Dreams of the Mind

What is a dream and how does it connect to the mind? For some of us, we may refer to the mind synonymously as the brain where we store information about our life and which makes it possible for us to dream.

I dream a lot, and these dream experiences seem as real as the physical world only to awaken and to find out that it was all a dream. This led me to review some theories on dreams that explain that they are gratifications of wishes or revelations according to Sigmund Freud and some others in the field of Psychology. I do believe that to some extent.

For example, some years ago I was so stressed wondering if I had passed a subject that I needed and that failure would be detrimental. Then, I dreamed that I had gotten my results and that I passed the class with a “C.” Well, when I got my grade report I had passed the class with a “C”. I would call this a revelation. In another dream, I was taken to another planet but in an aircraft. There were others too and I walked around to decide where I would build my home on that planet and I chose a spot near a rock. In reality, my home is built near a large rock.  It is possible that this dream was a fulfillment of my wishes.

The brain holds our memories, and it can create life-like dreams of familiar and unfamiliar things that only you can see and feel, and we do remember some of them. It can also reveal things to us and speaks with us when we think to ourselves. The brain can recreate from our old experiences and thoughts and can give us something new in a dream or in reality, and  these dreams although subconsciously, are our experiences too. The brain can enable you to do subconscious things or to experience a newness of life as it sends out its impulses.

To get an idea of this, think about a Sci-Fi movie that you might have watched where a device was attached to a person’s head and plugged into a TV screen that played a life-like experience of everything about you that is stored in your memory. Then, it is able to revise it and show you a modification of it. A dream is something like that, a real subconscious experience, but when in our conscious state it could be forgotten. A dream is in the metaphysical world created for you only.

A Planned Career Shift

I ended up teaching students with special needs after obtaining my undergraduate degree in the Social Sciences. The job required me to obtain an additional 30 credits in Education, so I had to complete post-baccalaureate subjects in Education to hold the job at a highly qualified certified status. There was a great need for teaching in that area in my community so I went at it. My primary field of emphasis is Psychology and secondary Sociology but those fields are not listed on the degree, just Social Sciences. I was fully employed in the secretarial field before that time and had attended part-time because I had wanted to pursue social work or the mental health area to help people who might be experiencing those needs but my destiny drew me into teaching.

Ironically, during my studies I didn’t think that my degree will enable me to be an educator in Special Education. I had taken a course in Educational Psychology because I needed the credit and thought that it could be beneficial. One day my professor said to me, “So you are going to be a teacher.” I wondered why she said that to me, and lo and behold that is exactly what happened. Another area I never really envisioned was people who are affected by hoarding. I just find myself looking at those pictures on TV with engrossed attention and thinking about the mental aspects of it.

Anyway, I found out how my career fitted into Education because in teaching children with special needs, there were students with various psychological issues such as emotional disorders, attention deficit, and autism that impeded learning. Adults are not the only ones affected by mental health issues. So that is why I had to learn the teaching part also. I am now retired, and can say that our degrees can lead to other things not expected in life, but rewarding nonetheless. I had planned my career for a specific setting, but ended up in another.