Saturday, April 11, 2015
Juncture (Elements of Dreams) #AtoZChallenge
Remembered dreams are the subconscious mind activity found at the juncture between sleep and wakefulness. In some cases the imagery or circumstances of the dream story might be so jarring to us that we will awaken from sleep. If we hold on to that dream memory to think about it for a while or even write it down, then we have a greater likelihood of remembering that dream for a longer period. The longer the dream is cemented into the waking mind, the more intense the dream memory will be.
Dreams of deeper sleep from which we do not awaken are not remembered--or at least more unlikely to be. It is almost essential for there to be a juncture between sleep with dreaming and wakefulness. Sleep is resistant to the type of memory experience during waking time since sleep is a state when the conscious mind is at rest and not processing stimuli in the same active manner as it would when awake.
The juncture between sleep dreaming and waking up is similar to stepping out of a lonely dark room into a light room filled with people and activity. We have a greater awareness of the well lit environment while memory of the darkened room is soon forgotten as we focus on the things that we see around us. The light stimulus and the activity around us makes us more cognizant as the solitude of darkness offers nothing quite as meaningful as reality.
The dark quiet room of dreams is an important place that when we allow ourselves to embrace it with our minds we can appreciate what that place had to offer to us. Yet it is a place of rest and looking inward that should not take the place of the waking world where our true life-sustaining activity takes place.
Do you have a difficult time waking from sleep? Are you excited about waking up in the morning? Have you ever to your recollection remembered a dream from deep sleep long after you've awakened without experiencing a juncture directly between the dream and waking?