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Reins of Distinction

Updated on June 3, 2017

Oneirology

I am walking away from a wasted past. A world where only my sanity counts. I want to move forward and take on a new beginning. As I start to take a step, I get lost in this world of sham, of playact where truth no longer speaks. The multitude of people around me, troubles my heart. Everyone puts me on. Leads me to falsehood and pretense. People of different order, history, and breeding they haunt me. But there is one voice that whispers, "Do not fear." "I am always with you." Like a song, I listen to that voice. The voice of righteousness, of honor, of integrity. It does not fail me. I look around me. I look at them. How do I fit in their shoe? They're all inviting, alluring. I am tempted to jump in. A lure to seduction on distorted sense of wealth, opportunities, success and well-being. Ah! Alas! I heard the voice of truth. My conscience, my inner voice speaks. "What will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?" With renewed strength and confidence, I took another step, then another, and more further, I overcame my woe and moved forward to a new world.

Then, I woke up.

It was always like that. half of me in a dream, yet the other half felt so real. Most people would say, "the content of dreams can’t be taken at face value." However, it is also believed that the actual process of dreaming can’t be taken for granted either. That’s why there are researchers or experts who specialized in this school of thought or the scientific study of dreams, termed, Oneirology.

Oneirology aims to quantitatively study the process of dreams while on the other hand, dream analysis is greatly focused on analyzing the meaning behind them.
Oneirology aims to quantitatively study the process of dreams while on the other hand, dream analysis is greatly focused on analyzing the meaning behind them.

Lucid Dreaming

Whenever our dream seem to portray the reality, or appear to be happening in real life, it confuses, making us unable to make that distinction about which is real and which is not. Once we dream of something so realistic, we begin to have a hard time doubting its existence.

Frederik Eeden, a Dutch psychiatrist created the phrase "Lucid Dreaming." It was confirmed by Stephen LaBerge, proving scientifically, that a person could be consciously aware they were dreaming. Lucid dream can be induced in one of two ways. It can be a DILD or a WILD.

A DILD is a dream initiated lucid dream, and a WILD is a wake initiated lucid dream. As you can probably guess from their acronyms, a DILD occurs when the dreamer realizes that a dream is a dream while sleeping. They sort of "wake up" and take note of the fact that they aren’t awake.

A WILD is different from a DILD because it involves no lapse of consciousness. A person can go directly from being awake to suddenly dreaming or being in a dream-like state. Monks, priests, and other religious people, who rely on meditation or dreams to give them answers, or to help them reach a higher state of being, have perfected the process of WILDs.

Lucid dreaming is the ability to be aware that you are dreaming within your dream, and being able to change the events that take place in your dream to achieve an outcome that is more desirable and pleasant for you upon waking.
Lucid dreaming is the ability to be aware that you are dreaming within your dream, and being able to change the events that take place in your dream to achieve an outcome that is more desirable and pleasant for you upon waking.

Upon Waking

"With renewed strength and confidence, I took another step, then another, and more further, I overcame my woe and moved forward to a new world."

Then, I woke up.

I have not perfected the process of dreaming within my dream, being able to change the events that take place, but to wake up each morning from a delightful one brings great significance to me in the real world.

"A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil. Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things. A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous." _ Proverbs 13:19:22

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