Our Dreaming World | Dr. Michael J. Breus

January 8, 2015 1:19 PM

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Dreaming is a fundamental, seemingly timeless part of the human experience. For many thousands of years, humans have contemplated, theorized about, and given meaning to dreams. Ancient cultures paid great attention to dreams. Among diverse ancient cultures, dreams took on many forms of meaning and significance. Sometimes dreams were warnings and messages from gods or divine entities. In some cases, dreams might be evidence of evil spirits. Dreams were considered a vehicle for predicting the future, a way to communicate with the dead, a means to travel beyond the physical limits of the body. Dreams were believed to be both powerful and important.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, physicians exploring the complicated emotional landscape of the human experience gave tremendous attention and significance to dreams. Sigmund Freud believed dreams were the necessary expression of the unconscious mind, a vehicle for the mind to explore represse...

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