Our expert says:
Yes and no, they can provide insight into things going on more subconsciously in our lives and sometimes we have prophetic dreams or visions that come from a deeper source of knowing. It is hard to separate the rice from the chaff. In yoga there are 4 states of consciousness, our normal awake state, the dream state, the unconscious state (deep sleep) and then a fourth state where one is aware in all the other states. Yoga aims at cultivating awareness so that you are able to remain aware of all the states. That is when you are dreaming you know you are dreaming. So dreams in themselves are not particularly useful but cultivating awareness in dreaming may be part of your path to enlightenment. One exercise used to cultivate awareness is to try remembering all your dreams with the hope of ultimately waking up in them. This may then allow us to work at letting go deeper subconscious patterns and conditioning and allow us to become freer. Hope this helps.
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