I have had a couple of clear dreams recently. The first was about some friends who came in and cleared out my home so it was completely empty. It told me that I’d left all the stuff I don’t need behind and I’d cleared away old baggage. In the next dream I was in a station and I missed the train because I had so much baggage I couldn’t get it altogether to get on the train before it left the station. This one told me that I was busy poring over other people’s ideas and stuff and was, therefore, missing the train of writing my own book from my own experience. Message taken on board (sorry for the pun).
I have listened to dreams ever since I changed direction in the mid 1990’s, they have supportive, informative and illuminative. So I thought I’d post today some guidelines for understanding dreams if you feel you’d like to tune into your inner wisdom while you’re asleep. When you aren’t awake, the barriers are down and your sub-conscious can get through messages to help you understand what’s going on in your life. I often think it’s all done in obscure messages and images because it makes you work and so you remember what you’ve had to labour over in order to understand what the dream import is.
I do remember someone a while back who disagred with the way I interpret dreams. That’s okay but I also found their approach dogmatic: “it’s my way or no way”. The idea of dream interpretation is to start working on dreams and sort out for yourself what they’re all about. My ideas are only guidelines. Dream dictionaries don’t work because symbols are unique in their meaning to you, and you alone. But if you want to understand dreams, you need to work at it. It’s a very rewarding experience.
* Dreams are generally messages from within, “postcards from your inner to your outer self”.
* Dreams are likely to relate to your daily life generally.
* Ninety percent of dreams are about yourself and what’s going on in your life.
* People in dreams are most likely aspects of yourself even though they may seem to be about people you know, i.e.,friends, relatives or workmates.
* Some figures in your dreams can be spiritual energies, such as angels or spirit guides or spiritual individuals who have a meaning for you.
* Some figures in dreams – ift hey are family members who have passed into Spirit – may have loving, personal messages from the world of Spirit.
* Some (a few) dreams can be predictive (look to see if you are detached from the dream); or about past lives (are you viewing a scene as if through a lens or telescope?); or have spiritual significance (are you in a foreign country with people speaking a language you don’t understand?).
Dreams can be multi-layered. Sometimes, if you return to your dreams later, you’ll see that they may have an additional meaning or relate to additional things happening in your life as well as your initial interpretation.
Listen to your intuition when considering dreams and the “aha” feeling when you’ve made a connection about the dream or some symbol within it.
* Pay attention during the day to the subject of dreaming.
* Read books about dreams.
* Start a dream diary.
* Use affirmations during the day.
* Practise meditation.
* Practise relaxation.
* Stay reasonably healthy.
* Drink lots of water.
* Go to sleep at regular times.
* Try to get in the habit of setting your internal alarm because if an external alarm wakes you, you’re more likely to forget any dreams you’ve had during the night.
* Drink half a glass of water before going to bed and the rest on waking to jog recall.
* Ask for guidance dreams from Spirit, your Higher Self, spirit guides or angels.
* Make an affirmation to dream and recall your dream before you go to sleep.
* Take time to lie flat, relaxand focus on dreaming.
* I use the following affirmation:
I am a child of the Light. I live in the Light. I love the Light. I serve the Light. I am supported, sustained and protected by the Light. And I bless theLight.
* Use aromatherapy oils forrelaxation or use a drop on your pillow – clary sage, lavender, etc., can help,but try a few to find what suits you.
* Work with crystals – moonstone,chrysoprase, Herkimer diamonds, or again, tune into the crystals in your care and listen to whichever calls to you to help stimulate your dreaming during thenight.
* Keep a notebook by your bed. If you wake up in the night, jot down notes on your dream or use a mini-recorder (depending on your sleeping arrangements and partner relationship!)
* On waking, keep your eyes shut, lie still and go through any dreams you can recall.
* Even if you can’t remember all the details, jot down the bits and pieces you recall, even if it’s only one image. I worked with a person who could only remember one image and it was amazing what we managed to sort out with a big of digging.
* If you have difficulty, go to the last scene and work backwards.
* Write your dreams down when you get up, don’t try and remember later in the day.
* Keep a dream diary and daily journal so you can relate dreams to the day’s events.
* Jot down your emotions when you woke up and recalled your dream.
* Give the dream a title if you can.
* Write the dream down in thepresent tense.
* Say the dream out loud as youwrite it down.
Having said all this, don’t get obsessed about remembering each and every dream. It’s been my experience that the ones that you remember most clearly or which leave you emotional when you wake up are the ones you need to work with.
* Give the dream a title, the first one that comes to you.
* Simplify and make the story break up into beginning, middle and end.
* Does the story line relate toanything going on in your life?
* Work out the symbols – remember, symbols need to have meaning for you, so be cautious in using dream dictionaries.
* Make up a dream map – put symbols in middle and then put meanings that come to you around them until one “clicks”
* Look for puns, ie, a symbol of a ram could relate to Aries and whatever you associate with this sign.
* Become the symbols and talk to them.
* Talk to the people in you rdreams – what do they mean to you?
* Men and women figures in yourdream usually relate to your male and female energies. What qualities do youassociate with those figures?
* Try word association.
* Trust your interpretation.
* Ask for help from a friend who knows you and what’s going on in your life, but again, trust what feels right for you.
* Do a waking dream. If you were interrupted in a dream, take time to relax, go back through the dream until you reach the point of interruption,and then continue in a waking dream to see how your inner vision resolves the dream.