Why do we dream?

by Katie Heffring

This is not going to be a deep philosophical article. And I don’t have the answer. But I ask this question because at face value, dreaming is the only involuntary time when our imagination takes over our mind. Wild! And sometimes dreams can be so real that we think they are. Crazy! They can even make us walk, talk, or do things. So weird! And some of them can sit in our minds like a memory. Too cool!

So how do we actually benefit from dreams? Do they put to light something that was bothering us? Give us an alternative reality to explore? Or information we need to discover? A deeper meaning to our lives? And why do we sometimes remember dreams and other times don’t?

I suppose I could Google all the answers to these questions. But I don’t really want to know the answer. Perhaps dreams are better left unexplained. They are awesome experiences. Emotional fragments illuminated by our incredible imagination and craving for escapism. Incredible imagination.

So don’t you think it’s the scope of our imagination that we should turn our focus on? That is what is really fueling the awesome experience of dreaming. To me the imagination is what sets us apart from the rest of the creatures on our world. Imagination is the tool we all have and it has led us to where we are now.

I believe you do not need to be loopy or on some hallucinogen to utilize the entire range of your imagination. You just have to let your imagination go and know that there is no limit.

Einstein knew the power of it. He said that “imagination is more important than knowledge.” He said “for knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand…imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Because with imagination comes formulation, creation, innovation, simulation, generation, captivation, exhilaration, liberalization, realization and so on.

I know you know this already. All I wanted to do was remind you.

P.S. Speaking of coming attractions, NASA recently released into the public domain fourteen imaginative travel posters on their website. If you’re like me, you probably have already downloaded the images for free and are now considering where these creatively cool posters will look best in your home (kudos if they are already on your wall).

While not writing articles for Ballz, Katie is either freelance editing (editican@wordpress.com) or imagining the future.

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1 Comment on Why do we dream?

  1. That was a very interesting read Katie! Loved it.

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