From the time of birth until death, our brain and mind are constantly active. Our brain absorbs every detail of what we see, hear, and sense, even the ones we overlook intentionally or unintentionally. However, all of these details are stored in our minds. For example, when we watch movies, we tend to ignore minor details and focus on the major components that are presented to us such as the characters. Our dreams are results of these minor details stored by our mind. When we sleep, our mind accumulates, selects, and presents certain details in the form of a “dream” according to our subconscious emotions. Therefore, at times we may forget about an event, positive or negative, but dream about it after few months or even years.

Over the decades, our mind has become conditioned to link concepts together. At times, this behavior can cause or accelerate conditions such as anxiety, depression and over analysis of simple situations, depending on the positive and negative aspects of a situation and the individual’s state of mind. For instance, when a person suffers from depression, every minor detail or incident is perceived as significant. A change in tone in a person’s voice can make this individual believe that he/she has made a mistake or that the other person is upset with him/her. While in reality, it is nothing of that sort. However, there is always a subconscious “wonder” in our minds which makes us worry about things such as our physical appearance and impressions constantly. As a result, our mind uses that subconscious “wonder”, incorporates it in the experiences we have encountered at some point of our life, and presents as a “dream”.

Vrajeshwari Bhardwaj