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Old 07-06-2008, 06:05 PM
 
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For centuries people have talked about their dreams and quite often have interpreted a dream in a religious sense. I often have very intense and vivid dreams, sometimes they're the worst kind of nightmare you can imagine and sometimes I see beautiful images and hear music that is being created right out of my subconcious mind. Maybe it's because I'm a musician and I'm always thinking about music but I would give anything to be able to record music that happens spontaneously in countless dreams that I've had. The question I really have about dreams is what purpose do they serve and for those who are religious do you believe that a dream could possibly be some kind of a connection to something spiritual? Of course I'm not religious and don't believe that a dream is anything other than a function of the brain but a dream must still serve some purpose or we wouldn't have them. Religious literature from various sources often describe a dream as a kind of vision or revelation of something that is coming from God or from a spiritual realm while nonreligious sources will talk about various psychological factors that may be taking place in our subconcious and appear in the form of a dream. Do you think that dreams have any real meaning or purpose?
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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I would like to know myself if dreams do really mean anything. I had something a few months ago which didn't seem like a dream. I felt like I was awake, but I figured it had to be a dream. I was laying there in bed and I saw a person in a pure white robe and I felt inside like it was Jesus and I said if I could just touch your robe and I touched it and I knew it was him. Is this my imagination?
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:00 PM
 
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I think dreams are a part of our sub conscious.. I think some may be meaningless being the result of going to sleep with a lot of different thoughts running through our minds... and some may actually help us solve a difficult situation we are dealing with..The wisdom coming from ourselves and the lessons we have learned and thought we had forgotten..I have had dreans of family events before they actually happened, which I can't explain why. Sometimes I have a creative dream about a poem or story and I will try to remember it, but it leaves soon after I wake up..I like the dreams I have where I can control what happens, sort of like I am the director
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:01 PM
 
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I can't dream, wish I could
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:11 PM
 
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I'm not a dream expert, but I have read that the images in dreams are mainly derived from whatever you've been thinking about, or fearing, wishing for, anythng that has occupied your waking thoughts. Your brain's job (one of them) is to find patterns and create narrative. So your own brain takes disjoint images and sort of makes up a storyline such that you wake up and feel as though you were experiencing a timeline rather than a bunch of separate thoughts/images.

I would think a sense of spirituality might be an emotion that could be activated in your brain during a dream, but I have doubts as to whether dream are a connection to anything really meaningful--except to realize that you've been anxious about something, or whatever.

Montanaguy, maybe you could use that trick of setting a clock to wake you, and you could immediately write down a melody that comes to you.
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:51 PM
 
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I dream too much.
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Old 07-06-2008, 07:59 PM
 
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I think dreams are a part of our sub conscious.. I think some may be meaningless being the result of going to sleep with a lot of different thoughts running through our minds... and some may actually help us solve a difficult situation we are dealing with..The wisdom coming from ourselves and the lessons we have learned and thought we had forgotten..I have had dreans of family events before they actually happened, which I can't explain why. Sometimes I have a creative dream about a poem or story and I will try to remember it, but it leaves soon after I wake up..I like the dreams I have where I can control what happens, sort of like I am the director
I believe one can control dreams to a certain extent..I know many times I fallen asleep baffled by a problem of one sort or another and the solution often comes in a dream. I used to keep a note pad on my night table for this reason. When you reach the stage of lucid dreaming, then you really are the director, Blue.
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:14 PM
 
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The question I really have about dreams is what purpose do they serve and do you believe that a dream could possibly be some kind of a connection to something spiritual?

My dear, sweet man:

Last night I dreamed that you proposed to me. (In Paris, or course!)

Care to analyze that one?

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Old 07-06-2008, 09:19 PM
 
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Most people do not realize that you do not remember your dreams when you aare fully asleep. If you have a dream that you recall, you were not into the REM cycle of sleep, but in the stages when you are begining to drift off to sleep, or just before awaking. We all have hundreds of nightly dreams, we just never recall 99% of them. Makes you wonder eh?

Also, most dreams, despite seemingly lasting for hours, only last for seconds. I think all dreams are, involve the random firing of neurons in the memory ranges of the brain. People like to place a spiritual connection to dreams, but I for one never bought into it.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:26 PM
 
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Most people do not realize that you do not remember your dreams when you aare fully asleep. If you have a dream that you recall, you were not into the REM cycle of sleep, but in the stages when you are begining to drift off to sleep, or just before awaking. We all have hundreds of nightly dreams, we just never recall 99% of them. Makes you wonder eh?

Also, most dreams, despite seemingly lasting for hours, only last for seconds. I think all dreams are, involve the random firing of neurons in the memory ranges of the brain. People like to place a spiritual connection to dreams, but I for one never bought into it.
REM/Long Wave Sleep, if you have none or have a sleep disorder and can't fall into a deep sleep you also won't have any dreams either.

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