Your dreams can be a continual source of warning, inspiration and guidance all your life, if you train yourself to listen to your inner Spirit.
1. Dreaming normally occupies about a quarter of each night’s sleep.
- Therefore, on average, you spend one-twelfth of your life-time dreaming.
- Everybody dreams every night, during 4-5 periods of Rapid Eye Movement sleep.
- Your big muscles are inhibited from movement during REM periods, to prevent action.
- You can improve your recall by recording your dream as soon as you wake up.
2. You dream mainly about your current emotional concerns.
- Dream feelings are real; your body feels them; you may laugh, cry or scream.
- They often express under-lying daytime feelings more intensely.
- They often present different perspectives on your current problems.
3. The sense of identity, “I”, in your dreams is called the Dream Ego.
- It is a reflected image of your Waking Ego, the centre of consciousness.
- It usually shows how you feel in some aspect of your life at the time.
- Other figures in the dream may signify people close to you, or aspects of yourself.
4. The dream-stories about You come from a different source than your Ego.
- This source seems to be a creative observer in touch with all aspects of your life.
- Carl Jung called it the Self, the central point of balance in the psyche.
- He also called it “the archetype of the Divine;” your “spark of God within.”
- Many dreams convey a strong sense of guidance, warning or affirmation.
5. Imagery in dreams comes mostly from your memory, creatively collated.
- Interpretation therefore depends mainly on your own associations.
- Some imagery comes more from your sub-conscious cultural background.
- Most of your dreams are metaphor-stories, like parables or cartoons.
- They often show you unconscious patterns in your own behaviour, eg running away.
6. Nightmares express strong feelings anticipating or following traumatic events
- They indicate a need for healing, protection, comfort – or courage to act assertively.
- Recurring dreams usually indicate unresolved grief, trauma or emotional conflict.
- Persistent nightmares may indicate a need for psychotherapy, parallel to recurring pain.
- The hallucinations of mental illness, fever, drugs or sleep-deprivation seem to be extreme forms of dreaming, due to chemical conditions in the brain.
7. Archetypal visions come from the Collective Unconscious of the human race.
- Nearly all the world’s major religions have begun with powerful visions.
- The Bible is full of dreams and visions, from Genesis to Acts to Revelations.
- Some dreams have major political impact, eg in India, Palestine, Afghanistan, etc.
8. Dreams have inspired artists, scientists, authors, musicians, inventors, films…
- They are a major source of creative inspiration and problem-solving.
- When you have a big problem on your mind, “sleep on it” for help.
9. Around one third of us have telepathic, clairvoyant or precognitive dreams.
- Some dreams seem to carry detailed memories from past lives, or forthcoming events.
10. Around the time of death
- Many people report visions of the beyond, or seeing the spirit depart; and the dying in all cultures report glimpses of departed ones coming to greet them.
This article was posted for Dream Network Aotearoa – New Zealand
Article posted 30 April 2014.