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.

  1. Dreams have no people or personal associations.
  2. Dreams begin to have people and personal associations; however, there is no ego or dream self.
  3. The dreamer is present in the dream and caught up in the drama.
  4. 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.
  5. The dream contains a dialogue or a soliloquy, which can be understood as self-reflection.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The dreamer has a dream within a dream, a sense of déjà vu, or an awareness of dreaming.
  9. The dream is “endoscopic,” meaning there is a presentation of the past, present, and potential future in one dream.
  10. The dreamer is analyzing the dream while in the dream, or trying to change the direction of the dream.

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