Dreams can be powerful tools.Dreams can help us work through the sensory input of the day, digesting the bits and pieces in swirling scenarios. Dreams can serve as platforms for unexpressed feelings, tensions and conflicts. Dreams can offer insights and serve as a light into our unconscious. Dreams can be prescient; in other words, they can give us a hint of the future before it has arrived in 3D time. Dream work can be used as an instrument of healing. Dreams, even snippets of dreams, offer symbols for our reflection. Dreams can help us learn more about ourselves. Dreams can lead us to wholeness.
How do you make sense of a dream?
Over the years, I have learned a number of ways to look at dreams, from classical interpretation to the existential-phenomenological to the shamanic perspective. However, one method that I would like to offer you, borrowed, I believe, from Jeremy Taylor of “dreamworking” fame, is to look at each element of your dream as representing some aspect of yourself.
With that model in mind, you are the swimming pool, the bearded lady, the stove-pipe hat. And the suggestion is that you dialogue with each aspect and ask what its lesson is and what its gift might be. Yes, you need to have fun with this and allow your responses to flow. If you are stuck, simply make up an answer. Your imagination pulls from your psyche, so you are drawing from a far deeper well than you might imagine.
You can dialogue by journaling, conversation with yourself or with a pal. Anyway that is comfortable for you is a good way.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR DREAM EXERCISE:
Every night for the next 30 days, read the words of the dream exercise (see below) to yourself before you go to bed. In the morning, if you recall a dream or a snippet of a dream, write it down as soon as possible. Dreams are very wispy and can float into the background very quickly. Put your dream on paper/computer screen as soon as possible. Record your dream in present tense, first person and without editorial comment, i.e., “I am walking on a tree limb and meet a bird with purple feathers.” After you have recorded all that you can remember (no forcing yourself here), feel free to write down any associations you might have with elements from the dream.
Caveat: You may not get a dream right away. (And, yes, everyone does dream.) The first time I did this exercise, I did not get a dream until day #30. Be patient, it all comes in its own good time.
Tonight, I will meet with my Higher Self in the dream state to experience my potential for play and spontaneity on all levels as we have done before, as we are doing now and as we will do again. And so it is.
You might ask why play and spontaneity. Play is usually our divine child at work. Play is free-flowing and creative. Play, to me, is the purview of the gods. If you don’t like “play and spontaneity,” feel free to insert words that are more resonant for you.
And, in my experience, dreams can have multiple meanings. If you keep a dream journal and read them over the years, you may find big-picture and smaller-picture meanings. It’s akin to different levels of consciousness and awareness. We can look through the lens with different eyes, so to speak.
Bottom line: Have fun with this exercise. Release expectations and allow the mosaics of your psyche to tumble forward.
Sweet dreams, lovies.