The Power Of Dreams And Intuition
We have two hemispheres for two different ways of looking at the world:
· Right hemisphere versus left
· Romantic versus classical
· Chaos versus order
· Unknown versus known
· Imaginative versus algorithmic
· Rational versus intuitive
· Words and numbers versus images
Dreams are interesting, because they seem to be the brains attempt to dig into and sort out those right hemisphere things: images, intuitions, gut feelings and so on – it seems to be your brain trying to articulate them.
You spend most of your night tossing and turning in your sleep from what I presume is you feeling all of those intuitive sensations locked away deep in your unconscious. But every now and again you catch a conscious glimpse of what they are: and they represent themselves in dreams.
Images, emotions and narratives cobble themselves together in weird ways to try and articulate whatever the hell it is that your unconscious, intuitive, and imaginative side of the brain has picked up on.
I think that’s why your dreams are often paradoxical and confusing, because your rational mind is still struggling to find ways to make sense of the information that you intuitive mind is presenting. Our brains are strange like that – they’re narrative fitting devices.
Our brains fill in all sorts of gaps in our experience to generate a self-consistent model of reality. One example is that we have blind spots in each eye, but our brain just fills it in (google it if you don’t believe me, you can do an experiment on yourself to prove it too). So it seems to me that what is going on with dreams is that your brain is desperately trying to create a rational model out of something that is irrational, or perhaps a better word is a-rational. It’s trying to create a story or a narrative to make sense of what’s going on, and that isn’t always an easy thing to do, hence the contradictory nature of dreams.
That doesn’t mean they aren’t useful however – I think you could make a reasonable case that dreams and intuition is just as useful as your rational thought. After all, it is half of your brain. But in our society we’re dominated by rationality, and it’s standard to disregard intuition as wishy-washy and not real. But it seems to me like the pinnacle of mastery in a human being comes from full integration and embodiment of the intuitive. The greatest thinkers fuse the intuitive with the rational.
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