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culture, a means of transport or an animal.
Or something different again. I realised
the best tool to use in exploring my dream
themes was intuition -- some small thing
in the dream might prove to be the start
of an unravelling that led to the treasure.
I marvelled at how pieces of information
link together, how a fascinating world of
associations opens up.
Searching like this is simpler and
more enjoyable than you might think,
and it is intriguing to find where it ends.
This rewarding experience also leads to
discovering more of ourselves.
Getting to know about dream themes
can help a dreamer 's quest for meaning
and, in turn, encourage healing. The kind
of themes I write about in my regular
NOVA dream column, and have done for
the past 11 years, assist the dreamer to find
meaning that's true for them. Investigating
a dream's theme often provides a clue
or clues that can help unravel valuable
personal truths. Once the dreamer learns
why a certain theme lies behind their
dream they have a practical path to follow.
This knowledge provokes a sense of
wholeness, connection and inner wisdom
many dreamers don't realise they possess.
For instance, a dreamer who was not
a Christian and denied any knowledge of
Christianity saw John the Baptist in their
dream. The rich imagery of the headless
St John provided a theme for them to
follow. When they worked on the dream
theme "John the Baptist", using libraries
and the Internet to find out more about
the saint's life and spiritual experience, they
discovered, as though by synchronicity,
incidents and associations that were of
direct benefit to their own healing.
Another dreamer disclaimed all
conscious knowledge of the island of
Mauritius, swearing they had never been
there, read or seen anything about it.
They had dreamt, however, of setting sail
for that exotic place. After researching in
much the same way as the last dreamer,
they found Mauritius to have a fascinating
history, geography and mythology. To them,
Mauritius represented the island of the
self, rich in its own healing ability.
Some dream themes are larger and
deeper than others. When we look at the
theme of flying, for instance, we discover
multiple meanings associated with it. The
oldest dates from ancient times -- way
before the invention of practical, reliable
aircraft -- as far back as the days of Icarus.
The story of Icarus remains key to
understanding many flying dreams.
In the Greek myth, Icarus and his
father Daedalus, imprisoned on the island
of Crete, used wax to attach wings to their
shoulder blades and were able to escape.
Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too
close to the sun. But Icarus, exhilarated
by the wonder of free flying, was drawn
towards the sun like a moth. The only
trouble was that when the wax melted,
Icarus plunged to his death in the sea.
'I realised the best tool to use in exploring my dream
themes was intuition.'
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