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'Along with meditation and hypnosis, (dreams) are
a gateway to our deepest selves..'
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'Dreams may all seem to be the same, but they really
aren't. They are unique to each dreamer...'
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MIDLAND 20th to 22nd November
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The School of Philosophy presents
Cultural Day 2009
Sunday, November 22 8.30 am to 4.00 pm
Christ Church Grammar School, Claremont
This day offers a unique opportunity to meet with like minded people and enjoy a
day of nourishment for body, mind and soul. The day is broken into four sessions and
lunch is provided. Workshops run for 1¼ hours. No prior knowledge or experience
is required. Presenters are students of philosophy with a love of their subject.
Here are just a few of the Workshops on offer at this year's event:
Saint John's Bible
From Principle to Profit
The Anthropic Universe
Philosophy & Food
The Sacred Art
Charity -- What does
Help From Upstairs
What is Truth?
Twenty-four subjects in total are available to choose from.
Our presenters this year include Special Guests:
Dr Craig Hassed, author of 'The Essence of Health' and 'New Frontiers in Medicine', is
well respected in the area of Holistic Health. Dr Gary Grohmann, a scientist by profession,
is an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney giving lectures in infectious diseases
and he also consults to the WHO on influenza. Dr Margaret Smith, co-author of 'Is it Me
or is it My Hormones', is well known in Perth for her work in the area of Women's Health.
Cost is $75.00 -- Registrations Close: November 18, 2009
Register early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
For More information or to register,
visit the website: www.philosophywa.com.au or call 9379 8073
Why do dreams matter?
Dreams are a rich source of information
about our subconscious desires, feelings,
insecurities, fears and just about anything else
that lies beneath the surface of everyday life.
When we learn the language of dreams and
begin to plumb the depths of their messages,
there are huge benefits. They are literally
messages from the unconscious. Along with
meditation and hypnosis, they are a gateway
to our deepest selves, not easily accessible in
normal waking life.
They have many benefits to offer including:
● releasing negative emotions
● facing our fears
● communicating with loved ones in spirit
● resolving old conflicts
● understanding our inner motivations, and
● 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
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
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 morning.
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 deal with them when
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 keep coming.
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?
Warning dreams These can actually
prophesy anything from an accident to a
birth to a marriage breakup. Be mindful
of taking them too literally, for example,
a dream of a death is rarely what it seems
and more likely to be predicting the
end of an era in your life than a physical
death. Some common dream symbols like
snakes, rats and sharks are omens of
treachery so if you dream of these, especially
in recurring dreams, look at the people and
situations around you with an appraising
eye as there could be warning signs you've
missed and that's why your subconscious
is signalling you. The cause of the warning
dream may not be clear straightaway so
just stay extra alert for a while. The dream
has given you the awareness of the
potential danger; trust that you will
know when and if the dream has any
basis in fact and you will know to prevent
the problem. Of course, remembering
your dreams is only the beginning.
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