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.

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Remember Your Dreams

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’.

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http://ebooks.edu.gr/modules/ebook/show.php/DSGL-B102/132/960,3471/

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How lucid dreams can enhance our psychological development.

About 20 percent of the general population has at least one spontaneous lucid dream each month and now through scientific study, there are various cognitive techniques that anyone can learn to apply, in order to have these lucid dreams deliberately.

So now today, there are thousands and thousands of lucid dreamers all over the world, who are practicing lucid dreaming to have these extraordinary experiences that are impossible or very unlikely according to our ordinary waking life.

The emerging science of lucid dreaming has now generated evidence to suggest that it can be used as a valuable tool for our social and psychological development. We can learn from lucid dreams, so when we wake up we can implement those learning experiences and improve our waking life circumstances.

While we are mostly unaware of our nightly dreams while we dream, Tim Post has trained countless individuals around the world to attain dream awareness in dreams. Remarkably, “lucid” dreamers can learn to consciously reshape their dreams while dreaming and give rise to profound dream experiences.

Tim gives an insight into the emerging science of lucid dreaming and unveils the potential power of using lucid dreams to enhance psychological development and overall well-being.

– TEDx

German and American scientists have discovered that stimulation of the brain with harmless electric current can help one control their dreams, that is not only be aware of the fact of being asleep, but also directing them at will. The new non-invasive technique could, among other things, help people who often see nightmares get rid of them.

Controlled, conscious or lucid dreams are part of the ritual traditions of various ancient civilizations and a subject of scientific research in recent years. These dreams are considered a hybrid or intermediate form of consciousness between sleep (with the usual non-lucid dreams) and wakefulness. Some even consider lucid dreaming to be a “gateway” for entry into some other reality fields.

Researchers, led by psychologist Ursula Voss of JW Goethe University of Frankfurt and Professor Allan Hobson of the School of Medicine at Harvard University conducted experiments with alternating electric current.

They found that if the brain is stimulated with alternating electrical current, it generates waves of specific frequency range of 40 Hz. The so-called gamma waves, the frequency of which shows how many times per second the neurons synchronize their electrical activity, are associated with the higher mental functions during wakefulness, such as decision making, which almost never take place in sleep.

The experiment was conducted with the participation of 27 volunteers, 15 women and 12 men aged 18-26 years, who slept in the sleep laboratory for four days. They agreed to undergo a low-intensity harmless transcranial electrical stimulation, which lasted half to two minutes. This allowed the participants, while they were in the stage of deep sleep called REM (Rapid Eye Movement), to produce gamma waves and be aware of the fact that they were sleeping, as they confirmed when scientists purposely woke them up after a few seconds to talk about what was happening in their sleep.

Master Lucid Dreaming - Subliminal Meditation

Master Lucid Dreaming

Over 70% of volunteers reported that they could affect at will the plot of their dream and felt observing themselves “from the outside” or “like on a screen”. Electric current with higher or lower frequencies did not cause any change in the brainwaves of the volunteers neither at bedtime, nor after the experiment. Apart from the frequency of 40 Hz, the frequency of 25 Hz appeared to have a less significant effect on lucid dreaming.

Voss does not believe that there will be an immediate market solution for ‘lucid dreaming’ devices and warns that such a device should be used only under medical supervision. However, as expected, if the findings are confirmed by the future studies, the technique could be used in psychiatry and help patients who suffer from post-traumatic disorder and often have scary nightmares in which they relive the earlier traumatic experiences.

“Learning how to control their dreams, these patients could reduce the emotional impact and deal with post-traumatic disorder,” said the German researcher. The study is published in the journal «Nature Neuroscience».

Original source: learning-mind.com

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