Come to think of it, I don’t dream too often. I mean in my sleep, not during the day. Yet there are dreams that I still vividly recall days, months and years after they have taken place. Why is this so? I was interested in researching more about dreams in general. What fascinates me is that dreams have an almost meaningless juxtaposition of people, places and events across different time periods. In a recent dream, I recall interacting with professional colleagues whom I haven’t spoken to for two decades and in the same dream featured some folk from my school days which dates back to five decades.
Henry Thoreau once wrote, “Dreams are the touchstone of our characters.” To start with, why do we dream at all ? Ilana Simons PhD, has this interesting article in Psychology Today where she writes of dreams and literary minds. She covers the more common theories prevalent as to why people dream at all.
Researchers at the Lyons Neuroscience Research Centre, says this article in the Daily Mail, have tried to understand why some people recall dreams more easily than others. They want to figure out changes in the brains functioning amongst different kinds of dreamers, if you will. One conclusion was that those who slept badly were more likely to recall more dreams.
Give it a thought. Have many of your dreams reflected your state of mind at that time? Have you developed ideas for your poems, prose or art from the matter churned in your brain during a dream? How often have you woken up thanking your lucky stars that a particular dream didn’t come true? For that matter, how often have you rued that the dream which you enjoyed so much was rudely shattered when you woke up in the morning?