Dreams can be wonderful. Dreams can be frightening. Dreams can really make us stop and think. But what exactly is a dream?
A dream is a venture into our personal unconscious. We are able to learn about our inner realms because the unconscious mind cloaks hidden aspects of ourselves in familiar images and symbols that we can recognize. This is where we discover ideas, beliefs and inspirations we didn’t even know we had. By exploring our dreams and learning the symbolic language of them, we can discover more about who we really are. In this way, we can experience a richer, more integrated life.
The first step lies in remembering your dreams. Tell yourself and the Universe that you WANT to remember. Making that conscious choice creates the right atmosphere to recall more. Leave a journal or pad of paper on your night table so you can easily record anything.
In dream class, I teach my group of students that any dream can be recalled, even if only a fragment is known. We have pulled some amazing dreams from only pieces. So, even if you don’t recall your entire dream, just write down the fragments you do recall.
When we dream our bodies become very still as if we are watching something, which of course we are – we’re watching our own dreams. Once we move, our dreams, like gossamer webs, are likely to fade and be forgotten. No matter how much we try, once we leave our beds our dreams are gone.
Sleep is required for the rejuvenation of the body and dreams play a part in this. Working with dreams on a regular basis can show the way to the workings of your rich, inner life. Dreams can help solve problems and work through blockages if you’ll take the time to record and listen to them. They can certainly help us along our life’s path if we simply stop and take the time to listen.
Next week we’ll explore different types of dreams!