In My Dreams

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Dreams are very real, and they do matter. They are YOU (at some point in time) experiencing a reality that exists in your slumber. A dream is a story. Every action, every thought, and every experience of the story being told is 100% dictated by feelings. This means that you are shamelessly (and not foolishly) 100% truthful to the world and to yourself in this reality. You are 100% connected and aware.

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In this way, dreams can be thought of as answers without questions – a story. A story that has been forced into your mind without your consent, and there’s nothing you can do about that. I have found dreams to be extremely helpful when identifying problems within myself in order to identify who I am to myself and who I would like to be. They help me to realize things about myself that I may not have been aware of before the dreams. These stories help me fix what I may not have noticed was broken. They help me help myself to be better tomorrow than I am today.

Example: The Passive Dreamstate

When I record my dreams, I note the state of mind I was in while in the dream. This signifies the level of consciousness I was in. Basically, it is a measure of the level of awareness i experienced. The following is a description of my passive dreamstate. In passive mode, I am not in control of my actions, but I have control of my mind. I (my mind) am fully aware that what I’m experiencing does not make any sense, yet I accept what is happening and react to it accordingly. I react to this nonsense reality as if it has been this way my entire life and as if everything is completely normal. (unconscious reaction/no control) I am accepting a reality that I don’t believe in. My actions and beliefs do not align. As if something has taken control and all I can do is watch this story like a movie. I am consciously (aware) reacting to a reality that I disagree with.

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Examples: Breathing under water, walking through walls, flying, or being a different person/character, etc. My mind is there, but the control of my ‘body’ is not.

I believe that the passive dreamstate is driven by irrational fear. The type of fear where I give up before I try because I think I might fail at something. It’s an irrational fear of losing. It’s a fear of stating the truth and creating an unwinnable argument. It’s a fear of losing and being wrong. In the passive dreamstate, I’m afraid of attempting to prove reality false, so I don’t even try because I think to myself, “What if I’m wrong. That would make me insane.” I (my mind) am just along for the ride. This is my problem in these types of dreams. When I have these dreams, this is a broken part of me. I feel like I (my mind) might be wrong. I don’t challenge reality because I feel like I (my mind) might not belong. This is my assessment of this type of dream state.

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This is only one of many examples of how dreams help me identify problems in my life that I can work on. I didn’t notice that I felt this way about myself until I studied why I would react to my reality the way that I did. Since then, I have become much happier by engaging in reality and not passively observing. I challenge people, and I challenge the world around me day-to-day. Almost like a dare to take me on. Most importantly, I challenge myself to engage. Life is much more interesting and fulfilling when you are part of it.

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