion.
I find it fascinating just how vividly colored my dreams are and how easy it is to manipulate those dreams to suit my personal need for a good outcome.
If you would like to know about colors, here is a link.
A fellow blogger, Penelope at Following Him Beside Still Waters, brought my attention to a great link about lucid dreaming and how to manipulate your dreams. The link: http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/dream-control.html
There is so much good information at the link above and they promote Robert Waggoner’s book, below.
Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self by Robert Waggoner is the account of an experienced lucid dreamer who stumbles upon a new dimension of conscious awareness: the ability to interact consciously with the dream observer – the “inner self”.
Waggoner discovered that in lucid dreams we have both a psychological tool and a platform to understand dreaming and the larger picture of our psyche. He proposes five stages of lucid dreaming and guides readers through them, offering advice for those who have never experienced the lucid dream state and suggestions for how experienced lucid dreamers can advance to new levels. This book offers vivid illustrations that will intrigue anyone interested in consciousness, identity, and the definition of reality