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Dreams and Dreaming Through the Ages
Dreams—the ephemeral experiences that occur while we sleep. Sometimes they seem so real, other times they seem nothing more than a replay of those events that plagued us during the day. What makes these vignettes of our unconscious so fascinating?
We probably spend at least one-third of our lives sleeping, and according to researchers, at least a third of that time is spent dreaming. Yet, we still know so little about dreams. What are they? Where do they come from? Do they have meaning? Why do some people seem to dream and others not?
Dreams have intrigued and fascinated people for centuries, from before the time of the ancients up to today. Through the years, people have constantly sought answers to some of the mysteries surrounding dreams. Some of those seeking the answers to dreams have used the ‘common sense’ approach, others the ‘fantastic’ or ‘divine’ approach, and still others, the ‘psychoanalytical’ approach.
Today, many who believe in the fantastic approach to dreams, think that dreams are messages from the ethereal planes or contain some esoteric wisdom. Some even believe that the soul itself leaves during the night to seek knowledge and wisdom on the astral and other planes. Many researchers seem to combine the three approaches.
Most of them think of dreams as a means of communicating, not only with our inner selves, but also with our bodies and, perhaps, even with those in other realms. Researchers have found that dreams let us access information that, while awake, we keep hidden or are otherwise unable to see clearly. When faced with decisions or problems, dreams sometimes can even help us define the answer or solution. Professor Kekule stated that it was a dream of a spinning snake biting its own tail that gave him the clue to his ring theory. The ring theory is the basis of the constitution of benzene, which finally emerged as the benzene formula. A formula that revolutionized chemistry.
It is a well-known fact, that outside stimuli can, and does, affect dreams. But even when confronted with outside factors, the mind usually blends the stimulus into the dream without losing or corrupting the overall meaning or flavor of that dream. A sleeper can be dreaming of an overcast day, and incorporate the dripping faucet into the dream as a sprinkle of rain.
Through their imagery, dreams help keep us in touch with what is happening in our own bodies. If, for example, you dream of baking bread, you are warned of a possible illness. The recorded incidences of psychic dreams have filled volumes. So, it’s not surprising that modern researchers are more open to considering the possibility that telepathic or clairvoyant communication can occur during dreams. Some have even gone so far as to admit to the possibility that dreamers may somehow even be able to foretell future events.