Everyone dreams. In fact, we usually dream four to six cycles per night. That's an average of 100,000 dreams per person, per lifetime. DreamsCloud, a Miami based company, is making it its mission to collect these dreams and connect dreamers around the world in the process.
DreamsCloud is a social platform where the dreamers of the planet can have a safe place to share their dreams -- save them, log them and discover what they mean.
This free social platform encourages users to log their dreams. Once a dream is logged, any user can comment on it and start a conversation about it. Professional dream interpreters, or "Dream Reflectors," are also part of the community.
Understanding your dreams might give you insight into your subconscious mind.
A dream reflection with our dream reflectors allows you to see their perspective on analyzing a dream. They will never tell you what you're dream means. You're the only person who can say that.
DreamsCloud Founder Jean-Marc Emden feels it's important to log your dreams and get others' perspectives on it. "It's like a gut feeling. It's here for a reason. Nature is not improvising."
Dream reflectors offer their professional insight into what may be going on in a user's dream.
I took numerous classes, read lots of books and over time I developed my ability to help people process their dreams.
How does one become a certified dream reflector? There is no nationally recognized standard, so the company provides "interpretation courses" that offer a mix of psychological and spiritual dream theory. The services are free, so the issue of whether users trust the readings from professionals in this field rarely comes up.
A lot of times dreams are showing us things we don't already know. You will be getting messages from the subconscious mind and there's a lot in there we don't understand about ourselves.
Professional Dream Reflector Maria Cernuto stresses the importance of dream journals and logging your dreams. She feels that, over time, dreamers will be able to look back and see their emotional growth and start to recognize patterns.
Many studies have confirmed that the average person experiences three to five dreams per night.
The DreamsCloud team is currently working on an app, scheduled to be released in early 2017. The website, which has both Spanish and English options, will eventually include many of the world's most popular languages. They hope this will allow all of the world's dreamers to be able to seamlessly navigate and share their dreams with one another.
This is what excites Emden the most about DreamsCloud. "It's important for dreamers around the world to understand that the largest family in anthropology is the family of the dreamer," he said. "Everybody dreams."
That data set will allow us to work with science to find patterns that may be of influence for precision health.
Emden said DreamsCloud will reach 10 million dreamers within the next three years. His personal goal is for DreamsCloud to log half a billion dreams yearly within five years.
He plans on using all that data for sleep research.
In the fall of 2016 DreamsCloud inaugurated a research center called Circadia Labs. The Austin, Texas-based center is dedicated to exploring the untapped value of dreams. Its website says the lab is comprised of data scientists, computational linguists, social psychologists and anthropologists in constant pursuit of patterns in dream data. They hope to combine all the data gathered in DreamCloud and study the relationship between dreams and a variety of health and wellness outcomes, including PTSD, depression and a general interest in the role of emotions.
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