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Are Dreams Really Just Random Memories or Pathways to Other Worlds?

Nell has been an online writer for over eight years and is fascinated by the paranormal, including omens, time slips and the supernatural.

Dreams or pathways?

Dreams or pathways?

I Dreamed a Dream . . .

Dreaming is something we all do. Every single person around the world dreams when they go to sleep. In fact, it's a common belief that animals do it too.

And our dreams can be really funny things—sometimes we wake up laughing or smiling. Other times we get up feeling really depressed because we have had a nightmare or maybe just a 'feeling'.

But what are they?

The Western world tends to dismiss dreams. We just presume dreaming is a random way of clearing the clutter out of our minds when we sleep. Others believe that our sleeping brain actually works out equations like a super computer.

And let's face it, how many times do we wake up to find that the problem we had the night before has somehow miraculously worked itself out overnight?

There are many cultures round the world that believe dreams are much more than random thoughts. But what if it's something more bizarre?

Our parallel selves other dimensions dreams

Our parallel selves other dimensions dreams

A dream of flying is prevalent around the whole world!

Are We Mirrors of Ourselves in Dreams?

Many countries and cultures around the world do have a certain pattern of dreaming. For example, a man who lives in a war-torn country will dream of loss, war and pain. It seems that our day-to-day lives do impact our nighttime dreams.

Religious cultures tend to dream about their Gods and Goddesses. But however much our random thoughts sneak into our dreams, sometimes our mind takes us completely unawares and in a different direction.

In fact, sometimes we become someone else in our dreams. It's common enough to 'look' in a mirror in your dream and see you, but what if the image shows someone else?

Maybe that image is you, but with different hair color, glasses and clothes.

magic worlds parallel worlds through the mirror

magic worlds parallel worlds through the mirror

Are Dreams a Sign of Reincarnation?

Of course, there is the idea that we have lived before. If it is in fact true, then these dreams may just show us our previous existence.

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Or, in a mixed up state of mind we will see someone who was dear to us back then, but only in a modern setting, which is confusing. I do think that some of my dreams must be reincarnation—they are so real and set in the past. But, how do I know for sure? There are other explanations which need more research.

The study of parallel worlds is in its infancy, but it does go a long way to explain certain things. Take Deja' Vu, for example. We have all had that strange feeling that we have been somewhere before. But we can never remember when or how, and it always leaves us with that weird sense of, 'I am missing something'.

But what if it just means that your double in the other dimension has already visited there? Or maybe even lives there!

Then it makes sense.

“If a coin comes down heads that means that the possibility of its coming down tails has collapsed, until that moment the two possibilities were equal.

But on another world, it does come down tails. And when that happens, the two worlds split apart.”

— Phillip Pulman

Do Dreams Let Us Access Parallel Worlds?

Scientists are coming round more and more to the idea of parallel worlds. Not just other planets that look like ours, but whole dimensions that we cannot see that overlap our world. And if science is to be believed, then there are people there who look like us, sound like us and, well, are literally, us!

Sounds impossible? Maybe, but what if they are right? Would those other people do and say exactly the same thing as we do? What if they took a right turn and we took a left. A little like the old film Sliding Doors, with Gwyneth Paltrow and John Lynch.

In this scenario, Gwyneth Paltrow's character either catches the train, or she doesn't. Either way the story pans out to make the ending different in each case.

It's a great story, and really makes you think. What if?

So, coming back to dreams. How can they be involved in our twin worlds theory? And what if there is more than one other dimension? Would that make a difference or not?

Are We Living in a Multiverse?

Do Dreams Inspire Us to Live Our Dreams?

Let me tell you a story. For years, I have been dreaming about being on the stage. In this life I have never been particularly interested in being famous, or treading the boards so to speak. So why is it that in many of my dreams I not only belong to the local amateur dramatic club, but see myself standing on that stage singing and acting?

I got so fed up of dreaming it I actually went and joined in reality! True story! I know many of you will say, 'well, secretly you yearned for it.' But no, not one bit! My brain just kept on and on . . . until I joined, and now I love it.

Does this mean that my other self in her dimension is actually an accomplished actress? Maybe.

In another dream I am visiting or living in a part of the country where there is a large castle near the beach. Each and every road is familiar. I live there, and sometimes I work away, going back by coach. This dream has been going on for years. Why? Maybe I am living in that place in my alternate reality.

If I am, what's the point? I hear you ask.

Ah, now there's the question!

Maybe I need to find the right place and go visit!

I dreamed a dream

I dreamed a dream

'Maybe Deja' Vu is just another way to let you know that the 'other you' has already visited that location and left you a sign to follow.'

— Nell Rose

Sir Isaac Newton Scientist

Sir Isaac Newton Scientist

Fate and Dreams

Maybe you and your parallel self help each other to find the path that you are meant to tread. And maybe the parallel worlds theory makes sense of Fate. If you think about it, most of us believe fate interferes with our free life.

But what if our parallel world theory explains it all? If that world gets nearer to ours or maybe lines up with ours, then the singular fact that what we see as fate, means that it just meets up with the other dimensions or universes.

There, what do you think of that? Makes sense, eh? Maybe our Fate is only on the true path when all parallel worlds match up with each other! But what would we dream about then? Good question! Maybe how to fix those little flaws that all of our doubles and ourselves have!

Let's get back to reincarnation for just one moment. Maybe there is no such thing as reincarnation. Maybe those other worlds that overlap ours are not in time with us. Maybe they are still in the middle ages. Or even far ahead of us in the future. This could be why we dream of lifetimes that belong to 'us' but not us.

It could be that these worlds and lives are going on around us at this moment in time. Only they have never had an Einstein, or an Isaac Newton.

What if George Stephenson had never helped to invent the modern train that we take for granted today?

Just a few people missing from our history in this world would make a totally different landscape over here, so if they are not there in the 'Other Dimension World' then their lives could be very different indeed.

Henry VIII timeslip parallel worlds.

Henry VIII timeslip parallel worlds.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

One of the most influential people in our world history has to be Henry the VIII of Britain. If he hadn't divided the Church by divorcing Catherine of Aragon so he could wed Anne Boleyn, then our world would be a darker one.

When Henry first came to the throne the country was Catholic. The Pope ruled every aspect of our religion. Not only the way we prayed, but the way Mass was held. And, more importantly, nobody was allowed to read the Bible other than the Clergy themselves. In fact, most aspects of reading, painting and other 'frivolous' activities was frowned on.

Then along came Henry. He changed our religion, making it much more open. We could attend Church and listen to priests without them speaking Latin, and—more to the point—we could read, paint and so on. If not for him, we would all still be Catholic. And maybe we would never have known Einstein, Newton and so on!

Scary thought, eh?

But that's my point. Maybe other worlds in other dimensions never had an angry ruthless King such as Henry VIII.

'All that we see, or seem, is but a dream within a dream.'

— Edgar Allan Poe

Dreams Within a Dream

Whether we will ever learn about other dimensions or not, there are various things we can do to make the most of them.

  1. Take notice of your dreams.
  2. Write down any dreams the second you wake, and try to work out what they mean.
  3. If your dream keeps on repeating itself, it is definitely trying to tell you something. We believe that dreams are a way of sorting out problems. But maybe they are much more important than that. They could be telling you about your 'other selves'!
  4. And last but not least, if they keep telling you to learn something new, like my acting dream then go for it! What have you got to lose?

Questions & Answers

Question: What does it mean to dream about emerging into other dimensions?

Answer: If your mind at night dreams of other dimensions then you are astral traveling to them.

Question: Can dreams actually be information from a life forgotten, before we entered this reality at birth?

Answer: Yes, I believe dreams are! I have had loads of dreams that cannot possibly be from this life.

Question: I concur entirely. Dreams represent past lives, as well as our lives in different dimensions. I also believe there is a high power, which can transport you into another person's altered state of mind. I wake up every night, drenched in sweat, multiple times each night. I know I am undergoing some trauma via a life other than this conscience, waking state. I’ve tried hypnosis to attempt to review what is happening to me however it was unsuccessful. Do you know of any other method to review one's past lives?

Answer: Have you tried hypnotic regression with a trained person? If you have then maybe keep a diary next to your bed so the second you wake you can scribble down any memories from the dream. Most of us lose at least a 3rd the few seconds after waking.

Question: A friend was talking about buying a new bike, and in my dream, he told me the price. He bought the bike for 60. After a while this conversation really happened with a tiny difference, in reality, he told me a lie about the price. It was 100 and when I told him I dreamed this and you told me the price was 60, he confessed the price was 60 and he was lying about 100. So I dream he told the truth but realty he lied. So the dream was not the future. Do you, the writer of this article, think that other dream predictions occur similarly?

Answer: Well in one way. Sometimes when we dream we don't always see the future exactly. You have to make room for variations. There are two answers really. One is that we see things slightly different in dreams. The other is that it could be another dimension that we see that is slightly different.

© 2016 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on April 12, 2020:

Me too Tanya! Looking in a mirror and seeing a dark haired woman wearing glasses. And yes it was me. but not the me that sees in my mirror! Thanks so much for reading.

Tanya on April 10, 2020:

I constantly have dreams of other dimensions and every single dream ive ever had Has been absolutely realistic ive even had dreams with someone saying or doing things and it ALWAYS comes true im not sure as to why but my dreams are so so vivid ive even had dreams where i was another person washing my face looking at myself in the mirror and getting ready for work it showed a setting and all i even had the same thoughts as this person and i could tell they werent my own

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 31, 2020:

It could be a reincarnation dream maybe? Or another world! Amazing dream, thanks for sharing Nikki.

Nikki E on March 30, 2020:

Hi my dream was about a policeman who saved me. He is so kind and I think i fell inlove with him. I never saw him in real life. And I look so different in my dream. It feels so real

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 15, 2020:

Hi Annamh, I am sorry but I don't do email readings or dream interpretation. But there are plenty online for you to check out.

Annah from Johannesburg on March 14, 2020:

Hi there. I am struggling with explaining my dreams, they are hard to decipher. Can I send you an email somewhere maybe you can help me. I feel like maybe if I could understand this side of myself, it would be easy somehow. Please

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 14, 2019:

Thanks, Anna, I tend to do that, and to go up I 'sit' and push up with my hands! lol! and thank you for the compliment x

Anna on May 12, 2019:

Hi. Great blogpost :)

Do you know how many experience flying and doing so like when you swin with arms and legs doing that motion of breast swimming. I always start from the ground feeling like getting away from something on the ground and its hard at first getting airborne. After its still hard job but the flying feels natural and freeing like ive done it as much as walking. I wonder if others fly like that too :) kind regards. Love and light

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 27, 2019:

Thanks Dondre. I totally agree with you. I am always in Scotland I believe, but yes the technology is always far ahead, but its so familiar. Thanks for reading.

Dondre Young on April 26, 2019:

I agree 100%. When I’m dreaming I’ve experienced memories that I shouldn’t have. It’s as if Ik what’s going on when everything around me is foreign at times. Reading this just confirmed all my thoughts about dreams possibly being a link to parallel versions of ourselves. Everything seems to be the same, but different. It’s as if I’m spectating my double. The ppl he knows are the same ppl Ik a lot of the time. Sometimes it’s ppl I’ve never met. Some places look like they take place in the distant future. Technology has advanced far beyond what our world has to offer. It really is bizarre. I don’t think dreams are as simple as ppl think they are. Even tho our worlds are different, I can find areas of equilibrium. What really sales this idea to me is the fact that when I’m in these “other worlds”, I understand what’s going on. Ik the ppl that I shouldn’t know. My personality is different in many of them. My hairstyle is different in some of them as well. A point where they all link is my love for this one women that I’ve been chasing for all my life. In some of them I’m successful and some of them not so much. Things may be different, but that stays the same in all of them it seems.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 21, 2018:

Exactly Brian! I totally agree with you. thanks for reading.

brian from uk on December 21, 2018:

its really interesting because in present life you may not having anything exciting going on but your dreams can tell you a different story although at the time you wake you think what a wonderful dream if only that could happen to me and several years later it does happen its as if the universe is telling you through your dreams to not give up hope as impossible as it sounds ask and you be given these signs come in your dreams which a powerful effect on us all you just have to beleave

Yup on August 06, 2018:

What really weird is that its, (magic mirror) not (mirror mirror)

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 23, 2018:

Hi Jeff, yes its pretty weird isn't it? I always live in the same place down by the coast, weird! thanks for reading.

Jeff Schwab on July 22, 2018:

I keep having different dreams of different places. In these dreams I see people in detail that I know well in the dream but don't know them in this reality. I also have different occupations and live in other places not familiar to me. I could go on and on about my dream travels but I really just want to thank you for this article. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one having these experiences.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 23, 2018:

Interesting stuff! thanks for reading.

Yali on June 22, 2018:

I don’t know man, my dream always tell me to be a hero and save the world, etc. or, it’s about adventures or some catastrophe, or magic, violence, and cult in the ancient world...kinda too hard to make the connections or “follow the dreams”...

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 15, 2018:

Hi Jason, its so confusing isn't it? I have learned to just write it down as it comes. When the real event happens I just tick my proof box. its the only thing to do. of course you could write a book about it! At the end of the day, what you are experiencing is real. you just have to learn how to focus it. thanks for reading.

Jason on June 15, 2018:

Since the first of three times Ive died, I've been what's been said to be a lucid dreamer. That started at age 5. I've know that they were not events I've done in my waking life on "Earth", as I've not piloted a plane at 5 years of age, yet in the dream, I knew how to. I'm now 39 and have experienced more lucid dreams than I've experienced waking days of living, but now they've started to take a different tone. They are beginning to feel like memories I already experienced. That might be easy to explain, to others, but in waking life, I do not consider it a memory until I've actually physically did it. It's become a different thing to dream now. It feels as if im becoming aware that I've truely forgotten some type of "mission", crazy I know, but since I've always know the difference between dreaming when the physical body is "out like a switch turned to the off position" and waking physically I am pretty confident in not crazy. Maybe I'm beginning to believe that my dreams aren't really a conglomeration of stresses I'm trying to "fix." What is happening?

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 28, 2018:

Thanks Jumper, yes I totally agree with you. we don't study these ideas enough. thanks for reading.

Jumper73 from Hungary on May 28, 2018:

I was always fascinated with dreams. Sometime I weak-up and then I quickly want to go back to sleep so my dream continues where i have left off.

Anyhow, yesterday I had a dream, again, and I was thinking: what if the dream reflect my own personality and actions from another dimension? I strongly believe that this is what happening. Some sort of connection to ourself from another dimension, where our life can be better or even worst, it might also happen that we are not even human in that dimension but still have the connection via dreams.

This is why I have googled this topic, and found your article, which is really great. Thank you.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 27, 2018:

Wow! that does sound like something happened doesn't it? thanks for sharing

I woke on May 26, 2018:

I woke up after being chased by somethings. I know I went to look for them. Wokeup with bites on my chest bleeding. Showed the bites to co-wokers no one could explain the bites. I traveled somewhere. Dont know where.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 19, 2018:

Good point Dreamer, thanks for reading.

Dreamer on May 18, 2018:

I have lived my life through my dreams. If I can’t dream in my waking life then I’d rather go to sleep.

Nell Rose (author) from England on April 13, 2018:

That's it exactly Herany! Thanks for reading.

Herany on April 13, 2018:

I am so happy to see this page! i thought i was the only one who thinks that another world exists in dreams.i live a normal life during day time and another life in my dreams and the next morning my normal life will continue and the other life will also continue when i sleep.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 19, 2018:

Hi Emma, its weird isn't it? I dream of being down the coast, I live there in my dream, but its definitely future! try and become aware that you are dreaming and try to steer it the way you want it. good luck!

Emma on March 19, 2018:

I dream of big metal pods huge huge I'm scared I feel like I'm on another world technology not from this planet never seen anything like it I want to go home my partner wakes me up cause I'm screaming it's repetitive so I googled it found this page I've had other nightmares too I can't explain I'm a vivid dreamer so I have never really thought about it until now I'm

40 it's on my mind dnt know why

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 08, 2018:

Yes! That's it exactly Myka! My dreams are always in the same place, but the technology is future. Not a long way into the future just enough for flying cars etc. In fact a few nights ago I dreamed I was flying in a convertible car! How on earth would I know what it was like unless I had done it? Thanks for reading.

Myka on February 08, 2018:

When I was very young I stared keeping a dream journal of my more emotionally powerful dreams, a couple of years ago I became nostalgic and started looking through the journals from an adult perspective.

I couldn't help but notice certain weird patterns, such as locations that I've never been to, people that I've never met, the laws of physics being slightly different in very specific ways, all recurring in dreams that are months, sometimes even years apart.