Colorful quote on dreaming from an interview with Jeff Warren

19 Mar

Photo by Mark WonderFerret

Photo by Mark WonderFerret


I try not to be one of those blogs that does nothing but post quotes, cuz that’s usually kinda lame, but every once in awhile, a good quote is worth sharing…

With that in mind, I stumbled upon a lovely interview today with Jeff Warren, author of The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness, where on the topic of sleep, he marvels at the fact of dreaming, and how amazing this is, in and of itself, stating:

When you wake up in a dream and actually take a look around — it’s bananas. It’s the absolute craziest goddamn thing in all of human life. Every night we beam down into an elaborate virtual world where we can pound the walls with our oven-mitt fists and sniff giant daisies and have elliptical conversations with archetypal bus drivers. From inside a dream there is nothing vague or washed out about the experience — dreams are totally real, as real as getting off the plane in Lagos and ordering a beer from some guy at the side of the road. You are at this place — you’re IN it! At the time it’s every bit as solid and real as waking. Except… and this is what’s so cool… except when you’re self-consciously aware inside the dream you can then squeeze up real close to the walls with your little magnifying glass and look for suture marks. You can conduct experiments. You come to realize that there is a set of laws operating in the dream world that is every bit as real as the laws of physics in the waking world. What are these laws? And why aren’t there as many scientists down here with their slide rules and theories as there are out there? We spend our lives in two worlds and yet we only pay attention to one of them…

I also love his response to why he largely avoided discussing drug-induced states of consciousness in his book, opening with “they’re the really obvious shit.”  Ha!

There’s something about his writing style that I really enjoy, it’s very down to earth.  You get the since that he’s very honest and sincere in his explorations.

You can read the whole interview with Jeff Warran here or check out his book The Head Trip at Amazon.

Photo by WonderFerret

2 Responses to “Colorful quote on dreaming from an interview with Jeff Warren”

  1. mommyknows March 30, 2009 at 5:13 am #

    I’ve never heard of Jeff Warran. I am going to head over to amazon and check out the book.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  2. Ben Mural June 14, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    That is a great excerpt– it really captures all the exhilarating emotions that come into play when you realize you are in a dream.

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