Practical Tips on How to Find Your Purpose in Life

finding your life purposeIt’s the age-old question asked by people in different parts of the world – “What is my purpose in life?” In other words, “What am I here to accomplish?Figuring out your place in the world can be a difficult feat, especially since nowadays, people expect you to have it all figured out at an early age. For a few lucky people, the calling does come early, and they spend their days living out their dream. But what about the rest of us?

For those of us who found our purpose later in life (or for those who are still searching), all is not lost. First, figure out why you are searching for your life purpose. Is it because of a deep interest in what you were meant to do in life, or because someone Continue reading

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Men and Women Have Different Dreams

men women dreamsDifferences between male and female thinking such as, for example, logical thinking of men and heightened intuition of women, cause ongoing debate in society.

It turned out that men and women behave differently even in dreams. Thanks to the recent extensive research experts have found out that when men have nightmares they tend to see different kinds of disasters: floods, earthquakes, tsunamis. Also they are often chased by flock of birds and swarms of insects. Continue reading

Déjà vu: the Games of Subconscious Mind

subconscious-mindDeja vu is not an illusion, it is something that you have already experienced in your unconscious fantasies. Believe if you will, or do not believe it. This was already mentioned a hundred years ago by the “great and terrible” Freud, and many subsequent studies have only confirmed his hypothesis.

The phenomenon called deja vu is the feeling of something “already experienced” and, according to Freud, is remembrance of an unconscious fantasy. And since this fantasy is never conscious, during a deja vu moment it is impossible to “recall” something that seems to have already been already perceived.

These strange dreams

We begin with a bit of explanation. Along with the conscious fantasies, unconscious fantasies can exist, they are simply called daydreaming. Commonly, they express Continue reading

3 Techniques to Control Your Dreams

lucid dreaming techniquesHere is a list of techniques that will help you control your dreams. However, don’t expect immediate results because even if you train hard (several times a week), most probably lucid dreams will start coming a few weeks or even months later. After all, even the most experienced oneironauts (those who can control their dreams) rarely see more than 15 lucid dreams in a month.

If you are one of the few lucky ones who can remember their dreams in detail, consider that the first step to lucid dreaming is done. What if you have almost no memories? Well, then you will have to do heavy duty workouts. Every time just after waking up, write down in a special notebook what you have seen in a dream. In the beginning, it will be random moments and objects, but even the smallest details are important. In time, you will remember whole episodes, and then – whole dreams. Continue reading

What Do Dreams about Dead People Mean?

dreams dead relativesMystics claim that the world of our dreams can be a connection to other worlds, inaccessible to our waking consciousness, so it is not a coincidence that since ancient times it was believed that dreams of died people are an important sign that must not be ignored. The dead come to our dreams with a message, advice or warning that should be understood in order to avoid unnecessary troubles and keep ourselves from making mistakes.

Psychologists believe that dreams about relatives or friends who have passed away are just a manifestation of depression or feelings of guilt towards them. However, let’s take a closer look at the mystical point of view and try to understand what messages can be carried by people who are now alive only in our memories and can talk to us only through our dreams.

Modern dream books often do not pay enough attention to many important nuances: what the dead people look like in our dreams – dead in the grave, alive and happy, or they come to life right before our eyes, or maybe we just do not remember in our dream that this person has passed away long ago. Continue reading

Déjà vu: Why Do We Have Memories Coming from Nowhere?

deja vuDeja vu is a very strange and in some cases even unsettling sensation that always causes some confusion. A certain sound, place, or sentence said by someone is perceived as something familiar and makes it feel like if we had previously found ourselves in this situation.

The first visit to a store which made you think that you have already been there once, or the painfully familiar face of a person you see for the first time are all symptoms of deja vu.

The French term déjà vu can be translated as “already seen.” However, even if we are insistently trying to recall exactly when we saw it, it is impossible. Deja vu is linked to several concepts: Continue reading

6 Factors That Influence Your Dreams

factors that influence dreamsWhen we sleep, external stimuli become part of our dreams. Our brain has the ability to integrate the ‘interference’ in dreams in order to make us remain in the sleep state.

Therefore, there are several factors that influence the events and sensations in our dreams. What are they?

1. Sounds

Have you ever dreamed that your alarm clock is ringing? Such dream can be caused by the sound coming from an alarm, and it shows how the sounds you hear may actually be Continue reading

Why Do We Get That Weird Falling Sensation When Going to Sleep?

falling down dreamMost likely you’ve experienced a sudden strange sensation of falling when going to sleep, which rudely awakens you. In reality it is not a dream of falling, which happens in deep sleep, but an instant physical sensation that wakes us and is accompanied by a hallucination, not a dream.

To better understand this phenomenon, it is necessary to understand the mechanism of sleep.

Dream begins in a part of the brain called reticular formation, which sends signals to the spinal cord to relax the muscles and suppress stimuli. The jerk that you feel when you wake up does not wake you when you have already fallen asleep, because the body absorbs its own consciousness. Everyone agrees with this. But then the scientists’ opinions differ. Here are 3 possible explanations of this phenomenon: Continue reading

How to Prepare Yourself for Having a Lucid Dream

lucid dreaming1. Prepare the room so that light and noise do not distract you.

2. Lie on your back with your arms at the sides and your eyes closed. This is best done when you are tired or sleepy, then the effect will be better.

3. Lie still, but try not to fall asleep. If you suddenly desire to scratch yourself, blink or something else – ignore it and all this will pass.

4. After about half an hour you will feel tightness in your chest, or even hear strange sounds, but do not be afraid, this is the so-called sleep paralysis. If during this time you open your eyes, you might see… read more

10 Most Interesting Theories That Explain Why People Dream

dream theories mysteryThere is a branch of science called oneirology which studies dreams. This discipline combines features of neuroscience, psychology, and even literature, but does not provide the answer to an important question: why do people have dreams? There is no clear answer to this puzzle yet, but there are some interesting hypotheses, some of which are presented here.

1. Hidden desires – Sigmund Freud

One of the first few scholars, who began to study dreams, was the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. After analyzing dreams of hundreds of his patients, Freud developed a theory which is still supported by some of his followers: dreaming represents suppressed desires and hidden inclinations of people.

According to Freud, while dreaming, people see what they want to achieve, literally or symbolically. For example, if someone had a dream that his mother had died, this does not mean that this person subconsciously wants to kill her, instead, according to the Freudian interpretation, Continue reading