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What do you think is the purpose of dreams?

Some theorize that it's random firing of neurons.

Others say that it's a message.

Still others say that dreams can predict the future.

What do you think are the purpose of dreams?

by Anonymousreply 1905/25/2013

"A dream is a wish you heart makes"

by Anonymousreply 105/25/2013

Predict the future.

by Anonymousreply 205/25/2013

Your dreams organize the thoughts and events of the day by their level of relevance to you. There is no special vaticinatory power in dreaming.

by Anonymousreply 305/25/2013

Ooh nice one OP. I think it's mostly the days information and emotions being filed and sorted through. We can't process everything while we are awake. As I get older I find I don't dream so vividly, I wonder if it's because I have more control over my days and emotions. When I was younger I would have premontion dreams too.

by Anonymousreply 405/25/2013

My dreams cut through all the bullshit and illuminate what's really important and what I need to focus on for great mental health.

It's different for others i'm sure.

by Anonymousreply 505/25/2013

Whay about me dream of Robert Kelker Kelly peeing on me? That aint part of me sorting my day.

by Anonymousreply 605/25/2013

OP, as I have mentioned to you before, most of your questions can be answered by taking a few freshman college courses.

by Anonymousreply 705/25/2013

OP, they help us hone problem solving skills. It's also believed that the story telling may just be a way to keep us interested enough to stay asleep for as long as we need to be. But I've also had many instances of Deja Vu during which I was aware of when I dreamt the event down to the day up to two years before it actually happening.

by Anonymousreply 805/25/2013

It's a peek into the Fourth Dimension. Interior is Exterior.

by Anonymousreply 905/25/2013

Dreams are the mind's garbage disposal unit. They pull out all the unimportant information in random order and dispose of it. They're a mental paper shredder.

by Anonymousreply 1005/25/2013

I always had a dream my father was having a stroke. He didn't have high blood pressure so I didn't know why I kept dreaming that. When he died, it was because he had a stroke.

by Anonymousreply 1105/25/2013

I have received a lot of good warnings through dreams...they also bring out subconscious feelings that I need to acknowledge. But thats just me!

by Anonymousreply 1205/25/2013

I have had the same "deja vu" dream experience as another poster mentioned.

I've always assumed that it must be some kind of mental hiccup. It feels like I dreamed it but it's a trick of memory that we don't understand yet.

It happened more when I was younger. It's very, very rare now, in fact I can't remember the last time it happened.

by Anonymousreply 1305/25/2013

I dunno, but my dreams are always really absurd, detailed and have nothing to do with my day, or what I felt. It's like a long movie that jumps from scene to scene, some long, others short, usually unrelated to each other, full of the most surreal shit happening.

One time I dreamt about an old, detailed castle in Scotland or some shit, there was a casino there, and the people there had really elaborate uniforms. The whole dream was so detailed, the places, people, everything. It's weird how the brain can create, put together and architect such immense detail in dreams.

Another time I dreamt about Macchu Picchu, that too seemed incredibly detailed and real. It was dark, and those stairs-like ruins were filled with water. There was some weird shit happening, don't remember it all, but there was a person in the water who got his ankle chopped off and the water filled with blood, and I was righ beside him and stared into his face which had a smile frozen on his face. It was pretty creepy.

Also, I couldn't remember having seen Macchu Picchu before the dream, so it was weird. It was only a while later I randomly came across a photo of it, and saw that it was the same place as in my dream. I guess my brain must have randomly seen a photo of it sometime before the dream without the conscious me remembering it, and my dream took it from my subconsciousness.

I also remember dreaming something weird about Rasputin and submarines. Which wouldn't be weird if I had for instance read a book about Russia or Rasputin or something like that the day before, or thought a lot about it recently, but I hadn't. My dreams just come up with random, meaningless stuff.

Although there was one extremely long dream with one "scene" that was completely surrealistic, but could have been some sort of reflection of me. I had a bit of an identity crisis and isolated myself and felt uncomfortable around my friends. In the dream I was in some sort of Alice and Wonderland type of colorful garden with weird creatures. I remember seeing myself from outside, and yet I felt what I was doing in the dream. I was wearing a suit and looked dead tired... I was looking for a home, somewhere to belong. And then I got attacked by an enormous white butterfly and became exhausted. I dunno. I dunno what the heck a white butterfly would symbolize to me.

I never remember everything that happens in the dream's story, unfortunately, it's always so fascinating. It's like I could write a book based on my dreams.

by Anonymousreply 1405/25/2013

I read a book about dreams that maintained that they don't really have a cohesive story. Dreams are basically just random images, and we piece the story together at the moment we wake up. That's why dreams have some bearing on what's going on in your life; your subconscious creates the story.

by Anonymousreply 1505/25/2013

I have been writing my dreams down lately and find that a Liebig what r14 said applies to me. Seemingly random events strung together like a surreal student arthouse film. I recall once dreaming if a blonde girl I had never seen before. The dream took place at my cousins house who often hosted parties there. About five years later I run into the girl and was suddenly hit with a huge sense of Deja vu, I remembered her quite vividly. She was the sister of my cousins new boyfriend. They had just moved there the month before from Pennsylvania.

I once read that dreams tap into the collective consciousness of the universe and that we get connected to parallel realities. Only the information comes all at once so glimpses of events from different realities get spliced together.

Not something I personally believe but interesting to think about.

Anyone have any experiences with lucid dreams?

by Anonymousreply 1605/25/2013

Dreams often have very coherent stories.

by Anonymousreply 1705/25/2013

My dreams are always a somewhat coherent story.

I've never understood how we have what seems to be a three or four hour epic story of a dream when sleep scientists say it only lasted for a few minutes.

It's weird.

by Anonymousreply 1805/25/2013

I have, r16. They can be absolutely amazing - especially if it's a scary dream and you manage to go lucid in it.

There's a lot of weird stuff bubbling in your subconscious and dreams spit it all out - you can learn a lot about yourself if you analyze your dreams. Not necessarily about the future (although I do believe in precognition) but about how you really feel about a situation and what it is you fear.

Dreams can sometimes comfort you or piss you off. They are a window into your real world.

by Anonymousreply 1905/25/2013
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