We’ve talked about this before, but we may not have put this all down here in words like this.
First of all, if you engage with the plural community at all, you will encounter lots of people talking about their inner worlds and the people who live there as if they are concrete, corporeal places with complexity and persistence of detail.
It really varies from system to system, and there are a lot of systems with little to no conscious access to their inner world, but these stories stand out and are very common.
We have very limited access most of the time, but get enough that we can piece together compelling data.
Here’s a list of our experiences with ours:
– we have dreams of different content and development that occur in places we’ve dreamt about before
– we can deliberately return to a dream space minutes, hours, months, even years after the fact. Sometimes these places will have changed, but usually in ways the are logical to the growth of a shared dream space. Sometimes someone will explain how and why.
– all of our dreams are lucid, but with the limitation that no one can do anything to anyone against their will. I can breathe fire on bullies, but it won’t hurt them unless they consent to it, and visa versa. This also goes for altering dream spaces. Or going places. There must be consensus between members who are present and aware enough to give consent. Reflexive consent is good enough, though. So, like, just reflexively accepting something can happen will allow it.
– when we wake remembering a dream clearly, we can pull people from the dream forward, have them front and remember the dream from THEIR different perspectives. It is obvious from this that we each participate in each other’s dreams and see what’s happening in them from our own unique spacial perspectives, and while a lot of details are different, such as people’s features, the shared space is extremely consistent and fully shareable between us.
– Some of us have very different body maps from our actual body. In dreams we can be cats, snakes, dragons of various shapes, giants, etc. When we front, these bodies feel like double images with our actual body. And they are consistent and persistent with each headmate. Gnargrim, for instance, always has the shame shape.
– When someone with an internal body map that is extremely different in size to our vessel fronts after being inworld for a long time, they will experience Alice In Wonderland syndrome consistent with that difference. Gnargrim, being significantly bigger than our body, when seeing the world through our eyes will perceive everything around them as too big, and it takes much longer to traverse distances than they expect. Ink, on the other hand, will feel like a giant, towering over everything, because inworld she is very small. Length of time away from the front affects the strength and duration of this feeling. This tells us that there is a consistent sense of scale and physics inworld, and that we each spend enough time in there when not fronting for it to affect our individual neural calibrations.
– We have had a few headmates front and share memories of their lives inworld. Sometimes we can remember things from our inworld that are not dreams we remember having, that we remember as clearly as outworld events and places. These aren’t common, but we know what they are by their content and sort of an innate knowledge. These memories don’t really cooberate much, they are too few and unrelated but they are very familiar and normal feeling.
– We have all had an intuitive sense of what our inworld is like and how our system works, to have our notes confirmed later by observation of dreams and comparing each other’s accounts.
All of these things are things we noticed before we understood what they might mean. Some we have recorded long before coming out as plural. And taken together they paint a picture of a detailed and vibrant shared world maintained by our subconscious mind. One with its own physics and laws of nature, and a full sense of space and time that is largely agreed upon by all of us.
The human brain is fucking amazing.