Monday, July 25, 2005

Living in a different world - the dream world...

One third of our lives is spent sleeping.
In our lifetime, we would've spent about 6 years of it dreaming. That is more than 2,100 days spent in a different world!

Dreams... some interesting facts

We dream on average of one or two hours every night. And we often even have 4-7 dreams in one night.

It is said that people in primal societies were unable to distinguish between the dream world and reality. They not only saw the dream world as an extension of reality, but the dream realm was a more powerful world.

Five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% is lost.

The word dream stems from the Middle English word, dreme which means "joy" and "music".

Men tend to dream more about other men, while women dream equally about men and women.

People who are giving up smoking have longer and more intense dreams.

Toddlers do not dream about themselves. They do not appear in their own dreams until the age of 3 or 4.

If you are snoring, then you cannot be dreaming.

Nightmares are common in children, typically beginning at around age 3 and occurring up to age 7-8.

Ignite your mind

"Dreams float on an impatient wind, A wind that wants to create a new order. An order of strength and thundering of fire."

"We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream ! Conduct these dreams into thoughts, and then transform them into action," said Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who dreamt for India, and acted on its behalf to place her in the exclusive Space Club. He wove a first world dream for the third world nation. He is a vegetarian and teetotaler, who recites the Quran and the Bhagwad Gita with equal devotion and has an unparalleled career as a defense scientist.

Interpreting the dreams

In the early 19th century, dreams were dismissed as stemming from anxiety, a household noise or even indigestion. Hence there was really no meaning to it. Later on in the 19th century, Sigmund Freud revived the importance of dreams and its significance and need for interpretation. He revolutionized the study of dreams. The practice of predicting the future by interpreting dreams is called oneiromancy (o-NY-ruh-man-see).

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