THE ORIGIN OF DREAMS

I’ve always been fascinated by dreams. We close our eyes at night, and we are somehow transported into a parallel universe we’ve created for ourselves, without a notion how. We effortlessly compose a short story from start to finish, a best-selling masterpiece, one that we could never put to paper in our hours of consciousness, nor would we dare to. That short story becomes a movie in which we are the leading character, all in the space of forty winks. In our sleepy subconscious, we unleash a suppressed imagination that knows no boundaries. 

Something that stands out to me when I think about the vastness of our dreams and the complexity of their origin, is a story my brother told me when I was younger of his personal dream encounter. He recalled a dream in which he was in a tattoo parlour getting a piece done on his arm, while reading a book about dreams. In this book, he read a passage that explained the connection between what we dream and the position we are sleeping in, for example a lucid dream is better triggered by sleeping on an incline. He woke up from that dream lesson within a dream, lying uncomfortably on the arm on which he had been receiving a painful tattoo, therefore supporting the theory that he had just discovered, through dreaming. My little mind was blown – I remember it was around Christmas time and I was so excited about getting my first mobile phone, I tried to sleep with my hand like this 🤙🏼 to my ear in the hope of Christmas coming early in snoozeyland. It absolutely didn’t work, of course.

There are a million theories out there offering insights into the origin of our dreams, none of which I am fully convinced of yet. Even if there is no rhyme nor reason to any of them, I’ll remain fascinated and eager and I’ll do as I’ve done for a very long time now – keep writing down every dream I wake up from while I remember it. The misspelled flow of nonsense might make perfect sense one day when I’m conducting dream research like I hope to, and if not it’ll still provide me with warm fuzzy smiles everytime I read back over it…

“A light sleep is certainly a favourable condition for the remembrance of dreams.” (C. J. Jung) 

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