The dreaming of language to contrast


One morning I woke up and recognized the reality that I had been dreaming. I noticed that seeing and hearing and all forms of perceiving are components of dreaming. Another component of dreaming is relating to the visual and audio perceiving by making patterns out of the perceiving and then labeling or interpreting or identifying with the patterns of perceiving. When identifying with the patterns of perceiving, that is believing the dream. When believing the dream, there are physical results of that believing, including the possibility of speaking.

I have seen someone who was sleeping that was talking while they were dreaming. Someone who is sleeping can make sounds and then words and then sentences. Even infants and animals which are sleeping can make sounds for communicating with the identities that they believe in during their dreaming. They believe in the identities that they make up as they relate to their interpretations of the patterns that they perceive in their dreaming.

While dreaming, other physical processes besides speaking could arise, such as movement and different kinds of breathing that go with dreaming about being terrified or dreaming about being sexually active. Of course, speaking is also a type of breathing and all breathing is a type of moving.

So, as we dream, we move. One kind of moving that we do is breathing. One kind of breathing that we do is making sounds. One kind of


Sleep (Photo credit: ex.libris)

making sounds that we do is speaking. One kind of speaking that we do is speaking with the identities that we believe in. One kind of speaking with the identities that we believe in is to relate to them as another identity that we also believe in, but that we believe to be isolated from the rest of the dreaming.

While dreaming, there can be the experience of identifying other external identities as distinct from the identifying of the primary identity as in “the one who is having the dream.” However, while sleeping, dreaming is not always present. Only when dreaming is present is there the identifying of “the one who is having the dream.” So, whenever there is the identifying of “the one who is having the dream,” that can be called dreaming.

In other words, even when an organism is not sleeping, the organism can believe in the linguistic identifying of a someone isolated from all the rest of the patterns of believing. The organism can believe in the patterns labeled as “you” and “us” and “them” and “me.” The organism can perceive those beliefs resulting in the perceiving of physical processes like moving and breathing and speaking.

However, speaking is a pattern that is a single category in language. Speaking is a subcategory of breathing. Speaking is totally distinct from hearing or from seeing. Seeing and hearing are both subcategories of sensing. All of these categories in language are patterns of language.


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Language is what contrasts one pattern from another. Language is what identifies one pattern as distinct from another and then may believe in those identifyings and interpretings and relatings.

Speaking is distinct from believing. For instance, language can speak words that are recognized as a joke or even as nonsense. Language can construct contradictory statements like “this is not language operating.”

That is obviously false. Language can construct false statements. In fact, language creates the possibility of a huge range of accuracy or falsehood. For instance, a statement like “you always look best in red” could actually be an instruction to “wear red.” If language says “William Shakespeare is the best author in human history,” that language is expressing a sentiment or an opinion or a way of relating to something. However, to someone who only knows the Hebrew language or Chinese or Sanskrit, but not English, William Shakespeare may not be even recognized as an author at all. Realistically, the vast majority of humans living today may have never even heard of William Shakespeare.

However, a statement about labeling the best author in human history is entirely valid even if there are many possible linguistic

List of titles of works based on Shakespearean...

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constructions about who is the best author in human history which may contradict each other. Language also allows for the possibility of irony.

For instance, in a dream, one person may say “William Shakespeare is the best author in human history.” Then, another persona in the dream may say “I disagree. I think it was that guy who wrote those plays about Romeo and Juliet and the one about Hamlet. I don’t recall his name, but you know who I am talking about, right? He wrote something really great about how life is like a dream played out by idiots plus how all of the world is a stage. He had a bunch of parables and metaphors and stuff. Parables and metaphors is what makes him the best author in human history, so, anyway, all I am saying is that you are totally wrong about who is the best author in human history. I know. You don’t know. I forgive you for your innocent mistake as long as you do not repeat it over and over again and again. Still, you are just plain ignorant to believe in your own opinion so highly. You should really pay more attention to my opinion in the future, okay?”

Another thing that can happen in language is a statement like this: “This is actually only the operating of a single isolated identity which is completely distinct from all other identifyings in language. The identity is not just a pattern in language. The identity is not just a pattern of dreaming. The identity is the one who believes the language patterns that the identity believes. The identity is not just some opinion that language made up out of thin air or something. The identity is the one who sleeps, even though when sleeping is the only thing happening- like no dreaming also happening during the sleeping- there is no identifying of an identity in language.”

The identity is the one who creates language and creates the sleeping organism and is responsible for immediately figuring out who is the best author and why. Identifying is not just a process in language which can produce the perceiving of an identity and the believing in that perceived identity. Identity is the one who believes in things. Identity is the one who dreams. Identity is the one who created language.

Or maybe not. How many dreamers are there? How much dreaming is there?

There is living. Living creates language. Language creates perceiving or belief or experience or dreaming.

Language creates words in English like “Holy Spirit” and “God the Heavenly Father” and even borrows words from other languages like “Logos.” Language is the source of all words, including the word language.


sleep (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

One morning I woke up and recognized the possible reality that I had only been dreaming of an isolated personality that was completely distinct from all of the rest of life, similar to how the front of my hand is isolated from the back of my hand. However, labels do not isolate. Language only contrasts.

What if the label “the back of my hand” has never really been disconnected from the label “the front of my hand?” What if they are both just entirely valid creations in language of language by language?

The above is a distinction in language which in Sanskrit has been labeled “advaita” for the last several thousand years. In Hebrew and other languages, this same distinction or similar distinctions may be given other labels. The “Heart Sutra” of Zen Buddhism and thousands of other scriptures in many other languages may reference it, too, along with certain works of that one author who is clearly the best in human history, though I do not recall his name at the moment….

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One Response to “The dreaming of language to contrast”

  1. eenheidd Says:

    amazing post 🙂

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