I believe we all dream something each night, but not always something significant enough to remember.
Just as anyone else, I have come terrible dreams in the night. It’s not so much the good dreams that I remember as much as I remember the really bad dreams which often include one very distinct emotion: fear. My dreams are normally one very distinct dream with two very distinct outcomes: an intruder enters our home (how I’m not sure, I never see this in my dreams) and either (1) my children witness something very horrible happen to me, or (2) I can’t save my children from something very horrible happening to them.
This year in home-school, one very interesting topic we went over in science discussed dreams.
Throughout this lesson, we discovered many fun facts about dreams, such as:
- dreams typically occur during REM sleep (which stands for Rapid Eye Movement)
- during REM sleep, dreams are a bit crazier because in this phase of sleep, one part of the brain is still sleeping whereas the rest of the brain is active. The one part that is still sleeping is the part of your brain that can make predictions. These crazier dreams during the REM phase tend to have many potential outcomes so your brain can’t give a definitive outcome to whatever dream is occurring at the moment. This I can attest to with my dreams mentioned above, I don’t ever know how the dream ends, but I force myself to wake up after I try to force the dream to end well, but fail to do accomplish that. Upon waking, I can remember that I was trying to sway the outcome into a favorable one, but wasn’t able to succeed so I would force myself to wake up.
- dreams actually are important as they let humans process their emotions, can help solve problems by ‘acting out’ many different scenarios and results during the crazier dream sessions, and dreams are associated with memory and emotions.
Without disputing or agreeing on this science lesson, I want to point out that God also speaks to us in our dreams, as happened with Pharaoh in the Book of Genesis:
Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile. And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. The ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke. He fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good. Then behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them. The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream. -Genesis 41:1-7
For those of you that don’t know this story, the dream Pharaoh has is a representation of severe famine and great abundance that befalls the land of Egypt. Pharaoh learned something through his dream, something that he was able to somewhat prepare for.
With that said, I’d like to point out that during my bad dreams, my mind is also working out some sort of plan, a preparation of sorts for something that could happen in my own life. When I have these dreams, I become aware of what can happen and I can make an emergency plan for just such an event.