(Part 1 is here)
Yeah. So. Dreams are non-directed. They are complete and whole AS a dream. The character and events in a dream are not separate FROM the dream. It's a night-film.
But there does seem to be some common aspects of dreams. The first is that they are bizarre. Compared to waking life, strange and far-out things happen. So much so, that it's impossible to convey to someone else exactly what happens in a dream. When you try to recount, I bet you find yourself saying things like "I was in my house, well it wasn't the house I live in now, it was kind of different, but the same". And they nod and pretend to be interested but let's face it, other people's dreams are B.O.R.I.N.G.
Another common aspect of dreams is that the rambling, tedious account we give can even hint at the reality of the actual dream. For the simple reason that no words, however eloquent or descriptive, can convey a dream with any accuracy. WHATSOEVER. All people hear is 'blah, blah, house, blah, blah, flying, blah, blah, purple dragon with false eyelashes, blah, blah.'
It's not like describing a film that we've seen (which is, TBH, equally as boring), because at least we can go watch the film and see what they were talking about and then either agree or disagree.
But once the dream is over, there is no way, NO WAY, that it can ever be recalled or recreated or repeated.
Which means that it's exactly like life. Nothing that happens in life will ever be EXACTLY repeated or recreated. And the map is never the territory. And we can never know another's experience of reality. Either in their dreams or in their waking living. All we have to go on is what we experience, whether it's a dream of waking reality - though it's interesting that we take waking reality to be more real than a dream. Whilst we're dreaming, we may take it very seriously indeed. Two nights ago I dreamt that I missed my footing on a ladder (yes, I know - you've already stopped listening..) and I fell from a great height. As I fell towards the ground, I thought "This is going to hurt". Then I woke up. And that's when I stopped taking it seriously. And started taking the awakeness of the morning seriously.
Which one is more real? Which one should be taken seriously?