How much of our life is spent in a dream-like state? We can refer to this as daydreaming. In Wikipedia daydreaming is described as “a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy…” What if it wasn’t a short-term thing? What if we find it more comfortable to spend a lot of our time in a dream-like state? We certainly know that facing reality can be painful.
The thing about dreams is they are not conscious. We experience our dreams just as we awaken from sleep. Science tells us that the dream happens in a split second and is then unravelled giving us the impression of the events happening over time. If we remember them at all, we find the sequence of events is mixed up. Then, with our rational thinking, we try to put the dream images into a sequence that makes sense to us.
What does this tell us about dreams and daydreaming? There is a lack of reality in dreams requiring a waking awareness to make sense of the dream. In the light of this, we might wonder if it wise to live our life in a dull, sleepy way. Many things we do during the day are dangerous if we were not fully awake.
There is also something ancient about dreaming, Australian Aboriginals use the term when describing their ancestors and the past. Can we move forward in this dream-like state, or do we need to be more awake? If we move into the future in a more conscious way we will, without doubt, need to be strong enough to face reality. We find this strength in our ‘I’, our higher Self, giving us a heightened consciousness that is alert, aware, and unbiased. This consciousness does not drag the past with it as sentimental baggage. It is a consciousness that leads with integrity, confidently and compassionately. Does this tell us that it is better to wake up and not live our life in a dream?
Image: Ship with butterfly sails by Salvador Dali,