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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Where the Heck do Dreams come from?

Dreams are mysterious, fun, interesting and sometimes even scary. Where do they come from? Why are our dreams so strange and weird? What do they mean?

Dreams originate from our subconscious mind...period! Not the television show watched prior to bedtime or from some nefarious source.
Although we do tend to insert "symbols" borrowed from the days events, the actual plot and flow of the dream originates from you!

The brain processes 400 billion bits of information per second but we are only "consciously" aware of about 2000 of those - information connected to the environment, bodily functions and time. Often, we don't have the capacity to integrate all of this information...BUT the "subconscious" mind does! The subconscious mind is your personal treasure chest holding all of the information in your lifetime regarding thoughts pondered, words spoken and actions taken.

Pretty darn impressive eh? Amazing really. Our mind has functioned as a supercomputer long before the term was ever coined.


Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, a pioneer in dream work and research states, "Images produced in dreams are much more picturesque and vivid than the concepts and experiences that are their waking counterparts." Why is that? During Rapid Eye Movement (REM), the phase of sleeping were we engage in dreaming, the most active part of the brain is the limbic system which controls emotions. The prefrontal cortex, which handles logical thinking - prevalent in our waking hours, lies more dormant in our sleeping hours.

Jung goes on to say, "In our conscious thoughts we restrain ourselves within the limits of rational statements. Statements that are much less colorful because we've stripped them of most of their psychic associations." In other words, our conscious mind can't "handle" all of the rich and varied information coming at us in our waking hours but the subconscious mind can!!

"Pictorial language represents the world of instinct. It's the difference between controlled thoughts we have in waking life and the wealth of imagery produced in dreams." Jung is saying that something "more" is needed to bring certain things home to us effectively enough to make us change our attitude and our behavior - that is what dream language does!!

It's symbolism has so much psychic energy that we're forced to pay attention to it. We are problem solving in our dreams, venting socially unacceptable emotions, and manifesting and reviewing our future!