What is a Dream?

Jeffrey Hauser

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My uncle once told me that he never dreamed. I found that inconceivable at the time. After all, don’t we all have an occasional dream? I argued that perhaps he never remembered having the dream and therefore decided he wasn’t dreaming. But the world of psychology and brain wave monitoring proves the existence of REM and dreams. So, with all our technological progress in the past century, what does science say is a dream?

A Google search of the internet for “dreams" returns 156 million page views. Most of these revolve around interpretation. After all, Freud began a tradition of analysis continues among the other psychologists of today. They strain to offer metaphoric reasoning and symbolic judgments for every nuance and aspect we remember from the previous night’s encounters. Yet, with all of these determinations, what can we really say about the idea of dreaming?

Consider the physical part of what occurs. We lie down, close our eyes and think of various things that have happened recently, or about to take place in our future. It could relate to work, family, or something we just saw on television. These thoughts swirl and jump around at an alarming rate. If they are serious or disturbing, they might keep us awake for minutes or hours. But, at some point, they begin to weaken or fade. We are not conscience of the exact moment that the action of sleep kicks in. However, it has been shown to take place over a short period of time. Once the mind has calmed down and slows the activity, sleep it not far off. Yet we are unaware of the precise second the wakefulness transitions to the state of sleep. Once it does take over, dreams are sure to follow. They may begin in any amount of time. But what is the purpose of dreams and do all thinking creatures dream?

I watch my dog on the couch twitch, shake, and sometimes bark while she sleeps. We call it a “dog-mare. ” I imagine her chasing a cat or running for her food bowl. It’s obvious she is dreaming. But why? Does the brain need another state of being to unleash the pent up emotions, thoughts, ideas, or other releases? Does it fight the whole idea of sleep and remain active, even in a restful condition? Yet is normally works with all the senses. During the state of sleeping, sight and taste are dormant. We can still touch, smell, and hear all around us. But most of the event in our dreams take place outside the confines of our bedrooms. The sounds of the air conditioner clicking on or the touch of the sheets are not what influences our imaginations. Instead, we go to other outside places with other people we either know or encounter. Does the dream take us beyond our dimensional world? Do we actually have real adventures within an entire universe that’s all made of thoughts? Can such a world exist?

Recently, astro-physicists and quantum physicists have presented string theory and the 11 dimensional theory to explain the big-bang that used to account for the birth of the universe. This states that all the matter in our known world seeped through a fissure in another dimension and entered ours, causing gas and particles to begin the process of planetary and star formations. This is just a theory, but helps give credence to a theory that formally made no sense. Therefore, if there are other dimensional worlds containing matter that we cannot fathom, why not have a world made of thoughts that we can enter during our sleep?

It’s not that far-fetched an idea. We don’t know all the power of the brain. What if can make a connect into this nether-land only when it is free from controlling our awakened state? Then it is allowed to wander into this other space consisting of dream-thoughts and mingle with other thoughts of sleeping people. The dreams are like particles that move among other particles, sometimes mixing, interacting, or merely passing through. Then, once the dream is ended and the brain picks up signals of activity, it re-enters the present dimension breaking off contact.

I am not a scientist. I am an ordinary dreamer who considers our world and all of its wonders. I just awoke this morning from a very vivid dream and decided to write this article. Previously, I’ve thought about this concept and watched the likes of Stephen Hawking contemplate our place in the cosmos, not unlike the late Carl Sagan did in his famous book and television series. Dreams are no unlike other amazing events that occur with little or no explanation: coincidences, para-normal behavior, ghosts, UFO’s, and such. Science is quick to dismiss anything unexplainable yet admits they don’t have all the answers. I think my theory is as good as any I have read. I also think that many of the secrets to our existence may very well be locked in our dreams. How about you?

Jeffrey Hauser was a sales consultant for the Bell System Yellow Pages for nearly 25 years. He graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Advertising and has a Master's Degree in teaching. He had his own advertising agency in Scottsdale, Arizona and ran a consulting and design firm, ABC Advertising. He has authored 6 books and a novel, “Pursuit of the Phoenix. " His latest book is, “Inside the Yellow Pages" which can be seen at his website, http://www.poweradbook.com Currently, he is the Marketing Director for thenurseschoice.com , a Health Information and Doctor Referral site.


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