Dancing in the Dark
Coloured italics random citations from C.G. Jung.
"Dreams are the guiding words of the soul. Why should I henceforth not love my dreams and not make their riddling images into object of my daily consideration?"
I recorded basically all my dreams between early 2015 and 2018. Approximately 1000 dreams per year got added to my collection.
I dream a lot.
I wake up maybe 4-6 times a night, with dreams still fresh in memory, and therefore had an excellent opportunity to monitor my dreams. It was vital, necessary and highly interesting work!
Nowadays I don't write down my dreams, as they have changed character and serve a different kind of purpose now. At the moment (2019) they give hints for the upcoming day(s). They give me previews about what I will feel/encounter emotionally, what kind of lessons I will get and/or the possibility to be prepared and stay balanced.
Last time I slept the night through was 2006. Before that, 1986. 2026 next? :)
It doesn't really bother me that I wake up a lot, I feel there a reason for it. I get a lot of personal messages during the night, and it is probably good to get them in many small portions rather than one big in the morning!
My life doesn't take a break because I go to sleep.
When I was little I asked my mother how one are to know what's dream and what's reality. Who's to say that what we experience during the day is not also in fact just a dream? Someone else's dream?
My mother had no answer.
"The basic recurring theme in Hindu mythology is the creation of the world by the self-sacrifice of God-"sacrifice" in the original sense of "making sacred"-whereby God becomes the world which, in the end, becomes again God. This creative activity of the Divine is called lila, the play of God, and the world is seen as the stage of the divine play."
* Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics *
It is not that I didn't (or don't) know when I am awake, it is just that I've always perceived experiences by day and night equally real and meaningful - rational or not. I can't see and feel the logic in separating it in real and unreal, meaningful and meaningless. I don't deem myself intelligent enough to make that call. Considering how great the universe is, and how little we know about it (4%). Something not understood does not equal not being real or not being important, in my perspective.
I am as active during the 8 hours in bed, as I am the 16 hours I'm (more or less) upright. I feel, think, do, am, sense, see, and reflect 24/7. Sometimes things appears first in "reality", then in my dreams - but every so often the other way around. I have a give-and-take dance with my dreams - and I'm very grateful for it!
It's all just images. Also what we see with our eyes during the day are just images and movies captured by the eyes - where light is the main actor, and the eye is just a tool. Blue for me isn't blue for you. Further, blue is just a random name describing one version of light - not a fact or reality. The "colored of the thing watched" would exist even the name "blue" ceased to exist.
Is not the blind man's experiences as true as the seeing man's? Is it unreal just because he does not see it?
Considering that the average human to a high degree is letting himself being controlled by his own feelings and emotions I find it peculiar why dreams are considered so unimportant, or as "justs" or "brain activities". Feelings and emotions, which also just appears inside, are not considered as "justs" or "brainactivites" - but very much as reasons to react, act and/or behave in this way or that. Very funny and illogical management of inside occurances if you ask me.
All of them being things perceived inside - in a very personal, indescribable way. Coming to us weather we like it or not. Just as life brings beating to the heart. What's the possibility that some of the functions are just there by "chance" and some others not? Slim, if you ask me.
Feelings/emotions - real, reasons to react, truths. Dreams - unreal, nonsense.
I can't reconcile whit that viewpoint.
"Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious."
"When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate."
Incidents and accidents. Blessings and luck.
Nature is always there, to correct or confirm.
To guide. Making hints that the world is bigger than us.
"...for though people are not as eager to recognize the conflicts that are upsetting their lives, the dreams are always at work trying to tell on the one hand of the conflict, and on the other hand of the creative fantasy that will lead the way out."
"Then it becomes a matter of bringing the material into consciousness. One admits that one is in an impasse and gives free rein to the fantasy, but at the same time, the conscious must keep control in order to have a check on the tendency of nature to experiment."
"That is to say, one has to keep in mind that the unconscious can produce something disastrous to us. But on the other hand, one must be careful not to prescribe to the unconscious - it may be that a new way is required, and even the one beset with disaster. Life often demands the trying out of new ways that are entirely unacceptable to the time in which we live, but we cannot shrink from undertaking a new way for that reason."
Ironically, 'rational' and scientifically proved as humankind like to see herself and her creations, many of the great inventions we use to day came to life through sparks of intuition, sudden insight, dreams and imagination!
Not rational thinking.
Now, that's a thinker!
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."
* Albert Einstein *
And before all the "science", all our shiny measuring equipment, all our formulas and systems, we survived!
Intuition, imagination and the unseen is the greatest of cradles.
The Universe (God/Tao/Nature) will not let us forget that. It will continue to act through dreams and things "happening to us", until we heed, and realise that there is always forces and reasons at work we don't understand - but probably should accept, ponder on, and explore.
The Universe is in the act of configuring and releasing more and more multisensory humans suited for the task - to change the world as we know it!