All of us, without exception, go through the experience of dreaming, but how many understand how we dream or why we dream and, even what we dream? We all pass through innumerable experiences, but fail to understand them or learn from them.

Sorrow and suffering come to us repeatedly, because one experience is not enough to learn a lesson. An experience is of little use if the lesson is not learned. The Occult maxim is: When the lesson is learned, the necessity ceases. So, the study of dreams is the first step to be taken to benefit from the experience and to learn from it.

Let us take note: In our dreams all the various constituents of our being are concerned - body, soul, thinking, desires and passions. In one type of dream one constituent might play a greater role than another. For instance, there are dreams which are born with and for the body and end there; on the other hand there are dreams which we see because of the activity of the spiritual soul in us.

Next, while it is true that dreaming is a state of consciousness, our remembrance of that state ordinarily gets distorted or effaced when we wake up. Every night while the body is asleep, the passionate mind, the reasoning mind, the spiritual mind, dream, but most people know nothing about it; they wake up and say "I had a dreamless sleep."

The Brain
Our brain has a cerebrum which is the front part and the cerebellum which can be found at the back part. The cerebrum registers and reflects upon the impressions coming to us from our five senses. This process continues as long as we are awake. We are asleep when the cerebrum is exhausted from receiving impressions. The cerebellum on the other hand stores the memories the cerebrum cannot handle.

During certain stages of sleep our emotions, ideas and even desires occur in our mind in images called dreams. These are the various kinds of dreams that we always dream and may or may not remember. There are the six types of dream-experiences.

  1. Physiological Dreams are the result of some pathological or physiological disturbance. Heavy food is the most common cause. Nightmares are disturbing dreams and affect the health of the body; they also disturb the soul in its function of quiet, introspective, subjective meditation.
  2. Confused Dreams come like a jumble of disconnected ideas, though in the process of dreaming they look wonderful or coherent. How are confused dreams caused? During life, from the moment of birth, the cerebellum has been impressed, without our knowing it, with ideas, with thoughts and feelings. The cerebellum stores these memories and then releases it in no special sequence when we are asleep if the cerebrum is not functioning properly.
  3. Allegorical Dreams , the so called symbolic dreams, are caused by the action of the thinking mind, or the soul, or even the Spiritual Self in us. Our cerebellum mixes up the messages or images it receives, and so often these dreams are only half true.
  4. Warning Dreams come for one's guidance, or for the benefit of others who are unable to be impressed by themselves. They come to us allegorically, and if we are wise we shall observe the necessary caution. If in this dream state we are favored by some piece of knowledge, which is a warning to ourselves or to someone close to us, then we must use it reverently.
  5. Retrospective Dreams relate to events of past incarnations. When the cerebellum is purified and made sensitive so that the soul can directly impress it, this kind of dream is caused. The soul's past experiences or pictures, memories of our own past lives. Of course, this is very rare.
  6. Prophetic Dreams are impressed on our memory by god (the vibes surrounding us), and as a rule are clear cut, like an intuition. We either hear a voice or see a picture of a coming event. These dreams are exceedingly rare.

They say that to be purified again, let us be born again, and as we dream with knowledge while awake, we shall know and learn so much in dreams while the body sleeps.