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The power of recurring dreams


What do dreams mean? I've never studied this issue in detail, but there are all kinds of interpretations, especially for ones that are recurring. In recent weeks, I've had the most vibrant dreams of my lifetime. I don't know what has stimulated this, but I suspect it comes from an overflow of very complex and diametrical emotions that have arisen over the last two months. They range from elation, restlessness, increased sexual thoughts and arousal to struggling with guilt for not feeling empathetic toward a terminally ill relative. She is now in her final days, and lies dying in a hospice bed in our home.

In youth, I had very erotic dreams, even though I wasn't sexually active until later in life. Then, my dreams shifted toward fantasy lands, full of images from the cosmos, fairies, and mystical adventures. Of course, there were also mundane dreams involving friends, family or encounters with random strangers. But there is one dream I've had over and over again, probably at least 50 times in my life. Each time, I realize my teeth are falling out! Sometimes only a few of them, other times, absolutely all of them. What does this mean? :)) Apparently this is a common recurring dream for many people, and nothing unique to me. However, all of the interpretations I've read seem irrelevant to my life situation.

Do you have recurring dreams, or believe there is any significance to them?


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May. 13th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC)
In my culture losing a tooth means loosing a relative...
May. 13th, 2016 04:53 pm (UTC)
The most common interpretations for this dream are that it's tied to anxiety, a sense of loss, lack of sex, or major life changes. But I've had this dream since I was a young child, when absolutely none of these issues were present.
May. 13th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
Our whole life - it's a dream
May. 13th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
In some way, I agree. But I really wish my life was as magical as some of the dreams I've had! :))
May. 13th, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
It's a scary dream for a child, so it could be it sort of turned into a flashbulb memory and from time to time gets activated
May. 13th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
Maybe. Who knows? I'm not a psychologist, and even they cannot know the true meaning of such things. :)
May. 13th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
My grandma had a dream: an icon was asking her to run away, because disaster is near.
It was 21.06.1941.
May. 13th, 2016 05:03 pm (UTC)
I believe only in one recurring dream and to my knowledge it is very common to immigrants of all backgrounds: dreaming about returning to a home country for a brief visit and getting stuck there without ability to come back to the US. I've heard variations of this dream from many people in immigrant community.
May. 13th, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Hmm, interesting! :) I've had dreams of getting stuck in places during disasters, without the ability to get home, but this is a bit different.
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May. 13th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
I had that dream, you wake up terrified :(
May. 13th, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
I've never suffered from nightmares, I guess I'm lucky.
May. 13th, 2016 05:07 pm (UTC)
Teeth is a symbol of problem-solving skills. Food, in general, are puzzles that our life gives us, teeth are our skills and methods we use to mill bigger issues into smaller ones in order to make them digestible and digestion itself is a process of cognition.

Therefore, losing teeth in a dream means that subconsciously you may be afraid that you are losing your skills, they are declining for some reason, you are becoming less capable, and your consciousness represents this feeling in a dream in such a way.

It's not necessarily that happens in reality, but it should be how your subconsciousness perceives things. I'd advise thinking about don't you put too much into an idea of possession of certain skills in order to achieve some goals that are important for you, what you do if you lose them, etc.
May. 13th, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
But as a child, I had no skills! And I've had this dream from about age 8. What did it mean at this age? :))
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May. 13th, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
No, I did not have recurring dreams...
Sometimes I have very strange dreams but not the same.

I had a prophetic dream once which slightly predated an event in a distant city (or maybe it was at the same time).
And once I had a prophetic vision while awake (which also, slightly predated the actual event).

Sometimes I see other strange worlds like you see in dreams but I do it in meditations and this is definitely third eye, not just a dream (there's some specific feeling in my head that accompanies it and the picture itself is not like in a dream).
May. 13th, 2016 05:14 pm (UTC)
weakened kidneys
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May. 13th, 2016 05:19 pm (UTC)
Sure, they are meant. I suppose we live in two realities simultaneously and being wakeful in one we realize the other one as a dream. But what of the realities is the main one we can guess only...
May. 13th, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
Somehow I feel sad for people who don't regularly have dreams when sleeping, or fail to remember them. It's an entirely different world. :))
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May. 13th, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)
I don't remember my dreams. I used to have one when I was a child: I was flying over our house and playground and could see all my friends looking up while I was flying.
Sometimes when I sleep I feel like I drop through the bed. Just for a second. It's weird but not scary.
May. 13th, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
It's strange that with my free-spirited notions I've never had dreams of flying, but it would be a great power to possess in real life! :)
May. 13th, 2016 06:16 pm (UTC)
I had a regular scary dream of broken and lost teeth when I was young. I think it was a projection of reality where I did not have a reliable access to dentist and my teeth were not very good genetically. Not any more thanks to local services. Other one was scary ski jump with endless fall and nowhere to land. I normally had it in fever when I had flu. It also long gone.
The latest repetitive one is something about university pre-test feeling when you know that you are not prepared well for the finals... This one is revisiting me even now once in a while.
When I began driving in my 20-ties, I had regular dreams of crashing into the front car due to break failure.... they were repeating for about five years.
As you see, most of them are somehow related to real life. The most interesting were ones with music - bright strong hard rock.
The most colorful were the ones after small drink at day time, it's kind of border line of being awake.
I also see a short dreams while being awake.... it's a pleasure to have them as they are adding some more content in my everyday life, like you are revisiting alternative script of the same movie. Something from "Sliding Doors". It may be scary, since I could be driving at that alternative life moment ( well, I did not have an accident during my 30 years of driving, two tickets in Russia, and 3 warnings for speeding here)
May. 13th, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
It's great you have waking dreams! Btw, I also have recurring dreams about not being prepared for tests. I know where this comes from though - the fact that I've spent almost half of my life in school or university studies, and was always a procrastinator with studies. I waited until the last minute for almost all assignments, wrote 30 - 40 page papers one or two days before the deadlines during my doctorate studies, etc. I work best under pressure. :))
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May. 13th, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
Believe me or not but i've never had recurring dreams! :)
May. 13th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hi! :) I believe you. Some of my friends say they can't remember any of their dreams, but I remember mine quite vividly.
May. 13th, 2016 07:21 pm (UTC)
I can recall only two or three recurring dreams.
Did you ever experience a lucid dream, Shannon?
May. 16th, 2016 01:21 pm (UTC)
Hi Denis! Yes, I've had lucid dreams. It's a very strange feeling. :)
May. 13th, 2016 08:11 pm (UTC)
Losing teeth in your dreams means someone is going to die. Seriosly !
May. 16th, 2016 01:22 pm (UTC)
I think this symbolizes "loss" on many levels, including death. However, I'm not sure what I was afraid of losing in childhood, when this dream first started appearing.
May. 13th, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)
>>Do you have recurring dreams, or believe there is any significance to them?
Yes, I do and yes, there is significance.
May. 16th, 2016 01:22 pm (UTC)
What is the significance?
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