Remember the TV show Quantum Leap? I used to thoroughly enjoy watching it, the funny yet poignant tasks Sam had to complete each time. Just trying to find that final leap to get home, and I guess, be himself?
But I thought of it again recently, in relation to dreams. Thinking although you might remain as you (some people are themselves and sometimes not in dreams I suspect), you are transported to different places, and times. And as we don’t actually know what happens when we dream, or where our consciousness wanders to if it is indeed away from our physical realm, who can say for sure?
Dreaming and sleep have been the subject of many studies and experiments, so is of interest to ‘the establishment’ in some format. Yet I wonder about the distinction between what we know as awake or asleep, the conscious and subconscious hours of our lives. Slipping in and out of worlds and states of being on a consistent loop. And in that, is it possible that we either create realms with the ideas and thoughts of dreams? Imagination Land episodes spring to mind from South Park. My article Creating a nightmare reality, covers that angle a bit.
Or, the other possibility. That there are things already existing on the ‘other side’, which can potentially gain access to us and our thoughts through sleep. And maybe, just sometimes for some people, they aren’t confined to the hours of slumber. Could be that some follow people back, once they have been disturbed and become ‘attached’. Are we sure that when we wake we leave where we were? And are we so sure that once we do wake, have we awoken to reality, or just another layer of a dream. Like the film inception depicted.
People write of terrifying things lurking in thoughts, dreams, ideas, other dimensions and times. Many people. Is it just an idea that hints at a darkness in ourselves, that the dream world allows to run wild? Or it is already something running wild, waiting to become part of someone’s thoughts, searching out a ‘host’ for its psychological torment and access to the physical realm? Quite possibly it is none of that, and while we sleep there is just a jumble of electrical signals forming strange and vivid ‘performances’ of life and experience which some people then imprint and retain knowledge of. Maybe they are for purpose and hold meaning, or maybe, it is just sleep and they really are just dreams…