Driving along a rain soaked road, traffic stopped abruptly. I stomped on the brakes and slid, right into the car in front of me. A policeman came and took my keys, he sat on a bench a short distance away and went through every item in my purse. I was quite annoyed, but also very relieved … there was nothing illegal there for him to find.
My chest constricted as he disappeared, I could not move. I wondered what could be taking so long. I wound up in a small room, for hours. I fell asleep. When I woke I discovered my family had arrived, and they were receiving instruction from this man on how to survive. Finally, I received my paperwork and was released, although I had to ask for my keys, he kept those.
No one could understand why I was upset at being detained for so long while ‘family’ enjoyed his company. I was astonished that they were not capable of empathy for my situation, only focused on what they could gain.
Whether awake or dreaming, you’re experiencing the same bio-physical process. True, they’re qualitatively different realities, but if you’re thinking and feeling, it’s real.
Dreams are unconscious visual manifestations of information and memories that are already floating around in our heads. That’s why all the imagery in our dreams is familiar.
You’d be lying if you said you had never once awoke from some skewed version of reality and thought, “what the hell?” … Consider that your dreams may actually be telling you something really important about how you feel in your waking life; feelings that you either don’t recognize or choose to ignore.