Category Archives: Dreams

“You have friends and relatives to shoot holes in your dreams”


According to Phil La Duke

Don’t worry that your dreams aren’t realistic or that you might not achieve them — after all, you have friends and relatives to shoot holes in your dreams. Instead, ask not, “What if I fail?” but rather, “What if I succeed?” Worry about failure is pointless and destructive; the surest way to be a failure is to spend time worrying about it. Your goals won’t just accomplish themselves; you will have to have a plan, and you’ll have to work that plan.

Take 100 pictures each day, throw 99 away each night


We dream 100 dreams every night, but in the morning remember at most one.

Take 100 pictures each day, throw 99 away each night.

I mean this both as a metaphor for experiencing life and ideas, and as a specific, mundane practice tactic I might try for accelerated learning of photography. Imagine taking 100 digital photos each day, as best you can, not sloppy just to achieve a numerical target, but then choosing exactly one to keep and deleting the rest forever. To remind yourself that you should be panning for gold, and that the days of your life are as ephemeral as those bits on your hard drive.

See also “Stealing from a dream“.

According to Wikipedia

The alba (“sunrise”) is a subgenre of Occitan lyric poetry. It describes the longing of lovers who, having passed a night together, must separate for fear of being discovered by their respective spouses.

According to Wikipedia, Australians

believe that every person essentially exists eternally in the Dreaming. This eternal part existed before the life of the individual begins, and continues to exist when the life of the individual ends. Both before and after life, it is believed that this spirit-child exists in the Dreaming and is only initiated into life by being born through a mother.

Aside: Imagine this movie nightmare/hallucination effect. Picture a manic artist in a garret, “Genius on a hot plate. Genius for a midnight snack.” But then genius and spiders. Spiders are suddenly crawling on his arms, then more and more, and quickly his entire body and head down to its core is transformed into a writhing mass of spiders (not just covered with spiders), as he runs around screaming as if on fire.

US as symbolically impoverished culture


According to Carlos Eire

And now I understand much better the role that symbols play in religion, not just in Christianity but in all religions. You know, symbols encode, deep deep truths and allow us to perceive them in a non-rational way. And by non-rational, I don’t mean irrational. I actually mean that these symbols speak to us at a level that is deeper, and affects us and shapes our personality much more than any logical discourse could. You know, the United States is a very symbolically impoverished culture. So most Americans have trouble understanding symbols and how symbols affect them. But people who are in advertising have it all figured out.

They know. They know. They know exactly what us religious scholars know about how symbols affect people and they use them to sell stuff to us.

Learning to dream, dreaming to learn


Elsewhere I wrote

Dreaming, done well, is the most positive action.

According to Tara Parker-Pope

Whether someone can ultimately harness the power of dreaming to improve learning is an open question, but Dr. Stickgold does have a suggestion for students or others trying to master a task or study subject.

“If you’re a student and you want to do better on the test, you might need to dream about it,” Dr. Stickgold said. “The question is, ‘How do I get myself to dream about it?’ The answer is to get excited about it. That seems to be what you dream about.”