One odd thing I’ve noticed is that each dream each night is completely unique. It seems to have no relationship to the others, either in terms of feeling, theme, location, characters or plot. And yet, there is only one person, me, who is dreaming them all, and all in the space of one night of my life, during which I presumably have one main outlook and feeling about myself and the world. This was a very unexpected discovery.
As well, when I thought back on as many dreams from the last few days as I could remember this morning, I noticed that all the people in them had distinct personalities, with distinct looks and characters as well, as if they were plucked right off a real street and popped into my dream whole. Even sometimes while I was dreaming I would be puzzling over one of them just as I would someone I met in real life, thinking what an interesting person. In the past, I've ignored their reality because I just assumed that what some psychologists said about dreams was the truth, that people in them represent different aspects of the dreamer's self. So, not understanding a character simply meant I didn’t understand what aspect of myself was being referred to. Well, that still may be true, just that the representations aren't simple symbols created from whole cloth as if they were chess pieces but instead are plucked straight from my memory base of real people and brought to life.
However, the more I think about that, the more I doubt that they represent parts of my psyche. Instead, they seem more likely to be parts of the drama of a dream, and it’s the whole of the drama which represents my ongoing feeling and outlook at the time.
One part of my general outlook now, and has been since I lost my shyness recently, is a newfound enjoyment of people, of the individuals they all are. I really like people, in all their uniqueness, all of them, the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, I think that interest is being represented in my dreams by making the individual characters in the drama fun to watch and think about. It uses these fascinating people as the building blocks for each dream. It's as if my dream mind were a story writer. Which would make sense too because stories are another thing I'm into consciously. As I have been most of my life.
Or is it the other way around; I'm into it consciously because my unconscious mind just naturally thinks in terms of stories? I don’t know the answer to that one. Although, If I think about it hard enough, maybe I’ll dream it up tonight.
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