Afternoon of December 22, 2017. Friday.
I have documented, studied, and validated the meanings of tens of thousands of my dreams for over fifty years. It is naturally one of my most important interests, as it involves the dynamics of my own mind and existence, so how could it not be important (at least to me and the continuity of my life’s path)?
Some people believe in “dream interpretation” while other people believe that dreams have no meaning (which is as unintelligent as claiming one’s stomach has no purpose or believing that constant worrying has no effect on one’s health). I am in neither school of thought, because I have come to know that (non-lucid) dreams are events in real time that often do have significant meaning (in contrast to how the word “interpretation” is used, which is a completely different concept), but primarily, that meaning is relevant to the dream state itself and the waking transition. (This does not include dream events or images that are literally prescient or biological in origin, which most people do not seem to believe in, though of which also has nothing to do with “interpretation” because of its literal status).
Obviously, normal dreams usually occur while one is unconscious and when viable memories (in the deeper levels of dreaming) are typically not present (or are mixed into incongruous anachronistic composites). Additionally, the will and ability to control the physical body (or even any viable awareness of the physical body or its orientation) is absent. Non-lucid dreams are mainly a result of RAS (reticular activating system) mediation. This is not a theory or opinion. It is fact. The symbolism is inherent to the nature of RAS (something I was aware of at a very young age but did not always write extensively about for a particular dream). This also includes the transition of the personified subconscious (fictional dream self, of which transitional ephemerality is a key factor), the preconscious level, the emergent consciousness factor in liminal space (or waking space, which has a different form of symbolism than dream state induction), and that which brings about the conscious self identity. The symbolism that occurs in many dreams can be directly linked to the timeline of the sleep cycle and the waking stage. I have discovered such consistent patterns throughout thousands of my dreams since early childhood, and consequently, it could not possibly relate to real life (or the conscious self identity) other than in certain cases.
A typical non-lucid dream is inherently meant to induce the dreamer either into an extended sleep, or out of sleep (as an alert factor). It is that simple. There are thousands of examples of such symbolism that I have documented and repeatedly validated over the years. The breakthrough that established my understanding of the differences between dream state symbolism related to biological induction (circadian rhythms and RAS gating of which brings the dreamer deeper into the sleep cycle), and that which is the result of RAS mediation for waking transitions, had its origins on October 2, 1965. I was only four years old, already with an uncompromising interest in dreams in a world where most “information” about dreams was trash. Over time, dream events that started with a focus on water (sometimes being only the sound of water flowing in a stream or the sound of rain) or flooding (not always perceived as a threat or danger) eventually transmuted into the event of the water lowering during the waking transition, which I have ultimately typified as “water lowering waking symbolism”. It is typically unrelated to the conscious self (other than when including prescient threads), as it is inherently a dream state event symbolizing circadian rhythms and the sleep cycle itself. It is so common, it occurs during every normal sleeping period. Consequently, I do not typically include this stage in my online journal unless it is part of a longer dream segment and is related to the main features or events.
Again, to emphasize truth (fact over opinion), action of the ascending reticular activating system on the cerebral cortex is responsible for achievement of consciousness. This is the primary biological purpose of the dream state towards the end of the sleep cycle.
In my childhood years, it did not take long to fully understand the nature of RAS, especially when I naturally rose into states of astounding apex lucidity when I was yet a toddler. (This is without “learning” it.) It often seems as real as waking life though it is otherwise very easy to discern the differences.
The preconscious typically only becomes personified in my last dream of a sleeping period, when the body has had enough rest and it is biologically necessary to wake and attend to physical needs (such as drinking, going to the bathroom, or exercising). Over the years, I began to feel and sense the preconscious in the same manner and of possessing the same dynamics throughout thousands of dreams. I began to understand that, despite the fact that the personified preconscious is rarely ever the same character (typically either a celebrity or an unfamiliar person), it always has the same essence and basic personality and is associated with the same symbolism since childhood (including “return flight waking symbolism”, my most common form). It would be a huge mistake to think that conflict in a dream, being attacked, or running from danger had anything to do with waking life in every case. Dream conflict or “being attacked” is often a natural result of RAS mediation (just as falling or losing teeth is, neither of which have any relevant meaning in most cases) when one does not wish to wake yet. Not wanting to wake may be based on completely different factors; from feeling that one “deserves” more sleep or freedom from environmental noise, to not having any optimism about the days ahead. This does not require that the dream self knows it is dreaming. However, there are always threads (neuronal patterns) that are biologically “aware” of the sustained dream state. This is the subliminal nature of being unconscious. It would be biologically impossible to be completely unaware of being in the dream state.
The timeline of the waking transition typically involves random factors of the unconscious (though such threads are not always personified; it depends greatly on the dream type and specific time of the dream – and the unconscious is typically only personified in induction). Arising from this is the fictional ephemeral dream self (personified subconscious) from which viewpoint the dream is usually experienced. The non-lucid dream self’s lack of viable memory and linear cohesion depends on the nature of the sleep cycle but it becomes far more varying with growing older. (For example, I still dream about Rose Street, where I have not lived for over fifty years, and I often lose over twenty years of my conscious self identity in some dreams, though some threads of my present status come into awareness at times in a very random way.) From here, RAS mediation comes in, and preconscious factors are rendered (again, not always personified). Finally, there seems to be the transpersonal interconsciousness (depending on the dream), and eventually the emergent consciousness trigger (different each time, at least for me, as every day is different). The emergent consciousness is the state just prior to realization of the true conscious self identity. It exists only in waking space (the potential metaphorical exit point from liminal space, such as a door, parking lot, or porch setting, or in some cases a bedroom as a dream state vindication symbol, symbolizing the inevitable “return” to the conscious self identity, the verification that one had really been in bed the whole time). Lucid dreams however, especially apex lucidity (full conscious control of the dream state, whereas normal lucidity does not necessarily imply full control) can only occur in waking space.
Developing a clear and legitimate understanding of the nature of my dreams has resulted in only positive states of mind and ultimately in understanding my unwavering connection to my soulmate. It has brought me closer to understanding and accepting the real world (and the majority of people in the world of whom possess no viable moderation of their own mind or even much self-control), contrary to the mindless assumption of “dwelling on dreams” and supposedly being less aware of reality. It has resulted in less disturbing dreams (not that they were ever a common factor to begin with), the ability to create and summon dream characters (and other features) automatically, of which are unconditionally devoted to me as deeply and naturally as my immune system. This is how it should be. Yes, the preconscious is an isolated nuisance, but it has to be. If one does not wake, they die. Accepting what dreams actually are is the beginning of true wisdom. Improved health, success and bliss in love, warnings about events not yet materialized (enhanced prescience beyond what most people are capable of believing); all this comes about when developing an understanding of the dream state and the various levels of unconsciousness and consciousness.