First of all, I'd like to thank all the sisters who participated in our Sister Chat. Here's a short recap of what was discussed: 1. What is a dream? A dream is our awareness of the shift from our physical reality to our nonphysical reality that takes the form of images from our experiences, fantasies, and fears. Lucid dreams are dreams where you're aware that you're dreaming at the time the dream is actually occurring. During REM sleep, or rapid eye movement sleep, is when we usually dream, and those dreams are more vivid, than during non-REM sleep. 2. Why do we dream? No one has proven exactly why we dream, that's why so many dream theorists have tried to explain the phenomenon. Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung were 2 such theorists. Freud felt that dreams were life's hopes and daily activities that become personified when we sleep. He believed that they came solely from needs and personal experiences. While Freud felt that we can't interpret our own dreams, Jung felt that if we piece dreams together to form a larger dream, that it's possible. Jung believed that to get to the crux of a dream you should ask detailed questions regarding the images that appear within them. 3. What are the stages of dreaming? Dreams stages are also referred to as sleep stages. In stage one, we are relaxing and preparing to fall asleep. We may see images, called hynogogia of some of the things seen before closing our eyes, but we're not dreaming yet. During stage two we begin to fall asleep. This is also when we may encounter barriers that interfere with our ability to dream. Stage three is where we dream. At stage four, we wake up, and usually if we don't remember our dreams at this time, we forget them. There are many barriers that keep us from remembering our dreams and sometimes keep us from dreaming at all. One is dream amnesia, we tend to forget our dreams if we don't remember them right after we wake up. It's a good idea to record our dreams at that time. Another barrier is fear, sometimes we'll have a nightmare and not want to revisit those images, so we'll do our best not to remember it instead of trying to resolve the problem within the dream. There are ways we can help to improve the quality of our dreams. During the day, we can take heed to use all our senses to the utmost. We need to focus. For example, we can pay more detailed attention to something we like to eat, like perhaps, chocolate cake. Is that chocolate cake moist? How does it feel on your tongue? How does it smell, etc. Compare that to how you are relating to things in your dreams. During our discussion, a couple sisters said that they don't dream that much. One could usually remember what she dreamt, and could wake herself up out of a dream if she so desired. Another sister said her dreams were quite vivid. Two of us discussed our experiences with sleep Paralysis, which happens when the brain awakes from a REM state, but the body stays paralyzed. The person fully aware, but unable to move. We agreed we felt that there is something more to this though, and that a portal of some sort may have been opened for our spirit at that time. Next week, we're going to talk more about lucid dreams, and also discuss shared dreams, precognition, and dream analysis. Much love to the sisters!!!