Can our dreams be our unconscious mind warning us?

By Sandrea

We all dream and when we do there are some of us who have the ability to decipher the dream and use it as a blue-print to make decisions that govern our lives.  The great majority of human beings can accurately diagnose when they have a genuine dream from a nightmare.

When we dream it takes us to places that we sometimes never been in life, we seem to interact with individuals that we have never done so physically.  For example I dream that I was visiting Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at their home and I was their nanny.  Well I know when I awoke I knew that this is an impossibility and yet my dreams had taken me to that place.  I begin to wonder what my dreams were trying to convey to me.

Before I immigrated to the UK I never saw a picture of Kew Gardens yet I dreamt that I was at Kew Gardens and when I actually visit Kew Gardens everything was exactly as I dreamt, so how could that be.  I had no television to watch back then that would make me believe that unconsciously I may have seen a picture of Kew Gardens and stored it into my memory and therefore the dream came from that place.

Over the years I have bought countless ‘dream dictionary’ and they seem to be giving the same explanation for objects, people, and areas that you dream about.  But how do these authors of dream books come up with these explanations.

For example, according to the dream that I have about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the interpretation there is that these people are famous and if your dreams feature famous people then I should keep trying “because I get help from some unexpected sources”.  If you dream that you detest someone, then there is going to be ‘petty family quarrel’. Also, if your dream feature ‘dice’, for a woman to have this dream indicate that she is ‘contemplating a romantic affair which she suspects might be foolish’.

The author of dream explanation books do they spend time to individual worked out the dreams or is it just supposition? I would be interested to know.  What I do know however that is my dreams seems to mimic real life and sometimes they are so real that it scare me a just a little bit.

According to some dream books from time immemorial dreams have been regarded with interest transcending mere superstition. As far as they are concerned dreams are ‘states of unconsciousness occurring during sleep’.  Apparently, dreams have a coalition to our past our present and our future and therefore in that context individuals that study dreams believe that it is very important to our everyday life.

Professor Dunne, author of ‘An experiment with time’ “proposes the theory all the time is now, has been, or will be is like a river, and that you can navigate this river, forward, backward, and presumably sideways, in the vessel of your dreams”.

F W Hildebrant wrote in 1875, “Dreams help us to inspect those hidden depths of our existence which are mostly beyond our reach during our waking hours.  Dreams bring us such refined insight into self knowledge and such revelation of half conscious dispositions and powers that on waking up, we may well admire the sharp-eyed demon that helped us find the hidden plot.  A dream can warn us from within with the voice of a watchman stationed at the central observatory of our spiritual life. And our dreams can warn us of the dangerous steps we have already taken”.

Apparently, “every human emotion and experience can be reflected in dreams.  Consider for a moment the infinite possibilities.  A dream may be happy, or sad; joyful or tragic; frightening or reassuring; full of love or bristling with hostilities; it may be religious or sacrilegious, inspiring, depressing or amusing – in a nutshell our dreams are very important.

What I have gathered from reading these books is that if we do know how to use our dreams effectively then our dreams can be useful guidelines in the decisions that we make that governs our daily lives.  We should not dismiss our dreams so easily, but study what they are trying to convey to us and maybe our lives can be a little more easy to tolerate and the everyday burden that we constantly have to carry can be borne with some degree of ease.

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