“That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it…. We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.”
~ Paracelsus, quoted in The Dream Game
Today’s post is about sleeping and dreaming. A friend sent me this interesting article about dreaming and I really loved the part about how dreaming allows us to be ourselves, to remind us of our true selves – in essence, our rest from the crazy, varied and stressful stimuli that we endure in the waking world everyday. While we usually think of our dreams as being weird and crazy compared to our waking lives, I like that this different perspective makes me think of all the insane things that are in our world that we take for granted as being everyday common things – things that we just have to live with – like inequality, greed, insecurity, etc. When we examine these things in the wide scheme of things of what is really important to people, they are the things that really don’t make sense yet we think of it as reality.
Meanwhile, in our dreams we can fly, be in another era or country at a thought and fight sharks (like I did last night). I like to think that my essential self is the one that can do all those things. If only my waking self can believe it too. I’m working on it :-)
By the way, a sleep eye mask like the one I’m wearing below can be customized just for your and purchased via my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/laughingrhoda.
serious about catching ZZZs