Friday, July 23, 2010

Drowning in Dreams: Breathless in a Sea of Anxiety

Drowning in Dreams represent a huge emotional anxiety prevailing over your life.

Water is a powerful element of nature. As humans, we are made up of water. Water represents Emotions. Water is life. The most basic element for survival and existence.

So how do you analyze a dream about Water? Take note of the circumstances of your dream and how it presents water. Is the water in a glass? Or are you drowning in the sea somewhere? Are you surrounded by tidal waves? Or are you in your mother's womb floating and serene?

All of these have elements of water. But the most important thing to take note is your emotional state.

Drowning Dreams are common. It arises from a deep fear of being consumed, swallowed by something whole. Being sucked out of air. These drowning dreams stem from real life anxieties, stresses so overwhelming you believe its gonna take you under. It simply reflects your real life situation that you have lost control.

Drowning in a Pool
A pool is a controlled space. The amount of water is measured. There are no waves here, no external forces of nature, no tide or undertow. Just enough feet of water to drown you. Most likely, this dream is about a relationship that is slowly pulling you down, suffocating you. So get out before something bad happens or try to stay afloat.

Drowning in the Ocean
You vs. the Ocean. Now that's huge. Now this is most likely an existentialist dream of how you perceive yourself against the world you live in right now. Perhaps you are undermining your potential and you feel overwhelm by so many challenges. It is common to have a dream like this when you just moved into a big city.

Drowning is not only limited to water. You may find yourself dreaming submerge in other liquids:

Drowning in Chocolate
Drowning in your most favorite dessert is a dream of abundance. It is a dream rooted in self-reward and if you were to follow Sigmund Freud, Dreams of Food all point to a craving, or satisfying a need. And like all things Freudian, this would lead to things of sexual nature. Drowning in Chocolate could either mean you are enjoying a period of abundance or you are so sexually deprived.

Drowning in Blood
Is it your blood or someone else's? Blood represents passion. So are you so overwhelmed with passion and desire as of late? But if take this too literally, you are repressing something so violent from your childhood.

Drowning in your own Excrement means you are drowning in your own mistakes.

Drowning in Semen
You are being a repressed or oppress by a powerful masculine figure in your life. The dream may not necessary be sexual in nature. Dreams don't necessary represent the obvious. Drowning in Semen may also mean your refusal to accept things, your refusal to swallow or accept the truth about the man you love. As you find yourself drowning in semen, you are suddenly helpless breathing in this fluid- you may find the man your life very emotionally needy.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

When Dreams Can Kill: Brugada Syndrome

Brugada syndrome is a major caused of Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome (SUDs). All medical jargon aside, simply put, you have a heart attack during your sleep and go into cardiac arrest. Most victims are apparently healthy-looking individuals, so their sudden deaths are hard to accept by relatives. Most are found hours later on their bed, undisturbed. Some frozen in a gasping position, mouths and eyes wide open.

Some recorded facts about this strange phenomenon:
  • Most of the victims are Male.
  • It is hereditary or a genetic disorder.
  • Common in South East Asian groups (Filipinos, Thais, Hmong people)
  • Post-mortem studies show that people who suffered from this sudden nocturnal death have acute pancreatitis.
A study on Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome was even funded by a Maritime group since the incidence of sudden death during sleep among seafarers onboard their ships were rising in numbers over the years. And most who end up dying were the Asian men.

In the Philippines, it is called Bangungot (distressed moaning in sleep). Filipinos believe that certain demons or spirits were haunting you in your sleep. An evil spirit would rest on the sleeping person's chest, making their breathing labored and heavy until they eventually died in their sleep.

In 2002, a popular Filipino actor Rico Yan died during his sleep (sorta like Heath Ledger), the incident was controversial. Fans would attribute the death due to Bangungot while some were quick to point out suicide or an accidental drug overdose.

Another belief is that the person had gone through the worst and most God awful nightmare of his life which resulted in sudden death. Something more terrifying than Freddie Krueger on Nightmare on Elm Street.

In Laos, they called this Dab tsog, in Thailand, Laitai and in Japan Pokkuri.