Cloud Horses #2, Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 30″
We exist in space-time. We humans are aware of four dimensions, the fourth being time. Now quantum physicists declare that more dimensions exist, indeed they must exist for their mathematical formulae to work. I don’t want to get into the implications of that now, but it certainly puts an interesting twist on things doesn’t it? So here we are in space-time, forever and ever. That’s right, each point in space-time exists forever…. well, forever is a temporal term, but what I mean to say is that we are fixed—everything is just the way it always (oops, temporal) is at this moment in space-time. I am writing this here and now—its what I do. Interestingly, these words exist in a much larger point in space-time, not only here and now, but also when and where you are reading them. That’s what makes words so powerful—they can occupy vast expanses of space-time.
Where I am trying to go with this is to show that you and I are who we are right now. I am not the boy sitting in a tree or the young man jumping naked off of a cliff, I just have memories of those guys. Those guys are not me, but they were instrumental in forming who I am, just as I have the responsibility of leading myself towards another person at another point in space-time, the future. So one of the key elements of good dreaming is to visualize the needs of your future self, which is not so easy. Just try not to screw yourself. Don’t give this future person a hangover or an enemy just to please your id or your ego.