I never gave this question any thought until the spring of 1977 when I first experienced mind-sight; similar to seeing with my mind’s eye, only more like watching a picture on a small TV. I saw an accident between a car and a motor cycle, all in brilliant colour. This accident happened the next day when a motor-cyclist ran into the rear wing of my car, on a roundabout. It was a minor accident and no one was hurt. However, this did waken me up to the possibilities of seeing future events which was quite fascinating at the time; clearly I had to keep a record of any ‘sightings’ to either prove or disprove.
Later on I began to dream, or at least began to remember parts of dreams; before this time I was seldom aware of dreaming. Now, I had to keep paper and pencil at my bedside so I could write down any key words or images immediately I awakened, otherwise the dream would slip away from me. Later, I bought a voice recorder which made life easier. There were some nights when I got little sleep – there were so many dreams which had all to be written up the next day. In those days I was probably frightened of missing an important dream. Now, I take the view that if it’s important I will remember it. After all it’s better to live in the present rather than continually looking into the future.
Why do we dream, even when we don’t remember them and many people don’t? There has to be some serious purpose to our dream life; why we spend a considerable part of our life dreaming. The most obvious purpose is that sleep allows our physical body to recover and restore vital energy, while at the same time allowing our deeper consciousness to help resolve our daily anxieties. The old saying ‘sleep on it’ is true; people often find the solution to a problem comes while they sleep.
A further purpose to dreaming is the role it can play in helping us to know our-self. It is very difficult to look in and be objective about how we react to situations in our daily life. Dreams can be like little film sets in which we see ourselves act out different scenes; we can observe how we act and react and this gives us a little insight into our own temperament. We do not necessarily like it but it is the kindest way of alerting us to our less desirable traits. It takes time to learn to be honest with our self but slowly we can change and develop a better attitude, this in turn improves our relationships and makes us happier. People need people and the better we relate to one another, the more we energise and the more satisfying life can become.
Often our dreams seem to be a jumble of events that are hard to understand, this is because we try to read them literally, as we see them. A friend of mine asked me the other day why are dreams like this? I suggested to her that words often have different meanings to different people; language is not always the best way to communicate. The most accurate way to understand another person is to feel what they feel which gives insight into their thinking. This is a method often used in dreams. In our dreams we can be reminded of an incident in our life, we remember how we thought and how we felt at that time. This incident, the thoughts and feelings experienced, have become a symbol or an association of those thoughts and feelings. These associations are then used in dreams to highlight those specific feelings; they may help us see our self more accurately and they may also be used to highlight feelings we will feel sometime in the future. In this way we can be prepared for particular situations in our future; we know how we felt in the past so we now know how we will feel in the future – the circumstances may be different but the feelings will be the same. While it is better to live in the present, sometimes a little fore-knowledge can be helpful.
This brings me to ‘where do dreams come from’? As we learn how to understand our dreams, it becomes clear that we do not conjure them up within our brain; it is also clear that they are transmitted to us by someone who has the ability to look into the details of our life; find the necessary associations. That is mind-boggling! However, a universal field of consciousness is the only way, in my opinion, that this communication can take place because it has shown to be independent of time and space. This suggests to me that we are influenced and always have been influenced, by a more advanced people, who are sufficiently like us; had a development similar enough, for us to be able to relate to them. It is equally clear that this sophisticated method of communication does not come from people on this planet that have died, because no human being has yet evolved such advanced mental abilities, as far as I am aware.
These are some of the benefits of dreaming. I am sure there are more because we are only just beginning to see the possibilities within consciousness; our brain is no longer considered to be in total control but rather the system through which multiple aspects of consciousness manifest.