It has been said that “Life is but a dream”…
“… The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
~ William Shakespeare
(the Tempest; Act 4, scene 1)
And, we spend about a third of our life in active sleep.
“However vague they are, dreams have a way of concealing themselves and leave us no peace until they are translated into reality, like seeds germinating underground, sure to sprout in their search for the sunlight.” ~ Lin Yutang
Dream awareness & dream skills may be a natural gift. However; dream recall may not be often, frequent or may be very fleeting. Because of this, many will say they don’t have dreams.
EVERYONE DREAMS as they sleep.
Not everyone KNOWS what they dream.
If at the least, anyone may only remember a NIGHTMARE.
Learning to have dream awareness, dream acceptance & to be able to develop various aiding techniques to guide your dreaming is a beneficial, creative life skill:
Begin by learning the variations of your own sleep: Our actions and intentions; both by day & night, correlate to our asleep experiences.
Phases & patterns of sleep are affected by the consistencies of our bed times, awake / alarm clock times, diet, drinks (organic/alcoholic/caffeinated), sleep cycles (our neurologic reflex)…
Lucidity = aware you are dreaming while asleep
Passive lucidity = aware you are dreaming without control; Aware observer: 1st person, 2nd person or 3rd person view
Active lucidity = aware of your dream with some level of control to the actions, characters and the surroundings
Mild lucidity control: Allows semi-conscious interpretation within your dream events. Excellent for rapid, creative solutions. Or, just to have an exit plan ready to leave an unpleasant nightmare.
Complete lucidity control: Allows lucid/cognitive guidance to explore entire creative solutions, prepare for new experiences, and expand your perceptiveness, all day and at night.
Lucidity is a lifestyle feature & not a hobby.
Just a hobby would be perhaps relatable to the buying of your child all the things at the toy store to stimulate a sense of imaginative, curious creativity. Yet, another thing off the shelf, and another, another… Dreaming is different. It is viable, tangible and infinite.
Dreaming cost essentially nothing. It’s all natural, yet it is incredibly valuable as it is. Dreaming is what we naturally aspire to; as sleeping dreams are allowed to become more available to our conscious lives, we may often find that our subconscious landscapes & allowances soon enable us to accept and desire new awakened goals. These goals become an expressive new reach to ideas that had been held in our inner silence. When you consider how much gets denied or lost as we mature isn’t it eventually obvious many youthful creative, playful artistic life skills may be put aside; lost to more hurried & shallower tasks.
As in comparison with sleep dreaming experiences; awake daytime dreams are those things called out as ‘goals and desires’ to achieve. Awake dreams are these things that are the more tangible, “gotta haves”, trends, and splurges that utilize our common acute & awake senses to attain life experiences. This most often resorts to the all-inclusive urge as continual stuff to purchase & consume to equate our dulling inner senses to become experience achievements.
Lucidity of dreaming is a life skill, a depth of thought that truly takes life and learning to mature right along with the person. Dream awareness; as lucidity is known as, permits each person a recharging of their particular inner senses. These are the senses that bind the common awake senses of sight, hearing, touch, tastes & odors to the core of internal explorations. Dream recall and sensation awareness becomes a sharing of your inner child’s wonder, curious reasoning and imagination. This dialog of yourself is centuries old and soon lost to modern dampening of our 4-second spread of attention span.
Just be a good listener. Listen to the depths & potentials of our own dream experiences. The world needs more real moments to just listen.
Each person has this story inside.
It is not the chatter of common small talk, it is our own life voice guided within each of us.
It speaks within a whisper in the night.
P.S. – My next blog article will suggest an all-natural way to breathe yourself to sleep. Often, finding rest within minutes. A great way to unwind, recharge & sleep deep.
(Comments to the content of my dream aids & experiences are welcome.)