“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Sri Aurobindo & the Mother Mirra Alfassa gave detailed advice on how to make sleep more conscious . For a summary of their advice, see the article Towards more conscious sleep and dreaming.
A few things to remember:
- Dreams do not always have absolute interpretation; some dreams have meaning relative to the seeker’s subjective consciousness, and what that meaning could be is not easy to determine.
- One must beware of hallucinations which can result from the strong emotional desire to fulfill some heartfelt wish. Dream which occur in a turbulence-free state of equanimity are more likely to be revelatory.
- Instead of impulsively assigning some interpretation to a dream, it is prudent to be patient and let the dream reveal it’s true meaning in due time, perhaps through some subsequent confirmatory dreams or other signs. As the consciousness becomes more illuminated, enigmatic dreams will automatically resolve themselves like the solution to a jigsaw puzzle.
Image by Jeff McCrory via Flickr (Creative Commons).
Articles on the topic
- Towards more conscious sleep and dreaming.
- A contemplation exercise before going to sleep
- Explaining out-of-body and near-death experiences
- Sleep disorders : somnambulism and somniloquy
- Why do we forget our vivid dreams?
- Somnambulists who do creative work in their sleep
- Perception of Time changes with the concentration of consciousness
- Mental awareness in comatose patients and sleeping newborn infants
- Sleep-learning and the Upanishads
- Reading and writing books in a dream
- How can we “see” in our dreams when our eyes are closed?
- Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on sleep (at another website)
- Premonitory Dreams (at another website)
- Dreams and Visions (at another website)
- Dream Self and Sleep Self (at another website)