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      I wake up dead

      I dont know if this counts as a dream or not since I have no idea if Im awake or sleeping. I have been experiencing this strange thing for a few months now. I am asleep when I believe I am dead. I "wake" up and believe I am dead that my bedroom is just a place like Hell or Heaven and that I am actually dead. It takes me a few minutes for me to realize that I am actually not dead. Another thing is I was sleep and dreamed that my child was dead. I "woke" up and felt her chest and believed that she was dead and she wasn't breathing so I started panicking and shook her awake. then I came to and realized she was fine. Last thing is that sometimes I will see images on the wall or people before I go to sleep. I wish I knew if I was fully awake or sleep and how to stop this. I don't like feeling like I am dead or my child is dead. I become extremely frightened. I dont remember any other details. I used to think that zzzquil was causing it so i stopped taking it but the "dreams" have continued. i don't drink alcohol before sleeping. please help.

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      Did the dreams about being dead start after you dreamed about your child being dead? If so I think it's just a matter of you putting yourself into your child's shoes - imagining what it would be like for him or her to be dead, because you empathize so deeply with him or her.

      Do you remember anything disturbing that happened sometime before dreaming your child was dead - maybe you felt concerned for his or her safety? Dreams often reflect our fears, and they show up in exaggerated symbolism. Dreaming your child is dead is just a reflection of your concern and worry for his/her safety.

      Also dreams have a way of repeating anything that has a very strong emotional core to it. Meaning if something happens that frightens you you will keep on dreaming about it for as long as the fear remains. People often think they need to somehow make the world perfectly safe for their children, which of course is impossible, and so they worry too much and start having dreams like this. If you have a tendency to worry you probably should learn coping mechanisms - ways to lessen the worry. It's the worry that's causing the dreams, and most likely it's an exaggerated worry. The way to stop the dreams is to get your fear under control - it isn't doing you or your child any good.

      As for the other experiences - seeing faces on the wall - that's a weird thing that happens to everybody as they're falling asleep but most people just don't notice it or are already asleep when it happens so it's just part of a dream. It's related to the dream-forming aspect of the mind - in your case it seems to be starting to do its work while you're not fully asleep. This is very normal - sleep is not a binary on/off thing - you transition into and out of it over a period of time and during those in-between states of consciousness you can experience some weird things. There's a structure in the brain that is there just to recognize faces - it's one of the first things that is active in a developing child's brain actually, because faces are the first thing they recognize. Hmm - saying that made me realize - it may be another way in which you're trying to experience the world through your child's eyes (I have no idea how old the child is obviously - it could just be a coincidence).

      The way dreams form is like this - and I was able to observe this once as I was falling asleep. First you begin to see pseudo-images. They're very transparent, almost like seeing your own reflection in a window when it's dark outside - you can sort of see the face but it's superimposed over other things and kind of transparent. As you sink into deeper levels of unconsciousness the faces (or whatever you're seeing - it's usually faces or people) become more clear and the other things you see through them fade into obscurity and become dark. Then there's a moment where suddenly the images become much clearer - it's as if everything suddenly jumps from very low resolution to full HD and full blazing color. Then the images, which were flat before, become solid and three dimensional and you find yourself inside the world that just formed - your dream. Normally we're so deep into sleep when this happens we just aren't aware of it at all. But if for some reason you're highly aware - for instance if you're worried about something and want to keep an eye on somebody's safety maybe - you might remain highly aware and notice these transitions.
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      thank you for replying to my post. I can answer your questions and clarify it. I have been having the "I'm dead" dream for months now. I just recently had the child dead dream so it was after me. and then I still had the "I'm dead" dream later. I dont know if it is worry for my child since it started with me.

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      I'm sorry, but I really don't know what could be causing that. Has anything happened recently in your life that might be making you think about death? Could you describe one of the dreams in more detail? That might give me or another dream interpreter more to work with.

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      I understand your concern. Dreaming of your death as well as the death of your child must be very stressful.

      Despite this stress, I believe that this dream is almost certainly a very positive dream. But, to understand why I say this, a little background on dreams is needed.

      A little background on dream interpretations –

      Although all dreams and dreamers are different, I have noticed that some of our most powerful, stressful and confusing dreams will have a spiritual or mystical meaning (or symbols).

      Additionally, I’ll typically use the theories of the late Swiss psychologist Carl Jung to help with my dream interpretations. Jung stated that the mind (which he called “the psyche”) consists of the consciousness and the unconscious. At the center of the psyche is an archetype called the self. At the center of our consciousness is the ego (which is not to be confused with egotism). The unconsciousness consists of the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. The personal unconscious consists of those things that we used to know but have since forgotten. The collective unconscious consists of those things that we do not know and never knew.

      More on the collective unconscious –

      I believed that Jung invented the concept of “the collective unconscious.” It is the source of archetypes. An archetype can appear in our dreams as almost anyone or anything. For examples, a circle, a tree, an animal or a person could all be archetypes. An archetype could also be an event. For examples, hiking in the mountains, rowing across a river and a wedding could be archetypes. Archetypes have at least two things in common:
      • The archetype is a symbol of something that is unknown to us and, as such, its meaning can never be completely understood by us. (Thus, by extension, we can never have a complete understanding of any dream that contains an archetype.)
      • A dream archetype typically has an emotional content. This emotion might be amazement, fear, love, hate etc.
      As we start to look more deeply into our dreams and try to understand them, the unconscious will send us dreams that are more meaningful.

      Back to the dream –

      In this dream, the dreamer is the dreamer’s ego. Thus, the death of the dreamer is the death of her (?) ego. The death of the ego is almost always a good sign in a dream. This is a shamanic death and is associated with increased spiritual and psychological development. The death of the ego lets the unconscious become conscious. This is very good. As Jung stated, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/443...ll-direct-your

      The bedroom is “a place like Hell or Heaven….” This is a shamanistic experience. The shaman journeys to these realms during dreams, visions and self-induced trances.

      And now for the child:
      • It may be that the child actually represents the dreamer’s real-life child. Whenever feasible, we should consider that relatives and others, who are known to us, represent these real people.
      • With this in mind, it may be that the child is also a shaman. Among shamans, it is commonly accepted that the ability to shamanize runs in families. Thus, the dreamer or perhaps a relative may be unusually spiritual or sensitive. Or, the dreamer may have an ancestor who was a medicine man or a shaman.
      • The child may be a symbol of an archetype from the collective unconscious. The near-death (?) of the child could symbolize the death of a part of the dreamer’s psyche and then her rebirth. And, here again, this is not necessarily a bad thing.
      • If we accept that the dream is shamanistic, then it could be that the child’s condition represents (what shamans call) soul loss. In shamanism, soul loss is what happens when a part of a person’s soul has been broken off and is in hiding.
      • The dreamer had put her hand on the chest of her apparently dead daughter. She is not breathing. But, almost immediately, she is OK. Air and wind are dream symbols of the spirit. Thus, the child’s recovery may be due to the touch of the dreamer.

      A couple of additional dream comments:
      • Although we call this a “dream,” it may be more accurate to say that it is a vision or even a trance – another shamanistic indicator.
      • The images and people that the dreamer sees before going to sleep may represent actual spirits or perhaps glimpses into the non-physical world of the shaman.

      Hope this helps and is not too confusing. Be sure to get back with me if you have any questions or comments.

      Lugus
      Last edited by Lugus; 12-09-2017 at 11:04 PM. Reason: Typos

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