posted on May, 19 2010 @ 02:53 AM
The things that you dream are not, in fact, real. They can reflect your subconscious fears and desires, and I have reason to believe that they can
contain heavily distorted and unreliable scraps of information to which one would not normally have access, but as for representing actual,
literal experiences, no, fortunately, they do not.
They can seem that way, certainly. A dream activates many of the same perceptual centers in your brain which are at work when you are awake; some of
the same faculties which allow your mind to perceive the exterior, physical world help to create the experience of the inner, imagined world you
inhabit in your dreams. A deep enough dream can be totally indistinguishable from genuine reality, as long as the dreamer remains asleep.
But we cannot let this mislead us into clinging to an illusion once we enter the waking world. This is dangerous-- this world is complex and strange
enough as it is, even with a clear boundary between reality and dreams.