Dreams leave students grappling with meaning of subconsious adventures

By Nicole Jacobs

It was a regular school day for Ana Meza, Div. 360, as she left her house. It did not occur to her until fourth period that she had no clothes on.

“Someone pointed out that I wasn’t wearing any clothes, [I was] just in my underwear,” Meza said.

Dreams. We all experience what it is like to drift off into another world we create while we sleep. But what exactly are dreams?

During ancient times, the Greeks and Romans believed that the purpose of dreams were to reveal information dealing with past, present, and future events. Sigmund Freud, a psychologist during the 18th century who has been called the father of psychoanalysis, published one of his most important works, The Interpretation of Dreams. Freud explained dreams as, “the royal pathway to unconscious understanding.” He coined the term, “psychoanalysis” and many of his theories on the human mind are used by most schools of psychology.

The true meaning of dreams still remains a mystery, but researchers have developed explanations for different types of dreams.

Nancy Miguel, Div. 271, dreamed about dying while being part of an exemplary group in a fascist society designated to die in order to keep other people under control.

“One by one they shot the group [members] making a ring of carcasses,” said Miguel. “As I had that firm premonition that I was about to die, I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want to, I’m not ready.’”

Miguel had another dream that also dealt with death; however, she was not the one dying.

“My brother was blind and deaf,” said Miguel. “I remember that he was drowning in a river and I desperately grasped for him.”

Dreams concerning death rarely refer to an actual death. Instead, they can either mean changes in one’s life, attitudes towards certain people, or fears of dying. Dreaming of death where somebody other than the dreamer dies is an outward expression of an inner struggle.

Besides death, other types of common dreams include lucid dreams, precognitive dreams, day dreams, and nightmares.

Lucid dreaming, the ability to realize that you are dreaming while sleeping, contains no restrictions to where you can go, what you can see, or what you can achieve. Flying, another type of dream, is common among dreamers who achieve lucid dreaming.

Anthony Occhipinti, Div. 150, once experienced a lucid dream that incorporated flying. He kept going in circles in a revolving door until he questioned why he was doing it. He realized it was a dream and thought about flying.

“So I start flapping my wings and I begin to fly. It felt amazing,” said Occhipinti. “Then I’m like ‘if this is a dream, I can try and shoot a fireball.’ I failed and went crashing to the ground and woke up.”

According to Dr. Greene, a pediatrician and graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco, dreams are a parallel process in which we integrate our experiences, making new connections in our brain. On his

website, DrGreene.com, he writes that when we sleep, we only dream about 20% of the time and that we dream more in the first two weeks of life than at any other time. Also, it is during REM (rapid eye movement) that we do most of our dreaming.

Crisfer Fernandez, Div. 251, once had a dream where he wished something would happen and all of a sudden it came true.

“I had this friend that was going out with this one girl,” said Fernandez. “I dreamed that they broke up and, to my surprise, they did the next day.”

In precognitive dreams, the dreamer has an ability to already know and experience a future event before it actually occurs. Déjà vu shadows the idea of precognitive dreaming in human consciousness. These types of dreams are like a broken record, where the dreamer skips certain memories, but constantly replays the same scenario. Many people have these types of dreams whether they want to or not.

Anthony Scott, Div. 154, experienced a precognitive dream on a cold, rainy day after school last year. He and some of his friends were waiting at the Western and Addison bus stop, while Scott seemed to be staring at a green pole near the shuttle. One of his friends noticed and said, “You know, you look like a ghost when you stare off like that.”

“It was weird because it hadn’t occurred to me beforehand how familiar the situation was,” said Scott. “While I heard those words, it seemed as if a bunch of locked away memories came rushing back, as if I could remember the cold air and heavy rain falling around me.”

Jonas Lardie, Div. 159, experienced a déjà vu moment while he was outdoors.

“I saw an SUV parked on the street pull out and turn into a street ahead,” said Lardie. “A second after that, another SUV of the same color drove by, but went in a different direction.”

Whether we have lucid dreaming, precognitive dreaming, day dreaming, or nightmares, we are certain that they connect to how we live our lives each day.

“Dreams are cool, they are a reflection of how you really feel,” said Battle Moran, Div. 162. “[Dreams are] like who or what you’re really thinking about, sometimes they really help you when you’re trying to make a decision.”

“Dreams can be our emotions and how we’re feeling because when I’m upset or sad, my dreams usually have to do with how I was feeling or what I was thinking about before I went to sleep,” said Stephanie Ayvar, Div. 460.

Although we are unsure why dreams occur, we are certain that they can either be exciting adventures, frightening occasions, or boring occurrences.