with Ana Lora Garrard, Author of Your
Dreams: Spiritual Messages in Pajamas
1. Your new book, Your
Dreams, is subtitled “Spiritual Messages in Pajamas.” How
we receive messages in our dreams?
we close our eyes to dream, we release many of our limiting thoughts.
We stop holding so tightly onto fears and judgments like, “I can’t ever
make any money doing art” or “I’m not lovable.” We even let go of the
belief that we are our bodies, which is perhaps the most limiting idea
we open in this manner, our souls can communicate with us more
directly. Speaking in a “big” language that transcends time and space,
they draw forth images from many dimensions of our experience to
encourage broader ways of seeing while we are awake. Some of the images
are designed to help us intensely feel our self-imposed limitations so
that we can shed them more quickly; others are designed to give us a
clear sense of the joy that awaits us when we expand our thinking.
instance, if one of our restrictive ideas is “I’m not lovable,” our
souls might send us painful images of colleagues being abusive or cute
baby rabbits spitting on us. Later the same night, we might have
exhilarating dreams of someone falling in love with us or a whale
gazing deeply into our eyes.
sending us these kinds of dreams, our souls help us examine the
thoughts we choose to think and encourage us to open our hearts and
minds to the truth of who we are.
2. You have more than twenty-five years of
experience in dream exploration. How did you get started in this field?
Well, after breaking up with my boyfriend
as a fairly young adult, I took a Women’s Journal writing class in a
desperate attempt to find parts of myself I’d lost track of. This class
included a brief dream unit that got me excited about exploring my
inner world through my dreams. Once the class was over, I read a ton of
books on dreams, helped my friends explore their dream images, and
eventually began teaching workshops.
Since my approach has always been not to interpret dreams for others,
but to help them find their own wisdom as a means of understanding,
I’ve spent many years observing my clients and adjusting the techniques
I teach to make these techniques more helpful and inspiring. My work
with dreams has expanded organically as I have listened deeply to my
clients and myself.
Dreams differs from most books
on the topic of dreams in that it
isn’t simply a dictionary of dream symbolism. Do you feel that certain
elements have a “standard” interpretation, or can dream elements be
understood only on a dream-to-dream (and dreamer-to-dreamer) basis?
the full interview.