How Do You Know You’re ‘You’ in Your Dreams?

An Inquiry

Jen Sonstein Maidenberg
Into the Dream

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How do you know you’re “you” in your dreams?

I’m really asking. How do you know? Do you see yourself in a mirror? Do the characters in your dreams call you by name? Do you recognize the room you are in? Does the person next to you look like your beloved? Are you wandering about in a place that seems familiar?

How do you know you’re you in your dream?

I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately: How do I know I am Me in my dreams?

Am I? Always? Or just sometimes? How often?

Sometimes after waking up from a dream, I don’t know for certain I was Me. Especially if the dream takes place in an unrecognizable structure, town, or time period. It is after having these types of dreams that I have reflected on whether we may be able to experience past lives in dreams. Sometimes when the scene is surreal or the characters bizarre, I consider the stories out of Robert Monroe’s writings, wondering if I have astral traveled to another dimension or inhabited someone else’s body.

After most dreams, I have a sense of self upon waking that reflects back upon the dream images, feelings, and events, noting how inside the dream, I was wholly involved in the story of it...as if it was Me.

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Jen Sonstein Maidenberg
Into the Dream

Dreamwork practitioner, researcher, writer. Healthfully obsessed with dreams, time, & memory. To learn about one-on-one dreamwork, visit jenmaidenberg.com