I am proposing that every element of our reality is intelligent. By definition, intelligence is manifested as change in behavior in response to change in our environment. In the model proposed, however, awareness of change (consciousness) propagates both forwards from the past, and backwards from the future. By implication, we are capable of entraining energy in the present to manifest realities that we do not necessarily have the concrete means to construct.
Formally, this process appears to violate causality. In actuality, it reflects causality in the same way that a beach is created by erosion thousands of miles upstream. A series of random events carries matter into an energetic distribution that creates local order, separating sand from silt. The only significant extension from well-accepted physics is that the behavior of matter in the past can respond to the energetics of the future, and in doing so participate in manifesting that energetics.
Where then is the cause, and where the effect? For most of us, the scientific paradigm of cause and effect has created a barrier to intelligent participation in this process. As a result, it has been driven underground, and is manifested now most powerfully in dreaming.
To understand dreaming, we must expand our picture of reality to include the dynamic participation of other personalities. When we expand our personalities to influence the future behavior of intelligence in all its forms, we encounter other personalities. In early childhood, those encounters are usually undirected. We explore perceptions of reality. Our dreams appear formless and auto-associative. It is a means of sharing experience.
As we age, though, we acquire biological and personal drives that focus our dreams to specific ends. In that context, our dreams become a mechanism for negotiating reality. We project a future, reflecting our hopes and desires, and receive messages back regarding the potential consequences of our actions. Historically, these have been interpreted as "messages from the beyond." The initial reaction is taken as an accurate projection. Many people make a final decision at this point.
As we become more sophisticated in managing our engagement, however, we realize that the response reflects resistance by those also attempting to acquire resources for construction of their vision of the future. The reaction patterned onto our dream has an origin in the intentions of an individual or group. Just as in political negotiations in waking reality, we may propose a counter-future, negotiating conditions, sequencing and cost. Our dreaming becomes purposeful.
In this process, we slowly become attuned to the personality of our counter-negotiators. As we move through the waking world, we may lace our conversations with seemingly innocuous words that carry great emotional weight in the context of our dreaming. On occasion, we will feel a surge of energy from the listener. The personality becomes connected to a face.
It is at this point that the concrete and the dream become coupled, and dreaming enters the waking world. It becomes daydreaming. Now comes a risk: we may choose to make dreaming more important than doing. Some of us, in fact, go insane. Every child entering adulthood must struggle with this choice. Some back away, and choose only to do. Others go forward, and wrestle with danger until they develop the discipline and balance essential to intelligent construction of our personalities.