Personal Development and Spirituality Topics

with Karen Scheel

Utilize Your Dreams

This is one I always get hit with so if you (the reader) believe that you don’t dream then I will say to you what I have said to many throughout the years, which is “stay tuned.” 🙂 Contrary to what some believe, everyone dreams but not everyone remembers his or her dreams. At night we all journey into the world of dream-time where we enjoy the freedom that is native to our soul. The dreaming mind is the way our soul has spoken to us since the beginning of time. This intelligence speaks a universal language that comes in the service of healing and wholeness. Its wisdom guides us into the unknown inner realms of the self where we are able to receive messages from the real self – the subconscious – the higher self. It is through dreams that the subconscious mind speaks and reveals messages to the conscious mind. Some ancient cultures believed dream-time was the real life and that our ordinary reality is the dream. Dreams were used as a method of focusing on present and future situations. They warned about danger and predicted future events. All dreams have significance even though all dreams are not prophetic. They break new grounds and invite us to new levels of understanding and insight.

Dream interpretation is a process of using the conscious mind to dialogue with the subconscious mind. We explore the subconscious state with a conscious eye to look for the hidden meaning resting in the shadows, just below the surface of our ordinary reality. There are many types of dreams along with many ways to interpret a dream. Only the dreamer can say with certainty what meaning his or her dream may have. Over the course of the last thirty plus years, my research work with my own dreams suggests that there are primarily four types of dreams with the first two being the most common.

  1. Dreams that concern your ordinary reality.
  2. Dreams that concern messages for others.
  3. Lucid dreams.
  4. Dreams that are prophetic, messages from the deceased etc.

For the most part dreams usually reflect our state of consciousness or unconsciousness about the given circumstances surrounding our daily life. By learning how to interpret a dream’s multiple meanings and layers of significance it becomes possible for us to use them as a powerful self help tool to change and improve our lives.

Dream Catching is the first step. In order to remember a dream, we have to develop a relationship with the subconscious mind. We let this part of our being know that we want to hear what it has to say. The process is to invite our dreams before going to sleep. We may choose an elaborate way or just affirm something like, “When I awaken I will remember my dream.” Many times a simple affirmation before drifting off to sleep will be enough to trigger dream recall, or fragments of a dream. However, you may have to work at it. Therefore, keeping a pen and dream journal or a hand held recorder beside your bed demonstrates to the subconscious mind that you are serious.

Dream Tracking is the second step. Tape recording dreams is the easiest way to catch them, especially when awakened in the middle of the night. When you awaken at your normal hour set aside a few minutes of quiet time before getting up. Remain in the same position as when your eyes first opened. Do not make any sudden movements. You may want to keep your eyes closed – let the images and feelings surface. If you do not remember your dream then you may want to ask your psyche: “What was I dreaming?” Allow yourself to remain open to any images that may come. If nothing comes then ask: “What am I feeling?” Retell all or any part of a dream that you remember to yourself, which may help to bring the entire dream up to the surface. Speaking the dream aloud also helps with re-experiencing any feelings you may have had. This makes them feel more real and also helps with piecing the fragments altogether. Even if you cannot remember the entire dream then it is important to record any images, thoughts, words, or feelings that do filter through. No matter how insignificant they may seem, dream fragments many times contain the core essence of the message, or they can represent the beginning of establishing a relationship with your subconscious mind, which is providing a little information for a theme that will become more apparent later.

Dream Weaving is the third step. If using a tape recorder then transfer your dreams into your dream journal. Title and date your dream. Pay attention to the title as this usually comes from the same inner place that the dream came from. Write the dreams in the present tense. Write a few notes about what is going on in your life to help see patterns at some later date. Look for patterns and reoccurring themes. View all characters as facets of yourself. You may want to dialogue with the characters and images to gain insight for what they are trying to reveal to you about you. Think about what’s been going on in your daily life and how the dream may be trying to give you some guidance about how you are responding etc. Explain your dream in simple terms. Pretend you are trying to help a child understand the dream.

The following are some guidelines to help with dream weaving.

  • What is the context of the dream – the stage setting?
  • Who are the main characters in the dream – people I know or characters?
  • Could the people or characters represent aspects of myself – which aspects?
  • Who or what is the adversary?
  • Who or what is being wounded or healed?
  • Do I have a companion – who – what do I think or feel about this person?
  • What are the various feelings and emotions of others and myself in the dream?
  • How are others or am I acting in the dream?
  • Does the dream trigger any memories, thoughts, or feelings related to my past?
  • Are there any parallels to my present life?
  • What are the outstanding symbols in the dream?
  • How might the symbols relate to my thoughts, feelings, or personality now?
  • What are the main actions of the dream?
  • What am I avoiding or moving towards?
  • What does the dream want from me?
  • What is the positive message of the dream?
  • What is the negative (shadow) message?

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  1. Love this article it is informative and easy to follow. I have had some trouble with bad dreams lately, I dont know why, however I am going to use this method to help me figure it out. Thank You.

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