I don’t remember my dreams as a rule. I keep my tablet handy in case I do wake up and remember a dream. It’s good to write them down as sometimes they can lead somewhere in fictions. Dreams are process by which we process information. It’s not a conscious act; it is just the brain’s way of processing the day’s sensory input into our memories. The brain categorizes the day’s experience and serves it up with bits and pieces of other experiences, things we’ve read, seen, heard, and whatever. That’s why dreams rarely make sense. The brain is just trying different combinations in our memories. There’s only so much room in there.
When we dream, we are actually processing ideas and thoughts. They can coalesce into a story premise or even a novel solution to a problem. More often than not, though. They are nonsense. Underneath that nonsense, though, we learn things, and we remember things. It’s how it works. At least, that’s what I think. Dreams have a purpose. They help us imagine how things can be, remember how they were, and so on. Writing a dream down might or might not make much sense because dream interpretation is subjective. It all depends on what you want.
No one can interpret your dreams for you. Your experiences are the basis of your dreams. No one else has those. If you Google the word ‘dreams’ you will get a number of websites that will ‘interpret’ them for you. Some are just dictionaries of the symbolism. Some of it makes no sense. A website called Dreammoods says that if you see a baboon in your dreams, you need to be more expressive in your feelings. Really? I don’t think I have ever dreamed about a baboon, but then, how would I know. I don’t usually remember dreams. That’s why I take dream interpretation with a grain of salt. Usually, if I remember a dream, I look for something a bit more common in them. For example, if you go to bed worried about making your bills, your dreams will probably have a financial tone. You’ll get your dream job, or win the lottery. That’s just wish fulfillment in your dreams. It isn’t real and you know that. It doesn’t solve your problems, but it lets you escape them for a while. That’s the real purpose of dreams, finding solutions, if possible, and escaping the mundane world around us.
Write down your dreams when you remember them. Be entertained by them, find solutions to some of your problems, but remember they are just dreams and have no substance in the real world. Perhaps I’m lucky that I don’t remember most of my dreams. I’m probably entertained in my sleep, but that is all I get from them. If you remember yours, maybe you can get good work of fiction from them and have a good night’s rest.
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