Dreams - the Gateway to Self-Learning

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Dreams - Gateway to Self Learning

The Magic of Your Dreams
I've been a strong proponent of dreamtime work, as a spiritual tool, for many years now. I have been an active dreamtime worker and have personally seen the benefits of such spiritual study, not only with regard to changes, healing and acceleration in my own life but as a healer.

I'm often called out into the dreamtime world to work with others, in my capacity of holding sacred space for healing and allowing the channeling thru of healing energies on behalf of another.

I encourage you to explore your dreams as more than just the ruminations of your unconscious or a meaningless mish-mash of details. The slightest detail I can bring back from a Medicine Dream, which is a dream within which is energetic transformative power, is of great value in my own life. I have some information online now, about the way I work with my dreamtime. If you have an interest, please visit my section on dream interpretation

What if you had a secret room, a vast library containing all the knowledge you would ever need to make decisions and live your life to the fullest? The dreamtime is such a place if you know how to access it.

If you are like most people, you've had the experience of being jarred awake from a dream that seemed more real than waking life. Perhaps it was frightening, even bizarre, but most memorable. Did you ever stop to wonder why that dream occurred, and no, it probably wasn't indigestion!

Most are familiar with the concept of "working things out through our dreams" so this is not to be a time of discussing that approach.

It is generally accepted that at least some dreams may have emotional significance to issues and problems currently in a person's life.

What is not so generally known is that a person's focused dreamtime intent, in partnership with the higher aspects that are at work when we go to sleep, can effect a far greater utilization of the dream state as a tool for healing. This is a natural part of Native-American and other indigenious teachings but the western world has largely ignored the value of such a spiritual partnership with our dream state.

By simply focusing your intent to learn more from your dreams, you will begin to see that a communication between your conscious and subconscious levels will emerge.

It may take a while for this communication to evolve to the point that you can understand what dreams are trying to tell you about your life, but if you decide to dedicate some time and attention to dreamtime work, the effort will reward you with greater self-awareness, clarity, growth and expansion.

I've personally devoted time to study of my own dreams for many years now,and also to helping others understand their dreams. In the process of learning this way of self-healing, three simple steps were invaluable to me. I pass those along to you now.

THREE STEPS FOR INCREASING DREAMTIME AWARENESS:

1. ASK FOR DREAMTIME GUIDANCE

Before I go to bed at night, I ask for dreamtime help. I may ask for healing with a certain area of my life, or guidance with a decision. I may also, as a healer, volunteer to go out and work with others who might need help. The bible says "Ask and ye shall receive." Once I started asking, and made the commitment to give attention to what I was given in my dreams, remarkable changes began to occur in all areas of my life.

2. PROGRAM YOUR DREAM TIME INTENT

After I have asked for help, I program my intent to recieve my statements such as "I want to remember my dreams. I am going to remember my dreams". For me, this simple focus increases my recall.

3. REVIEW YOUR DREAMS IMMEDIATELY ON WAKING

Each morning, I review whatever I can remember of my dreams, as a way of honoring the gifts and understanding the meanings. Before getting up and moving around, I just take a few moments to see what is there from dreamtime. When I first began this work, I journaled my dreams and found it very valuable, until it became automatic to review on waking.

If you will practice just these three things, I believe you will begin to understand the spiritual messages within your dreams, gain more clarity on your lifepath, and increase your intuitive sensing.


Lucid Dreaming Kit - Lucid dreaming is becoming "aware" you are dreaming and using this knowledge to control your dreams. In a lucid dream, everything is as realistic as waking life - perhaps even more so.

The extra 90% of your brain is "unlocked" during this time. Use it to accomplish extraordinary things: chat with Einstein, express your inner fantasies, overcome fears, invent new products, design a screenplay.

With lucid dreaming, you can reclaim the third of your life you spend sleeping - and turn it into a positive self-development workshop!





















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Two very different approaches to tapping the wisdom of the unconsious, which is a lot about the world of the dream state, were Freud and Jung.

I personally found Freud to be quite abrasive to my own approach to dreamtime work and ponder whether he was truly balanced enough in any area of his own life to really set down, in psychiatry concrete, beliefs about how our subconscious and superconscious minds work.

I found a very interesting essay on the subject, by Dr. C. George Boeree, and I've included a small excerpt below. To read Dr. Boeree's essay in full, please visit Carl Jung, 1875 - 1961, Personality Theories

Freud said that the goal of therapy was to make the unconscious conscious. He certainly made that the goal of his work as a theorist.

Yet he makes the unconscious sound very unpleasant, to say the least: It is a cauldron of seething desires, a bottomless pit of perverse and incestuous cravings, a burial ground for frightening experiences which nevertheless come back to haunt us.

Frankly, it doesn't sound like anything I'd like to make conscious!

A younger colleague of his, Carl Jung, was to make the exploration of this "inner space" his life's work.

He went equipped with a background in Freudian theory, of course, and with an apparently inexhaustible knowledge of mythology, religion, and philosophy.

Jung was especially knowledgeable in the symbolism of complex mystical traditions such as Gnosticism, Alchemy, Kabala, and similar traditions in Hinduism and Buddhism. If anyone could make sense of the unconscious and its habit of revealing itself only in symbolic form, it would be Carl Jung.

He had, in addition, a capacity for very lucid dreaming and occasional visions.

In the fall of 1913, he had a vision of a "monstrous flood" engulfing most of Europe and lapping at the mountains of his native Switzerland.

He saw thousands of people drowning and civilization crumbling. Then, the waters turned into blood.

This vision was followed, in the next few weeks, by dreams of eternal winters and rivers of blood. He was afraid that he was becoming psychotic.

But on August 1 of that year, World War I began.

Jung felt that there had been a connection, somehow, between himself as an individual and humanity in general that could not be explained away.

From then until 1928, he was to go through a rather painful process of self-exploration that formed the basis of all of his later theorizing.

He carefully recorded his dreams, fantasies, and visions, and drew, painted, and sculpted them as well.

Jung found that his experiences tended to form themselves into persons, beginning with a wise old man and his companion, a little girl.

The wise old man evolved, over a number of dreams, into a sort of spiritual guru.

The little girl became "anima," the feminine soul, who served as his main medium of communication with the deeper aspects of his unconscious.

Dream Work and Healers Do you do energetic healing work? If so, and if you regularly have dreams where you are helping someone in some way, you may be going out in dreamtime and doing etheric work as a healer.

Most dream analysis experts will tell you that every person in the dream represent an aspect of yourself but I know this isn't true, at least in my own case.

For example, I once dreamed of a woman with long black hair and bangs, singing a song on her guitar. I woke up, not knowing what it meant but memorizing the tune and the words I had heard.

The very next night after this dream, a friend from out of town came in for a visit. As she walked up the sidewalk, I saw another person behind her. It was the woman in my dream, exactly. Same hair, exactly.

What I didn't know was that she was a songwriter, and that she had her guitar in the car. She went on to record that song. However, I don't think the dream was particularly for her to record that song as much as it was to affirm faith in her, and to give her mother an experience. My friend later told me that when this woman played that song, her mother cried.

This is one clear example where I know the dream represented someone real, someone I was to assist. There have been many others, but they are harder to prove.

For example, I talk on my dream blog about a dream where I was called to the hospital bed of a man who was dying. A male relative called me there. I found myself sitting next to the man, who had been in a terrible car accident. He turned to me and said "I'm lost".

I knew he didn't mean lost in the biblical sense of going to hell, but he meant he didn't know where to go or what to do. Then, the man's body levitated above the table, just enough for my body to fit beneath him. I felt myself sliding under him and then he came back down to rest, on my body. I began rocking back and forth but soon realized this was too much for him and slowed down to an almost imperceptible rocking left to right. His Spirit left him, in some level of peace.

I knew it was real, and I knew I was working as healer in that dream. His name was Chris.