“People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.”
Neil Gaiman

There are three types of dreams and each has different significance. The dreams in the first third of the night are essentially meaningless and based upon whatever you were thinking, watching or reading prior to bedtime.

Middle of the night dreams are called precognitive. During this part of the sleep cycle the subconscious shifts shifts through the events of your life making connections – should you awaken from one of these, try to write it down as it is likely accurate. We also receive visits from loved ones, astral travel or download information or energy from the Universe during this period.

Finally, the dreams just prior to awakening are called venting dreams. They mean the opposite of whatever you experienced. Often, people awaken from a nightmare, feeling fear or sadness; however, the mind is attempting to release the emotions or beliefs expressed within the dream.

For instance, I just woke from a dream of collecting 8 kittens. As I was shopping to create a playground for them I heard a familiar meow and thought “that sounds like Mr. Monster.” As I made my way to see, I discovered that it was Mr. Monster (who died about 10 days ago), missing an ear but otherwise restored and happy to see me. In joy and disbelief, I simply carried him around. As I awoke to begin writing, the dream didn’t dissipate and I was able to assess that my mind was releasing some sub-conscious thoughts, guilt or trauma around the situation…

Knowing the three different types of dreams can help you understand a little better how to interpret them. With this in mind, go exploring!