My meditations in recent weeks have led me to ponder the nature of dreams.
Some seem to be triggered by telepathic communication, and may consist of a combination of images from the sender and receiver. In this scenario,
dreams are the symbolic representations of telepathic messages as interpreted by the receiver.
Then there's the other kind...
Recurring dreams and nightmares may
have telepathic sources, but seem to be more akin to special or traumatic memories, either from this life
or past lives. As in the other type of dream, these dreams may be modified to suit the symbology of the dreamer.
In both cases, telepathy and memory, the data is subject to distortion due to loss (forgetting -- apparently temporary and not permanent) and
Finally, perhaps we can ascribe dreams to creativity and imagination, products of self-examination of memories as part of a psychological process of
organization. However, even if we do, we must acknowledge that such things draw from some source or another.
Calling dreams "figments of imagination" does not exclude the possibility that they may nonetheless originate from "unusual" sources. After all,
the data must have come from somewhere.
These are some of my impressions based on recent meditations -- and are thus obviously subject to being spectacularly wrong.
This thread was inspired by (or perhaps ripped-off of, if you prefer) the Fever Dreams
thread, and I was originally going to post it there, but realized that the scope of this topic probably warranted a fresh thread, since most of the
dreams I speak of have nothing to do with fevers, and the “fevers“ thread seems more focused on dream content than mechanics.
So there’s my brief thesis: That dreams may have origins outside a person’s mind and correspond to telepathic communications of some sort or another,
or they may be replays of memories -- from this life or others -- or combinations of both. In each case, the nature of the dream tends to be affected
by the interpretations of the dreamer, with symbols and other factors subject to change depending on their meaning for the dreamer.
What do you think?
[edit on 11/2/2004 by Majic]