A person can experience many things during their unconscious
stage. Some are bad and some allow them to interpret things that their cautious
mind will not comprehend. According to Jung, dreams guide you to your personal
growth and help in achieving your full potential. The conscious mind isn’t
aware of the things going around you that your dreams go more into detail
about. There are four stages of sleep, with REM (rapid eye movement) being the
fourth stage. The stages are the way your eyes, brain and your muscles react
the farther you get into the stages.
Psychology Field of Dreams
The psychology field of dreams has many components like the four
stages of sleep your eyes and mind go through, dream incubation, sleep
paralysis, sleep walking and many more. Carl Jung was a psychologist who
believed that dreams were a way of communicating with the unconscious mind.
Carl felt that it would offer a solution to a problem that you were having in
your conscious life. Jung also believed that it revealed something about
yourself and your relationships with others. For example, if you were having
dreams about drowning it could be a representation that you want to say
something but are terrified to say something about it. Unlike Jung, Freud who
was known for the development of sleep interpretation, developed an iceberg
model of the mind which shows the features of the mind’s structure and its
functions. It has three components, the consciousness which is where we focus
our attention now, the preconscious which is what we can retrieve from our
memory and the unconscious which is where the mind shows the things your mind
could not while cautious. Carl and Freud are two psychologists who have
different interpretations of dreams.
The four stages of sleep are how your body, eyes and muscles react
heading into the unconscious mind. Stage one is known as the introduction to
sleep, this is where your eyes try to fight and say open. The heart rate will
tend to start speeding up. Your muscles start to relax and your brain activity
declines. Stage two is also called the beginning of sleep, which is a light,
dreamless sleep. It brings in a relaxation for your body before your dreams
start to come through. Many people call this part of your sleep the dead zone. You
are still aware to sounds and actions that are being taken place around you,
which would allow you to wake up easily due to a light sleep. Stage three which
is known as the slow wave sleep, is the deep sleep your body and mind go
through. This stage heads into building up physical and mental energy, which is
where the body gets its rest. Your brain and muscle activity will decrease
significantly and you won’t be eager to engage in the conversations near you.
There are many people who experience difficulty breathing due to the relaxation
of the muscles. Stage four is the REM process which is known as the rapid eye
movement. REM is where the dreaming occurs that allows for the improvement of
brain function and creating long term memories. Your muscles in the body become
paralyzed which could possibly cause sleep apnea or sleep suffocation. You can
go through many cycles of the stages during the night with a longer time in REM
stage and in slow wave.
When you are in the REM stage you wish that you could allow
yourself to see the dreams you want to see instead of the dreams that show you
the truth. Dream Incubation allows you to practice a technique to plant a
specific dream topic to occur while you are asleep. Many people who need a problem
to be solved or are just trying to look for help find themselves trying to
“plant a seed” in their minds, hoping it will allow them to find what they are
looking for. While most dreams occur spontaneously there are dreams that show a
small portion of solving pieces in an artwork design or create plots to novels.
According to the book The Committee of Sleep, it shows that there are examples
of dreams which led to some of the most major achievements in different times,
the people who have experienced it say that it allows a safe place for their
mind to be creative and not focus on anything else besides the work piece. The
creations include Stephen King, Ludwig Beethoven, William Blake and many more.
Dream Incubation has a lot of studies overtime that show the method to be
Sleep paralysis is the stage of awakening or falling asleep in the
REM process where your body muscles aren’t moving smoothly. During sleep
paralysis you could have failure to move and feel that you are having episodes
of hearing someone talk, seeing something and even feeling things that aren’t
there. These episodes can cause fear that would allow people to force
themselves to stay awake and thinking they saw something unnatural. These
things can be triggered by sleep deprivation, stress or abnormal sleep cycles.
Sleepwalking is known as a sleeping disorder in low consciousness that allows
you to do activities usually performed in a state of mind. There could be basic
ways of sleepwalking like sitting up or walking around, unfortunately there are
some forms that could be hazardous like cooking or violence and even driving.
They usually have little memory or remember it as a dream.
There are four stages of
sleep that show your body movement and your reactions during these stages.
Dream incubation allows you to plant a seed to have certain dreams to solve
problems or create inspiration. Understanding sleep walking as a certain type
of disorder, you know that there are severe types that can harm you if you tend
to be violent and there are less harmful types like sitting up. Sleep paralysis
is when your muscles in your body don’t move and it allows you to see, feel or
hear things that aren’t naturally there.