[Originally published on Facebook on February 7, 2017.]
555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 17.
Time Awake: 11:34 a.m.
The dreamscape. The dream world. The dream realm. The world of dreams where our mind exists while we sleep.
Why do we dream? Studies on this provide some possible answers, while additional theories abound.
We dream to brain dump. To process the information of the day. To answer questions that have been nagging us throughout the day. While dreaming, perhaps we visit alternate dimensions and watch our lives there unfold. Perhaps in dreams parts of our actual selves visit parts of others. Or we visit those whose earthly existence has passed.
Had I written this when I woke up this morning, I would have all the details of a dream I’d just experienced. In this dream, someone was imposing themselves on me, interfering in my activities. During the dream, I realized that this same person had been interfering before, in a prior dream. In that first dream, the person was doing things like messing up my Hotmail. This time, it was more physical interference.
I remember none of the details right now of who the person is or what was actually being done. And that’s okay. Not remembering these things means it was something I don’t need to have on immediate recall. As it is, I woke up from the dream feeling uncomfortable. I had only been asleep for four hours, but considered not going back to sleep because I did not want to return to that dream.
Everything has meaning. That includes dreams.
Pay attention to them. Write them down. Ponder them. And the ones you forget, they aren’t important enough to have in long-term recollection.
And those dreams that are most vivid, that feel most real, soak in all you can from those. Cherish them. Real learning occurs there.