Oil on Panel
12″ x 17″
Dreams are a mystery of consciousness. Why do we switch off our motor functions for about a 3rd of our lives and psychically put ourselves in strange and inexplicable situations? Materialism proposes that dreams are simply an effluvia of the thinking mind, a sloughing off of memories and experiences. Despite what this modern theory may speculate, I side with the majority of human history and say that dreams are a gateway to another realm of existence, or at least one that is overlaid with the physical. The dreamworld is as important to our human experience as the waking world, but most of us are too overworked and stressed out to utilize it. Dreaming at night and dreaming of a better world are linked somehow in their nature. When we dismiss our sleep visions as “only dreams”, what are we telling ourselves about our waking ones?