Happy Thursday, all! It’s one more day until the weekend – yippee! The weekends give us time to live our dreams, or work towards the ones we can achieve while we’re awake, at least. Of course, there’s a difference between a dream you have for your life, like a goal, and the dreams we have while we are sleeping.
In Rose’s book ‘Where the Sugar Bugs Are’, little Banjo drifts off into a dream while standing in his bathroom, trying to avoid having to brush his teeth. While his was a ‘daydream’, today we’re going to take a look at why we dream. Personally, I could not imagine a life without dreams – how dull my sleep-time would be!
While many people feel that the dream-space is a place where we can be visited by those we can’t see (like me), and that our dreams give us messages or suggestions for areas of our lives where we need answers, there is - of course - a scientific explanation for dreaming – and it’s not too different from the fantasy point of view, mind you!
Dreams that occur when we sleep do so at certain stages in our REM state of sleep. REM refers to Rapid Eye Movement, which happens as a result of the brain working at a specific frequency when we sleep. While sleeping, your brain works in a Delta state.
When you’re awake and active, your brain works in a Beta state, a lot faster than Delta. So, the REM is basically a side-effect of your brain functioning in Delta. These brainwaves are slow, and as they wobble your brain begins to process information it’s collected from your normal everyday state that is Beta.
In a Beta state we can make sense of everything, although some little things pass us by. When we dream, the Delta waves give us a chance to make sense of the little things that passed us by while in a Beta state. So, all the information that you receive while you’re awake makes sense in the Beta state, because you are knowledgeable and you have answers to what you see, hear, touch, smell, taste and feel.
But, with the Delta brainwaves not much makes sense at all! It’s kind of like a game of broken telephone, really! Images flash through your brain, but due to the fact you can’t piece them together because you’re asleep, some dreamers find the most bizarre imagery in their dreams – in truth they’re a mish-mash of things that have happened to you that you might not have been aware of while functioning in the Beta state.
It truly is fascinating! While there are those who attempt to interpret dreams, it’s not always so easy because what one symbol means to one person might not mean the same to another. So, when you try to interpret your dreams you should always use references that you know of, not what others tell you.
For tens of thousands of years humans have used the images they receive in their dreams as a way to discover new and profound things. Writers, musicians, artists and even scientists tend to pay special attention to their dreams, because they often hold the missing pieces to their puzzles. So, why not give it a try yourself? Never be afraid of bad dreams, as they too are trying to tell you something – you just have to figure out what it is on your own, without others telling you.
And this is why Banjo becomes so adamant about brushing his teeth after finding himself in Mouth Valley – he sees the consequences of not brushing, and also sees the Superhero Dentist warning him that things will only get worse if he doesn’t! The same goes for Faye in Rose’s book ‘Gently Did The Tooth-fairy Creep’, where Faye meets the tooth-fairy and discovers how she’s watched over her since the day she was born!
Well, we hope you’ve learned something interesting through reading this blog today! If you’ve ever dreamed of the tooth-fairy or something similar, let us know in the comments on Rose’s Facebook page – we’d love to hear all about it! And if you’d like for your child to become my Pen-Pal, drop me a line through my portal on Rose’s website, where your child and I can discuss our dreams together, until we’re blue in the face! Hah!
Until next time, keep dreaming,
Where the Sugar Bugs Are