We have all had those moments: We wake from some kick arse dream and say to ourselves “Self, that kick arse dream would make a kick arse book.”
So, we write that shit down on anything we can find on our bedside table. In the morning, sometime in the waking moments after coffee number three we remember said kick arse dream.
But what was it about?
Fuck, you genius! You wrote that shit down!
So, you go back to bed and find the written down stroke genius you can thank your subconscious for and … what the actual fuck is this shit?
“IV drip. Morphine. House fire. Peter Quill. Hokey Pokey ice cream.”
WTF, brain! You used to be cool!
So, in my waking moments this morning, I remembered my dream. It involved killer crocodiles and then me losing Jay Kristoff’s 3 children, but he was cool with it and gave me a hug and told me everything would be okay, “don’t worry about my small children and the crocodiles roaming the shopping centre, I’ll just hug you in the front of this classroom/KFC…”
Now, despite the fact that it was nice to cop a cuddle from Mr. K, there is really not much use for this dream. Or is there?
I could spin it a little, I guess. Killer crocs loose in a shopping mall. Two nerds trying to find lost children to save them from a gory end. (Dibs)
If you spin it that way, I guess you could have something, so maybe it is possible. But there are a lot of things that cannot be used unless you are going for crazy, surreal, things.
There is a thing called dream logic, which is basically not logical at all. Like… in any way… so get some science into ya! Cause science is sexy.
In a great little post by Mental_Floss called 5 Scientific Facts About Your Dreams they write: DREAM LOGIC IS NEUROLOGICALLY LOGICAL
Your brain’s activity looks very different when you’re asleep, which sheds some light on the nature of dreams. For starters, your primary visual cortex is out of commission during sleep (because your eyes are closed), but your secondary visual cortex (which normally interprets outside visual stimuli) is still going at it, trying to make sense of the images the rest of your brain is conjuring up.
Your limbic system (hippocampus and fornix––the wormy tangle all up in the middle of your brain) is the primary control center for your emotions, and it becomes especially active during your dreams. This explains why dreams are so emotionally charged, and often deal with feelings of imminent danger. Meanwhile, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which controls logic and rationality, is practically dormant, which explains why you can dream yourself marrying Hugh Griffith in an cosmonaut suit and be like, “Can we have the guests throw sand instead of Cracker Jacks, Hughie? Birds tend to choke on the prizes.”
You should check out the whole post and read the comments attached to the post. It is super interesting.
I found another interesting piece by Clare R Johnson, Ph.D. where she talk about her The Lucid Writing technique. It is an interesting article, as well.
I feel that this would be possible for meditators. I have no science to back me up on this but I think that people who can meditate regularly and successfully would probably have a greater chance at being able to dream lucidly.
I think if you want to start taking writing prompts from your subconscious, the best place to start would be to get yourself a dream journal. Be that one made of paper or just a note app on your phone. Just start writing down every dream.
Some will be terrible, some may be gold. What works well for me is that I write them down and then I let them sit for a while and age. I see if it still rattles around up there in the old brain pan and if it does then I will go to my notes and expand on them.
I am not the only one that has done this, of course. Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight was a dream, as was Stephen King’s Misery. So, if it works for the big guys then maybe it’ll work for us little guys.
If you made it this far, you must really like me… lol thanks! Love, Lemons 💛