Talk about having vivid dreams again (although I have not mentioned this deliberately for some time), the one last night really seemed to show that sleep may not be so much removed from waking reality.
What do I mean? Well, to begin with, none of us really seem to question sleep; or more precisely, where we ‘go’ when we are asleep. Have you ever thought about this? I think most truthful people would have to answer ‘no’; or that . . . ‘it is not something that needs to be explained other than it is just a normal occurrence of a natural cycle‘. Really meaning . . . ‘why is that so important’?, or ‘I have never really thought about it’.
Maybe. That is surely correct. But I was just questioning WHERE the conscious mind ‘goes’ when at rest (during sleep) and we are no longer conscious of it? Most of us just take this state for granted surely, but very rarely question anything about it.
In reality, I wonder how many of us do even question this? To wonder where the ‘everyday me’ (as we have come to know ourselves) functions when we are not aware of it (during sleep).
Without even attempting to go into this too deeply; surely it (the I, me or you), must ‘go’ somewhere? As opposed to just being a ‘blank memory’ (with the exception of dreams perhaps) from waking activities?
Do we ever question this important point? No, I don’t think so. Sleep has become so compulsory to all of us, that we never even want to question it; other than just accepting this as a natural resting process – albeit one we have no waking memory of.
I suppose this is where dreams might be of significance. Which is what prompted me to raise this important issue.
My dream? I think I’ll leave that until next time. Its not something that I really want to analyse; except when in relation to the very function or necessity of sleep. It is this that I am really only questioning; not the fleeting patterns (called ‘dreams’) that occur within it.
These dreams or thought patterns’ may mean something, or equally, they may not. It is just the actual state of sleep that contains these sometimes, that I was questioning.
To put it way over simply . . . Have you ever really thought or questioned what happens to our minds when we fall asleep? In other words, questioned whether the ‘me’ (that we all accept we are) is still actually active outside our normal habitual recollection of curling up under the bedclothes for the night?
I am just asking, that’s all.
But it is really an essential point. That is, of course, to those who might be interested in studying the actual nature of consciousness. Which I suspect, few of us are!
We give much thought and analysis to this when we are awake admittedly (at least some of us do), but just accept the sleeping state to be relatively unimportant – that’s if we even question it in the first place!