Sleep/Dream Learning

It’s happened twice, or probably many times but two instances where I have a clear memory of what I learnt in the dream.

Have you ever fallen asleep while listening to an audiobook? Or listening to a podcast? Something similar along the lines of lucid dreaming, which I experience often when I fall asleep listening to stuff. In those dreams however, I know that I fell asleep listening to whatever I am at that time and be able to use that to shape my own dreams. Or influence the dream via whatever I happen to be listening to.

However, in these instances, it was just a dream, a dream where I am dreaming and, the podcast sets the stage for the dream and shapes it.

The first time it happened I was just an observer, the host and the guest on the stage. I am the only person in the audience and watching the show live. I had the dream probably, because I recognise the voices so well, that I was able to picture them in my dream. Or the voices and content that I can relate to perhaps took shape in my dream. I didn’t dream the complete podcast both times, just the bits perhaps that I could relate to most or probably something my subconscious wanted to hear most. Hmm, writing it down made me realise this, I never thought much of it before, never particularly thought why I would hear just part of the podcasts and not the rest. This seems to make more sense now. Trying to find links for the podcast so I can tell the whole story ha-ha.

The podcast’s called Work Life with Adam Grant and the first episode I saw in my dream was How to Love Criticism. The bit that I saw in my dream is where Adam Grant is having a conversation with Ray Dalio, I am standing as the only person in audience and listening to their conversation, the stage is dimly lit, with curtains folded to both sides, there’s two chairs in the centre of the stage about 4 metres apart, there is a drum set behind the chairs, aligned perfectly in the middle. No one is playing the drums, but the music is on, now and then. The discussion is obviously about Ray’s idea of meritocracy and how to respond to criticism in a positive way. Using the criticism to improve your decisions, ideas and thinking.

The second podcast which I dreamt about earlier is once more Work Life with Adam Grant but a different episode. Bonus: Relationships at Work with Esther Perel. In this dream, I fell asleep listening to the latest episode, but when this episode came on, my dream begun. Esther was the mother, Adam Grant looked like a college graduate and I was a small kid around 9-10 years old but with the same intellect and wisdom I hold as an adult. Not trying to praise myself here ha-ha, but for some reason I seemed to be thinking of responses to their discussions in my head and listening intently. Esther was having a discussion with her children and for some reason I only remember Adam Grant’s college version, her other two kids were sitting in the circle somewhere in the background. I was sitting at the place where the discussion was happening. The surroundings were well known to me from my childhood. Adam was racing around talking and Esther was calmly listening to him. Mind you, I mostly, listen to the podcasts at 1.30x speed, maybe that was the reason Adam was racing around. I even had a sense that we belonged to different communities and that we were sitting having an intellectual and helpful discussion- Esther being Adam’s mom in the dream. I have never heard or listened to her before, but thinking about it now, I see why she appeared as a young Mom in the dream probably in her late 30s or early 40s. I think the ages in the dream denotes the level of wisdom for each person according to the discussion that is ongoing. Hence why, I was a kid with the least wisdom when compared to Adam and Esther. Haha so I wasn’t really praising myself, rather acknowledging my level of wisdom and intellect. 35 mins into the podcast, I woke up and realised I was listening to the podcast and I had fallen asleep. So, I looked to see which episode it was on and who the speakers were. Listening to the rest of it till the end, wide awake, I could make sense of why the dream appeared in such a form. It was like a therapy session from wise mother giving advice about relationships, trust and admitting the wrongs and all the good stuff. I even remembered my responses that I was thinking of in my head in the dream. Hahaha

I think because I have read a lot of their work and listened to their books, that’s the reason, I can learn from them even when I am sleeping. Have you ever had a similar learning experience? It’ll be cool to hear of your dream learning experience.

Until next time,

Sweet dreams