(This is actually an old post from my (mostly neglected) general blog on danielleshaw.co.uk – but it fits here and so I borrowed it for sleeps first post.)
As the summer months approach, I’m usually more able to wake up early, kick start the day with the lighter days. This year, however, is disproving my theory.
Last night I had a conversation with my man about morning people vs night owls. After returning from a working trip in a different time zone, he thinks he’s naturally a morning person that has simply tried to have the best of both worlds. And me? I’ve always thought of myself as an owl, not so much because I dislike mornings, but because I find it so damn hard to wake up.
“It’s because I dream so much!” Is that even a reason?
And so, this morning, after a very slow start and a mind begging to be let back into its own world of dreams, I got to thinking about the mechanics of the waking mind vs the art of dream construction.
There are so many dream dictionaries available, and yet every time I try to decipher my dreams from them, I get stuck. I mean, how can you understand the meaning of a dream that has characters and sub characters, plots and parallel universes, zombies and love, by a book that labels categories as simple as ‘black’ or ‘rat’? So maybe our dreams aren’t meant to be understood literally, but instead perhaps they are an extension of ourselves, and in the life of a creative, perhaps a valuable one.
You knew that though, right? But what if the space of sleep in as equally important as our waking space, in terms of our growth and creative development? Should then, we go to bigger lengths to experiment what ‘works best’ in enabling our potential through sleep and the art of dreams? And how can we use that part of us to better the waking self? To push our boundaries, to go beyond what it is that our open, conscious mind knows and somehow tap into what our subconscious, turned off self knows. Maybe if we listened, we’d find a place of harmony, where we wouldn’t separate the days and nights as separate entities of time, but rather as one continuous stream of being, simply in different stages. And if we can build on that idea, what does it then mean for the notion of ‘time’ and the approach we take to any given task with a designated timeframe? If, that is, our days are no longer separated by the rising and setting of the sun, but rather the progress we make on any one thread, idea, project, development.
I recently had a conversation in a dream that links directly into a body of work that I’m currently embarked on. And I took note. What I said in my dream was a solid explanation for the fundamentals of the work, and something I hadn’t voiced in my waking life.
Perhaps, then, we should take a bit more notice as to what goes on into our sleep, when all our rules and structures are broken down and we’re able to go somewhere that might actually help us reach a new level on waking. Worth a thought, at least?