December 2017 Newsletter
Hello, and a delightful December to you!
What did that strange dream mean?
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue has an article about dreams, with a few clues
to help you make sense of them.
Dreams can be about ordinary life, family and housework
and the people we work with in the office. They can
bring up long-forgotten scenes and characters from our
past, maybe relatives who have died. They can be
fantastical, where we have conversations with a tree or
a wild animal or an infant who is wise and well-spoken,
or where other laws of Nature like gravity seem to be
suspended. We know the dream is trying to tell us something,
but how do we make sense of it?
Two nights in a row in the past week I dreamed about my energy
teacher, which I do fairly often.
I'll be travelling to see her in a few weeks
for a workshop, so it makes sense that she is on my
radar, so to speak. In one dream she was telling me to
go check on a male student, to make sure he'd received some
secret personal password. I was worried that the students
didn't seem to be taking their learning seriously enough,
fooling around and chatting instead of paying attention.
This probably reflects my own desire to be a good student
and learn everything I can, plus my past history of being
a high school teacher with unruly students, rather than
predicting anything which will happen at the upcoming workshop. I am
constantly fascinated at how dreams can combine our past with
our present and make a consistent coherent story from that.
I have great respect and admiration for this particular teacher,
and hope her other students feel that way too. Now that I think
of it, I hope my past and current students see me the same way.
One big key to understanding a dream's message is how you
felt about it. Were you frightened, or excited, or angry,
or perhaps just observing the action calmly? As with watching a movie,
you may be caught up in the dream characters' lives, identifying
with their struggles, especially if you yourself are a main character
in the dream. What can you learn from this more removed viewpoint,
when you're not in the middle of the action?
If an animal is in the dream, could this be a new
ally showing up for you, bringing the speed or courage or camouflage ability
you'd like to have more of? If a character does something admirable or
something upsetting, could a part of you be behaving that way when
you're awake? One school of dream work says every dream character is a part
of the dreamer, so it can be interesting to ask "What part of me is
like that villain (or hero, or damsel in distress, or ...)?". Then
what do you want to do with what you just discovered?
Please don't dismiss a movie that comes to you in your sleep
as "just a dream", considering it to be meaningless or
unimportant. Simply writing down the details of a dream, as
well as whatever you felt about it, or what it reminds you
of, can often yield helpful new insights. If you were carrying
around a question, stated or not, could there be an answer in
your dream? Maybe guidance came through about your career, or your
relationship, or your health. I think our dreams are just one more
channel for information to come to us, no more or less important
than our hearing or our sense of smell. Pay a little more attention
to your dreams, in a wondering curious way, and you may be
surprised what you find out about yourself or your life.
To read about a recent dream of mine which could have been frightening,
and surprisingly wasn't,
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Enjoy the start of your December.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!