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Pic of the Day – 6/5/18

“The Nightmare” by artist John Henry Fuseli.

I’m excited to announce that my second novel, Waking I Dream, is now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback. Waking I Dream is the sequel to Dreaming I Wake, and the second book in the Dreaming Trilogy. In it, we find that Jim McQueen’s disabled sister, Joan, does indeed lead a rich inner life. In her potent dreams of another life, in another time, Joan is a math shark with a photographic memory, a WWII-era OSS undercover agent and cryptologist, and a globe-trotting Nazi hunter. This is the world that is most authentic and tangible to Joan.
Check them both out (if you haven’t seen the first one yet):
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Thanks so much for your interest!

My Novel is Available on Amazon!

Check out my novel, Dreaming I Wake, now available in paperback or on Kindle:

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On the Nature of Dreams

I’ve been thinking for some time about dreams. I really don’t remember my dreams; in fact, I remember them so rarely that I have a dream diary in which years can pass between entries. But I am aware that I dream. Sometimes I just have the sense upon waking, that it’s been a “busy” night. Other times, during waking hours, I may just get a flash of a dream, a fragment of a memory, and I know it came from a dream, often a recurring one. And in those moments, I wonder: what just made that memory pop up? And why right now? Was I thinking of something related to the dream? No…

Then one day recently, I heard a very interesting hypothesis: that we may always be dreaming, all the time. It’s only during REM cycle, and the last hour or two before waking, when all other external stimuli are damped down enough for our dreaming to filter up to the surface. And, perhaps, even when the mind is still and quiet enough during waking hours.

From DreamResearch.net, a service of the University of California at Santa Cruz:

“Sometimes we can have dreamlike moments during waking if we are in a relaxed state of mind and not noticing anything in our surroundings, as demonstrated in two different studies of people awake in slightly darkened rooms who were signaled at random intervals to say what was going through their minds. And the investigators knew these people were awake because their brain wave activity was being monitored via EEG. So, it may be that we dream any time that the following conditions are met: (1) an adequate level of brain activation; (2) a shutting out of external stimuli; and (3) a shutting down of the self-awareness system that helps focus our minds when we are awake.”

This was quite a revelation for me. Suddenly, these “flashes” of dream fragments took on another possible nature: they aren’t memories of a dream I had earlier, but a “bubbling up” of a dream I’m having right now!

There’s something else that has spoken to me for years. The Mayans took their lucid dreaming very seriously. In fact, I once found the Mayan hieroglyphs that read “Dreaming I wake; Waking I dream.” I still have it. If I ever decided to get a tattoo, it would be these hieroglyphs twined around my arm.

This concept of dreaming while waking and waking during dreaming, also strongly reminded me of mastering lucid dreaming: becoming self-aware during the dream, and taking control of it, and doing important and useful things in dreamtime. Then later, one also harnesses the power and magic of the dream state during one’s waking hours.

There is also the Australian aborigine’s concept of “Dreamtime,” a realm more real than the physical, in which life and death struggles may play out.

Dreaming I wake; Waking I dream.

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