Dreaming Along the Gold Coast

The Collective Unconscious
A dream comes into consciousness like a wave breaking on the beach.  Sleep studies show we dream as many as eight times a night.  On a given week that would be over fifty dreams.

Even though I’ve been tending to my dreams for decades, I usually only record in the neighborhood of three to five dreams per week.

So what about all the lost dreams?  Why don’t we remember them all?

Continuing with the metaphor of the beach, the waves come in rhythmic patterns. Every so often a larger wave looms.  These waves carry much more energy.  When we are body surfing we know to be on the look out for these as they will provide best ride, pushing us far up the beach.  And so it goes with the dreams we remember.

Studies are showing that dreaming is an unconscious process that helps us order all the data that our brains absorb.  At this level, all the unremembered dreams, like waves moving the sand down the beach, are redistributing the contents of the brain, smoothing things out for a new day.

Author: Richard Reeve

I'm the Senior Director of Development at Panthera, a global conservation organization committed to stemming the population decline of cats in the wild. I enjoy rural living with my wife Judith and our two children in the Catskill Mountains of New York.