Dreams are an integral part of every animate being. All people dreaming, although most do not remember them.
Our dreams are not black and white. The congenitally blind people also dreaming, but based on their five senses; even animals dreaming. Various approaches and many interpretations have been given as to the role dreams play on the mentality of people mainly.
A psychological interpretation as expressed by the pioneers of the science of psychology, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, dreams involve aspects of the character, statements, desires, faces and frustrations, that we suppress in our everyday life from the current social conventions and ethical barriers. They state that dreams serve as a psychological self-therapy for the brain.
Another interpretation as given by relevant researchers like Eugene Aserinsky (discovered REM sleep), Allan Hobson, Mark Solms, Jie Zhang and Robert Mc Carley, is that all have to do with signals that different parts of the brain give to others – either accidentally or during any process the brain is doing, such as encoding or storage of information in memory. They liken dreams with “short films” noting that during sleep the brain either processes information better or understands the physical immobility and converts these signals into virtual motion.
What About Dreams Expressed as ‘Prophetic’?
People see a lot of dreams, but most of them don’t remember them. But many of those who have improved dream recalling ability are expressing them as prophetic.
Scientists mostly not share this version, as based on the method of EEG trying to put dreams in their true dimensions. So by categorizing brain activity, argue that sleep can be divided into five stages, and during the night sleep human lasts two to three cycles of these stages.
- The first is the stage of light sleep, where anything can awaken us
- In the second stage the body has a slight drop in temperature
- The third stage is the beginning of deep sleep which reaches the peak of the fourth stage. Finally, in the fifth and last stage is the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) in which we actually dreaming
Based on their scientific technique, they give rational approach to the “prophetic” dreams considering metaphysical issues as subjective opinion of each one. The rational approach is that the brain during sleep arranging the information received, finds motifs and a sequence.
Adding that the power of prediction in the scientific field has been achieved through the inductive method i.e. through large numbers of analysis and observation of information which the brain includes, patterns can emerge and lead us into theories capable of accurate prediction of the next event.
Also, a second approach is the subject of probabilities; as the dreams we see are too many, they consider that probably incur the symptoms of verification.
Dreams as a Metaphysical Issue
It’s also worth mentioning that dreams also have a philosophical dimension. Since ancient times, philosophers questioned the senses as the absolute source of knowledge about the world. Philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle and later René Descartes showed particular interest in the question “if our life is ultimately a dream.”
In prophetic dreams the term metaphysical is contained, which according to Aristotle’s work on “first philosophy” has to do with what are beyond the physical limits. His work shows the investigation of the universality of “being” in contrast to the sciences that examine aspects of the parts of the being.
In modern times, the parapsychologists approaching this issue in another dimension, as they claim that dreams serve as a pathway for the entry of people into another universe. They believe that brainwaves represent states of consciousness and point out that sleep is an altered state of consciousness.
They argue that the seemingly prophetic dreams are too many to reasonably attribute them all in coincidence. However, many people express their opposition to so-called prophetic dreams. They consider as most accurate and rational the scientific approach, quieting fears that probably born about these unknown aspects of their own existence.
But we can’t pass over the prophetic dream experiences of people around the world that are quite many, who once publicly describe their personal experiences and sometimes conceal the fear of non-acceptance and the questioning of their logic.
Finally, as Ann Faraday mentioned
The surest guide to the meaning of a dream is the feeling and judgment of the dreamer himself, who ‘deep down inside knows its meaning’.