Lucidity is the illusion of self-consciousness, the illusion of self-awareness.
While we cannot reduce dreams to symbols, we can reduce them to threads whose “meaning” lies in the patterns they weave.
It may be correct to say that the first and last step in becoming a master craftsman of the mind is recognizing the fluid nature of reality. It is both a prerequisite for playing a constructive role in developing your identity, and it is a powerful tool for reshaping your dreams.
"Living systems, like us, engage our environment. We interact, express, modulate, and are modulated by our environment... We are not just 'subject to' or 'creatively imagining'; we do both. Their combination is how we control our world..."
"Reality consists of our assumptions about things we have not experienced. We fill in the blanks by social contract, seeing the same things in a world of which we're mostly unaware..."