A stream of dreams

The night began as a restless one. Sleep eluded you as you tossed­­ thinking of yesterday's troubles at work or the argument you had with your kids, but finally you drift off. Suddenly you awaken in the middle of the night, the clock says 2am. Your body feels light, almost nonexistent. Your mind registers with crisp clear consciousness of thought. The problems you went to bed with seem unimportant, or maybe you suddenly and strangely feel you have the answers. You take a couple of deep breaths and realize you've been dreaming. The dream was something wonderful, a bit surreal. Only bits and pieces of the dream appear to your conscious mind, colors of black and white, a word or a single picture, a smell or a taste. It seems disconnected to your conscious mind yet real and beautiful at the same time, filled with peace. What was it that made you feel so good, so connected?

Many individuals say they don't dream, yet research shows that everyone dreams, it's just that some of us remember our dreams, some of us don't. Dreaming is a function of the subconscious mind, not the conscious mind, therefore, when we try to interpret or recall a dream in a conscious waking state it seems disconnected and distant.

The language of our dream state­­ the language of the subconscious, comes to us in symbols. When we don't "read" those symbols correctly, or try to interpret them literally we will not be able to understand the true meaning of the dream.

Experts agree that many dreams are messages from the subconscious intuitive body. When we don't listen to what our body is telling us and try to make corrections the message will reappear in the form of a dream.

Your general health can determine how well you remember your dreams. I had one client recently tell me he started remembering his dreams after quitting smoking. He said he couldn't wait to go to bed at night to dream in what he called "living color." Many individuals after suffering heart attacks and clinical death begin once again to dream, or tell of a surreal dream where they were in some indescribably beautiful nature scene feeling more peaceful than they can describe.

Many individuals recall dreams of sick loved ones coming and sitting beside them in the night to comfort and reassure. Or a dreamer will awaken with a sick sense that something is seriously wrong with a loved one only to shortly receive a phone call that something has happened. These kinds of dreams can not rationally be explained by science or research. Anecdotal information and studies of such phenomena lead one to believe that we are all connected by the so called "underdream," some kind of cosmic consciousness.

Dream interpretation books abound and are fun to read. They are rich in symbolism as are our dreams, and many of the descriptions are considered universal to the language of dreaming.

Many have also experienced what is called lucid dreaming where you know that you are asleep and dreaming, but you begin to direct the direction of the dream with the conscious part of your mind. These dreams seem very real and individuals may even say they are conscious of there surroundings.

Dreams do indeed hold deeper messages about ourselves and who we are­­ lessons. As with any lesson, practice makes perfect. You can train yourself to remember your dreams, and with continued effort and some reading and journaling you can learn to interpret your dreams.

I feel fortunate that all my life I have been able to remember my dreams­­ the interpretation part, well I'm still working on it.

Till next time, Rebecca.

Posted to Zephyr Online March 8, 1999
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