Why do we dream? Why do dreams occur? Can we control them? What is lucid dream and nightmare?  Lucid dreams are dreams in which you know tha...

Why Do We Dream? What is Lucid Dreaming?

Why do we dream? Why do dreams occur? Can we control them? What is lucid dream and nightmare? Lucid dreams are dreams in which you know that you are dreaming.
If the fact of sleeping is already a great mystery, imagine what it can be to dream, that immersion in other worlds, with its characters, occurrences, and rules very different from those that operate in our waking reality.

Why Do We Dream? What is Lucid Dreaming?
There are many theories to explain the phenomenon of dreams, and even among supporters of the same current, for example, the scientific, can not agree. Ever wonder why do you dream? Why do you experience lucid dreaming? Are you sure it's not the nightmare? 

What is lucid dreaming?

Lucid dreams are those dreams where we know we are dreaming while we live the experience. This realization, knowing or "realizing," allows us to act deliberately in our dreams, with the confidence of knowing that nothing can happen to us since we are dreaming. For this reason, they are also known as "conscious dreams." 

Generally, we go through life without questioning the nature of the reality we experience, and we react mechanically according to our preconditions to the challenges presented to us. During the night when we sleep and dream, we continue with this routine and respond to the facts and fantasy objects as if they are absolutely "real," missing the opportunity to enjoy and explore the full potential of the dream world with complete freedom. 

Through concentration and attention, it is possible to change these patterns, to live our dreams completely "awake," realizing that we are dreaming while we do. The sensation of this "awakening" is impossible to describe, and you have to live it. The possibilities that open up are enormous, and the potential to grow and enrich our lives is of tremendous value, as we will see later. 

This is not a secret fantasy nor a form of visualization or imagery that is confused with a dream; As we will see in the articles of the site, is a reality demonstrated by science, a phenomenon, which although considered paradoxical and even strange for scientists, has been shown in sleep labs. 

Let's learn the secret science of human behavior, why do we dream. Why don't we remember each dream? When do we dream? 

Why do we dream?

Having a personal scientific perspective, the version that convinced me the most was an interpretation that I read. Sometimes in an academic publication in the USA, coming from one of its prestigious universities, which posed the following statement. Sleep is an adaptive or evolutionary improvement of the simple Rest - in mammals is an "improvement" product of evolution from simple rest closing the eyes too deep sleep slow wave - it saves energy, and the rest is much deeper. The content dream, the "dreaming," does not appear on the terrestrial map immediately but is a new "upgrade" to the mammals that is speculated is related to the integration of daily experiences. 

In the case of human beings, this ability also comes with the possibility of remembering the dream, which is a new advantage given the valuable psychological information that we can collect from these memories. 

The researcher's paper also points to the possibility of new "improvements" that may come and speculates that dream lucidity would be the next leap in the evolution of sleep and sleep, given the tremendous comparative advantages that experience can give To whom he experiences it. 

Other visions regarding dreams are: 

  • The skeptical look

Why do we dream? Dreams are simply the result of random impulses of neurons during sleep, occurring due to the organizing work of the brain during the night. 

  • Psychological look

Dreams are a window to the unconscious, which is expressed during sleep as wakefulness filters are not present. Dreams are a way out of the unconscious and are expressed in symbols, which are their language. To understand them you have to decipher your message through interpretation. 

  • Science

The version I started with this section is not the most accepted by most scientists. Dreams are thought to be products of the brain trying to find meaning in the random impulses that are bombarded during REM sleep. In any case, the same science accepts that all propositions are only theories since we still do not know why we dream or what dreams are. 

  • Spirituality

In dreams can receive messages both from our own unconscious, like other higher planes, where we can get spiritual visions, and achieve communion with God. The penetration in this influx of information and energy can help and guide us in our spiritual quest. In the Yoga Sutras, the fundamental text of the practice of Yoga, a meditation on dreams is indicated as a means of enlightenment. 
As we will see later in our history section, the practice of lucid dreaming has always been present in the various spiritual practices around the world.