Dreams have been regarded by everyone from ancient spiritual leaders and philosophers to modern day psychologists and neuroscientists as a window to our unconscious, an invaluable tool for introspection and determining the best course of action for the future. The periodic table of elements in chemistry was first seen in a dream, with the assistance of a dream, Frederick Banting isolated insulin and a dream of Einstein's about sledding down a hill initially inspired the general theory of Relativity.
So why would we want to remember our dreams?
- History has proven that our dreams will often deliver to us solutions to problems. Your dreams may not provide the solutions to world peace or global warming but I bet they will help you fix the problems in your own life.
- A lot of times our dreams are the most fun experiences we have all day, vividly recalling the fun of surfing a tidal wave or being a badass ninja on mission can add much needed levity or entertainment to an otherwise dull day.
- Like in the movie Inception, the dreamer can build whatever world they want within their dream. There is a theory within among lucid dreamers that building your own reality in dreams can be a valuable practice environment for building the kind of world and life you really want in your waking reality. Many lucid dreamers are highly successful people so there is some credence to this theory.