SCIENTIFIC & SPIRITUAL REASONS FOR DREAMS – FULL ANALYSIS!
A woman follower of this site asked like this:
“Ji. may be you will get laugh by reading my doubt, but from so many days this doubt is in my mind. I thought you will be the correct person to ask. My question is what is the secret behind our dreams? Sometimes we will get good dreams and sometimes bad, some people will tell that our dreams are our subconscious memory, how much truth is there in this statement. pls clarify and sry may be it is silly question.
There are no single or two reasons for dreams. This Post gives a complete analysis of SCIENTIFIC & SPIRITUAL REASONS FOR DREAMS!
(1) The scientific study of the dreams is called ONEIROLOGY.
(2) DO ANIMALS & BIRDS DREAM?
All mammals dream, but in the case of other animals, such as birds or reptiles, is not confirmed whether they dream or not.
(3) Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep—when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. During a full eight-hour night sleep, most dreams occur in the typical two hours of REM.
(4) At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep. However, these dreams tend to be much less vivid or memorable.
(5) DURATION OF DREAMS:
Dreams can last for a few seconds, or even upto 20 minutes.
(6) People can remember the dream only if they are awakened during the REM phase.
(7) HOW MANY DREAMS A DAY POSSIBLE FOR A PERSON?
The average person has three to five dreams per night, but some may have up to seven dreams in one night. The dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses.
(8) Dreams are said to have a connection to the unconscious mind. Dreams can have varying natures, such as frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic, adventurous, or sexual.
(9) The events in dreams are generally outside the control of the dreamer, with the exception of lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is self-aware. Dreams can at times make a creative thought occur to the person or give a sense of inspiration.
(10) ARE THERE ANY RECORDS ABOUT DREAMS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD?
There are evidences of materials dating back approximately 5,000 years, ie, in 3100 B.C, by Sumerians in in Mesopotamia, where they were documented their dreams on clay tablets.
SPIRITUAL & MYTHOLOGICAL REASONS FOR DREAMS
There are also some spiritual beliefs and reasons for dreams for many thousands of years. They are:
(11) DREAMS ARE MESSAGES FROM DECEASED PERSONS:
In the Greek and Roman periods, the people believed that dreams were direct messages from one and/or multiple deities, from deceased persons, and that they predicted the future. Some cultures practiced dream incubation with the intention of cultivating dreams that are of prophecy.
(12) THE SOUL MOVES OUT AND EXPEERIENCE THE DREAM:
The Mesopotamians believed that the soul, or some part of it, moves out from the body of the sleeping person and actually visits the places and persons the dreamer sees in their sleep. Sometimes the god of dreams is said to carry the dreamer.
(13) DREAMS ARE SENT BY GODS AND DEMONS:
Babylonians and Assyrians divided dreams into “good,” which were sent by the gods, and “bad,” sent by demons – They also believed that their dreams were omens and prophecies.
(14) DREAMS ARE MESSAGES FROM GODS CALLED REVELATION:
In ancient Egypt, as far back as 2000 BC, the Egyptians wrote down their dreams on papyrus and they Egyptians believed that dreams were like oracles, bringing messages from the gods. They thought that the best way to receive divine revelation was through dreaming and thus they would induce (or “incubate”) dreams. Egyptians would go to sanctuaries and sleep on special “dream beds” in hope of receiving advice, comfort, or healing from the gods.
(15) Sigmund Freud, the developer of psychoanalysis explained dreams as manifestations of our deepest desires and anxieties, often relating to repressed childhood memories or obsessions.
REASONS FOR DREAMS AS PER INDIAN VEDIC SCRIPTURES!
(16) UPANISHADS ABOUT THE REASONS FOR DREAMS:
Upanishads, believed to be written (Rewritten from memory) between 900 and 500 BC, emphasize two meanings on dreams.
(i) The first says that dreams are merely expressions of inner desires.
(ii) The second is the belief of the soul leaving the body and being guided until awakened.
(17) DREAMS ARE MAYA’S ACT:
Because they are not real, but look like real! Similarly, Some philosophers say that what we think of as the “real world” is an illusion.
SCIENTIFIC THEORIES ABOUT DREAMS
(18) Modern scientists often conceives of dreams, like Freud, as expressions of the dreamer’s deepest fears and desires.
(19) SIGMUND FREUD’s THEORY ABOUT DREAMS:
dreams is driven by unconscious wish fulfillment AND the “royal road to the unconscious.” The content of dreams reflects the dreamer’s unconscious mind. Dreams have both manifest and latent content. Latent content relates to deep unconscious wishes or fantasies. Manifest content is superficial and meaningless. Manifest content often masks or obscures latent content.
(20) JUNG’s THEORY OF DREAMS:
Freud’s theory was rejected by Carl Jung. His views: Dreams are the messages/ warnings to the dreamer and the dreamers should pay attention to the dreams and know what the dreams instructs him for their own good. Dreams can help to resolve emotional or religious problems and fears in the life of dreamer. The dream can even warn the dreamer that he is neglecting an important issue shown in dreams.
The memories formed throughout the day also play a role in dreaming. These memories leave impressions for the unconscious to deal with when the ego is at rest. The unconscious mind re-enacts these glimpses of the past in the form of a dream. Jung called this a day residue.
(21) FRIDZ PERLS’s THEORY OF DREAMS:
Dreams are part of the holistic nature of Gestalt therapy AND they are the projections of parts of the self that have been ignored, rejected, or suppressed. Even inanimate objects in the dream may represent aspects of the dreamer.
(22) WHAT PEOPLE DREAM?
In 1966 Hall and Van De Castle published The Content Analysis of Dreams, that confirmed that people all over the world dream of mostly the same things.
(23) WHY BAD DREAMS?
The above analysis shows that Bad dreams occur no more than 10% of the time and are more prevalent in young to mid-teens. Another study showed that 8% of men’s and women’s dreams have s…..x content. In some cases, s….x dreams may result in wetting.
(24) EMOTIONS IN DREAMS:
Like the above emissions, People some times cry or shed tears in dreams. Some even screem and fall from bed. Some even walk in dream believing it is true.
(25) DAY DREAMS:
There are many different types of daydreams, and there is no consistent definition amongst psychologists. While daydreaming has long been derided as a lazy, non-productive pastime, it is now commonly acknowledged that daydreaming can be constructive in some contexts.
MODERN NEUROLOGY ABOUT DREAMS
(26) A person spends a total of about six years in dreaming. (which is about two hours each night). It is unknown where in the brain dreams originate.
(27) During REM sleep, the release of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin and histamine is completely suppressed. During most dreams, the person dreaming is not aware that they are dreaming. The reason for this is the prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain responsible for logic and planning, exhibits decreased activity during dreams.
(28) Dream can be remembered only when we are awakened before the end of the first REM period. This rate of retrieval increases to about 99% when awakenings are made from the last REM period of the night.
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