036 - Nov dawn wide

Well, dreams are real phenomena.

But most people don’t get this. In the western world, dreams are either seen as something secondary to the lives we lead every day, a kind of shadow world cast by events in our real lives, or as something even less than that – chaotic meaningless fantasies unrelated to daily life.

Instead, they are psychic facts. Whether you think about them or not, they are there every night anyway and they are doing something real.

The Australian aborigenes see dreaming as a greater reality. In his book Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime, author Robert Lawlor tells us how, in some Aboriginal tribes, the first thing a person does upon waking is to wander alone in the bush, or along the seashore, and devise a song to fit the dreams of the previous night.

Think of that. Imagine living in a society where, when you wake up the most important thing for you to do is go off alone to study the dreams you have just left behind.

In a world like that, dreams and the day world are connected.

Yes, I know most people dismiss the beliefs of hunter-gatherers as primitive superstition activated by wishful delusional thinking. The idea that the people outside our civilization might know things that we don’t know seems to be hard for most people to grasp.

Just because you can destroy a people – and our civilization has destroyed uncountable peoples – doesn’t mean you are superior to them.

Yes, despite the rejection of dreams by some people, and the simplistic understanding of them by most of the rest, dreaming goes on in its own chosen way. Watching my own dreams over decades, I have slowly come to the realization that they follow paths of their own, that they have agendas of their own. They don’t seek interpretation. Though I don’t understand what they’re doing most of the time, they usually continue on as if what I think about them is unimportant.

But hiding from dreams when you wake up – refusing to think about them – doesn’t change anything. The dreams continue, occasionally producing powerful nightmares when the dreaming mind decides that you need to pay more attention.

Yes, just pay attention to your dreams and they will show you how real they are.

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