reply to post by Edgar806
Dreams are definitely momentary "flash connections" between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. It is through the medium of
unconsciousness that our brains "turn-off" and the two states of consciousness coalesce into one. Of course, this occurrence is brief, and dreams,
despite seeming to last for hours, only occur in brief segments, usually only seconds long, 4 or more times a night.
What is happening is that your body is translating biological signals and archetypal symbols into visual stimulation, because that is how
consciousness is translated. Consider how we think about things normally: our thoughts appear to us as incomplete images and pictures. It is only
through concentration and focus that we can call up our conscience, that little voice in our head which narrates our lives.
What dreams are doing are bringing to light social, sexual, and mental signals and symbols we've witnessed throughout our day, and trying to unravel
their meaning and implication in our lives. As we move through our sleep cycles our dreaming states change: from light (mundane dreams), to heavier
(sexual dreams), to fleeting (nightmares) which is where we usually are interrupted and wake up. If, however, we manage to fall back asleep again
sometimes we get a fourth "coming out of it" stage where another mundane dream occurs.
When we first fall asleep the signals and symbols are mixed in with every-day activities. We may dream events we did that day, but with odd-ball
accompaniments: like dinosaurs and celebrity cameos. This is our mind unraveling all of the flighty, day-to-day activities we go through, looking for
patterns which will help us relieve stress and anxiety over things we are fearful of.
The second stage is sexual, which, I don't think needs much explaining here. This is where all those wonderful sexual fantasy dreams occur for
individuals. Obviously they are a direct response to biological urges and evolutionary desires which human beings have developed and need to
Finally, the nightmare stage is when the subconscious mind is in full effect, and all of those nasty, hidden, denied, and ignored facets of who we are
come floating to the surface. These are often the most important dreams, because they symbolically hint at things which we are otherwise ignoring in
our waking life, which need to be faced and dealt with.
Usually, all the stages of dreaming occur smoothly, with "scene like" transitions. Being interrupted can force us out of a stage and back to waking.
If we sleep again immediately after, we can often pick up right where we left off.
I cannot say much on precognitive dreams. I have known people who have had them. I never have. And, unfortunately, the people I know do not have them
nightly, or even with enough regularity for them to be anything more than ghosts in the machine; flukes of nature. My best guess would be that
precognitive dreams have more to do with the psychism of the individual while awake—their connectivity to vibrations and frequencies of human
emotions and spirit—than to anything initiated in sleep.
As for astral projection and out of body experiences... again, my own study and attempts in this field have taught me that they do not occur during
sleep, but during meditative wakefulness. So, a link between dreams and the astral realm does not exist in my hypothesis, because the astral realm is
accessible during meditation and waking life, not during dreaming and sleeping.
~ Wandering Scribe