Knowing the Landscapes of our DreamsIn this blog post we will attend to personal dreaming and developing our own vocabulary around our own dreams.Dreaming is very healthy for us. It is a time to interact with the library of our soul and be fed by it, to explore the subconscious parts of ourselves, and be held and nurtured by the Dark Goddess of the inner Earth: The One Who Brings the Dreams. Scientific research is currently discovering the importance of dreaming to our overall health and well-being. There are many dictionaries and systems for dream interpretation; however, I encourage everyone to develop their own vocabulary around their dreams. They are the landscapes of our souls and other lifetimes, images and layered impressions of personal experiences we are transforming or coming to understand. In fact dreamtime is the chance to integrate and more deeply understand all of these.
In a dream circle a few weeks back we began to sense a pattern emerging. People had dreamt of people from their childhood who had hurt them, they had dreamt of small children who were in essence on their own in the world through no fault of their own. One woman had had a powerful dream of stumbling stones in a dark forest*. This pattern felt so strong to all of us we decided we would need to divine into the dreams to gain more information. The divination revealed a need for our attention to be drawn to the unseen; the unseen beings from our past who vie at our essence desperately, the unseen children of this world who are struggling, the unseen ones whose lives were lost in mass tragedy and many more.
Many people tell me they have trouble sleeping, or staying asleep, or they have upsetting dreams. In an earlier post I presented ways to work with feeling more grounded and more sense of purpose. This is very important to do in the morning. Yet it is also really important at night, as we get ready to go to sleep. Here I will share some strategies for helping us get a better and safer night’s sleep.
SAFETY IN DREAMS EXERCISE: In preparing ahead of time for dealing with upsetting dreams, sit down either alone or with a supportive friend or loved one, and practice the following chant: “I’m a dream body and I cannot be hurt.” Say it many many times so you memorize it. It really helps to practice it with a friend or loved one or just someone willing to help. Our objective is to commit it so deeply to memory that when we find ourselves having an upsetting dream, we can say it right in the middle of the dream while we are still asleep. It will help us turn the dream in a better direction toward safety. When you’ve practiced it for a while, stop and notice what you are feeling in your body. You can share that with you friend or loved one, and if they practice it, they can share with you as well.