I call myself DI (Dream I) in dreams.
DI was in the presence of a dark-skinned woman who was in charge of scanning tokens. DI was handing them to her one at a time. In DI’s hands they appeared like credit cards, but as DI handed them over, they appeared to be coin-sized.
DI noticed that the woman turned them over ‘once’ before fitting them inside a tight boundary of a scanning circle. The tokens presumably had to be aligned ‘just right’ to be accepted. One token at a time. This was repeated several times. DI wanted to speed things along and indicated that DI would flip them over first before handing them to the woman. The woman nodded and took the next proffered token.
There was a problem when the woman tried fitting it into the scanning circle. DI could see that the edge of the ‘pre-flipped’ token was smeared with a runny, white substance. Paint? Maybe glue? It was taking awhile for the woman to remedy the situation so the token could be accepted.
In the meantime, DI held a stack of at least three more credit cards in her right hand. DI handed them to the woman. It didn’t feel like DI was giving her a gift. It felt more like DI decided to accept an insignificant loss–hand off the cards so they wouldn’t be wasted, and move on. This was the end of the dream.
I record and analyze my dreams almost daily, and right now, I am focused on ‘dharma,’ so what I took away from this dream has to do with my personal notions regarding ‘concepts,’ as non-physical constructions and notions related to non-dualism. I’m less focused on the mechanics of dreaming just now and more focused on content.
After a lengthy analysis, regarding my concepts related to credit, poker chips, two sides of a coin, winning and losing, the middle way, attachment to outcomes, etc., I concluded that I can view this dream as abandoned potential (loss), an inexpensive insight (gain)—or both, or neither. In any case, it was an experience that helped me better understand that I operate from concepts. Everything here is a concept about something I perceive, including the analysis. The seeing into the nature of my existing conceptual frameworks reduces habitual behavior. Strengthens volitional action. This frees me more and more in myriad ways. A helpful insight.
Anyone else studying dharma and looking to their dreams for insight? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience. Peace out!