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Waking to the Significance of Your Dreams

This post was written by Angela
on June 20, 2012 | Comments (6)

I am a dreamer. I love the bizarre nature of dreams, the symbolism, heightened and revealing emotion, and sudden realizations that can all come from drifting off to sleep. I can recall at the age of 4 waking in a panic from a dream where I was caught in the wind from holding an umbrella. I flew this way and that, swishing through the air high above trees and buildings. I frantically clutched the cold handle on my yellow ducky umbrella wondering how I was ever going to get down. In all its vividness, I was utterly confused when I woke up safe and sound in bed. It’s the first dream I remember and, even in its panic, it started me on wonderful journey!

Recently I’ve again found myself caught in a dream marathon, where each night I have vivid and active dreams that stick with me for days and weeks. In one such dream there was a fire and while everyone else was running out of the burning building, I ran to the basement where the source of the fire was. There I found the priest from my childhood, someone I’ve never taken issue with in real life, who came furiously screaming at me to get out. While I knew he was in danger if he stayed, I realized he had started the fire and there was no convincing him to leave. As I walked back out and joined the crowd of smiling people casually milling about the green lawn under the crisp blue sky, I realized they were my loved ones. While I still held worry from the fire behind me, I made the decision to enjoy my time as they were.

In a nutshell, after weeks of the dream sifting through my mind, I realized it was about the choice between anger or happiness. I can either live from buried anger (basement fire) caused by old beliefs that I used to find solace in (priest) or I can leave them behind, letting them burn to ash so I can find the joy that is already all around me (smiling family in fresh air and sun).

My dreams help me understand myself and guide me to push through obstacles that bind me, even when I’m not consciously aware of them. If my teeth are falling out again I know there’s something I’m not communicating or being truthful about. If I’m pregnant or have a newborn I know I’m going through a transitional phase in life and I need to be kind to myself and trust the process. And of course, if I’m in the all too familiar naked-in-public dream, I know I’m feeling vulnerable and exposed in some way.

There is so much you can gain from paying attention to your dreams. The best practice is to record them and start learning about the symbolic interpretation of key items (like I did above). I’ve learned so much from dream books that offer dictionary-style references for common symbols and events. And if you don’t often remember your dreams, the techniques that are available to enhance your recall are golden.

For more information on how you can work more actively with your dreams, check out our many dream books. My favorite is Dream Sight, since it offers more thorough explanations of common symbols. Pick one for a specific purpose or grab a bunch to gain a broad foundation for practice! And for fun, don’t miss the  Top 10 Amazing Fact About Dreams!

What is your experience as a dreamer? Do you find them to be significant or wasted time? How have your dreams influenced you?

Reader Comments

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#1 
Written By Ammie Hague
on June 20th, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

Thanks for writing this article!

I also dream quite profoundly and have kept a journal of them for over twenty years. Often they are elaborate or surreal stories not unlike reading a novel and in this way the are very inspiring for the work that I do.

I find also though, that dreams are a very good method of letting my mind defrag and tackle a problem. Often, when I am trying to come up with a creative solution or some sort of arc of inspiration, I will lay down to sleep where the box of reality dissolves and let the problem toggle around in my dreams until the solution presents itself.

There is no doubt to me that they have significance and purpose in our lives and can be a tool we use as we navigate the path :)

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#2 
Written By Courtney
on June 20th, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

I’ve been having a ton of vivid dreams lately, and because I’m in a time of serious transition, I’ve been paying extra attention. In fact, I just ordered Dream Sight earlier this week! I can’t wait to read the book.

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#3 
Written By Sonja
on June 20th, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

Dreams are wonderful. My dreams are normally messages from Spirit and they usually serve as a warning or as way of telling me that everything is getting better. At the moment I am trying to interpret my latest dream which is a bit of a puzzle, but the answers will come when least expected.

Personally, I only remember those dreams that are necessary and pertinent to my life and spiritual path.

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#4 
Written By Angela
on June 22nd, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

Ammie, I can relate to the idea of dreams helping you solve problems. Our dog also dreams a lot and we’re convinced his slumbering mind is trying to work out how to catch our cat.

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#5 
Written By Angela
on June 22nd, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

Courtney, enjoy the book! I’m glad you’re taking the time to explore it more so you can get the full benefit of what you’re dreams are telling you. Good luck!

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#6 
Written By Angela
on June 22nd, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

Sonja, Spirit dreams are my favorite. Feeling like you’ve made a connection in that way can be pretty powerful. Good luck with your current dream puzzle.

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