posted on Dec, 8 2008 @ 01:23 PM
Recently I read an older post entitled "Can you dream with more intelligence than you have?" I did make a post to this but I doubt if the OP will
read it because of the length of time between the last post and mine. Therefore I am going to open another thread and hopefully provide some
understanding to this question and why the appearance of unrealized intellect is manifest in dreams. I am not saying that this is the answer that
anyone wants to hear and I am not implying that there is no holy grail of intellect lurking deep within our mind, although I believe there is capacity
for such but due to the fact that we use only ten percent of our brain's capacity we will likely never realize this enormous potential for untapped
intellect in our lifetimes.
The brain is the most sophisticated computing device imaginable. It has the capacity to calculate over 100 trillion calculations per second. This rate
of speed is inconceivable and if it were not for conscious separation one would go insane from the shear amount of information being absorbed at any
given time during consciousness.
When you are in the deeper stages of sleep (stage 4 and REM) the mind is using subconscious as well as conscious memory. In the REM period, breathing
becomes more rapid, irregular and shallow, eyes jerk rapidly and limb muscles are temporarily paralyzed. Brain waves during this stage increase to
levels experienced when a person is awake. Also, heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, and the body loses some of the ability to regulate its
temperature. This is the time when most dreams occur, and, if awoken during REM sleep, a person can remember the dreams. Most people experience three
to five intervals of REM sleep each night.
Anything you have ever; heard, read, seen, felt, experienced, tasted, smelled, or in any other manner absorbed is available. Although you may have
never realized this information was present in your mind, you may not have even consciously heard the information; however, your brain has and it is
logged into memory. The problem with conscious access of memory is that it is dependent upon pathways, which usually come about through associations.
The more associations you have of a memory the easier recall becomes for it. If there are no associations, there are no pathways, and although the
information is stored, the conscious mind cannot retrieve it; this however, is not applicable to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind has
complete access to every bit of information stored in the brain. If you want a visual on this try to imagine an interchange on a freeway, the more
associations that are present (inroads) the more the freeway is accessible. Some of these "roads" connect with other "roads" and thus the ability
to remember a story or past experience. Have you ever forgot some of the details of an event? This is because there are no connecting "roads" on
this freeway. The associations are either misplaced, or have degraded due to lack of recalling the information. Memory degrades when it is not
accessed and the more accessed it is, the more defined the pathways are and the better and more vivid the memory. Trauma although perhaps not recalled
is deeply embedded in some cases because the emotional attachment is great and thus it creates very defined pathways; although this emotion can also
overload the circuit and a "short" can occur and the memory can be completely gone from conscious recall due to that. Remember the brain works on
electrical pulses and just as with any electrical circuit, it can be overloaded, the stronger the emotion, the more electricity it produces. This is
why if trauma is remembered it can be very vivid and at the same time the emotion may be so strong that the circuit is burnt apart and it cannot be
recalled. It is easier to understand how these pathways work if one would compare them to a fence gate. If the gate is used often, it moves freely, if
it is used very rarely it may get rusty and not move at all. And the depth of memory can be related to a path through the Forrest, if it is used
daily, it becomes deeper and well defined and can easily be found even in the dark, but if no-one ever walks on this path it degrades and can even
disappear from site, the path is in fact still there, just grass and other debris has grown over it and it cannot be found. Memory works in much the
When you are dreaming the mind has complete access to both the conscious and subconscious memory, and this could easily manifest itself as having
great unlocked intellect when recalling a dream and in fact this knowledge is there, just not accessible through the conscious mind. I hope this helps
to understand this somewhat.
[edit on 12/8/2008 by DarrylGalasso]
[edit on 12/8/2008 by DarrylGalasso]