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ok, i'll try to at least share just a bit on my thoughts about how dreams work.
Saturday, I went canoeing for a few hours in the morning and then watched The Ring right before going to bed. As I drifted off to sleep, I pictured myself canoeing (in 1st person) and then came upstream and to the left i saw a caveman
hunched over. I don't know why it was a caveman, but that's not the important thing. What was important is that it was looking like it was about to get me!
First I have to ask: does anyone else sorta "dream" before they even fall asleep? That's what I'm describing.
Even though most of my thoughts were reliving the canoeing, there's still a part of my mind that was reliving on the movie, but it was more subconscious. So I do see how symbolism works, here's another example:
when I was rowing, I hit a tree (yeah, that happened a few times)
But the STRANGE thing was that when I pictured myself using the paddle to touch the tree and pull the canoe to the right (since the tree was right in front), my mind shifted the picture to this scene in a video game that i haven't played in years. The main characters are in this cave, and straight ahead is a dirt path, and if you pull to the right, you go to a save point. The tree and the dirt path look the same.
I have a theory. The beginning of every dream comes from what I like to call the "carry over" effect. Theres probabaly a name for it, but i just dont know what it is.
You know how when you ride roller coasters all day long you feel like youre still riding them? The last time i rode them that much i was in 2nd grade, but i still remember it. Also, if you swim all day long, canoeing, drive, anything else now that I think about it. Those are physical, but even mental or visual stuff stays in your mind more than you want it to. Sometimes, when youre not in a good mood and you argue with someone, you can watch a good movie and feel good but even when the movie is over you feel a hint of anger, even if you dont think about before.
So when you go to sleep, I think you start off dreaming about what you did during the day but forget that part. The visuals are what you normally see through the day or are visual represenations of how you feel. Then one thing leads to another with associations like the ones I described above. The associations can go back forever it seems, but dont usually go back to when you were 1 or 2. Thats how the dream story unfolds.