Those of us who grew up with our grandparents may remember an occasion or two when you were ready to go on the town and paint it red only to be told “me have a dream ‘bout you, it never pretty…tan a u yard me chile”.
As much as we try to dismiss it as superstition and foolishness, subconsciously we could not shake it off and probably got undressed or spent the entire evening being pensive if we did go out, too scared of possible repercussions to truly enjoy ourselves.
A part of our African retention, dreams are said to be a way that our ancestors communicate with us and though many dismiss it, the fact that Cash Pot is one of the biggest lottery games, played several times daily, should tell us something. That belief kills and belief cures.
Dreams are felt to be magical because we can’t conjure them, stop them or have science fully explain them. Leading philosophers and mystics over the centuries try to romanticise them and put their own meaning to it.
Renowned painter and inventor Leonardo da Vinci got a lot of his creativity from dreams which he said were so vivid they were life-like. Dreams are said to offer guidelines for our lives and this is why some believe they foreshadow the future.
There are many theories about dreams and how to make sense of them. Probably the most famous belongs to neurologist Sigmund Freud who posited that they occur when our conscious ego is relaxed and unguarded and whatever we have repressed is released into our thoughts, manifesting as dreams.
Indeed, some scientists believe dreams are unconscious thoughts. The most that can be concluded from dream theories is that they may be a fusion of suppressed desires, memories and possibly our brains inner working to concoct stories.
So what about predicting the future? That is still up for debate as normally you heard about predictions after events have occurred not before they take place.
Additionally, some studies explain this away with memory biases and coincidences. Regardless of your position, chances are if a neighbour says he dreamt about a big rat in the backyard, you would run out buy the number 15 in Cash Pot!