Recently, I was asked about dreams. I’ve not written much on the subject. Basically I see dreams as mental and emotional digestion or processing. The content and the emotions are not generally connected. We might say the content is the vehicle for the emotions but has no meaning in itself. There’s a somewhat similar process that takes place during purification in meditation.
I’ve heard spiritual teachers describe dreams as our washing. You don’t need or want to inspect every bit of dirt leaving.
And then there’s those that culture “lucid” dreaming. I tend to favour the first. I’ve looked at dream interpretation books and they never made sense here. I don’t find insights through dreams so I’ve not explored that. But I know some people do. There are various ways intuition and such work for people.
I do sometimes wake in the morning with solutions or inspiration that may have come as a result of the processing. But I’ve not seen it in the dreams themselves, just the end results.
When I first began witnessing sleep many years ago, I manipulated dreams but quickly realized this was pointless and not restful so I let it go.
Enlightened or not, we all have experiences to process from our day. Someone well awake may have less of a backlog but there would only be nothing to process if there had been no experiences. If someone were to never dream, they’d become psychotic.
If there is no dreaming, it’s deep sleep. The mind is asleep so there is nothing to experience. Not remembering we dreamed is a different thing. We all dream.
After awakening, dreams may become richer just as all forms of experience become richer. But it’s not unique to the dreams.
I’d say there’s no hard and fast rules. We’re all a little different. You may find dreams are different when you experience the world differently. But how that will express will be how it expresses. There is too many variables to know in advance.
The more important process is learning to allow whatever is experienced to be experienced as it is. The less attachment and resistance we have, the more naturally it’s experienced, the more completely it’s processed and completed and the less it becomes baggage. The less baggage, the lighter our load, the more the available energy, and the smoother the life.