Morning of January 9, 2018. Tuesday.
This is part four of my prefatory series (which will serve as such on the dream journal website only, as other websites lack feasible indexing or a viable calendar system). A main index will, in the future, remain at the top of my journal on that site linking to the entries in this set, with a summary of the links in the singular post to remain at the top (by postdating on that site). That may be viable to an extent, if only to index my major beliefs (based on experience) since day one.
In this entry (without repeating the content of my last three this time, but I will likely still summarize it all by the last entry in this set), I will explain something that should be obvious to everyone in the world, but for some reason, seems like some sort of pretend mystery of which involves biological dream state symbolism regarding vestibular system dynamics while unconscious or in waking transition.
Some people like to pretend that generic falling dreams (especially of the type with involuntary muscle movement such as a hypnopompic kick) have “interpretations”. How silly can people get? They especially like to give advice based on how they negatively over-dramatize what is often just a biological artifact of waking up. Believe me; I know what I am talking about. I do not plan on maintaining any information in this prefatory series unless I am absolutely certain about what I am saying. Sure, there will be exceptions now and then (typically related to literal prescience or deliberate dream scripting if one chooses – or mere emotional anticipation, and remember, in real time), but not much.
So, I have a dream I am walking on a public sidewalk, at night. There is someone with me to my left, but I am not fully certain who it is. After walking for a while, I trip on something (or just step off the curb near an intersection) and fall and wake. The falling sensation is very intense, but not that alarming, just a bit odd. It is almost as if my legs are going elsewhere than where the rest of my body is or as if my body is falling into two sections, but this is very brief.
I have had a version of this dream virtually every day for over fifty years. I think the odds of me listening to religious babble, “interpretation”, or thinking there is something “wrong” is zilch.
The key is this. I may have this dream nearly every day (usually at the beginning of the sleeping period), but it is more intense when I have done a lot more walking that day. In fact, it is even more intense when I have climbed more stairs that day (or for that matter, even been in an elevator – and in fact, even when I step out from an elevator in real life, I feel a very slight falling sensation, or sometimes a rising sensation, otherwise with no ill or problematic effects). It would not seem like rocket science to understand what is going on, but I guess it is for some people. Residual muscular memory, or whatever you want to call it, is also a part of dreams, but not just in this way. There is no reason to feel bad about dreaming about tripping or falling unless one wants to join a cult or listen to random lunatics on the Internet trying to make them feel bad or bend down to their level of confusion. The most intense falling dream I have ever had was on the night I rode the Busch Gardens log flume ride earlier that day. How about not pretending it is something other than it is. (One would think there are plenty of other dreams to find meaning in without going to ridiculous extremes.)
The dream self does not have a real physical body. It only thinks it does. Herein lies the problem. From losing teeth to falling, such factors are often solely biological (though again, there are exceptions, but common sense, though not so common, might sort that out). The ambiguity of vestibular system dynamics is enough to trigger dreams of falling, flying under one’s own will (both lucidly and non-lucidly), rising (that is, with the feeling of being pulled upwards by an invisible force), or, as I have experienced in a few dreams, happily flying sideways in a fetal position. It is also often responsible for projected renderings of flight symbols, including airplanes, birds, and even flying saucers. Tornado dreams are sometimes the result of vestibular system dynamics, though not always. One does not have to have problems with their ears to experience vestibular system symbolism in dreams, as that is based on the ambiguity of being unconscious and in the dream state.
So, in this entry, I have tried to at least introduce the nature of vestibular system dynamics and its symbolism, which by the way can be either integrated or set apart from the factors that I had written about in my last three prefatory “Known Key Symbolism 2018” entries. As I typically fly in my dreams to get somewhere (even in non-lucidity), it is difficult to relate to people who find flying “difficult” in dreams. Still, I would not hold it against them.
Sometimes I fall out of the dream state with a vague sense of nausea, but this is only with scripted dreams, and because it is impossible (well, at least improbable) to match circadian rhythms and RAS mediation with the scripting patterns.