The question in the headline isn’t easy to answer. There are a lot of different opinions and only a few points of consensus.
Here’s one definition:
Dreams are a phenomena that happens primarily when sleeping, whether remembered or not. They’re a type of communication between the subconscious mind and the conscious. This communication can take the form of an image, an emotion, a story or an input from one of the five senses.
Unless the dreamer makes a special effort to remember his or her dreams, these communications are often forgotten once the sleeper comes out of the hypnagogic state, the technical term for the boundary experienced between sleep and wakefulness. A significant number of people believe they never or seldom dream, however studies of sleep studies show this is not the case.
The far majority of people don’t use any system or process to help them remember their dreams. EEG (electroencephalogram) readings show that dreams can and occur during any stage of sleep.
The experience of the dream can range from bizarre to mundane, from pleasant to terrifying.
Frequent characteristics of the dreams can vary from one person to another and within the same person over a period of time. Dreams can be and are as effervescent as trends themselves! One person might usually dream in black and white. Another person’s dreams might incorporate a lot of songs. Then, these distinctions can stop, and the sleeper’s dreams can adopt different characteristics. An untold number of inputs influence the process.
And so what? Who cares about dreams? Who should?
The word dream itself can mean different things, but not all of those meanings particularly matter when you’re talking about the dream you have when you sleep.
Often, people are only aware of a glimpse of these communications, if that.
And, they say, “Who cares!” Some very learned people, even psychologists and psychiatrist, believe these dreams don’t matter.
They’re inconsequential, they say.
After all, when people dream, they seem to be mentally rehashing something that happened during the day.
Knowing that it is useless information. Plenty of successful people, competent people don’t have any clue of what they dream about at night.
Following that line of thinking, extra work is to be avoided. It’s better to do things that will give you some payback, even if it’s merely enjoyment.
That lack of curiosity is astounding.
When you have a dream about what happened to you during the day, why is it that you dream about that when you could dream about anything else?
It may be that you’re building memories by rehashing those moments, but you don’t have to dream about every moment of the day in order to remember it.
Why not simply project something blank like the insides of your eyelids?
There are so many possible questions.
The key to understanding yourself (and understanding anything) is to start asking Why?!? .
Why this dream now?
With a bit of practice, you can see the relationship between the subject and symbols of your dream and your current and life from years ago.
These are personal symbols. A psychologist, counselor, or psychiatrist wouldn’t know the dreamer well enough to understand the meanings and symbols. They never could.
Dreaming and the understanding of dreams is one of the most personal processes there is.
If you’re going to understand yourself, your times, your world, you’ve got to ask why and you’ve got to start remembering and journaling your dreams.
Why should you care about understanding yourself?
Because you matter. You are important. Understanding yourself = self-knowledge.
Your conscious mind is only part of your mind. There’s the subconscious, and dream analysis and interpretation offer a pathway toward doing that.
In fact, there’s no other real way to understand how life is impacting this obverse part of you.
Even more ideas about why dreams matter
The sewing machine was invented in a dream.
The storyline for the Terminator movie franchise came from a dream.
The song “Killing Moon” by Echo and the Bunnymen was heard first in a dream.
These weren’t the only inventions, movies, and songs that sprung from dreams. Those are just a few examples. There’s been a lot more. Some of the ideas that have come from dreams have been world-changing.
If you develop the skills to remember your dreams by using the Dream Recovery System, is it likely you will write a hit movie, come up with a world-changing invention or write great music?
Not to be pessimistic, you never can tell after all, but probably not. The odds are heavily against it. Given the number of people alive in the world at any given time, not all of us can do something so utterly extraordinary.
It’s safe to say, however, that if you don’t learn to remember your dreams you might have a great idea that could slip by.
A better, more compelling reason to learn to remember and interpret your dreams would be a more common benefit.
You’ll have dreams every day. Even people like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison or Mary Shelley didn’t have world-changing ideas every day in their dreams.
The big reason dreams matter
We all engage in a certain amount of self-talk.
Self-talk is your interior monologue.
It can be damaging.
I’m such an idiot!
I’ll never learn!
You don’t deserve anything good!
It can also be positive.
I can do this!
I’m happy that I took the risk.
You deserve to be here.
The things we tell ourselves have more influence on us than anything anyone else might say.
One reason is because of the sheer volume of self-talk one engages in.
Let that voice be a positive one! Let it be charitable and fair to you!
There’s no better way of becoming aware of the tone and content of your self talk than dream recovery and analysis.
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