Behind the scenes: Altered Ego 112
Dreams are interesting. Scientists have no idea why we dream except that we do and that we NEED to. It makes me wonder what dreams really are. They seem to be realities separate from our own. While we’re there they feel as real as the material world feels when we’re awake. We can experience pain, arousal, humiliation, joy and sorrow. We can fall in love and have our heart broken. All in a dream. They feel so real in fact that no matter how ridiculous, or strange the situation might be we rarely, if ever, even notice that what we’re experiencing is unusual. Certainly not enough to figure out we’re dreaming.
Another fact of life we all experience that scientists have yet to even begin to understand is death. The after-life. How could we exist without physical bodies? Would we just be clouds of energy floating around? Mindless? The truth is we already know. We do it every night. We wander a reality without a physical body and it is as real as anything we’ve ever experienced in our waking lives. It’s just a lot more fun.
There’s probably a reason people have referred to death as “the big sleep” and sleeping as “the little death”. Think about it.
Maybe a part of us is ALREADY dead?
When we lucid dream we dream knowing we’re dreaming. It sounds confusing but it’s really very cool. When we lucid dream we have the ability to control our dreams and make things happen. Mostly. I’ve always found lucid dreaming difficult. Like holding on to jello. Just when I think I have it, everything slips through my fingers and goes all wonky again.
As artists, we make our living lucid dreaming with our eyes open. We scribble down what we see behind our eyes, trying desperately to capture even the tiniest bit and bring it out into the “real world” to share with others. We create entire worlds and civilizations. We live other lives. We’re frickin’ nuts is what we are.