Says D. H. Lawrence,
All people dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind,
Wake in the morning to find that it was vanity.
But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people,
For they dream their dreams with open eyes,
And make them come true.
Good morning everyone! I would like to speak a few words on a very fascinating topic- ‘Dreams’.
Ask a science nerd and he will say- ‘Dreams are successions of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep and can have varying natures such as frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic or adventurous. Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement [REM] stage of sleep- when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake.
Ask a philosopher and he will say- ‘Dreams are the wings without which life, a broken winged bird, cannot fly.’
We all dream, don’t we? – Dreams of crystal water and of the clear sky, dreams of happiness and of sorrow, dreams of laughter and of pain, dreams of Gods and of ghosts. Sometimes we giggle in our sleep, sometimes we scream, we kick and sometimes we fall straight off the bed. And in the morning we try to recollect our dreams, wondering whether they meant anything. So, do our dreams have any significance? You solve this mystery and you get a Noble Prize.
But in the past it was believed that dreams depicted the future; dreams were thought to be direct messages from deities or from deceased persons. Some considered dreams as the deepest desires and anxieties of the soul.
Did you know that the Mesopotamians believed that the soul, or some part of it, moved out from the body of the sleeping person and actually visited the places and persons that the dreamers saw in their sleep? Sometimes, the God of dreams was said to carry the dreamer.
The Babylonians and the Assyrians had divided dreams into ‘good’ which were sent by Gods and ‘bad’ sent by demons. They also believed that their dreams were omens and prophecies. In ancient Egypt, people with vivid and significant dreams were considered special. Egyptians would go to sanctuaries and sleep on special ‘dream beds’ in hope of receiving advice, comfort or healing from Gods.
But that was a long time ago. Now we are quite educated and well informed, aren’t we? We no longer see dreams only at night, we see dreams when we are awake too- dreams which don’t let us sleep, dreams which motivate us to struggle towards our goals. Such dreams don’t vanish suddenly, such dreams cannot be forgotten. The dreams that we see with open eyes do not create illusions, they inspire. Some dream of money, some dream of fame, some of success and some of health. These dreams are always beautiful because these dreams are not seen by the subconscious mind but by a person in his full senses. These dreams give life a hope and so it is rightly said- ‘a man without dreams is a living carcass.’
So friends, I would like to conclude by saying that DREAM, because good dreams bring good health and bad dreams help us cherish life. Dream a beautiful dream and have the will to fulfil it.
CONTEST ENTRY # 17
JAI HIND COLLEGE