It also seems to me that we can use our dreams to give ourselves a barometer of our current state of ego/fear. I have noticed that, sometimes when I think I am doing well with being more open to people and dealing with fears, I will have a dream that will set me straight.
You can't really fake progress in your dreams, since the intellect seems to have taken a back seat. Often I will wake up and wonder why I behaved a certain way - usually it involves ego and lately hasn't been much about fear. I guess the proof is the way we act when the intellect isn't engaged, since the intellect can muddy the waters and make us act like we are lower entropy than we actually are. This doesn't seem to be as much of the case in dreams.
I guess that is a great example of being vs. doing, which I have been trying to wrap my head around for the past year. Maybe I've finally got it...
Am I correct in my line of thinking, Tom?
Just an update. A couple weeks back I started keeping a dream journal again and have been able to write down at least one entry a night. Since I made the above post I started thinking that I should also note parts in dreams where I act true to my ego. That very night I had something to note...
Backstory: I play men's slow pitch softball and am a pitcher. It can be dangerous because we are all adults and use metal bats. I got hit a couple months ago and have been taking some precautions so I don;t get hit again/
Dream: I am watching a team play softball and their pitcher is standing really far back from where he should be pitching from. I make a joke to my teammates making fun of how scared he is, when in reality I share that same fear sometimes when I pitch. I hid it by making fun of this person to my teammates.
So step 1 is to note instances where my ego shows itself blatantly, and I don't really know what step 2 is other than hopefully noting less and less blatant ego actions.