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They have many benefits to offer
● releasing negative emotions
● facing our fears
● communicating with loved ones in spirit
● resolving old conflicts
● understanding our inner motivations,
● accessing creative inspiration.
There are also many types of dreams:
Digestive dreams These literally digest
the day's events, concerns, thoughts, ideas
and so on. It's a processing system and,
although necessary, this type of dream
does not usually contain memorable or
important images and messages.
Creative dreams Many famous creative
works such as the poem "Kublai Khan"
were spawned firstly in the form of a dream.
Paul McCartney says that he got the words
and tunes for his classic song "Yesterday"
through a dream experience. We may
not all be lucky enough to come up with
a bestselling song or literary idea through
our dreams, but I suggest you write down
any intuitive messages that come through,
original thoughts and insights, business
concepts, ideas for inventions, solutions
to problems and such-like because this is a
helpful and practical area in which to elicit
useful information. You could even receive
your winning Lotto numbers in a dream!
One of the techniques I recommend to
clients dealing with indecision or a difficult
decision is to commit the question to the
subsconscious just prior to sleeping. Often,
the answer comes through during the
night in a dream or upon waking the next
Anxiety dreams We release anxieties,
insecurities, fears, and doubts in our
dreams every night regardless of how
much we actually remember. If you have a
particular concern or worry in your waking
life, it might manifest in a dream as a wild
animal chasing you, or your trying to climb
some insurmountable obstacle. Many
common dream experiences are caused
by subconscious worries such as when you
free-fall or run on the spot.
Nightmares This is a more serious version
of an anxiety dream involving fearful events,
sometimes violence, ghosts, or danger.
It usually represents an actual cause of
fear in your waking life, either physical or
emotional. There are specific techniques
to dispel the gloom of nightmares and also
'Along with meditation and hypnosis, (dreams) are
a gateway to our deepest selves..'
deal with them when they occur.
Recurring dreams A recurring dream,
quite often a nightmare, is trying to get a
message through to the conscious level
without success. The only way to stop it is
to take notice of its message and make an
actual change in your life. Dream life and
waking life are but two sides of the same
coin; therefore, as you adjust one, the other
alters as well.
Recurring dreams are essentially
persistent messages from your
subconscious. Just as a child will whine
and insistently ask for what it wants you to
know, especially if you try to ignore it, so will
your dreams keep appearing if you refuse
to recognise and handle the important
message. It's a given that recurring dream
messages are valuable or else they wouldn't
As with all dreams, the symbology
may not be clear and it could take a long
time, even years, to decipher the meaning.
Unfortunately, the subconscious will not let
up until you do, or until the problem/issue
spontaneously corrects itself.
So, how do we firstly understand and,
secondly, deal with recurring messages?
If it's very obscure and you can't see
what relevance it could have in your life,
think laterally, explore the symbols and
apply them to any situation in your life at
present that you're not happy about. You'll
start to make connections if you think about
it calmly and as objectively as possible.
Sometimes, recurring dreams offer
psychological insight, sometimes, a
prediction and at other times, a hidden
message. A warning dream could be
asking you to be more careful driving or
travelling; a hidden message would be the
hardest to decipher because it probably
relates to a less obvious aspect of life. If
you get any of these at any time in your
life, don't get irritated or confused. Accept
that it's happening for your good and you
are receiving a gift from your own inner
wisdom. Also, don't be impatient as dream
meanings often have to be teased out and
don't respond well to being rushed. Ask
people for their thoughts, meditate on the
dream, especially first thing after waking.
See a specialist if it's really bothering you,
but don't try to force understanding. Let it
come naturally. You may never get a clear
explanation, but just by being open to it,
you could improve a vital area of your life.
And isn't that what it's all about?
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