Dreams: Are They All That and More?

on April 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

Humans are not the only species to dream. There is some evidence that your pets do too. Dogs are known to bark, under their breath, and have rapid eye movement: REM sleep. I won’t get into animal dreams though. There is reason to believe that several different types of dreams occur. Occasionally, we all have dreams of sex, falling—where we jump in our sleep, or ones akin to visions or premonitions. I will try to examine some of my dreams over the years and draw conclusions from them. I will start with an easily explainable one for this post.

I love to cook! Not any surprise that, one night while camping, I had a dream that I was cooking a huge supper for my family. I was making barbeque potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes, and of course chicken. I had just set the chicken on the picnic table and turned around to open the barbeque. As I reached for the chicken it was no longer there. I looked around to see what happened to these fresh delectable chicken breast and could not find them anywhere. Gone! I asked everyone if they knew where the chicken breast disappeared to and no one knew.

By this point in time I began to become emotional. I was extremely upset leading to an anger with rage. I began knocking things on the ground looking for this chicken. Then my actions sped-up as I began swearing and yelling at everyone over this missing chicken. At one point, I felt so much anger and rage that I jumped. The jump woke me up just in time to stop myself from wetting the bed! Still angry, I jumped out of bed and ran to the camp park restrooms and almost did not make it.

Some types of dreams are really hard to explain. This dream, however, has an easy explanation. There are not really any hidden messages. I probably went to bed planning what to have for supper the next day. Your unconscious brain knows everything about your body, more or less. I might have been sub-consciously going over my supper plans and very much enjoying it. My brain knew that I was asleep as a state of body and motor activity. My brain knew that I desperately needed to go to the washroom. How does my unconscious, desperate, brain get my dreaming brain to wake up? Induce anger into this bliss. Needing to go, as bad as I did, during a happy moment of cooking, would require replacing this contentment with rage. The rage produced by my desperate condition.

You might think that there was an easier way for my needy brain to awaken my dreaming brain. Why not just supplement a suggestion that I needed to go to the washroom? I guess I left that part out. It did! While I was cooking, I had the feeling of needing relief. My dreaming brain told my dreaming brain that I would go to the washroom after I got the chicken started. This might make sense of the anger over the chicken.

The brain is extremely complex, even in the dream state!

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