What are dreams? And what kind of dreams do you have? For everyone, every night we close our eyes and start letting the mind take over, we have a series of fleeting thoughts that form a vision. These are our dreams. Most of the time, our dreams don't mean much to us.
Have you ever dreamed of walking around town in the middle of the day? The scene was bright and sunny, and people were walking beside you to get to wherever they needed to go. Everything is fine, then suddenly you feel a growl. People start screaming, the ground shakes, the cement splits and you find yourself running for your life. But there is nowhere to go. You feel the cement going up, and now you're 10 feet above the ground, 20 feet above the ground, 30 feet above the ground, you lose your balance and fall …
Then you wake up. “It was just a dream,” you gasp. Your body is still tense and you are rubbing your eyes as you look at the clock. It's only 5:30 am … You go back to sleep hoping … that you won't have the same dream.
We all have weird dreams like this without knowing why exactly caused this type of emotional experience. There are happy dreams that do us good. There are dreams that meet our needs and desires in reality. There are dreams that unlock our deepest secret thoughts that are never expressed in public. There are dreams that make us miserable or depressed. There are dreams that haunt us from the past.
Sometimes we want to stay in our dreams because we would rather enjoy the experience there than wake up and face the reality. Other times we try our best to limit the dream experience as we feel like it is a waste of time. Nonetheless, dreams can be an important factor in learning more about our hunches and helping us connect more with our mind, body, and spirit.
So how are dreams interpreted and who approached the question of their meaning? Dreams date back to generations ago, when humanity first drew scriptures on stones, symbolizing different events that foreshadow the past, present or future of one way or another. When developments and intrigues have occurred, humans have always wanted to know their meaning and how they affect not only their lives, but society in general.
Man has tried to seek these answers from shamans, doctors, religious consultants, fortune tellers, and experts in the occult realm. Some of these people told the man what he wanted to know. But as time progressed, the answers humans often seemed to get were about mysterious knowledge or secret or supernatural powers.
Many dream books have been written in the future about this experience we have while sleeping, but the language was often difficult to understand unless we were in depth with the occult and supernatural language. This was to say that most of these dream books didn't have a lot of solid evidence in them and the people who wrote them were using them more as a 'psychological medium' to help human beings who had issues with their very existence, hoping their dreams would review a better and richer future.
It wasn't until Sigmund Freud began to associate our dreams with sex symbols and sex meanings; that the sexual issues that people had in real life were often linked in our deepest dreams. Other psychologists like Carl Jung, have used Freud's sense to make more dream associations, including the non-sexual nature of dreams, real-life environmental pressures, individual characteristics or personality of people, and even the psychic elements of people.
Nowadays, dreams can be interpreted in different ways not only through a psychologist, but also by ordinary people who have extraordinary dreams such as dreams that predict the future or dreams that seem psychic.
So how many dreams do you remember when you were a child, or better yet, since you were born? What do they mean? How do they relate to our waking existence? How do we know there is an existence of reality around us when we lose consciousness during these very moments of sleep? What can dreams tell us about our past, present and future? And finally, what can dreams tell us about us? I hope to explore these elements with you and help you understand the different types of dreams that we have in our daily experiences in future blog posts.