Academic journal article Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

Dreaming Consciousness Explored: Oneiromantics[TM]-The Implicate Order Galen's Optics and Complex Systems

Academic journal article Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

Dreaming Consciousness Explored: Oneiromantics[TM]-The Implicate Order Galen's Optics and Complex Systems

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A sequence modeled from Maslow's hierarchy of needs is analogous to the different levels of dreaming. Dreams take an evolutionary pathway transitioning from concerns of survival of self in the personal realm to concerns of species survival in the transpersonal realm pointing toward the attainment of self-actualization.

Insights into the collective unconscious embody a consciousness network with science as the foundation. Questions of retrocausal effects in precognitive and retrocognitive dreams as well as mind and matter are applied. Nonequilibrium matter, in the form of relic particles, may, through geologically based dreams, yield a deeper understanding of the capacity of intuitive logic. Subjects of vision, light and memory join intuition to explore the optic disc--the so-called "blind spot"--through dreams of the pneumatic doctrine of Claudius Galen.

The depth, detail and frequency of the underlying experience grew exponentially, as did the capacity to see across time, historically and into the future. This spontaneous surge of dreaming consciousness and newfound knowledge self-organized into a totality illuminating the question of a continuum--from ancestral memory--to the present--to post-existence.


Oneiromantics combines "oneiromancy" (dreams by divination) and "semantics," a method for unraveling the symbolic language of dreams. A similar process occurs in the deciphering of hieroglyphics, the religious symbol-drawings that told the stories and ideas of the ancient Egyptians. Similarly, oneiroglyphics may contribute to research in quantum cognition [1] by translating the pictographic language of dreaming to tell the story of modern civilization. Patterns leading to an emergent language of dreaming include a network of scientific disciplines, infinity theorems, primeval myths, and anomalous computer coding.


A dream (7/22/96) and the concept that "we never forget anything" [2] inspired the consolidation of seemingly random dream fragments into a nonrandom theme, i.e., Oneiromantics. Archeologist Denise Schmandt-Besserat's delineation of the development stages that led to writing systems augments our understanding of the evolution of spoken language.[3] Working in archaeological sites in the Middle East, she frequently encountered small clay objects. Each object represented a token that appeared in a variety of shapes, representing different animals or measures of grain. The token system emulated the human brain's ability to collect, manipulate, store and retrieve data. Cognitive processing of increasing volumes of data over the millennia brought people to think in greater abstraction. [4]

Akin to Schmandt-Bessarat's seemingly insignificant bits of clay, disparate fragments or particles of dreams--words, codes and images--offer a visual language to facilitate dream interpretation in the context of our emotional landscape, reflecting the world's place within us.


I begin by sharing the self-actualization process, a byproduct of this study which, consistent with the theory of wholeness, transcends self into a realm of cosmic connection.

Analogous to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, dream content reveals biological, psychological, social and transpersonal information. To attain fluency in translating the language of dreams, one should be cognizant of a dream hierarchy which addresses universal human needs, as depicted in the following graphic, A Dream Hierarchy to Self-Actualization.


Personal vs. Transpersonal Dreams

Personal dreams are subjective, emotionally oriented, and focus on insights affecting our private lives and relationships. The transpersonal or cosmic dream is objective, a metaphorical prism of the personal dream. In emphasizing matter over emotion, it presents concrete material that conveys information. …

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