Dreams are illusions. Dreams are reality. Dreams are personal. Dreams are fantasy. Dreams are consequential. Dreams are warnings. Dreams are messages. The purpose of dreams tells us a tale of two worlds: the conscious and the subconscious. Let us take the road called Dreams and see where it leads us.
Often we hear people say they do not dream. The reality is we all have dreams but we don’t always remember them. So today I would like to address what it is about dreams that wakes us up sometimes puzzled, excited, sad, happy, exhilarated, depressed or scared.
Dreams carry their own secret. Some people say that dreams are dreams and that’s all there is to it. Indeed they are right and yet dreams carry their own message, be they senseless or meaningful. Dreams become reality when our mind is able to comprehend what we are being told and we are able to heed a warning, a message, a prophecy and so on.
There are many types of dreams. Most of them stand alone but often they intermingle themselves with other variables to make them puzzling to us. Discernment is the key to understanding them. Here is a list of the most common types of dreams:
1. Precognitive Dreams – These depict events that relate to us as the dreamers. They are there to alert us to a particular event in our own personal life that might take place.
2. Prophetic Dreams – These relate to events that will occur in the future to other people, places or things.
3. Lucid Dreams – These dreams are specific because the dreamers know they are dreaming and are able to manipulate the dreams to their liking. That is an important aspect of the dream world because the dreamers have control of what is happening to them and actually get to enjoy the dreaming process.
4. Epic Dreams – These dreams are so charged with emotion and with meaning that the dreamers remember them for years. They usually are so vivid that the dreamers feel the Divine or the Cosmos shared an epic event with them, be they a past one or one to occur in the future. These events tend to have shaped or will shape the world.
5. Wish-Fulfillment Dreams – These are self-explanatory. The dreamers see in their dreams what they have been hoping for. These dreams can either become reality or remain in the realm of wishes. Of course, some people struggle against the current to make their wish a reality. It usually depends on purpose, faith, determination and the final variable LUCK.
6. Recurring Dreams – Again, these are self-explanatory. These dreams repeat themselves somewhat in the same manner over and over again. Once the dreamers start recognizing that a message is being passed on to them, the dreams disappear. They also disappear if the dreamers fail to recognize that they are being spoken to.
7. Nightmares – These types of dreams wake up the dreamers in a panic because there seems to always be someone or something threatening, forceful or ferocious, running after them. These usually reflect issues or fears the dreamers face in their daily life but that they have yet been able to resolve. And sometimes these nightmares manifest themselves into the dreamers’ reality.
8. Healing Dreams – These dreams help the dreamers identify some health issues they may be facing that are unknowing to them. They serve as warnings to impending problems down the road. Often, the dreamers are given ways to heal themselves.
9. Sexual Dreams – Dreams of that nature reflect the lack of sexual activity or lack of affection in the dreamers’ life and also sometimes the strong desire for sex. Adolescents among others are prone to sexual dreams. These dreams call the dreamers’ attention to the need for fulfillment.
10. Out-of-body Experience (OBE) – Dreams of that nature take a surreal road. These dreamers sometimes look at their body still sleeping while they rise out of it to fly to some other place.
11. Spiritual Dreams – These dreams are epic in nature but with a strong religious overtone. Many dreamers say that God, angels or other spiritual beings visited them and spoke to them. These dreams take the shape of visions, so vivid and informative they are. They are not easily forgotten.
In conclusion, the purpose of dreams is to lead us to the path of the subconscious. In turn, the subconscious offers a glance at its world and allows the dreamers to take a peek if they so desire. After all, it is but a rabbit hole to the likes of Alice in Wonderland.