“Passing out and vividly hallucinating, then continuing life as normal.”
This shit’s totes cray like you wouldn’t believe. Or, well, I guess you would. I’m assuming you’ve all dreamt before, right? If not that’s rather sad, and you should also definitely consult a doctor, you may suffer from sleep issues. Those without them though will know how insane the activity of dreaming can be sometimes. It’s all so real, right? Not only does it enable you to impose your imagination upon all your senses, but it also messes with your memory.
That’s the real cool part, I feel. You may have had them once or twice, or maybe even more often. Those dreams which feel like they lasted months, years. And in the dream, you can think back to events transpiring years before the dream even started, but only happened in the dream world. You’ll remember them with the exact same realness factor as you would any regular memory. Except it’s all fabricated!
We don’t have a whole lot of knowledge on how the whole process actually works, and that’s part of the reason I can’t help but feel we’re missing out on a potentially huge resource for improving the mental side of the human condition. Some people already take advantage of the endless possibilities in dreams to enjoy wacky adventures, live out fantasies or practice real-life skills, but I think that’s only the tip of the iceberg. What about living as someone else to better understand their point of view? What about brainstorming about things without any notion of the rules we’ve come to accept as normal?
Our brains are capable of tricking us into seeing, hearing, feeling all kinds of things otherwise alien to us. Surely we can put that to good use?