Electric Dreams

Theories of Dreams

Scott Hughes 

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Hughes, Scott (1996 August). Theories of Dreams. Electric Dreams 3(7). Retrieved July 26, 2000 from Electric Dreams on the World Wide Web: http://www.dreamgate.com/electric-dreams  

In the literature of dreams exist countless theories regarding their meaning. Which theory are you to believe? Each dreamer must eventually face this question. You can't believe in every theory as such a view would only lead to madness. You must personally decide the meaning of dreams, and their relationship to waking life. Some believe dreams lack meaning. Others believe they express omens from the gods. Still others believe they contain messages of repressed desires. What do you believe?

Each viewpoint on dreams arises from a bed of beliefs. Beliefs making up a theory, a theory of dreams. Your beliefs act like a lens focusing all that you see, both physically and while you experience dream sleep. So decide on those theories, those ideas you will use when looking inward. Your dream beliefs reveal which brand of lens you use when looking inward. They will reveal what kind of tint you put on your dream time experiences.

I have never found an ultimate theory, an ultimate explanation for the experience of dreams. I have found a multiplicity of explanations that seem to work for different people. Perhaps, we are each meant to have a different theory of dreams. A unique perspective where we have taken ideas from different theories to create a lens that can look inward.

Scott Hughes