The Truth of Dreams



A favorite quote of mine is by Ruby Montana:

"Dreams don't come true -- dreams are true."

That simple statement says a lot about the nature of dreams and awareness, and our assumptions about them.

In the mindset of the world today, dreams are seen as fantasy, the effluvia of a restless psyche. To be called a dreamer is to be called ineffective, impractical. Of course, thanks to Jung and others, we are increasingly recognizing that dreams are imbued with meaning. But, in my experience, even that perspective falls far short of the vast realities that dreams introduce to us.

Dreams are not merely the table scraps of the conscious mind that, when picked through, offer up a few undigested morsels of insight. Dreams are not merely a reflection of reality; dreams are their own reality.

We LIVE our dreams, deeply, every night. They fill the quiet hours of the night to the brim. Although we may be hardly moving our bodies, usually unaware of our bodies, anyone who remembers his dreams knows that we are hardly inactive in our dreams. We act vigorously in dreams. We confront and we flee. We love and we flirt. We work and we calculate. And we experience worlds of immense wonder!

We often think that dreams are fantasies and then there is 'real life.' But we only fool ourselves. The world of dreams may shift and slide while the waking world seems solid and stable, but dreams just follow more fluid rules. Dreams are real to us as we experience them, even if we have learned to be aware we are dreaming in the midst of the dream. And, of course, the world of daily reality isn't as solid as we like to believe.

As you watch the patterns and experiences and images you encounter in your dreams and you discover their meaning, you may also recognize that the same patterns are quietly working in your waking life. We see a person or an object in a dream and say, "Aha! That is a symbol -- and it makes so much sense!" Yet, when that same person or object appears in our daily lives, we ignore it as meaningless. Not only are our dreams imbued with meaning, but so too are all the events of our daily lives.

In paying attention to our dreams, we start to see glimmerings of a radiant intelligence that permeates our daily lives as well as the world of our dreams. Day and night, we are in constant, quiet communication with a vast and subtle intelligence. There is more life in our dreams than we think, and more dream in our lives than we think. As we explore the worlds of our dreams, we learn the language of our lives.


- Ivan Granger

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