Trying to understand dreams
I am really amazed of how it is that we dream. Even today with all the new technology we do not have a clue why we dream and how it works. We have a bunch of hypothesis floating around but they are just ideas which cannot be proven.
When I was 15 I had a very particular connection with dreams. I used to control them intentionally and it was quite fun. It was weird but I don’t know how it started. It soon became my favorite past time because I could do things I have always dreamed of. Let me explain what I did.
Every night before I went to bed I used to concentrate and repeat to myself “Carlos, you are soon going to sleep and you will start dreaming. It is not for real”. I did this for like 10 minutes until I fell asleep. After that I started dreaming and realized I was part of a dream and that it was not part of my reality. I then woke up still in my dream while sleeping and took control over it. It was something that I did nearly every night and it was like living another life. Why?
In a dream you can do everything you have ever imagined. The first thing I started doing and practicing was flying. In my dream I went top high places and threw myself over into the air and started flying. This was probably what I did most and although sometimes I simply fell to the floor, most times I flew and enjoyed the great view of the parallel world which a mind creates. Once I realized that I could fly I started noticing that I had special powers in my dream which made me special. I then explored everything I could do and couldn’t do in my dream. It was crazy and extremely fun.
But I had something which I always tried to do in my dreams. I tried to search for God. I wanted to find him and I knew that in the real world one can’t physically see him so I did everything I could to find him. Most of the time I had no luck but every now and then I could talk to him. I remember once in my dream I died so that I could see him. Once dead, I was taking to heaven and was taken to talk to Jesus. It was so incredible but he told me to be patient and that it wasn’t my time and then I immediately woke up.
However, not everything was great. Sometimes I would wake up in my dream and realize I was in a nightmare. That was horrible because I couldn’t control a nightmare. I remember that in one opportunity I was stuck in a horrible dream and was running away from horrible people and creatures. I hid in a corner and started repeating “WAKE UP, you are dreaming”. I started pinching myself but could not wake up at all. I was terrified.
Most of the times it was a great experience though. Nowadays, I can’t do it anymore. It lasted for about 2 years and had a great time. Dreams are so weird. It is like the MATRIX. When you dream you actually believe what you see. It is crazy and messed up. I mean, many times when we dream we see absolutely stupid incoherent things. For example we dream we are in other countries, and then suddenly we appear in our hometown. We talk to people who had died years ago and don’t question the logic of the situation. We see animals fly, airports in our yard and relive old memories and events and have no doubts it is real.
What the hell happens to our reasoning during a dream? Do we become less intelligent? Do we lose sense of what is real or not? Why don’t we realize that what we are seeing does not make sense? It is just incredible and I am always amazed at this issue.
One other things that amazes me is the fact that our dream follows a script. It is like a play or like a movie. It might not have any logic but many times has a story. But, WHO IS THE DIRECTOR? How can the subconscious choose what to dream and more surprisingly, how can it make it flow to make us feel we are part of a story. Incredible right? In fact, many times the story is written in real time. What do I mean? If we fall asleep watching news, whatever we are hearing in the “real world” might influence the story directed in our dream by our subconscious in real time.
Anyway, dreaming is just an incredible experience which even in our modern era cannot be fully understood. So what do you guys think about dreaming? Have you ever controlled your dreams?