Fantasy equal: Morpheus
I remember from when I was a teenager, I used to have intense dreams orchestrated by what lies within my subconscious. I used to get them in varsity as well, but since I’ve started working, that particular fountain of pleasure has run dry.
What would the reason for this be? There are a few possibilities I can think of. Firstly, the younger you are, the more vivid your imagination. This explains why the older you get, the less interested you are in cartoons and animations, which usually are based on sci-fi, make-believe and fantasy themes. Adults would rather watch shows about modern day social situations, many of which they can relate to, rather than be taken to a realm of myth and fantasy. I would say your psychological maturity level dictates the intensity and nature of your dreams.
Secondly, everyone knows teenagers’ hormones are in overdrive and much more dominant than their elders. Boys must frequently have wet dreams; to wake up in the middle of the night after an extraordinary orgasm only to be woken up by your damp undies. How such orgasms happen is mindboggling to me, but it is an experience I miss and haven’t had for a long time. So would a decrease in testosterone levels be subject to the intensity and frequency of such intimate dreams?
The third reason springs from our time and energy factors. It is a given that teens and students have greater energy levels and more time for personal endeavours. With the start of your first official job, there is so much you need to get used to. One of the greatest adjustments is your time management and what to cramp into the few hours of me time you may have. Working from nine to five basically gives you the evening to do what needs to be done (cooking and cleaning) and hopefully a couple of hours of relaxation before you crawl into bed. By the time you can finally relax, your supply of juices (energy and creativity) has run dry. Not sure about you, but mine certainly does. So does your lifestyle (be it busy or comfortable) influence the intensity of your dreams? I would say yes.
This makes me think of the ancient Greeks and how they would pray to and worship a particular god to aid them in their troubles, their needs and desires. Was I to be an ancient Greek, the god Morpheus would be at the top of my list of gods to please. Morpheus is the Greek equivalent of the ancient Roman god of Hypnos (the fantasy connection to the first collection for this theme); the god of dreams and slumber. He would be able to shape my subconscious so I can relive those wonderful dreams I used to have and make me a happier me.
The collection below features men charmed by the slumber spell of the great Morpheus. I envy them...
"Morpheus sends images of humans in dreams or visions, and is responsible for shaping dreams, or giving shape to the beings that inhabit dreams. Phobetor made fearsome dreams (etymologically related to "phobia" from the Greek φόβος "fear"). Phantasos produced tricky and unreal dreams (hence "fantasy", "phantasmagoria", etc.). Together, these attendants of Hypnos rule the realm of dreams.
Morpheus also had special responsibility for the dreams of kings and heroes. For these reasons, Morpheus is often referred to as "Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams", in superiority to his brothers.
The drug Morphine is named after Morpheus for its ability to make one sleepy and dreamy."