States of Sleep
Sleep scientists have analyzed our sleep to death. They conclude that we sleep in five stages.
Two crucial elements of our sleep are the Deep Sleep and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep states. In Deep Sleep state, out brain waves stay in a low frequency, in delta or theta. Our mind shuts down for all practical purposes.
In Deep Sleep state we rest. In REM state we don’t, not fully. Ideally, we ought to have 4 to 5 hours of Deep Sleep. When we don’t get this amount of Deep Sleep, we wake up still tired.
4 States on the Mind
Dreams happen in the REM state. They cannot happen in the Deep Sleep state, when the brain or mind shuts down.
The zone of REM sleep is the zone of the subconscious mind. It is the border line between the conscious awake state and the unconscious deep sleep state.
Our mind operates in 4 states. The most obvious is the Waking state, in which we are aware of our identity and we have thoughts. Our thoughts drive us into action with awareness of what we are doing, even though the triggers of our action may be from our unconscious beliefs.
This may go against the legal defense many use, especially in USA, to wriggle out of sticky situations. Even if one is mentally unstable, acting through demons of one’s mind, in the waking state a person is responsible for one’s actions.
In the Deep Sleep state, we are neither aware of our identity nor do we have thoughts. Both the body and mind are at rest.
In the dream state, we are unaware of our identity, but we have thoughts.
There is a fourth state, where we do not think, at least not in the conventional sense, but are fully aware of our identity. This is the state of Meditation.
Are Dreams Programmed?
No one ever died of being attacked by a wild animal or a wild man in his dreams, though many of us do have such dreams or nightmares. As soon as we come close to danger, when our identity is threatened, we wake up. Both extreme fear and extreme desire makes us aware of who we are and we snap out of our dreams.
Our dreams reflect what we normally dare not think and act in the waking state. These desires and fears get pushed down into the sub conscious mind in the waking state. They come up when we dream in the REM sleep state.
Since dreams represent our subconscious or unconscious fears and desires, they are a window to a closed part of our mind. Knowing what these are allows us to change our mindset. Deeply help beliefs and value systems can change once we understand the nature of our dreams.
As a corollary, we can program our dreams as well. We can before going to sleep, when we are in the border line of subtle and gross bodies, program our subconscious mind. Thoughts that we have as we fall asleep can be embedded into the subconscious mind intentionally. Simple meditation techniques can help do this.
We dream every day. We may not remember what we dream. We may not remember what triggers our dreams. We don’t need psychiatrists to help analyze our dreams. Common sense is enough.