We are physical, mental, emotional, spiritual beings and we are dreamers.
Light in the Darkness: How Dreams Illuminate Your Soul is the title of the workshop I led for almost 50 people last Friday. I was glad to see people of both sexes, all ages from pre-teen to elderly, & a wide variety of faiths represented for this is a natural experience that has no boundaries. Our dreams have messages meant to illuminate our souls & guide our lives if we are aware of our personal symbols & have the courage to act on what feels right.
My background includes over 30 years of dream journal writing & interpreting the dreams that resonate on a deeper level than ordinary dreams influenced by the day’s events. I believe the awake life informs my dreams & that my dream life informs my awake life- two aspects of my total being. Over the years, I’ve studied the work of Rudolf Steiner, Carl Jung, Sandra Ingerman & other shamanic practitioners, & Robert Moss. His particular viewpoint seems very much aligned with mine. Writers coming from a shamanic background or those with native influences understand the importance of dreams for they can impact the individual and even the entire community.
I spent part of the evening describing different types of dreams from daydreams that we have when we are totally awake to lucid dreaming (that in-between state where we are aware of dreaming) to night dreams that occur while our body is asleep. These “asleep dreams” were my focus.
Dreams are your personal oracles, coming to you in ways you can understand with imagery that means something special to you. Even if archetypal symbols such as angels, fairies, Mother Earth, Merlin, an eagle, a cave, or the Tree of Life appear, they are appearing because they have personal meaning in addition to their cultural symbolism. Messages are always for your greatest & highest good. Nightmares, although terrifying at the time, are unique opportunities to face our fears, reflect, explore, & grow.
- be little dreams that simply reflect your day’s experiences- books you’ve read, things that happened at work, or stories you saw on the evening news
- allow your soul (spirit) to travel across time or space
- connect you to the deceased, who are letting you know they are ok and still with you in some way or maybe they are trying to impart wisdom to shine a light on something you haven’t seen clearly
- inform decisions you need to make in your awake life or offer a creative solution to a problem
- connect you to spirit guides, power animals, or magic objects like flying carpets or hollow tree trunks that lead to other worlds
- reveal your deepest desires at soul level regarding your higher purpose, relationships, career concerns
- be premonitions of events in your life, those around you, or the greater world community
For each of those examples, participants had dreams to share, dreams that demonstrated the importance of recalling the dream & opening to the dream’s message. I was very clear to state several times that only the dreamer can accurately interpret his or her dream. I can suggest strategies to improve dream interpretation but I cannot say what the dream means for the dreamer. Even dream dictionaries & books about symbols can only scratch the surface. You’ll know when an interpretation is correct by the way it makes you feel. This is an intuitive process.
The last segment of Light in the Darkness explored ways to increase dream recollection…
- journal writing
- orally sharing dreams with others
- dream reentry (a technique suggested bu Robert Moss)
- dream reenactments (another Moss-inspired technique)
It’s not at all surprising that profound things happen when participants share their dreams & perform reenactments. I look forward to going through my own dream journals to discover even more about this fascinating phenomenon that defies scientific explanation. Yes, we can study REM sleep & brain waves but the mystical messages & imagery in dreams remains a mystery.