Do dreams mean something?
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Have you ever woken up in the morning with a dozen-load of questions in your mind like Hell no! What was that? What did I just dream? Is that even me? Is that even possible?
Indeed, dreams take us away from reality, and that is what they are – dreams. If dreams were a reality, then everyone would be that millionaire, or that famous Hollywood actor, or that great politician. Likewise, everyone would own that jet, or that tower, or the latest Ferrari model. In short, if we were to live in dreamland, we would all have attained our desires.
Dreams are there to make life worth living. The dreams we experience at night while sleeping are a product of what lies in our subconscious. According to scientists, the subconscious is the most powerful portion of our brains. As a matter of fact, the subconscious is smarter than we might think. Most of the times, we feel that we are in control especially when our brains figure out puzzles or read words. However, we should understand that this capability comes from our conscious mind. We should also understand that the subconscious can prepare simple stimulus-response actions, deliver basic facts, recognize objects and carry out practiced movements hence perform functions that would prove a challenge to the conscious thought.
Importance of the Subconscious Mind
Humans daydream, and that is normal. However, we should not be carried away by the daydreams. During these sessions, we see ourselves in another state that we desire. To a large extent, this state is always contrary to our reality. At night, we lie down in our beds and also experience dreams. Indeed, dreams play a significant role in our lives. Georg Kaiser said, “If we couldn’t dream, our lives wouldn’t mean anything anymore.” Another great man said, “A life without dreams is like a garden without flowers.” So, dreams give meaning to life.
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The reason for writing this blogpost is simple and a rather funny one. I had a weird dream that made me jerk out of my bed to try and find its meaning. I was roaming out and about in the countryside. I then entered grandpa’s house, and there I saw a rabbit that had just given birth to two kits. The kits were having a peaceful bonding session with their mother when suddenly a cat appeared and devoured one of the kits. I could feel a violent, uncontrollable anger rise within me in my sleep. I hit the cat using a hoe killing it instantly. Mysteriously, I found myself in the airport talking to a high school classmate who was then a pilot. We reminisced memories from school, and just as we were about to board the plane, I woke up. Nkt! Why do dreams have to come to an end during the intriguing moments?
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After waking up, I set out to find the meaning of the dream, and this is what I discovered:
- If you ever dream of vehicles whether it is a car, an airplane, a train or a ship, the vehicles in our dream can reflect what direction we feel our life is taking, and how much control we think we have over the path ahead of us. Vehicles can give us the power to make a transition and envision ourselves getting to our destination — or highlight the obstacles we think we are facing and need to work through (huffingtonpost.com).
- Seeing other people in your dream often is a reflection of the different aspects of the self. The people in dreams can relate to characteristics that need to be developed. Specific people directly relate to existing relationships or interpersonal issues we need to work through (huffingtonpost.com).
- Dreaming of a baby often represents something new: It might be a new idea, a new project at work, new development or the potential for growth in a specific area of our waking life (huffingtonpost.com). [In this case, I had a dream about baby rabbits].
Wow! Wonderful! Isn’t it? So the dream meant that I have control over the path that lies ahead of me and that I should reach out to that friend to help me take charge of the next phase of my life. On the rabbit dream, I concluded that I should start rabbit farming and that I should tackle head on all the obstacles that come my way as I match towards my destiny. Funny isn’t it?
In as much as we are told not to struggle to make meaning out of a myriad of thoughts that cross our mind, I tend to disagree. My disagreement is based on the fact that it is through questioning of our lives that we can unlock ideas which we could never have imagined that we would be able to.
(Conejo is the Spanish name for a rabbit.)
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