How much do you sleep? Do you see dreams? Do you analyze them?
Modern society is focused on material values. Therefore, it cultivates a way of life that is suitable for the acquisition of these values: impetuous, varied, active.
Spiritual practices have no place in this picture of the world. Meditation on a schedule, not on demand, lack of time to analyze one’s own feelings and experiences, ignoring intuition.
Sleep also fell under the distribution. We sleep when we have to and how we have to. We do not devote due time to the very process of sleep, and the analysis of dreams.
Below I will talk about why I consider sleep and dreams to be an important part of human life, equivalent to spiritual practice.
What is sleep from a physiological point of view? This is a state of a minimum level of brain activity and a reduced reaction to the outside world.
When we fall asleep, some centers of the cortex of the cerebral hemispheres include processes of inhibition (which are the opposite of the process of excitation when the cortex is active). Thus, during sleep, brain activity is reduced, but not in all parts of the brain.
During sleep, the body not only rests, it recovers. No wonder they say that sleep is the best medicine. During sleep, the production of T-lymphocytes that fight colds and viral diseases is activated.
During sleep, we structure the information received during the day. But that’s not why I consider sleep a spiritual practice.
During sleep, consciousness sleeps. That part of the personality which is called the controlling ego.
The Controlling Ego is the focal point, it distributes attention and activity, filters internal and external signals. However, the controlling ego does not always pay attention to the right things.
We can make the same mistakes every day, but consciousness passes it on deaf ears. The time of sleep is the time of the unconscious.
While the consciousness filters incoming information, the unconscious, on the contrary, knows even more about us and our life than we would like.
The unconscious is a repository of desires, fears, hidden resources. This is what we forbade ourselves to know and remember, because we considered this information painful, unnecessary, scary, hurting.
Everything that has been repressed into the unconscious is trying to break through to the level of awareness.
But the unconscious, and even more so the collective unconscious, is dumb. It does not speak in words. But he makes great use of symbols, metaphors and archetypes. Thus, dreams are messages from the unconscious.
With due attention to dreams, we can understand their hidden meaning, “read” the message of the unconscious.
Oddly enough, but the answer to most questions, problems, conflicts and unresolved situations is stored in the mind. And it gladly shares these answers with us in dreams.
By writing, analyzing, interpreting dreams, we simultaneously approach the hidden parts of the soul and the collective unconscious, and do therapeutic work for ourselves.
Sleep in fits and starts, when there is time for this, constant postponing of sleep interrupts the subtle and painstaking work of the soul. When we do not get enough sleep, we remember dreams less often, which means we lose information about ourselves.