Dreams About Things of Which We Have No Knowledge?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
December 26, 2007 4:39pm CST
I have had this burning question for a long, long time: How is it possible that we can dream of things of which we have no prior knowledge? I have long had this recurring dream where I am in a house that I am unfamiliar with. It is a large house and most of the people therein are relatives. There are other people, however, who I do not know. I have also dreamed of places that I've never seen or been to. In which category would these types of dreams fit? I often dream that I am driving a vehicle-which I have previously experienced-although I do not drive. So that is understandable in that I have a foundation upon which to base the dream. The dreams I have where I am in a plane flying though, I cannot explain, because that is something that I've never experienced and have nothing to base them upon. When I used to have frequent nightmares I would dream of things so horrible that they would usually be blocked from my mind upon awakening, thankfully. Lastly, being a sort-of Science-Fiction buff, I have read books by authors that seem to be almost prophetic in their accuracy about the future and things to come. How do these authors come up with this knowledge of future events and technology if not through their dreams? And, if it is not through their dreams, why are they singled out to be given this kind of prophetic knowledge rather than you or I?
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17 responses
• India
26 Dec 07
its good to hear that you have such a bright ideas i have a dream, but i dont whether it came true in future or not i wanna dream to make lift which starts from earth to moon and to make high stories on moon one more that vehicle should run on molecular energy so that no fuel required to run through like these there several other ideas i have will tell later
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
Those sound like lofty dreams, mastermindkk, and I hope you will one day succeed.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
27 Dec 07
My Dad and I used to discuss this sort of thing before he passed on and we came up some theories. You might want to put on some boots if you are not religious cause it gets kind of deep. In our own "finite wisdom", we came to the conclusion that G'd was "infinite wisdom". G'd is infinite and everywhere, so wisdom is infinite and everywhere. Man is a part of G'd so it is possible for him to absorb at least some of this wisdom if he is ready and open to it. We are constantly surrounded by this wisdom. It is available to us if we are just open and willing to receive it. It has been proven that certain knowledge was acquired almost simultaneously at widely spaced places in man's hitory. Things such as the use of fire. How did this happen? The knowledge was available and someone was receptive at the right time. G'd's intercession? Maybe some people are more receptive or open than other people I do not know. We can only speculate.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
That's very perceptive of you, Adoniah, and I do believe that certain knowledge can be given to us only when we are prepared to receive it.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
2 Jan 08
Go back to the Ancients and near Ancients and look at what they dreamed of and what they created. Think about Plato and Aristotle, where did their magnificeint intellect come from. No one else in their time could compare. And then there is Michelangelo, who at least drew if not actually made flying machines which finally today have all been proven to actually function and would have even then if he had had access to the right materials. It is a shame that your dreams come in nightmare form. But maybe even so, someday you may figure a way to apply them to something that will do you some good. Active dreams are always a sign of high intelligence. You should see if there is something in your waking life that is holding you back and influencing your sleep as well as your daily life! Happy New Year! La Shana Tova, Adoniah!
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@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
27 Dec 07
i have been thinking of that also ..but i have seen some documentaries on tv about dreams and about some specialist on that field..they interpret it as the unconscious mind in our brain that in times of our sleep it will show or it will materialize as a dream...i dont know how accurate it is since its just plain theories ..we really cant fathom the brain that i can conclude ..all i do ..that is if i had a bad dream what i do was pray so that it will stop and dont come back during my sleep again and its effective..
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
29 Dec 07
It is true that there are many theories about what goes on in our brains as we dream, vanities, but I would like to be able to have some control over the content of my dreams if it were possible.
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• Philippines
27 Dec 07
Dreams could possibly foretell the future but dreams are usually more symbolic than literal. We sometimes have deja vu and I believe that these deja vus are from our dreams, we go to places and events and we suddenly recall that we've been to these places or events but i think we dreamed of it before but we just do not remember them, there was actually a study that almost every person dreams every night evidenced by heightened brain activity but when we wake up we just can't remember them. Our mind sometimes deliberately forgets dreams because we are trying to repress them because they are horrible or frightening. Maybe your dream about you driving would mean something symbolic, maybe you wouldn't be driving a car but you can possibly "drive" your own business in the future. Then your dream of flying in a plane could mean that your business would soar high, higher than you have expected. Other than dreams, fortune-tellers gain knowledge of future events through seances and talk with the supernatural. They are the ones who can tell the future because they are somewhat "gifted" in one way or another, but everyone is actually gifted with these "talents", some people who do not have even a single foretelling incidence would be called as "odd-balls", we are not just aware that we have them.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
29 Dec 07
You have a very impressive grasp about the meaning of dreams, ryantakyan, and I agree with many of your points. To sum it all up, I would say that since dreams are mostly symbolic, we should all learn more about the actual interpreting of them.
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• India
27 Dec 07
Hi worldwise1, One thing you have to remember and believe strongly. The desires one have and which he wanted but cannot rach out will get registered in subconcious mind. Whenever your consious mind work, the subconcious mind will not open up. When you are sleeping the subconcious mind works and it will convert your desires in to dreams. In nightmares an incident may get registered in subconcious mind and as I said it will come as a dream. so, have a desire for good things and have a good dreams.Some times your desires may turn to reality. Good Luck.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
You're very kind, season, and I will keep that in mind as I try to improve my thoughts.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
27 Dec 07
Well hopefully your dreams, even your nightmares are tame next to Stephen King. LOL I remember hearing that many of the stories he writes are based on the dreams his had. As for dreams in general and dreaming of things we don't know prior knowledge about. I remember reading somewhere that we have a "collective" conscious and that we're really all connected in someway and many times our dreams come from this consciousness. Sort of like a storehouse. Or of course, if you believe in reincarnation, it might be one of your past lives coming through in dream form. There was one author Joan Grant, who wrote novels, and all of her books were based on her dreams of her past lives. As for writers who get ideas that are way ahead of their time? Could it again be a remembrance of a past life, I mean who says we have to reincarnate ONLY on this world but maybe some of those that seem "psychic" had past lives in another civilization that was far more advanced than we are. One of my favorite classic authors is Jules Verne...(also HG Wells) the two of them came up with a lot of ideas way ahead of their time. Also what fascinated me about Jules Verne...in a lot of his books he has some reference to Atlantis...Journey Beneath The Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Mmmm...must have had an Atlantean thing
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
They are also among my favorite authors, pyewacket. And we must not forget George Orwell. He really had a vision into what the future would be like.
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I think our dream mind shows what you subconsciously think the event or place would be like. So when you dream you are flying, you probably aren't really flying properly but you are flying the way your subconscious thinks you should fly. Maybe you saw some movies where they focused on pilots. Who knows :) I don't really believe the authors have that futuristic knowledge. Instead, I think they look at things that are happening now and just scientifically figure out how it would be in the future. Many things that authors imagined haven't come true, and many things have so who knows where they really came from.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
Thank you for your opinion, vivasuzi, and I will give it some thought. I do, however, believe that some people are gifted with an insight into the future.
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@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
27 Dec 07
I learned from college that dreams are manifestations of all the thoughts in our subconcious mind. It comes out in the form of dreams. Frustrations, anger, longings, etc. are example of those. But it is deteriorated or represented in the form other situations. I.too experiencing recurring dreams which I could not comprehend.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I am sure that our dreams encompass all of these things, izathewzia, but I do think there are some unexplained elements to dreams also.
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@Estina54 (389)
• United States
27 Dec 07
We dream things that we never knew before and about ecperiences we never had because of creativity or curiousity to know more in ourselves. These kinds of dreams made some people in the past invent things we take nowadays for granted.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
That is a very insightful answer, Estina. Thank you for it.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
26 Dec 07
What an interesting discussion. I have had all kinds of dreams throughout my life. Dreams of people I have never met, dreams that incorporated either movies I had seen or things I have learned in school. I have even had dreams where I was male instead of female. I often dream about my grandmother's house which is a safe place for me. I have had dreams that actually came true! So I think that some dreams are prophetic, some dreams are simply your brain processing the data of the day, and some dreams may be memories of a former life. I often write down my dreams and they make good fantasy stories.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
27 Dec 07
The really good ones that I can remember, Aurone, I will usually try and turn into poetry. Some dreams make no sense to me at all, lol.
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• United States
28 Dec 07
Do you believe in reincarnation? Your dreams can be memories of a previous life.Or it could be a scene from a movie you have seen a while back.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
29 Dec 07
I realize that things that have to do with our waking lives can sometimes creep into our sleeping lives, sarah, but that does not account for some of the strange dreams that I have experienced. I even bought a book by psychic Sylvia Browne a couple of years ago to try and help me to understand my dreams. I think it is a great gift to be able to interpret dreams.
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• United States
29 Dec 07
I hope you find the answers you seek. Take Care Pleasant dreams.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
28 Dec 07
It's not always that the science fiction authors foresee some future events but sometimes their written work is sometimes the base for new thinking and research. Of course sometimes things can be predicted from what we have in the present, we can see it is going one way or other, or that it can go one way or other. As for dreams there are millions of books explaining dreams but the main thing is that we dream of things that are in our mind when we are awake, but they just come out in "disguise". FLying an airplane might mean something that has nothing to do with flying a plane but with the need to feel in control of something for example. I often dream about this house that I seem to know inside and out. I know where everything is, even secret doors and rooms -yes it has those too LOL - and in the dream I know it is my house. Just that it isn't - I wish heheheh This dream might come from my desire to own my own house. The secret rooms and doors however might mean something deeper. The people in there - that in the dream I know - might have yet another meaning.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
29 Dec 07
Yes, arkaf, I can see where all of those things might be a grouping of symbols to guide your steps in your waking life.
@SEOGUY (906)
• United States
27 Dec 07
I beleive so, I have had a recurring dream of ajungle I beleive is in central america, in a clearing is a large wooden temple made with no nails, only wood but together using dovetails and dows. The funny part is two people i have met over the years have told me about the same place in their dreams, Theydescrib it as a shelter.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
29 Dec 07
Maybe you should do some research into this place, SEOGUY, to find out whether it truly exists. That is very interesting. I have resolved to try and make special note of this house in my recurring dreams.
@mcjeannie (704)
• Philippines
27 Dec 07
They say that our dreams represents our subconcious mind and would come out into the conscious mind when the right time comes. Dreams are our inner fears, conflicts, wishes and aspirations as well as a warning or premonition in life.Only experts who can analyze dreams are able to decipher and synthesize its meaning to our own existence.It is actually a gift, when fully acknowledge and have the knowledge to analyze your dreams, it is a guidance to yourself and others. Yesterday, I had dreamt of an eight digit numbers.I had written it down, from exactly I have seen that numbers in my dreams.I wish that would turn out into money because financially I am tight these days.Analyzing why I had dream of such numbers? Got some financial issues now, thus how I wish a big win from lottery would come from these revealed numbers in my dreams LOL!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
29 Dec 07
I hope your dream numbers turn out to be what you need to ease your financial situation, mcjeannie. I don't agree that it always takes an expert to analyze our dreams, I think it sometimes just takes a little soul searching and introspection.
• United States
27 Jan 08
i have belief that not all people are on the same page when it comes to dreams. most people dismiss them or don't even remember them..but my dreams are very vivid at times some idesa are that there is another universe or dimension that is just a theory but that would explain things like ufo sightings and big foot and the lock ness monster as some people have swore they see these things... there are more questions then answers..truth is stranger then fiction
@mummymo (23707)
27 Jan 08
Now thats a big question sweety! A lot of people say that dreams are our minds way of sorting out what is happening in our life and processing it while we sleep - is this true, I really don't know. As for dreams where we can see into our future I truly don't know but I do believe that there are many things we don't know about - things have happened to me in the past that are too much to be coincidence but I have no idea how I knew certain things were going to happen or to explain it - there are many things far bigger than us! xxx
@balasri (26553)
• India
29 Dec 07
Well it sounds that it is the result of th things we wanted to do in any stage of our life and forgotten thereafter.For instance I might have wanted to fly an aircraft as I was waving at a plane when I was a child.Now my mind is occupied with the responsibilities of my family.But my brain retains that wish and emits it in my dreams I think.I may be sitting in the pilot's seat holding the joy stick properly by having the experience of watching the pilots in the movies.I dream as if I am flying the craft.But how well I pilot and land is another question.