I partly agree faijer but as we already know we both follow different paths. Yes some dreams are just that, our mind in enjoyment mode! but if you follow a more mystic path then dreams are lessons while we sleep and therefore have meanings. By opening up to such experiances I have been given (just one way of saying it) information that is realivant to a given situation and have proved useful to me. It is all about being willing to leave yourself open and that is the dificult bit is it not.
The polar opposite to being open is not being closed, because being closed is the opposite to being gullible. And quite honestly, if you interpret dreams to have meanings then I can't stop you, but please don't hide behind the 'mystic path' denominator because I'm not afraid to "go there". No religion, no mysticism, no tradition, no superstition is sacrosanct simply because it is an 'alternative way'.
And just ask yourself, if you are truly 'open', whether those meanings you find are actually a part of the dream itself, or whether they're just meanings that you're implanting onto the dream that aren't inherently present. And before you admit to the latter and retort with an "aha, it doesn't matter because the meaning is still there!", consider that any revelations you had weren't intrinsically a result of the dream but of your own capacity for self-reflection. If removing the dreams removes said capacity for self-reflection, then you might want to consider whether or not the dream interpretation is a crutch.
@Faijer: Well, if your dreams are incoherent soap opera like dramas then I really recommend you to find psychiatric help ;-).
Are you a professional authorised to make such a recommendation?
Dreams are one of ways how subconscious mind tries to present message to the conscious mind. Why? Because it is something that conscious mind suppressed and it has to be solved before it becomes a bigger problem.
Show me proof before making sweeping statements that posit the existence of two distinct minds within the human. I've yet to see any conclusive evidence that the 'unconscious' mind is actually a thing in itself; much in the same way that your computer and its processors are not considered two different computers. Modern cognitive theory tends to view the unconscious mind with a more grounded perspective than its 18th century heritage.
To elucidate on the rather odd notion of the unconscious mind within psychodynamic theory, I'll simply quote Erich Fromm, "The term 'the unconscious' is actually a mystification (even though one might use it for reasons of convenience, as I am guilty of doing in these pages). There is no such thing as the unconscious; there are only experiences of which we are aware, and others of which we are not aware, that is, of which we are unconscious. If I hate a man because I am afraid of him, and if I am aware of my hate but not of my fear, we may say that my hate is conscious and that my fear is unconscious; still my fear does not lie in that mysterious place: 'the' unconscious."