An intrepid reader of this blog wrote to me with this question:
"Do you know why I sometimes dream as though I'm me, like when I'm awake, and other times in dreams I can be me but suddenly I'm across the room (so to speak) watching myself and the action of my dream?"
I believe I do know why this happens with some people. Most of my own dreams, from the time of early childhood, involved this phenomena.
Have you noticed when you are the "you" that is participating in the action of the dream, you feel emotionally very similar to how you feel in your daily life when you are awake: the same perceptions, the same sense of emotional perspective, opinions, and expectations of how and what reality should be (in general).
The second you, the observer that is separate from the action of the dream, is actually you accessing your Higher Mind. Yes, in that state you are probably very close to being Soul Consciousness; you have managed to shift your awareness of self to the higher part of you that has all the answers, that is more spiritually mature and knowing.
This means you actually have developed the ability to shift your conscious awareness from the hum-drum mundane human emotional perspective of earthlife (astral body) to, at the very least, your mental body which does not participate in emotional experiences (that part of you functions on a different "frequency").
With these types of dream experiences we can get a small taste of what it's like for our soul as it watches us go through our daily lives. It's a bit like a knowing, mature adult watching a young, inexperienced (and emotionally active) child.
But now, through these dreams, you've been able to be both the adult and the child in the same moment.
Some people say that from the psychological perspective this is very healthy, that the ability to observe ourselves in this way lets us understand ourselves better and tends to open us to perceive other options in life that otherwise might not have been noticed.
Not everyone dreams from two perspectives (I tend to switch back and forth between the two points-of-view). No matter what kind of "dreamer" you are, remember it is important to journal your dreams.
Dream journaling serves many purposes. Two of the bigger ones: The act of taking the time to consciously replay a dream and translate it into words tells your subconscious mind that you are now paying attention to it and want to open a dialogue. This will increase your dream episodes and information over time. Secondly, by putting words to the emotional experiences of the dream world you can better interpret your own dreams by noting your word choices in the journaling process.
Next time: Naked dreams and bare body parts -- Whoa! What does that mean?