We know that the growing Dreamboard community is interested in using the Dreamboard to develop a lasting and better understanding of their own dreams through the logging and tracking of their personal dream experiences.
However we have received feedback that it would be great if Dreamboard could provide further information on Dream phenomenon in general. The DB team have therefore started to pull together a series of articles that will hopefully provide greater insight into the use of Dreams and how they have and can be used for greater awareness and mindfulness.
We would like to kick of our first article with a brief teaser at some curiosities and information about how dreams have been considered by different throughout history.
Every culture has wondered about what dreams really are, what they mean, and how they relate to wakefulness. The ancient Egyptians thought dreams originated in the divine world. Meeting a dead person in a dream was a way to learn something about his life in the afterworld.
The first records of the importance of dreams in Greek culture are found in the Homeric poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, where the characters often meet goddesses or specters in their dreams coming to deliver premonitory messages.
Both in ancient Egypt and in ancient Greece, dreams were also an instrument to discover something more about someone’s physical status.
Plato, in “The Republic”, wrote that the real nature of a human being appears during his dreams, “when the control of the rational mind is off”.
In ancient Rome, Cicero said in his “Treatise on the Republic” that dreams are a way to free the soul, which during sleep can embrace eternity, and that dreams show or predict a different reality to which man should strive.
Nowadays the fascination of dreams is still alive because everyone knows that dreams are something personal, individual that can allow us to discover something more about our inner self.
What do you think? What is the role of dreams in your life? Are you tracking your dreams? Why? And what did you discover about yourself?
We hope you keep using Dreamboard. Keep the feed back coming and we look forward to giving you more insights next time.