Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dreams as expressions of soul and spirit

Kim said...
I very much enjoyed the dream journal entries in Remember Me. It seemed to me that Mary's dreams changed as she aged, the way an adult dreams differently than a child. How did you develop the dream journal for this character?

Thanks for your post, Kim. I liked it so much I thought it would make a great stand alone discussion. I did indeed develop the dream journal entries like a story of their own, that might reveal the maturation process and character of Mary. There are many theories about what our dreams might mean. I do think that we have many different kinds of dreams and that dreaming serves a function in our expression and development.

Like Jung, I think that sometimes our dreams can form around symbols that mean more to our soul or spirit than they do to our conscious mind. I tried to develop these symbols in the dreams throughout Mary's life to tell us the story of how her soul cried out for recognition and freedom. Mary's inability to recognize this contributed to her confusion and demise. She was not self aware enough to see the patterns in these symbols or look within herself for the direction they might give her. Her dream journal habit was, to her, like an exercise for the physical body that does not include the Zen for the rest of her. All parts of ourselves need to be communicating and integrated, and here she fell short.

Thanks again for this insightful question. Molly Brogan


Anonymous said...

I can relate to this post.

I've always been fascinated with dream symbols. I've even given a speech about it!

I've never *heard* anyone else comment that our dreams mature as we do and the relationship therein. But, my symbols change as I age/grow, but I remember (vividly) my dream symbols from youth.

Then, that poses the challenge of discerning an entirely new set of symbols. D'oh!

Great job, ladies!

Fred said...

I liked the dream parts of this book, although they were all the same type of dream. Unless I missed something, there was no creative dreaming or lucid dreaming.

Molly Brogan said...

Hello Fred, It is good to hear from you again. You are right, I did not include the higher levels of dreaming in Remember Me because it was important to create a character who felt the limits of her self awareness in the deconstruction of her experience. I think that a character that is able to enjoy the awakened imagination enough to engage in creative dreaming might not end in tragedy.

Dreaming is such an essential aspect of our experience, I am playing with the idea of including it in the book I am currently writing, Shadow Dancing. The characters in this book are highly aware which would allow me to include all aspects of dream in their experience. Do you have any suggestions/experiences for that? Your fan, Molly Brogan