Dr. P.C. Simon

    copyright 2006

    Dream is a mixture of the conscious and the subconscious activities of the mind. The conscious activities of the past are  
    replayed on the minds screen during sleep. To this process, the subconscious mind adds its own information, including
    intuitive information. Some dreams are true and others are not depending on the ability of the dreamer to identify  with the
    various elements of the dream. If we believe that a dream is going to happen, it becomes an activity of the mind and the
    mind  makes it happen.

    A dream is a letter our subconscious writes to us.  A dream that is not interpreted is a letter that is not read.  Heraclitus
    said "During sleep, one returns to his true nature."

    Dreams are essential for the well being of the individual. They are more important than sleep. Some people can get along
    with few hours of sleep but dream they must.

    A dream is a projection of our mind.  While dreaming, everything seems real.  When we are dreaming, if somebody told
    us that what we see is not real, we would not believe it.  

    Swedenborg wrote that his dreams led him into the inner (spiritual) world. His "Journal of Dreams"  filled thirty six
    volumes. Some of his enemies said that they were a mad man's rambling. But those who understood, wished that they
    had such madness.

    There are two kinds of dreams. One is the  elaboration of what  was on the subconscious mind.  The other is the
    prophetic dream. Examples are those recorded in the bible such as the dream of Pharaoh, his  butler and baker which
    Joseph interpreted; the dream of Nebuchadnezzar which Daniel interpreted.  It is intuitive information or  divine
    revelation.  A dream may also be induced by  spiritual entities.


    Just before a dream there is a burst of activity in the brain similar to an epileptic seizure.  This lasts for a fraction of a
    second.  It convulses the body. Sometimes a grunt is given out. What causes the jerk is an enigma.  The main symptom
    of dreaming is rapid eye movement (REM) of the eyeballs under the closed eyelids.

    Dreaming also can be detected electronically.  By means of an electrode fixed to the  abdomen of the pregnant woman,
    the fetus can be observed dreaming.  

    During dreaming, the sleeper may lie motionless, snoring may stop, children grimace and in the adult male, the penis may
    swell and erect between two REM periods.

    During early night, sleep is deep and REM periods are short, occurring at intervals  of  about 90  minutes.  During early
    morning, REM periods can be as long as one hour.

    REM is the light sleep. NREM is the deep sleep. There is an NREM of 20 to 30 minutes.  During deep sleep, bodily
    position changes, pulse rate increases, breathing becomes shallow, irregular and rapid,. blood pressure rises,   the sleeper
    turns and changes position.  Adults spend about 1/5 of their sleeping time in dreams and children spend about half the
    time dreaming. Normally a person dreams three or four times each night and has about 1000 dreams a year.
    Dream is essential for our mental health and well-being.  Alcohol, drugs, and sleeping pills reduce REM sleep and cause
    disturbances of mind, like drowsiness. If a sleeper is awakened as soon as the REM starts, the NREM is reduced to a
    shorter period.  If he is again and again awakened at the commencement of REM, the NREM is shortened until at last he
    begins to dream as soon as he sleeps.

    Micro sleeping will bring fleeting wisps of microdreams.  They come and go in flashes.  A  person who is not allowed to
    dream when asleep will start dreaming as soon as he closes his eyes  and  will stubbornly resist awakening. Further
    deprivation  will bring about  dreaming when awake and hallucinations.  Dream has a function of restoring internal
    balance. Dream is necessary. Continued dream deprivation will bring mental collapse and may eventually lead to death.  


    Dr. Nathaniel Kleitman of "The Dream and Sleep Research Lab" of Chicago found that dreams may last from 5 minutes
    to an hour.  Out of 2240 awakenings, 1864 times the dreamers remembered their dreams.  If a dream is slept through, the
    dreamer usually forgets the dream. But if he is awakened during the dream, the  dream is not forgotten.

    This  is what happened to  Friedrich August Kekule von Stradonitz .   He was going home late one night after visiting his
    friend Hugo Mueller. He took the bus as usual and sat on the outside on the top deck.  He fell into a reverie. The atoms
    were gambolling before his eyes.  He was thinking about the valences of atoms and he saw the small atoms were held by
    the larger ones, forming a chain.  At this moment, the bus conductor shouted "Clapham Road", and he woke up. He spent
    part of the night putting on paper what he was dreaming.

    The second time Kekule dreamt about the atoms was in front of his fireplace in Ghent.  He saw the atoms dangling
    around in a snake-like fashion.  Suddenly it appeared to him that the snake was biting its tail.  Suddenly, as if by
    lightening, he was awakened from his dream and he worked the whole night putting his ideas to an hypothesis he had.  

    In his publications in 1860, Kekule did not refer to his dreams. Many scientists never refer to how they get any
    information.  Accidents, imagination, and dreams have often been the initial ingredients of discoveries.  Kekule himself
    wrote "Let us learn to dream, gentlemen. Then perhaps we shall find the truth.  But let us beware of publishing our
    dreams till they have been tested by the waking understanding."

    Weiss and Brown reported that Otto Loewi discovered the chemical substance that transmits nerve impulses in a dream.  
    When the idea occurred to him for the first time in a dream, he fell asleep again and could not remember it well when he
    awoke the next morning.  When the same dream came to him a second time, Loewi went directly to the laboratory and
    performed the experiments suggested in the dream.  He did not mention the dream in his publications but he told his
    friends and family.  Weiss, who recorded this information, got it from his own wife who was Loewi's daughter.  This
    story along with many others’ proves that highly significant research schemes originate in dreams which I believe is
    intuitive information arriving.  

    Herman Helmoltz,nineteenth century philosopher and physiologist said "fruitful ideas often come in the morning upon

    Melvin Calvin, who won a Nobel prize for chemistry in 1961, described  how the explanation for photosynthesis came to
    him when he was waiting in his car parked in a prohibited zone. It occurred to him like a flash.  In a matter of 30 seconds
    the cyclic character of the path became clear to me.  

    Therefore, there should be such a thing as inspiration, I suppose, but one has to be ready for it.  


    We do not yet know the  true  cause or meaning of dreams. But, if they could be  correctly interpreted they would yield
    valuable information. Once again the true  strength of the  dream lies in our belief of what we have dreamt.


    Many dreams are meaningless, at least  they have not been interpreted and no significant results have been accumulated..

    All biblical dreams are significant according to the  biblical version of the results.  I quote below a few dreams that
    materialized and  proved helpful to the dreamer.

    In the book " In Search of the  Dream People" Richard Noone  writes about  the Temiar People in the interior of
    Malaysia. Noone says that they are the most perfectly adjusted people in the world, far more advanced than the so called
    civilized people of the world. They control their anger  and aggression   through manipulating dreams. Temiar children are
    encouraged to talk about their dreams every  morning. They are taught  how to conquer the opponent they meet in their
    dreams. All the actions of the Temiar people are the result of the dreams of one member or  another. They live in long
    houses and cultivate land jointly. The product is divided not according to the contribution of each member but according
    the need of each family.

    Another neighbouring  tribe called the Negreto  teach their children to use dreams to guide their lives.

    Senoi is another aboriginal people in Malaysia who use dreams to guide their community life. They try to have  dreams
    every night and tell their dreams to their elders and get them interpreted. It is a way of leading a harmonious community,
    without crime and violence.

    Kilton Stewart the anthropologist wrote a chapter in Tart's "Altered States Of Consciousness"in which he  describes
    Senois as the most adjusted people on earth. They have no wars, no fights and are well adjusted psychologically.


    Washington Carver, “The Man Who Talks with the Flowers” wrote, "One of my most surprising  answers to prayer
    came when I was a little boy of 5 or 6.  I had no pocket knife...So, one night I prayed to the Father to send me a knife
    and that night I had a dream.  I dreamed that out in the field where the corn rows joined the tobacco rows, there was a
    watermelon cut in halves.  One half was all gouged out.  The other half, plump and full, was leaning up against three
    stalks  of corn. Out of it stuck the black handle of a pocket knife. The next morning I could hardly wait till I got through
    breakfast before I scampered out to the cornfield.  There, where the corn rows joined the tobacco rows, I saw a
    watermelon cut in halves. One half was all gouged out and the other half, plump and solid, rested up against three stalks
    of corn and sticking out of it was the black handle of a pocket knife.


    Master Sergeant James Lee of Shepherd Air Base  was reading late at night in his house in Witchita Falls, Texas, when
    his telephone rang.  It was his mother-in-law enquiring about her daughter.  She lived in Clovis, New Mexico, 300 miles
    away.  She had a nightmare and woke up and phoned to ask about Selma, her daughter.  He said that his wife was quite
    well and said that he would get her to come to the phone.  When he went to call his wife, he found her dead in the


    Another interesting dream is one that Mr. Isleng, Sheriff of Harris county had on January 2, 1966.  For two days he was
    dragging Lake Houston for the body of  15 year old  Jerry Crosser. He dreamt that a youth's body was floating in the
    deep water of the lake away from where they were searching.  Next morning he insisted that they should search the area
    he dreamed of and found the body.(105: p. 17)


    The T.V. show "That's Incredible" reported the dream of Joe.  Joe saw in his dream a wooden house on an island being
    destroyed by a cyclone.  He had the same dream a second time.  He told about this to the local radio announcer who had
    no idea which island it was.  After about six months, his brother asked him to come over to Dolphin Island. As soon as
    Joe went into his brother's house, he knew that it was the house he had seen in his dream.  He told his brother and some
    fishermen.  They did not pay attention.  When hurricane Frederick struck in August 1979, six months after he had seen it
    in his dream, the local people remembered Joes's warning and left the island. Though the island was wiped out, only six
    people died and the damage was limited to one and a half- million dollars.


    It is probably true that Calpurnia dreamed of Caesar's murder by Brutus and Brutus in his turn dreamed that he would die
    at Philippi, and he did, by suicide.


    At the time of Dante's death, he was writing the Paradiso of the Divine Comedy.  His children looked for this section of
    the Paradiso but could not find it .  They searched everywhere and finally Jacopo, his son, tried to write it himself to
    complete the manuscript.  Then, one day Jacopo had a dream in which his father took him to the house where Dante
    died.  He led him to the wall and said, "What you look for is here" and disappeared.  His son woke up from the dream,
    even though it was  middle of the night  he hurried to the house where Dante occasionally lived and woke the  man and
    told him the  dream. They  both went into the  room and found  a curtain almost sealed to the wall in question. When they
    removed it there was a niche.  The missing Cantos were found in it. It was damp and would have been lost for ever if it
    was not found at that time.


    Susan B. Anthony, the Suffragist leader was advised to go to Atlantic City for health reasons.  One day she had a dream
    of being burnt alive.  The dream  forced her  and her niece  to return to  Philadelphia the next morning.  Later, they
    learned that the hotel and ten other hotels in the area were burned the night they returned.


    Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan came to him in a dream.  On awakening, he was conscious of having composed
    two or three hundred lines during his three hours sleep.  He immediately sat to write them down.  He was interrupted by a
    man from Porlock.  One hour later, he had forgotten the lines.  


    Agassiz, a famous biologist and paleantologist, was working on  a fossil fish on a stone slab in which it was preserved.  
    He had a dream and thought that he knew how to expose the fossil.  He went to Jardin de Plante but failed to expose the
    fossil.  The next night, he saw the fish again but again failed to expose the fossil.  The third night, he placed pencil and
    paper beside his bed.  When the dream appeared, he immediately woke up and made notes while half asleep.  The next
    day, he found the notes he made were accurate and he succeeded in exposing and classifying the fish.


    There is a story that James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was concerned about making lead pellets for shotguns.  
    He dreamt night after night for a week of walking in the rain but the raindrops were lead pellets.  So, he got permission to
    melt a few pounds of lead and cast it from the belfry of a church which had a moat.  When he recovered the lead from
    the moat, the lead had hardened into tiny, round pellets.  Since that time, all lead shot has been prepared by this method.


    Wolfgang Mozart received his inspiration in a semi-conscious state.  George Frederick Handel received the melody for
    the last movement of his oratorio, the Messiah, in a dream.  Niels Bohr, the Danish physicist, is said to have dreamed of
    the planetary system and thus discovered that the atomic nucleus was surrounded by circling electrons similar to the
    orbiting planets of the sun.  


    Jack Pollock's book, "Croiset, the Clairvoyant," describes dreams and quotes symbols associated with dreams.  The
    symbols mean different things to different people.  


    On November 10, 1618, Descartes had a dream in which the Angel of Light visited him and showed him the marvellous
    science of mathematics.  He devoted the next 31 years of his life to live this dream.  He applied algebra to geometry and
    created analytical geometry.  He applied mathematics to physics.  He applied physics to medicine and philosophy.  He
    could change everything including God, angels, space, time, plants, animals, and complex social relationships into
    numbers.  Descartes believed that all knowledge is in the recesses of the mind.  Those who grope there for knowledge
    will find it.  If they are not there innately, they come from God through direct illumination.

    Wolfgang Goethe, the poet philosopher of Germany went for a walk to Belvedere at Weimar. During his absence his
    good friend Frederick arrived from Frankfurt at Goethe's home.    He was  drenched in the rain and there was no one at
    home.  So Frederick  undressed and put on the dry clothes and fell asleep in his chair.

    During the sleep he dreamt  that the  poet was walking on the   road to Weimar and  went to meet him. Goethe was
    indeed walking  towards his  home  after visiting  the belvedere and he  suddenly stopped as if he  saw someone. His
    friend who was walking with him did not find any one. Then the poet  turned and said " If I was not sure that  my friend
    Frederick was in Frankfurt, I would have certainly thought that it was he. Again he turned and said "Yes it is you
    Frederick and how is it that you are on the  road  dressed like this with  your gown and  night cap and my slippers".  His
    walking companion saw nobody and thought  that the poet was  losing his senses but  did not comment  anything. When
    they reached home there Frederick was. The Poet exclaimed “Oh, you Phantom". Frederick protested “What a good
    greeting he gets from his friend”. Then he explained that he got wet and changed and fell asleep and had a  dream that he
    came and met  him on the road. The peculiarity of this  dream is that  during dream the spirit  goes out just like when a
    person dies.


    The only factual dream I ever had was in 1933. My mother-in- law had a hand operated Singer sewing machine.  For
    some reason I took it from the  table and  placed it on a  folding chair. The machine with  the chair fell to the floor. I tried
    to find if anything was broken.  Nothing was broken but the handle would not turn.  I worked for  many hours without
    any result.  Finally I went to bed at about midnight. At 4 A.M. I had a dream. In my dream which was as clear as
    something happening during the day, I took a screw driver and  loosened a screw of the sewing machine and the machine
    worked fine.

    Immediately I woke from my dream  and went to the machine took the screw driver and loosened the exact  screw
    which I had seen in my dream and the machine worked perfectly.

    F.W.H. Myers reported one such case in his book" Human Personality And Its Survival After Bodily Death" p.90 of the  
    revised edition, 1961.  His report stated that  one Mrs A. M. Bickford-Smith on reaching Morley's hotel at 5 O'clock on
    Tuesday 29th January 1889 found a gold brooch missing.  She thought that she might have left it at the fitting-room at
    Swan Edgar's.  She went there at once but was very disappointed that it was not there.  That night she dreamed that she
    will find it on a page of the "Queen" news paper that was on the table.  In her dream she saw the very page where it
    would be. Directly after breakfast she went to Swan and Edgar's  and asked to see the paper, at the same time telling the
    young ladies about her dream.  The paper had been removed from the room but was found  and to the astonishment of
    the young ladies she said " This is the one that contains my brooch"  and there at the very page she expected, she found it.


    To utilize your dreams, keep a notebook beside your bed so that you will be ready to record your dream on waking.  
    Suggest to yourself every night before you go to sleep that you would like to dream and that you must wake up
    immediately after the dream and you want to remember the dream.  Be faithful to your own promise to yourself and as
    soon as you wake up, note the dream down in a book.  Through self-suggestion prior to sleep, create an acumen in your
    observation of dreams.  Try to observe the setting, people, action, colour, feeling, and words.  Work on analysing your
    dreams every day otherwise their continuity and progress will be difficult to assess.  Dreams are illogical because only
    fragments of the dreams have been recalled or because the dream is reflecting something illogical in the dreamer's life.  
    Sometimes dreams are illogical because of mental blocks.  If you are unable to decipher an important dream, suggest to
    yourself for your next sleep that the dream should report itself more clearly.  Dreams of ill-health can be symbolic or

    To solve problems, ask for guidance through dreams.  Be practical in your interpretation and always look for a lesson.  
    Recurrent dreams and serially progressive dreams indicate failure of one sort or another.  That shows no correction has
    been made for the existing  aberration. Dreams are reactions to the inner self (subconscious mind).  Dreams come to
    guide and not to amuse.  If we do not use it, the clarity and  remembrance will subside.

    Do not fear to converse with the dead in dreams.  Dreams are primarily about self.  Only few dreams relate to family,
    friends, and world events.  Be thankful for informative dreams.  Persistence is necessary to learn the meaning of dreams.  
    Finally, before going to sleep tell yourself "I want to have a dream that will contain information to solve the problem I
    have in my mind".  State the problem and say "I will have such a dream.  I will understand it and will remember it."  


    Those who believe in dreams see that their dreams come true.  Dreams are not events occurring in sequence.  We are not
    able to decipher many dreams.  To understand a dream, one must assign his own  meanings to words and phrases.  To
    one person "raisins" will indicate health, to another it will indicate sickness.  Each one makes certain sense out of his
    dream and believes in the dream and those who believe steadfastly, quite often see the dreams come true.  Perhaps it is
    not the dream that  makes the dream come true  it is the belief .  It is the mind of the person that makes things happen.

    Try to remember the dream when you are half asleep before you wake up  completely.  Try to go back to sleep and re-
    dream the dream. Very often we will be able to  recall the dream in all its details.
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