Taoist mythology, Lanna history, mythology, the nature of time and other considered ramblings

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Author of many self-published books, including several about Thailand and Chiang Rai, Joel Barlow lived in Bangkok 1964-65, attending 6th grade with the International School of Bangkok's only Thai teacher. He first visited ChiangRai in 1988, and moved there in 1998.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dream memory

Most likely it happens to others as it does to me: sometimes in a dream, there’s a kind of memory of, or flashback to, a previous dream, and other times, while awake, I find myself experiencing the sensations of a dream from long ago – maybe a dream remembered in another dream, maybe a more singular dream. Sometimes I cannot readily discern if the feelings called up are from a dream or from real life, at least for a couple minutes (or so it seems – the actual time may be shorter).
This may seem insignificant to many, but to me is indicative of something quite important: our involvement in matters un-measurable. It’s a sign of involvement in more than can be directly perceived, in matters, things or processes science cannot touch, cannot even pretend to investigate. For memory should be of matters of the tangible, or at least of ordered events (and most dreams we can’t even remember at all), but clearly there is more to it that only that. Which may be all we need to know to achieve the caution amoral sociopaths fail to observe.
OK – maybe dreams are just another electro-chemical process or reaction, but memory of dream as an event seems transcendent – not like Alfred North Whitehead’s nexus of nexus (verbal slight-of-hand misdirection trickery, of which there’s always quite a lot: denial of denial, negation of negation, belief in belief… a special advisor for speechwriting to President Richard M. Nixon once told me, “I can’t say that I don’t think what you’re doing is not wrong.”), but like a jump between contexts, verifying that there indeed are other contexts, as less materialistic people have always believed. We know our perceptions and words to be inadequate for dealing with matters before birth (or conception?) and after death, smaller than atoms or larger than galaxies, and that time and gravity present us with conundrums neither verbal gymnasts nor mystics are likely to settle; why don’t we accept that there is more involved in our living reality than what we can call material? We certainly should…



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