What do dreams mean, why would we have them?
To the common dictionary a dream is defined as “a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.” I agree with this statement because these things do occur in dreams. But what do dreams mean, why would we have them? And are they healthy for us? Dreams are vivid images and ideas that do, in fact, express emotions. Despite this, the most important factor of dreaming is the meanings it conveys about ones personal life. In my opinion all dreams have a significant meaning.
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One of the things that we’re familiar with in dreaming is the sense that familiar or prosaic objects are being put in very bizarre circumstances or situations” (King). I believe that having dreams is the best way of really discovering who you are. Dreams are uncontrollable, which makes them all the more frightening, tantalizing and vividly expressing who you are. Dreams seem to be the human subconscious speaking out and taking control.
Dreams can express happiness, and sadness in ones life. I myself have experienced dreams which have made me come to realizations about myself. In keeping a dream journal you can communicate your ultimate creativity. Although dreams are the best form of communicating ones own wishes, it is the hardest thing to interpret. In my opinion, every dream has a hidden meaning. What though is the meaning of our dreams? That is uncertain. It is our job to analyze and critically think on what our subconscious is trying to tell us. That in itself is a challenge.
I once had a dream that I felt explored my human mind and persona. In that dream I was stuck on an island, all by myself, wearing nothing but an embroidered garment made of leaves. In the dream I could find nothing on the island except a wooden staff to help aid in my survival. In the dream I held the staff and for some reason I began to run. Faster and faster I ran but then I tripped, my staff broke, and all I could do was cry. Then I felt something touch me on my shoulder and I awoke from my dream. It seemed something fell on me which made my dream feel all the more real when I awoke.
I scanned my body for bruises luckily none, it was just a dream after all. I wondered, what was the significance of my dream? To me having barely any clothing on represented pureness, and showing my real self, just as Adam and Eve had absolute pureness before their grave sin. The wooden staff I found probably represented my hope to survive since I was all alone on the island. My running could mean taking evasive measures to avoid a problem. Unfortunately I did not know what the problem was in the dream.
The staff would represent my hope and the staff breaking would represent my hopes and dreams being shattered. And lastly the tears in the dream would represent the emotional expression of the real me, and not the persona of a tough guy who shouldn’t tear. The dream told me that I shouldn’t put my trust in specific things because it can cause heartache and disappointment, and I should face a problem and not run away from it. I came to this conclusion because I’ve found sometimes I rely on things and people and become betrayed.
Within the chapters of the Dreams and Inward Journeys book, especially in the writings of Car Jung, he explains what to him dreams are. “Dreams have a definite, evidently purposeful structure, indicating an underlying idea or intention.” (Jung). This coincides with my feeling that dreams are vivid images and ideas and do in fact express emotions. Most importantly, dreams have meaning. So through the writings within the Dreams and Inward Journeys book, and my own experiences, I have been able to clearly understand the purpose of dreams and their hidden meaning.