Dreams are a gift. They are a regular, spontaneous and insightful
communication from yourself to yourself about yourself. It is
like downloading an exclusive newsletter entitled ‘You’
every single morning. What could be more fascinating?
A dream (from Old Saxon joy, music) is a series of thoughts,
images, sensations, or emotions occurring in the mind during
We spend a great deal of time dreaming; we dream every one
and a half hours during the night (whether we remember them
or not); we all spend time day-dreaming, where in unguarded
moments we drift into a relaxed state. Then there are the things
we dream of or long for; the cherished perfect visions of our
ideal life. To dream is to envisage, to picture to oneself –
and, perhaps most importantly, to believe possible. We know
from our own experience that dreams throw up new ideas, they
make us feel an enormous variety of emotions; they are a source
of imagination and inspiration.
We know from research studies that dreams are an altered state,
an alternative perspective of reality that is different from
our normal conscious awareness. They are outside of time and
space. Past happenings, current preoccupations and future possibilities,
all happily jostle along side by side. They are an ever-changing
personal landscape, in which we play all the parts and where
our experiences and perspectives are constantly shifting.
If you stay awake for days without ever dreaming at all, you
get progressively more depressed, disorientated, and eventually
show signs of madness.
Therefore, dreams happen for a reason. They are a place where
we are constantly sensing and reacting, re-playing and processing
our emotions and re-organising our thoughts. It seems then that
we cannot live without dreams. After all, being responsive and
in a state of continuous motion is what’s meant by being