Veronica Verai

Some people say they never dream but the truth is that everybody dreams every night.   Dreaming occurs at the end of each sleep cycle and most people have five such cycles during their eight-hour sleep.  People differ in the ability to remember their dreams.

A great deal of the dreams have a releasing or compensatory function and although they are still very important to the body and psyche, most of them are not even intended to be remembered.  Releasing dreams are our reaction to the experiences of daily life, helping us to put them in order in our mind, and as a rule they are forgotten, unless they deal with very traumatic experiences. Compensatory dreams satisfy in our sleep our unfulfilled desires.  They are usually remembered because of the strong emotion they are charged with.  Other dreams may involve our psyche simply being someplace else and gaining experience on another level of existence.  This is a rarer type of dreams – let us call it another existence dreams, and they are sometimes remembered.  I think that lucid dreams (bright dreams in which we become aware that we are asleep and dreaming) and “serial” dreams fall in this category.

At the end of the night, after most of the clearing and reacting has already been done and the psyche is in relative order, dreams containing valuable information can occur in some people - regarding health, interactions with other people or coming events.   These are predictive dreams, the brightest and easiest to remember.  However, not every morning dream is predictive.

Predictive dreams occur as a result of the work of our intuition and psychic abilities.  During the morning dreaming, the lack of external stimuli and relaxed body and mind allow our inner voice to be heard more easily.  Many people do not to pay attention to their intuitive hunches when they are awake but almost everyone has had some predictive dreams in their life.



Predictive dreams can be puzzling as dreams come through or from the subconscious mind and for this reason they speak mostly in symbols, not in pictures of reality.  Symbols express the world of the subconscious.  Besides, the rational perception and understanding of the world, such as logical and causative connections, simply do not belong to the world, revealed by the subconscious.  Even comprehension of time, space and existence may be different.  Nonetheless, dreams can be verbal, yet their speech usually also needs interpretation.

Just because their meaning is veiled and needs to be interpreted, predictive dreams may remain unrecognised and their vital information may not reach us.  For this reason, some important predictive dreams, or their elements, are sometimes seen more then once.  These are mostly warning dreams and they should be always taken into account.   Releasing dreams could also be repetitiveReleasing, though, becomes less intense with time, while a warning is repeated louder and louder if we do not heed it, apart from the other differences.

When interpreting the elements of the dream
we should bear in mind that, as a rule, symbols in dreams and visions are a tangible, physical and brief representation of things that are more general, non-physical and last longer in time.  For example, predictive dreams involving physical contact, like kissing or touching, are in fact about our relationships with other people.  Thus, physical contact symbolises emotional contact and the quality of this contact.  The meaning of many symbols varies from person to person but basic symbols are the same for the people of the same culture.  Free associations (things that one instinctively associates with a particular symbol) may help a lot to understand the individual meaning of the symbols.  Dream dictionaries also can be helpful, especially if using several good ones and comparing the meanings.  The language of predictive dreams is most symbolic but releasing dreams may also speak in symbols.  Compensatory dreams tell the story in pictures of real life, because of their purpose, while ‘another existence’ dreams are not trying to tell us anything, they are “just be” dreams and symbolic language there is irrelevant.  

An important clue to the general meaning of the dream is how one feels about what is happening in their dream.  Emotions in predictive dreams are the same as those we will experience when awake but are more concise and concentrated.  Emotions in releasing and compensatory dreams are more or less of the same strength as those we would feel in the same situation in reality, while in “another existence” dreams emotions are not normally present.  

When interpreting what the dream is about
, when this is unclear, first we should seek an explanation in the nature of our thoughts just before falling asleep.  Our thoughts before falling asleep tune the dreaming to some extent and for this reason the subject of a predictive dream may sometimes be connected to them.  Once such a connection has been rejected, we can start looking for an explanation elsewhere.

Dreams regarding future events represent just one meaningful event at a time, possibly also including some less important events, related or leading to the main one.  This is because of the multiplicity of possible outcomes of any future event, based on free choice, but also because of the difficulty to represent time and sequence in a dream.
The four types of dreams are usually easy to distinguish from one another.  However, most long and complicated dreams are mixed, often containing elements of all types.  As already mentioned, predictive dreams are usually the last in the number of dreams for the night.  They can also be recognised by their brightness, clarity, use of symbols, simplicity, concentrated emotion, as well as by the ‘aftertaste’ they sometimes leave, reminding us of the dream for the rest of the day.  Predictive dreams do not contain elements of the other types, only if they are short, simple, and very bright (like visions).  

An effective method to remember more dreams is immediately upon waking, just after being aware that we just had a dream and before moving a single muscle or opening eyes, to replay the whole scenario in our mind again.  In this way, it will be easily remembered later.  Important dreams should be written down, as well as their interpretation and related events, happened later on.  A well-kept dream diary can do a lot to reveal how our subconscious works and communicates with us.

Frequent, meaningful and vivid dreaming, and especially the amount of control one has over the events in their dreams, indicates well-developed intuition and psychic abilities.  People who rarely remember any significant dreams do not seem to have strong psychic abilities (unless they dream in other ways, for example during meditation).  Along with opening up and growing through developing intuition, one of the first things to notice is more vivid, lucid and predictive dreams and visions and more control over what is happening in dreams.  The latter shows that the person is being aware down to the deepest levels of their psyche of acquiring more personal power.

Picture by Salvador Dali, ‘One Second before Awakening’




Visions are different from  dreams, although sometimes there may be a fine line between them.  Only very intuitive people experience visions.  The main difference between dreams and visions is that the person seeing visions is fully aware that they are awake (although with eyes closed) and seeing a vision, they know that they are not dreaming or seeing pictures of real life.  Visions are always very bright, often brighter and clearer then lucid and predictive dreams or reality They appear when the body is relaxed and the mind tranquil, for example before drifting off to sleep or during relaxation.

In my experience, there are two kinds of visions.  One is a fast moving, fast changing type of complex visions, which are difficult to remember and hold no particular significance.  They are comparable to ‘another existence’ dreams.  The other type of visions are short, intense and easy to remember.  These are predictive visions and they always hold true and valuable information.  My own, rare predictive visions have always been symbolic and their symbols are no different from those in my dreams

Visions are beautiful and fragile.  If you try to move, to think, or to open your eyes, they disappear right away like a crystal vase being silently shattered into millions of tiny sparkling pieces. 

Regardless of how well one is able to interpret their dreams and visions, sometimes mistakes are inevitable, simply because symbols can have more then one meaning.  Besides, there meaning is not set once and for all in our subconscious, but can change depending on the experience we acquire related to them.
By all means, even if perfectly interpreted, predictive dreams and visions only reveal a tiny bit of the invisible around us, warning us about a probable but not inevitable course of events, or letting us know important things that we are unaware of.  Whether we will heed their advice and how we are going to proceed, always remains our free choice.

This article is based on my personal experience and conclusions. 





(C) 2003-2007, Veronica Verai