Are Dreams Symbolical with Meanings, or They are Just Metaphorical Thoughts?
People have always questioned the meaning of dreams or if dreams even have hidden meanings for thousands of years now. Early communities believed that dreams were mediums through which the gods communicated with their subjects. This belief was especially popular among the Romans and Greeks thousands of years ago, as they believed dreams predict future events. But since that time, beliefs have changed with the evolution and modernized lifestyle, people question if dreams have any hidden meaning to them at all. To understand this, we need to define, with certainty, the events that lead to us dreaming, what happens when we dream, and the aftermath.
Dreams can follow a narrative path, or come in abstract manners, but they have been vaguely defined as made up stories in human minds. Science proves that a person can have about 3 to 6 dreams in a night, but almost all of them or ninety percent of them are forgotten by morning. The REM cycle is when dreams occur, significant with rapid eye movements in several directions, and it happens over an hour thirty minutes into sleep. Human brains are studied to be most active during REM sleep, which is when you get the most intense of dreams, according to dream analysts.
Dreaming is a thinking process, it’s the extension of your thoughts from the previous day that clouds up in your mind as you sleep. This has been proven to be true many times as people awake from their dreams with words or chatter from the previous day’s conversations or events. As you slowly drift off to sleep, your thoughts are translated by your brain from REM sleep into graphical metaphors, sounds, images, and symbols for you to process. During REM, two things happen as the brain functions differently from how it does when you’re awake, some parts are shut off, while others are made more active. The part controlling emotions, known as the amygdala, is activated, while the part controlling rational thoughts are tendered dormant till when you wake up.
While you dream, you continue your day’s thoughts, events, conversations, mistakes, and expectations for a new day, with metaphorical illustrations. People try to recall their dreams each morning, there are lots of theories about dream meanings and their significance, these theories come with different views. A scientific theory about dreams is that it has no hidden meaning, but are just electrical brain impulses derived from random thoughts and images from the mind bank. Another theory describes dreams as defense strategies set up by our minds to prepare us for frightening situations that might occur soon. Pay attention to the contents of your dreams in waking life, helping you understand whether your dreams are revealing secrets to you or not.