And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.7 And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?s8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you. Genesis 40:5-8.
Dreams. According to Wikipedia, dreams are defined as, a succession of images, ideas, emotions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, though they have been a topic of scientific speculation, as well as a subject of philosophical and religious interest, throughout recorded history.
Dreams can last for a few seconds, or as long as twenty minutes, but may in fact seem like they have lasted for the entire night. People are more likely to remember the dream if they are awakened during the REM phase. The average person has about 3 to 5 dreams per night, but some may have up to 7 dreams in one night. The dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses. During a full 8-hour night sleep, two hours of it is spent dreaming.
Dreams range from normal and ordinary to overly surreal and bizarre. Dreams can have varying natures, such as frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic, adventurous, or sexual. The events in dreams are generally outside the control of the dreamer, with the exception of lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is self-aware or actually slightly aware of what is being dreamed. Dreams can at times make a creative thought occur to the person or give a sense of inspiration. People with vivid and significant dreams were thought blessed and were considered special. In ancient times, they thought that the best way to receive divine revelation was through dreaming and thus they would induce (or “incubate”) dreams. Dreams that are most memorable with specific colors, sights, sounds, feelings and taste generally are of some great significance.
Throughout the centuries dreams have been studied and the meaning of dreams are sought after sometimes to the extreme. People dream, and want to know what the meaing of their dreams are. Everybody wants to know what their dreams mean. Dreams also sustain us, and help to get us through life, and to our purpose and destiny in life. Sweet dreams are made of these. With these thoughts in mind, tell us of a dream that you have had or of your dream period. We’d like to know.
Now, tell us. We’re listening.