Ever wake up in the morning feeling like
you started the story but it's not quite finished yet? Maybe it's not.
It is not uncommon for dreams to run like a television series, short
episodes spanning the course of several nights, which may or may not be
Dreams can be very long and yet still be
contained in a single night, and yet, if they are very detailed, even
that time dilation may not be enough to play out everything. There is no
precise time ratio as you saw in Inception, where they could
mathematically figure out how much time they would spend in the dream
until the drug runs out. This time dilation depends entirely on the
detail level of the dream--the greater level of detail, the closer to
true waking time it runs. This may not even be consistent within a
single dream: it can fluctuate considerably.
have difficulty completing a dream sequence, when it feels like more
should be added on to give you a finished feeling, be sure to include in
your dream journal (or just plain remember, which is much more
difficult) not only the close of the dream, but how you felt as it
ended. When you go to sleep next, bring those thoughts and feelings back
into your mind, and the dream will hopefully continue.
You can find my experience with Serial Dreams on DreamCollectier.
who insist on interpreting dreams (of which I do not participate in)
usually claim that repeating dreams indicate a message that your mind
(or a higher power maybe) is trying to tell you, or a lesson you need to
Repeating dreams can be a cause of something considerably more simple. As shown in How To Initiate Lucid Dreams,
your thoughts as you fall asleep can have a considerable influence on
your dreams, especially for those practiced in using those related
styles to make themselves dream lucidly. If you live a repetitive
lifestyle, where you work regular hours, participate in regularly
scheduled activities, and such, going to bed feeling very similarly can
cause your brain to behave similarly when you're asleep.
It's also possible that your brain is trying to tell you something.
of serial dreaming (where the geographic is mostly expected to repeat)
and repeating dreams (where by sheer nature of the concept, it must),
geography and landscapes may repeat, even as the topic of the dreams
When each of us thinks about a immaterial
concept such as "home," even though there is no actual place called
Home, a consistent image is drawn into the mind. As in the waking world,
so in the dream world.
For regular and experienced
dreamers, calling oneself to wake in one's personal domain is not
unusual. It allows the dreamer to start somewhere familiar, and either
continue on their current or most recent journey, or to go seek out a
Mabon is such a place in the dream world of Charles deLint.
It makes for a magnificent starting place of journeys both simple and
grand, and allows the dreamer to find or build a home for themselves in
the dream world. Similar places also appear in Stephen Harper's Silent Empire series and Bruce Balfour's Prometheus Road.
minds may be wondrous things, but even so, they can only create a
limited (but seemingly infinite) supply of geographical features. For
regular dreamers, these landscapes and landmarks are bound to repeat,
even if they are not always recognizable as repetitions.