Not this morning. The scene in the dream was so good, you could say it woke me right up in my sleep: It was an outdoor scene, very bright, flooded with sunlight. It really took me by surprise. It was like I had just stepped outside into this unexpected environment. Probably misinterpreting it in my sleep, I seemed to be standing in front of a little cove with sail boats, where the ground sloped down to the water, but no, I was maybe a level up above the water and so couldn’t actually see any water from there. What made me think of sailboats were the masts. But they weren’t exactly masts, more tall thin spires. And they didn’t come up from the cabins and decks of boats but from the centres of domes. A cluster of fairly small domes, but really it was hard to tell. The domes (of something like churches or temples) were all down there at a lower level and I was looking down on them. But they were also a backdrop. What was really happening in the dream was with a young couple in the foreground in front of me. They were looking into each others’ eyes, he facing me and to one side and her away from me. They each had their arms up with their hands on each others’ shoulders. (He wore glasses, oddly. Maybe he represented me? He didn't look like me though, although I've noticed that my dream artist is lousy at copying faces from memory.) He had a big smile on his face and was saying something to her. I assumed she was smiling too. The conversation seemed quite intense. The image was very clear and brightly sun-lit. His face was perfectly rendered by the dream machine. All objects in the picture were sharp, perfectly coloured, solid. As I woke up I frantically tried to remember what had come just before this image. It seemed like I was thinking of taking a sweater out for someone. (I slept the night in my old, heavy sweater, which I had bought way back in 1981 on my big backpack trip when winter had started to set in.) The sweater idea may have had something to do with the dream or not. This is another thing I’ve noticed in the past, that the preceding action in a lot of these dreams, when you analyze them, is really irrelevant to the symbolic essence of the dreams It’s as if the dream mind is working up to saying something and can’t start it until a dream happens to arrive at the starting point by accident. Then, at that point, the dream mind brightens, sharpens, makes everything more solid so as to make it easier to remember it all from that point on.
So let’s assume that happened here. This image to me feels like a snapshot of my own personal kind of heaven. Even though I'm not religious. (Consciously, at any rate.) The heaven consists of two people who are very close, intimately close, and who are communicating perfectly. And, probably as a consequence, they have tremendous energy, and yet calm. All that in itself is what I’ve always wanted my whole life. Yes, it's like a heaven to me. Yet it always seemed hopeless.
But now I’m starting to see the possibility of it, as a result of these last two years of social organizing, and of learning some important social skills. I'm actually learning the art of conversing for the first time in my life, in my 60's. In the dream, the sun shining on it all is to me the ultimate positive nature of it. The domes and the spires: Okay, this just occurred to me now: The spires all come up to about the height of which we are standing, so that could mean that the people under the domes also aspire to this very thing that I am viewing here in the dream.
A religious person could interpret the sunlight as being from God, and the domes as temples or churches. It’s interesting that my interpretation here is very similar. And maybe the desire for that intimate perfect communication with others is close to being a religious aspiration, or maybe actually is an essential part of religious aspiration. If that aspiration is strong enough in us, making it a deep part of our unconscious minds, and if we don't see our fellow humans as being perfect enough to be part of an ultimate aspiration, then that partner would have to be some perfect future image, which we can never quite reach.
I prefer to try for it here and now.