Reality vs. Myth
by Kerry Alan Denney aka The Reality Bender
(Juju Mojo Publications, August 2015)
With microchip technology, we’ve made a thousand angels dance on the head of a pin — or on the point of a needle, to be more historically accurate. Medical research is producing new cures for diseases every day, and will hopefully continue to do so. We’ve recently dived in to the amazing field of nanotechnology, and who knows where that will lead us next? Scientists, quantum physicists, and astronomers have just recently discovered dark matter and dark energy. Even the vacuum of space between the stars and planets apparently has a life of its own. Every new day makes another dream come true.
We can point to examples of their manifestation and application in the so-called “real world” that we all subjectively agree upon, but we cannot prove they exist. Yet so many of us believe so fervently in their existence that we unequivocally place — indulge me here — our faith and trust in them. I can’t prove the existence of any of the above-mentioned forces, but I most assuredly believe in them all. They are what makes us human, and separates us from savage animals.
— often known simply as Revelation or The Apocalypse — in the Holy Bible was written by the Apostle John. And that entire final book of the Bible comes from... you got it: a dream, or series of dreams. Although we can’t prove who wrote it or from where it originated — many scholars and historians have desperately tried, without anything more than squabbling and disagreement as the final result — one fact is clear: the book that finishes the Bible was inspired by dreams. The concept begs another intriguing question: How else could so many “dream facts” and incidents be remembered so clearly if the dreams were not lucid, and easily recalled by the conscious mind? Either that, or it’s the demented ravings of a warped mind. Whichever it is, I hope none of it ever comes true.
I heartily encourage all my readers to find out the facts and sift between the myths for yourselves, and make up your own minds about how much of it is true, and how much of it is fantasy. After all, fantasy is merely nothing more than the projection of our imaginations into the fabric of what we perceive as “reality,” is it not?
The most common and effective way of achieving a lucid dreaming state, as noted in DREAMWEAVERS, is to make a determined, persistent, and eventually unconscious habit of asking yourself during every single moment of your awareness “Am I dreaming now? Now? How about now?” until it becomes so indelibly ingrained into your everyday existence that you no longer think about it consciously, but rather make it a mantra that forces you to examine every facet of what you perceive as “existence” so that — in those oh-so-brief moments when you are actually dreaming — the question intrudes into your every thought, and voila! You inevitably start asking yourself if you’re dreaming within your dreams, and you do one of three things, as mentioned in DREAMWEAVERS: You wake up, your mind takes you into another distinctly different dream in which you lose track of your conscious awareness that you are dreaming, or you remain in the current dream and learn how to manipulate and control your dream environment, your very dreamscape.
Many modern psychiatrists and psychologists still consider the notion unachievable, a preposterous fantasy, and as Dr. Steiner thinks to herself in DREAMWEAVERS, they have accordingly labeled the study and implementation of lucid dreaming as “voodoo psychiatry.” Who is to say who’s right? Is it the people who want us to keep coming back over and over to pay them enormous sums of money to help us solve our problems and fight our personal demons in the so-called “real world,” or is it the dreamers, schemers, philosophers, and daring intrepid explorers who have the courage to ask “What lies beyond this world we perceive as real, and how can we utilize our awareness of it in a positive way to influence our lives and our problems so that we can learn to rise above every imaginable obstacle that impedes our progress in achieving our goals... or better yet, in making our dreams come true?”
I suspect you are asking yourself the same question now, if you’ve dared to come this far in our mutual exploration of what we consider real and what we label as fantasy. My kudos and a huge “bravo” to you for your courage, my friends. We are the intrepid explorers.
Is the human race as a species evolving? I certainly hope so. We’ve come so far, yet have such a long way to go. I hope we find the right answers, and implement them, and that we do so together. It’s really the only way we have even a chance — or a hope — of surviving the ravages of time, the beastliness of narcissism, and the folly of hubris.
Thank you for joining me on this fantastic journey into the endlessly fascinating human mind and heart. I wish you all the very best of discoveries in your adventures, and hope that all your wildest, most heartfelt dreams come true. If we’re lucky and persistent, and if we persevere against all opposition, we shall one day meet each other in those dreams, and it will be a most happy and auspicious day.
Be true to yourself and to those whom you cherish, and may grace, kindness, hope, love, faith, mercy, compassion, and trust follow you all your days in this reality and every imaginable reality beyond it.
Kerry Alan Denney
Best wishes to all for much success with all your writing endeavors!
My heartiest thanks to all my wonderful readers and all the book lovers the world over: YOU are the magical power source that sparks my imagination and keeps the Big Dream Machine soaring through this universe, the next, and all the worlds in between.