Three comments after my last post about forgetting a recurring dream inspired this one. George wondered if a dream that addresses our waking thoughts and wishes is an authentic original response or just programming from the ego. William said he often wonders where memories go when we don’t remember them. And Ram0singhal shared his belief that trusting the natural flow of your dreams brings God to your side in the form of creativity.
All three responses are based on the assumption of an underlying Mystery beyond the realm of normal awareness. The only things I know about the Mystery come from personal experiences that have filled me with awe, wonder, meaning, appreciation, gratitude and compassion. But there are theories that add a few pieces to the puzzle I am trying to assemble. I’ll discuss two of them here: one from quantum physics, and the other from Jungian psychology. Although neither uses the language of any one religion, both affirm the underlying truths of every religion because when we talk about the Mystery, we’re talking about God.
Physicist David Bohm theorized about three orders of the universe. The explicate order perceived by our senses is like a sailboat floating on the sea. The implicate order is like everything beneath the boat we can’t see, but which gives rise to and supports everything in the explicate order in the same way that all forms of life originated in the sea. The super-implicate order is like a benevolent Poseidon who lives in a royal chamber beneath the sea and determines how the sea’s energized particles of potential will manifest in the world above.
Carl Jung’s corollary to Bohm’s theory emphasizes three orders of mental functioning. Bohm’s explicate order corresponds to Jung’s conscious self: the me in the sailboat. Beneath that is my personal unconscious, a sea of energy filled with my forgotten memories (as William’s sea contains his), instinctual needs, disowned emotions, untapped interests and skills, and so on. Like the particles floating in Bohm’s implicate-order sea, anything in the personal unconscious can be brought to the surface at any moment. Sort of like a coconut that falls from an island palm, floats around awhile, then turns up beside my boat.
At the bottom of the sea is the entrance to the royal chamber Jung called the collective unconscious. Sitting on its throne is the Self which, like Earth’s core, underlies everything, connects us to everything, and determines what to bring into our conscious world. Bohm called this the super-implicate order. Another name in current use is One Mind. Whatever we call it, it is a melting pot containing every individual mind with every thought, form of energy, or creative idea that ever was or will be. We gain access to this underground cave of creativity via the Self…our trusted sacred center which speaks to us, as Ram0singal notes, in dreams!
So my answer to you, George, is that you are loved by the Mystery beneath the sea and every one of your dreams comes from there. Dream Mother knows you intimately because she always sees you sailing around up above. Since she wants only the best for you, she uses material from all three levels to create the exact dreams you need every night. You might enjoy some of them that pop up — especially the ones about sailing trips — much more than others, but you can trust that all of them are in your best interest and contribute to your creativity. Speaking of creativity, maybe you should start adding sailboats to your coconut art?