Subconscious Memory

2 years, 2 months ago

I had this dream the other day where I was so upset that I was crying in the dream and I woke up physically crying. It is the strangest thing that has happened to me in a while. I have a feeling that it is going to be one of those dreams which I remember for a long time.

Another dream in which I had a couple years ago, I was high inside a dream, in which I was high in side another dream (a dream within a dream, both of which I was high in, woke up sober and hadn’t been high in awhile at that time). I’ve been able to remember details of this dream very vividly ever since.

The dream that I can most vividly remember happened about 10 years ago when I was 11 or so. It is one in which my dad got shot in the head. There was nothing too strange/weird about this dream, yet I remember vivid details about it like it was yesterday.

This got me thinking, why can I remember specific details about these dreams but have forgot bigger ‘real’ events in my life? Does anyone else remember pointless dreams years later? Is there such thing as a subconscious memory and is it separate from where the other memories are kept?

December 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

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Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

@edwardbernays, oh yeah I remember a couple dreams very vividly from when I was a kid. They were both pretty dang strange too..

One of them when I was about 6 or 7 took place in my kitchen, but connected to the kitchen was a huge mountainside cliff with fog surrounding it, I climbed up to the top and looked down into my kitchen through all the fog, then suddenly out of nowhere I get stabbed straight in the back by a spear and I fall off the cliff and wake up from the falling feeling, but as I woke up I felt like I literally fell onto my bed. I had that dream several times and never forget it to this day.

As for why we sometimes remember these dreams so vividly and then forget our “real” memories, I have no idea… dreams are one of the most fascinating things in this world in my opinion. Have you tried lucid dreaming? I’ve tried on several accounts but so far no luck :/ Just imagine being able to create a universe right before your very [mind’s) eyes. That makes me think then, what if our ‘real life’ is just a dream itself coming from the consciousness of another type of being. But now we are getting a little to philosophical :)

When I think of how our memory systems are set up, I imagine an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg is where our active thoughts are, the waterline is our subconscious where we can pick out memories/thoughts that are in “temporary storage”, and then the huge mass of ice under the water is the rest of our memories and thoughts(our unconscious) that we are usually cut off from during our waking state. so with that in mind, when we start dreaming I imagine the iceberg flips over and all those previously unobtainable thoughts are now stirring about our mind creating the dream scenes that we see.

The best part about dreams is that any theory is possible :)

Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

@taysand I like your analogy of the iceberg. Thats a good way of describing it. So would you suppose that means that these dreams that we remember are present on both parts of the iceberg, or just shifted from the submerged part to the tip? To answer your question, yes I have lucid dreamt once in my life, but not on purpose. It wasn’t as cool as would have imagined though, because even though it felt real i knew that it ‘wasn’t’.

P.s. I don’t mind you getting a little too philosophical :)

Profile photo of Taylor Taylor (@taysand) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

@edwardbernays, hmmm I’d guess that it goes to the waterline because it’s so easy to recall.

Also, along with the iceberg idea, I imagine that if we had our consciousness ‘expanded’ it would be like raising the iceberg out of the water or having the water line drop, exposing more of the tip at once. If only it were that easy eh?

I hear that the lucid dreams can only get better (experience-wise) with practice. Like… I wonder what it would be like to meditate in a lucid dream? My mind would probably fall back asleep I suppose. I’m gonna have to start trying again to induce a lucid dream. I’m jealous of the people who accidentally have them :p

Profile photo of Edward Bernays Edward Bernays (@edwardbernays) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@taysand, I had never even considered meditating in a lucid dream…that would be pretty crazy. I’ve never really tried inducing lucid dreaming only for the fact that I don’t want to blur the two realities, but understand your desire. I also feel that I vaguely remember being able to lucid dream a little as a kid (without knowing/understanding what it was called/does), but would always wake myself up.

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