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Why are we dreaming? What is the cause of the dream we saw last night? How can we use our understanding of dreams to our benefit?
Here is presented a possible answer, which relies on instruments from the high tech realm.
Why are we dreaming? Dreams train us and prepare us to better face our daily challenges. Dreams are akin a complex simulation, in a most powerful computer and using advanced algorithms.
While dreaming, a part of our brain plays a multimedia presentation of a possible or probable situation; another part of the brain reacts to this as if it were a real-life situation, and computes an answer, how to address the situation presented to us.
A third part of the brain insulates us from the noise and demands from us present in daily life, so nothing will interfere with the presentation and computations leading to a solution; it also temporarily paralyzes our body, so we will not actually respond to the multimedia presentation.
So, while we "act without thinking" or "have a gut feeling" - it is not that actually our muscles or mouth move without our thinking, or that our gut acquired a brain of its own; rather, these are results of simulations performed while we were sleeping and dreaming.
These were solutions devised by our brain, to address future challenges in various scenarios. Just as an army prepares plans for any contingency, or a sports couch prepares his team for the next play, so our brain prepares us.
What is the cause of the dream we saw last night? To put the question another way, what is the algorithm performed in the brain during our dream? During our daily activities, the brain manages our actions and also performs tasks in the background (yes, your brain is multitasking, just like your personal computer- or more probably, computer designers got their inspiration to invent multitasking, from the brain's perceived operation).
These background tasks include logging, or recording, of all the events which occured; moreover, an analysis of these events is performed- this is the interpretation which causes our thoughts and feelings arising from these events.
Thus, we may become happy or sad or angry as we evaluate the situation, and also we create an impression of the actors involved: this is a lousy restaurant, the view from this mountain is great, this salesperson is professional and trustworthy.
Our brain distilles the results of the above analysis into two blocks of information: a description of participants, such as people, animals, locations, machinery; and a description of how interactions work between Me and these participants and between the participants themselves.
This is akin our knowledge and understanding of the chess game: the two blocks of information are the characteristics of the participants (the shape and size of each piece and the shape of the chess board) ; and the rules of playing chess (how to initially arrange the pieces on the board, how each piece moves, who wins the game).
It is not true to claim that our brain is akin a computer- actually the brain is much more complex than any computer devised thus far, in power and capabilities not fully understood by us. The description of participants may include multimedia clips, feelings, smell, etc.
The description of the rules of interactions may also be extremely complex.
The multimedia presentation to be played in our dream is created from the above blocks of information, using complex computations. It is reasonable to assume that the computing brain is compatible with the format of the blocks of information, so the process is seamless.
Therefore, while dreaming, our brain does its best to estimate the future by computing various scenarios based on its knowledge of the participants involved, and the rules of engagement as perceived. Furthermore, the brain computes possible responses to the computed scenarios, so we will not be surprised. And, if and when we are taken by surprise, these responses prepared in advance come into action, to prevent us from freezing and inaction; rather we come into action and speedily act to our benefit.
Thus, your dream of last night is the result of events you experienced, and of impressions you created from these events; the dream may rely on these to prepare a simulation which may help you in the future.
How can we use our understanding of dreams to our benefit? A therapist may try to detect in the dream (or based on a collection of dreams) the features indicative of misadjustment to reality- maybe the model or description of a person, a place or a situation is distorted or untrue. Maybe the rules of engagement in real normal life are different than those perceived by the patient. Such patient's mistakes may lead to mistaken actions and feelings, which may hurt others and/or the patient himself. Therefore, the understanding of dreams may help in diagnosis and treatment.
And there is another factor involved: our history, plans, desires, hopes and fears. That is, our personality also comes into play when we compute the dream to be presented.
I found that thoughts that preoccupy me during the day, affect my dreams at night. With this understanding, you can influence your thoughts during the day, and also guide your feelings by reviewing and revising your thoughts that caused those feelings. You can go to bed with a problem, and wake up with a solution.
You can harness the power of your dreams to help you achieve your dreams. It may be worth trying.
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