In an effort to make Dream-Centered Living ever more accessible, this is the first in what I hope will be a series of short video answers to frequently asked questions:
Why do dreams suddenly jump from one scene to another?
Well now, I imagine you’ve all experienced dreams that display one dream scene and then “jump” rather suddenly to another scene entirely. Often these dream sequences are set in radically different places, with different people, and even at different times of the day, or year. We tend to think of these sequences as separate and discreet dreams. In other words, we don’t imagine them as belonging to one another. But if we can move into what we were tending in last week’s post–that everything belongs and is connected–then, rather than dismissing jump cuts as merely indicating the “beginnings” and “endings” of separate dreams, we might get curious about what the dreamtime is actually doing by putting these two (or more) dramatically different scenes into radical proximity and relief.
It turns out, that jump cuts in dreams put things together that we image as separate in order to reveal what would otherwise remain hidden. In other words, what we see/feel/experience precisely by putting these two things in radical proximity is utterly unique and revelatory, that is, so long as we don’t simply dismiss the invitation that jump cuts and the dreamtime offer.
So, again, jump cuts in dreams are a form of revelation. And what gets revealed by the activity of jump cuts is singularly unique.
Therefore I want to extend to you, dear dreamers, yet another invitation: to take another look at HOW these various, seemingly disconnected, dream sequences actually belong to the whole, and what their connectedness uniquely reveals.
Please let me know if this invitation is clear, or you’d like some dream “jump cut” examples to help create a clearer picture, which I am more than happy to provide.