Do they have meaning/importance? I dream of my ex boyfriend quite frequently and randomly, I haven't even seen him since we broke up. So just wondering if dreams in general have any real importance or if I should look into them?
I think dreams definitely do have meaning and they are definitely worth paying attention to. I disagree that they are just simple, meaningless reflections of our days as many reductionist thinkers would suggest, and I disagree that dreams are psychic warnings that tell the future. For me, dreams are one of the most incredible gifts in the world and allow us an insight into our innermost selves; the things buried deep within us and untapped, primal wisdom. Dreams force us to confront what we are afraid and uncomfortable with, and they shove us to look at what we need and what we desire; they help us to untangle the things which we are confused about. They do not need to make sense as much as they need to make us feel things: dreams are sensory. Dreams are not linear, they do not provide us with straightforward answers, but rather everything in a dream relies on our own creative energy: our own symbolism, our own imagery, our own metaphors. Dreaming is similar to poetry as it is not meant to make sense necessarily to the logical mind which tries to compartmentalize, rationalize and simplify, but rather it can only be understand by the perceptive, creative, and intuitive mind which looks outside of the box and relies on feeling and sensation.
For example; when I was younger I used to have recurring dreams of being chased, terrified, by people who wanted to capture me. I would do EVERYTHING to get away from them. However, when I was caught it was like I was flooded with relief and comfort. Then, I would try everything to escape again. After analyzing this dream for a while I realized that my dream was trying to untangle the confusion I felt whilst awake: the conflict between my desire to assert myself and be independent and the comfort that came with being submissive and having others take care of me and my decisions.
Understanding dreams can be enormously beneficial to emotional growth and resolving personal issues; dreams are great tools for self discovery and self development. However, do not believe people unflinchingly when they tell you that something in your dreams symbolizes something. They might say that dreaming of a foal means newness or something - people can only ever SUGGEST what symbols mean: they do not know you nearly as well as you can know yourself. For example, someone might think puppet shows symbolize a happy childhood, where as others may think puppets are creepy as ****! Everyone has different emotional responses to things, everyone has different experiences and different people will have different connotations for everything they approach. So when you're confused about what your dream means, ask yourself how you feel about it, ask yourself what comes to mind when you dream of a wolf, try to pick out symbols and themes and connect the dots for yourself - dreams can be understood only through self-examination, others can only guide you to your meaning, not pull it out for you.
As for why you may be dreaming about your ex-boyfriend; how do you feel about him? Do you miss him? Do you despise him? Are you friends with him? How is he behaving in your dream? How do you feel about him in your dream compared with real life? Do you feel insecure about him? Do you want to know if he's okay? Why do you think you are seeing him in this way? If you have not seen him in a while, what do you think has triggered him in your dream?
And remember, just because someone says 'but science said', or 'but the bible said', or 'the law said' doesn't necessarily mean they have the right of it. Everyone has different ways of thinking. Trust your intuition; all the answers you need are inside you. I recommend writing dreams down in a dream journal or talking about it with a friend - your dreams will become more vivid the more attention you pay to them.
You have certain dreams because you feel a certain way. It has been scientifically proven that for example if you dream about losing teeth you can be insecure and stuff. Dreaming helps you process things. So when you're dreaming about your ex it doesn't 'mean anything' like telling the future or something, but it does tell you that you're conciously or subconciously (I spelled that wrong) thinking about him a lot.
Dreams are very important. They show you what is happening in your life so you can make new decisions. It would appear that your past relationship is preventing you from moving on and finding the happiness you deserve in this lifetime. You need to make a choice and give yourself permission to move on and leave the past in the past. Once you do, the dreams will go away and you will find that you feel lighter and happier.
Speaking in spiritual terms, dreams have no meaning. But I'll tell you what it does mean, it means you're subconsciously thinking about him throughout the day. Either because you regret, or you're angry, or sad, or whatever other emotion you may feel. It will stop after a while.
Yes of course. Every dream has a meaning associated with it. Though, its not sure that whether it will be relevant to your situation or not, but every dream surely says something.
"Watch Your Dreams" by Ann Ree Colton helps untangle the complexities.
One's waking subconscious becomes one's dreaming conscious, so whatever ego games one is subconsciously playing, play out in the dream world.
Often, such motives are disguised per the nature of the waking subconscious/dreaming conscious. That is when dream interpretation is especially helpful.
dreams can not tell the future or predict events, they are just a reflection of what is on your mind, if you find out what thing are represented in your dreams then you are half way to understanding them.
in my dreams I know that school represents authority to me, if I am at work and I am in trouble I always seem to be at school but with the people from work
No, dreams don't "mean" anything and dream interpretation is nonsense. Neuroscientists, researching dreams, know that dreaming is how our brains handle the events of the day...Editing out unimportant things and assigning others to long term storage.
So...If you think about your "ex" frequently, it's only natural that this person would feature in your dreams.
They do. Sometimes they relay messages you tend to overlook in real life.