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Chapter 13



Then there is a matter of consciousness and dreaming.  Is dreaming part of the spiritual world?  More so, is consciousness due to the fact that we are sprits living in a spiritual world, and we are attached to the body to interface with the material world.

Lets look more closely at dreaming.

There are three types of dream that occur during sleep:

  • Regular dreams are easily forgotten, as they are not vivid or very meaningful.  If fact they are apt to be illogical, and hard to remember.

  • Lucid dreams seem very real, tell a story that can be remembered.  Sometimes a person can get insight into something that was part of the dream.

  • Reality dream are common extensions of what happen during the day. We go dancing and we dream about dancing. We ride a bike, and we ride a bike in the dream. ordinary reality)

In regular and reality dreams it seems that the brain keeps consciousness going even though the proximal simulator is being repaired. Perhaps during sleep, the proximal simulator is given a rest, and a secondary proximal simulator is responsible for our dreams.

We might assume that the daytime the daytime proximal simulator is taken off line during the night so that its memories can either be filed away for later use, or destroyed.

But what happens during lucid dreams? Where is the input data coming from?  We do not know, but we could speculate that is coming from the spiritual world

Ordinary Reality and Dreaming

Don Miguel Ruiz expanded the word "dreaming" to include what we experience during the day.  From his point of view, we are always dreaming and experiencing life.

In his book "The Four Agreements" he explains that we are always dreaming. 

Are We Dreaming Our Daytime Dream or Nighttime Dream?

How can we tell are asleep and dreaming or if we are awake? Waking consciousness has several characteristics:

  • Consistency: if we leave our socks in the back seat of the car they will stay there.

  • Cause and Effect: if we see a broken glass on the kitchen floor we can assume that it fell.

  • Consensusness: If we see something together with another, we can assume we both see about the same things.

  • Collaboration: If talk together, we can usually share the same ideas and confirm what is said. 



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