Dreams naturally fall into a number of different categories. At one time or another the average dreamer will experience all of these different types of dreams
Copper dreams are long and rambling. They occur first in your nightly cycle. They manufacture tools for survival (memory, skills, etc.). They process the events of your waking life. Take:
1 part wishes
2 parts anxiety
A dash of nightly news (or the x-files)
A pinch from 4th grade phys-ed
Shake well and "poof," in the morning your brain is ready to go. You do not need to remember these dreams. But without copper dreams, you go mad.
A nightmare is a disturbing dream that causes you to awaken feeling anxious and frightened. Nightmares may be a response to real life trauma and situations. Sometimes after a nightmare the dreamer will become anxious; wondering if something terrible is going to happen to them. Nightmares may also occur because we have ignored or refused to accept a particular life situation. In dream analysis, nightmares are your subconscious wanting to focus your attention to some aspect of your life which is causing one distress, but one is keeping on ignoring it, resulting in emotional distress.
Recurring dreams repeat themselves with little variation in story or theme. Dreams may recur because a conflict depicted in the dream remains unresolved and ignored. Once the issues associated with the dream are resolved, recurring dreams stop.
Healing dreams serve as messages for the dreamer in regards to their health. The dreams speak of illnesses that cause certain physiological and hormonal changes in the body. Sometimes these messages are related to us as health related dreams.
I've had dreams where I've been told to take more calcium, as well as dreams that have offered suggestions on reducing my stress level.
Studies show that we all have the tendency to daydream an average of 70 - 120 minutes a day. Day dreaming is classified as a level of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness. It happens during our waking hours when we let our imagination carry us away. As our minds begin to wander and our level of awareness decreases, we lose ourselves in our imagined scenario and fantasy. Many people do not realize they daydream. When we play the 'what if' game, or imagine the outcome of any anything, this is daydreaming.
Shamanic Journeys Or Waking Dreams
The unguided visions of meditations are another way of dreaming. Learning to understand the ways and paths of your own symbols becomes more important when you are consciously choosing to dream messages in this fashion.
Prophetic dreams, also referred to as precognitive dreams, are dreams that seemingly foretell the future. One rational theory to explain this phenomenon is that our dreaming mind is able to piece together bits of information and observation that we normally overlook. In other words, our unconscious mind knows what is coming before we consciously piece together the same information. Another theory is that time is non existent in dreams, that we experience the past, present, and future simultaneously in dreams, hence can sometimes bring information from the future into wakefulness.
Often in dreams we will get hints of the direction we’ve chosen to take our lives in. This is different from precognition of a specific event. A dream might be about a job we’re taking or leaving and what will happen as a result.
Gold Dreams (Intensive Dream Journey)
Gold dreams are compelling, and so vivid that you cannot ignore them. The details of such dreams remain with you for years, as if your dreamt it last night. These dreams possess much beauty and contain much archetypal symbology.
Lucid dreams occur when you realize you are dreaming in the middle of your dream. "I'm dreaming!" When lucid within a dream, it may simply be like you are watching a move; however you are aware that you are dreaming. Sometimes these things can be scary, inviting you to take control and change what is occurring. Some people are startled awake when they realize they are dreaming Some individuals learn to become active in their dreams, make decisions and influence (change) the flow of how things are happening. By keeping a journal and doing dream work, you are able to track these dream and document how they are affecting your life.
Layered dreams occur when you are lucid. You may be dreaming and aware you are dreaming. You wake yourself up. At some point when you are moving around, you become aware that you are still asleep dreaming. There may be many layers. Occasionally we are out of body, lucid, and it is layered. My experience says this is most likely to happen when you are extremely over tired or under a great deal of stress.
Out of Body Experiences
It is not uncommon to go 'out of body' during a dream state. It may also be done from a conscious state of awareness. There are professional debates about the differences between being 'out of body' and lucid dreaming. The most consistent factor seems to be that while out of body you are aware of your physical body, and can actually see it. It is common for people to experience disorientation, paralysis, tingling, and floating sensations when they are leaving or returning to their physical body. Sometimes an OBE will travel in disembodied form, more frequently they experience a solid form, just as in an awake state.