The word dream can also be used to refer to a wish, fantasy, desire, or fanciful vision. Our dreams propel us as we roll through life, dreams poses powerful healing and inspiration abilities. Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream says Anatole France.
The importance of dreams to mental health is very significant during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is when dreaming takes place, people who are deprived from REM sleep reported increased irritability, anxiety and appetite, and this was known from an experiment conducted by a researcher William C. Dement in the early 1980s. In which subjects sleeping in a laboratory setting were awakened the moment REM began to occur and allowed to go back to sleep.
There have being several attempts to answer the question “Where do dreams come from and what do they mean”? Some ancient cultures considered the content of dreams to be more significant than the events of their waking lives, but the modern view of dreams was initially swayed a bit by fear that dreams are meaningless, the result of random nerve view is a more holistic one, as it recognizes that dreams have both physiological and psychological causes
Sigmund Freud saw dreams as the windows to the soul. Frued’s classic view was that dreams were safe expressions of impulses and desires buried in the subconscious mind.
Other scientist in the early 1900s also began looking into dreams. Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, and William Stekel, as well as other psychologist who followed them, developed their own theories on the meanings and interpretations of dreams.
Dreams allow us an opportunity to view what is being imprinted on our subconscious mind. We should also note that whatever is imprinted in our subconscious mind often manifest in our existence, metaphysics believes. They are often symbolic attempts to sort out the options we can choose in life. Obviously, there times when dreams are not psychologically meaningful. The problem with trying to interpret every dream is that not every dream will be meaningful. None-the less, it’s important to examine every dream for possible clues for personal growth.