For one of my main characters, I use internal thinking/processing/&intuition to run counterpoint and deepen our understanding of his motivations. This approach manifests in the story in three ways:
~ His internal dialog, memories
~ His dream state, where his subconscious is able to give him deeper understanding of the conflicts in his life
~ His fears, which are manifesting as hallucinations about snakes.
In other words, this character has regular dialog, internal dialog, memories, dreams, and hallucinations. He has a lot going on.
I happen to think this approximates a normal person, but here is my problem:
I believe it is getting messy for the reader. In particular, I worry that the hallucinations (fears) and subconscious knowledge (which ends up being his form of 'light magic' in the story, his access to akashic-like knowledge) will become confusing to the reader. Like the reader would say,
"Wait, is this one of those weird dreams again?"
Me: "No, no, this is a hallucination, not a dream."
I worry he has too much going on. My question: How would I decide if I should eliminate one of the 'internal' elements (probably the hallucinations)? Perhaps they aren't necessary. Do the elements above sound like 'too much' for a main character?