DRAFT: 9 Articles About Principles

9 Main Principles of Dreamwork/Changework Process:

 

  1. Humans have two natures: Higher and Lower. Animal and Spiritual. Ego and True Self.

 

  1. The ego/lower-nature is fear-based and always seeking to take over the life of the individual.

 

  1. The True Self is a spiritual being, heart-based, and is always seeking to grow, improve and develop characteristics such as Compassion, Patience, Perseverance, Love.

 

  1. There are two ways to think of dreams – they can be thought of as another world which our souls travel to when we sleep or they can be thought of as the universe within our own beings which we experience as our inner condition.

 

  1. Dreams give us specially-designed metaphors for our spiritual development & growth.

 

  1. Dreams help us see where ego (fear and it’s related emotions) were operating unconsciously in our lives with negative results. When we understand this message and can find the positives we can embrace many opportunities for new growth.

 

  1. Animals in dreams are metaphors for qualities which are under-developed or growing. Like humans, animals also have negative & positive aspects of their nature. When we understand the message of an animal in a dream and the potential for us to develop the good of that animal then we can practice is a lot in real life.

 

  1. The more we practice a certain virtue in real life such as Playfulness, Strength, Excellence then we will dream of people who have this quality. When we dream of people with these qualities then we are really able to start integrating more of it in our day-to-day life. The more we come to identify with the new positive quality the more others come to see us and name us with that virtue, for example they might say “She is the kind of person who is Patient.” Then the quality is there to call on whenever a situation requires it.

 

  1. When you find out how ego is showing up in your life, the solution is the positive opposite of whatever the challenge is. (More on this later)

How To Eliminate Ego & Develop The True Self

HOW TO ELIMINATE EGO & DEVELOP THE TRUE SELF

In waking life, everyone has their dark and light sides. Everyone is a bit positive and a bit negative. It is up to each of us as individuals to learn about our own dark side and seek to make changes so that there can be more light.

In real life, there was someone in the past whose dark side made messes in my life. They themselves remain largely unconscious of the impact. Their negative actions actually triggered a lot of ego-response in me. What I mean by this is that the more they were aggressive towards me, for example, and I had to cope with it, then negative patterns started to develop within me as a result. And this led to my life not really going in the direction I wanted it to go in. I couldn’t develop myself the way I wanted to in my home life, my work life or my community life because of this negative pattern.

Over time, the more I learned to detach and transcend the negative fear-based responses within myself, the less control the person had over me to make me feel negatively. Even though sometimes words they said would still echo in my mind long after they said them.

When the negative person no longer had such influence on me externally, I still had to work on the impact they made in my memories. The longer a negative person is in your life the more memories there are to work with and the more time it will take to eliminate the negative.

I’ll give you an example of what I mean.

Let’s say someone you work with, a boss for example, criticizes your behaviour at work. Let’s say they tell you that you are no good at handing in reports and you are lazy or something like that. When you go home, you will remember what they said, maybe even hear them say it again and you might come to believe this message and find you are also no good at filling out paperwork at home either and lack motivation. You’ve let their words echo in your mind and influence how you see yourself and how you behave, even long after leaving work.

Now let’s say you permanently leave your work environment because of the negative conditions. It will take time and diligence to notice when you are letting the old negative experience of the critical boss influence you even when you are now in a new and positive environment with a positive boss.

When you find yourself doubting your ability to perform in one way or another, you can check in and see if you were “letting your old boss in your head” so to speak.

Whatever quality or capacity you use to decrease the influence of the old memory on you is a part of your Higher Self. And eventually in time even the old memories can no longer influence you either. It’s like turning down the volume on the negatives and turning up the volume on the positives.

In this case, with practice the virtue missing can be developed eventually. Then there would be Orderliness and Enthusiasm, for instance. With a lot of these put together, there is no room for inadequate reports and laziness anymore.

I’m trying to show in this example how when you change the way you think of yourself, or the way you let others speak of you or about you, then you can think of yourself in new and positive ways.

Napolean Hill said it best when he proclaimed, “What you can Conceive, and Believe, you can Achieve.”

And this is true, even for simple things such as getting a form filled out.
In essence, when you first do inner work on your thoughts and then do outer work on your behaviours you can in fact create a new self.

Letter to Rhett and Link: Rhett’s Dream Interpretation

Here is a letter I wrote to Rhett & Link last year and posted on their Community.

Hi Rhett and Link – My daughter Gracie and I watch your videos all the time. We really enjoy them so much. What you are doing is excellent. It’s playful, fun, and makes us laugh all the time.

I wanted to share something with you about the dreams you shared in this episode about joint dreaming. I shared this video with author Richard Hastings who has a website called Dreams For Peace (www.dreamsforpeace.wordpress.com).

He’s listened to thousands of dreams over the past couple decades and I’ve found his interpretations really inspiring. He watched your video and here’s what he wrote:

“The woman in the dream is who she thinks the world wants her to become which she is freaked out about. The woman in his dream represents what he thinks he will end up with if he advances too much. What they both share is a lack of clarity about what they are after. They know they don’t want society’s vision of success, but they also don’t have an alternative view.

When they find out what they want, then they can move toward it. They are haunted by the cultural goal because they have nothing else. This is why when you do the work of transformation it is never just about elimination. It is always about moving forward to something higher. A lot of people in that age range have the same way of being stuck. I spent a lot of years believing that if the person at the top would go, then everything would be fine. This is the issue of people of my generation. But when they go, there is nothing to replace it. So that is why my vision is to build a culture of transformation. ”

Rhett & Link, I’d be interested in hearing what you thought about this. I like when you talk about dreams. Looking forward to hearing more! Rachel and Gracie (& Richard)

Here is the episode I’m referring to.

Interpreting Rhett’s Dream: Link’s Pilot License

Here are the key parts of Rhett’s dream:

  • 100% sure Link has a pilot’s license
  • at one point realizing he’s dreaming but still knowing it’s true that link has a pilot’s license
  • they needed to fly somewhere and he knew Link can fly us there
  • he remembered when Link flew back in college for his grandfather’s funeral and in real life Link didn’t pilot the plane but in the dream it was as though he did
  • then, in the dream, Link says “let’s go fly” and rhett thinks they are going to get into Link’s plane
  • instead of getting a plane they hooked themselves up to a powered parachute which Rhett’s wanted to go on – a paraglider – with a fan on the back but it’s rocket boosters
  • which you do need a license to operate
  • they were flying around in these and there was someone else but details are foggy
  • they both land but one of link’s boosters wouldn’t turn off so he went flying up over a mountain horizon
  • he hits the ground and there’s an explosion
  • out of the explosion rises this incredible castle
  • it’s like an amusement park castle
  • rhett and the other person walk up to the castle
  • a door opens and out walks link with long black dreadlocks
  • link had transformed, done a transfiguration, into a wise man

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Air is about the future and to fly in a dream is about the future.

At first it seems Link is the one with the licence and in a dream that would be an issue because it’s always best for the dreamer to be in the driver’s/pilot’s seat of their own dreams.

But it turns out okay because both Rhett & Link have their own para-gliders and it means they must both have their license to fly.

So this is about each being able to direct the direction of their own movements in life.

When they land but Link continues up over the horizon it means there is something his higher self is calling him to do.

The explosion, castle and new Link is about a process of transformation which comes when we follow where our True Self wants us to go.

Wisdom comes from the experience of change.

The dream seemed to be quite positive so that means to go for whatever opportunities are opening up. It’s leading to new experiences which will feel like enjoying a personally-designed amusement park.

 

 

 

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9 Principles of Dreamwork/Changework

9 Main Principles of Dreamwork/Changework Process:
  1. Humans have two natures: Higher and Lower. Animal and Spiritual. Ego and True Self.
  2. The ego/lower-nature is fear-based and always seeking to take over the life of the individual.
  3. The True Self is a spiritual being, heart-based, and is always seeking to grow, improve and develop characteristics such as Compassion, Patience, Perseverance, Love.
  4. There are two ways to think of dreams – they can be thought of as another world which our souls travel to when we sleep or they can be thought of as the universe within our own beings which we experience as our inner condition.
  5. Dreams give us specially-designed metaphors for our spiritual development & growth.
  6. Dreams help us see where ego (fear and it’s related emotions) were operating unconsciously in our lives with negative results. When we understand this message and can find the positives we can embrace many opportunities for new growth.
  7. Animals in dreams are metaphors for qualities which are under-developed or growing. Like humans, animals also have negative & positive aspects of their nature. When we understand the message of an animal in a dream and the potential for us to develop the good of that animal then we can practice is a lot in real life.
  8. The more we practice a certain virtue in real life such as Playfulness, Strength, Excellence then we will dream of people who have this quality. When we dream of people with these qualities then we are really able to start integrating more of it in our day-to-day life. The more we come to identify with the new positive quality the more others come to see us and name us with that virtue, for example they might say “She is the kind of person who is Patient.” Then the quality is there to call on whenever a situation requires it.
  9. When you find out how ego is showing up in your life, the solution is the positive opposite of whatever the challenge is. (More on this later)

 

If you would like to learn more about how to interpret your dreams, check out Dreamwork: How To Interpret Your Dreams.