Dreams and the Spiritual Path – An Online Adventure

with Gwynne Mayer

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time

September 14 – November 2 (8 classes)

Gwynne MayerOur intuitive and spiritual life comes alive through our unconscious and our connection to our dreams. Do you spend time daily in meditation and/or dreaming? Do you make note of the messages that come to you through your dream world? Are you aware of the multiverses that you visit in the “no time, all time” connection to the dream world, your spiritual connection to higher sources, guides, God and all that is; your connection to humanity? This class will explore these questions and the dream world of the individual as we learn to connect to our “higher soul bodies.” Enjoy the journey into your own dreams!

Gwynne Mayer, MA  has written a great deal about dream work and has been a member of dream groups for the last 40 years. You can find her writings on her site: gwynnemayer.com/category/dreamwork. She has also been an administrator in the public and private school system and a Jungian/Gestalt psychotherapist for over 40 years. Gwynne is a student and facilitator of Theosophical, esoteric and Biblical studies and trained in Jungian and Gestalt psychologies in post-graduate work. Her devotion is to service and striving to reach the level of oneness with all of nature and mankind through dreams, inner work and a continued study of ancient wisdom.

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DREAMS, GUIDES TO OUR INNER WORLDS

 

Having worked with my dreams, keeping dream journals, being in dream groups, going through Jungian Dream dreambutterfliesAnalysis, lecturing on dreams and keeping current with the ‘psychology and spirituality of dreams’, I believe dreams to be one of the most important avenues into reflection, introspection, ancient wisdom and our own personal journey through lifetimes.  The other methodology which is just as important and has long been practiced in addition to the study of dreams is ‘meditation’.

 

In order to know oneself, as we grow older and mature in years, we must learn to monitor our spiritual life in a way that guides us on our path.  How we do that is similar as has been done for thousands of years, paying attention to dreams and dreamrecordingguidance that comes from contemplation and higher wisdom.  There are disciplines that need to be put in place so that we are not playing ‘hit or miss’ with our dream life, but instead we take seriously our dream world as it is remembered and cared for by the ways we bring it to consciousness.

 

I have devoted a section of my website to the study of dreams and you are welcome to visit:  http://gwynnemayer.com/category/dreamwork/.

 

The ancient treatment of dreams, as a window into our inner worlds, is worth noting and we will discuss this in a later connection to the ancients.dreamalchemy

 

 

 

Dreams are studied at many levels psychologically, to unlock the meanings of our dreams and help us free our minds and feelings from the compulsions, inhibitions and habits which stem from the unconscious.  What we remember is often only a tip of the iceberg relative to the depths of the deep unconscious, so we have to travel the labyrinth that takes us to the other levels, bit by bit, dream by dream….

We, in the western world, are very demanding to ‘find proof’ of the reality of a dream rather than allowing the ‘non-physical’ world to take shape and guide us.  We instill in ourselves a ‘Guardian of the Threshold’ so that we don’t get in touch with more than we can manage.  Put into plain language that the first images that come to us upon dreamsymb1awakening, even before we open our eyes, are often so threatening and frightening that we forget and relegate those images back into the unconscious where they have a life that is leading a parallel existence.  This often happens in dreams that have sexual connotations.

Dream interpretation is a matter of who, how and where it is conducted.  We tend to find just the ‘right place’ to discuss our dreams, or ‘not’, so it is important to follow one’s intuition about getting interpretation.  I personally have a format which I ask my dream student to follow this sequence of documenting and it looks somewhat like this:

 

…Symbols or key phrases upon awakening:

…Feelings or emotions coming out of the dream:

…Visual or sensory perceptions as they are remembered:

…Thoughts of the story, the dream itself written out as much as can be remembered:

…Important symbols, numbers, major themes as can be remembered:

…Context of the last 24 hours that may give a clue to some of the dreams elements:

dreamsymbols

 

After considering these in sequence and after many ‘trial and error’ remembrances, we will get a glimpse of our dream world and what importance it has on determining our connection and communication with our inner world, our spiritual guidance, etc.

 

 

At this point we cannot ignore the common charge that since the belief in the existence of the soul is without rational foundation, unprovable in the terms of contemporary science, then all this talk about the Kingdom of the Soul is meaningless. Dreams can be, at the most, only random productions of the idling, computer-like brain. Such an unprovable assumption against the existence of the Soul does not invalidate the opposite assumption of its existence. The denial is like that of a blind man who cannot understand how anyone could see.

Quoting Sri Madhava Ashish:

 

“To many people, therefore, the path of life seems to lie between precipitous cliffs of matter, on the one hand, and the unplumbed depths of the unconscious mind, on the other. It is paved with rock, for our lives have a material base, but what lies beneath the paving, whether matter or consciousness or nothing at all, is uncertain. We can overcome this dilemma by putting the question in strictly secular form, free from assumptions: Is there, or is there not, anything more than the world as perceived through the organs of sense? If so, have we any place in it as experiencing individuals? Can we then know its nature?

       Putting the question in this form liberates our inquiry from the whole gamut of religious teachings, their associated mythologies and superstitions, their confirmations or denials by mystical visionaries, the speculations of philosophers and, of course, from the flat denials of the materialistic scientists. Why it liberates needs explanation.

     Self is real and not, as materialists would have us believe, an ephemeral illusion, born of brain activity and ceasing when it ceases. This search will lead us below the surface of the waking mind and into unmapped country. “

 

 

 

 

 

To the dreaming community and those who know me well:

I know you probably think I belabor the dream world and want to hear your dreams more than what any normal person would want, or normal therapist, however I believe strongly that our inner world holds the key to what we will do and have done in the outer world….the one true way of getting to that ‘inner world’ is through imagination and mostly dreams…..remembering and writing down your dreams in the context and date that you have them is tremendously important and the ‘theme’ of the dream is repeated often in other scenarios.  More to the point, I believe is the dialogues and many voices that resonate in our heads after the dream, that we either ignore or don’t want to remember in any detail, as if it will bring to the forefront the very issue we are dealing with in our ‘western way of life’….too busy to bother, heh?

Robert Johnson writes a small book, Inner Work, Using Dreams and Active Imagination  for Personal Growth.  Since I follow much of Carl Jung’s approach to psychology and utilize Gestalt and Jungian methods which are in essence dialoguing with your dreams, I find this to be necessary….the following story came from Johnson as to Toni Wolffe’s attitude toward her patients and their dream work.  I have somewhat of the same attitude.dreamawaken

Johnson writes: “Many years ago, when I was studying at the Jung Institute in Zurich, the famous Toni Wolffe (a colleague of Jung) was still working with patients there as an analyst.  On this particular subject, doing something concrete about your dream, she was known as a holy terror. She met her patients at the door, and before they could even get into a chair, she would demand: “And what did you ‘do’ about that dream from last week?”

Patients who had done something specific, something concrete and physical, were safe from the wrath to come.  But if they hemmed and hawed, said they had thought about it a little, had talked with someone about it, or some such vague thing, she would turn them around and steer them back through the door.  As the door was slamming behind them, she would say: ‘Come back when you mean business.’  That was the way it was with her and everyone knew it: You either worked or you fled.

Toni Wolffe’s idea was that dreams exist in modern people too much as airy thoughts, too much as abstractions in the head.  One has to notify the rest of one’s body that one has dreamed.  She said: “People can analyze for twenty years, and nothing below the neck is aware that anything is going on!  You have to do something about it.  Do something with your muscles!’

I believe that unresolved issues lie dormant in the body until they are triggered by a dream or events….and then all hell breaks loose!

Importance of the Dream —- The World Within

“In Persian tradition, there is a knightly order of spiritual warriors known as the Fravartis.  They choose to enter this world to fight the good fight.  They move in this world with the knowledge of a higher world.  They are attuned to a secret order of events beyond the facts recorded in the media and our day planners.  Active dreamers engage with this world in a similar way. We are choosers.  We know who we are, where we come from, and that our lives have meaning and purpose.  And that part of this purpose is to generate meaning and help others to find meaning in their lives at every opportunity.” Robert Moss

 

 

Things to remember about dreaming:

….Your dreams are one of the only real gateways into the unconscious, revealing your intentions, your past, present, future, your state of being.  Your soul retrieval is done through your dream world, connecting with all that you are and have ever been.

…. Your dreams will follow you in our waking moments and need to be researched and considered as guideposts for future development.

…. Your dreams are enacted at many levels and reveal personal, relational and historical information that your unconscious deems important enough for you to remember.

…. Ways of working with your dreams are through guided imagination, meditation, gestalt techniques, drawing, sculpting, psychodrama and many more creative functions.

Intentional  dreaming:

…. Meditate before you go to sleep on ‘affirming’ what you want in your life, examples:

     “I want to find my soul mate.”

     “I want to manifest my destination.”

     “I want an answer to resolving a specific situation.”

 

…. Clean up and protect your energetic body

  1. 1.        Learn to ground yourself
  2. 2.       Invoke blessing and protection
  3. 3.       Check boundaries
  4. 4.       Choose focus  — notice where you put your energy and with whom.
  5. 5.       Lighten up and develop a sense of humor

 

 

Your energy body goes through the chakras:

  1.  First Chakra — Root Center — base of spine to bottom of your feet. (How well are you grounded and rooted to the earth)
  2. Second Chakra — Sacral Center — above the pelvis and mid tummy (involves your sexuality and how you birth new ideas and new situations)
  3. Third Chakra — Solar Plexus — diaphragm  v-shape under the breasts (involves power center, exerting your personal authority and ideas)
  4.  Fourth Chakra —Heart Center — the heart and all feeling of love and acceptance  (involves unconditional love and acceptance, the Christing principle)
  5.  Fifth Chakra  —- Throat Center — the throat and voice box (saying what you mean, coming from telling the truth as you see it.)
  6. Sixth Chakra  —- Third Eye — the middle of the forehead between the eyes

(this is directly related to insight, intuition and wisdom of any situation)

  1. Seventh Chakra — Crown Center —- (located at the crown for purposes of taking in spiritual and connective energy from higher source)

 

 

A word of advice:  Always find one or two people who are supportive of you and with whom you can share your dreams. This helps in affirming the positive and going forward with the messages that come of the dreams.

Basic Symbolism in all dreams —dreamtitle

 

 

 

 

 

Letters and Numbers—Pay attention to any letters or numbers that are included in a dream, even if you are telling dreamthe dream and use numbers in your retelling.

Place and Time of dream are crucial and very important to document each time.

The present mood before you had the dream, anything of greater importance that happened the day before or is of great concern to you.

Animals

To see animals in your dream represent your own physical characteristic, primitive desires, and sexual nature, depending on the qualities of the particular animal. Animals symbolize the untamed and uncivilized aspects of yourself. Thus, to dream that you are fighting with an animal signifies a hidden part of yourself that you are trying to reject and push back into your subconscious. Refer to the specific animal in your dream.

To dream that animals can talk represent superior knowledge. Its message is often some form of wisdom. dreamsnakeAlternatively, a talking animal denotes your potential to be all that you can be.

To dream that you are saving the life of an animal suggests that you are successfully acknowledging certain emotions and characteristics represented by the animal. The dream may also stem from feelings of inadequacy or being overwhelmed. If you are setting an animal free, then it indicates an expression and release of your own primal desires.

To see lab animals in your dream suggest that an aspect of yourself is being repressed. You feel that you are not able to fully express your desires and emotions. Alternatively, it suggests that you need to experiment with your fears, choices, and beliefs. Try not to limit yourself.

 

Birth

dreamsymb1To dream of giving birth or see someone else giving birth suggests that you are giving birth to a new idea or project. It also represents a new attitude, fresh beginnings or a major event. Alternatively, the dream may be calling attention to your inner child and the potential for you to grow. A more direct interpretation of this dream may represent your desires/ anxieties of giving birth or the anticipation for such an event to occur.

To dream that you are giving birth to a non-human creature signifies your overwhelming (and unfounded) fear in the health of your baby. You are overly concerned that your baby may have birth defects. This type of dream is common in expectant mothers in their second trimester. If you are not expecting, then it refers to your fear in the outcome of some decision or project. You are trying to overcome difficulties in your life and achieve inner development.

In particular, if you dream that you are giving birth to a monster, then it implies that your inner creative energy has yet to blossom and grow into expression. You may have some hesitation in releasing this “monster” for fear that others will judge you or that they will not accept your ideals.

To dream that the mother dies during birth represents transformation. The dream represents the ending of one thing (death) and the new beginning of another thing (birth). You may be making life changes or getting rid of your old habits and ways.

Death

To dream about the death of a loved one suggests that you are lacking a certain aspect or quality that the loved one embodies. Ask yourself what makes this person special or what you like about them. It is that very quality that you are lacking in your own relationship or circumstances. Alternatively, the dream indicates that whatever that person represents has no part in your own life anymore. In particular, to dream about the death of your parents indicates that you are undergoing a significant change in your waking life. Your relationship with your parents has evolved dreambutterfliesinto a new realm.

To dream that you are faking your own death suggests that you are looking for a new start. You need some change in your life.

To dream that you die in your dream symbolizes inner changes, transformation, self-discovery and positive development that is happening within you or your life. You are undergoing a transitional phase and are becoming more enlightened or spiritual. Although such a dream may bring about feelings of fear and anxiety, it is no cause for alarm as it is often considered a positive symbol. Dreams of experiencing your own death usually means that big changes are ahead for you. You are moving on to new beginnings and leaving the past behind. These changes does not necessarily imply a negative turn of events. Metaphorically, dying can be seen as an end or a termination to your old ways and habits. So, dying does not always mean a physical death, but an ending of something.

On a negative note, to dream that you die may represent involvement in deeply painful relationships or unhealthy, destructive behaviors. You may feeling depressed or feel strangled by a situation or person in your waking life. Perhaps your mind is preoccupied with someone who is terminally ill or dying. Alternatively, you may be trying to get out of some obligation, responsibility or other situation. You are desperately trying to escape from the demands of your daily life.

To see someone dying in your dream signifies that your feelings for that person are dead or that a significant change/loss is occurring in your relationship with that person. Alternatively, you may want to repress that aspect of yourself that is represented by the dying person.

 

 

Home

Represents your psyche (includes ego, unconscious, complexes) at whenever the time frame is on the home. That is why time on each dream and characters at the time’ are so important)

To see your home in your dream signifies security, basic needs, and values. You may be feeling at “home” or settled at your new job or environment. Alternatively, the dream represents your basic needs and priorities.

In particular, to see your childhood home, your hometown, or a home that you previously lived in, indicates your own desires for building a family and your family ideologies. It also reflects aspects of yourself that were prominent or developed during the time you lived in that home. You may experience some unfinished feelings that are being triggered by some waking situation. Alternatively, the dream may represent your outdated thinking.

To dream that you cannot find your way home indicates that you have lost faith and belief in yourself. It may also signify a major transition in your life.

 

Water

(notice the color, clarity of the water, the calmness or storminess of the water and what characters, if any, are associated with it)

To see water in your dream symbolizes your unconscious and your emotional state of mind. Water is the living essence of the psyche and the flow of life energy. It is also symbolic of spirituality, knowledge, healing and refreshment. To dream that water is boiling suggests that you are expressing some emotional turmoil. Feelings from your unconscious are surfacing and ready to be acknowledged. You need to let out some steam.

To see calm, clear water in your dream means that you are in tune with your spirituality. It denotes serenity, peace of mind, and rejuvenation.

To see muddy or dirty water in your dream indicates that you are wallowing in your negative emotions. You may need to take some time to cleanse your mind and find internal peace. Alternatively, the dream suggests that your thinking/judgment is unclear and clouded. If you are immersed in muddy water, then it indicates that you are in over your head in a situation and are overwhelmed by your emotions.

To dream that water is rising up in your house suggests that you are becoming overwhelmed by your emotions.

To hear running water in your dream denotes meditation and reflection. You are reflecting on your thoughts and emotions.

To dream that you are walking on water indicates that you have total control over your emotions. It also suggests that you need to “stay on top” of your emotions and not let them explode out of hand. Alternatively, the dream is symbolic of faith in yourself.

 

Building

To see a building in your dream represents the self and the body. How high you are in the building indicates a rising level of understanding, awareness or success. If you are in the lower levels of the building, then it refers to more primal attitudes and/or sexuality.

To see a building in ruins or damaged indicates that your approach toward a situation or relationship is all wrong. You need to change. Your own self-image may have suffered and taken some blow.

To dream that a building collapses indicates that you are losing sight of your ambitions and goals. Your pursuit for material gains is failing.

To dream that you or someone fall off a building suggests that you are descending into the realm of unconscious. You are learning about and acknowledging aspects of your unconscious. Alternatively, it symbolizes your fear of not being able to complete or succeeding in a task.

To dream that you are scaling or climbing a building indicates that you are getting carried away by your ambitions.

 

 

 

Recording Your Dreams

Recording Dreams —- (Suggestions for recording your dreams:  Write the first things you remember after awakening: The following does not have to be done in order, but needs to be addressed.  You might have four good dreams each month that can be written and remembered.  Those are the ones you want to work with for continuing enlightenment.  If a dream is to be remembered it is MEANT to be remembered.)dreamrecording

 

 

First impressions of a dream upon awakening:_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Date: ______________________________________________________________

Theme: (give your dream a title) ___________________________________________________________________

 

Feeling and sensing of the dream:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dream as I remember:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Images, symbols in the dream:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Characters in the dream:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Afterthoughts:

 

Bringing Jung Alive in the 21st Century–Dreams and Reflections

 

 

 

 

How does Jungian thought fit into our modern western way of thinking….our philosophies, psychologies and dreamawakenalchemical processes?  Is it for the very few who understand the academia of Depth Psychology?  A certain type of student is attracted to the study of Jungian thought however if the ‘Soul’ speaks more loudly, the ‘ego’, especially in mid-life becomes a channel for Jung’s Psychology. The ego or ‘persona’ is the mask we wear to allow us to maneuver through life and set our boundaries in the ‘real world’, to move forward with purpose and vision.

 

Fifty two years ago, at the age of nineteen, year of 1961, I began having incredible dreams.  I always had vivid dreams, even as a child, but these were series of dreams that were seemingly teaching me something of ‘ancient wisdom’.  The environment of the dream was very removed from my Hill Country, Texas upbringing and seemed to be European in nature.  My family has German, Danish and Native American roots so I thought it must be from that sort of background which enabled me to move through the dream world with such incredible visions.  As I read the Red Book, I started seeing the alignment I had with Jung and realized that bringing his thinking into the 21st century was a goal, never ending, that I felt compelled to join in with others in accomplishing.

“Why did I behave
as if that serpent were my soul? Only; it seems, because my soul was a serpent.
This knowledge gave my soul a new face, and I decided henceforth to enchant her
myself and subject her to my power. Serpents are wise, and I wanted my serpent jungredbook
soul to communicate her wisdom to me. Never before
had life been so doubtful,
a night of aimless tension, being one in being directed against one another.
Nothing moved, neither God nor the devil. So I approached the serpent that lay
in the sun, as if she were unthinking. Her eyes were not visible, since they
blinked in the shimmering sunshine”~Carl Jung, Red Book, Page 320.

Working with dreams on a daily basis allows us to move into a more noticeable understanding of how our unconscious sends us messages and really ignites the imagination for a more colorful and fulfilled life.  Many reject nightmares and darker dreams as areas to avoid, when in fact, that shows us our own avoidance and rejection of the shadow side of life within.   Greg Hobart says in Dreamwork and Self-Healing:

“Dreams are like icebergs rising out of the deep waters of the unconscious.  Some are icebergs of the past, helping us understand early traumas and undigested memories, and thus are retrospective.  Dreams are integrative when they enable us to perceive and reconcile our many conflicted feelings and subpersonalities. Dreams can also be prospective or anticipatory, harbingers of the future, depicting what is emerging, and what we have potential to become.  Looking backward and forward simultaneously, the dream’s function is to expand the aperture of consciousness, the circumference of perception, the sphere of identity. The often humorous and paradoxical messages revealed by dreams jog loose new perceptions.  Received reverently, each dream becomes a pearl from the depths of the ocean of the unconscious.  Reflection on the dream’s mystery often evokes a feeling approaching religious awe; we become filled with amazement at the psyche’s capacity to portray its own condition.”

Our dreams reveal what is happening at a deeper level of our lives, a sort of ‘truth teller’ of what we adjust to throughout the day.  Keeping a dream journal helps to adjust one’s life to the here and now through context. Dreams must always have a contextual clue associated with them, i.e. what has occurred within that 24 hour period of time in relationship to our more intense emotions and reactions.  If we don’t journal that part of the dream world then we might be missing the ‘point’ of the dream.  Comments are welcomed.

Be sure you have the Dream Template – pattern to write your dreams.

DreamsLetters and Numbers

Pay attention to any letters or numbers that are included in a dream, even if you are telling the dream and use numbers in your retelling.

Place and Time of dream are crucial and very important to document each time.

The present mood before you had the dream, anything of greater importance that happened the day before or is of great concern to you.

Animals

To see animals in your dream represent your own physical characteristic, primitive desires, and sexual nature, depending on the qualities of the particular animal. Animals symbolize the untamed and uncivilized aspects of yourself. Thus, to dream that you are fighting with an animal signifies a hidden part of yourself that you are trying to reject and push back into your subconscious. Refer to the specific animal in your dream.

To dream that animals can talk represent superior knowledge. Its message is often some form of wisdom. Alternatively, a talking animal denotes your potential to be all that you can be.

To dream that you are saving the life of an animal suggests that you are successfully acknowledging certain emotions and characteristics represented by the animal. The dream may also stem from feelings of inadequacy or being overwhelmed. If you are setting an animal free, then it indicates an expression and release of your own primal desires.

To see lab animals in your dream suggest that an aspect of yourself is being repressed. You feel that you are not able to fully express your desires and emotions. Alternatively, it suggests that you need to experiment with your fears, choices, and beliefs. Try not to limit yourself.

Birth

To dream of giving birth or see someone else giving birth suggests that you are giving birth to a new idea or project. It also represents a new attitude, fresh beginnings or a major event. Alternatively, the dream may be calling attention to your inner child and the potential for you to grow. A more direct interpretation of this dream may represent your desires/ anxieties of giving birth or the anticipation for such an event to occur.

To dream that you are giving birth to a non-human creature signifies your overwhelming (and unfounded) fear in the health of your baby. You are overly concerned that your baby may have birth defects. This type of dream is common in expectant mothers in their second trimester. If you are not expecting, then it refers to your fear in the outcome of some decision or project. You are trying to overcome difficulties in your life and achieve inner development.

In particular, if you dream that you are giving birth to a monster, then it implies that your inner creative energy has yet to blossom and grow into expression. You may have some hesitation in releasing this “monster” for fear that others will judge you or that they will not accept your ideals.

To dream that the mother dies during birth represents transformation. The dream represents the ending of one thing (death) and the new beginning of another thing (birth). You may be making life changes or getting rid of your old habits and ways.

Building

To see a building in your dream represents the self and the body. How high you are in the building indicates a rising level of understanding, awareness or success. If you are in the lower levels of the building, then it refers to more primal attitudes and/or sexuality.

To see a building in ruins or damaged indicates that your approach toward a situation or relationship is all wrong. You need to change. Your own self-image may have suffered and taken some blow.

To dream that a building collapses indicates that you are losing sight of your ambitions and goals. Your pursuit for material gains is failing.

To dream that you or someone fall off a building suggests that you are descending into the realm of unconscious. You are learning about and acknowledging aspects of your unconscious. Alternatively, it symbolizes your fear of not being able to complete or succeeding in a task.

To dream that you are scaling or climbing a building indicates that you are getting carried away by your ambitions.

Death

To dream about the death of a loved one suggests that you are lacking a certain aspect or quality that the loved one embodies. Ask yourself what makes this person special or what you like about them. It is that very quality that you are lacking in your own relationship or circumstances. Alternatively, the dream indicates that whatever that person represents has no part in your own life anymore. In particular, to dream about the death of your parents indicates that you are undergoing a significant change in your waking life. Your relationship with your parents has evolved into a new realm.

To dream that you are faking your own death suggests that you are looking for a new start. You need some change in your life.

To dream that you die in your dream symbolizes inner changes, transformation, self-discovery and positive development that is happening within you or your life. You are undergoing a transitional phase and are becoming more enlightened or spiritual. Although such a dream may bring about feelings of fear and anxiety, it is no cause for alarm as it is often considered a positive symbol. Dreams of experiencing your own death usually means that big changes are ahead for you. You are moving on to new beginnings and leaving the past behind. These changes does not necessarily imply a negative turn of events. Metaphorically, dying can be seen as an end or a termination to your old ways and habits. So, dying does not always mean a physical death, but an ending of something.

On a negative note, to dream that you die may represent involvement in deeply painful relationships or unhealthy, destructive behaviors. You may feeling depressed or feel strangled by a situation or person in your waking life. Perhaps your mind is preoccupied with someone who is terminally ill or dying. Alternatively, you may be trying to get out of some obligation, responsibility or other situation. You are desperately trying to escape from the demands of your daily life.

To see someone dying in your dream signifies that your feelings for that person are dead or that a significant change/loss is occurring in your relationship with that person. Alternatively, you may want to repress that aspect of yourself that is represented by the dying person.

Home

Represents your psyche (includes ego, unconscious, complexes) at whenever the time frame is on the home. That is why time on each dream and characters at the time’ are so important)

To see your home in your dream signifies security, basic needs, and values. You may be feeling at “home” or settled at your new job or environment. Alternatively, the dream represents your basic needs and priorities.

In particular, to see your childhood home, your hometown, or a home that you previously lived in, indicates your own desires for building a family and your family ideologies. It also reflects aspects of yourself that were prominent or developed during the time you lived in that home. You may experience some unfinished feelings that are being triggered by some waking situation. Alternatively, the dream may represent your outdated thinking.

To dream that you cannot find your way home indicates that you have lost faith and belief in yourself. It may also signify a major transition in your life.

Storm

To see a storm in your dream signifies some overwhelming struggle, shock, loss or catastrophe in your waking life. The storm also represents unexpressed fears or emotions, such as anger, rage, turmoil, etc. On a more positive note, the storm symbolizes your rising spirituality. It may signal rapid changes ahead for you.

To dream that you take cover in a storm foretells that whatever disturbance or problems is occurring in your life will quickly blow over. Consider also the phrase “weather the storm”, which refers to your ability and strength to withstand whatever comes.

Water

(Notice the color, clarity of the water, the calmness or storminess of the water and what characters, if any, are associated with it)

To see water in your dream symbolizes your unconscious and your emotional state of mind. Water is the living essence of the psyche and the flow of life energy. It is also symbolic of spirituality, knowledge, healing and refreshment. To dream that water is boiling suggests that you are expressing some emotional turmoil. Feelings from your unconscious are surfacing and ready to be acknowledged. You need to let out some steam.

To see calm, clear water in your dream means that you are in tune with your spirituality. It denotes serenity, peace of mind, and rejuvenation.

To see muddy or dirty water in your dream indicates that you are wallowing in your negative emotions. You may need to take some time to cleanse your mind and find internal peace. Alternatively, the dream suggests that your thinking/judgment is unclear and clouded. If you are immersed in muddy water, then it indicates that you are in over your head in a situation and are overwhelmed by your emotions.

To dream that water is rising up in your house suggests that you are becoming overwhelmed by your emotions.

To hear running water in your dream denotes meditation and reflection. You are reflecting on your thoughts and emotions.

To dream that you are walking on water indicates that you have total control over your emotions. It also suggests that you need to “stay on top” of your emotions and not let them explode out of hand. Alternatively, the dream is symbolic of faith in yourself.

Dreamwork“In Persian tradition, there is a knightly order of spiritual warriors known as the Fravartis.  They choose to enter this world to fight the good fight.  They move in this world with the knowledge of a higher world.  They are attuned to a secret order of events beyond the facts recorded in the media and our day planners.  Active dreamers engage with this world in a similar way. We are choosers.  We know who we are, where we come from, and that our lives have meaning and purpose.  And that part of this purpose is to generate meaning and help others to find meaning in their lives at every opportunity.” ~ Robert Moss

Things to remember about dreaming:

  • Your dreams are one of the only real gateways into the unconscious, revealing your intentions, your past, present, future, your state of being.  Your soul retrieval is done through your dream world, connecting with all that you are and have ever been
  • Your dreams will follow you in our waking moments and need to be researched and considered as guideposts for future development
  • Your dreams are enacted at many levels and reveal personal, relational and historical information that your unconscious deems important enough for you to remember
  • Ways of working with your dreams are through guided imagination, meditation, gestalt techniques, drawing, sculpting, psychodrama and many more creative functions

Intentional  dreaming:

Meditate before you go to sleep on ‘affirming’ what you want in your life, examples:

  • “I want to find my soul mate.”
  • “I want to manifest my destination.”
  • “I want an answer to resolving a specific situation.”

Clean up and protect your energetic body:

  1. Learn to ground yourself
  2. Invoke blessing and protection
  3. Check boundaries
  4. Choose focus  – notice where you put your energy and with whom
  5. Lighten up and develop a sense of humor

Your energy body goes through the chakras:

  1. First Chakra – Root Center – base of spine to bottom of your feet. (How well are you grounded and rooted to the earth)
  2. Second Chakra – Sacral Center – above the pelvis and mid tummy (involves your sexuality and how you birth new ideas and new situations)
  3. Third Chakra – Solar Plexus – diaphragm  v-shape under the breasts (involves power center, exerting your personal authority and ideas)
  4. Fourth Chakra -Heart Center – the heart and all feeling of love and acceptance  (involves unconditional love and acceptance, the Christing principle)
  5. Fifth Chakra  – Throat Center – the throat and voice box (saying what you mean, coming from telling the truth as you see it.)
  6. Sixth Chakra  – Third Eye – the middle of the forehead between the eyes (this is directly related to insight, intuition and wisdom of any situation)
  7. Seventh Chakra – Crown Center – (located at the crown for purposes of taking in spiritual and connective energy from higher source)

A word of advice:  Always find one or two people who are supportive of you and with whom you can share your dreams. This helps in affirming the positive and going forward with the messages that come of the dreams.