When it comes to the question ‘why do we dream?’, nobody has a definitive answer, scientists, medical professionals and mystics, are all divided on the answer and have numerous opinions. The one thing that I’m certain of is that if dreams didn’t serve a critical purpose we would have stopped dreaming thousands of years ago! Dreams are common, not only with humans but amongst most mammals.
I believe that one of the main reasons we dream is to ensure that we get an uninterrupted good night’s sleep. Dreams create scenarios during our most important sleep cycles to ensure that our sleep is not interrupted by outside noises, temperature fluctuations or even a full bladder! Have you noticed that if you need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, your dreams suddenly turn to bathrooms with doorknobs that don’t open, public restrooms full of occupied stalls and locked doors? Your dream is creating a scenario that conforms with your physical experience and enables you to keep on sleeping.
Another important reason for dreaming is that, in our dreams, we manufacture memories, use dreams to regulate our moods, and resolve conflicts between our conscience and our daily actions. Sometimes we can even predict future events. Dreaming is an internal barometer that we can use to understand ourselves, and to learn how to add more meaning to our lives. We can be incredibly creative during our dream state. Many paintings, movies, books and, of course, songs all originated from a dream, for example, the great Paul McCartney wrote ‘Let It Be’ after his mother Mary visited him in a dream.
Arguably, we have the finest creative brains in the known universe. Such a fine brain wouldn’t waste its’ time dreaming if dreams weren’t empowering.
Dream on, my friends!
Leon Nacson is the Managing Director of Hay House Australia. He is the author of a number of books that specialise in dream decoding. Leon regularly contributes to international magazines, radio programs, television shows and podcasts. Leon’s work in the field of dream interpretation and decoding are personal hypotheses that have been critiqued by his audience for over 50 years. His current International Bestseller, A Stream of Dreams has been translated into four languages.
*Leon Nacson does not dispense medical advice or other professional advice or prescribe the use of any techniques as a form of diagnosis. Readers should consult their own health advisors for professional advice. His intent is only to offer information of an anecdotal and general nature.