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April 21, 2015

Dream A Little Dream

Filed under: Daily Life,Health,Musings — Susan Morgan @ 9:29 am
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blog13-Sept.10-Dreaming_WorldIt is said that we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, yet science is only just beginning to understand how very essential sleep is to our mental functioning and overall well-being. We recognize sleep disorders as “real” and sleep is can be studied in any number of clinics across the country. I don’t have to tell you how great a good night’s sleep feels, or how awful it is to try to get through a day on little or no sleep.

One part of sleep that I want to focus on here today is dreams.

Did you ever wake in the morning feeling like you were a part of something very important as you slept?

Have you ever had a dream that felt “real” in a way you recognize on a gut level but cannot validate?

Have you experienced a repeating theme or recalled having the same dream over and over?

Do you always know the people in your dreams, or are they sometimes strangers? Are you in places during dreams that you’ve never been in your waking life?

I can answer “Yes” to most of these and I bet I’m not alone. The feeling from a dream can sometime be fleeting and other times stick with you through a whole day, a sort of constant, hard to dismiss or explain.

I was taught in my college psychology class that dreams are an expression of unconscious desires or fears. Nightmares certainly fall into the fear category. And the dream journal I kept briefly for that long ago class taught me most of my dreams had subconscious symbolism. A bit of hard reflection usually brought it to light.

Recognition didn’t do me all that much good, I still struggled as much as anybody. Still worried too much and suffered fruitless angst. Even today, years later I have some of the same dreams, knowing what’s behind them is about as helpful as explaining why a certain disease ravages the body.

Understanding changes nothing, stops nothing. Offers no protection or assurance.

Dreams fascinate the novelist in me. I wonder if there isn’t a reality to dreams that all of us aren’t aware of in waking life. As if, in our dreams things happen in a different (but somehow still binding) reality. In this place those in comas or with intellectual disabilities thrive, live on, have purpose and power while the rest of us are nothing, tolerated but never fully accepted. I’m guessing this must be the plot of some sci-fi movie I’ve seen.

If you want to do a bit of self exploration with dreams as a tool I highly recommend keeping a dream journal. This doesn’t have to be fancy (unless you want it to be) so long as it is an easy to write on pad along with a working pen that you keep by your bed. Here you’ll write your dreams down before your feet hit the floor. Not kidding on that — you can sit up but do not get out of bed before you write down your dreams each morning — you will lose key details the moment your feet hit the floor.

Trust me on this.

Write down all you remember and don’t worry about grammar, punctuation or style, you can fix that later. Focus on getting down the idea, capturing the scene or key details or dialog, getting the story of the dream from beginning to end. No judgement on what is sensible or acceptable. Note what remains with you now that you are awake and how you feel.

It’s a fascinating subject you’re studying, yourself. Do the hard work and you’ll be amazed at what you learn.

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2 Comments »

  1. dreams ARE truly fascinating. yes, i firmly believe that they are a subconscious expression; or perhaps our mind’s ‘filing system’ of thoughts, recollections, observations, etc of that moment. however, there is still so much unknown. who knows… maybe the realm of dreams IS another reality. how wonderful would that be? i wish i could hit the record button and film my dreams. good and bad. then i could sit, analyze and watch over and over again until, perhaps, i understood my ‘self’ more.

    i too have just written a piece about dreams. a lucid dream, last night. it all seemed so real, so clear. so sentient and near tangible. maybe we can ‘share’ this realm with others closest to us.

    who knows. but what are we if we cannot dream….

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    Comment by katmphotography — April 21, 2015 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts katmphotogahpy,

    It’s good to know i’m not the only one who thinks dreams are pretty cool. The dream you had (and wrote about) is exactly the kind I was talking about here.

    And you are right, what a sad, somber place this world would be without dreams.

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    Comment by Susan Morgan — April 21, 2015 @ 4:43 pm | Reply


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