The link between the waking and dream states


Every day when I came home from school as a child, my mother had a special treat for me. I was a very fussy eater so the treats were often food. I can remember her giving me a mango. I sat on the ground in the back yard with Snoop Matouk our dog in my lap, and she was a very big dog so only half of her could fit šŸ™‚ and our parrot Sheena Karina on my shoulder. The three of us enjoying the mango. You can see how this memory would have a strong emotional charge.

The thought of, sight, smell or the touch of something; for example like a mango, a parrot, a dog, motherly word or touch, sitting on the ground, may bring back that memory. At night I may have a dream where any of those images from the past and the present may be mixed. The arrangement will probably be influenced by my emotional and mental state. If I’m happy the dream is wonderful. If I’m missing my mother the dream might be colored by that longing.

If I am aware of the experiences of my day, especially the mental and emotional responses, it’s easier to understand how they appear again in my dreams. Of course there are also the rare dreams where some spiritual guidance comes through.

You see why I find the experiences of “I” during the day to be so fascinating? The awareness of the waking and the dream states opens a window to my inner world. I can now use this information to better understand myself and to take the power to transform my world. I start to understand myself in the waking state, and that understanding spills over into the dream state.

So what do you think? Shall we notice what happens to the “I” today? …. Yes I had fun choosing the photo in the header with that in mind :). We shall be keen observers :).

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