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BY Heather Warlick Published: January 4, 2009
What did you dream about last night? Did your teeth fall out or did you fly? Maybe you died or someone you know did. Or maybe you were back in high school and realized suddenly that you were naked. These are among the most common dreams people report, said Ivy Norris, field director for the Oklahoma Schools of Metaphysics, and they all mean something.

Many dream researchers, Norris included, think that understanding your dreams can lead to significant improvements in your waking life.

"If people know what the symbols represent, then they know what part of themselves that they’re running from or that they need to face or need to embrace,” Norris said. For example, dreams of death represent changes in your daily life, as do babies in dreams. Cars in dreams represent the physical body and can indicate health problems. And animals represent habitual behaviors that can be detrimental and need changing.

People in dreams represent aspects of the dreamer. People of the opposite sex represent subconscious aspects of the dreamer while people of the same sex represent aspects of your conscious mind with which you’re more familiar.

Dreams are a universal connection, Norris said, because almost everyone dreams and a "symbolic universal language of mind” applies to anyone at anytime. Many dreams have very specific interpretations. Here are some of the most common dreams and their interpretations or symbolism.

→Dreams of flying. Dreams of flying represent feelings of freedom that may result from an instance when you overcame a limitation or obstacle. Usually, children have more flying dreams than adults, Norris said, because children are more open to their possibilities, and adults have often accepted limitations imposed by society.

→Teeth falling out. Food in a dream is symbolic of knowledge because food nourishes the physical body and knowledge nourishes the soul. Teeth are a means to break down food or knowledge.

Your turn
Send us your dreams
Experts from the Schools of Metaphysics in Oklahoma City and Tulsa want to interpret your dreams. In our new column, "Ask the Sandman,” your dreams will be analyzed and printed in the Life section every Tuesday. To have one of your dreams interpreted, send it along with your age, gender and initials to or mail it to Dreams, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125.

For more information about classes at the Oklahoma Schools of Metaphysics, call 228-0506 in Oklahoma City or (918) 582-8836 in Tulsa.

Another view
Not all dream researchers believe in the strong symbolism of dreams. Some take a more pragmatic approach to dream research. Learn about the research of G. William Domhoff, a University of California at Santa Cruz professor who has studied dreams since the 1960s.

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