Dream is defined as “a series of thoughts, images and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep” and when we dream we “indulge fantasies about something greatly desired”.
In his book Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners, Freud defines the dream as “a sort of substitution for those emotional and intellectual trains of thought”.
Dreams can be symbolic, mysterious, confusing and prophetic and most of the time they leave us, dreamers, wondering what they mean and why they happened at that particular time of our life.
Freud and his supporters would say that a dream is the outlet of the subconscious and the repressed emotions and they believe that “every dream is a wish fulfilment”. Some others believe that dreams have fixed meanings that can be found in dictionaries of dream interpretation and there are others who would go with a more scientific approach, which suggests that those images in our dreams result from certain activity in our brain as it tries to “clean” itself in our sleep.
One thing that is impossible to have access to, is our unconscious mind. We don’t know what’s going on in there or how it works. It is also impossible to figure out why sometimes our dreams are so sweet that we never wish to wake up or why others they turn into nightmares and we wish we never slept at all.
Ultimately, the reality is nothing like we dream of. The reality is, more often than not, scarier than our worst nightmare and we have no choice but deal with it day in, day out. So, what do we do? Every night we catch ourselves going to bed wishing for a fresh dream to give us purpose to live, to make us become creative and to give us wings to fly away from our reality.
At the end of the day, what’s more important is to realise, in the face of everything, that the true dream is being able to dream at all!