“Just as events and figures in our dreams—whether pleasant or painful—are unconsciously composed by ourselves, our lives seem like the features of one great dream of a dreamer, in which all the other dream characters dream, too, so that everything is linked to everything else, and every seemingly coincidental, unimportant, or untoward event in our lives, if seen with hindsight, appears to have been part of a consistent order and plan. There seems to exist an “inexplicable unity of the coincidental and the necessary, which turns out to be the secret controller of all things human” …………..‘Transcendental speculation on the apparent deliberateness in the fate of an individual’, By Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860
“… in dreams we put on the likeness of that more universal, truer, more eternal man dwelling in the darkness of primordial night. There he is still the whole, and the whole is in him, indistinguishable from nature and bare from all egohood. It is from these all-uniting depths that the dream arises . . .” …………Carl Jung. Collected Works 10
Homo Sapiens, from their earliest evolutionary stage, have always dreamed. In the period of mythological consciousness of human evolution, these dreams and images fertilized by rich imagination and juxtaposition were incorporated into the first written records and some examples are as follows. In the first tablet of our oldest epic poem, the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, just before he encounters his double, Enkidu, Gilgamesh dreams of a rock and an axe falling from the sky; his mother explains to him that these images foretell the arrival of “a mighty comrade.” In Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope dreams of fifty geese being killed by an eagle, a wish fulfilled when her husband Odysseus returns from his travels and slays the suitors pestering her. And in the Old Testament, Joseph achieves fame in Egypt by interpreting Pharaoh’s dream about fourteen cows, seven fat and seven lean.
The dream world is one in which the space-time fabric of waking reality is no longer valid. In dream consciousness, we have access to a fluid space-time which was aptly visualized in the sci-Fi movie ‘Inception’. This capacity of the dreamer to transcend his four dimensional world is a gift from the subconscious domain. What is the purpose of this gift? This is to inform the psyche of what lies in one’s consciousness field so that any course correction can be done in one’s travel through this life. The nature of consciousness as an all-pervading substrata from which all reality, which we witness or which is hidden from us, arises. This perceived reality is a construct, where depending on the state of one’s consciousness the complexity of our connections to this universal field of universal unconsciousness is attenuated. Based on this understanding we can safely say that the waking reality is the least reliable construct as it is built purely on mental maps generated through the senses in the four dimensional field. The reality constructed at the dream consciousness level is a construct at the five dimensional field where time has a fluidity in its own three dimensional field of past, present and future. The above analysis is a bit hard to follow for non-theoreticians in multidimensional geometry. This is not critical to our understanding but Jung puts it in much simpler from in the quote above.
This takes us to the first quote from Arthur Schopenhauer where he says images in our dream; “……………are unconsciously composed by ourselves, our lives seem like the features of one great dream of a dreamer, in which all the other dream characters dream, too, so that everything is linked to everything else”.
This statement has deep ramifications in defining the subjective nature (unconsciously composed by ourselves) of communication that takes place within the dream and its universal accessibility. The communication that takes place in the dream world in the movie ‘Inception’ is mainly targeted towards stealing and planting thoughts in a target’s mind for an end purpose. Cobb, the chief protagonist in the movie, uses Ariadne, an architect, to manoeuvre the dream space to create escape route in the labyrinth of the target’s mind so that he can have access to the leaked data from the labyrinth. Ariadne is the woman in Greek mythology who helped Theseus escape from the Minotaur’s labyrinth.
This combined knowledge which Arthur Schopenhauer, Carl Jung and Christopher Nolan (Script writer and Director of provide in the movie ‘Inception’, gives us a peek into the potency of our dream consciousness where one finds “……he is still the whole, and the whole is in him, indistinguishable from nature and bare from all egohood”
Wish you an empowered and fantastic life.