Dreams: Revelations or Fantasies?

Goddess Juno in the House of Dreams by Luis Lopez y Piquier

Do dreams reveal information or do they conceal desires?

Sigmund Freud thought dreams were an imaginary fulfilment of a wish. He also thought that dreams were unconscious wishes or thoughts disguised through symbolism.
Carl Jung defended that dreams were a form of communicating with the unconscious and knowing ourselves. Unlike Freud, he didn't see dreams as attempts to conceal wishes or feelings but a guide to offer a solution to a problem we are facing in our waking life.

Some people lack the necessary discipline, focus and calm to receive revelation, or even exercise their clairvoyance, through dreams; therefore, sometimes they can indeed be simply an “imaginary fulfilment of a wish”. But what is interesting is that even among those who are disciplined, focused and calm enough to foresee in dreams; there are those who dream extremely complex dreams (that require deciphering) and there are those who dream extremely straight forward dreams (that demand not much decoding) – I am still trying to analyse whether this phenomenon is related to spiritual evolution or to something else.
Regarding symbolism: it may not be a disguise for thoughts and wishes, but rather a mask hiding truths that our conscience refuses to acknowledge; or even hints to better interpret the reality the dream is trying to convey.

This week I invite you to play a game: I’ll introduce a dream (don’t ask how I got it), you read it and in the end share with us whom, in your opinion, is right: Freud or Jung?

The Dream

“It’s day time. His father is in the kitchen and gets shot by someone placed in the opposite building. His cousin (A.) goes to his father, helps him with the wound; and orders him to run into the study room, because the culprits are coming. He goes to the study room and, sitting in front of the room’s door, he waits for the criminals. The sun is shining outside, all so bright. He sees 4 young men walking toward the living room. He gets up and goes to the living room as well; once he gets there he sees the 4 young men terrorising people. He, then, tells his cousin (A.) to fetch his mother. Meanwhile he approaches the leader of the “gang” […description…] and beats him up with the buckle of the criminal’s belt. His mother arrives; looks at the scene and calls him to see who is outside the window […description…]. He then sees that everything will be all right and when he is about to…”
The subject woke up.

Was this dream a solution to a real problem (Jung) or was it a simple fantasy (Freud)?

N.B: the correct answer can be obtained through the comment section. 

Comments

  1. This dream was simply a dream, a fantasy. There is no way that this happened in the real life. Life is not a movie.

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    1. Hey Anonymous :D!

      "This dream was simply a dream, a fantasy. There is no way that this happened in the real life. Life is not a movie."

      It could've been, indeed. However, regarding this particular dream you are incorrect: it did happen essentially.
      I have some friends that would tell you otherwise: life can be a movie. ;)

      Anonymous, thank you so much for your great input :D.

      Cheers

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  2. It is a solution. Very likely some incidents in the neighbourhood bothering the dreamer in the awake stage.

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    1. Hey Rummy :D!

      "It is a solution. Very likely some incidents in the neighbourhood bothering the dreamer in the awake stage."

      You are right. Indeed the action, in real life, happened in the dreamer's neighbourhood. You are good :)!

      Rummy, thank you ever so much for your great input :D.

      Cheers

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  3. Hey Max! Hope you're doing well. We're all good here although there's another storm.

    Take care sweetie! Kisses and hugs.

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    1. Hey Liza :D!

      "Hope you're doing well. We're all good here although there's another storm."

      I am doing rather well, thank you. I am ever so happy that you guys are well (thank God) :D. Thank you for letting me know (you know I worry).

      Liza, thank you so much for having stopped by *hug*.

      Cheers

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  4. Max, sometimes dreams are solutions and sometimes they are only fantasies...it depends on the individual. So, my verdict is: both Freud and Jung are right.
    Now, did this dream really happen or was it an imagination only?

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      "Max, sometimes dreams are solutions and sometimes they are only fantasies...it depends on the individual."

      Agreed.

      "So, my verdict is: both Freud and Jung are right."

      Indeed they are both right, depending on the dreamer and its life experience and philosophy.

      "Now, did this dream really happen or was it an imagination only?"

      It really happened.

      Ana, thank you so much for great input :D.

      Cheers

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  5. Halloa, lass! In my part I say that dreams are revelations and so I say this dream essencially happened in real life. I thoroughly enjoyed this post (it's bear an esoteric nature)!

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    1. Hi Joe :D!

      "In my part I say that dreams are revelations and so I say this dream essencially happened in real life."

      As a matter of fact it did happen. However, dreams can also be simple fantasies, wouldn't you say so?

      "I thoroughly enjoyed this post (it's bear an esoteric nature)!"

      I am glad you did *bowing*. From times to times esotericism, mysticism, must be addressed as well; since they are part of life, right?

      Joe, thank you ever so much for your great input :D.

      Cheers

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  6. Dreams are only real when God talks to us through them. If it is not the voice of God talking to us, then it is a mere fantasy; because there is no revelation beyond God, Max.

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    1. Hi Patricia :D!

      "Dreams are only real when God talks to us through them. If it is not the voice of God talking to us, then it is a mere fantasy; because there is no revelation beyond God, Max."

      The way you put it makes it seem that there are revelations that are not made by God; if so, whom makes them?

      Patricia, thank you ever so much for your great input :D.

      Cheers

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  7. I saw a program on Oprah that talked about how dreams are full of symbolism. The speaker suggested that when we have a dream, we analyze it and describe it as if we were telling the dream to someone who is totally unfamiliar with our culture. Imagine and alien came down to earth, and you have to describe the dream to him. But you must explain every detail in a way that will help him to understand our language. For example, you might say, "a kitchen is a place where we prepare our food" or, "A father is a parent, and he gave us life." Then you think about how those descriptions could define other things in your life. Who else in your life was a parent? Sorry, I don't think my explanation is very good.

    But I do want to say that I tend to be intuitive, and I look at dreams intuitively. I believe that some dreams are meaningless. But if there is a dream that seems more meaningful, and makes a deep impact on us, then we should take it more seriously, and try to think about the message that is being given.

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    1. Hi D! :D

      I agree that many dreams are full of symbolism (and need a deep interpretation); but then there are those who are quite straight-forward and what was dreamt occurs in "reality" in the same exact terms.

      "The speaker suggested that when we have a dream, we analyze it and describe it as if we were telling the dream to someone who is totally unfamiliar with our culture."

      That is one good technique as well. A friend of mine analyses dreams by writing them down in full detail (even the tiny things that we think that should be ignored); then as she writes them down she gets the full meaning of the dream - of course, she manages to do it more easily because she studies symbols. It is a fascinating world.

      "Sorry, I don't think my explanation is very good."

      Your explanation was perfect, don't worry :D.

      "But I do want to say that I tend to be intuitive, and I look at dreams intuitively. I believe that some dreams are meaningless. But if there is a dream that seems more meaningful, and makes a deep impact on us, then we should take it more seriously, and try to think about the message that is being given."

      You should always follow your intuition. Indeed, some dreams are just fruit of fear, concern; or just mere fantasies. Agreed.

      D, thank you ever so much for your great input :D.

      Cheers

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  8. I tend to think that dreams are simply the result of the mind sorting and sifting through information in the brain and moving it around for more efficient storage. It is something like the de-frag process on the computer for bringing together data on a disk drive. This is all meaningless in appearance to us, but necessary for the brain.

    But then again, I have had many dreams about my computer programs in which I was reviewing the steps in my sleep and dreamed of the answer. The next morning I put in the fix and everything works.

    As for the example dream, I would like to know if the dreamer lived in a violent neighborhood or not.

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      Please, do accept my apologies for the tardy reply.

      "[Dreams are] something like the de-frag process on the computer for bringing together data on a disk drive. This is all meaningless in appearance to us, but necessary for the brain."

      Very good example. Yes, that serve as that as well.

      "But then again, I have had many dreams about my computer programs in which I was reviewing the steps in my sleep and dreamed of the answer. The next morning I put in the fix and everything works."

      I can surely relate...

      "As for the example dream, I would like to know if the dreamer lived in a violent neighborhood or not."

      No, the dreamer did not live in a violent neighbourhood; au contraire. Yet, the dream came true.

      Looney, thank you so much for your great input :D.

      Cheers

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  9. I see dreams as a possibility which our mind silently yearns for but somehow which alludes all the time and perhaps a silent assurance to stem our minds unknown fears, when there is silence all around us but the mind craves for answers. Dreams as I see provides a balance to our lives irrespective of the situation we are in.

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    1. Hi Kalyan :D!

      Please, accept my apologies for the tardy reply.

      "Dreams as I see provides a balance to our lives irrespective of the situation we are in."

      That is one interesting and valid perspective, no doubt.

      Kalyan, thank you ever so much for your great input :D.

      Cheers

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    2. No issues...love to read your lovely thoughts anytime.

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