How to Work with Dreams
In the last couple of day I have been remembering a lot of my dreams and really felt they were interacting with my life, giving me signals and information for me to stay still and reflect.
I also always ask clients if they remember dreams as dreams can bring such powerful messages about your life and your developmental process.
Inspired by my personal dreaming storm I decided to share how I work with my own dreams. When I help clients work with their own dream there is much more possible, I can guide other back inside their dreams and explore in depth the meaning of them. However, there is a lot that you can do on your own, as I do, to receive the gift the dream is bringing you.
The very first thing that you need to do is to write down your dream.
The obvious reason is that otherwise you may easily forget the dream, as dream come from a different level of consciousness that we tend to leave by awakening. The other reason is that when you write a dream you manage to go deep into the story and the sensations that the dreams brought with it. As you describe it in writing you are inevitably going deeper in its meaning and some reflection could already happen in this stage.
One of my dreams, for instance was about getting locked out of the house, as I was writing the dream I realized that in the dream I saw a name that was not mine on the doorbell, that way I realized while writing that it was not my house. Being the house the symbol for our personality, my reflections process got jolted.
The second step in interpreting your own dreams is to observe what get your attention in the dream. There are often a number of details in the dreams, however, it is really common that either you can remember only one or two aspects of the dream and forgot all the others, or you remember all the aspects, but somehow you get stuck on a specific detail. Follow that hint, it is your Arianna's thread.
What to do with such a hint?
There we come to the third step: ask yourself questions.
What are your associations with what you remember of the dreams? What do those symbol represent for you?
Does the dream got you thinking to a particular aspect of your life?
Allow your creativity to produce even more questions and allow time to bring you the answers.
Whit this step you start a journey inside yourself, there could be a lot of things coming up, new and old. The important things is that you don't loose your grounding and you can do that by going back, every time you find yourself lost in a deep reflection, to the question:
How can I use this insight in my life?
A forth tip I want to give you, in case you want to go even deeper, is to meditate on your dream. A way I know to do that is to sit in silence, your eyes closed, relax and visualize with your mind's eye your dream being brought inside an energy center located in between your eyebrow: the silence point. Allow your dream and this energy point to interact and enjoy the insight on a mental, emotional or spiritual level that this brings you.
But most of all enjoy the process.
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