posted on Nov, 28 2008 @ 09:15 AM
To take this story a little further, keeping in mind the fact that I, in no way claim to be an expert in dreams, their meaning, etc but I do know that
our conscious and subconscious minds may not always be in sync from moment to moment and sometimes dreams bridge a gap of missing information.
Our senses deliver all sounds, all smells, all sights in the field of vision, all tactile sensations, etc to our brains and our subconscious mind then
processes this information to our conscious mind. However, we do not process all of this information to our conscious mind because it is simply too
much information and requires some filtering. This is to say that when we open a door and look into a room, we only notice the things that are
relevant to us at the time we open the door and look in, and everything else is dismissed, even though we actually see everything. Occasionally, the
subconscious mind misses the relevance of something perceived by the senses and attempts to reconcile in dreams. At times, the grandeur or
sophistication of a subject, previously unrealized or simply forgotten may be reveled or remembered in a dream and thus an illusion of being of
greater intellect in the dream than while awake.
Example, I took French as a foreign language in seventh grade and have never really used it in life so I have forgotten the lessons. I don’t speak
French as an adult and if a French speaking person starts talking to me, I take on that glazed look and they quickly recognize, “no, he does not
speak French”, but a friend was looking at a website that had the line “la chant petit, ah, le chat est petit”, in which she said “that means
something about little houses, with little boxes”. I thought nothing of it at the time, but that night, I dreamed about a tiny black cat, drinking a
glass of milk and singing about Napoleon. I had remembered enough of my seventh grade French lessons in my dream that I understood the line from the
previous day actually meant “a little song, a little cat”. So, to clarify, I didn’t learn French in my sleep, but I did recall a French lesson
from my childhood in my dream that helped me to correctly translate something from the previous day that had been overlooked by my conscious mind but
obviously flagged by my subconscious mind.
Just thought I’d share.