I write on this interesting topic so liberally because that’s how we should think about it. In my line of work as a therapist, I have met clients weighed down by scary and, tormenting dreams that almost render them dysfunctional because of the level of attention they chose to give them.
From a psychological point of view, dreams occur during sleep in two durations: (REM sleep) the deep sleep and non-REM sleep (light sleep). The dreams that occur during deep sleep are not usually remembered because of the low levels of brain activity.
Nonetheless, from research, various scientists point that the said dreams are usually very positive and full of wonderful memories which we can never recount in the conscious state. On the other hand, the dreams that occur during the non-rem sleep are scary and what is normally remembered. The brain activity at this level is high, heightened by high rapid eye movement desensitization. This is explained by the vivid memory of the dream and various aspects such as the color, people, places, and content upon our awakening.
Where do dreams come from? Burgeoning research shows that from a psychological perspective dreams come from what we surround ourselves with during the day, unresolved conflicts in our lives, the very things we desire, fear, etc. From a biblical perspective, the question we would rather answer is what kind of dreams come from God? Various scriptures in the Bible show occasions where God speaks through dreams. Joseph had a dream of his own before he entered Egypt (Genesis 37). Most of the time he spent interpreting dreams (Genesis 41), Daniel in Daniel 7 he witnesses a terrifying dream of four beasts. Theologians have attributed each beast to a certain kingdom (Babylon, Medo-Persians, Greeks, and Romans/End Times Kingdom). The dreams served to show events and kingdoms to come.
Joseph, Jesus’ father, saw an angel in a dream who warns him to flee to Egypt before Herod can take the life of his son (Matthew 2:13). This dream served as a warning. Various other scriptures in the Bible relate to dreams as God’s way of communication in the past and present. The most effective way of evaluating spiritual dreams is to consult Scripture any time one encounters an intense dream that seems to have events, and authority greater than other common dreams.
7 effective ways of understanding your dreams
- You need to be aware that in your dreams there will be known content including people, places, and objects with which you have come in contact with.
- Dreams can involve the recollection of disturbing information that we have not dealt with in our lives which in most cases is an interpretation of a cry for help.
- We express our desires, pain, and wishes through dreams which fill the subconscious part of our brains.
- It is possible to experience one specific dream for a very long time and often. This means that you may need to deal with the unresolved content in the dream.
- Most nightmares and frightening content in your dreams are things that we fear and general presentation of what you interact with including movies, books, people, etc. therefore you have the power to manage the environment and stop the dreams from occurring.
- When you disturb yourself with uncalled-for attention in every dream you experience, it is a sure pathway to becoming dysfunctional as well as possible manipulation by dream interpreters. Note that dreams are normal processes that explain the different levels of sleep and consciousness.
- Finally, any dream that is a message from God will relate to how God speaks to us as a warning, a go-ahead, an assignment, or the word of God.