Kaleidoscopic Vision
A Primer for Dream Detectives
In dreaming we live in four dimensions. We live in a biological dimension where dreams remind us of bodily needs. We live in a psychological dimension where we explore our inner nature. We live in a social dimension where society’s influence reflects in our dreams. And we live in a dimension that addresses our relationship to the universe, to the source of creation which we all are a part of, regardless of which plane we are on. You can call the last the spiritual, the cosmic, the transpersonal or the religious dimension. They are all correct. That mysterious fourth dimension is still mystifying to scholars and scientists alike.

Now, let’s begin with the ideas of Dreaming and Discovery.

The process in kaleidoscopic dreaming is in discovering its codes.

Think of the dream as a detective story which conceals a compelling mystery – the story of your life. Within each dream and within the collective Dream are mountains of symbols which need to be decoded. When all of the symbols are deciphered, you will have cracked the case. If someone is working on a personal case – let’s say, struggling with a relationship or a work issue or a health issue – only a few dreams may be involved and the person can solve the case in a relatively short time. If, however, someone is working on a Cosmic Dream or dream series, the number of codes increases exponentially and it can take many years before your mystery reveals itself.

So, dear Dreamer, you are the detective. Let’s start with the premise that the Dream is the messenger delivering your mystery dream movie. The movie arrives in the form of a kaleidoscope with moving pieces and mirrored reflections which we see through a circular lens. This kaleidoscopic dream movie contains a series of frames that are generally scrambled and need to be unscrambled. If you rotate the kaleidoscope one way, you’ll see one picture; rotate it again and a new picture will emerge. The Dream is ever changing, just as is the scenery you take in every day: your visual sensors record the fragments that make up the scenes you experience during waking and go to work to produce a new dream movie for you every night. These movable fragments provide symbols and clues that will be meaningful to you, based on your life experience from the moment of your earliest memory.

As you metaphorically turn the ring on the kaleidoscope, you find that each turn spells out the same theme appearing as an indivisible but changing entity. Every scene, sequence and passage in this dream movie advances its meaning.

Like a kaleidoscope, the new dream images are in fact the same fragments you have already seen, but in a different order and in a different light and circular as the changing seasons. Each new mosaic reflects changes in your life’s pattern as played out in your Dream. Your visual associative memory is your psychic witness, which, over time, helps you to associate each fragment, picture or thought with other leads you’ve uncovered. If you are to be a top notch dream detective, it is your job to make associations that will create order from disorder.

Steganography, like the dream, is the process of hiding secret data in such a way that no one, apart from the sender and the recipient, suspects the existence of the message.

A dream image can be hidden "inside" another image or in strands of seemingly meaningless dialogue. When looking at the image or reading the dialogue you would not know at first glance that important information is present. The dream messenger delights in hiding puns, puzzles and riddles for you to figure out. As a serious private eye you will begin to scan those images, words and puzzles for leads. The more you scan the more adept you become at following those leads and uncovering hidden clues.

Your objective is to discover through the unvarnished truth of the dream the defining prisms of your existence.

The Discovery process consists of six major steps.

First step: Detecting a Breakthrough Dream. Curiosity is a prerequisite.

A breakthrough dream has its own insignia and is different from other dreams.
Look for these signs:
  • An image or word that triggers an intuitive feeling to take a second look.
  • Unfamiliar images or strange messages that make no sense.
  • Striking features that pique your curiosity.
Generally, messages will appear to be something else, as in steganography. Your personal dreams are emotional and bring great insights into your private life and relationships. A breakthrough dream may be waiting on your doorstep to help you confront those issues and heal those relationships. In seeking the truth and in acknowledging those concerns, you will be gaining a new perspective. This can be a lengthy process but if you have the desire to decode a breakthrough dream, ultimately a message may come along that will transcend your personal situation.

Second step: Isolating Bizarre Dream Fragments.
  • Odd images
  • Mysterious out-of-place scenarios
  • Unidentifiable people, places, events
It is important to keep a note pad or journal and a pen or pencil next to your bed. If you awaken in the night jot down whatever details you remember. If you are a disciplined dream detective it is helpful to record your dream on a blank piece of paper. Draw a vertical line down the center. On the left, record the action and dialogue. On the right, draw the dominant images. This relates to your left brain, right brain activity.

Third step: Identifying Repetition.

Repetition is necessary for dream patterning. Make note of repeating words and images. Even though images and descriptions may appear to be slightly different, a good detective deduces that dissimilar codes that repeat belong in the same family, as do similarities in the variable fragments that appear with every turn of the kaleidoscope.

Make a two-columned list. Note differences on the left, similarities on the right.

Fourth step: Clustering and Connecting.

Fragmented codes:
  • Pictorial symbols
  • Verbal expressions
  • Emotional content
By clustering or grouping the fragmented codes in your dreams, you begin the process of connection. By separating like fragments in the form of images, words, and feelings into organized groups, you discover a commonality in your dream theme. Using your kaleidoscopic vision, you are organizing your world of dreams by grouping similar and dissimilar fragments separately. The recognition of similarities and dissimilarities is step one in shaping your first cluster.

You then begin to look for other repeating fragments which may be outgrowths of your mystery dream theme. When you find they connect back to the original cluster, your association skills will assist you in solving the mystery. A new cluster may then emerge linking related fragments, thereby broadening the theme. The progression of clusters will begin to multiply, enfold, and unfold the deeper you delve.

When you feel you’ve organized enough clusters, you are ready to combine the many prisms of your kaleidoscope. “In combining things there is a shift in the nature of the pattern, because ultimately, when pushed to extreme, previously separate things transform into a single unified whole, like two colors of paint becoming a single color.”

Fifth step: Identifying the Central Theme.

The clustering and connecting of themes unite to produce a central theme.

Occasionally we are confronted with a dream image so mystifying that the image appears one time and one time only. It does not appear to fit anywhere. For this reason, we are compelled to examine it from every conceivable angle. When we have collected enough fragments that mesh with it, in a burst of revelation we discover that it fits everywhere for it is the central theme we’ve been looking for. We are now close to solving the case and preparing to receive our degree as a fully fledged dream detective.

Nestled within a series of dreams, this one-time-only dream image introduces a new and all-encompassing universal theme, generally starting with a personal issue, illustrating – at every turn of the kaleidoscope – how every being and all matter is united with the cosmos.

For example:
I dreamt a breathing pea pod one time only.

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I was about to eat a green vegetable, like a square puffy pea pod, like a dumpling. Something inside of it was breathing like a little creature. I said, “I can’t eat this … it’s breathing.

This was followed by an image of two strands of amber in a bucket.

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I found two very long strands of amber in a gray metal bucket.

Then along came an image of a bucket of peas in a dream.

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I was doing some work and when I finished I walked away with a bucket of green peas.

What would these images have in common? The similarities were the peas and the bucket, but what of the two strands of amber? I discovered that they were parts of the whole which make up the story of Lavender ~ An Entwined Adventure in Science and Spirit. The reflecting prisms of peas and amber suggest that the role of genetics in our dreams can guide us toward a deeper understanding of our genetic predisposition. Dreams can open our minds and our hearts reflecting back to us our innate creativity and ability.

Kaleidoscopic Vision™ teaches us to see continuously changing pieces through associative perception.

Sixth step: Materialization.

This requires that you be constantly vigilant; alert and aware of all the signs around you. You have only to reflect on the connections you make in your waking life to recognize your dream symbols manifesting in a physical reality. Rest assured, there are more in store. You might even ask yourself if your dreaming consciousness is influencing these material properties. If you think it might be, therein lies a circular answer in that dreaming influences waking, and waking influences dreaming.

All of these steps ultimately form a theme so well integrated that no starting point is perceptible. The circularity found in this process is evidence that the Dream is a vehicle for Discovery, as natural as the human life cycle and the changing seasons. We are engaged in a methodology that encompasses the nature of repetition and connection. Discovery can be a personal epiphany that frees us from long-standing personal issues or it can lead to a larger more universal discovery, but personal or cosmic, the method of tracking is the same.

If your dreams have transcended to the cosmic realm, you may find that concern for self is replaced with a deeply held desire for the acquisition of knowledge and concern for the world. In cosmic dreaming you may experience oceanic feelings of oneness with all that is, connecting you intimately with humankind and the planet. Usually this kind of dream is powered by a spiritually infused emotional force.

As practicing dream detectives we learn that the methodology of decoding dreams contains a sense of process and mechanism, a sense of why and how the variables are related. We are learning a symbol system for the language of dreams called Oneiromantics: “oneiro” for “dream” and “mantics” as in “semantics. It is made up of oneiroglyphics; those ever changing dream fragments we see in the kaleidoscope.
Learning how all patterns inevitably evolve from one kind of order to another allows a person to see the single underlying process by which literally everything in the universe changes and evolves, including how we ourselves inevitably grow and change as individuals and as a society. http://everythingforever.com/st_order-b.htm

Dreaming is a great facilitator of this infinite process.

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