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Purpose of Dreams
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Posted 5/9/07 , edited 7/17/07
what are the reasons we dream. yes, I know scientists say it reflects the events of the dream; but, what if there's more to it then that. maybe your dreams are teaching you lessons in life. also what's up with deja vu!
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for me the purpose of dreams....
its inspiration every1...
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I believe that God can use dreams to send messages and to speak with people. Heck you can have a dream in which somebody does something nice for you and wake up the next day in a blissful stupor. You can spend the day with the desire to do something kind or cordial for the person or group of people that were kind to you in your dream. Likewise, you can have a fight with somebody in your imaginary reality (like the paradox there?:-D) and subliminally find yourself vehement toward said character for a long elapsed period of time.

So sure, why not. Why can’t dreams have a higher purpose? I don’t know that they would have a specific one, and its nearly impossible to look at this secularly, but oy! I think they serve great purpose.

Let us all (atheists included) assume there -is- a divine ruler of all creation. Why wouldn’t he use such a powerful though unnoticeable tool to his advantage? To get his will done in a discrete way?
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Dreams have always been intriguing to me. Like Seraph's post above, it can be used as a communication from the Divine. Tribal cultures also view dreams with cosmic and divine significance. Dreams might also play a vital role in our influence over dimensions. Like having de Javu almost seems like you looked into the future. Then there's also the fact that people could share dreams, as if it's a higher network of communication. So deep the world of dreams.
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hm...dreams...i think i dream a lot. esp when i'm stressed...but most of the time i dun really remember them. haha. but when i do i realize it's a reflection of what's been on my mind for the day.
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I personally like Freud's theory that dreams were created to let loose our inner desires, whether they be sexual or for your thantos. Come on, who hasn'e had a dream where they commited a murder or got some play?
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^ Freud is nice but I think he can be better seen as a speculative philosopher than as a practicing scientist....just saying.

This comes to mind but I have vague knowledge on it:
activation-synthesis hypothesis
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mmm....umm... dreams
can be sort of warnings or premonition..
can also be a event that you like to happen in real life...
well i'll think more!
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"Heck you can have a dream in which somebody does something nice for you and wake up the next day in a blissful stupor." Hum...not for me.

Whats cool though is that half-way phase of dream-awake where you can essentially control the dream. I had a kick-ass street fighter dream on time with this.

Don't know enough, to make a significant comment. Google it, ha. But look out for all that new age crap and avoid the Freudian stuff.

As far as Daja Vu, I suppose I've had the experience before, but nothing ovewhelming. I guess im just to clear headed, and not fantasy prone. I tend to think this is caused by peoples tendencys to see patterns where there are none and to not realize the probability of things happening over and over again. But, I recall reading an article that showed that if a part of the brain was stimulated it would cause the deja vu effect, so its definably chemical.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deja_vu
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I happen to have premonitions at times deja vu dreams if you will. They always seem to be a little different in real life.
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I had a kick-ass street fighter dream on time with this.


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Posted 5/9/07

SeraphAlford wrote:

I believe that God can use dreams to send messages and to speak with people. Heck you can have a dream in which somebody does something nice for you and wake up the next day in a blissful stupor. You can spend the day with the desire to do something kind or cordial for the person or group of people that were kind to you in your dream. Likewise, you can have a fight with somebody in your imaginary reality (like the paradox there?:-D) and subliminally find yourself vehement toward said character for a long elapsed period of time.

So sure, why not. Why can’t dreams have a higher purpose? I don’t know that they would have a specific one, and its nearly impossible to look at this secularly, but oy! I think they serve great purpose.

Let us all (atheists included) assume there -is- a divine ruler of all creation. Why wouldn’t he use such a powerful though unnoticeable tool to his advantage? To get his will done in a discrete way?


That's nice and all, only problem is that my dreams are, more often than not, sick, twisted, and perverse. Maybe that's just me, though. And they usually have a few themes that I can identify as being things that happened to me that day, or recently.

Personally, I've always believed dreams had no real meaning, they were just our unconciousness and instincts let loose to imagine crazy nonsensical things while we sleep.

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Eros wrote:

Whats cool though is that half-way phase of dream-awake where you can essentially control the dream.


That's called lucid dreaming. There's books and stuff on it and how to bring it on, and stay in that state for longer.
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I hate waking up mid dream, especially if it is a nightmare. My mind wakes up but my body is in paralysis, I can't even move my tongue. I believe it has something to do with melatonin levels, but I can't be sure. If anyone has any idea why, please share.
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in comas people border on the boundary of life, and death. People dream during comas because they talk in their sleep. maybe individuals in comas go to another realm of existence. if they die in this realm, they die in real life. if they struggle, and found there way out of this realm... they wake up in this world. of course that's just a theory of mine.
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