Shame On You
The Gold in Dross
Not all dreams are created equal. There are three kinds: Copper, Silver, and Gold.
Copper dreams are long and rambling. They occur first in your nightly cycle. They manufacture tools for survival (memory, skills, etc.). They process the events of your waking life. Take:
1 part wishes
2 parts anxiety
A dash of nightly news
A pinch from 4th grade phys-ed
Shake well and "poof," in the morning your brain is ready to go. You do not need to remember these dreams. But without copper dreams, you go mad.
The silver dream comes in four parts. They are easily learned. The first introduces the dream "theme." The second rolls out the key character(s), in either of its meanings: players or essential ingredients. The third develops the storyline, the drama which drives the dream theme. And the fourth presents a kind of "task," something to mull over, to deal with. Silver dreams speak to you about your Self. Work with them. Without silver dreams, you cannot remember how your personality (persona) was formed.
Gold dreams are simple and elegant messages-- gifts from the
gods. You can never forget them. Often they wake you up with a single image or voice: ``Go to the desert. Wrestle the devil." These compact, pure nuggets (usually written in a paragraph or less) conclude your dream cycle. Without gold dreams, civilization/consciousness
does not progress.
Silver and gold has the most value. Carry those dreams with you. Take them out; rub them; fondle them. See what they become.