The mind creates with greater clarity and intensity during the REM state, in which the brain is at its most active moment, and that is when it creates the most intense DREAMS. Recreations of moments or events (happened or not) in which everything is transformed and merged, they are lived again and in which everything is possible. Sometimes nightmares that make us wake up in shock, and immersed in those imaginary worlds created by ourselves where magic is possible and where the senses are emphasized as if we have superpowers.
According to some scientific studies the act of “DREAMING” is necessary for our mental and physical health, because they can serve to release tensions, solve internal problems, process feelings, and according to some studies is our own subconscious transmitting information directly and symbolically. In the last 40 years this capacity of the brain has been studied more deeply and although many advances have been made we are very far of having an answer to the because of dreams and why the mind does it. Even animals have this ability: can it be a sign from the creator universe to indicate to us that not only we can navigate the waters of mental surrealism and that we are not so special?
There are more than 100 types of sleep disorders, being the “Insomnia” (not being able to sleep) one of the most affecting the individual in terms of physical and mental health, so we see that the act of sleeping and therefore dreaming are totally necessary. This lack of sleep can develop mental disorders such as depression or anxiety and physical states of tiredness, increased risk of obesity, diabetes and diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
There are other totally opposite disorders in which sleep takes greater prominence as is the “Narcolepsy”, a pathological transition to REM sleep, becoming the dreams of those affected by this very creative and intense pathology. In other disorders like the “Hypersomnia”, which allows the subject to enter faster in that other dimension, having almost a life parallel to real life by the amount of hours that are spent sleeping. The “Parosomnias” appear in the transition from sleep to wakefulness or wakefulness to sleep, are alterations that make us confuse reality with sleep, and even where we mix acts of our real life with that world of dreams such as “Somnambulism” or the “Awakening confused”, where we are halfway between the two worlds reaching even the “Paralysis of awakening” that prevents us from being able to move some muscle. Finally we want to name a type of condition that are the “Night Terrors” that occur during N3 sleep, the deepest phase of synchronized sleep, usually occurs at early ages and despite their intensity are not worrying and are usually forgotten by the subject, unlike “Nightmares” that are remembered, which can be more traumatic experiences and that usually occur more often in people with psychiatric problems.
When we really dream we enter a surreal world as if it were an artist’s painting, where it is cooked with a series of ingredients-circumstances, which are transformed, reconstruct, revive and mix creating symbolisms and new neural paths that can lead to endless interpretations, and that for each person will have a different interpretation according to their own experiences. Many times we see in them impulses and desires that have no place in our real life, that society does not allow or that we ourselves repress, for the fear to which they will say, to social rejection or simply to be fantasized, which leads us to see clearly that in that dimension everything has a place with greater or lesser control over what happens there.
On most occasions we forget them, it seems as if once lived that experience must be lost in oblivion not to mix it with our real life and so let our brain make room to store real content, It is not that Matrix exists?
Finally, we see that dreams are an indispensable piece of our life experience, where they will vary according to the individual’s state, physical and mental, and it is clear that both worlds are closely related.
In “Somnia sunt Somnia” we present different ways of dreaming and navigating through other dimensions where each of the artists has wanted to reflect their own dream world.
And because dreams are dreams, let’s dream non-stop, awake or asleep, but let’s dream.
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