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What causes them?

Chemical imbalance? Thought waves bouncing on the inside of our skulls? Something spiritual? Something else?

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Usually a lack of control.  When you are sleeping or sleeplike you have little control over your mind, therefore it is much more at large to wander among the memory and imagination.
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Chemical imbalance is probably a good place to start.

When you see something on television, for instance, that is frightening -- you know on an intellectual level that it isn't real -- but the primitive part of your brain reacts to it like it is real and kicks in the 'fight or flight' mechanism.

When you dream -- you finish processing the adrenaline that was built up for that incident.

This is an overly simplified answer -- I suggest you do some research for yourself.
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There are both scientific and spiritual explanations for dreams. I suppose it all depends on what you choose to believe. scientifically, dreams are nothing more than your subconscious working out the quirks and problems of the day. Imbalances in the brain have impact in this as well.  Spiritually speaking dreams can hold guidance and solace. Even in nightmares the mind has a way of healing and understanding in sleep things that the conscious mind may be unable to handle. In the Native American culture dreams were a very vital part of their belief system as a way of speaking with the Spirits and finding guidance in their Totems.
Myself, I believe in the spiritual.

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" ~ Plato

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     Not necessarily "lack of control," should the term even have much bearing here.  There is some interesting stuff (as opposed to research or work) about "lucid dreaming" which has a lot to do with taking charge of your dreams.  You might also have a look at material of "senoi dream work," which talks about a cultural approach to dreaming as shared experience very different that what we are used to.

     When I have some time, I'll try to write at greater length.  Working with dreams is very rewarding in many ways.  They can teach you a lot about yourself, whether you think of them as sort of chemical non-events or see them the the Royal Road to the unconscious, as did Freud.

     It can be a useful thing to keep a dream notebook open by the side of your bed at night, and to write down what you remember of your dreams when you wake.  With practice, you find that you remember more and more of them, and they can be a marvelous resource for poems.  It's often helpful to have a series of dreams to look at if you want to think of interpreting dreams, depending on which style of dream interpretation you use.

     That's all for now.  Yours, Bob Kaven
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