Dreams fascinate me
I have always been fascinated by dreams and I am one of those people that dream almost every time I go to sleep, I do not know what this means but there are people who have told me that I am not normal for dreaming almost every time I go to sleep but then I have this friend who has also told me that those who do not dream have issues with their soul….. she’s told me something like your soul is dead.
Through my entire life I have always had questions about dreams….
- What is a dream?
An article on Medical News Today define dreams to be stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. They can be entertaining, fun, romantic, disturbing, frightening, and sometimes bizarre.
- Why do we dream?
Nobody really knows, the opinions on the web are as varied as the writers themselves. But some reasons why include;
- Helping the body to rest, repair and rejuvenate.
- for psychological reasons: to reexamine the day’s events, to reduce and relieve stress, and to provide an outlet for pent-up emotions.
- Compensation for shortcomings
- Sometimes are dreams are a reflection of the real life stress
- What do the dreams mean?
The meaning of a dream will depend on your world view and life influences and where you chose to seek for answers. You can a geta meaning that is scientific, spiritual (faith based) or logical (common sense) interpretation, it all depends. Take a look at some of my examples later in this post.
- Why do some dreams appear more real than others?
- Why is it that sometimes I am aware that I am dreaming but then cannot wake up from it?
- Are the dreams we see a projection of our deep conscience or desires or thoughts
- How about the scary dreams and nightmares we see?
- How do the events of the day and our thoughts influence the dreams that we see and how do the dreams affect our life?
- What is the connection between the dreams we see and the spiritual realm.
- Are spiritual beings and forces behind what we see in our dreams? Do evil beings (read demons) attack us in our sleep and weaken our bodies to the extent where we are helpless and cannot wake up?
In the bible, dreams have been referenced a lot as a communication medium used by God to convey a message. Joseph the son of Isaac as well and Daniel are such examples of bible characters who both dreamt and were also able to interpret other people’s dreams….. many times these two found themselves both in and out of trouble for interpreting theirs or other people’s dreams.
A few weeks back my ten year old told me that she sometimes dreams in black and white, and in my thirty plus years this is something I have never noticed. Since she told me this I have tried to remember my dreams as to whether it was in full color or black and white, but nothing….. Color never seems to be a factor at play in my dreams. It seems to be more about the personalities and not colors. Anyway, I thought it was interesting that she would notice that detail.
Culturally speaking, many people of African descent and upbringing are quite superstitious in that there is a hidden (usually dreadful) meaning behind everything that happens and most times these interpretations do not make any sense to me…… those who know me know that you convince me by saying things that make sense to me (appeal to my intelligence)…. I do not just believe fwaaaa (anyhow / easily) and neither do I just agree fwaaaa, I know that this trait makes me a difficult person to deal with sometimes but it is just how I am, the good thing about it is that I am aware of it so I check myself.
So imagine my African people (not the modern ones), trying to make sense of and interpret something as complex and confusing (in my opinion) as dreams…… the interpretation is sometimes as confusing and contradictory as the dream itself.
Here are some interpretations / explanations I have heard or been told in my lifetime.
- If you dream about something good / positive happening to you then the opposite will happen……….. but why? Why can’t it be that it will happen just as you have dreamt?
- If you dream about digging especially digging out cassava (an edible tuber rich in starch it’s one of the staple food in most of Northern and Eastern Uganda) then somebody close to you has died and the digging represents digging a grave….. huh
- If in your dream, someone was giving you something to eat then it meant that someone was trying to harm you (read bewitch you). Now, if you didn’t eat it then they will not succeed at it but then if you took that thing (most times it would be bananas) and ate it …. Then woe is you, you’re as good as dead.
- If you dreamt about things like cats, dogs, owls and snakes… then something evil is lurking around you and you needed to pray hard to thwart it and many more that I can’t remember?
- Dreaming about engaging in sex means that you have a spiritual ( read demon) husband / wife…. This one I have read about in Facebook groups.
Anyway, those are the few examples of the bizarre interpretations I have heard on dreams and in most cases dreams are viewed in as a supernatural thing mostly and not just the body or brain doing its thing.
What are some of the interpretations you have heard about dreams……. Please share with us all in the comments.
As I conclude, here are some fun facts about dreaming that I read in an article on medical news today;
- Though a few people may not remember dreaming, it is thought that everyone dreams between 3 to 6 times per night.
- It is thought that each dream lasts between 5 to 20 minutes.
- Around 95% of dreams are forgotten by the time a person gets out of bed.
- Dreaming can help you learn and develop long-term memories.
- Women dream more about family, children and indoor settings when compared with men.
- Recalling something from last week that has appeared in your dream is called the “dream-lag effect.”
- There is a difference in the quality and quantity of dreams experienced in rapid eye movement and non-rapid eye movement sleep.
- 48% of people that feature in a dream are recognized by the person dreaming.
- Blind people dream more with other sensory components compared with sighted people.
- Both sleep and dream quality are affected by alcohol.
There you go, my first part on dreams. Keep on the lookout for more on this topic and please remember to subscribe to stay updated.