I became a psychotherapist because I wanted to work with dreams. I take dream interpretation very seriously!
I never wonder if dream work is a "practical" thing to do. I know it is. I could give you many examples, but here is just one: I have my eyesight because I listened to a dream that warned me: "It's handicapped awareness day" and told me I was at risk for blindness. I took the dream seriously and immediately went to the eye doctor for an exam. Within two days I was having surgery for a detached retina. The surgeon told me my retina was "hanging on by a thread."
Dream work is one of the recommended methods for increasing psycho-spiritual intuition in Robert Ornstein's The Psychology of Consciousness.
It is my "Strategy of the Spirit" #3.
Here are ten reasons to begin taking your dreams very seriously:
- Dreaming is a universal phenomenon that unites us all.
- Even your most bizarre dreams come in the service of promoting growth and wholeness. The worst nightmare can alert you to some imbalance in waking perception, attitude or behavior.
- Far from being a topic of fringe interest, dreams have been respected and listened to since the dawn of written history. They are part of our native human intelligence.
- Dreams have had a profound influence in shaping society and human culture as we can see in:
- the sacred texts of all the world religions
- many great works of art and literature have been inspired by dreams
- scientific discoveries and inventions of modern times informed by dream images
5. Dreams can reveal health issues and unresolved traumas and then point the way toward healing.
6 Dreams can alert us to interpersonal issues and the changes we may need to make.
7. Dreams can warn us of coming danger.
8. Dream work can reveal our true yearnings and show us the challenges to self-realization:
- our blind spots
- our stuck points
9. Dreams can give us specific inspiration for a more creative, joyful life.
10. Dreams want to connect us to our unrealized gifts and potential. They can connect us to our spiritual nature.
Dream work is a highly practical tool to gain important insight into matters of personal and spiritual growth, physical well being, increased creativity and day-to-day decision making.
I will be writing more on dreams in future blogs. ( Blog subscription button is in the column on the above right.)
In the meantime here are three great resources to get you started:
- 25 FREE radio interviews with top leaders in the field of dream work Listen online or download to your MP3 player and listen on your commute or while making dinner.
- Dr. Gayle Delaney's website (My diplomate in the Dream Interviewing Method was done with Dr. Delaney and Dr. Flowers.)
- The International Association for the Study of Dreams
Have you seen Twenty-six Famous Dreamers?
Did you miss Strategy of the Spirit #2: Interrupt Thyself?
Have you had an interesting dream experience? What do you want to know about dreams?