Paper: An Analysis of the Idea of Prophetic and Lucid Dreams

Sometimes the dreams act as warnings and other times they act as messengers. An ever- growing trend is the idea of being psychic; the idea of this is false because futuristic visions can't occur in the conscious mind (Ullman and Zimmerman, 1979). It is however possible in the subconscious mind. When someone dreams of a future experience this would display a superconscious dream. It's prophetic in a way and this type of dream was extremely promoted in biblical times. Daniel, form the bible, many times had superconscious dreams as he dealt with Nebuchadnezzar II (king of Babylon). There were many prophets who saw visions of Jesus several hundred years before his birth. These visions had to have been dream imagery because it's not possible to have an actual prophetic vision in the conscious. The reason its impossible is because the mind can't justifiable vision the future while conscious, the individual cannot perceive events of that nature accurately (Freud, 1900). The main probl! em with superconscious dreaming is that the individual has no way to distinguish between a regular subconscious image and a prophetic image. Only the dreamer can remedy this problem. Constituting the imagery and significance of the dream can do this. The dreamer must also find relations between current events and the dream to make sound decisions on whether it is a superconscious dream or a plain subconscious dream. The idea of having prophetic dreams is somewhat bogus however you must understand the subconscious works in mystique forms (Freud 1900). The second class of dreams is the lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming transpires only if the individual is aware that they are dreaming (Ullman and Zimmerman 1979). Lucid dreams are paradoxes; the individual will be asleep and dreaming but will be awake in their dream. This form of dreaming often puzzles the dreamer into believing they are actual awake they however are not. The main differential factor for lucid dreaming is that the imag! ery is sharper and the content is more realistic. The dreamer discovers or concludes that he is ina dream and is able to identify some realistic details are missing. This is often shocking to the dreamer because dream reality does not apply to the physical laws therefore dreams will have a disillusioned appearance (Ullman and Zimmerman 1979). Once lucidity sets in the dreamer may attempt to control the future course of the dream. The lucid stage occurs between being awake and the REM, with this reason in mind the dreamer can assume that if they are having a lucid dream that they are about to awaken (Ullman and Zimmerman 1979). *Bibliography** ...