The world of dreams is fascinating and mysterious, terrifying and charming, odd and enlightening. Where do our night visions come from, who sends them to us, why do they disturb us with fantastic figures, or strike with the clarity of prediction?
Since the ancient times the dreams were considered sacral. The priests in Ancient Egypt famous for their brilliant medicine progress were practicing treatment with the dreams. The patient was left in a special chamber in a temple, and after some time of sleep, received the desired peace and healing. Their secrets became the background of popular in Antiquity cult of Asclepius, the god of medicine. The dreams received a status of a prophetic mean, and were respected as the language of the gods. Many animistic and shamanic cultures, as African or Native Americans, perceive dreams as the visions of truth, and even rely on them in their magical and medical diagnosing practicing. Aristotle’s attitude to dreams as productions of human imagination didn’t support the dreams as something worth attention, and Medieval demonization of every challenging phenomena fully discredited images we see during the night sleep.
It was only with the popularity of psychoanalysis started by Freud and elaborated by Jung, when dreams regain their significance, dressed in scientific terminology yet but containing their ancient sacral core. Psychodynamic theories dealing with the problem of self-formation and personality development focused on dreams as a revelation of our subconsciousness mind. Imagined as a store of our intangible experience, the subconsciousness is seen as a self-operating system to help us in our growth and establishment; and dreams is one of the tools it uses to render the unconscious information accumulated throughout the life.
Jung applied his archetypical approach, explaining the striking similarity of symbols and images people see in their dreams. Beating all rational solutions, he proved the dreams’ commonality across cultures, revolutionizing the concept of individual subconcsiousness and adding a collective unconscious term to present some shared informational platform of the dreams as such. Gestalt psychology believes the dreams show the disowned part of our Self, and advises to verbalize the dreams to find out the problematic area and work with it. Be it a reflection of brain work, a coping mechanism and an emotional picture, the dreams are worth analyzing and looking for meaningful clues which might appear useful and practical in your real waking life.
The subconscious is a timeless subtract and irrational dimension, which might explain the predictive function of many dreams. I am sure almost everyone has a dream which has come true, both with a trivial everyday experience, or some more significance, as it was with famous experience with global disasters or catastrophes like Titanic tragedy, when many people saw the warning dreams before the fatal journey. Many scientists saw their achievements and discoveries in their dreams, like Mendeleev saw his table of chemical elements. Did their developed subconsiousness mind generate the images, or did the angels or divine entities send reveal them? Regardless the source, dreams do show things, and perhaps we can learn to rule this intangible energy, at least through rational systematization at the beginning.
In my personal practice for already seventeen years I have been accurately putting down the majority of my dreams. I enjoy analyzing them, grouping them according to the various systems: full moons, new moons, specific lunar days, big holidays, the feasts of the Wheel of the Year, my birthdays, and significant dates. I noticed that among the heaps of momentary and unimportant flow really significant, meaningful and even transforming visions happen. They are rare yet so memorable. I believe it is And every time I find interesting parallels and came to interesting insights, which helps me to understand my motivations, and elaborate certain conformities. Moreover, such a long period of analysis allowed me defining my personal lunar days, when dreams most likely are going to come true, or the days when the dreams show me my deep karmic debts and areas to solve. I saw the dreams from my past lives, which helped me to solve complicated relationships in present. They were vivid, extremely emotional and intense. When they come you will feel them.
The neuroscience reduced dreams to merely physiological functions of the brain. Nevertheless, if to go deeper, even the scientists themselves admit the limits and recognize they can hardly boast of knowing the whole organ. Speaking in their language, only ten percents of the brain is explained, as the rest 90 % of specific glial cells contain neurons, whose functions are less known. Even despite the attempts of fearful and close-minded materialistic apologists to underestimate the meaning and value of dreams, they remain a powerful source of inspiration, information and psychic development for spiritual and sensitive truth seekers.