It makes sense to me that each one of us would like to take the simpler more direct route to achieving our life goals. If we can achieve our soul’s purpose, our true reason for being and incarnating at this time, without following a lot of blind alleys, I believe a positive simple method would surely be our preference.
Yet it often feels that earth is a difficult school to master. In pursuing our desired accomplishments unfortunately it seems we need to stumble here and there and occasionally metaphorically fall flat on our faces. It definitely would be positive and satisfying for us if there were a way to go an easier more productive roadway while using our talents and accomplishing our intended results.
This need or desire for accomplishing our goals with ease and simplicity is where our dreams can be of great help. Our dreams can assist in so many ways. In dreams we can literally try out different approaches without spending needless time and effort on solutions that will not or cannot work. Instead of our usual exhaustive way of trying first this way and then that possibility, through our dreams we can find a way to hone in on the most effective pathway without much time or physical effort.
How can we encourage our dreams to work for us and with us in our efforts? To solicit the required help from your personal dream maker it is necessary to convince your dream creator that you are truly interested and grateful for its help. One of the simple ways of showing your gratitude is to keep a dream journal with as much detail as you can recall from each dream. If you journal in a regular fashion you will find that your dreams occur with greater regularity while becoming more detailed and offering much helpful advice. By journaling and making an effort to understand the messages contained in the dreams, you are really saying to your dream composer “thank you, your help is appreciated. I am ready to receive more of your insight”.
When you are faced with important decisions concerning a particular desire, it is good to write in great detail what you wish to accomplish. Having done that you can read the details aloud to your dream self as you prepare to sleep. You can put into your one way conversation with the dream maker as much detail as you wish concerning the desired solution. Another helpful way to pave the way for important answers also is to say aloud “Tonight I will dream, remember and record the correct solution to this problem situation.
From time to time I have had clients say to me that they do not wish to remember dreams because they have had one or more nightmares. I say congratulations because a nightmare is a dramatic way of pointing out what you are ignoring in the daytime hours, something that really requires your attention. A nightmare can be the very best thing because it opens your eyes to an important issue requiring your investigation and probably decisive action.
Occasionally I have had clients insist that they simply never dream. Of course that is not true. What is true is that they are not remembering their dreams. We all dream multiple times through our night’s sleep.
How do you become more conscious of your dreams in order to remember as much detail as possible? That is fairly simple. First when you feel yourself starting to wake from sleep, do not move your body and do not open your eyes. Remain in the position you were lying in with your eyes closed.
Next without moving, search your mind to identify your last thought, sight or feeling. Perhaps you only saw color. Perhaps you felt heat or cold. You might remember a sound or fragrance. As you started to wake were you full of a particular emotion: joy, fear, anticipation? Did you interact with other people or animals in the dream scene?
No matter how miniscule your memory of the dream, write down as much as you can without worrying or analyzing those fragments to see whether they make sense or even if they are spelled right! Start with the last thing you remember, then what came before that in the dream and what came before that! This is not the time to start analyzing or working on the message, just remember as much as you can and then save it. Putting your memories on paper or on a recording device will allow other parts of the dream to come back to you throughout the day.
Do not judge yourself for not immediately being able to put together every dream in its entirety. With continual work using this process night after night you will find yourself remembering much more easily and with greater detail.
When you have saved ten or more dreams you may wish to begin looking for repetitive patterns in the dreams. Patterns can reveal and highlight parts of the meaningful messages. It is helpful to note if any of the dreams have similar emotions, settings or locations, the same people or other repeating aspects.
At this point you might start your dream symbol dictionary. For instance, my daughter felt that the sight of me breaking an egg on my third eye in a dream meant hatching a new idea! If you look carefully at any repetition in dreams you will have your own symbols coming to your attention. In days past for instance when I saw two white dogs and one black dog the dream was really focusing on the mindset of my two stepchildren and had nothing to do with dogs at all!
We all have symbols that mean something special to us as individuals. How do you feel about a dream that contains distant steeples, black cats, toilets (if you are not a plumber!), the second story of a dark home, a shovel. The list could go on and on. What is true is that your feeling or dream interpretation of any of these items would be different than mine. That is why your dream symbol dictionary could reveal a lot of meaning for you.
I wish you many nights and days of happy dreaming!