Dreams, Heart or Mind?

Dreams, are they in our heart? Are they in our mind?

Someone offered to make my dreams come true today. Granted, it was an advertising pitch, but still.

Most of my dreams fall into the category of nightmares and so I’m not going to say that they are in my heart. I’d like to think they come from filtering through my past and family past in the weakened state of sleep. Maybe my dreams also come from my subconscious, or possibly even the collective human unconscious, like myths and archetypes.

My favorite source of all things interesting seems to be “mind”. I’m quite sure that my dreams are in my mind. That bit that can travel far away when my body lies inert in a state of sleep. My dreams are the richest source of writing material for fiction that I’ve come across, without a doubt. Even for drawing, dreams have got to be it, for the most creative, if most frightening symbolism, characters and narrative. You can surely understand then, that when someone offers to make my dreams come true, it throws me into a state of momentary terror.

With reflection, I remember that when speaking of dreams, perhaps people are referring to lofty goals, and even to deeply held desires. Are these in our heart? I’ve been accused of having the emotional life of a toddler, but honestly what seems to be in my heart is very simple most of the time. Pain, terror, bliss, warmth is there, that’s about it, not dreams.

When it comes to the goal or desire type of dream, I’d still have to say these seem to be in the mind. The quiet place that speaks only when noise is absent, only when I’m listening, only when I’m uncritical. And more than what the real source is, most importantly it’s up to me to discipline this source and keep myself useful, keep growing.

What could be more troublesome than the undisciplined mind?

Just ask someone who has nightmares.

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11 thoughts on “Dreams, Heart or Mind?

  1. How interesting that we both write about dreams within days of each other. For me, I believe my goal dreams come from a place not in my mind. Perhaps it’s in my heart or in my soul but not my mind. I know it’s a life-long dream of mine when something inside me reacts with feeling instead of thought. 🙂

  2. I agree, the source of the most of our creative energies is some where in mind… but I believe that it goes beyond mind… to that subconscious that is the source of our hidden creativity. Some how I feel that there is that innerself… we some times call soul too. I have lots thought on this so probably, I will take the first step here, to ask you as a scientist, do you believe in soul?
    PS: Have you read A H Maslow’s book ‘Farther Reaches of Human Nature’?Its an amazing book. I have it featured on my blog, have a look.

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    1. Shashi, Namaste. I have to answer your question “as a scientist, do you believe in soul”. The short answer is yes, but the long answer is no.

      For the short answer, to experience the soul is blessed, and this experience certainly occurs and is often described. So I believe in soul. As a scientist I think it is in some ways equivalent to unified field underlying the universe.

      For the long answer, it is very difficult as I’m not sure we could agree on two of the central terms! First, “soul” is a wonderful word and has many meanings to many people. To some it is superego, guilt, compassion, to some it is more like the inner breath, and many other things. Second, “belief” is not my strong point, scientist, but yet since childhood when any person believes, I respect and honor that belief in them. As a scientist I understand what I experience, and honor what others describe they experience, and in that I’ll include the scriptures of the major religions and philosophies. So no, I do not believe in soul, I experience soul, we experience soul, they experience soul.

      I’ll read your reference book and look forward to your analysis on your blog. Thanks for the thought provoking question. Peace, -Jennifer

  3. Most of my dreams fall into the category of nightmares and so I’m not going to say that they are in my heart

    I wonder why you say that nightmares aren’t in your heart. If “heart” means “soul” (“mind”?) then nightmares are in our hearts, too. We all have a dark side – emotional traumas, bad experiences in our life, and of course the human ability to be evil. Soul is like an enchanted forest…

    1. Joachim, how beautiful, “soul is like an enchanted forest…” I will remember this thought. I really, really don’t like the dark side much. I think it is only in the psyche, but that could be a peculiar weakness in my thought. I’ll think on it. Thank you for sharing the insightful comment.

      1. Regarding the “enchanted forest”…

        Midway in the journey of our life
        2 I came to myself in a dark wood,
        3 for the straight way was lost.
        4 Ah, how hard it is to tell
        5 the nature of that wood, savage, dense and harsh —
        6 the very thought of it renews my fear!

        Dante, Divine Comedy: Canto I, line 1-6

  4. People tell me that while they sleep their dreams help them work through or resolve questions and issues that they have not sorted out while they are awake. It may be that your “emotional life of a toddler” means that you have few unresolved feelings; that your dreams grapple more with thinking and ideas.
    I appreciate what you say about the quiet space in which your dreams work within you. It comforts me to know that I cannot find answers only through conscious effort; when I am quiet, when I am open, resolution is revealed to me.

    1. Yes, that open place and time is when the presence of the divine can be felt and known. Thank you so much for having a look at the journal and for sharing your insightful comments here. They warm my heart.

  5. I enjoyed reading this post. You have a unique and humorous reaction to the phrase “I’ll make your dreams come true”. My reaction is usually a roll of the eyes. Looking at the word ‘dreams’, in that instance, as the literal reality of dreaming when sleeping, which can be actually used in a creative way to generate stories, poetry, and art work, is refreshing. To think of a dream as something just out of reach, something you’re working towards, leads to a sense of dissatisfaction in every day life. That very propagation of dissatisfaction is promoted by phrases such as “I’ll make your dreams come true”. In a capitalist economy the philosophy of dissatisfaction with the self is vital. So it’s refreshing to see how dreams can inform our actions in the present, rather than be realized by some external engine.

    1. Yes, it’s true that as a scientist, my first impression is always quite literal and then later I get what people intend-rather than what they actually said and chose as words. And as you say, I don’t like to be dissatisfied, it’s so much more fun to just be present, explore and play with what we really have. Thank you for sharing your reaction to the dream question here, I really enjoy the thoughts.


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