A Dream Journal Blog & Short Story Series
By ElGardner: Author of Aretherra Volume One | Aerosus & The Keys to Ascension©
Cinematic Expressions of Unconsciousness ©
In early 2017 I began a Dream Journal. During this journey of over two years, I’ve journaled over 415 dreams. Now I am sharing these dreams with the world in a blog here at Aretherra.com
For those of you who are wondering, yes I am a huge Dream Theater fan.
Next to Rush, which is my number one lifelong obsession, Dream Theater comes in a close second.
Now that RUSH have ascended to Prog Rock Heaven (a well deserved rest and retirement on their 7th Day of Music Creation)
Update: When I heard that Neil Peart had passed away on January 7th, I was rocked to the core. For three months I could not write, dream, update my dream journal, and most of all, listen to Rush music! Everything was too painful. My every nerve and all of my exposed emotions were too raw.
Neil Peart was like a father figure to me. He was my inspiration for almost every creative outlet my life.
The Day The Music Stopped
01.07.2020 “And if the music stops
There’s only the sound of the rain”
King John Petrucci & The Knights of Dream Theater sit on the Progressive Rock Throne.
All Hail the Reigning Kings of Progressive Rock!
When compiling a massive list of over a hundred potential names for my dream journal blog, I kept coming back to “Theater of Dreams”. This name is not only applicable and poetic, but is also my homage to John Petrucci and Dream Theater.
Speaking of Rush, did you know that throughout their career of over 40 years and 20 albums, Neil Peart has written lyrics with the word “dream” over 50 times?
Fifty Rush songs speak of or mention dreams. For this and many other reasons, Neil’s lyrics have always been a great inspiration and motivation for me throughout my entire life.
Dreams are endlessly fascinating. I have been consumed with the concept of dreaming for most of my life. We all dream when we sleep.
Dreams can be a inexhaustible source of inspiration, potential genesis of stories and tales straight from our unconscious minds.
The subject of dreams has been part of storytelling, in written or spoken word, for as long as people have been sharing their dreams.
One of my primary aspirations for keeping my dream journal has been my hope that my dreams will inspire new ideas for stories. I’m happy to say that many of my dreams will make excellent short stories, novels and screenplays.
Throughout the history of Earth, ancient texts, such as the Bible for example, have mentioned and documented dreams in many forms. For every written word about dreams, there are as many questions raised by curious, inquiring dreamers.
There are two major ways to approach the subject dreaming.
Scientists attempt to analyze our dreams with the scientific method, clinical trials and lab testing. Scientific approach is cold and detached, theorizing that our dreams are biological manifestations of our human minds.
Oneirology is the scientific study of dreams. Current research seeks correlations between dreaming and current knowledge about the functions of the brain, as well as understanding of how the brain works during dreaming as pertains to memory formation and mental disorders.
** The study of oneirology can be distinguished from dream interpretation in that the aim is to quantitatively study the process of dreams instead of analyzing the meaning behind them.
Oneironautics – refers to the ability to travel within a dream on a conscious basis. Such a traveler in a dream may be called an oneironaut.
Artists view and describe our dreams through the lens of creative expression, using their imagination to explore dreaming. Through art, our dreams are expanded upon and extrapolated through an infinite set of variables and possibilities.
Throughout all of TIME. Throughout every GENERATION. Throughout the entire EARTH. Everyone dreams, every night, everywhere.
Imagine the billions of dreams in the course of only one 24 hour period.
During a single rotation of our big beautiful blue world, no matter the time zone or time of day, millions of people are asleep and dreaming in every minute of every hour.
Dreaming every night is a universal fact of life, however, remembering your dreams is another matter altogether. I’ve heard it many times from family and friends, when the topic of dreaming comes up, I’ve been told that they do not dream, ever.
Remembering my dreams became a personal mission that I began in earnest in early 2017. Early one morning, while the world slept, long before any hint of sunrise, I stood in our master bathroom and fired up my Samsung Galaxy Tablet, with it’s companion Bluetooth wireless keyboard.
That was the first of many early mornings where I would wake and recall a dream. Ever since that day, I have committed myself to the immediate notation of every detail I could remember in that moment. On that February morning in 2017, I created the first entry of what would become a dream journal with 600+ documented dreams and counting!
Part of my steadfast commitment to documenting every remembered dream, was a promise made to myself. I made a set of guidelines or rules to which I have adhered since my journal’s inception.
NOTE: Every Dream in the Theater of Dreams© – A Dreamer’s Journal contain the original notes, typed moments after waking from each dream. Every dream in The Theater of Dreams is original, contain zero embellishments and are only based on what could be remembered upon awakening. All Dreams, stories and concepts are solely owned by Eric L Gardner (ElGardner) Copyright © 2020 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED