Diving into Dreams: Different Types of Dreams and their Benefit

Diving into Dreams: Different Types of Dreams and their Benefit

– Composed by Duane Steffens and Glenn Nangaku Leisching


Dreams are a fascinating aspect of human consciousness. They occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep and can provide valuable insights into our subconscious mind. Dreams encompass a wide range of experiences, from pleasant fantasies to terrifying nightmares. They hold a significant place in various cultures and have been the subject of study and interpretation throughout history.

Many indigenous cultures would rely on dreams which they considered to be insights or wisdom from the Other World in order to navigate in this world. With consistency, nature-based wisdom cultures considered the waking world to be the dream world, and the dream world to be the real world. Restoring alignment and synergy between these realms was essential to maintain harmony and abundance.

Types of Dreams

Scattered Visual Dreams

Scattered visual dream are just that, random repeat reflections in the mind of the dreamer as the dreamer releases the energy or experiences of their day. These dreams have little interpretive significance or importance but they are a result of a vital function in the mind and body of the dreamer.

To restore homeostasis (balance and rest), your mind and body collaborate to release energy stored from the ordinary events or preoccupations from your day. We know they are scattered dreams because the randomness of the collage of meaningless tell no story.

Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreams are dreams in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. It is a unique state of consciousness where individuals can actively participate and control their dream scenarios. Lucid dreaming allows for creativity, exploration, and even problem-solving within the dream realm.

Lucid dreams make a person feel magical and all powerful the next day – like anything can be accomplished if life were only as fluid as the dream-world (which it can be).

Prophetic Dreams

Prophetic dreams are dreams that seemingly predict future events or provide insights into situations yet to occur. While the true nature of prophetic dreams remains a topic of debate, many people have reported experiencing dreams that later come true in some form or another.

These dreams are highly symbolic and, upon waking, leave you feeling like something deeply important has been communicated. They are felt in you body, mind, emotions and in the spirit.


Nightmares are unsettling dreams that evoke fear, anxiety, or distress. They often involve terrifying or threatening situations, and upon waking, they can leave individuals feeling shaken. Nightmares may be caused by various factors, such as stress, trauma, or certain medications.

Usually one wakes from nightmares feeling frightened, exhausted, and frustrated. They have a residue in the body, felt in your tiredness. You would experienced the next morning with hyper-alertness in the mind.


Recurring Dreams

Recurring dreams are dreams that repeat themselves with similar themes, settings, or events. These dreams often signify unresolved issues, unaddressed emotions, or persistent patterns in a person’s life. Exploring recurring dreams can provide valuable insights into the subconscious mind.

At first recurring dreams can have little impact. After several experiences of the same theme in a dream, they can become frustrating and beckon to us a sort of challenge. One feels these dreams with a sense of confusion, anticipation and mystery in the mind as well as increased frustration.

Healing Dreams

Healing dreams are dreams that aid in the process of emotional, mental, or physical healing. They can offer solace, guidance, and resolution to individuals who are struggling with challenges in their waking lives. Healing dreams may provide comfort, clarity, or inspiration, facilitating a sense of well-being and growth.

You will know you’ve had a healing dreams by the emotion you feel when you wake up from a dream like this. Usually, the dreamer feels cleansed of some toxic energy, or experiences a heightened sense of joy, grief or relief. We feel these dreams in our bodies as a significant emotional moment.

Dreams and Intergenerational Healing

Intergenerational healing refers to the process of healing ancestral wounds or traumas that have been passed down through generations. Dreams can play a crucial role in this healing journey. Through dreams, individuals may receive messages or insights that shed light on unresolved issues within their family lineage. By acknowledging and addressing these issues, individuals can break free from negative patterns and create a more positive future for themselves and future generations.

For example, a person might have a dream about a deceased family member who experienced trauma in their lifetime. This dream could serve as an invitation to explore and heal the generational impact of that trauma, bringing about a sense of closure and release.

Dreams as Patterns and Trauma Indicators

Dreams have a way of reflecting the patterns that shape our lives. They can reveal repetitive behaviors, thoughts, or emotions that may go unnoticed in our waking state. By paying attention to these patterns in our dreams, we can gain valuable insights into ourselves and make positive changes.

Moreover, dreams can serve as indicators of unresolved trauma. When we experience trauma, our subconscious mind may utilize dreams as a means of processing and integrating the traumatic experiences. Recognizing and working with these dreams can be a vital part of the healing journey.

The Healing Power of Dream Communication

“A dream is a personal myth. A myth is a collective dream.” – Joseph Campbell

Dreams provide a unique opportunity for communication. They allow us to connect with others on a deeper emotional level. Sharing our dreams with trusted individuals can lead to emotional release, understanding, and support. By openly discussing our dreams, we foster a sense of connection and create a safe space for vulnerability and growth.

Sharing your dreams invites others into your dream. You might find that those you share your dreams with have a role to play in the ‘collective, communal dream’.

Opening up and Expressing in Dreams

Dreams offer a safe haven for emotional expression. In dreams, we can experience a range of emotions, including joy, sorrow, fear, or love, without the constraints of the waking world. Engaging with these emotions in dreams allows for self-reflection and introspection, promoting personal growth and self-awareness.

Dreams can also inspire artistic expression. Many artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers have drawn inspiration from their dreams, creating works that touch and resonate with audiences on a profound level. Dreams can unlock a wellspring of creativity and serve as a gateway to unexplored realms of imagination.

Dream Interpretation and its Benefits

Dream interpretation involves analyzing the symbols, themes, and emotions present in dreams to gain a deeper understanding of their meanings. It is a tool that can aid in self-discovery, personal growth, and problem-solving. While individual symbols may have different meanings for each person, exploring the symbolism in dreams can provide valuable insights into our subconscious desires, fears, and aspirations.

While some people may enjoy interpreting their dreams on their own, others may seek guidance from professionals, such as psychotherapists to unravel the deeper messages within their dreams. Professional guidance can help individuals navigate complex symbolism and gain a more comprehensive understanding of their dreams’ significance.

Glenn Nangaku Leisching is a dream analyst and has been working with dreams since the age of 7. He helps clients understand the hidden meaning of their dreams – the waking dream they’re aspiring toward (or the nightmare they are trying to escape from). He facilitates and teaches the dream interpretive process assisting the dreamer call-in meaningful dreams and become their own dream analyst and code-breaker.


Dreams are an integral part of the human experience, offering a gateway to our subconscious mind and a realm of infinite possibilities. They come in various forms, each with its unique significance and potential for healing and growth. By embracing the power of dreams, we can embark on a journey of self-discovery, intergenerational healing, and personal transformation.


1) Can anyone have lucid dreams?
Yes, anyone can experience lucid dreams with practice and awareness. Techniques such as reality checks and keeping dream journals can increase the likelihood of having lucid dreams.

2) What should I do if I have recurring nightmares?
If you have recurring nightmares, it may be helpful to explore the underlying emotions or unresolved issues that they represent. Consider seeking support from a therapist or dream specialist who can guide you through the process of understanding and working with your nightmares.

3) Are all dreams meaningful?
While all dreams have some level of significance, not all dreams are equally impactful or profound. Some dreams may be simple reflections of our daily experiences, while others may carry deeper messages and insights. It’s important to pay attention to recurring themes, intense emotions, and vivid imagery in order to uncover the potential meanings behind your dreams.

4) Is dream interpretation subjective?
Yes, dream interpretation is subjective to some extent. Symbols and meanings can vary depending on an individual’s personal experiences, cultural background, and subconscious associations. It’s important to explore your own feelings and associations with dream symbols to find interpretations that resonate with you.

5) How can I improve my dream recall?
Keeping a dream journal and writing down your dreams as soon as you wake up can significantly improve dream recall. Additionally, practicing relaxation techniques, getting sufficient sleep, and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule can enhance your ability to remember your dreams.