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  1. Justin PhillipsJustin Phillips
    January 23, 2022 @ 5:42 pm

    Would love to talk about false memory in dreams. (And perhaps all is not really false, though in the moment it’s hard to tell.) What is memory? Something that really happened, or is memory created directly, in the moment? Both? Neither?

    Do you feel like a whole different person when subject to heavy false memory load in a dream?

    • Vickie Vickie Acklin
      January 23, 2022 @ 6:34 pm

      I always thought of it as an experience remembered as a dream but the brain couldn’t understand the experience so it changed the experience into something it could understand. What do you think about those memories, Justin?

      • Justin PhillipsJustin Phillips
        January 23, 2022 @ 7:36 pm

        Oh yes, I like that. I think there’s maybe no one answer, like if one considers past, future, and parallel lives, then memories in dreams could also be bleeding through and yet changed for the experiencer in the same manner you mentioned. There’s probably even more answers in the realm of possibilities.

        I think my main curiosity lies in how this changes the experience of identity for the dreamer. For example, when I’m not lucid, I might remember being a child actor. This is a real reoccurring thing. In these dreams, my mom worked at a TV station and had me on a sitcom and in other shows like public broadcasting. Not a single thing of that is true in this waking life/lifetime, but when I’m having those dreams, being a child actor is a huge part of the identity experience.

        • Vickie Vickie Acklin
          January 24, 2022 @ 9:53 am

          That sounds like past life memories to me. If you only had the dream once or twice I would think something else but having that dream over and over sounds like a past life. Maybe your subconscious wants you to remember that past life for an important reason.

          In doing QHHT (quantum hypnosis healing therapy), one of the methods we used was past life regression (PLR). The PLR was an important part of the session because the subconscious brought a past life forward that was causing issues with their current life. I worked with a woman that had really severe pain in one hip area. She had a scar there that she never remembered getting. She had undergone a lot of tests with her doctor but they couldn’t find anything that would cause the pain so the doctor wrote off her pain as fibromyalgia but it never went away so she decided to try QHHT. When we did her PLR we found that in one of her past lives, she was a male soldier fighting in the US Civil war. She had been mortally wounded by stab wounds from a bayonet in the very same hip where she had all the pain in this lifetime. Once she learned where the pain came from she could stop worrying about the source of the pain. She emailed me about 6 months after the session and said that the pain had mostly gone away.

          I would imagine that experience that you have in your dreams of being a child actor has shaped you in many ways in this lifetime. You are adding intro and outro music to your stories and setting them up like a TV shows. That says a lot right there. Perhaps you might want to get a past life regression some time and see what your subconscious has to tell you.

          I’m personally not sure I believe people can get a false memory from dreams. When a dream occurs that feels so real and most of the details of the dream are remembered for a long time after the dream, my opinion is that it was a very real experience (likely an astral projection) into a different aspect of yourself.

          What does everybody else think? This is an interesting topic, Justin.

          • Justin PhillipsJustin Phillips
            January 24, 2022 @ 5:57 pm

            Wow, I did not connect those dots when writing my reply, about the child television actor and writing my short stories like episodes. Very interesting. Yes I’ve always been interested in doing a regression.

            I think ‘false memories’ is a bit of a misnomer, it’s just the usual verbage in the dreaming circles I frequent since I’ve started lucid dreaming. I don’t mean that a memory can be particularly false, (they are all perfect, ) but I refer to remembering something in a dream that doesn’t match up with ‘waking life.’ memories that seem to us false when lucid or awake.

            Another example to further explain:

            Once while dreaming, I suddenly remembered I had forgotten my baby in a cubbard drawer, and rushed to grab it. It was shriveled and gray. I felt so bad, but I nursed it back to health over time and later became lucid.

            I get that the dream was showing powerful metaphors here, but in the moment I truly believed I had a baby, in a drawer, and voila there it was. I had to go through the experience of that awful situation in order to reflect on the metaphors of it later.

            Later when I was lucid I just laughed and thought that was so funny. I don’t even have children! But with the help of ‘false memory’ or perhaps I could say ‘extra-memory’… I have had daughters a few times. Perhaps a past, future, or parallel daughter, or a symbol for something else entirely, still it is with the help of ‘extra-memory’ that the dream experience is believed and lived. Otherwise I’d say, “that’s not my daughter!” and do a reality check and get lucid.

        • Vickie Vickie Acklin
          January 24, 2022 @ 9:56 am

          Oh, I forgot to tell you how much I LOVE Stars of Clay and where the story is going. Excellent writing as always and your original music is really good too. You are a man of many talents!

          • Justin PhillipsJustin Phillips
            January 25, 2022 @ 7:29 am

            Thanks Vickie. I’m so excited to see where it can go. I’m sort of on the same journey as the readers?

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