The scariest thing about dreaming is that is involves the future, a future which we cannot see or control. We simply don’t know what the future holds. It could be another kind of technological revolution. We could solve world hunger. It could be world war three. Trying to make plans for three wildly different options makes one feel uncomfortable.
It makes you ask questions like: What’s the point of dreaming of going to university if your degree is going to be obsolete by the time you finish in 4 years? Why should I invest in Toronto’s housing market if the money I save will be valueless by the time I save a down payment or the houses wont be worth anything the next day? Why should I invest time in learning how to spell if spelling will be replaced by speech recording software?
I feel that at the root of every dream there is a core desire to learn, experience and grow. The above fears of wasting time or losing something are part of a ideological structure that insists time is linear. If we are able to understand time as something other than a sequence of events that move with equal timing, then these fears become less relevant. (Not that it is possible to extract the average person from our standard understanding of time.)
Perhaps though, with dreaming, a technique we should keep in mind is to not attach dreams to time. For each dream there should be no time limit, or deadline, and there should be no duration. This attitude towards dreaming goes against the standard idea that we should be held accountable for our actions and desires. For example, if we dream of being a rock star one day and a scientist the next, what is the point of dreaming.
In my philosophy this kind of rigid structure does not lend itself to happy people. Dreaming is about being in tune with yourself in the present moment. Dreaming is about understanding what you need, what you desire, what you wish to strive for right now. Part of this is giving up control over the future that we cannot see. And this is how we deal with that.
On visualization – “Your brain can’t tell the difference between a neural pathway created by doing an action and one created by visualizing it/” (Page 107, Hume)