About dreams: Has anyone been able to explain why dreams occur?

There is no reason why dreams should be an inseparable part of our nocturnal existence.

They provide irrefutable evidence that consciousness persists in the dream state and even in dreamless sleep, for when awakened suddenly, people often wake up with a brief remembrance of the last fragment of a dream they had just been witnessing.

If the mind were a product of the brain, awareness would be switched off when the body falls into repose and the sensory contact with the world would be lost.

But it is neither the brain nor the body but mind which holds the reins of the organism, controlling its movements both voluntary and autonomous from first to last.

In dreams, in extrasensory perception - telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, psychokinesis, mystical experience, in the inspiration of artists and poets and the performance of geniuses and wonder-children, etc. - nature has surrounded us with a lavish display of extraordinary or uncanny attributes of the mind.

By separating the “observed” from the “observer,” scientists are hopelessly trying to find only one instead of (several) alternative explanations for the phenomenon of existence, determined objectively by only one set of experiments and norms, applied solely in one particular phase of consciousness.

Imagination is the creative or formative power of the mind by which a matrix or mould is delivered to Nature for the vitalizing power of the Will.

Dreams are primarily of three kinds :
  • those which arise as memories of the waking state of consciousness; 
  • those which have their origin in the current changes of thought and feeling taking place in the dreaming state; 
  • those which descend as illuminations from the superior plane of spiritual consciousness
Every kind of dream is in some measure illuminative, for even though the dream may consist entirely of
our memory-products, it is the selective faculty of the soul which, taking a little here and a little there,
fashions the fabric of a dream and builds up the mosaic from the multitude of detached experiences.

The dream thus presented to the mind is reflective of a state of existence which is interior to that of the
waking perception and to that extent instructive to it.