thoughts & ponderings
I want to talk about dreams. You know, like the one where you need to go to the toilet but none of the toilets have a door, or even walls sometimes. What about when you finally find a toilet only to find it is blocked! Or perhaps you are more of a dreamer of planes, trains and automobiles. It's all exciting and holds information for you. Sometimes dreams that have things that we would normally be afraid of, such as spiders or snakes, can actually be very positive.
The symbolism that comes through in our dreams can hold very powerful insights into our present well-being, past issues and future direction. Our subconscious is home to our dream language, imagination and intuition so these are presented to us in a different way to our conscious thoughts. This is why when we wake and remember a dream that seems fragmented or makes no sense this is because we are analysing it with the conscious mind which likes to make order out of things whereas our subconscious is looking for symbols and images that have a connection to something familiar to us. An example of this is a house. Our conscious mind recognises a house as a house, dwelling, home, somewhere that we belong. So in our dreams we may see a house which can represent our self for example. Our physical body houses our soul or possibly it is referring to our psychic body. Through unpacking the symbols in a dream we can look closely and work this out, then connect it to other symbols in the dream or other dreams and find a sequence.
Many people dream of toilets, houses, water, cars and many other things and what is important to remember is that even though we can flick through a dream dictionary (or more likely google these days), the symbols in our dreams are subjective, meaning they may have a universal quality but there are variables that relate specifically to our own being.
Some quick tips for working with our dreams are;
Have a dream journal next to the bed and write your dream down as soon as you wake. I have been considering getting a little voice recorder (my handwriting is shocking, especially when I write fast as happens when recording a dream).
If you wake during the night and say to yourself ‘oh, I will remember it’, because it seemed significant guess what, you probably won’t. At least write a title, then when you wake in the morning you are more likely to have an idea about what you were dreaming about.
If you are only able to remember fragments of dreams write them down and leave room in between each entry. That way as you remember you can fill them in.
Limit computer, phone and tv time before bed and don’t sneak in that last snack. Your dreaming will be better when your mind and body are clearer.
As you lay in bed take some nice deep breaths and set an intention to have or revisit a specific dream if you would like to. If you have questions about a dream, ask to receive the answers in your dreams.
Finally, don’t forget your dream world is as real as your waking world and it s a place where much healing can take place.
© White Sage Wellbeing & contributors. 2017