Dream Themes and Dream Triggers are basically the same thing; they are just utilized differently. A dream theme is an identified recurring image in one’s dreams, such as dreaming often about a school, while a dream trigger is both realizing that image is recurring, and using it to trigger lucid dreaming. So, if you experience frequent dream themes, you have the capability of progressing into lucid dreaming more easily than someone who doesn’t. The way it’s done is like this: you are having yet another dream about schools, for example. You think to yourself, “Here’s that school again! Wait a minute…I’ve been out of school for years now, so I must be dreaming!” and poof–you’re lucid!
Once you face whatever issue the dream theme is representing in your life, and “heal” it or conquer it, that particular theme will either evolve or disappear from your dreams altogether.
Alphabet – Dreaming about letters of the alphabet can symbolize an object, animal, place associated with or resembling that particular letter. A letter can also trigger your memory of a person. Alternatively, the alphabet refers to the primitive stages of understanding some concept or emotion.
Animals – Seeing animals in your dream points to your primal instincts, needs and desires that may be repressed in your waking life. Each animal has specific characteristics that will help guide you as to what your subconscious is trying to reveal.
Birds – To see birds in your dream symbolize your goals, aspirations and hopes. They also reflect joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love. You are experiencing spiritual freedom and psychological liberation. The significance of specific birds in dreams is based on their color, behavior and the sounds they make. These qualities help pinpoint a more meaningful interpretation of your dream.
Body Parts – Your dream body represents your dream ego and your conscious identity. In many ancient cultures, the body was even seen as a metaphor for the spiritual world. Specific body parts are especially significant if they are abnormal or different. In some cases, your dream may forewarn of health problems and concerns of that particular body part.
Bugs – What’s “bugging” you? Dreaming of bugs and insects suggest that you are worried about something. They are symbolic of your anxieties or fears. Also consider the popular phrase “bitten by the bug” to imply your strong emotional ties or obsession with some activity, interest, or hobby. Alternatively, the bug may be representative of your sexual thoughts. The various bugs or insects in your dream help clue you in as to what you may be concerning you.
Car – Your dream car is representative of your drive and ambition. What happens with your dream car reflects your ability to navigate from one stage of your life to another. Where you go in your dream car symbolizes your goals. And dreaming about specific parts of your car provides clues about your status, and abilities to achieve those goals.
Characters – An important concept to keep in mind about the characters you see or the characters you become in your dream is to first consider how they represent an aspect of your own self. The dream characters may appear in your dream to call attention to certain qualities that you are lacking. They can depict or exaggerate certain qualities as a way of focusing your attention on them. Some people in your dream can also represent your unfinished communication with them and they may continue to appear in your dream until the conflict is resolved.
Clothing – How you are perceived or the act you may be putting on in front of others can be reflected in the types of clothes you have on in your dream. Clothing in dreams also represent your condition or status in an area of your waking life.
Colors – Colors are very subjective and personal. Therefore first consider your own personal associations with the color in your dream. Does the color remind you of a particular person, a body part, a childhood toy, some object, etc? For example, the color yellow may remind you of the childhood school bus you rode in, but for someone else it may remind them of the yellow house they grew up in. Colors in dream can also convey emotions.
Common – What symbols are Dream Mooders looking up and emailing in about the most? Here is the Dream Moods Top 20 Most Common Symbols being dreamt according to our guests.
Death – Death dreams can be alarming, whether you dream that you or a loved one die. Dreaming of death is usually more symbolic and often indicates an ending of a particular habit, behavior, circumstance, etc. More directly, dreaming about death can be part of the grieving process if you recently experienced the passing of a loved one.
Disasters –The fear of not knowing what is in your future can be the reason why you are having a disaster dream. Specific disasters point to the area of your waking life that you are experiencing anxiety, doubt or lack of control.
Feelings – The emotions in your dream are usually never disguised. This means that the feelings you experience in your dream are not symbolic of something else, but rather they are reflections of your true, honest feelings. Such feelings may have been suppressed during the day and are being expressed in your dreams where your defenses are down. Feelings expressed in dreams can help you deal with depression, guilt, and other complex emotions.
Negative emotions tend to occur twice as often as pleasant feelings. Fear and anxiety are the most commonly expressed emotions in dreams, followed by anger and sadness.
Food –Food for thought? Dreaming about food refers to thoughts, ideas and beliefs. They are trying to convey an idea that you need to take in and digest mentally.
House – Your dream house is symbolic of the Self, while the rooms inside the house relate to various aspects of the Self and to the many facets of your personality. The attic refers to the mind, while the basement represents the subconscious.
Numbers – To see certain numbers in your dream provide encouragement (or discouragement) in an area of your waking life. Numbers reflect how or where you stand in some area of your waking life. Sometimes numbers may not appear directly and can be presented in the number of characters, number of objects, or an action that is repeated a certain number of times.
Also worth noting is that odd numbers are considered more aggressive then even numbers, while even numbers are considered to be more tranquil.
In general, you want to stick with the basic numbers (1 through 9) when trying to decipher the meaning of multiple digit numbers. For example, the number “1965” could mean the year 1965. But you can also add up the digits until you get a single digit number. Thus 1965 –> 1+9+6+5 = 21 –> 2+1 = 3.
Places – When trying to decipher the significance of your dream place or surrounding, pay attention to the look and feel of the landscape. If it is a place you have never been to or seen, then ask yourself if you have been anywhere which brings about similar feelings or if it reminds you of another place and time in your life. Sometimes the places in your dream may also represent an idea or a person.
Pregnancy – Pregnancy dreams symbolize an aspect of yourself or some aspect of your personal life that is growing and developing. Being pregnant in your dream may also represent the birth of a new idea, direction, project or goal. For those who are actually pregnant, then the dreams are more about anxieties of the pregnancy.
Relationships – She loves me, she loves me not. Relationships can be difficult as is in your waking life, but then you have a dream and second guess it can drive you crazy. Your dream relationship usually parallels your waking relationship in some way and may be highlighting something that is wrong in the relationship. In your dream state, you are more incline to confront issues that you would normally ignore or are afraid of bringing up. Compare your dream relationship with your waking relationship.
School – Dreaming about school points to feelings of inadequacy and anxieties about your ability. If you are no longer in school, such dreams may point to unresolved childhood issues. The dream may also reflect a life lesson that you need to learn.
Sex – Let’s talk about sex! Sex dreams are about the merging of contrasting aspects of yourself. You need to incorporate certain qualities into your own character. The specific sex act parallels aspects of yourself that you want to express. More directly, sex dreams is about sex and your desire for a physical connection.
Tools –The tools you see or use in your dream are about self-expression. They serve to highlight your skills and abilities. On the other hand, tools refer to some aspect of your waking life that needs to be fixed or needs your attention.
Travel – Travel dreams represent the path toward your life goals. Traveling to specific destinations often have a straightforward meaning of wanting to escape from your daily burden.
Vanity – Mirror, mirror, who is the fairest of them all? Dreams about your looks are almost always about the persona you portray to others and how you want others to view you. These dreams also reflect insecurities and low self-esteem.
Wedding – Wedding dream symbolism is about new beginnings, changes and transitions. Not all wedding dreams are positive and can also reflect bitterness, sorrow, fear, or even death. More directly, the stress of planning a wedding can often bring about dreams about