What’s in a dream?

What’s in a dream? They are the alchemist’s crucible for rendering the common into the divine.

In our waking life we are used to objects retaining Flammarion_Woodcut_1888_Color_2.jpgtheir identity through time and space. This is not so at the subatomic level or within our dreams. Particles can change into other particles or into two particles or morph into something altogether different or merge their identities. At this level there seem to be any number of realities and the different realities seem to interfere with each other on occasion.

What is this that keeps one reality following one set of physical rules while another allows for anything to happen? What is it that exists in one realm of reality and not the other? I posit that it is something called ego-body consciousness. In the waking world this consciousness creates a particular point-of-view but in the sleeping world where the ego-body consciousness has been turned off there is what I call dream-body consciousness that is unrestricted and allows for all points-of-view not unlike the superpositionality of all particles at the subatomic level that don’t become fixed until focused upon.

Is it possible that it is our conscious individual and collective ego-self that determines reality while the unconscious self allows for any reality? There doesn’t seem to be any restrictions of time or space or form in the unconscious mind. Basically it’s ‘anything goes’ i.e. anything and everything is possible because the restrictions on possibility are lifted thus allowing us the freedom to explore what in the waking world are “impossible” possibilities.

Is it any wonder that dreams have opened us to any number of new discoveries and new ways of looking at things? Our dreams have connected us with the divine and the unimaginable; from the common to the sublime they problem solve and restructure perspective, and help us to see who and what we really are. Our dreams not only help us to heal and discover the inner workings of ourselves but the mechanisms of reality itself. Dreams are a way of pulling back the veil to see what lies behind.

“This is not real reality. The real reality is behind the curtain. In truth, we are not here. This is our shadow.”

–Rumi

There are people who want you to believe that there is nothing beyond the veil, in fact they argue that there is no veil. They are like the Wizard of Oz who said to Dorothy “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” Most folks don’t know that there is an unconscious mind or that this unconscious world modifies their experience of the conscious world. Most folks can only imagine that the world they see is the only real world. Most don’t know that the world they see is but an illusion, a projection of their biases, their conditioning, and the archetypal material of their subconscious.

So what’s in a dream? The sleeping mind pulls aside the curtain and reveals the hidden world behind– the machinery behind the machinery if you will.

15 thoughts on “What’s in a dream?

  1. I love the idea that the world we explore in dreams is the world as it really is, and what we think is reality is merely what happens when limitations are placed upon that world by the filter we call ego. Love that Rumi quote too: our ego is but a shadow of what we really are.

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    1. If you knew them you may be continuing to deal with their death. Even after death they continue to inform our lives but in much more indirect and subtle ways. We also deal with death on a personal level when people we know have died. Death is usually a very big change in the patterns of our life and forces us to shift our stance and point-of-view on many things. The unconscious is trying to bring some of this material to consciousness through our dreams. I hope that helps, Bob

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    2. Perhaps you are anxious about death in general or are worried about something ending or its potential for ending. Often people in our dreams, alive or dead, reflect aspects of their nature that we either admire or reject for ourselves.

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  2. Dreams fascinate me ! This week in having realy vivid dreams of animals which I remember in detail the next day , but mainly the bit involving the animal , not so much the rest . one night it was a dogfish which had been caught , and I took it away to keep it alive , I kept filling buckets and anything I could find with water to keep it in but they all seemed to have holes and leek , it was more like a dog in its behaviour and affection towards me than a fish .
    The next night it was a ferret that kept going for me and bit my finger causing a deep wound ! What do the dreams mean I wonder ?

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    1. Animals in general can be speaking to your drives and feelings about events and people with the usual social controls lifted. Fish can be about Feelings coming to the surface; thoughts, fantasies and emotions swimming around inside us. The dog is often a symbol for loyalty and love. The pales of water to keep this symbol alive could refer to trying to keep the feelings toward something alive. The ferret might be something or someone devious or untrustworthy that has injured you in some way (e.g. through a criticism or judgment or betrayal). It can also symbolize distrust or suspiciousness of others. I hope that helps, Bob

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    2. Did you see this reply? Animals in general can be speaking to your drives and feelings about events and people with the usual social controls lifted. Fish can be about Feelings coming to the surface; thoughts, fantasies and emotions swimming around inside us. The dog is often a symbol for loyalty and love. The pales of water to keep this symbol alive could refer to trying to keep the feelings toward something alive. The ferret might be something or someone devious or untrustworthy that has injured you in some way (e.g. through a criticism or judgment or betrayal). It can also symbolize distrust or suspiciousness of others. I hope that helps, Bob

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