aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Dream on

My dreams tend toward the Big Production. They are very involved, highly narrative, quite vivid. Of course, five minutes after I've gotten up, they've evaporated from my memory, but that's beside the point. The thing that sticks with me is this: my Dream Self is much nicer than my Waking Self.

I mean, my Waking Self is prone to all sorts of vile thoughts and feelings: anger; lust; violence; greed; you name it. But no matter what the dream is I'm having, my Dream Self will usually not entertain or express such things. I have always taken comfort in this. After all, if one's Dream Self is an indication of one's unconscious, if one's dreams are in any sense an expression of one's "true" mind, then there's hope for me. Someday, I may be as good a person in real life as I am in my dreams.

On the other hand, I can see that it might be possible to experience it all backwards. There are probably plenty of folks whose Dream Selves do things that they would never let their Waking Selves contemplate. And they probably comfort themselves that their dreams are, after all, not "real" -- just "wandering thoughts" that need to be "made captive to Christ." For them, real life as it is really lived is the most proper expression of one's "true" mind.

And who can say who is right? Let everyone take comfort where one can.

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