Any comprehensive treatise effort aimed at delving into the subject of dreams may not be considered an easy undertaking. Besides the significant research needed to justify observations, opinions and facts, the need for coherence in analyses and interpretation is vital. This article introduces a series of other articles, each designed to satisfactorily address an aspect of dreaming.
It is not an easy undertaking to define dreams. Various cultures, religions and scientific renderings of dreams not only leave one confused about the reasons that justify dreaming, but also the meanings often associated with dreams. To begin with, it is important to observe that the idea of dreaming is, arguably, as old as mankind. The two are too inextricably interwoven to be considered each in the absence of the other. For it is a plausible supposition that the first man had dreams.
Further, it feels right to assume that everyone dreams. Children, infants, adults and— as has been argued in a number of studies, even animals dream. Variance comes only in the characters involved in dreams, the content, associated emotions in the dreams and the possible interpretation based on the symbols in each dream.
Whether you remember your dreams the next morning or not does not diminish the observation that dreams are real. Mere religious, scientific or cultural denial of dreams does not, in any way, obtrude with the reality that dreams have a lot of bearing and significance in individuals, communities and even nations.
What perhaps unsettles any keen mind considering the idea of dreaming is the ‘why’ question. Why would anyone run a series of successive pictures— sometimes entirely unrelated to reality or bearing no resemblance to the known reality of a person—in their minds and more so while asleep?
Or better still, where is the source of dreams. It is agreeable that some dreams are largely influenced by what occupies the mind of a person tall day long.
For example, a person spending endless hours watching action movies will almost inevitably have a piece of the same pie while asleep. But it is also unconvincing to presume that this is the case with all dreams.
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That aside, some dreams can be inspiring, others discouraging and yet others sufficiently weird as to trigger pain, regrets or hesitation during moments when one is supposed to be decisive. A baffling observation is the significantly high rate that supposedly justifies that some dreams have been found to be exact, or almost exact, replicas of realities— long before they happen.
As mentioned in the opening paragraphs, everyone dreams. Ostensibly, there’s sufficient historical, religious and scientific corroboration to the fact that all ages dream. An exciting consideration would be to explore why almost everyone forgets a huge chunk of their dreams. For instance, does the length of each dream have a reflection in the overall remembrance indices?
Further questions about dreams revolve around whether or whether not the process of dreaming can be controlled. In addition, it will be interesting to find out if animals do dream too. Do children dream? What do they dream about? What emotions are most dominant in dreams? What are the most common symbols in dreams that ultimately lead to dream interpretation?
In addition, further questions that will be answered include, but not limited to, the question of dreams as part of nightmares, the implications of recurring dreams in various contexts, the concept of false awakening in dreams, among others. These constitute diverse subjects that will be explored in a series of articles.
In conclusion, therefore, and as partly explained before, this article serves as a general introduction and or a herald of nineteen other articles that exhaustively explore and address the diverse aspects of dreams.
Expectedly, dreams evoke diverse interpretations, reactions, expectations and analyses in various religious, social and cultural contexts. As a result, any treatise solely dedicated to addressing the pertinent issues that, if well addressed, might bring about common ground in understanding dreams must actually divided into manageable chunks.
In that manner, each chunk — otherwise rendered an independent subject on dreams — must then be followed with a keen, unbiased and evidence based approach of analyzing dreams.
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