I guess the core of this question comes down to the naive question is the subconscious below the unconscious? Let me 'splain by way of personal example. My dreams usually contain no real surprises. Like a script I've already read, I often seem to act in dreams as if I have a pretty good idea of what's going to happen. In, say, a fight with a stranger, I sort of know how it's going - I swing at him and miss, and he points his gun at me, but never pulls the trigger. It's like we're play-acting. If I'm driving a car, and apply the brakes and start to skid into a river, it's kind of like I'm watching it over my own shoulder. Occasionally though, I have a dream where an outcome is like a bolt from the blue, and utterly catches me by surprise. The other night, I dreamt I was taken to a doctor by my spouse to get tested for ... something, I didn't know what. I assumed it was something mundane but systemic such as allergies or fatigue or something like that. I let the doctor do all sorts of weird tests - tests that I should have been able at least question if I were thinking clearly, but for some reason, I was mildly sedated for the tests. He looked very carefully at several of my scabs, taking samples and stuff, and he took a punch biopsy of my bone. I waited for the results, wandering around on my mildly sedate state, eventually flopping to the floor like a drunk person; it was all somewhat silly. Then I got hold of a label for one of the things he'd given me. It said, in not so many words, you're being given this because you have CANCER. WHAM! Right out the blue. I started wailing inconsolably. It was only *after* being given the answer that I recognized the obvious signs: he was looking for lesions and checking bone marrow, etc. So, it seems to me that my subconscious knew all along what the dream was about (and dropped obvious hints that I never picked up on), but my unconscious was totally oblivious. So, I guess my unconscious is still not in communication with my subconscious. I would have thought my dreaming would have come directly from my subconscious - which would be why - in most of my usual dreams, I am aware what story the dream is telling.