Entering the Childs DreamRecalling the Womb Memories
With having few memories and less emotions… Do Children Dream?
“According to the psychologist David Foulkes, one of the world’s leading experts on pediatric dreaming, people often mistakenly equate their babies’ ability to perceive with an ability to dream. “If an organism gives evidence that it can perceive a reality, then we are prone to imagine that it can dream one as well,” Foulkes wrote in Children’s Dreaming and the Development of Consciousness.
Considering a baby’s newly filled pool of experiences and their brain’s immaturity, neuroscientists debate that children do not dream in R.E.M for the first few years of their life, while others will say that they are active, and certainly some lucid dreamers considering they spend about 50% of their sleep in active REM (Rapid Eye Movement) compared with only 25% within adults. It is likely that children have longer, more in depth, dream world adventures than even their own parents. What do you remember?
As for the neuroscientists that believe children do in fact dream; they believe that REM sleep plays a completely different role for newborns and infants. It allows the brain to integrate and develop emotion and language rather than dream dialogues; the same way that sleeping birds develop song exposure in REM. It allows their brains to build pathways, become integrated and, later, help them develop language. So are they dreaming up fantasy toys and castles in the sky? Or is their brain learning to develop and process the energies now that they are in the ‘real world’, outside of their comfort zone & what they knew as home, their mothers womb?
A dear friend of mine had told me a story recently that he remembered. It was a reoccurring dream he had when he was a boy, where he was always playing in this dark basement. Various times had the dreamed he was there. Now, here he is a grown man, traveling the country, and he’s settled now into a community warehouse center. He told me that since we have met, he remembers this dream, and the basement in the warehouse where he’s living currently, is the very same basement that was in his dreams as a child.
So, do you recall memories when you were a child where you didn’t know if you were dreaming or awake? Perhaps this is a key to endure for your dream work now in this point of your evolution. In correlation to the truth and purity of your child like being: pineal gland pure, resonating with your experience. Outward, and inward. As you grew your pineal gland became unknowingly disrespected. Now, children must be dreaming awake. Let us remember that we can still do this to a deeper extent by connecting with our inner child and inner knowingness that we are healing, and detoxifying our pineal gland so that we can see clearly again. Embrace your child like dreams. Recollect the significant or reoccurring dreams you had when you were a child, and relate them to your experience now. What is the calling?
With the intense creative potential, and spontaneous imagination of our beloved children, it is recorded that a lot of parents will ignore their child’s stories and dreams, thinking it’s only their imagination and entertainment. When in fact, if they’re not lying, these are potent experiences, often prophecies that our children are stirring up at night in their pure minds, to awake to a new dream of life each day.
So listen to your children’s dreams. They are trying to show you something so precious and sacred, something that can only be experienced through the aliveness of our mind and body, the significance of a dream. Listen to your children’s visions, because you may have passed this down to your child, and now they’ve picked it up, they’re reaching out; wanting to share with you the glory of their adventures.
What do babies dream about?
Without any factual subject and matter, babies’ dreams are interpreted to be ones of silence. Since these pure beings do not attain or practice language just yet, their dreams must be persistent with imagery, symbols, visions, and no discourse.
What about nightmares?
A lot of parents have concerned and questioned why now that their baby is a child, they are starting to have nightmares, sometimes often. Waking us up in the middle of the night, crying, pouting of the gooey green and black monster who stole his dream teddy bear and now he wants mom to kiss it, “everything will be okay,” they say. “Just fall back asleep with us.” Then the mother, father, and child fall asleep together in hopes of pleasant snores, that their kid doesn’t wet the bed, that dad doesn’t grind his teeth, that they have peaceful dreams, and finally, a rejuvenating rest. It’s believed by many physiologists that kids don’t develop real or strong fears until about age two or three. Then, once the developing mind has attached to such thing as fear, it will linger into the dreams of the child, to give him or her experience, opportunity, and lesson. If we don’t develop fears until age two or three, resulting in no nightmares; then what about a newborn who awakens so often screaming and crying?
They can then create unpleasant dreams or disturbance of development from even the slightest experience of being startled, or something/someone new as their social lives increase, and dream world expands. Brilliant physiologist, Carl Jung has studied many aspects of Dream Interpretation, one being that the Children’s nightmare is a activating source of physiological growth. “One of the paradoxical ideas in Carl Jung’s dream theory is that nightmares can be valuable sources of psychological growth. The natural temptation is to shy away from nightmares, as we shy away from anything that seems dangerous or harmful. Indeed, the most likely situation for parents to use the “It was just a dream” phrase is when their children have woken up in the middle of the night, crying from a bad dream. However, from Jung’s perspective nightmares occur when especially strong energies from the unconscious mind emerge in response to strange or frightening incidents in the child’s waking life. The dreams are scary because they feel overwhelming to the child’s young ego, like a newly sprouted plant that’s being blown sideways by a strong gust of wind. But if those new experiences and unconscious energies can be integrated within the child’s mind, the result is a lessening of fear and a new burst of psychological growth.”
Do babies dream in their mother’s womb? What do they learn?
Yes! The baby in the womb actually has longer states of REM than children, preteens and adults do. Babies learn and listen in the womb, they can actually already recognize their mothers voice when they are born. Studies have also shown that babies can feel and remember their mother’s emotional state. While in the womb, this divine unborn being spends 18 hours a day sleeping so they are much more familiar with this state, resulting in continuance to sleep so often even as a newborn. It’s also plausible that a mother and her unborn child dream together, every night. Together they are growing, developing, moving, changing and feeling the miraculous exchange of life, pure development and dreams within change.
Researchers show evidence that babies in utero go into REM at around 32 to 36 weeks, around this time is the same as when the unborn starts to finally develop nails on it’s toes and fingers. Of course we do have no clue what the Unborn Angel in it’s Mother’s Womb is dreaming, since the brain waves are not monitorable, but doctors know it to be not just possible, but plausible. “Since there’s no such thing as a womb with a view, it’s no great loss that a baby’s eyes, which form in the first trimester, are sealed shut until about the seventh month. After they open, the fetus is able to see, but there’s little or no light to see anything by. Some doctors have reported, however, that if you shine a very bright light up inside the uterus, the fetus will turn away from it. Similarly, doctors suspect that the fetus may be able to detect a faint glow if a strong light is pointed right at mom’s belly. Ultrasound has also revealed that fetuses gradually open and close their eyes more and more as they near delivery, as if practicing for blinking and seeing in the outside world. “In fact, the sleep patterns of fetuses in this stage of development closely resemble those of newborns: They spend a lot of their time in REM sleep, but also in a quiet, deep sleep where there is no eye movement. Researchers have also observed babies in utero in a state of quiet alertness, which suggests they may be concentrating on something—listening to mom talking, perhaps,” states Laura Flynn McCarthy on What Babies Learn in the Womb.
So with all the input on if a unborn child dreams, the other way around…
Does a woman dream more when pregnant?
Pregnant woman should and are known to rest and sleep much more often, as it’s studied that the longer we sleep, the deeper and longer our dreams will be. Our dreams are evolving as our body evolves, working together. Most pregnant women have significant, bizarre and more vivid dreams when they’re pregnant. Sometimes experiencing in a dream the birthing of her child, the gender, giving birth to inanimate objects or even meeting their child before it has been physically born. This connection is one of symbiotic harmony, growth and surrender for both mother and child. It’s also been observed that the hormone fluctuation of a pregnant woman can increase stress levels of odd dreams. Perhaps there is a strong correlation here within children who have not gone through puberty yet, have much more intense dreams due to balanced hormones and purity.
Now we may know that children dream from an early age, and that children have a fairly brilliant understanding of dreams, as to adults. So, whether it’s your own dreams, your pregnant self’s dreams, or your child’s dreams, listen and reflect with them! You don’t even have to interpret them; you can initiate the acknowledgement and dream remembrance to take place, so that the understanding may develop naturally, and that the meaning or signs of the dreams can guide us clearly into a better understanding of ourselves, what we create, and why we create it. Further reasoning on why you should listen to your child’s dreams is to create a social bond and better understanding of their brain, nature and personality. Benefiting both mother/father and child, your children need someone to take them seriously, periodically, in their imaginative and curious life. One way to connect and bond with your child in an imaginative way that also benefits psychological growth is to do dream work.
Ways to do dream work with your child:
Play Dream Theatre, assign roles to stuffed animals, be the dragon character, in the fairy lands with the rainbow snakes that guard the Dream Castle and Land.
Have your child reenact their dream, bring up scary emotions and be there to comfort them, and reassure their protection and safety. Encourage them to come up with a different ending to a nightmare, one that turned out to be happy or funny. Being there for, and to listen and play with your child as they reenact out their dreams, is literally bringing their dreams to reality, in a loving and nurturing way.
Another way to be active with your child and their dreams is to get a Dream Doodle journal for them, and also one for yourself, have your child draw doodles of what they dreamt of the night before, and keep this book for a better understanding and vision for both you and your child’s dream experience. They can even look back at it when they grow up, perhaps even to correlate their childhood dreams with their adult dreams and laugh to find out, that the Dream Land was just another door into their life that they have opened when they were younger.
Asking them and encouraging them to remember and share their dreams could also enhance memory skills, as well as a better understanding of their pure divinity in creativity.
Written by: Christina Teller
Images of baby sleeping: Credit to Queenie Liao
Cover Image: Credit to Freepik
Dedicated to: Dream Council
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Alchemist, Dreamweaver, Writer and Mentor
Dan has studied and learned from a wide array of esoteric traditions such as Buddhism, Shamanism, Hermetics, and more. His passion is transforming the Great Dream on Earth from one of conflict, suffering, and separation to one of love, joy, and unity. To that end he works with individuals, helping them to heal trauma, connect with their vision, and empower themselves so they may create the life of their dreams. He currently lives in Encinitas California where you may find him hiking, dancing, surfing, meditating, or practicing yoga.