Dancing in the Dark
Coloured italics random citations from C.G. Jung.
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 have recorded basically all my dreams since early 2015. Approximately 1000 dreams per year get added to my collection.
I dream a lot.
I wake up maybe 4-6 times a night, and mostly write down what I have dreamt immediately I wake up, while it's still fresh in memory.
Last time I slept the night through was 2006. Before that, 1986. 2026 next? :)
My life doesn't take a break because I go to sleep.
All the dreams are collected in a database.
When I was 11 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?
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 perceive experiences by day and night equally real - rational or not. I can't see and feel the logic in separating it in real and unreal. I don't deem myself intelligent enough to make that call. Considering the further mentioned 4%. Something not understood does not equal not real or not important.
I am as active during those 8 hours in bed, as I am the 16 hours I'm upright. Maybe even more so. I feel, think, do, react and analyse 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.
Just as what we see with our eyes during the day is also 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 "color" would exist even if humans and their name "blue" ceased to exist.
Is not the blind mans experiences as true as the seeing mans? 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. Feelings and emotions are something that only the person having them can perceive - a very personal reality. Practically impossible to describe or convey. Just as dreams.
All 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.
Yet. Feelings - real. Dreams - unreal.
"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' as humankind states to be, many of the great inventions we use to day came to life through sparks of intuition, sudden insight, dreams and imagination! Not rational thinking.
"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 science, all our shiny equipment, all our formulas and functions, we still developed. Intuition and imagination is a cradle.
Nature will not let us forget that. It will continue to react through dreams and things "happening to us", until we heed, and realise that there is always forces at work we don't understand - but probably should accept, ponder on, and explore.