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Is There a Purpose for Dreams? Revised 2/10/12

Updated on February 10, 2012

Where do we go when we sleep?

Why do we dream
Why do we dream

What are dreams?

I recently watched a show on PBS about dreams, and because my perception was closely related I decided to write this artical. of course, I have added more thought to this concept.

We all know that we spend one third of our life sleeping which counts for eight hours in a day. So what goes on during those eight hours of sleep? I have a very interesting concept I'd like to share with you.

Dreams are simulators. In most cases dreams actually simulate what we are dealing with in real life. Our dreams create similar scenerios and plays them out while we sleep. For example; if a person is fighting an illness, a dream will simulate the illness in this way; a rabid cat having a grip on you and won't let go. Dreams not only stimulate, they simulate a story (a fiction) around the dream.

The mind must remain active even while we sleep which means, the mind is active 24/7 to generate/maintain life as each one of us individually percieves it. While we sleep the mind creates, invents, re-inacts, over-reacts, enhances, completes events of our life,. It creates similarities by putting bits and pieces of things we particularly pay attention to while in an awakened state and carefully splices them together to form a dream ie; mental movie. Dreams are meant to keep our attention so as to keep our minds alert and focused while we sleep. The body is also re-generated while we sleep. This is imparitive for sustaining and maintaining life.

The mind is complex. It can go as far as the imagination will allow. It plays out all of our emotions, abilities, inhabitions, fantasies and fears. The possibilities are endless. It should be called The creative mind.

Dreams can take us on a journey we may never venture to take while in an awakened state, and all the different scenerios are being demonstrated/acted out in our minds. I believe one purpose for this is to give us hope that anything is possible. Dreams are driving forces for the mind. They stimulate the mind and cause us to grow, to accomplish, to believe we are capable, to know there is more to life. They inspire, give new insight and more probability than we otherwise could imagine.

Dreams also decifer. They pick up on what we may be most enthusiastic about or what we are more disturbed about. Dreams take this information and make mental movies about these events so one can see them through a different light. To give us the best and worst case scenerio. To open all the possibilities about an event. To awaken ones insight to possibilities so as to prepare us, ready us to the event in advance should we make the journey. This is done for our benefit.

Some dreams are more vivid than others and sometimes upsetting, irrational and downright disturbing. It seems we experience these more in early childhood. I believe our dreams mature as we mature. I also believe dreams can prepare us for future events in life ie if one experiences fear in early childhood through dreams, one would learn what fear is in advance and be prepared for it. The effect of fear would not take such a tole later in life. Also a benefit.

I believe dreams are meant to prepare us for our life, each one of us individually, in order for us to be equipt to manage life and get the most out of life. If we didn't dream, life would become meaningless. I believe dreams aid us in our survival by stimulating us.

I believe dreams are a mirror of our lives. Our present, past and probable future. What we feel is revealed in our dreams. If we are holding onto the past, our dreams will reveal it. If we are in love, our dreams will reveal it. If we have the tiniest thought about lust, our dreams will also reveal that. If we have been hurt by something or someone, our dreams will exhibit it. Dreams enhance our thoughts and desires. Our dreams know all and can reveal all. It's as if God is revealing the nature of our actions to us. And have you ever noticed that dreams are black and white with a just a hue of color? I believe part of the reason is because they are not being observed through the naked eye. I believe there is so much more we can learn about dreams. I want to do more study on the subconscience mind because I believe they could very well be closely connected.

I hope some of you have found this interesting. I know we have all wondered about dreams. Some people try to read dreams. I don't know much about that. Anyway, this artical I have written is my perception of what dreams are. Thank you all for stopping by and reading, and may God always be with you.


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      6 years ago

      I think dreams help us process the thoughts and feelings we've been accumulating over time. Sometimes they appear to not make sense, but in terms of sorting through our emotions perhaps they do. I often find my own dreams very difficult to decipher, but when other people tell me theirs, they often seem to be quite straigfhtforward in their meaning. That's what I find at least.

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      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      amazing hub

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      7 years ago from hub

      I so agree with what you said and shared here:) Dreams have revealed allot to me, at different phases in my life! They are like movies, as I remember them:) I relate to your words:) Thank you!

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      7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      A very interesting article TimesHealAll, and a fascinating subject. Dreams are revealing and yet so mysterious. Thank you for the stimulation.

      Forever His

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      TimesHealAll, Great article! The process of dreaming is quite fascinating and this really provokes much thought! This also helps us to become more conscious of what happens as we dream. Keeping a Dream Diary is beneficial as well... to possibly better learn more about the subconscious!

      I think this is important since we spend approximately more or less one third of our lives sleeping! I too believe as you well stated "dreams prepare us for life" in one way or the other...

      Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      7 years ago

      I just watched a PBS special about this. Quite fascinating actually how dreams help sort and file things and reveal what may be going on behind the scenes (subconscious) with us. The difficult part is learning the language associations and significance of the scenes and images.

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      Isaiah Michael 

      7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Good info, I have always been amazed about dreams, not so much what they mean but just how we have them and why, what is behind them.


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