In an attempt to sooth myself and distract myself during a particularly bad day of anxiety and emotional flashbacks I began going through my old documents and re-organizing them. Upon doing so, I found this lost essay which i believe was ment to be a blog post but never saw the light of day. I have no idea when I wrote it, but here it is now:
I've been thinking about dreams and I have been thinking about narratives. what do the two have in common?
I've heard it say that dreams are our subconscious acting out when we sleep. I do believe that many dreams are just that, dreams. But not all dreams are that simple to dismiss. As a animist I feel that there are many layers to our existence; in fact, I make no distinction between the physical and the metaphysical and spiritual. This in turn applies to my dreams.
The subconscious is a mysteries thing which continues to fascinate the scientific world and societies in whole. The ancient Celts, who where animists themselves, believed the seat of the soul rested in the skull. As a result the skull was a powerful symbol, much like the western heart is today. The Celts where not the only ones who held the skull as a powerful symbol, such as the Mayan, and many African culture. This admiration for the human Skull indicates a reverence amongst animist cultures. I believe they understood the power of the human mind on many levels. On some levels, modern science is only know catching up to.
With the subconsciousness being that mysteries part of our brain that generates fantastical imagery and scenarios when we sleep, I believe it deserves a name more suiting to this function. In metaphysics the term Subliminal Gnosis is often referred to the part of our mind (and soul) that seeks out communication beyond the surface layers of what western thought considered the "real world". Could it be, through our dreams, we are witnessing our Subliminal Gnosis communicating on other levels?
The ancient Celts held inspiration in high regards. They had special names for it, Imbas in Gaelic and Awen in Welsh. Their society prized the bards and poets who could channel this divine inspiration into narratives. In almost every society significant narratives have been used to to tell the stories of what that culture valued and how it saw it self. These narratives where a preservation of world-view and often handed down orally in many animist societies. In theistic societies who developed written word these narratives where preserved in volumes of text. When this happened the narratives lost their fluidity and where frozen in a particular place and time. However oral narratives remained fluid and changed with time, place, and circumstance.
I suspect that our dreams our not only narratives of our selves being shared with us through our Subliminal Gnosis, but are also narratives being told to us through the Subliminal Gnosis of our life-place, the bio-region we live. Could dreaming be used to collect and receive new narratives being shared with us by our Bio-Regions? And if so, do we not have an obligation to start sharing these narratives?