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  • Malnourished Dogs

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,
    I had a dream that I forgot to feed my dogs for a number of days and they either were dead or severely malnourished.   – Cindy 57, Las Vegas, NV

    Lauri:  There must be something or someone you ought to be giving your time and focus to but aren't. Usually dogs in dreams can be connected to your loyalty to another person or perhaps even your loyalty to a project or goal in waking life. Your dream seems to be warning you that this relationship or this project or goal is on the verge of dying off.  Now is a critical time to re-evaluate if this relationship or project/goal is worth reviving or if you are better off letting it die.

    Cindy replies:  I have been separated from my husband for four years, with no intention of ever getting back.  We have been married for 34 years and it was a scenario where once the kids were grown and gone, we had no common interests. I was unhappy in the marriage and wanted to move on, which I did. He doesn't want to file for divorce and I just don't have the money to file. Not having a job doesn't help. This makes sense.


    FASCINATING SLEEP FACT: Doctors say more people are paying the price for easy communications access with a new disorder they call "sleep texting" where sufferers text strange things to others while asleep. According to Sleep Expert Dr. Schmidt, sleep deprivation can trigger common motor behaviors during sleep, including reaching for the phone when it goes off.  When you get stuck in a no man's land, where you're not really fully awake, but yet feel the need or urge to be able to respond to a text message, you’re likely to text something very odd to an unsuspecting recipient!
     
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  • Teeth Falling Out

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,
    I had a dream the other night about my gums receding and the left front tooth fell out. The right one started to chip and was loose. I kept saying they'll be okay as long as I put the tooth back in the gums because that is what the dentists do.   – Kasey 32, Defiance, OH

    Lauri:  It seems you may have said something recently that you wish you could put back in your mouth just as you tried to put your tooth back in. The details in your dream may give us more clues as to what that is. The receding gums suggest you feel something in your life may be deteriorating or becoming less healthy than it used to be. A relationship maybe? Or perhaps you are suffering a communication break down with someone. The way you keep telling yourself it will be okay if you go to the dentist is the advice you are giving yourself through this dream that things might indeed get better between you and this other person if you learn to communicate in a healthier manner.

    Kasey replies:  I had a conversation with my sister earlier that day and I said a few things that I wish I wouldn't have. I spoke the truth to her, but felt like she wasn't listening. So I ended the conversation abruptly and wished that I didn't speak my mind. Yes I believe the situation would get better if she would listen to constructive criticism. But I am not sure she would listen. This was the first time I had spoken to her about her alcohol problem and I felt guilty. I don't think I wanted to hurt her feelings. This makes sense. Thank you.


    FASCINATING DREAM FACT: According to recent research by Psychotherapist Jeffrey Sumber, people with disabilities often dream as though they don't have them. This aligns with my own research as well.


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  • Falling Corpses

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,
    Last night I dreamt there was a storm. Tree limbs were falling. As they fell, they turned into people in my life: relatives and friends who have died. When the last one fell to the ground, the corpses turned into flowers and the weather cleared.   – Lauren 38, Morristown, NJ

    Lauri:  The branches turned into people from your life because each of those people have helped you to branch out, learn and grow as a person. However, dead people in our dreams can also represent issues or relationships in our life that have "died." The storm suggests you have recently gone through an emotionally stormy time in your life and I believe the branches are falling because you must have fallen into a depression. Your dream is showing you that your stormy time is over and you may even have a clearer sense of yourself and your life. Your dream is telling you it is time for you to bloom again!

    Lauren replies: Oh my gosh, that makes SO much sense to me! Thank you. In July, a childhood friend, a boy, found me on Facebook. I've been in love with him half my life. And I told him this when we reconnected.  Long story short, it didn't work out and about a week ago we had a terrible argument. I've been very depressed and have been having dreams like the one I described since it happened. Last night was the first time we've communicated since that argument. It didn't go well. It all makes sense and I am ready to bloom again.


    FASCINATING DREAM FACT: In a study published in the Psychological Reports (2002) J. Kroth and colleagues observed that 57% of stock brokers who experience traumatic dreams end up losing their clients’ investment money. Almost half of these had been dreams of falling. Might be time to ask your stock broker what he’s been dreaming lately!

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  • Bridemare

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    Dear Lauri,
    I’m getting married in July but I keep dreaming that I’m getting married and it’s the wrong day and nothing is done. Everything is disorganized and I’m running around in my wedding dress trying to organize things before guests arrive. All the wedding plans are up to date. In fact the only thing left to do is print and  send the invites. So I'm confused as to why I am having these dreams.  – Cindy 24, Toronto, ON

    Lauri:  What you have here is what I call a "bridemare!" A bridemare is a common stress dream that pretty much all brides get leading up to the big day. I can assure you the dream is not a warning that anything is going to go wrong so let's look at the details and see if we can't get some specific guidance for you. The disorganization in the dream may be connected to disorganized thoughts or issues in waking life. Have your thoughts been scattered lately? Is there any uncertainty right now in regards to the wedding? Is there a current issue you want to straighten out before the big day? The fact that the day is wrong in your dream suggests you feel something isn't quite right yet in real life. Look at friendships, family, any issues from the past, as well as any issue between you and your fiancé and ask yourself if there is something that needs to be corrected, healed or put into place before the big day so that you can walk down the aisle with peace of mind.

    Cindy replies: My mom and step dad are in Guyana. I sent an invitation to them and I'm waiting for them to take it to the embassy and get it approved. I keep thinking that they won't get to come for the wedding. This makes sense now.

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  • Cardboard Boxes

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more." -Wilson Mizener

    Dear Lauri,
    I needed a cardboard box. I was at the store and kept asking and was mad that they were throwing some away when I needed them. - Gina 33, Pittsburgh, PA

    Lauri:  Cardboard in a dream is often related to money issues in waking life, believe it or not, because we collectively joke about having to move into a cardboard box if finances don’t improve. Are you trying to be frugal when going to the store lately? Are you realizing the waste you may have created before money issues? If not, this dream may be about your attempt to box in your thoughts or feelings regarding some issue or person in your life lately.

    Gina replies: Both of those actually make sense! We have been trying to be more frugal at the store and I've been boxing in some feelings regarding my mother in law. She refused to go a funeral that I felt strongly she should have attended. I felt she was being petty. I was trying to not voice my opinion on the matter too much because it didn't concern me.

    Lauri replies: Ah, that makes sense in regards to the anger you had over the boxes being thrown away at the store. That is reflective of your inner conflict over whether to box in your thoughts or rid yourself of them by speaking up.

    Celebrity Dream: While promoting his new movie The Big Year, funny man Jack Black reported a recurring dream he used to have in high school to The Record dot com: "I dreamt that I was in the theatre at my high school, and I had the power of flight, and I would fly around the theatre, and people would be amazed at my power of flight. Then I would fly outside into the lunch area and just immediately lost my powers. I’m just walking around."


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  • Broken Jewels

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

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

    Dear Lauri,
    In my dream I have to use the restroom. When I walk into what I think is a restroom, it is actually a closet full of broken jewels and a note that says please find me. I grab a broken piece of a jewel and leave the closet to try to find the match.  – Dana 31, Altamonte Springs, FL

    Lauri:  Needing to use the restroom suggests there is some frustration or negativity you need to cleanse yourself of. It is something you have been keeping to yourself or that is a secret, however, since the bathroom turned into a closet. The broken jewels are connected to something in your life that is broken, like a relationship for instance. The note "find me" is interesting. Do you feel you have lost a sense of yourself lately? Are you feeling lost in some way? What is it you are searching for right now?

    Danareplies: This totally makes sense. My church is going through lots of changes: a new pastor, people disagreeing, people leaving, etc... I am torn in the middle. I was highly involved in my church when this all started and now I am not. I even stopped attending. I "took a break."

    Lauri replies: That may be why it is jewels that are broken because you receive valuable jewels of wisdom from church. Trying to find the match, along with the note that says, “find me” is the way your inner self is telling you to find a new church that matches you.

    Dana replies: I am sitting in amazement and shock; I never tied the two together. It helps a whole lot.  Thanks.


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  • Spider on my foot

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg

    “People can learn pretty much everything about themselves from their dreams.” - Craig Webb

    Dear Lauri,
    I had a dream last night that a huge spider was stuck on the top of my foot...It's legs were clung to the skin. I kept trying to pry it off with my other foot.. but wouldn't touch it with my hands. Outside of dreams I am petrified of spiders.   – Tanya 40, Newburgh, NY

    Lauri: It sounds like something or someone is really bugging you lately and you are having a hard time letting it go, the same way the spider is stuck to you. In particular, it may have to do with someone who is being dishonest as spiders often represent someone who spins webs of lies. The spider is clinging to your foot because your dreaming mind wants you to know it is time to put your foot down about this issue even though you may be afraid you can't HANDLE it, hence you not using your hands.

    Tanya replies: WOW! Thank you! The thing that has been really weighing heavily on my mind is my aunt who lives in Florida and she has Lung Cancer that has gone to her brain. I’m not getting a lot of info from her as she is a really private person. She has no blood family there with her and is currently in the hospital for a blood clot in her foot. I know nothing else because she isn’t telling us anything, except that "she is fine", so I have decided on driving there in the next few days to get my own answers. I think I may not only be afraid of the answers I may get, but also a little afraid of the drive by myself and it is all weighing pretty heavily on me right now. This has helped me more than you know. 


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  • Creepy Old Man

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    "A dream brings you one step closer to having to pay for analysis”  - Graham Lawrence

    Dear Lauri,
    I was looking to buy this scary, rundown house that had this creepy old guy living in it.  He was going to live in the house even after I bought it!  I walked up to the second floor and could see the third floor because there were holes in the floor.  I saw a claw foot tub that had duct tape on the bottom of it.  Turns out, the old creepy man used the bathtub as a bed.   I was sweating and shaking the whole time but I had to buy the house.  I’ve had this dream three times now and it is so vivid. – Paige 34, Wausau, WI

    Lauri: The scary rundown house is a state of mind you have been “residing in” for as long as you have been having the dream. What’s got you feeling worn down and tired? What in your life needs some repair or sprucing up? The creepy guy is something that has been bothering you. He's old so he is either an old issue in your life or something that you are growing tired of, something that is “getting old.” The holes in the floor indicate that you are feeling a lack of support around you. Where are you not feeling strong or confident? The bathtub/bed means you need to "wake up" and realize that you need to cleanse yourself of this issue. Otherwise, like the duct tape, you’ll be “sticking” with something that’s run its course and is no longer useful to you.

    Paige replies: I have so much crap around me at work and I need to make a decision if I can continue dealing with it or find something else to do in this life.  Thank you. It’s been bothering me for quite some time now.  You’ve put my mind at ease.  Bless you.  

    Fascinating Dream Fact: Hindus believe that some dreams are produced by ghosts!


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  • Lost Car

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg
    "Consciousness:  that annoying time between naps.”  - Author Unknown

    Dear Lauri,
    I have had several dreams in the last year where I am lost. For example, I was in my church where I have gone since I was a little girl and can’t find my way out. When I finally do come out I cannot find my vehicle.   – Amanda 30, Decatur, IN

    Lauri: Losing your car or discovering that your car has been stolen is actually a pretty common dream theme, so common in fact that you are the third person who reported having that dream to me today! Your car represents your drive and motivation to continue to move forward in some area. Less often your car can represent a direction you are headed in. To lose it may mean you are losing your motivation or are feeling directionless and just don't know how to proceed. In addition, being lost in a dream means something in waking life is causing you to feel directionless and/or uncertain as to what to do. So you’ve got yourself a double whammy of uncertainty here in your dream. However, the church setting is a friendly suggestion you are sending yourself not to lose faith right now.

    Amanda replies: Wow. You hit the nail on the head. I can’t find a job so I get discouraged…  a lot. I worry I’ll never get back on my feet again and won’t be able to provide for kids. Thank you.

     

    Fascinating Sleep Fact: Researchers from the University of Cincinnati surveyed 200 college-aged students who did not live at home. It found that 55% reported sleeping less than seven hours per night. Nearly all participants worked a full or part time job, and among the reasons given for lost sleep were financial concerns.


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  • My Deceased Mother

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg


    Dear Lauri,

    My mother, who died a year and 8 months ago, and I were in her kitchen. I told her I was sick and asked if I could stay with her. She told me no. I told her she was breaking my heart and she said nothing. I hope this doesn’t mean what I think it means.   – Lori, Syracuse, NY

    Lauri: Since your mother passed fairly recently, this dream could be connected to your inner desire to be with her again. However, I believe it has a deeper meaning. Your mother may very well represent your ability to care for and nurture yourself, as well as your ability to "mother" and nurture others. You tell her you are sick and want to stay with her. That doesn't mean there is something physically wrong with you (however, I would never tell you not to go to your doctor). What that is more likely connected to is something in your life that you feel sick about OR an unhealthy situation or relationship in your life that needs to be healed or nurtured.  She tells you “no” because there is something you are resisting in waking life. You then mention that your heart is breaking. Besides your mother’s loss, have you suffered a heart break over anything? Her not answering you suggests there may be a communication breakdown somewhere in your life. Is there anyone around you who is no longer speaking to you or whom you are having a hard time communicating with? 

    Lori replies: WOW! When I read your email all I could do was cry. I let a friend of mine read it and her response was ''she is really, really good.”  I can't believe all of that came out of my dream. This has been a real eye opener for me. The communication breakdown is that I no longer speak to my siblings.  I now need to make some changes in my life. I can't thank you enough. This has meant a great deal to me.


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  • Drowning

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg


    Dear Lauri,

    I was in a building and it was filling up with water. I was trapped and couldn’t get out, even though there was no top to the building. It was open on top but I just couldn’t get out and I died. – Annie 32, Toledo, OH

    Lauri: You are good testimony to the fact that if you die in your dreams you do not actually die in real life. That being said, rising water in a dream can often be connected to a situation in waking life that is getting increasingly worse, to the point that it is absolutely overwhelming you. You can’t get out in the dream because you must not feel you can get out of the situation. Your dream is showing you though, that you can get out. "Keep looking up," is the message (hence the open top). In other words, stay positive about it. Dying shows us that this issue has changed you. Perhaps you had enough and decided to make some changes in your own attitude or behavior and let the "woe is me" mindset die off so you can have a new life.

    Annie replies: I can’t believe how much this dream fits what’s been going on in my life! My fiancé is a heavy drinker. After we got engaged he seemed to be getting better. But in the last 6 weeks it has gotten worse and worse, to the point that he went missing one night. I’ve tried to get him to go to rehab. I’ve begged, I’ve pleaded. I’ve tried to get his family to help me with an intervention but they won’t. The day before I had that dream I had decided to pack my stuff and leave. I can no longer feel responsible for him. And I am staying positive, for my new life.

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  • Robotic Rhinocerus

    Posted by Lauri Quinn Loewenberg


    Dear Lauri,

    Last night I dreamed I was climbing some bleachers like at an indoor game. When I got to the very top my ex wife appeared and sat next to me. Over our heads a sign lit up that read "REDEMPTION." Then I proceeded to put a new engine into a rhinoceros! The rhinoceros was supposed to be a robot but it turned out to be real. When the new engine was put in, I rode away on the beast. – John 52, Chicago, IL

    Lauri: Because your dream takes place on bleachers in some sort of stadium, I’ll bet it’s connected to head games that are going on between you and your ex. The redemption sign is quite cool. Have you been dealing with guilt over the breakup of your marriage? Do you feel you are now receiving redemption? The new engine is a very good indication that you have a new drive, a new energy, a new direction and you are ready to go! And I think the rhino is showing you that you need to have a thick skin in order to do so. Since it started out as a robot then turned out to be real seems to show us that for some time you have just been going through the motions but now are feeling alive again!

    John replies: There are always head games and I have to be careful not to get sucked in. I don’t know why she does this but yes, I am on guard and I do feel better about how I have been handling it over time. Part of her head games is her sending guilt messages to me, to which I respond with "I wish you well." It’s powerful. And yes, I am starting to feel that old rhino in me stirring...ready to charge! Thanks.

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