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Dreams, part 4

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Dream interpretation Suggestion #2

Okay, so now that you’ve set the stage by providing a notebook in which to record your dream, setting an intention and clearing the space of negative energy, it’s time to fall asleep.  It might take a little time and a great deal of patience, but soon you should begin to remember your dreams.  The more you focus your energy on the task, the more successful you will be.

Once you have a dream logged in your journal, you’ll want to figure out what it means but before you start examining the symbology, take a minute to make a few notes

how did you feel when you woke,

can you remember experiencing any particular sensations either during or following your dream    such as a lingering fragrance or the memory of one,

or a sound, or a feeling like panic, fear, elation, sexual arousal, anxiety, trepidation, etc. 

Also note any emotion you may feel such as insecurity, pride, love, hatred, etc.

Log those responses in your dream journal with the dream.

Also note the day and/or date of each dream, (Thursday, June 9, 2016); birthdays, the dates of significant births or deaths, and life event anniversaries influence what and how we dream so make a note if any exists.

If you have a dream symbol book, this is the time to use it, comparing its symbol interpretations to your own gut feelings.  Now let’s look at a dream and see where it takes us.

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Dream:  I walk into a store intending to buy two blue pens.  I pick up two and compare them to a color chart I’ve brought with me making sure the ink is the exact color I want.  When I am sure it is a match, I buy the two pens and leave. 

The dreamer noted no special emotions or sensations upon waking.

 When interpreting a dream, the first thing I do is list all the obvious symbols present:

store,

two pens with blue ink

a color chart

and an intention to find the perfect colored ink.

Then I begin to break symbols apart and reconnect pieces with more detailed information to help define possible meanings.

A store : the designated place to shop for new things.

A pen : an instrument used to express ourselves or to communicate.

The number 2 speaks to either overall balance, or balance within one’s individual situation or perspective, or the kind of balance we carry inside: positive or negative energies, and masculine and feminine energies. How did I know this? I knew it because I researched the meaning of numbers in basic numerology.  Quoting directly from Betty Bethards, The Dream Book, “Each number has a spiritual meaning, a special vibration, a symbolic message to you.”

In dream interpretation it’s important to understand the source of a dreamer’s energy as it pertains to the dream, and part of that is whether the energy is led by masculine or feminine influences.  Identifying that source and understanding its influence on a dreamer’s choices and actions enables him to scrutinize decisions he makes and consider their consequences when applied to issues in waking life.   So it is important to know that masculine energy represents giving, making things happen, and intentionally moving either one way or another, and in its most extreme form can signify a bully approach.

In dreams, and in waking life, masculine energy is most often associated with the right side of the body, so for example, if you are doing something you don’t want to do, you may experience pain or a sense of hesitancy in your right arm or leg.  This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do what you are doing but emphasizes your mental/emotional perceptions.

Feminine energy represents receiving or nurturing and acceptance.  In its most extreme form it can represent stagnation.  Feminine energy is most often associated with the left side of the body.

Different colors represent different depths and levels of personal/spiritual awareness and are associated with the emotions, knowledge, intentions, insights, and energies of both our personal and collective journeys.

Now we have connected a few more dream interpretation dots in hopes of adding clarity in the process of listening and exploring our subconscious mind and its unique messages.

The color blue relates to the spiritual aspects and nature of things. Again, how did I know that?  Well, back to The Dream Book, “Color: Rate of vibration, harmony within your energy field.  The colors have different vibrations, properties, and represent different levels of awareness.”  If you really want to understand a subject, research it.

A color chart reveals the full spectrum of all color, therefore representing all the different possibilities and degrees affecting and/or reflecting one’s journey to self-awareness.

Dreams manifest in storylines within our subconscious minds offering innate intuitive abilities and acquired wisdom to help us better navigate the often complicated details of conscious daily life.  Because we create our own dreams, they most often are about us and not prophecies or predictions concerning others; but like all mysteries of the mind there are few known boundaries, accepting that means we must accept that sometimes we do dream about others, and sometimes we become prophets.

Based on the number 2 we know this dream concerns balance in one way or another, and since there is no one present in the dream except the dreamer, one can assume the dream concerns him alone, although everything we chose affects a myriad of others.

Dream Interpretation:

The energy of the dream is masculine in nature; in the dream the dreamer takes action, moves forward, gets what he is looking for and leaves.

The store in this dream is within the dreamer’s subconscious mind; it is his place of higher wisdom and all-knowing.  Having entered this place with full intention to perfectly match the color of two pens to the exact color he wants, the dreamer reveals his intention to honor/respect/serve himself; he is committed to doing things his way this time.

The dreamer is ready to rewrite and change the details of his life in order to acquire what he wants.   He is trying to find more satisfaction and better balance in life perhaps by moving away from an issue that has caused him conflict in the past, or by embracing a new idea or beginning a new relationship, or choosing to accept a new challenge.

He has many options for how best to accomplish this task and has already chosen one.

It is important to him at this time in his life to maintain a certain level of mindfulness concerning his fundamental foundations.  For the dreamer this change is not a lateral move but an evolutionary shift in the nature or philosophy of his life, and his dream reflects his confidence in the matter.

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Dreams, part 3

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Dream interpretation suggestion #1

What we can learn from our dreams is highly subjective and uniquely personal; that’s why standard dream symbol books sometimes fail us.  Also, those who interpret dreams professionally don’t belong to a single philosophy; their approaches and perceptions vary.   I’m not a professional; I was led to pursue knowledge surrounding the subject as a matter of consequence.  The way I interpret dreams is strictly intuitive, approaching them from a spiritual viewpoint because I believe they are intended to support our life journeys, and prepare us for returning home after death.

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The journey is what you chose to make of it, or not.  Opportunities to grow never cease to present themselves; whether or not we chose to recognize or follow their lead is our choice.

To interpret your dreams you’ll need a notebook and pencil /pen to keep bed-side for recording dreams you remember.  Please write them down as quickly as possible because they can begin fading from conscious memory almost from the beginning.

Even though a dream interpretation book will not accurately explain each specific symbol in your dreams, it’s good to have one to use as a guideline, (I’ll delve a little deeper into this subject later), but the book I use is The Dream Book, Symbols for Self-Understanding by Betty Bethards.  I’ve read hundreds of dream interpretation books; this one works best for me.  Unfortunately the author passed away several years ago so I’m not sure how easy it is to get a new copy of her book, but I’ve found them online from time to time, and often in used book stores.

The first step should be done before retiring for the night: you must spiritually clear the space around your bed and your body of heavy, unwanted, or negative energy.  Personally, I smudge¹ using sage as I speak out loud saying something like : Only love and light in this space, only equal or higher frequency energy than my own allowed here.  I banish anything less from within the safe zone I have created.

After you have cleansed the area of negative energy using a ritual or format you are comfortable with, it’s time for the second step.  In order for anything to really work, we must set an intention.    Speaking out loud, repeat, for example, “It is my intention to deepen my understanding of the dreams I dream, and to enhance my connection with them, learning how to implement their wisdom into my waking life.”    Or perhaps, “It is my intention to live more consciously by understanding my dreams and incorporating their intuitive messages into the realities of my waking life.”

Say whatever feels right to you.

Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while for your subconscious mind to work with you, eventually you should be able to remember your dreams, or parts of them; and the parts you recall may be the most significant messages of all.

Keeping a Dream Notebook will reveal dreaming patterns that may be present.   I always see dreams as positive energy, even when, clearly, they address unpleasant aspects of life.  Even when they come in the form of nightmares dreams deliver powerful messages that clarify current and/or past challenges, or explain hidden truths lurking within more mundane aspects of waking life.

Dreams are tools, crutches and magnifying glasses readily available to each of us, intended to ease our travel through life.  Dreams serve as conduit to deeper depths of ourselves, and sometimes bridges to the other side.  Most of all, dreams are knowledge our subconscious minds offer to busy, distracted consciousness in efforts to provide balance, strength and wisdom.

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Our dreams are filled with symbols meant to awaken innate knowledge.  The colors and numbers we see in our dreams are important, carrying their own meanings.  Throughout history dream symbol meanings have generally been assigned by sages and philosophers.  Amazingly these definitions are similar or exactly the same in unrelated cultures.  But sometimes the accepted meanings of dream symbols differ from what the dreamer feels in his soul.  Remember, dreams relate to us individually and sometimes use symbolic language only we can hear.  So if a commonly defined dream symbol doesn’t resonate, follow your own interpretation reminding yourself the dream reflects your  instinctive inner voice, so who best to understand than you?

 

1 smudge:   “…a traditional Native American method of burning sacred herbs to produce a smoke cloud which is used in various cleansing or prayer ceremonies and purification or healing rituals…” www.mwarpaths2peachpipes.com

 

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