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5 Tips for Remembering Your Dreams
by Ana Lora Garrard - November 2010

You think you’d like to remember your dreams more clearly. You sense they might have something valuable to tell you—something that could help you in your spiritual growth. Your friend Bernice keeps recounting wild dreams she’s had about painting trees different colors or having sex in Bermuda with five of her male neighbors. You wonder why she has such colorful dreams when all you can remember is an occasional image of buying orange juice at the store, or arguing with your mother.

How can you go about improving your dream recall? Here are five tips to get you started.

1. SET A CLEAR INTENTION. With dream recall, as with everything else in life, the trick to getting results is to focus your mind on what you want. Before you go to sleep, tell yourself something like, “I am remembering all my subtle, crazy, and magnificent dreams now” or “I am now welcoming my dreams into my fiercely loving heart.”

2. SET OUT TOOLS. Give your intention to remember your dreams some physical support. Plan to record your dreams in one form or another in the morning, using either a notebook in which to write them down, a sketchbook in which to draw them, or a tape recorder with which to describe them out loud. Choose whichever recording device seems the most fun to you and put it by your bed.

3. KEEP A CLEAR MIND WHEN YOU AWAKEN. For many of us, the experience of waking up is like entering an early morning rush hour in our brains. As soon as our eyes fly open, we start thinking about something a lover, husband, or wife said to us the day before. We begin mulling over what’s on tap for the day—how we’re going to fit a trip to the drugstore in with all the other things we have to do. In other words, we immediately start reviewing something that happened yesterday or worrying about something that’s going to happen today. We go back and forth, back and forth, thinking about the past and the future. One thought bumps into another and pretty soon our minds are jam-packed.

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An Interview with Ana Lora Garrard, Author of Your Dreams: Spiritual Messages in Pajamas
by Llewellyn

1. Your new book, Your Dreams, is subtitled “Spiritual Messages in Pajamas.” How do you feel we receive messages in our dreams?  Ana Lora Garrard

When 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 of all.

As 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.

For 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.

By 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.

3. Your 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?

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - November 2010

The Healing of the Celtic Tree Calendar
by Sharlyn Hidalgo

Samhain is a hinge that marks the end of autumn and the beginning of winter. This is a time when the veil between the worlds is most thin, and one can make contact with the spirits of their loved one and their ancestors. The Celts believed that communication with their relatives and friends and animals that had crossed over provided needed love, guidance, and encouragement. For them, this was also a time to give gratitude and count one’s blessings. Sharlyn Hidalgo, author of The Healing Power of Trees, discusses the healing power of the Celtic Tree Calendar, especially at this time when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest.

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Tarot Trifecta: Three Winning Uses of The Golden Dawn Magical Tarot
by Chic & Sandra Tabatha Cicero

Many people outside the magical community assume that tarot cards are used as “fortune-telling” devices—as if all human destinies were absolutely fixed without any possibility of free will entering into the equation. Magicians know better. There is no fate but what you make. In other words, while tarot cards impel, they do not compel. Like the Qabalah, the tarot is a complete and elaborate system for describing the hidden forces behind the cosmos. Chic Cicero and Sandra Tabatha Cicero, Golden Dawn adepts and creators of The Golden Dawn Magical Tarot, discuss three magical uses of the tarot.

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Tarot for Beginners
by Barbara Moore

Despite being comprised of a finite number of cards, seventy-eight to be exact, tarot opens us to an infinite universe, both within and without. A newcomer can be overwhelmed by the vastness of the tarot landscape. In addition to the general “bigness” of it all, there is that delightful, freeing aspect of tarot that can also be the bane of a beginner’s experience: there are very few hard and fast rules with tarot. Tarot expert Barbara Moore, author of Tarot for Beginners, explains just what tarot newcomers can expect from her new book.

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Evolutionary Transitions: Where the Past Meets the Future (A Case Study)
by Deva Green

In evolutionary astrology, there are times of great challenge and stress when we are confronted by transits that require us to let go of the past so that we can positively address the future. Deva Green, author of Evolutionary Astrology, presents a case study of such a period of astrological transits and why such times are sometimes necessary for change.

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Back to Top - Try This! - November 2010

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Llewellyn Journal - November 2010

The Healing of the Celtic Tree Calendar

Tarot Trifecta: Three Winning Uses of The Golden Dawn Magical Tarot

Tarot for Beginners

Evolutionary Transitions: Where the Past Meets the Future (A Case Study)

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