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Dreaming You are Dreaming

To dream that you are dreaming can mean a lack of attention to everyday affairs. It can also suggest you are only dreaming, only imagining, or that you haven’t woken up to something. But more likely it is a way to hide feelings we do not wish to acknowledge.

What you experience when you “wake up” in a dream suggests the meaning is very significant. Your dream creator is telling you to really be aware of what the dream is trying to communicate. It could also be a first step to the lucid state.

Bruce Marcot says, “ I’m sure I’m not the only one to have dreams within dreams … such as experiencing a nightmare and waking up in bed, only to discover that it’s still a dream because something unearthly happens and then I finally, really wake up from that”.

Example: And even if I was the subject of the dream I developed two techniques to avoid having to deal with the emotions arising in the dream.  One way was to change myself into another person and become the observer of that person;  the other way was, when things got really scary, to ask myself whether or not I was dreaming and turn the dream into a dream within the dream; only realizing that they were both in fact dreams, when I awakened.  I was always quite relieved that I could do this and avoid having to handle situations that I would rather not have dealt with.

But there is another definition of dreaming within a dream – lucid dreaming. See dream within a dream

Example: I noticed thousands of small stone’s embedded in the earth like a mosaic. I had never noticed these before, despite having walked that hill in dreams many times. I believe the boy threw a piece into the sky, making it fall like a meteorite.

In this case the person does not dream that they are dreaming, but in their dream remembers other dreams. The resulting insight into this was seen as; it means through an inner weakness or instability; I have not made it a conscious or whole life reality; I have not built it into my waking life. Therfore it remains a dream.

Useful questions and hints:

What feelings are in the dream, and can you acknowledge them?

What is the surface you and what is the deeper you feelings?

What are the differences between the do dreams?

See Secrets of Power DreamingTechniques for Exploring your DreamsProgrammed


-Dani 2017-10-20 9:00:36

Hi there, I just had a dream within a dream. More of a nightmare. I was on a plane with my mom and sister. In my dream I was terrified of flying on the plane and then I watched as the front of the plane (cockpit) blew open and the plane began to go down. The most disturbing part is as this was happening I grabbed my mom and told her sometimes I wish I could murder her. Then, in my dream, I woke up realizing I was dreaming but had a hard time even really waking up in my dream. Everything was fuzzy and I struggled to stay awake. At one point I started to scream out for my mom who, in my dream was in the next room. Shortly after I woke up. It is one of the most disturbing dreams I’ve had in awhile and I can’t even begin to understand it.


    -Teresal 2017-11-17 17:53:15

    Hello Dani,
    I just read your dream within a dream, and wanted to share…. I have also wondered what it all meant as I too have dreamt within a dream all the way until I was in four times a dream??? Make sense ?? I feel asleep dreamt I was tired so I laid down to sleep on my couch began to dream and in that dream fell asleep again. All remembering each of the four dreams as I finally said ok I’m gonna wake up now, I woke up in order until I was finally in my actual bed ??? I have other weird ways of dreaming but for this one I have always found it interesting and was only able to go with in four dreams for that one evening after which I have only been able to dream within another dream never again up to the fourth dream… I’m not sure what it all means or even if we will ever really understand it all only that it happen and I was able to control it all and I am able to control my dreams. I just wanted to share this to let you know you are not alone and probably many of us want answers????


-Teresa castillo 2017-11-17 14:42:48

Hello I have been wondering about this since I first did it… I am a person able to control my dreams I dream in black and what and in color.. during the same dream.. I have dreamt I was tired so I lay down to sleep, began dreaming and again felt tired told myself I was going to sleep and dreamt this when one until I was in four times like that movie with Leonardo DiCaprio only I did it when I was young maybe 20 plus years ago.. when I awoke I did it in chronological order until I awoke in my actual bed.. so yes most my dreams are lucid well maybe all my dreaming is lucid bc I usually control all of them.. thank you I just thought I’d share and wondered if anyone else can do this ???


    -Tony Crisp 2017-11-19 12:15:14

    Hi – The answers I give arise not out of me thinking up things to say, but from fifty years of exploring dreams in depth. So some of what I write may seem wild. This may be because dreams arise and are experienced by a level of your mind or awareness that very few people have any concept or experience of – usually called the unconscious. Life dreamt in its creatures millions of years before even humankind awoke and developed self awareness or language. So to understand dreams we need to leave our thinking minds behind and go into our feelings and reactions – a much older level of awareness.

    But it would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.
    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPersonor http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


    Teresa – If you literally control what happens in your dreams, you may be repressing a wonderful part of your deeper self – your creativity. It might also point to you need to be in control generally, perhaps because you are anxious about being out of control. If it started when you were young it would be helpful to ask what started this need to be in control.

    It is helpful to understand that in life and sleep we have two powerful actions working in us. The first is our waking experience based on having a body, its limitations, vulnerabilities and a particular gender. Our second is the power that gave us life and continues to express as spontaneous movement in dreams, in our breathing and heartbeat – our life. This I have given the description as the Life Will.

    While we sleep our conscious self is largely or totally unconscious, and while we sleep and dream our voluntary muscles are paralysed – therefore another will or motivating force moves our body. So we have a Conscious Will, and what I will call a Life Will. The first one we have experience of as we can move our arm or speak in everyday activities; but the second will takes over when we sleep.

    The Life Will is what lies behind all the important actions that keep us alive. It functions in a self regulating way, especially in the link between what created us and keeps us alive – the Life Will – and our conscious personality. The human personality – the You that you call yourself, with a name, is only a tiny thing. We are small because we know nothing about who we are and how we came to be – except of course in the words we have been taught are really the truth. We do not know anything about the mass of things that keep us alive – except what we have read, so it is important to let our Life Will have freedom to express what is necessary for our self to be regulated and kept healthy.

    I learnt, through exploring my dreams to see and understand that what we call our personality is a tiny point of awareness dipped into the sensory experience of the body. Behind that point lays an immensity that in one sense is not at all mysterious. The immensity is there for all of us to see as the existence and workings of our body and consciousness that we are mostly unaware of.

    Also, over the years, I experienced a growing sureness, that we, our sense of having separate existence, our personality, is a tiny part of a huge and powerful under-being; a being that is incredibly creative – after all it is the creative action that brought us into our life and continues to keep our body and mind working – and with wisdom beyond our understanding, but is not an intellectual or word based consciousness.

    To learn what the wonderful messages your dreams are giving you, try using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/


-Teresa castill 2017-11-17 14:44:14

Ps. None of the dreaming within a dream were nightmares .


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