Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.
I’ve spent the day in waking dreams. It’s funny to me how entertaining it can be to lie in bed and observe the mind as it crosses and re-crosses the margin between a conscious and a subconscious state. Although I find this to be an entertaining practice, I almost never remember what, precisely it was I was dreaming about several minutes after returning to consciousness. There are those who advocate keeping a dream journal, but I’ve never been all that interested in pinning down my dreams. I guess I’m okay with my dreams being ephemeral things: here one moment and vanished in the next.
I also take a dim view towards trying to come into a state of lucid dreaming: a situation where one can direct the outcome of dreams so as to dream about what you might want to dream about. For instance, I find that I am always being interrupted right before having sex in dreams. If I were to train myself in lucid dreaming, I would be able to direct my dreams so that my sexy dreams are not interrupted.
However, I get superstitious. Part of me believes that dreams are necessary communications from another plane. I guess I believe that not being able to control them consciously is part of the point of having them. I also like to follow along wherever my dreams want to take me. Even though I don’t really remember what happens in my dreams after waking up, I generally wake up amused by the places I must have gone. Sometimes I am so amused, I turn over again and go back to sleep to enjoy whatever my subconscious has to offer me at that moment.
I have recently noticed—now that I think about it—that I have far fewer nightmares than I used to have at earlier stages of life. I’m not sure why this is. Of course, I won’t complain; if I’m actually enjoying my dreams, I will count that as a blessing.
So, I think I will leave my subconscious to do its work without any interference from my conscious mind. I fear I would only screw things up or leave my sleeping state in as tumultuous a state as I find myself when I am daydreaming of catastrophe or misfortune.
No, I will keep my respite, pure and unsullied by the concerns and ambitions of the waking state. And I will remain open to whatever wisdom my dreams have to offer, whether I remember what I have been taught on a conscious level or not.
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