By forum guest author: Tommy Strader
Forum guest author Tommy Strader shares a fascinating and unusual technique in which one remembers the dream from the unique perspective of each dream character...
Living the Dream Through Other Eyes At a New Age Health Center, a practitioner explained a technique in which one thinks of the characters in one's dream and then imagines becoming each – one at a time – to see the dream from their unique point of view.
The morning after learning this new technique I awoke from a dream and decided to put it into effect.
In the dream, I was incredibly happy in a little cabin on top of a high-peaked mountain, watching the clouds float by slightly below me. Suddenly, a group of black-hooded horsemen came charging up to the base of the mountain, pulling down my cabin with some kind of incredibly long rope. I was so sad they had spoiled my cabin, my view, my happiness. Why had they done it?
As instructed, I followed the technique, imagining myself to be the lead horseman, pulling the cabin down. Something amazing happened at that point... I remembered the whole dream again from his point of view! I could see what it all looked like to him, how he felt, what he thought. To him, it was a game, simply fun, he enjoyed pulling things like my cabin down. I felt his sadistic pleasure in seeing it fall.
What is so amazing is that I really did remember the whole dream again, from his point of view, as though it were a separate memory, and I remembered just as clearly as the viewpoint I'd woken up with! This was astonishing. The Mind As a Community I concluded that parts of my mind must be busy playing the role of each character during dreams, each fully experiencing the dream in their own way, from their own viewpoint, and are not just projections from my imagination. Each character being as real and valid a dreamer as me. And of course, they all were me!
I was the sadistic hooded man who enjoyed seeing the cabin fall, just as much as I was the person in the cabin being pulled down by him.
I guess I could have woken up remembering the dream from any of those view points. Indeed, I recall a similar dream in which I was the sadistic man below watching a train derail and fall from high above. That time, I woke up as the man below watching it fall.
Besides understanding that some of these people are me, just as fully as I am, it is also useful to understand why some of these dream characters behave the way they do. For example, after waking from another dream, I tried being my mother as she was in the dream, as she had said some very strange things to me.
It worked! I understood perfectly what she had been thinking and feeling and why she had said what she said. And beyond that, I had a sense that those really were my mother's thoughts and feelings over these issues.
It's like I had just experienced a glimpse into my real mother's mind, grasping something I'd never understood before.
This technique doesn't always work. Sometimes I'm unable to become the other character and continue remembering the dream only from my waking point of view. But when it does work, it is so amazing; seeing, feeling, remembering the whole dream over again from a completely different perspective and set of values!
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