Meditating again, and a recurring funeral dream

September 26, 2009

Over the last few days I've finally been getting back to meditating every night before going to sleep, and as far as dreams and lucid dreams go, this effort has been very helpful. Last night was another long night of very vibrant dreams. I won't say they were lucid, but I was able to make some decisions in the dreams, trying to explore the holodeck so to speak, and try to understand what was happening.

Just a few quick notes about the dreams:

An acoustic song. At one point in the early morning hours I heard a really terrific acoustic song. I easily remembered the lyrics, woke myself up, thought I recorded the lyrics, and then went back to sleep. The problem here was that I didn't really wake myself up, I was in a multi-layered dream, so when I "woke" myself up, I really just came to another layer where I thought I was awake, but I wasn't. It's amazing what you can believe in this hypnogogic state if you're not vigilant about certain things, lol.

Recurring funeral dream. Most of the morning was occupied by dreams of a funeral, and before I forget, I need to say this has been a recurring dream of late. I believe the funeral was for my maternal grandfather, but he died many years ago, back in the mid-1970s, so I'm not exactly sure what to make of this. We weren't particularly close, and in fact, although he seemed like a very nice man, I don't recall ever having a one-on-one conversation with him.

I'll skip a lot of details here, mostly because I can't remember them any more, but I was clearly doing a lot of things with my sisters, and many other relatives, including my mom's brother, and his son. One point that does stand out was me thinking about some part of the family being involved with the Freemasons, and some active part of my mind was curious about their involvement there. But at this point I really didn't have any control of the dream state, and it was just an impulse in my mind that seemed to trigger some events in the dream.

I do wish I had waken myself up to record more information about this dream, but in general, I don't seem to be able to do that as well as I did 2-3 years ago. Some of this may be due to being more tired as I age, and some of it is probably due to lack of effort on my behalf.

Sleeping too much? One last note: I went to bed last night at 11pm, and finally woke up this morning around 9:45am. I was just thinking that some people might think this is a big waste of time, sleeping this much, but I look at it this way: How many people go to the movie theater every week, and spend ~3 hours on a movie (movie + commute time)? Myself, I rarely go to the movies, in part because these dreams are so much more fun than any movie could ever be. So if I sleep a little more some nights, I'm okay with that.

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