I believe dreams speak to us and it is important to acknowledge what they are telling us. Most dreams seem crazy and chaotic but if you write your dreams down in a journal as soon as you wake up you can analyze them when you are more alert. Dreams are therapy for us in our downtime. If we didn't dream I believe we would all go mad. During waking hours we are so focused on so many different activities going on that we don't do a lot of problem solving when it's needed. We ignore issues that bother us, bite our tongues and so forth. Most of what we shove aside will surface in our dreams somehow. It's important to resolve the problems in our dreams so it doesn't carry over to our new day. My dreams affect my mood for the entire day if I don't figure out what was being presented to me. Dreams are HEALING! After my parent's passed away I had a lot of dreams about them and cried buckets both in my sleep and when waking up. I started listening to what my parent's would be saying to me and it helped in my grieving process to know that they were consoling me in a way I could understand. I have never had a problem remembering what I dreamed about the night before. I have a very active mind and imagination, which if you know anything about DID, makes perfect sense. I always dream in color and mostly in the 3rd person point of view. What makes my dreams interesting is the fact that not only will I be dreaming but sometimes my alters dreams will run into mine. Makes for a very curious and often time confusing scenario. I understand that is a clear sign that I have work to do in my therapy with that alter and the dream will ultimately give clues to what that is. Some of my dreams are memories and play out just like how they happened to me years ago. It can be very scary but I have been trained how to "control" my dreams. For example, if someone scary is chasing me from my past I have learned to stop, in my dream, turn around and yell at that person and show them I'm not afraid of them. They always shrivel down to nothing or become small as mice and end up running from me! It took a lot of time and focus to be able to control the fear in my dreams. I do have times I can't muster up the technique of confrontation and awake in a panic. That is rare, though.
I'd love to hear about your dreams and how you use them! I am fascinated by them :)