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Interpreting our Daydreams

I had the privilege of listening to Rev. Jeremy Taylor speak this morning on the interpretation of dreams. He’s the author of Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill among other dream interpretation books. His talk was roughly about how people are not so different from each other in their night-dreams and it was just enough to pique ones interest in interpreting dreams.

I mentioned to Jeremy that as a writer I find it harder and harder to separate my dreams from my storytelling. Sometimes I write something and then think, “Did I dream that or did I just make it up?” Fundamentally, he said, they are pretty much the same thing.

He used the illustration of a cross, the vertical axis of which points up to the spiritual and aspirational and down to the unknown and frightening. The horizontal axis is what we like and what we dislike and we are in the moment right where they cross. That got me thinking, and frankly, I missed the rest of what he said. That’s what happens when I think.

My own illustration is more like an hour glass. I drew it up when I got home, so here is what I’m thinking.

DreamGlass

I think that when we dream, we immerse ourselves in the eternal and we have all of history and all possibilities to draw from. We may extract some of that insight into our memory when we emerge from sleep into our waking lives, but the eternal is not limited by what we have experienced in the temporal world. Memory is (even if the experience is a dream). In the sleeping state, we have access to all that is possible. You might think that you dream of impossible things, but I think that the very fact that your mind can conceive it means that it is possible, no matter how unlikely.

When we daydream, we draw on our memories and our desires. That’s probably why few people have daymares. Fundamentally, our memory is not all of history, it is our perception of our experiences. And it is called daydreaming because we are allowed to go forward into the future with our desires. Most people share a lot of desires in common with each other—possibly more than they share when they are immersed in history and possibility. We daydream about food, sex, money, leisure, adventure, love, revenge, and so forth. Note that I didn’t include happiness. Daydreams are rooted in real things. Happiness or sadness is how we respond to them.

I don’t know where to go with this, aside from the fact that we live at the smallest point where the sands of our time trickle into the eternal. That is the now. It is only here as it passes.

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