I'm thinking the empathy part as well is part of your training. Lots of good stuff there, it seems to me, for training.
Lovely post by you here Jim..
Yes this echos my own thoughts almost exactly..
Also i wanted to mention , in a dream i had last night, the location did match up quite well to its real life PMR counter part .
i have noticed in the dreams I have closer to morning wake up, that I have a tendency to have the locations match up close to PMR locations.
For instance in the dreams i had earlier in the night , the locations seem to have very little to do with PMR ones that I am aware of. So although most locations i dream about do seem to be unfamiliar dream created locations.. There are exceptions to this rule that should be noted.
So although i feel myself being a bit more skeptical about this sorta separate dream reality frame with this separate data stream being sent, when the locations are more PMR oriented, The bottom line is I really dont know still..
For instance you may recall , another one of my theories if that there is this on and off sampling of your PMR folder that helps put together the dream- scape for your dream data stream. Which I suggest is rendered by the "Big Computer" ...