Just thought i'd add this quote from my reading today from Charlie Morley's 'Dreams of Awakening':
'Why would our egoic sense of self do this?' (sabotage our lucidity when on the cusp of it) 'Because it feels threatened by lucidity. Once we are lucid we see through the illusion of our egoic sense of self and become part of the dream beyond the notions of me, I, my, and 'other.' We are in fact one with everything in the dream and so the stranglehold of the egoic self is released.To prevent this, out of misjudged desperation it sometimes tries to stop us being lucid.'
So yes, not perhaps the unconscious, more the ego trying to rationalise the dream or perhaps trying to sabotage lucidity...the ego is a massive fan of sabotage in general lol
Yeh not so into the idea of using my unconscious as a 'tool', I like it's slippery ever moving ungraspable nature - and - it is by nature, deep (and meaningful if you want to work in that way, which i do) But i know where you are coming from. I guess the brush is the tool and the painting is the dream and as all great artists know, once you start using the brush, the painting takes on a life of it's own. Like a lucid dream, we may have ideas that we want to portray on the canvas, and to some extent, create them, but the result is always surprising and the imagination always more powerful then the ego.
I'm not a painter btw. I'm just chucking in another analogy. Just like Hagart did. Cool Haggart i like it. I'm done now.