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Interpreter analyzes student dreams

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Dream interpreter Damian Nordmann takes stories from the audience and offers suggestions about the personal causes of dreams at CAB’s “Hey! Why Am I Naked” event March 9. The event, in La Fetra Lecture Hall, focused on decoding the meanings of dreams./ photo by Cierra Boess
Dream interpreter Damian Nordmann takes stories from the audience and offers suggestions about the personal causes of dreams at CAB’s “Hey! Why Am I Naked” event March 9. The event, in La Fetra Lecture Hall, focused on decoding the meanings of dreams. / photo by Cierra Boess

Taylor Bolanos
Health Editor

Joshua Huang, senior business administration major, stood at the top of a skyscraper and jumped. He flew until crashing into the side of another building.

While this may have been only a dream for Huang, dream interpreter Damian Nordmann said dreams translate into reality. This dream might be a representation of Huang having freedom in his life that abruptly ended.

Experiencing freedom like Huang may be just as simple as having a dream according Nordmann during his presentation “Hey! Why Am I Naked: and All the Things You Ever Wondered about Dreams.”

During the Campus Activities Board event, Nordmann, a dream researcher of 20 years, shared common dream symbols, insight to lucid dreaming and more March 9 in La Fetra Auditorium.

Nordmann has gained expertise over the years by teaching and coaching others.

“One dream can have a lot of power to it,” Nordmann said. “It’s almost like having your own counselor. Sometimes just interpreting your dream can change everything.”

Remembering, recording and analyzing dreams may be the key building success. Nordmann said all dreams are about the dreamer, and everything that appears in dreams symbolize a dreamer’s feelings, memories and more. By acknowledging this, Nordmann said dreamers can improve their lives and future dreams.

Jared Lopez, sophomore biology major, sat in La Fetra, unprepared for a chemistry final. He looked down at his hand, triggering realization that it was just a dream. He snapped his fingers, and the teacher vanished. Lucid dreaming, being aware if a dream is occurring and then altering it, can occur with practice and by strengthening the memory of dreams, Nordmann said.

“I pretty much have lucid dreaming down to an art,” Lopez said.

Sophomore education major Anyssa Ramirez, CAB special events chairwoman, shared a dream in which she and her family were chased to their home by dinosaurs and were eaten. Nordmann said being chased may represent avoiding real issues.

While some might prefer to forget dreams like this, Nordmann suggested starting a dream journal and writing every detail in the morning. Building this habit will improve overall memory of dreams and possibly lead to lucid dreams and a better understanding of a dreamer’s life.

“This event is something I’ve had in mind since September,” Ramirez said. “My favorite part was hearing everyone else’s dreams.”

Taylor Bolanos can be reached at taylor.bolanos@laverne.edu.

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