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Dreams

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:52 pm
by LoneBear
Recently, I've noticed my dreams have "split" into different types. There is the classic "learn from mistakes made the day before" dreams that Larson talks about in Beyond Space and Time, then there are my more conscious dreams--the ones that convey deeper messages with stronger symbolism, and now a new kind has emerged, an NREM dream.

I have one of these pulse-ox gadgets that record your blood oxygen and pulse by sticking it on your finger, but it also will record data overnight, so you can see what is going on when you sleep. Normally, it is easy to identify dreams as I'll be asleep and my pulse jumps up from when I'm not dreaming. I record my dreams so there is a time marker that I can compare, and it is very consistent... dream starts, jump in pulse.

Lately, I've been getting dreams where my pulse has dropped instead of risen, indicating I was in a very deep sleep when they happened. I seldom can remember the context of the dream, but I do remember the emotions from it, which are usually strong so it seems to be at conflict with my low pulse. I must assume it is happening at a deeper level that is more detached from the physical body.

I'll continue to explore this, as they have been frequent lately. It is difficult, as the dreams pass very quickly from memory when I wake--gone by the time I can grab my recorder. All that is left is strong emotion, and usually negative emotion. Touching on the unconscious, I guess.

Re: Dreams

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:47 am
by Carlos
LoneBear wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:52 pm
I'll continue to explore this, as they have been frequent lately. It is difficult, as the dreams pass very quickly from memory when I wake--gone by the time I can grab my recorder. All that is left is strong emotion, and usually negative emotion. Touching on the unconscious, I guess.
That's really very interesting. Yes, please tell me more about your research.

I remembered this video about "dreaming". The observation of a dreaming octopus. 8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vKCLJZbytU

Re: Dreams

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:57 pm
by LoneBear
The deeper dream state appears to be associated with the reptilian brain (brainstem and the cerebellum), which is why it is heavily based on emotions and feeling. It starts influencing the higher functions to create the dream symbolism, but is basically the intuition function in action, trying to address survival situations.