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Dream memory is a topic that has been discussed on this blog a number of times in the past. What I refer to is having a knowledge of something or intuitively knowing something in a dream. In other words it would be like being aware of a preexisting history of something in the dream or knowing the backstory of the dream without dreaming it (or at least remembering having dreamed it).
This phenomena might not be symbolic as much as it might be a function of the dream process, a sort of mind trick or creative mental revelation that could be related to other real life knowledge or experience. The existence of a dream backstory might evolve much in the same way a story comes to a writer quickly and then is filled out more completely as the story is written. There are sometimes things that just seem to come to us without too much thought being involved.
In some cases the knowledge we have in the dream is an integral part of the dream story. For example, I have dreamed that I have knowledge of something very bad that has happened that others in the dream don't seem to be aware of and that knowledge influences the dream action throughout. In other cases I will meet people or be in places that I seem to know due to my dream knowledge and what I know is completely logical and acceptable to me in the dream.
If the dream knowledge is to be considered a dream symbol then perhaps it represents an inherent confidence that I recognize within myself that the dream is reinforcing for me. Since these dreams don't cause me bad feelings I think that this interpretation could be a distinct possibility.
Another interpretation of knowledge as a symbol could be that it is an awareness of things around me in my waking life and that they are true according to the way my mind sees them. Perhaps I have been having doubts about something in my life and the knowledge dream is letting me know that any premonitions or suspicions I may have been having may have strong grounds for being true and that I should believe them.
Whether dream knowledge is a trick of the mind, an illusion of dream time and memory, or a dream symbol, it is a curious element of the dream.
Have you had dreams where you had specific knowledge of something that did not seem to be part of that dream? Do you think dream knowledge is a mental process or a symbol or possibly either one depending on the dream? What is a dream memory that you recall from a dream that you've had?