The meaning of colors in dreams

Pubblished by Bruno Bara Nicoletta Causi on Dream Research Dreams
August 11, 2013

Hi Dreamboarders,

a new article to explain how Dreamboard works and what are its features that will help you to better know yourself.

As we have seen in previous articles, the purpose of DB is to help people use their dreams to identify the emotions activated by dreams in a more immediate way than is possible during wakefulness, and thereby help them obtain a greater degree of freedom.

We have also seen, in fact, that emotions are fundamental not only in dreams, but also in everyday life.

However, there is no way to suspend our frames of understanding of the world when we are awake, nor can we recover the original emotional experience of the dream (this would be extremely difficult to accomplish because the dreamer, once awake, no longer has access to the dimension of the dreamed dream, but only to that of the remembered dream). But thanks to DB we can still become more aware of our patterns and at the same time tune back in as much as possible to the emotions of the original dream. Let’s see how .

How to draw closer to the original emotional experience of dreams

DB aims to let you retrace ALL the emotions of your dream – these should be distinguished both from those you experienced upon awakening and also from those you feel when remembering them – including those experienced by all the other actors, as well as situational emotions not linked to any particular actor, but which characterize the general environment (for example, a sense of anxiety in a dark cellar, or a sense of freedom associated with a window that suddenly opens, etc.). To do this, however, we need to maintain a non-judgmental attitude and allow ourselves to explore our feelings and emotions for what they are, even if they are inconsistent with each other or when we judge them negatively. We should therefore not seek any emotional congruence in the emotions of any one character (a child may be frightened by a gorilla and then, shortly thereafter, seek protection in his hairy arms) or in the emotions felt by any group of characters (at a funeral, the friends of the deceased may be sad, but the widow may feel cheerful). But this is easier said than done .

The emotions we feel, both in dreams and when we are awake, do not correspond to strict logical opposites, they are not always either black or white, they are not always all or nothing. Although they can be intense or very strong, what’s important is that we can experience ambivalent or even opposite emotions simultaneously. Indeed, the more a person or an event is significant for us, the more he/she/it creates complex and divergent emotional dimensions. Consider, for example, the contrasting emotions that we experience in relation to a person we love very much: indeed, those we love the most are often those we also hate the most, for their ability to make us suffer so intensely .

One of the essential steps towards the fullness of feeling is to allow yourself to feel opposing emotions in connection with the same person or the same event. The disabling of cognitive patterns of consciousness that occurs in dreams facilitates the emergence of emotions in contrast with each other, and this can be a valuable tool to train us and help us attain this greater openness.

Colors help us to draw closer to the original emotions of dreams by “bypassing” our thought patterns

A good way to help dreamers abandon the behavioral patterns that are socially quite useful but disabled in dreams is to go beyond linguistic conventions. For this purpose, DB uses colors as a trick: before analyzing the various complex aspects of the dream, and trying to find a name for a complex emotion, they can be described with a color, thus bringing the subjective aspect to the surface.

The chromatic value that we give a dream will help us draw closer to its primitive emotional value, without having to resort excessively to rational thought. Seeking to identify the colors of our dream, in fact, helps us connect with greater immediacy to our emotional experiences and accept them for what they are (a set of colors), even before we ask ourselves what they might mean, and thus before we can judge them.

The emphasis is not on giving a name to our emotions or to the colors and their meaning, which according to us at DB is subjective and depends on the personality and life history of each individual (a person can associate the color yellow at different times to joy and to jealousy: you can imagine the infinite meanings that different individuals might give!). The emphasis is rather on describing with immediacy what you have felt and experienced. Linguistic precision in fact has the curious effect of pushing the dreamer towards a rational explanation (“I felt angry because …”), of normalizing emotion and bringing it into a socially acceptable frame. Instead, the wealth of the dream dimension lies in creating access to irrational prospects. For example, rage triggered by the kindness of others (I would rather my opponent have no positive side, so I can hate him without reserve), or desire triggered by the unworthiness of others (the well-known fascination exerted by the beautiful and damned, persons we know immediately will hurt us, but nevertheless …).

So let’s write down the colors of our dreams, and we will draw increasingly closer to full recognition of the emotional meaning that they convey, opening ourselves to newer and richer ways of experiencing ourselves and the world around us.

Next posts: keep on following us

In order to explain more clearly what the scientific bases of Dreamboard, we will publish in this blog different articles written by Professor Bruno Bara and Dr. Nicoletta Causi:
Physical presence in the dream
The weirdness of dreams
People, places, things


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