M1. Dream Re-Entry is a technique of re-experiencing the dream you had during sleep, but while you are awake. I guess, people have used dream re-entry for as long as humans have been around.
It is done simply by going to your sacred spot and relaxing. The you bring to mind your memories of the dream that you want to explore. The method of exploration can be inwardly watched, or verbalized or even re-enacted in some way. It depends on your predilections.
CG Jung invented a method he called Active Imagination which is a little bit similar to dream re-entry. Jung described his method as:
“a method of introspection for observing the stream of interior images. One concentrates one’s attention on some impressive but unintelligible dream-image … and observes the changes taking place in it. Meanwhile, of course, all criticism must be suspended…”
This is not the same as passive day-dreaming, but involves an active interaction with the image world one conjures up. This in turn is not the same as the dream one has had, but is an interaction only with the memories one has retained.
I like the quote I heard from somewhere that dreams are merely “postcards” from a journey that one has been on during the sleeping hours.
Memories of My Dream
In my blog yesterday I recounted a dream to adventure that I have now done some re-entry work with.
I asked a few questions in my re-entry session and got a fair number of answers of which I want to report the following:
- The other participants in the race were not very happy with my extravagant “cheating”.
- There was a lot of forgiveness though, because I had been “swept off my feet”, as they put it.
- The pilot of the plane was a well-known young “upstart” in the group who enjoyed playing tricks in all kinds of ways.
I was impressed with the phlegmatic approach of the other participants, because they seemed to take it all in their stride and were quite unruffled.
Also, I could judge that there was a certain inevitability about the situation. It was mostly out of my hands.
Popping now into my head is the question of whether it is noteworthy that the dream took place on Wednesday, which is named after Odin. I find Odin a very mysterious character who always reminds me of Gandalf and of Merlin too.
My train of thought then takes me on from Merlin to King Arthur who always liked some magical thing to happen before feasting with his Knights.
Finally, I was left wondering if the dream was really as portentous or important as it felt. Although, I know from my past that, when I see such a “glitch” in my dream reality (like in the film, The Matrix) there are likely to be some unexpected consequences.
Associations can run wild if you let them go beyond the first, immediate step.
However, I just have faith and remember the quote from the American poet, Carl Sandburg:
“Nothing happens unless first we dream”
What will happen next in my dream to adventure?