15 September 2017
In the dream, a guy and I are walking outside of a building to a yard where he has a collection of special items which he treasures. He shows me one and it’s beautiful. I tell him that. He picks it up and shows me details of it. It’s sort of like a music box with a very detailed scene on the top with figurines. He tells me that he bought it for me as he uses the tip of his fingers to polish in a few spots. Somehow it feels like the most special gift I’ve ever received and I tell him thank you. I love it.
When we turn to walk back he puts his arm around me and I put mine around him. I feel so close to him right there.
My analysis: Sometimes positive dreams come as a reminder of the good times so that it is easier to call this to mind when something comes up in the day which makes it easy to forget.
In this case. the dream is reminding me that sometimes the very simplest of gifts can have a huge impact and be very meaningful. Gifts in a dream are symbols for gifts of character in real life. A music box is something which plays music and lifts the spirit. So the dream is reminding me to notice how sharing of gifts, of skills, in relationships can lift the spirit.
What I can do is think about what relationships in my life can be uplifted and how I can share my inner gifts with others to bring joy.
Sometimes a positive dream like this shows up to remind you of something you are really good at because you will need those skills for what is coming up next.
What is a positive dream you’ve had lately? Can you think of how it applies to a gift you have in real life? Please share your comments below!
02 September 2017
In the dream, I was visiting friends, sitting on a couch watching TV. Someone brought out a bong and some weed and we all started smoking it. I watched how the others inhaled through their mouth & nose and then copied them. They passed it all around and then re-filled it and were going to pass it around again but then someone from next door banged on the door telling us we were being too noisy and to go to bed.
I just sat there on the couch, feeling really high, watching the TV.
A friend who is dressed as a police officer in the dream comes over and she was high too. She flopped on the couch and we started laughing together.
Getting high in a dream is a metaphor for going to high states of mind or being. In real life, it’s not advisable to use any sort of stimulant to alter the mind and perception, nor is it recommended to become attached to any material object or person. It’s also always wise to practice living within the bounds of moderation in all things. So in real life, smoking weed is not the ideal way to “get high.”
But in the dream it is the perfect metaphor for rising above the limiting conditions of this world and getting to a positive state of mind.
The dream is saying that I can get myself to a really high state of mind and be comfortable with it. I join in with a group so that also means that I can be in an uplifted and elevated state of mind with others as well.
This is about having a positive perspective and arising above challenges & limitations in day-to-day living.
07 September 2017
Every year, since I was 14 I’ve participated in a 19-Day Fast in March.
Many people around the world participate in this Fast from the age of 15 – 70 but when I was 14 I was so eager to begin that I couldn’t wait and so I gave it a try a year earlier than most. The aim is to avoid food & drink from sunrise to sunset for 19 days. The only year I didn’t participate fully was when I was nursing in 2005. This is a time for turning away from material & physical realms and focusing on the spiritual & non-physical realms.
Last year, I fasted for a short time but then a terrible sinus infection prevented me from continuing because it required a doctor’s attention and she recommended a strong prescription which prevented me from fasting for the full 19 days.
The 19-Day Fast is one of my favourite times of year and I regard it with a lot of reverence and Joy. When I couldn’t Fast, I felt disappointed and grieved at the missed opportunity.
It is such a refreshing time of revitalizing and cleansing and improves my digestion to a high degree. This year I have been feeling some stomach pains which I haven’t felt in about a decade and I think some of it is in part due to not Fasting for the full 19 days in 2017. My digestive system did not get the rest and recovery which it has grown accustomed to annually.
So this year, I’m not waiting until February to begin preparing for the Fast in March. I’m beginning today!
You may be asking yourself – What does this have to do with Dreamwork?
Well, for one thing, I tend to have very interesting dreams during the Fast and that is a Joy to look forward to but the other thing is that my dreams in the past two weeks have been bringing to my attention some things which impacted me last year which resulted in my getting sick and missing out on the Fast.
When I realized this is what my dreams were telling me, I decided to write about it today. In this way, I can turn my gaze towards March 2018 and be well prepared for a very happy and successful Fast with full and complete heath.
Stay tuned for more to come!
05 September 2017
In 2009, I started analyzing my dreams with the intention to transform the negatives I was encountering into positives. The focus of this work involves being able to really take a look at the metaphors in a dream, to sit with them for some time, even days, to understand the meaning and then to consider where can the meaning & message be applied to real life.
In 2011, I started to really see how I used to let others drive my life in the direction which suited them best without giving thought to who I really was and what I really wanted. People in a position of power or authority in an organization, or a family or a faith group will often go to great lengths to do what they see as protecting their position.
In 2014, I started writing about what I was seeing and have continued this daily practice until today. When someone shows up in a dream and is doing something negative it is helpful to think of them as a metaphor and to just think of turning the volume of their voice WAY down. This is a helpful technique for real people in a personal relationship or for negative political figures or colleagues. They get a big thrill from bringing people into the “fight” and for them it can give them a rush like a drug they get addicted to.
Now in 2017, I’ve learned how to detach from the lies and how to step outside the real or imagined conflict and how to just direct my good intentions and work in more productive ways. When one person keeps showing up in my dreams night after night it shows me there is some work to do around this issue. Since I am also having a lot of positive dreams of playfulness and joy with others it tells me that all is well and in time the source of the negative will reveal itself. In time, with attention and diligence, the negatives can be flipped to positives with the development of increased capacity and virtues.
Here is another dream of my Mom talking bad about me to others and rallying people to rise up against me stating false claims as though they were true.
This time we were at a restaurant. She invited me there as though she wanted to be nice and make amends but when others were not watching or listening she whispered cruel things in my ears and she ridiculed and harassed me. When I pushed back to create space then she taunted me and turned to others saying, “See how she pushes me away.”
The craziness of her behaviour is enough to drive anyone mad but I didn’t get mad in the dream I just left the restaurant. There were two young Asian girls outside who were very excited about the thousands of lanterns and decorations hanging from trees, creating a canopy. Their excitement brought me joy.
In another dream, there was a close and physical intimate interaction with some I care about and we ended up laughing. In dreams, physical intimacy is about merging with the qualities of another person. It is a metaphor for emotional intimacy and closeness. It’s good to have a positive dream like this because it reminds me that I can be positive no matter what others say about me or against me.