Â [ Instructions for the Wednesday Writing Essential (WWE) Challenge ]
Â Write about dreams
Ten remarks about dreams:
10. Defined as images in the state of sleep occasioned by rapid eye movement (REM).
Â Â Â Â Â Â A. I wake up maybe once a week and remember something that went on.
Â Â Â Â Â Â B. I have the impression that the remembrance of dreams is incomplete,Â that is
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â to say that not all of the actual dream was recovered.
Â 9. There is a word in French that suggests the dreamÂ is a reverie, but mostly it's
Â Â Â Â Â about day dreams, but hints at what goes on in aÂ dream state in which theÂ
Â Â Â Â dreamer is aware of dreaming. Therefore, the dreamer is consciously interactingÂ
Â Â Â with the dream and shaping its direction.
Â 8. Dreams are like visions. They can be prophetic, but mostly they are reactions
Â Â Â Â to unresolved recent conflicts from the day before. Dream visions in biblical
Â Â Â Â literature often are presented as models of precognition, i.e. an awareness of
Â Â Â Â some power of interpretation of events that are unfolding. In such cases, the
Â Â Â dream is presented as a message. Often the messageÂ is depicted as a revelation
Â Â Â of some new understanding of what was once hidden, but now is revealed.*
7. If a dream is a message, who or what is the messenger? The ancients suggested
Â Â Â a divine or an angelic messenger. Modern dream psychology suggests otherwise.
6. Sigmund FreudÂ analyzed the dreams of patients and argued that the content of
Â Â Â dreamsÂ used symbols that had a universal meaning.Â Carl Gustav Jung disagreed,Â
Â Â saying the symbols of dreams were more fluid, not so much fixed. What mattered
Â Â Â was the dreamer's experience and its interpretation.Â
5. SometimesÂ dreamers report having reoccuring dreams, deja vu.Â What causesÂ the
Â Â Â encore? Is it a basic theme in one's life or is it the sign of an enduringÂ
Â Â unresolved conflict?
4. Sometimes I dream in vivid color, but mostly it's in black and white with
Â Â Â Â shades of gray or some highlighted tints.
3. I dream more often when the seasons change, i.e. from winter to spring, or
Â Â Â Â when storms happen.
2. I think that as I've come adept at interpreting the hidden meaning of my
Â Â Â Â own dreams,Â the less remarkable my dreams have become.
1. Yet, I'm anxiously awaiting my next dream. It's like finding a treasure.
Â Â Â The physicist Paul Davies has written that dreams are not just illusions,
Â Â Â but may be just as real as the lives we lead in a state of awakened con-
Â Â sciousness. He suggests that dreams and reality are not so different. Both
Â Â are forms of consciousness. Life in the universe, he suggests, has emerged
Â Â as evidence that the universe is becoming aware of itself.**
*Genesis 20:3; 31:10, 24; Numbers 12:6, 1 Kings 3:5. Some interpretation of dreams--Genesis 41:15-16; Daniel 2:1-3, 28. This is a partial listing. For more, consult a biblical concordance or Bible dictionary.
**See the entry on Paul Davies, the University of Arizona astrophysicist, at www.wikipedia.com or refer to his book, The Mind of God.Â