Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lucid Dreaming

Did you remember your dreams last night? Most people don't! Why, you might ask? Because we as a culture do not consider them relevant or useful. They are considered a random mess of mumbo jumbo with no logical connections or coherence. Now of course not all people think this is the case. We owe a lot to Sigmund Freud in teaching us the meaning and value of our dreams in connection with our subconscious. Carl Jung took Freud's work even deeper and wrote many books on dreams and their symbols. The fact of the matter is that dreams do have relevance to our daily lives. Dreams have been called our window to the soul. It is through our dreams that we have a direct connection with our subconscious. And our subconscious speaks to us through the language of pictures and symbols. By learning about our own dreams through understanding our own unique symbols, we can not only understand ourselves better, but live better. So how do we learn about our dreams? By studying them. But first, you have to remember them. How do you remember your dreams? By paying attention to them. One of the best ways to do that is to start keeping a dream journal. Every morning when you arise, write down your dreams. I always keep a handy pad next to my bedside to write down any dreams, I may have. If you do not write them down immediately, you will forget them. Once you write your dreams down, then you should take time to think about them during the day. Analyze them. In other words, what do you think it means to you. Everyone has to learn their own inner symbols. Snow in a dream could mean something completely different for me than it does for you. For instance, snow in a dream for a skier could mean something very positive, whereas if I was vacationing in Hawaii and I dreamed about snow it could forecast bad weather or maybe lack of feeling in a relationship. You have to learn about what your own symbols mean for you. This takes time and study, but it is well worth it.

There are many different kinds of dreams. Some are more important than others. Whenever you have a particularly intense dream, that is something to pay attention to. Because your dream is desperately trying to tell you something. A creative way of working with your dreams is to make something from your dream. For example, you could make a painting of your dream or find the object of your dream. If you dreamed of playing a flute, you might purchase a flute. Then you are actualizing your dream. You are giving it manifestation in the physical world and the energy will flow from your dream world to your physical creation, giving it power to fulfill your dreams. Another type of dream to pay close attention to are prophetic dreams. These are dreams that foretell of events to come. I have had many prophetic dreams in my own life, so I know they are real. They are usually messages from your intuition working through your dreams about coming events. Sometimes they give you guidance and sometimes you have to figure them out. The last kind of dream, I want to discuss is sometimes called lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is when you become aware that you are dreaming in your dream. I have had many lucid dreams. For example; I was dreaming I was walking by a storefront in a shopping area in a small New England town. As I walked by the storefront window, I caught a glimpse of my reflection. As I gazed at my reflection, I immediately became aware of who I was and that I was dreaming. I felt a sense of liberation at that realization. I knew that I was dreaming and at the same time, I knew that I was sleeping at home in my bed. With that came a sense of power as I was able to participate in my dream. By that I mean, I was no longer passive in my dream, I was able to engage in my dream. I took the opportunity to talk with people in my dream while being fully aware that another part of me was also sleeping in my bed. Through lucid dreaming, you become aware of another dimension of reality where you can learn more about yourself and the universe within you.

Dreams are the window to your soul and provide an opportunity to expand your consciousness to another world within you. There is a famous song that holds a lot of truth. It goes: Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

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Also read: Yoga and The Art of Astral Projection by Jill Lowy, Creative Dreaming by Patricia Garfield and Dreams by Carl Jung.

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