The captivating movie, "What Dreams May Come" explores the question of what happens after death with a dream-like feel. The title conjures up for me the question "What do our dreams really mean?"
I had a dream last night. It was unlike any other dream I have ever had. I remember quite a bit of the details and how I felt in the dream. I remember being around people I liked, if not loved. We were looking at objects in front of us. These things were of no particular size or color. They were common things, like plates or small boxes. What was odd was that they began to float in the air. They also began to change shape and color and became thin, like air and I could wave my hand through them. I felt joyfully mesmerized by these objects. Giddy.
All during the day today I have been going along the normal way and then the memory of the dream seeps into my consciousness. This dream needs analyzing!
Part of what I do as a coach is dream analysis. We use the Carl Jung method, and what comes from it is an understanding of the messages we are receiving from our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind takes in far more information from our environment than our conscious mind, and the messages can be very insightful and help us in our lives. Here are the four steps to analyzing your dreams!
1) Write down the details of the dream.
So, the first thing to do is to come up with the main subjects of the dream that I remember, which are the people around me, the space around me, and the objects I saw. I will then come up with adjectives to describe them, and actually become them to help me to really get deeply into the experience. After all, the details in our dreams are really parts of our own subconscious. I then need to ascertain why those things are there to help me. It may all sound confusing, but stay with me. Here is how I become the parts of the dream.
2) Become the subjects of the dream.
The room: I am a dimly lit room. I am cozy, dark and non-threatening.
The people: I am friends and loved ones to Bonnie. I am sharing, friendly, enthusiastic.
The objects: I am interesting, changing, and playful.
My hands: I am reaching outward to touch the objects, I feel weightless, I am open fingered. I am gentle.
3) Why are the subjects here and how are they here to help me?
Why is the room there, and how is the room there to help Bonnie? I am here to help Bonnie feel safe during times of change for her. (Interesting!) I am dim so that she can see the magic that is in front of her with out distraction. (Wow!) Why are the people here and how are they here to help Bonnie? We are here to give Bonnie a sense of community and belonging during the changes in her life. We share her delight in the magic and are here to join with her in enthusiasm at what is in front of her. Why are the objects here, and how are they going to help Bonnie? We are here to demonstrate the magic and joy you have in life. We want to remind Bonnie that every moment holds magic and to help her to regain the joy and sense of magic she felt as a child. Why are the hands there and how are they helping Bonnie? I am here to touch the magic. I am cautious in my touch to not break the magical objects. I am here to help Bonnie to investigate the magic in a reverent way.
4) How may this be true or relative in my life?
I have been through an incredible two years of growth. Perhaps the most growth and change ever in my life. I believe that the message of the dream for me is to recognize the joy, which is magical in my life. The objects represent joy. I have experienced such joy from the investigation and the learning I have done over the past two years, and I do feel like a child again much of the time. It is exhilarating. The dream is telling me that I am supported and loved, and encouraged to keep moving forward as I have been. I believe it also asks me to be present to realize the magic when it appears before me. Take it in. Experience it. Be joyful.
I love dream analysis. It is always full of surprises. Dream analysis is most effective when being told to someone who is asking the questions and writing down the responses. Usually there's a lot that is said by the dreamer as they recall the dream, which is forgotten, until it is reviewed out loud with a coach. It's very much like a meditation, and the dreamer goes deeply into the experience as they recall it.
You may get a hint at how important a dream of yours is when it's a repetitive dream or subject. Also notice if you have a dream that you cannot stop thinking about the next day or days to come. Another interesting "dream" to keep in mind is the kind that seems very much like every day life, where someone who has passed is in a conversation with you. This could be a visitation from a loved one, and include messages for you or for other people. A frightening dream never has a scary message. Once analyzed, the meaning can give great relief.
Our subconscious is working constantly, taking in data from the outside world and from our responses to that world. Our subconscious mind is very wise, a creative inner guidance or inner light, and is on our side. It has lots to say, and can help us move through life, driven by our true desires.
If you would like to learn about messages from your subconscious and analyze a dream, contact me. Don't forget to write down all you remember from your dream as soon as you wake!
Wishing you sweet dreams.
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