In my last post we discussed the concepts of Immortality in the Waking Dream Universe. Today we are going to discuss the two other types of beings in the Waking Dream Universe — Dreamers and Sleepers.
But before we begin, I wanted to clarify that a Planet-Bound Immortal was once a Dreamer, and it is through the process of Awakening and Enlightenment that a Dreamer becomes an Immortal.
There is a two tiered allegorical argument when we speak of Dreamers and Sleepers. Dreamers, and Immortals, are the Architects of the Waking Dream. They are also those who will not sit idly by and allow their lives to be affected by others. They are people from all walks of life, from white-collar to blue-collar. Sleepers on the other hand, are the engineers or worker bees. They are people who do not accept that they have control over their life and look to the Dreamers to lead them. This is not meant as a derogatory statement, it is a simple observation. In one sense, Dreamers are the observer, collectively, in a solipsistic world, where the Sleepers do not really exist other than to be actors in the Dreamer/Immortal play.
Of Sleepers and Dreamers
In the Waking Dream, Sleepers can best be thought of as automatons, or robots. They are the vessel through which Dreamers can occupy the Waking Dream. They are born, live their lives according to the design of the Dreamers and Immortals. They are a function of the grand algorithm created at the beginning of the universe, as designed by the Creator. Their main purposes are to make the world for the Dreamers to live in, and serve as bodies for the Dreamers to interact with the physical reality. As mentioned in my first post in the series, when a Dreamer dies, they return to the Spaces Between, which can be compared to the Afterlife, or what I like to call, the InBetweenLife. It is the realm of the Weird, and it is from there that all consciousness emanates.
One point that needs to be made is that any living thing is a Dreamer, so it is not limited to humans. It may be the desire of a Dreamer to inhabit an animal, or a tree, because the Waking Dream is about experiencing the universe. We created the Waking Dream to explore every aspect of the universe, because it is a gift to have consciousness, and a gift to have such an amazingly diverse reality to explore.
Dreamers, at the base level, are pure consciousness. When they are not inhabiting a Sleeper and affecting the Waking Dream, they can peer into the life of any Sleeper and determine whether they wish to inhabit them. They also, for a limited time, can enter the Waking Dream, in an incorporeal form. Both Sleepers and corporeal Dreamers, can sometimes see them in these ghostly forms, which is where ghost sightings come from. Sometimes, they do forget that they are not in a body, and will return to a place they died again and again, depending on the manner of their death. Particularly violent deaths can cause a Dreamer to temporarily get stuck in a pattern, and this is what constitutes a haunting.
When a Dreamer enters the body of a Sleeper, at any stage of the Sleeper’s life, they take on the memories and persona of that Dreamer, much like when one chooses a character in a game. They forget all their past lives and memories, and the fact that they are a Dreamer. This is when they begin the quest to Awaken and use their Weirdness to affect the Waking Dream. One can think of this as learning how to operate a new vehicle. Once the Dreamer has full control of the vehicle, and knows its limitations, both physically, mentally and socially, the Dreamer can then undergo the process of Awakening, which happens differently for everyone. It is usually brought on by trauma of some variety, like someone slapping you in the face saying “Wake up!”.
Dreamers are connected to the Spaces Between by the Somnambula, or what used to be called the Silver Cord. This is how they are able to channel the energy, or Weirdness, to affect the Waking Dream. This also accounts for why Dreamers experience deja vu, as sometimes a location, conversation or experience, triggers a memory stored in the Weird.
All Dreamers exert their will on the Waking Dream in different ways, but they are usually subtle, as it takes a great deal of energy to create more dramatic effects, such as throwing a fireball at someone, which is possible, but usually only by Immortals who have a greater command of their Weirdness. Dreamers usually exert their Weirdness through either mundane abilities such as charisma to become a leader, or extraordinary creative abilities such as musicians, artists or writers. The more famous a Dreamer is usually tied to their Weirdness.
Other Dreamers exert their will in supernatural ways, such as practicing ritualistic magic, such as alchemy, Wicca, witchcraft or illusions. Others have abilities such as empathy, telepathy, telekinesis, or second sight. But there are many more ways in which Dreamers can exert their Weirdness.
In closing, I would like to propose to you a personal experiment. While I am presenting these ideas of the Waking Dream as fiction, there are some truths woven within this view of the universe as a Waking Dream. I tend to think that the only people who read my blog are Dreamers. They are people seeking others to share their thoughts, and learn from one another. They want to believe that they have greater control of their life and environment, yet they lack the solidarity from others with the same thoughts. This can be seen with the development of religion. Each religion has common beliefs among all of its members so that their beliefs become more real to the collective.
Take a look at your life, and see if you have your own Weirdness. Is it possible that all of the universe is really not what we think it is? Is it possible we are responsible for everything that happens on our planet on every level? The universe is inherently weird in the way that it operates. We still have not come to any conclusive evidence than anything we see is actually there. There is no way to know, and that, my friends, makes life all the more mysterious, wonderful and exciting to explore. If we have limits, it is because we have imposed those limits upon ourselves.
Next time, we will discuss Weird and Weirdness in the Waking Dream.