Nothing is more honest than a dream.
In a dream, your subconscious takes over, allowing you to process countless unexplored thoughts, fears, fantasies, journeys and experiences.
In the dream world, all rules of reality evaporate, leaving only personal apprehensions and hopes to paint a landscape through which one must venture.
Dreams are a world of refuge, yet they can equally become a torture chamber that you can become terrified to enter.
When I was 20 and held at gunpoint in my own bedroom, I discovered through post traumatic stress disorder that nightmares can become the most terrifying place of all. To the point of trying everything I could do to stay awake for fear of the recurring nightmare.
Conversely, one of my best friends solves every technical problem that has ever impeded his path, in a dream, almost without exception.
Filmmakers and storytellers treasure the dream because it allows us to expose the fragile inner psyche of the protagonist in a new theater of experience in which the Id or ego is in control.
Shaman have always loved the dream as a prognosis for events that have yet to come.
And then, life grants us daydreams in which a lighter version of the expressed hopes, expectations and ideas have open territory for exploration.
When a human being is completely denied access to the dream state for prolonged periods of time, the overall psyche shrivels in an inestimable fashion.
Do dreams bring truth? Ultimate truth? Or are they really just an exercise for the human to process the greater life experience?
I used lucid dreaming to battle my PTSD, 40 years ago. This is a process in which you can learn to “wake up“ inside your dream and take full control while you are still awake. It is a fascinating experience and with training can be incredibly useful. I learned how to do this from the head of the dream Institute at Stanford. Here is the book that he gave me to study so that I might defeat the terror that did not want me to sleep anymore. There are so many benefits to lucid dreaming, if you have any interest in the topic, here is the gateway.