Dreams — according to WebMd:
Dreams are basically stories and images that our mind creates while we sleep. They can be vivid. They can make you feel happy, sad, or scared. And they may seem confusing or perfectly rational.
Dreams can happen at any time during sleep. But you have your most vivid dreams during a phase called REM sleep, when your brain is most active. Some experts say we dream at least four to six times a night.
A lucid dream is one in which you know you’re dreaming. Research shows that lucid dreaming comes with a boost of activity in parts of the brain that are usually restful during sleep. Lucid dreaming is a brain state between REM sleep and being awake.
Some lucid dreamers are able to influence their dream, changing the story, so to speak. This may be a good tactic to take sometimes, especially during a nightmare, but many dream experts say it’s better to let your dreams flow naturally.
So the word “story” implies dreams are fiction and that pretty much sums up the accepted western view of them. But how do you feel when you wake up? For instance, have you ever dreamed about someone who has passed on? When you wake up does it really seem like a fiction? Or does it feel real?
When I wake up after dreaming about my mother, it is like she was right there in the room with me–or on the phone–etc. It just doesn’t seem like a “story.” This is true even if the content of the dream seems fantastical or impossible. It’s hard to say what is possible in alternate universes or (migration of souls? hm). Who knows. But I like to ponder it.
Last night, I dreamed about my friend Charmaine who recently and inexplicably drowned accidentally. She seemed tired in the dream. I think we were traveling like we did together through the years as couples. I’m not sure. I was worried about her diet and her health overall. Her tiredness. Yet the thing that stands out is not the content of the dream or even her tiredness–it’s the feeling I really talked to her. And it was nice as it is when I get to see my mother.
Who knows, as I say. But one thing I do know: we are likely more asleep in our lives than we are in our dreams as many cultures believe. To them, our night time reality is every bit as significant as the day time reality.
And it is to me.
I’m making lists. Are you? I’m doing some errands tomorrow, taking my dad to the doctor. Friday I shop–Burritt’s Market, Oryana coop, Costco, our village market. I have all the holiday food on the list and I will stock up on liver.
Upcoming menu: Beef tenderloin and lobster tails in drawn butter, lots of shrimp scampi, prime rib and more shrimp. Chicken wings. But I will likely have Mongolian sauce on the wings, a touch of cocktail sauce for the shrimp. And no doubt a few bites of cheese cake, minus crust. Mmmm. Oh, and cioppino which will definitely move me into Keto for that night since it’s a tomato base. Lots of seafood: shrimp, scallops, mussels, salmon. Broth flavored with white wine, ouzo, clam juice, fennel. It’s out of this world.
Hang in there.