Did you ever wonder about our dreams? Why do we dream? What do they mean? Are the really representations of unconscious desires?
Dreams are so fascinating to think about. While I lie there on the pillow doing my best to fall asleep, I often wonder what I will dream about. One night I might be on an alien planet fighting a dragon. One night I might be on the best date of my life with the girl of my dreams (you see what I did there). One night I might just be living a normal day of my life interacting with people who are but a memory from my past. One night, I might not remember my dream and the next night I may not even dream at all.
What are these images that pop into our head while we sleep and what do they mean? Freud would tell us that our dreams represent the wants that we keep hidden in our unconscious mind. If you dream of falling out of a tree, it could represent your fear of failing at a project you are currently undertaking. However if our dreams are a way for our minds to reveal the secrets that we keep from ourselves to us, why do our minds disguise it? Why don’t our minds just paint a clear picture for us so that we know exactly what our dreams mean?
Where do these dreams come from and why do they happen? In the middle of our sleep a movie starts to play in our head where we are usually the starring role. Out of seemingly nowhere images just fly around our head of things we think we may or may not we have seen before. Maybe our mind is just processing information like a computer and we are lucky enough to see it; but maybe it is something far beyond our understanding that causes us to dream. Consider the fact that we can be put in situations in our dreams that are far greater or worse than anything we could come up with by just using our imagination. Isn’t that amazing?
How come we cannot remember some of our dreams? Isn’t that the worst when you remember having a really good dream but you cannot remember the details? Even worse is when you are in the middle of a wonderful dream and you wake up. We have all tried to fall back asleep to continue living in our dream world but it just doesn’t work. How come we cannot get back into our dream or can some people fall back into their dream world? They say some people can control their dreams. If that is true then wouldn’t it just be like living another life; a life where you could see how different situations work out and do something new if you fail. Wouldn’t that be awesome, a way to test out your plans in a real life situation without the real life consequences?
That brings me to another question: why do dream feel so real sometime? I know there has been multiple times where I have woken up from a dream and was confused that I was in my dorm room instead of the forest where my dream was taking place. What if they are feel so real because they are real. What if when we dream we enter another dimension where we actually do experience what we dreamt? If this where the case then the life we think we are living could just be the dream of our other dimensional selves.
That makes me wonder, what if life were just a series of dreams? We live our life only to find ourselves waking up at the end of it and finding out that it was all a dream. There is so many different things to think about when thinking about dreams, I feel like I could go on forever with questions like these. I guess that is what happens when you are forced to sit in a class talking about the banking system you could not care less about; your mind just wanders or wonders. Did you ever wonder about your dreams or come up with your own theory behind dreams?