In Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari mentions that we have lost our ability to dream, and with it the realization of how important dreaming is to the integration between inner and outer life. We forget to dream, literally and figuratively.
Dreaming while asleep is the mind’s way of processing what hit your mind during the day and you haven’t had a chance to digest on a mental level yet. Our fast paced life doesn’t encourage inner life self-care and training ourselves to remember our dreams and pondering their meaning. You might keep a dream journal by your bed and write down what dream shreds you remember as soon as you wake up in the morning – a lot of dreaming happens during the lighter morning hour sleep just before you wake up. If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night you could keep a journal in the bathroom and write down your dream bits. Dream journaling sends a message to your subconscious to remember your dreams, and with time you’ll remember more and more so you can work with the messages.
Dreaming in the other sense is imagining what you might want - to do, to be, to have. Wouldn’t it be nice if…...? Ohh, I’d love to do……………..It’s creative visualization, and that is a way to manifest what you want (as long as you actually know what you want – not what you don’t want). This too often gets drummed out of us as a waste of time in this oh so material world that is often oh so rational. But if you can dream it you can manifest it.
Dreaming is good for you because it brings your internal dialogue into awareness.