Friday, February 4, 2011

A Simple Explanation of Dreams

If you haven't read the Basic Principles articles from the column to the right of this page, this might be a good time to do so. You should at least be familiar with the articles Units of Consciousness and Memes.

The Simple Explanation proposes that our personalities are largely defined by the memes we cling to. These memes, and our reactions to them, contribute to our behaviors and subsequent karma.
In a previous article on Transpersonal Memory, the Simple Explanation suggests that memes constitute "vibratory patterns held in the zero-point field, and accessed through our minds. Furthermore, apparently personal memes are actually harmonics of collective memes and are shared in common with all who hold onto that meme. The particular shadings of one person's meme differs slightly from the next person's, as is to be expected among fractal replications  of a single phenomenon, but all who hold it recognize its pattern and are affected by it."

The Simple Explanation of Dreams boils down to this:

Dreams are nothing but the night time resonances of memetic patterns.

These meme patterns are stimulated by the thoughts, encounters, and emotional reactions experienced during the day, transformed into symbolic imagery, and enacted while you sleep on the stage of your mind. Meme bundles stirred up by the day may be dealt with again and again until the emotional reactions associated with them are resolved. If not resolved, these memes will continue to bedevil dream after dream, guised in one form after another.

In sleep we are open to the leading of the Universal Unit of Consciousness to an extent not available during waking. Our ego in sleep relinquishes the control it exerts over our waking lives. When our hearts are quieted in the hush of sleep, our governing UCs are better able to commune with the Universal UC.

This receptive state is addressed in a scholarly article I wrote that is published in the journal Janus Head. You may read the entire article at the Janus Head site if you care to. From that article:

Richard Palmer paraphrases Richard Rorty's "From Epistemology to Hermeneutics" in his own essay, "What Hermeneutics Can Offer Rhetoric," when he describes a nonfoundationalist, hermeneutical style of thinking that is "radically at variance with the modern Cartesian-Newtonian paradigm of conclusions whose certainty is based on clear demonstrations" (110). It is this hermeneutical style of thinking, one that allows for the figurative slippage of rhetorical cognition referred to earlier by Farrell, that liberates dream analysis from the terministic strictures of rigidly authoritarian interpretive systems. One problem with theoretically-based dream interpretation systems is that calculative thinking may be prematurely applied to a hermeneutic process in need of a continuation of the more receptive frame of mind characteristic of meditative thought. Palmer hints at another alliance between dreams and hermeneutics when he describes Rorty's conceptualization of language as the matrix of all thought. Dreaming provides a nightly opportunity for engaging in a hermeneutic activity originating prior to the conditioning matrix of language. Perhaps this is the reason so many inventors and artists find creative inspiration in dreams, for by escaping language radical new possibilities can emerge. As such, dreams provide a virtually untapped site for studies of rhetorical invention.

(Ropp, Cyd C., A Hermeneutic and Rhetoric of Dreams, Janus Head, )