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Dreams

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Dreams are often a means for the mind to cope with everyday life, involving the past and the possible future, and all are projections from (and “as”) the mind.  Phantasmagoria, in most minds, are the self-protrusions of thought, stemming from the old past (though often concerned about the future).  Dreams, though superficial as they are, are an attempt by the mind at adjusting and dealing with life’s ups and downs.  Dreams are often a scenario of what may occur that is challenging; they are often a postulated sequence of future events.  Usually, though, they are far more superficial than what the waking brain would actually benefit from.  If the mind is full of conflict, problems, fear, frustration, anger, friction, and manipulation during the day, chances are that it will dream with a great deal of these “scenarios” going on.  A mind of great harmony, mindfulness, awareness, and wholeness, on the other hand, need not dream with such “scenarios” much at all.   Dreams, for such a mind of awareness, would be few and far between.  A mind of wholeness and integrity would not often dream; dreams, for such a mind, may occur, however, if certain unusual (rather incompatible) foods have been inadvertently consumed.

With a mind of great mindfulness, wholeness, and awareness, sleep is an extension of the quietness, awareness, and harmony that has gone on during the day.  That quietness is natural and is not the result of some secondhand method or stale blueprint.  Silence, during sleep, can be a motiveless vastness that is beyond accumulation, greed, fear, struggle, strife, wanting, getting, being, not being, conflict, opposites, time, concocted images, and disorder.  Then, occasionally, such a mind may see images or patterns of what will actually happen in the future; however, these insights would not merely be speculative protrusions of the mind; rather, they would entail flashes concerning what actually takes place in the future.  

Sleep can be when regeneration and rejuvenation take place, washing the mind free of habitual garbage from the past.  Silence can be of clarity and great order.  A mind without the beauty of real silence and harmony is an impoverished mind. 


 

Giant Robberflies rival dragonflies in their effectiveness as predators.  They easily catch other flying insects in flight and are voracious hunters.

 

Robber Fly … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

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About Dreaming…

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At night — instead of dreaming inane dreams — let the mind be still, calm, and silent.  The function of dreaming is to resolve issues that occurred during the day, so as to put the brain in order.  Desires, fears, and problems all play their part in causing dreams in the brain to occur.  The brain needs order… and, if it is not fully orderly during the day, dreams often occur primarily to help order to occur within (and “as”) the brain.  However, if one is very attentive, aware, and sagacious throughout the day, then dreams become unnecessary.  If, throughout the day, the mind is aware without needless conflict and friction — and without crass separation from the perceptions that take place — then the mind may be orderly and whole.  Then, there is no need for petty, superficial dreams to bring order, for order has occurred throughout the day and there are no significant problems or fears to resolve during sleep.  So a mind that is really whole, wise, orderly, and insightful, rarely dreams.  If it eats some unusual or spicy foods, that may trigger some physiological reactions that cause some superficial dreaming; otherwise dreaming rarely, if ever, occurs.  Then the mind can wake up really rested… not having had to struggle with unresolved conflicts, fears, and problematic patterns.  At night, a truly orderly mind goes beyond patterns, friction, and self-fabricated images… and is truly resting and not wasting energy; and such a mind accomplishes such things during sleep because it often acts that way (as deep order) throughout the day.  Then there is no disorder to “carry over” into the night; then there is no disorder to resolve with (and “as”) superficial dreams.

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Mayfly Study. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Mayfly Study. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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No need for crude dreams…

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A mind that does not depend on images throughout the day (to be aware) can sleep without crass and crude dreams occurring whatsoever.

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[Leaf-footed Bug with its footing on a leaf.  In these, the first three antenna segments are red or reddish brown; the forth is contrastingly yellow-orange or nearly white.]

Leaf-footed Bug exploring.  Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

Leaf-footed Bug exploring. Photo by Thomas Peace 2014

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To go beyond the pettiness of silly, superficial dreams…

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.     To go beyond the pettiness of silly, superficial dreams — and all dreams are superficial — one’s mind must (during the day) be very aware and of an intense order; then dreams — as the limited self-obtrusions of symbolism that they are — are unnecessary (and rarely occur)… and something profound may, instead, take place.    

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In the daylight... by Thomas Peace 2013

In the daylight… by Thomas Peace 2013