Thoreau on Dreaming and Walking

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake”.

I found this statement by Henry Thoreau in a booklet called, “Reflections at Walden” (pg.40).

Also, he was a distance walker, usually walking 8 to 12 miles a day.

Book and essay by HD Thoreau:   Walden    and

Walking ( “Walking” is an essay written by Henry Thoreau.  Between 1851 and 1860 Thoreau read the piece a total of ten times, more than any other of his lectures. He considered it one of his seminal works, so much so, that he once wrote of the lecture, “I regard this as a sort of introduction to all that I may write hereafter.” Wikipedia ) It is available for Kindle.

updated: 2/17/15



Point of View

I experience dreaming as a point of view and usually there is no thought process occurring and rarely emotions. I find that the observer, a point of view, can be developed by means of desiring to do so, thinking about this before going to sleep, and especially via meditation techniques. A coherent point of view will form, and grow as an observer, a witness to the dreams, that leads to improved recall and also toward more frequent lucid dreams.

I believe that we develop a “point of view” in our conscious waking state very early in life. For most people a point of view is not developed in the dream state and so poor recall is considered normal. The dream state is not given any particular attention or training and proceeds in a random and chaotic manner. As soon as we pay attention to dreams, a point of view begins to form, memories occur and dreams start to change, becoming more lucid and interesting.

(c) Paul C Adams 2015