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Daniel Joseph

Business Development Manager, G4s

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Do YOU dream?

Do YOU dream?


Of course you do, we all do.


It is one of the great traits that we as human beings all share in common.


Dreams are powerful, influential and more significant than anyone truly comprehends.


Forever dream, dream forever.

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  • Feb 18 2013: I dream daily and I dream gladly! For it is the most precious treasure that I have.
    However, I have learned, from personal experience that one can be held hostage by your dreams if you forget to live. To be able to dream is a great gift but you must always be able to act on it or at least bring it in balance with the reality of life.
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      Feb 20 2013: Dreams are fascinating to me because dreams are infinite. There is no limit to the
      possibilities and endless anomalies of dreams. Dreams are unpredictable yet dreams can
      be categorized, characterized, influenced and even controlled. Dreams are a paradox of
      time and space because dreams are intertwined with reality. The conscious mind is
      interconnected with the subconscious mind, therefore, conscious thoughts can influence
      subconscious thoughts and vice versa. Meaning, you could dream about whatever you
      love or desire and if you follow the good signs, you can make your dreams come true.
      • Feb 21 2013: I agree! The problem is that most people dream but do not have the courage or the will to follow their dreams. It took me 22 years before I realized that I had to act on it.
        Most people are taught to ignore the dreams and focus on 'real life'. To me dreams are as real as the world out there. In fact, it hadn't been for the dreams of others the world we live in would not have had existed. Dreams are what shapes the world, creates both the present and the future (and to some extent even the past).
        You are right to call dreams are paradoxes. In a way you could say that dreams are the soul of reality because on one side they are set apart and yet they are intertwined with reality to such an extend that they are shaping it, holding it together or changing it.
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    Feb 20 2013: If you mean dreaming while in sleep, I do not dream much probably because I sleep for 5-6 hours a day and hit the bed when I am do tired.
    If you mean dreaming while awake, I dream all the time that is free from work. Say 2-3 hours a day. Pretty heavy dreaming, huh?
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      Feb 20 2013: We dream every single night, we just do not always remember or recall all the details that transpired in the dream realm.
  • Feb 19 2013: All the time, but mostly bad or uncomfortable dreams. But I'm not sure this relates to anything that happens while I'm awake...?
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      Feb 20 2013: There are dozens of dreams where something that I saw that day will manifest itself into my dream that night.
      Therefore, information that is received throughout the day may in fact influence elements of the dream or the dream itself. However, dreams are infinite and unpredictable, meaning there may be many
      dreams when random people, places, objects and stories will be seen.
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    Feb 19 2013: Last night I dreamed there were 3 full moons in the sky. As I stood there astonished, they suddenly came crashing down to earth, one by one, destroying the cities around me. There was a lot of fire and concrete rubble flying around. Yet I wasn't much afraid.

    Anyone care to try their hand at an interpretation?
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      Feb 20 2013: There are dozens of dreams where something that I saw that day will manifest itself into my dream that night.
      Therefore, information that is received throughout the day may in fact influence elements of the dream or the dream itself. However, dreams are infinite and unpredictable, meaning there may be many
      dreams when random people, places, objects and stories will be seen.
  • Feb 19 2013: I'd like to know what conscious effort we have in dreams?
    Is there some effort on our part that we use to make us dream?
    Yes, I dream. My dreams have, for the most part, been exhausting.

    Somewhere within the first 10 years of my life I had the same dream every night for about 5-6 years.
    In it, I was at the bottom of some deep hole, on my back looking up at the opening, way above me.
    There would be a round object, that seemed/felt like another planet in that it was monstrously gigantic.
    When it rolled over the opening, blocking every thing out, I could somehow feel its weight as a presence, pushing down on me even though it couldn't fit into the hole. I have no idea what it was or what it may have meant.

    My sister and I had almost the exact same dream (very close to exact) for 15 years. One day one of us said something while we were conversing with our mother, and one of us recognized the dream and we took turns describing the events, who was in the dream, what they looked like, how they were dressed, with each one finishing the description perfectly as to what happened next. About two years after this, I realized it wasn't a dream. It was a memory.

    I've had another dream for most of my life but I cannot share that one.
    I know what it means and why but can do nothing about it. It is terribly exhausting and depressing.
    There have been times when I was awake and functioning but I really didn't know whether or not I was in the dream or in my life. They were one and the same. Maybe they are.
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      Feb 20 2013: Dreams are fascinating to me because dreams are infinite. There is no limit to the
      possibilities and endless anomalies of dreams. Dreams are unpredictable yet dreams can
      be categorized, characterized, influenced and even controlled. Dreams are a paradox of
      time and space because dreams are intertwined with reality. The conscious mind is
      interconnected with the subconscious mind, therefore, conscious thoughts can influence
      subconscious thoughts and vice versa. Meaning, you could dream about whatever you
      love or desire and if you follow the good signs, you can make your dreams come true...
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    Feb 18 2013: We dream, naturally, even without effort. We should dream, a conscious effort to concieve a glorious expected end.
    We should never never give up on good dreams.
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      Feb 20 2013: Dreams are fascinating to me because dreams are infinite. There is no limit to the
      possibilities and endless anomalies of dreams. Dreams are unpredictable yet dreams can
      be categorized, characterized, influenced and even controlled. Dreams are a paradox of
      time and space because dreams are intertwined with reality. The conscious mind is
      interconnected with the subconscious mind, therefore, conscious thoughts can influence
      subconscious thoughts and vice versa. Meaning, you could dream about whatever you
      love or desire and if you follow the good signs, you can make your dreams come true...
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    Feb 18 2013: Dreams take you to another land. wonderful
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      Feb 20 2013: Dreams are fascinating to me because dreams are infinite. There is no limit to the
      possibilities and endless anomalies of dreams. Dreams are unpredictable yet dreams can
      be categorized, characterized, influenced and even controlled. Dreams are a paradox of
      time and space because dreams are intertwined with reality. The conscious mind is
      interconnected with the subconscious mind, therefore, conscious thoughts can influence
      subconscious thoughts and vice versa. Meaning, you could dream about whatever you
      love or desire and if you follow the good signs, you can make your dreams come true...
  • Feb 18 2013: There are good books on lucid dreaming. You can make your dreams more real if you wish. Keep a record of your dreams when you wake-up. Otherwise, you'll forget them - I was too lazy to do that.
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      Feb 20 2013: Lucid dreams are where you know that you are dreaming in the dream and you are conscious of the subconscious. There is also lucid thinking where we become more aware and 'lucid' of our thoughts, emotions and desires.
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    Feb 18 2013: G'day Daniel

    Yes indeed we all dream, our dream state is quite a different reality to conscious life this is probably why so many don't remember their dreams as it's hard to decipher what happens in other realities.

    I can dream all night long & my last dream was about a person with a purple towel.

    Love
    Mathew
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      Feb 20 2013: As I learnt more about REM sleep and dreams, I soon realized that the only way to truly
      study my dreams was to remember them. So I learned some dream recall techniques and
      started documenting my dreams on a daily or nightly basis. As I recalled and documented
      more dreams I began analyzing them and attempting to discover the possible meanings.
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    Feb 18 2013: Question ans answer both are there in original post.
    What is the discussion about then ?
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      Feb 20 2013: The discussion is about DREAMS and that brief 'answer', is only tip of the iceberg my friend, the explanation is to promote further comments and dialogue.
  • Feb 18 2013: Glad you finally asked your question. Thought I was dreaming I saw this post. LOL
    At my age, I am lucky to recall what I just thought, let alone remember a dream.
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    Feb 20 2013: FOOD FOR THOUGHT...
    On Wednesday, January 10th 2001, I had to interview someone in my
    communications class for my university entrepreneur program. The person that I
    interviewed, mentioned vampires on two separate occasions. That night I dreamt
    about an encounter with a vampire, strange is it not?
    Also, Tuesday, September 11th 2001, I had a “night terror” where in the dream I
    had a near death experience while I was working for Coca Cola which is where I
    was really working at the time. Is it a coincidence or irony that I had my worst
    night terror on the very same day that North America witnessed the worst terrorist
    attack in history?
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    Feb 18 2013: What was the last dream that you recall?