The Academy of Reality Creation

Several times now I’ve dreamed that I’m attending a kind of “reality creation” school or academy. The most recent one took place in a setting that mirrored, in waking life, my ninth grade biology class.

This is where I was first confronted with such ideas as ‘the accidental creation of the universe’; the ‘fact’ that emotions and thoughts were mere by-products of chemical and electromagnetic activity in the brain; where dissection was taught as a method of “seeing what made something live.” And so on.

It was significant, then, that in the dream the “chalkboard” (which resembled the outlay of an online forum, projected onto a wide canvas screen) was set against the back wall. All of the seats were turned to face in this direction. The new conceptions that we were learning, about ourselves and the nature of reality, were turned the opposite way from that of the class I’d once attended in waking life. I chuckled a little at the brilliant aptness of this motif even as I was writing the dream down…

Dreams, and the Reminder that We Create Our Reality

As we adapt to the outer reality that surrounds us, we lose the sense (which all children possess to some extent or another) that we are the creators of our reality. The outside world, which was meant to serve as our mirror, becomes instead a picture of disconnected sensations and events that seem to be thrust upon us.

From the moment we first learn to use our eyes to distinguish shapes and colors, and our ears to distinguish sounds, our inner reality becomes more and more camouflaged within the events and objects of the outer world. We learn to react to the world “out there” and, in the process, separate our personal experience from it.

This may not have been true for all peoples/cultures in Earth’s history, but it is definitely true of our modern society.

Lost Sense of Personal Power

And when we no longer feel our personal power as the creators of our lives we lose something that’s crucial to the fulfillment and happiness of every human being. Our dreams work to reawaken this sense of personal power. Part of their function is to remind us that we’re not only physical creatures; our reality encompasses dimensions that are not bound to the world. And it is on this level that we form what we then experience.

In other words, our dreams can show us the inner blueprints that we’ve been using to create our reality. Also, our dreams can draft new plans, suggesting changes in areas where we’re suffering and feeling confined.

They can graphically illustrate not only the picture of our present limitations and challenges but also the picture of what our lives could look like if we believed differently about ourselves and the nature of reality.

It would be easy for us to lose our sense of wonder if we didn’t ever dream.

And our dreams have to battle a lot in order to do their job of reminding us. An ordinary state of consciousness (and this is mainly due to the cultural beliefs that are prevalent in our time) can paint a very sterile and grey picture of reality.

Dream Awareness

Your dreaming self knows why you came into this world. And it remembers the world you left behind. The soul never forgets. In a movie we may see aspects of the plot that the characters themselves – who exist within the story – cannot see.

In a similar way, we can grasp the cinematic sweep of our life’s journey when we tune in to our dreams. Interpreting our dreams for ourselves, we witness the wider story arc. Our dreams remind us of the forgotten places within ourselves, the potentials that we’ve learned not to believe in.

Oftentimes we are too entrenched in the trials and tribulations of our waking lives to carry this sense with us when we have nothing but the physical world to provide us with feedback. The dream journey brings us to the place where miracles reside – where we can experience our true identity as magical beings.