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Why Do We Dream?

Why Do We Dream?
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Dreams are a link to the inner core of the human subconscious. They can be normal and realistic

By Farhana Kaleem Channa

One widely held theory about the dreams is that they help you store important memories and things you’ve learned, get rid of unimportant memories, and sort through complicated thoughts and feelings. Research shows that sleep helps store memories. The scientists however are still trying to find out why we dream? There are many theories, but none have actually been scientifically proven. The physiological theory focuses on how our body, mainly the brain, functions during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep.

This theory believes that we dream to exercise the pathways between brain cells.

Dreams can occur in all stages but the most memorable dreams occur in the last stage of sleep, when they are closest to waking up. The sleep cycle repeat as many as seven times. This is how a person dreams. It doesn’t mean that they never happen. Some people swear that they do not dream, but in reality they just don’t remember.

Dreaming usually occurs during the rapid eye movement stage of sleep, which is when brain activity is high and signaled by quick horizontal movements of the eye. Dreams can occur during other stage of sleep, but these are much less memorable and clear. They can sometimes last for a few minutes, or up to twenty minutes. Dreams are a link to the inner core of the human subconscious. They can be normal and realistic, or even bizarre and surreal.

If the sleep is restful, we don’t remember dreams because memory of the dream doesn’t reach the cortex. But whenever there is stress, dreams can remain in our memory. Dreams usually occur during the part of the sleep cycle when the person is accessing brain waves from the right hemisphere or the metaphorical part of the brain. That is why you see images. The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens to that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach. Dreams often reveal feeling that we have hidden or repressed, because dreams are a reflection of our unconscious mind, our emotional truth. Dreams are interpreters of our inclination and there is an art to understanding them. Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rather than pushed by our memories. It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.


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