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Not only does television actually serve as a mass means of communal meditation, but it also presents you with highly detailed, manufactured dreams, in which each viewer shares to some extent.81573The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events
The word ego is much bandied about, and in many circles it has a poor reputation. It is, however, as I use it, a term meant to express the ordinary conscious directive portion of the self. It is your conscious version of what you are -- an excellent description, if I do say so myself. It is directed outward into the physical world. It is also aware, however, of some of your unconscious activities. It is the you identify with, so it is aware of your dreams, for example, as you are, and it is quite conscious of the fact that its existence rests upon knowledge that is does not itself possess. As you have an ego, fully conscious, directed toward the physical world, you also have what I call an inner ego, directed toward inner reality. You have, in other words, a portion of yourself that is fully conscious in Framework 2.822103-104The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events
The unconscious, so-called, is -- and I have said this before -- quite conscious, but in another realm of activity. There must be a psychological chamber between these two portions of the self, however -- these seemingly undifferentiated areas, in which back-and-forth translations can occur. Dream periods provide that service, of course, so that in dreams the two egos can meet and merge to some extent, comparing notes like strangers who perhaps meet on a train at night, and are amazed to discover, after some conversation, that they are indeed close relatives, each embarked upon the same journey through seemingly they traveled alone. In those terms the undifferentiated area is actually filled with motion as psychological transitions and translations are made, until in dreams the two egos often merge into each other - so that sometimes you waken briefly with a sense of elation, or a feeling that in dreams you have met an old and valued friend.822104The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events
To some extent or another, however, the child in you remembers a certain sense of mastery only half realized, of power nearly grasped, then seemingly lost forever and a dimension of existence in which dreams quite literally came true.824116The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events
To me, it is almost inconceivable that, from your position, any of you seriously consider that the existence of your exquisite consciousness can possibly be the result of a conglomeration of chemicals and elements thrown together by a universe accidentally formed, and soon to vanish. So much more evidence is available to you: the order of nature; the creative drama of your dreams, that project your consciousness into other times and places; the very precision with which you spontaneously grow, without knowing how, from a fetus into an adult; the existence of heroic themes and quests and ideals that pervade the life of even the worst scoundrel - these all give evidence of the greater context in which you have your being.859249The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events
Your impulses are your closest communication with your inner self, because in the waking state they are the spontaneous urgings toward action, rising from that deep inner knowledge of yourself that you have in dreams.870291The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events
Thoughts of such magnificent vigor began to think their own thoughts-and their thoughts thought thoughts. As if in divine astonishment and surprise, All That Is began to listen, and began to respond to these generations of thoughts and dreams, for the thoughts and dreams related to each other also.883128Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1
When you examine the state of dreams, however, you do it as a rule from the framework of waking reality. You try to measure the dimension of dream experience by applying the rules of reality that are your usual criteria for judging events.898219Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1
In the dreaming state the characteristics of the reasoning mind become altered, and from a waking viewpoint it might seem distorted in its activity. What actually happens, however, is that in the dreaming state you are presented with certain kinds of immediate knowledge It often appears out of context in usual terms. It is not organized according to the frameworks understood by the reasonings portions of your mind, and so to some extent in dreams you encounter large amounts of information that you cannot categorize.908276Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Volume 1
Yet (remembering what I said about seeming contradictions), your dreams are also social events of a kind, and the state of dreaming can almost be thought of as an inner public forum in which man and woman has his or her say, and in which each opinion, however unpopular, is taken into consideration. If you want to call any one dream event a private event, then I would have to tell you that that private event actually was your personal contribution to a larger multisided dream event, many-layered, so that one level might deal with the interests of a group to which you belong -- say your family, or your political or religious organization -- reaching outward to the realm of national government and world affairs. As your private conscious life is lived in a community setting of one kind or another as a rule, so do your dreams take place in the same context, so that as you dream for yourself, to some extent you also dream for your own family, for your community, and the world.933462Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2
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