Disaster Dreams

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isaster dreams are one of the most common types of dream that people will experience throughout their lifetime. Whether  fire, flood, storms, earthquakes or tidal waves; a disaster dream indicates a sudden change in some area of your life.

Fire traditionally represents passion, creativity and sometimes danger. There is a world of difference between the warm fire burning in the grate and a forest fire growing wildly out of control; in dream symbolism the first represents a love of one’s domestic situation, the second a person in crisis, overwhelmed by passion and feelings. Brightly burning flames in a fireplace are an expression of a healthy imagination. If you dream of getting burnt by fire, you must guard against losing your temper.

A dream in which you set fire to a house may be a sign of self-loathing and deep anger. The house represents the dreamer’s soul. This is a dream that is asking you to look closely at why you are feeling like this. Fire is also a transforming force, altering everything it touches. So it is also a symbol of change and sometimes destruction. Smoke is often considered an unlucky sign and some dream interpreters believe it is a sign of death. Alternatively others, see smoke as being connected to the spirit. Another form of purification. As smoke in some cultures is seen as being an important part of the rituals of spiritual cleansing. You may wonder which of the dream meanings will apply to you. The answer will depend on its context  within the dream and other dream symbols.

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What Are Dreams

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Defining dreams as ‘visions during sleep’ may describe what occurs, but this does not explain what they are. Undoubtedly, they are experiences real enough to produce strong psychological and physiological responses in a person. The nightmare, for example, produces the flight or fight mechanism, with its accompanying increase in blood pressure and heart rate, and even sleep-walking, in readiness for physical action. The passionate dream of a lover, renowned for its emotional and biological effects, is a further example, yet these dreams are not reality.

Sometimes events from the previous day are in our thoughts as we drop off to sleep, so not surprisingly these scenes are re-enacted as literal dreams, in the hope of extracting further information from what has already happened. Reliving events in this way has been suggested as a reason for dreaming, but this is only one aspect. The dream reflecting a foreign land the dreamer has never heard of, or the weird and wonderful mansion to which the dreamer returns night after night, demolishes any such simplistic explanation.

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