A dream that is not interpreted is like a letter that is not read (the Talmud)
Thank you Rachel for waking me from a long slumber (as far as this blog is concerned), and before I forget - to anyone else who might drop in - do follow the link, hear some music I don't know about, and support a new blogger who is going places.
Back to work. The Talmud quote above is arrant nonsense. The publishers of such texts make their living by lying to simple people for their own ends.
For sure all our sleeping dreams indicate something about our inner selves - but these selves are called 'inner' because we do not know them, and to guess at what is going on in them by pondering our dreams is futile. And dangerous, especially if we consult self-serving religious texts, or other ignorant publishers.
I think Rachel is partly right when she says " I feel like dreams leave little clues in your head about what's coming. I don't know if its because while you're asleep your subconscious has the chance to over analyze facts without being tainted by the conscious side of your brain's interpretation... "
Clues about what's been happening perhaps, not what's coming - the future has not happened yet. But certainly not tainted by the conscious or logical side.
In times when I have been able to wake slowly and allow recent dream clips to pass from the short-term to the long-term memory, my experience has been that logic and continuity are rare, and that dreams are mostly short random episodes, and so garbled as to be almost impossible to recall. The exceptions, in my case, are usually so entertaining that I lie quietly in the attempt to retrieve as much as possible. Does anyone share my experience that when relaxing for sleep, thoughts often become garbled, and this is recognized by the still conscious mind - in my case usually pulling me back into a fully conscious state. When I am thinking about whatever's on my mind at this time, the 'voice' behind the thoughts is mine. But then the voice changes, the thoughts are no longer mine, and ALWAYS nonsense. Fascinating - but it can be annoying if you just want to sleep. Please friends, if you can, post something on this subject for me to reblog, or leave a long comment here. Just to keep my mind off religious matters you understand......
Easy going, impatient, shy, outgoing, pretty boring to most people under 60, opinionated, skeptical, trusting, crave more beauty than I can afford or create, inclusive by nature, reclusive by circumstances, still looking for the club that would have me as a member. Country born and bred, 30 years a Londoner. Pro. photographer-not specialist enough to progress very far, but obsessive enough to make something of limited photographic opportunities I suppose. One gift it may be worth mentioning: the ability to make the most of bugger-all, and not feel too ashamed of not having or reaching many goals that I admire. I do feel a bit sorry for people who have not discovered great music, and feel contempt for those who think good art is what theylike. Well, I told you I was opinionated.