Dreams Part 1

Do Dreams Have Meaningwith Lady Love

On Today’s Show we answer the question. Ever had a dream that plague you. Then you don’t want to miss todays show. Today’s hot topic is: Do Dreams Have Meaning?

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There’s no single, definitive meaning for symbols and images in dreams,” Bergmann notes. “But just as a smile usually means that someone is happy, these dream images are so common, that they do have a generally accepted meaning.” This is one of the most commonly reported dreams.

All people dream. Dreams, or the manifestations of dreaming – rapid eye movements (REMs), begin even before we are born and we continue to dream, usually between two to five times a night until we die. We forget almost all our dreams. Dreams can be fantastic, pleasant, frightening or mediocre, and reactions to them can be violent. Previous blogs have highlighted the sometimes violent nature of dreams. Dreams have been the stuff of philosophers, artists, writers, scientists, and therapists. Scientists have shown us that REM sleep (when we dream) occurs in all animals studied to date and when we dream, our bodies enter a different physical state—we are paralyzed, and many body systems work differently. Our breathing and heartbeats can become erratic, for example.

Although many assume that the study of dreams began sometime in the last century, perhaps related to the introduction of psychoanalysis, this is not the case. For example, Aristotle wrote about dreams as early as 325 B.C.

In 54 B.C. Cicero in De re publica  describes the Dream of Scipio. Scipio Aemilianus (the general who conquered Carthage in 146 B.C.) falls asleep and is visited in a dream by his grandfather (Scipio Africanus, the general who defeated Hannibal). In the dream, which includes images of the earth from above the universe and stars, the grandfather predicts that his grandson will defeat Carthage.

The Dream of Scipio had great impact. Macrobius, a Roman, in about 400 AD wrote a commentary about the Dream of Scipio, and described 5 types of dreams:

  • Somnium, an enigmatic mysterious  dream requiring interpretation; think Freud and psychoanalyisis
  • Visio, a prophetic vision that predicts a future that comes true; think Jacob’s Dream in the Bible
  • Oraculum, prophetic dream in which an authority figure plays a role; think of the visions of Joan of Arc in which three saints instruct her to recover France from the English.
  • Insomnium, a nightmare or false or disturbing dream caused by a pathological condition; think the repetitive nightmares of PTSD
  • Visum, a nightmare that include apparitions and contact with supernatural beings; think Scrooge’s journeys into the past and future in Dickens’ Christmas Carol.

People in the process of dying have dreams and visions that have recently become topics for scientific research. In today topic I discuss my personal experience and present why you should take your dreams seriously.

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