Dream #9: Dreamsigns & The Hilarity of How Dreams Mock Us

13 Jul

Photo by Ben

Photo by Ben

I’ve noticed before how my intentions with my own dreams often strike back in clever ways.

For instance, when I was readily working with Calea Zacatechichi, it’s powers alluded me, even mocked me. I would have dreams about taking dream herbs instead of having lucid dreams or crazy vivid dreams! Ha! Oh Calea Z…

Anyhow – I wanted to share a dream today that’s about having a hole in my palm.

This comes from the fact that one of my favorite means of reality testing, and by extension, testing the reality (or lack thereof) in the dream world, is putting my hands through things and putting a finger from my left hand into my right palm, or vice versa. (As I type this out it sounds a lot creepier than it is when I actually do it in a dream, which is that context is like striking gold.)

This is a great method for reality testing because you can do this no matter where you are, in any context, in both the dream world and in waking life.

I had a dream that tied into this method for reality testing, which is both clever and maddening at once. It hints at some kind of intelligence operating within our dreaming minds, unconscious or irrelevant to our intentions.

Here’s what I wrote down in my dream journal:

I’ve got this hole in my left hand. It’s not huge, but it’s there, and it’s kinda freaking me out. I mean, maybe I should see a doctor about it! Couldn’t it get infected? I look it up online and find some dumbass who posted on Yahoo! Answers something about a hole in his hand, complete with an obviously doctored photo of his hand with a big hole in it.

After this post, the responses included many beautiful pieces of art that were created in the shape of a hand. For instance, ballerinas or dancing figures, that overall are in the shape of a hand.

I realize if I take a picture of my hand, it’s going to be hard to see the hole. The palm side of the hole is larger than the top of my hand, which is sort of black around the edges of the hole.

I realize one thing I can do is shine a laser through it! So I shine a laser through it, putting this large flashlight-like device over the top of my hand, cupping it, and then it comes out in a laser beam from my palm, down towards the bathroom counter. I’m showing N and someone else this, in my bathroom, and they think it’s a magic trick.

It’s not, and it actually seals up the hole mostly, causing it to burn like hell and bleed a bit too.

I added the following commentary about this dream that morning:

Note: Hilarious that I dream of a hole in my hand when everyday i do reality checks counting my fingers, sometimes followed up by imagining a hole in my hand and/or trying to put a finger through my palm.

It’s almost like inside of all our heads, there’s a little shaman dream prankster, ready to push back when we overly get attached to setting a certain intention with a dream – whether it be a dream sign or getting to excited about the idea of using a dream herb to have vivid dreams or lucid dreams.

Why do you think it is that it works like this? What’s going on here when our dreams mock our intentions to work with them?

4 Responses to “Dream #9: Dreamsigns & The Hilarity of How Dreams Mock Us”

  1. Joshua L July 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    I wouldn’t characterize this phenomenon as mockery. In fact, I think it is almost the opposite: a partial wish fulfillment.

    When trying to become lucid, we want two things to happen:
    1. See a dreamsign.
    2. Become lucid (as a consequence).
    The issue is that most people’s minds aren’t naturally inclined toward lucidity. Our mids don’t seem “comfortable” with the idea of behaving rationally in a dream. Now, in general, when we diligently ask our minds to do something, they respond. When we ask it for the two things listed above, it grants our request, but only the part of our request that it is comfortable with.

    So I don’t think these “pranks” are really mockery. Our mind simply grants our request to see a dreamsign, and respectfully declines to give us lucidity.

    When I was little, I might ask my mother if I could
    1. Ride my bike.
    2. Go to another neighborhood.
    And she might respond by saying that I was allowed to ride my bike, but not to another neighborhood. She wasn’t comfortable with me straying too far from home. But she wasn’t mocking my request. She simply didn’t understand that the whole point of riding my bike was to get to the other neighborhood.

    I hope this makes sense.

  2. Matt July 19, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    Hi. I know this is totally off subject and I appologize. I’ve never thoroughly studied dreams before but after reading on this site about how most ppl do not know they are dreaming while they are dreaming, I came to realize that while I’m dreaming I am fully aware of that fact. I don’t have too many nightmares but to me, the dreams that I have are worse. In my dreams, I am always in a situation with ppl from my past. I’m always in a situation where I am being mocked or “beaten” in some way, not physically but in a pride sort of way. I’m always scared. Now that I have found out about lucid dreaming, and I know I’m dreaming in my dreams, how can I control them? I had a very troubled past w/ addiction. One day, after coming off a long period of very heavy use, I had what I now know to be false awakening. I was sleeping and “awoke” to the sound of numerous big men running up my the wooden stairs outside my window. Now, in my dream I knew it was a dream. I remember telling myself over and over you gotta wake up, there’s danger, you gotta wake up. I could feel myself struggling to gain conscienceness, the pounding on my door grew louder. I grabbed a gun (I didn’t own a gun and remember consciencely knowing this in my dream) I ran to the door and then awoke for real. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Joshua L July 19, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    Which aspects of the dream do you want to control? If you want to control the physical components of the dream, then one technique is to simply say out loud what you want to be changed. However, controlling dream objects is unpredictable and tricky. For example, in one lucid dream, I wanted to make sure that I was dreaming, so I thought I’d try some “magic.” I looked at a chair, told it to go away, and snapped my fingers. I was intending for it to just move away, but instead it shot up into the air at an incredible speed and dissolved into nothingness before hitting the ceiling. That convinced me that I was dreaming. I decided that I wanted to eat a hamburger, so I told it to appear in front of me and snapped my fingers. Nothing happened. I repeated this several times, but still nothing appeared. I ended up getting my hamburger by just asking someone for it.

    Perhaps you mean that you want to control the behavior of other dream characters and keep them from mocking you. I haven’t had any unfriendly characters in my lucid dreams, so I can’t speak from experience. But from what I’ve read, the best idea would be to talk kindly to the people harassing you and ask them why they’re doing it.

    On the other hand, maybe you just mean that you want to be able to wake up at will. Running away from your fears in dreams isn’t exactly a good idea, but if you feel that you simply can’t deal with the stress of the dream and must wake up, you could try laying down, closing your eyes, and “falling asleep” in the dream. You could also try keeping your eyes perfectly still, staring at a single point. I’ve never wanted to wake up from a lucid dream, so again, I’m not speaking from experience; this is just what I’ve read in books.

    Hope that helps.

  4. Saige October 27, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    This reminds me of the process of trying light switches to see if you’re dreaming.

    Finally I was in a dream and I walked into a room and tried to hit the light switch and it didn’t go on. Ahah! I thought to myself, I’m finally dreaming so I can figure out if this light switch thing everyone’s on about has merit.

    I continued to turn switch after switch on and off and on and off and got a response maybe 3 out of 10 times until I got to a light switch that controlled the sun shutters in the ceiling. It was night time out tho.

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