Sideways Cliches #2
When dreams come true
Continued from “Sideways Cliches #1: It came to me in a dream”
Dreams are strange things. We don’t quite understand what they are or where they come from. Or why we have them, really.
But we have theories.
What I quite like is the theory that there’s a part of our minds that’s in charge of abstract data. It handles questions like what is justice? And why could I possibly like tacos better than tostadas even though they’re the same thing in different shapes? Abstract things like that.
Then another part of our mind handles sense detail, like, “Justice feels an awful lot like tripping and falling down.” And, “I don’t care that much about the shape of the taco, just give it to me.”
Which is why we’re inclined to anthropomorphize things, I think. Justice and law and fortune and so on are all women, in western culture, so that we can more easily visualize them and talk about them.
I think that happens because our subconscious minds don’t need things to have shapes, but our conscious minds do.
One thing that seems to be generally agreed is that dreams occur when our subconscious minds are active while we sleep. If that’s the case, then it only seems reasonable to suppose that the images we see in dreams are what happens when our conscious mind tries to create sense impressions for things being produced by the part of our minds that do not have any restrictions of sense impressions.
Put another way, if we’re obsessing about something, odds are we’ll keep obsessing about it while we’re sleeping. While we’re awake, the main part of our minds needs to fit our obsession into the physical place where we’re living. While we’re asleep, the rules are different.
Now, I’m not saying that whenever you’re trying to figure out something difficult, go sleep. You can’t sleep instead of study, or whatever.
What I am saying is that your brain is still working while you’re asleep. It’s just working in a different way.
Tune in next time for an All-consuming problem…
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