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What’s the deal with dreaming?

My patients often ask me about dreaming. Why do we dream? Is dreaming important? What does my dream mean? Many cultures would not dream of questioning the relevance of dreaming. Aboriginal tribes have “Dreamtime” which they feel connects them to all time; past, present and future. Some of the Native American tribes highly regard dreams as a source of information and guidance. Scientists have long wrestled with the question of why we dream. Sigmund Freud, who wrote “The interpretation of dreams”, said that dreams were the “highway to the unconsciousness”. He felt that by examining our dreams, we would understand our…