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Dream Theorem 5

February 6, 2013

That the dreaming mind, in modifying the chain of events recurring dreams over time, does something other than merely alter the dream’s surface and the course of events that play out there. On the contrary, the dreaming mind draws again on that infinite potentiality from which the dream first arose, i.e. a space that is “non-discursive, unreasoned, ateleological, fluctuating, non-spatial, non-temporal, immediate, indifferent, without order”. Moreover, it is not that the dream creates a new dream from the ruins of the old, but, rather, with the shifting of one element within the dream or the introduction of the new, the entire configuration of the dream is changed and recalibrated. The new element brings with it the imperative inherent to new sub-elements, relations and implications that, by their very nature, unfold in the dream-space; this unfolding cannot help but affect the other elements which shift and change in turn. This two-part implication and unfolding proves to the endless creativity of the dream. Indeed, this imperative brings with it changes for the dreaming mind as well, accounting for that unreasoned certainty that marks the actions of the dream-subject, knowing that such a thing must be done without knowing precisely why. It is thus through a new imperative issued both by and to the minimal dream-subject that the potentiality of the dream is reactivated, as it were, resulting in a different expression of the same dream or problem, for the dream recurs and is recognized as being the same dream, but under a new form.

The inner economy of the dream recalls the economy of the Idea in the work of Deleuze particularly as it manifests itself in the endlessly creative process of interpretation and reading as per the following passage, itself a reprisal of another’s work:

“Nous entendons par répétition d’un problème fondamental la mise au jour des possibilités qu’il récèle. Le développement de celles-ci a pour effet de transformer le problème considéré et, par là même, de lui conserver son contenu authentique. Conserver un problème signifie libérer et sauvegarder la force intérieure qui est à la source de son essence et qui le rend possible comme problème” (DR, 260).

As per Dream Theorem 2 and Experiments XII, XIII, XIV, and LXVIII.

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