The Power of Dreams

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Drenched in sweat and jolted to an upright position, a dream has awaken someone in the dead of night. Everyone dreams, whether they remember what they dreamt of or not. A dream is a series of images, thoughts, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. Daydreaming is another state in which the mind is elsewhere. The only difference is that daydreaming occurs while awake and dreaming happens during a deep sleep. Surprisingly, dreams were first recorded clear back to the ancient days. From the Romans, to the Greeks, and all the way back to the Egyptians, dreams fascinated many. “They believed that dreams were caused by real things unable to be interpreted or controlled by the conscious mind” (“Dreams in Ancient Culture”). The ancients believed that dreams had a purpose behind them and were a message sent from god.. Behind every dream there is a meaning; philosophers study to find the reasonings as to why humans dream.

The recording of dreams started back in 2000 BC when Egyptians started to write down what they dreamt of on papyrus. The ancient Egyptians were the first to study dreams and the meanings behind them. They believed that dreams were caused by real things unable to be interpreted or controlled by the mind. “The Egyptians differentiated between three main types of dreams: those in which the Gods would demand some pious act, those that contain warnings or revelations, and those that came about through ritual” (“Dreams in Ancient Culture”). The Egyptians believed heavily in dreams and it started to be incorporated with their culture. “Egyptians would travel to a sanctuary or shrine, such as the famous temple at Memphis, to lie down on special "dream beds" in hope of receiving advice, comf...

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