Dreams, probably the thing that comes closest to an unreal reality our human brains can make up. They can be extremely funny and absurd or really scary and frightening. No matter what we dream about, the feeling we get during a dream can be ridiculously realistic. I remember waking up one day after having a dream about loads of money. I had to check my wallet first, to find that it was really only just a dream. Before we can even try to figure out what our dreams mean, we should take a look at where dreams come from.
Dreams have been around for a very long time and they haven’t stopped amaze people ever since. Where-ever someone dreams, there was someone who (thought he) could explain the deeper meaning of it. That is, the symbolic or metaphoric meaning of the dream. These findings throughout the centuries have been documented and are now for sale as the so called ‘Dream Books’. I don’t know what to believe of those things, but it is certainly fun to see how they would explain your dream. Take a walk on the wild side, buy one of those books. Who knows you might find your ‘true inner self’, and what not.
Now, science. Dreaming and dreams are tricky phenomenons to investigate, so the result are still very limited. Dreams are still as much of a mystery as yawning, for example. Though, there have been some experiments with amazing, evident results. For example, a group of test-subjects was instructed to play an interactive video-game for over a month, while being completely sealed from the outside world.
During the day, these test-subjects would play a skiing game, where they stood on real skis that measured their every movement and transferred it to the screen in front of them. Compare it to a Wii game. The game was made very basic on purpose. No coins, no power-ups, no crowd and no distractions. Just a hill of snow, a timer and a finish line.
During the night, the test-subjects would be wired and monitored. When a subject would enter a dream (yes, they can see when you start dreaming) he would shortly after be woken up and asked what their dream was about. After the first week of the experiments there weren’t much results that made any sense. But right around the second week, some of the subjects reported have a dream about the video-game. Nothing interesting, you might think. But the subjects that dreamed about playing the video-game, started getting far better results than before they had those dreams. Did scientists finally crack the code? Or was it random luck, coincidence or even fraud?
I still don’t know what to think of it, but the idea that our mind confronts us with problems we might get to face one day, is a beautiful one. This would mean that, subconsciously, our dreams are training us. That’s amazing, right?
The best thing about this all? We will never know whether a dream did or did not prepare us. But when you go to bed tonight, think about it. Think about things you are struggling with at the moment and maybe, just maybe, you will wake up, unknowingly heavily trained and subconsciously ready to face your problem.