- Dreams have no people or personal associations.
- Dreams begin to have people and personal associations; however, there is no ego or dream self.
- The dreamer is present in the dream and caught up in the drama.
- The dreamer is present in the dream and observing the drama. This is the first stage of detachment with an outside perspective on the self.
- The dream contains a dialogue or a soliloquy, which can be understood as self-reflection.
- The dream contains multiple states of being as evidenced by morphing; physiognomic changes--body changes like losing teeth; chronological changes--such as being both youngster and your current age; feelings changing; roles changing; two or more selves.
- The dreamer has multiple levels of awareness while in the dream. Examples are dreams where you are examining thoughts, feelings, or behaviors while in the dream; odd perspectives; noticing something weird, bizarre, or grotesque while in the dream; noticing something irrational or incomprehensible while in the dream; noticing an error or mistake while in the dream.
- The dreamer has a dream within a dream, a sense of déjà vu, or an awareness of dreaming.
- The dream is “endoscopic,” meaning there is a presentation of the past, present, and potential future in one dream.
- The dreamer is analyzing the dream while in the dream, or trying to change the direction of the dream.
Monday, March 3, 2008
The Development of Dreams
In a prior post I wrote about the development of consciousness as a co-creative process reflected in our dreams and through our dreamwork. This post discusses how dreams also have a (non-linear) quality of development from simple dreams and dream images to more complex dreams and lucidity as the dreamer develops. Use this information to sense where you are on a particular issue as you do your dreamwork, and to bring more consciousness to your dreaming and development. This is a very simplified version of some of the information in the book Dreams, Consciousness, Spirit: The Quantum Experience of Self-Reflection and Co-Creation, and it isn't meant to be a scale for quantifying your psychological sophistication.