Dream or Reality

Reality is defined as the state or quality of being real. Reality is the sum or aggregate of all that is real or existent within a system, as opposed to that which is only imaginary. The term is also used to refer to the ontological status of things, indicating their existence. In physical terms, reality is the totality of a system, known and unknown.

A dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, although they have been a topic of scientific, philosophical and religious interest throughout recorded history.

How do we know which is which?

How do we know that the scenario that we have perceived as a dream is actually a dream and what we think of as reality is indeed reality?

Dreams are a manifestation of an individual’s deepest fears, longing, and a variety of other emotions and needs. Reality is just what an individual conceives as being real because there are more evidences and witnesses of the events that happen in that state.

But why is it so?

We have no bases to define dream and reality the way we do.

To be able to do that, one would need complete information on both the avenues. While we know a lot about what we have termed as reality, we have literally no information as to origin, cause or purpose of Dreams!

What if Dreams and Reality are the same but just in different dimensions?

Maybe when one sees oneself flying in a dream, one is merely on the outer reaches of a Higher Dimension but is incapable of processing that thought and incorporating that idea because of the inability of one’s brain which is designed and accustomed to perceive in no more than 3 dimensions.

As someone once said:

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, a veritable butterfly, enjoying itself to the full of its bent, and not knowing it was Chuang Chou. Suddenly I awoke, and came to myself, the veritable Chuang Chou. Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamt I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.

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9 replies

  1. I love this! I have actually had dreams that were so very vivid that I mistook them for a real event. Example: I dreamt I got a particular piece of mail, which was very important, in my dream my then father in law handed the mail to me, later, I spoke to my then husband about it. I woke up the next day, looking high and low for that mail and never found it. I inquired to my husband and my father in law both about it.–I felt very embarrassed needless to say, but dreams can be so real…..


  2. I don’t know why, everytime that I have questioned the universe and it’s intentions, it has ended up speaking to me through signs. It may sound bogus but probably a psychological explanation would be that we are sometimes too troubled and the manifestations of our thoughts, the hidden desires of our heart, in the physical world can feel as signs. But it did right now. I just checked out your like and ended up here, reading this beautiful piece written by you.
    Exactly 3 hours back I had narrated your whole write up (in my words of course) to my mother because I just wanted to let it out. Infact I sent an audio message to a dear friend telling him that I don’t know these days which reality I am dreaming and which dream I am living. I will try to write in it as I felt it too.
    Thanks 😊


  3. Very very rarely do I ever dream… I used to all the time… but haven’t in a long time…

    Until recently 😮 it’s been really weird?? Sometimes lately I will wake from a dream, remember it – go back to sleep because is the middle of night… and I will have another??

    They are different each time!! It’s just been all of the sudden – for maybe past month? No idea why

    They aren’t bad dreams – just really weird.

    But I guess I am facing change so maybe that brought it on?


  4. Realities do not have to be real, they only need to be believed. So, dreams are realities – some are short and some are long. Human dreams do not follow rules, so you can defy gravity there and fly. Our physical world is a reality that follows rules, but that does not necessarily make it real. Perhaps the mind that dreams this world is just much more advanced than that of a human.


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