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learning to live in free fall

I always hear the saying "Think outside the box." Here is my response: There is no box other than the one you imagine yourself to be in.
Don't waste a precious moment pondering the ideas that constrain you. Break away. Tear free of your self limiting anchors and take that leap into the unknown. Sure it will hurt, but only for a moment.
Fly with a fierce grin on your face. Soar, loop, dive and glide while screaming with joy. Just remember, as you skim past the face of God... give him a nod and a wink and whisper...
"Thank you, Sir!"
James W. Allmon
image by Michael Raymond Whelan

dreaming and consciousness

The Stuff that Dreams are made of by John Anster Fitzgerald, 1858 
By Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D.
Whether awake or asleep, our consciousness functions as a model of the world constructed by the brain from the best available sources of information. During waking conditions, this model is derived primarily from sensory input, which provides the most current information about present circumstances, and secondarily from contextual and motivational information. While we sleep, very little sensory input is available, so the world model we experience is constructed from what remains, contextual information from our lives, that is, expectations derived from past experience, and motivations (e.g., wishes, as Freud observed, but also fears). As a result, the content of our dreams is largely determined by what we fear, hope for, and expect.

From this perspective, dreaming can be viewed as the special case of perception without the constraints of external sensory input. Conversely, percept…