Dream state is a curious place. Mainly, dreams are about processing your day. Mental digestion, we could say. It can also be processing some unresolved past. Like digesting food, it all gets mushed together.
An attached mind doesn’t like to have emotions for no reason as this suggests it’s not in control (it’s not). As a result, the mind plays random stories for the processing to play out in.
Shallow dreams are much like the mental babble of the day. Deeper dreams call on deeper levels of the mind, making them more archetypal. Themes and story-lines switch as what is arising shifts.
Some people are fans of remembering your dreams and dream analysis to look into the subconscious. You can read books that tell you what various dream content means. Personally, I’ve not found the associations made sense to me. But if you can distinguish the emotional content from the play, the themes may be insightful.
I’ve taken the approach that dream analysis is like going through the trash.
When I first started witnessing dreams (being awake within while the dreams played out), I found I could manipulate the content. This was mildly entertaining, but I realized I was interfering with the process and let it go. I fell back to the witness rather than getting into the content.
After awakening, the mind’s need for control fell away and there was a gradual trend to dreams without a story. Like ripples that never solidified into forms.
Just as there are levels of being, dreams have different levels of expression.
– The big dramatic ones are more memorable, be they fun or dark, especially if they wake us up
– Routine dreams that come and go or shift disjointedly
– Background babble that’s not enough to trigger a theme
– Quiet impulses that come and go, like waves on the shore
– transcendent silence
Each stage has less mental content and more pure digestion until it is peace itself.
You may notice a similarity with levels of speech.
More recently, I’ve heard a few awake people mention they don’t dream anymore. (This is distinct from not being aware of dreams.) I can’t say that’s true here. On reflection, there are fewer dreams and none of the dramatic ones. But there is still digestion of the day and old baggage coming up here and there.
How quiet is your life and mind? If there is little to digest, there will be few dreams. That’s much less likely with a busy life or in some cycles of time where more of the past is being brought up to resolve.
I wouldn’t say minimizing dreams is a goal or symptom of importance. Just an interesting trend. There will be tremendous variation in how this unfolds for various people and at various times.