Dreamlight, or the internal light of dreams, is a hidden source inside the brain. It shines inside the dark. It is an ancient light, a mysterious light, possibly a light of the future–an as yet unidentified light.
There is apparently no outside source of dreamlight. It does not come from sun, moon, stars, or an electric bulb. Yet dreams light up. Dreams shine internally in the dark. We see dreams but not with our eyes. Our eyes are shut. No outside light reaches the eyes’ photoreceptors. It is night. It is pitch black. Yet we see lit pictures. We see our dreams. We see light.
Where does the light for dreams come from? We are asleep–what turns it on? What is the dynamo of dreams?
How is that we see dreams at all? Only Leonardo da Vinci approached this question. This is not a matter of interpreting dreams. It is not about the meaning of dreams. It is not about dreams as symbols. It is a matter of the phenomenon of dreamlight and the life of inner light. Where is the screen that dreams appear projected on–and what projects them? There is another source of light other than material, external, sensory light.
What is the light itself? An ether? A wave? A particle? Or is it the realm of a being or beings? Is light a living element? Is it the manifestation of angels? Is dreamlight the lighting up of beings in the human astral body? Is light the dying of bodies? Is dreamlight the dying of our higher selves? Another form or radiant matter? Does matter itself, perhaps, like dreams, arise out of the dying of the light?
All of the usual clichés of dreams being symbolism, censored emotions, or prophecies fade away when we ask these questions at this level–and their meaning needs to be reconsidered.
Dreamlight is just a symptom of other lights shining around and through us, and if light can look both backward and forward with velocities close to the speed of infinity, then the integration of meaning from the past–redemption–and the meaning of prophecy–intimations of holographic alignments of the future–take on new significance.
The dreamer in us may not be identical with either our body or part of our soul. It is not our unconscious or a part of censored emotional life. This may be relevant because in a life-time a human being spends almost ten years in the behavioral state of dreams and dreaming.
Introspection on this dreamlight should not be doctrinally dismissed by science, but cultivated by science itself, with an attitude of meditation and the aspiration to cognitive levels of imagination, inspiration and intuition.
Adapted from Dreamlife: How Dreams Happen, by Rufus Goodwin (Lindisfarne Books, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Rufus Goodwin. Reprinted by permission of Lindisfarne Press.
Adapted from Dreamlife: How Dreams Happen, by Rufus Goodwin (Lindisfarne Books, 2004).