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  • New Hairdo

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,

    I dreamed I finally got my hair cut with a new stylist and even bought a new brush from her but realized afterward that I'd forgotten to tip her. – Jill, Syracuse, NY

    Lauri: Hair in dreams is all about your thoughts, ideas or plans in waking life because – like hair – our thoughts, ideas and plans sprout from the head. Have you changed your mind about anything recently or had a change of plans? Have you been working on changing your mindset? The brush suggests you have sorted out some tangled or confused thoughts. Let’s also see if we can figure out the tip in your dream. Did you get a tip in the form of advice recently, perhaps a nugget of advice you had forgotten about but realized it was "worth" it?

    Jill replies: Yes! I was trying to buy a house but am realizing it may be better to rent a little while longer. And as far as the tip goes, my current partner reminded me how difficult it may be to sell a tiny/cheap house. Why buy now just for the sake of buying instead of just renting for another year? Makes sense. Thanks so much!


    Fascinating Sleep Fact:
    In 1965, a San Diego high school student named Randy Gardner stayed awake continuously for 264 hours, an eleven-day feat documented by a team of researchers from Stanford University. He soon lost the ability to add simple numbers in his head and became increasingly paranoid, asking those who had promised to help him stay up why they were treating him so badly. When he finally went to bed, he slept for nearly 15 hours straight.

  • Elephant Graveyard

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

     

    Dear Lauri,

    In my dream I am flying in a helicopter looking out the window. We come to this white fenced in area that is HUGE. Inside it are rows upon rows of bleached white elephant skeletons, all perfectly lined up, filling up this whole area. At first, I'm kind of shocked/sad, but it quickly turns into curiosity/interest. How did all these skeletons get here in the first place? Why are they here? What is the story behind this? And then I wake up. – Lori 41, Salt Lake City, UT

     

    Lauri: Looking out a window in a dream is connected to your point of view or perspective in real life. You are up high in a helicopter looking down so that tells me you have risen above something that may have once been bringing you down and now have a new perspective of things - the newness being represented by all the white that is in your dream. The elephant skeletons are issues from your past that are now dead and over with. Why elephants? It could be that they are lessons learned that you need to remember OR they represent that you now have a thicker skin because of these past issues.

     

    Lori replies: I have recently made the decision to break with the religion of my childhood, which was quite pervasive in all areas of my life. I suspected this dream had to do with that somehow, but couldn't figure out the connections. Is there any significance to how orderly the skeletons were lined up?

     

    Lauri replies: It could represent that particular "organized" religion is dead to you now.

     

    Lori replies: Ah, that makes PERFECT sense. I have come to realize that organized religion is something that doesn't work for me. That I need to move on, but not forget what I have learned.

  • Falling Elevator

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri: I recently dreamt that I was going up in an elevator but I was facing down as it was going up. I have had a recurring dream of going down uncontrollably in an elevator many times, so going up was a new one for me. - Rita 39, Bartlett, IL

    Lauri: The elevator is your ability to rise above what is bringing you down as well as your ability to progress and elevate yourself to the next level in career, relationships, personal goals, etc. To frequently dream of going down uncontrollably in your dream elevator makes me wonder if you suffer from depression? These dreams could be warnings another bout of depression is on the way. If not, you may find you get these dreams whenever you suffer a letdown in waking life, when something you hoped would progress, instead fell through or when something happens that really brings you down. This latest dream is indeed a good sign that something in your life is headed in the right direction... except for perhaps your attitude towards it. Would you say that instead of "looking up" and being positive and hopeful, you are instead either doubtful or preparing for the worst?

    Rita replies: Thank you for the analysis. I feel you are right on about the elevator in my dreams. My mom passed away a few months ago and there was nothing we could do to help her. I’m hoping the upward elevator means that the grief is beginning to lift.


    FASCINATING SLEEP FACT: If you habitually snooze on your side or belly, with your face mashed into the pillow, you’re more likely to wrinkle faster! These habits gradually etch "sleep lines" that eventually become permanent, according to a study published in Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery. Sleeping on your back, however, helps prevent or reverse the problem.

     

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  • Bears and Blueberries

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri: Last night I dreamt that my son and I were in a backyard pool collecting blueberries when all of the sudden my dog went to the gate and growled. I knew that it meant a bear was coming for the blueberries so we rushed to get out and hide before it came to attack us. WTF? - Rider 41, Denver, CO

    Lauri: Just as you knew a bear was approaching in the dream, what in real life do you feel is about to happen? Bears usually represent an overBEARing person or a situation that is hard to BEAR. Is there anyone around you that you might describe as vicious or that tends to make you feel under attack? Collecting blueberries may be about enjoying the fruits of your labor. Is there something that you are afraid will spoil that? Your dream seems to be telling you that you need to prepare in some way. The blueberries suggest a bout of the blues could be on the way. Also, when we hide in a dream it means there is something in real life we don’t want others to know about. Are you hiding your feelings about this situation?

    Katherine replies: I am out of work. In leaving my job I have left someone who is very vicious behind. There is also a roofing company who’s threatening us with a lawsuit because we went with another company. As far as hiding from my true feelings, I have often wondered if I am doing that. I was the scapegoat of poor leadership at work and since my release there has been a little anger but most of all I feel free and optimistic for the future. My wife thinks it’s wrong that I’m not more stressed out.
     

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  • Floating

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri: Last night I dreamed I was singing for a group of people in a large building almost like a courthouse. I finished my show (I'm not a singer in the awake world) and was leaving the building, smiling at people that I walked by. All of a sudden I started floating toward to ceiling very slowly.  I reached down for someone to help me and the guy who grabbed my hand started floating too. Everyone that tried to pull us down started floating up with us. We started floating toward the guy's office because he said he had rope and plants in big heavy pots there so we could try to anchor ourselves, and then I woke up!   - Katherine 45, Chicago, IL

    Lauri: Finishing the show suggests you have completed a performance somewhere in your waking life. What part of your life is now over and that you feel you performed well in? Floating towards the ceiling may mean you now have high hopes for something new... but that your inner mind is worried you may be getting your hopes too high OR perhaps now that this one element of your life is over you aren't feeling as certain or sure-footed in your next venture. The plants, I believe, are a good sign. They may represent the seeds you have planted as far as any new projects or ventures. I think your dream is showing you that they have what it takes to grow... so hang in there!

    Katherine replies: I lost my job in April and I do feel like I did a great job when I was there. Prior to that I left Harpo where I accomplished so many goals. And yes, every day I wake up hopeful about several new things that I would like to start or have started but they aren't taking off as fast as I would like them to so I worry if they ever will!
     

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  • Hole in My Head

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri: I dreamed I was looking in the mirror and saw something sticking out of the middle of my forehead.  It looked like a small blade of grass.  I proceeded to pick at it and when I did, a small piece of my forehead came out, as if it were a piece of turf, leaving an uneven hole.  I was frantic! I tried to pull out another piece to even it up, and another piece fell out.  It seemed the more I tried to stop it or hold it in place, the more material came loose.  – Dani 62, Cleveland, OH

    Lauri: Your head represents your intellect and your forehead is the place of your intuition and foresight, so this dream is all about what is going on in your head and what you know - deep down - needs to be done.  And since there is a hole there, you must be going against your intuition. You have two references to grass in this dream, which means there is probably some issue you have the foresight to "cut short" and remove from your life.  The uneven hole is connected to something you feel is uneven in your life.  A relationship perhaps?  It is beginning to take a lot out of you as indicated by the pieces of forehead falling out.  Notice how you are trying to hold it in place. Your dream is showing you that the more you try to make this situation work, the worse it is going to get.

    Dani replies: WOW! Now I know what this dream was about!  I've had a long friendship that seems to be changing.  In the last few months, I've been the one calling to keep in touch, setting up things to do and places to meet.  The friendship has started to feel very one-sided.  I enjoy her company, but I feel if she was interested in continuing our friendship, she would be instigating some of the calls and meetings also.  I'm sorry I feel our friendship is ending, but I believe people come and go in our lives for a reason, and when its "time" they move on.

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  • Cyclops Baby

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    "All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.- Jack Kerouac

    Dear Lauri: I dreamed I had a baby delivered to me via FedEx and she had only one eye.  The other side, where the eye should be, was just smooth.  I felt like people would be mad at me for calling her Cyclops. None of it seemed weird in the dream but really freaked me out when I woke up! WTF?   - Monica 46, Knoxville, TN

    Lauri: The baby is probably some sort of new responsibility or project, some new element in your life that needs your attention. Since the baby was delivered to you, rather than you delivering the baby, it is likely some new responsibility, not of your own making, but that you have been handed. The one eye seems to suggest that either you are turning a blind eye towards a particular issue or have only one point of view or opinion regarding it. The dream may be telling you to be open to others views or to open your eyes to your own potential.

    Monica replies: That makes a lot of sense. I have a new role in my job and it is very stressful.  It made sense that I would accept it (the baby) and wonder how to proceed with the unexpected. I have accepted these challenges and proceeded but wonder if in the best way- maybe? I do feel that way, and have the freedom to call some shots, but still new enough to question myself, constantly! It certainly all fits, crazy how the mind sorts itself out!

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  • My Wife Gave Birth to a Dog and a Cat

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    "A dream brings you one step closer to having to pay for analysis." - Graham Lawrence

    Dear Lauri: I dreamed my wife and I had twins. One came out as beautiful baby girl, then at some point while I was holding her she turned into a black cat and scratched my chest. The other twin came out as a dog.
     - Jeremiah 25 Columbia, KY

    Lauri: Are there some new developments in your life lately? If so, that's what the babies represent. Two babies represent either two new developments or one that has two elements to it. Cats are usually connected to female energy. It scratched your chest. The chest is where the heart is and therefore represents your emotions to the dreaming mind. Has a woman caused you a bit of emotional pain recently? The dog most likely is about loyalty and friendship within a relationship. Do you and the wife have a new found friendship in your life, either with each other or someone new? It seems there is some bitter going along with the sweet in your life. Since the dream ended with the dog, that is the point your dream wants you to focus on, the friendship, not the pain.

    Jeremiah replies: I have recently decided to try for my CPA again and my wife is starting her masters in the fall. I have also disowned my mother recently so that might be the emotional pain. I feel like my wife and I are closer than we ever have been. We also just made friends with two older couples in our neighborhood. That might be the new found friendship. It all makes sense. Thank you.

    FASCINATING SLEEP FACT: Elephants sleep standing up, but lie down when they enter REM sleep.

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  • Hamster Wheel

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri: My wife and I both had dreams about being in giant hamster balls... in the same night! What the heck? How can two people have the same dream on the same night? - Ben 33, Sheboygan, WI

    Lauri: Two people can indeed have the same dream on the same night. It’s called shared dreaming and it usually happens to two people who are very close: husband and wife, best friends, mother and daughter. The reason why is because the two individuals are dealing with the same issue and their subconscious responds to it similarly by giving them comparable dreams. That being said, are you and your wife in a situation where, no matter how hard you work, you can’t seem to go anywhere or make any headway? And do you recall discussing it the day before you both had this dream? If so, the message of the dream may be that it’s time to try a different direction. Like a hamster, as long as he keeps moving in that one direction in the ball, he’ll never go anywhere.

    Ben replies: We're saving up for a wedding that is out of town and every dime is going for that. We had just been talking about how we've been skimpy in the fun department. Maybe that's the hamster ball trap in the dream. We did both talk about it after the dreams and couldn't believe we both had similar dreams.


    FASCINATING SLEEP FACT: According to The National Sleep Research Project, anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you're sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you're still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.

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  • Blurry Vision

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    "Dreams are the eyes of our mind." - Genevieve Bouris

    Dear Lauri: I have a reoccurring dream that I am trying to drive down the road but everything is so blurry. I cannot focus on anything. What does this mean? - Lauren 25

    Lauri: This dream comes to you whenever you are not "focusing" enough on a particular issue in your life. Since you are always driving in these dreams, my guess is that it is your career path. Something is hindering your "drive" and motivation. These dreams are a constant reminder you are offering yourself that you need to give this the proper attention and focus it deserves so you can go as far as this road will take you.

    Laurn replies: That interpretation makes great sense! I am going through a divorce. My soon to be ex finally admitted he was an alcoholic. Having to deal with his problem daily has kept me from focusing on a career I love. I finally realize that I do not need him to hold me back, or try to hurt things that I have worked so hard for.


    FASCINATING DREAM FACT: The hammer, anvil and stirrup, the tiny bones in the inner ear, vibrate during REM sleep. This is believed to contribute to the ringing, buzzing, whispering or crashing sound that is sometimes heard upon waking.


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  • Roasting the Dog

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    "Dreams, if they're any good, are always a little bit crazy." — Ray Charles

    Dear Lauri:  I dreamt that my whole family got together, my brother built a fire and my mom brought out the body of a dog to roast over the fire. It was the body of our family pet. I ran off crying, they all stayed there waiting to eat. – Mallory 40, Cincinnati, OH

    Lauri: You'd be surprised how many people dream of cooking up the family pet! What's been upsetting the most to you lately in real life? The dead dog represents something that has seemingly ended or died off. It could be a relationship, someone’s loyalty to another or perhaps someone is acting out or rebelling rather than being obedient. Since your mother was the one bringing the dog, it may have something to do with your own role as a mother. Whatever it is, your dream is showing you that this is beginning to really eat away at you since the dog was gonna be dinner.

    Mallory replies: I think this has to do with my kids’ blatant opposition to everything they are told to do. Wow, I can usually read my dreams pretty well but I didn't see that one. It makes a lot of sense to me now. Thank you!


    FASCINATING SLEEP FACT: In a recent study at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, researchers randomly selected 439 adults and found that whites slept significantly longer than other racial/ethnic groups. Blacks reported the worst sleep quality, and Asians were most likely to report daytime sleepiness.


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  • Breast Feeding

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    "The nicest thing for me is sleep, then at least I can dream." – Marilyn Monroe

    Dear Lauri:

    I dreamt I was in the bed with my older children, ages 3 and 6, and I was trying to get them to breast feed! My husband was cheering me on saying, "They are almost latched on!" I didn't even breast feed them as babies. What does this mean? - Lynn 40, Atlanta, GA

    Lauri: Either the cover of the May 21st, 2012 issue of Time Magazine has left quite an impression on you or you are having some separation anxiety issues with your kids in waking life. The reason why I suspect this is because latching on seemed to be the focus and motivation in this dream. Are your children pulling away to some degree and not needing you as much? Or is it that you want one or both of your older children to be a little more independent but hubby thinks you need to let them still be babied? Also the fact that this all takes place in bed may mean this is an issue that needs to be put to rest.

    Lynn replies: My husband wants a divorce and wants custody of the kids, which means they will have to go into a Daycare during the day instead of staying home. Wow. Also my daughter is growing up too fast for my liking and my baby is now a little boy. He will be starting pre-k and she will be in 2nd grade! It seems like they were just babies.

    Lauri: Ah... it does make sense now. You want them attached to you and not taken away. Perhaps his cheering you on is more about you adjusting to taking on the role of dad as well. Your inner self certainly seems to feel you can do both roles.

    Lynn replies: Thank you for your help. It makes sense. I was so worried!


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