“The dream is a series of images, which are apparently contradictory and nonsensical, but arise in reality from psychologic material which yields a clear meaning.” -Carl Jung
Perhaps you have little time to read books or attend workshops. You find meditation to be a struggle. Yet you have a strong desire to know your Self deeply, to uncover the blocks that stand in the way of your fulfillment. Then why not explore dreamwork?
Dreams are a fascinating tool for examining your own psyche, for bypassing your critical conscious mind to discover hidden treasures in your subconscious and superconscious minds. During the day you may be blocking the subtle inner feelings from your emotions and intuition and instead favor your logical conscious mind. In this way you can accomplish a lot, yet have a nagging feeling that something you can’t seem to place is missing.
Without the restriction of the analytical mind blocking it, all that you haven’t been willing or able to look at can come up through dreams. This is a gift! Dreams are the pathway to the deep wisdom that lies submerged under all the daily activities. Don’t disregard dreams as nonsensical. They simply speak to you in a different language than you’re used to, through abstract sensory expression, much like art.
Similar to art, you understand a dream’s meaning by how it makes you feel. Your feelings are the clues to the insights hidden in a dream. As you focus on the feelings evoked through the dream, contemplate on if that resonates with your everyday life. Perhaps in your dream you were trapped in a cave. In what area of your life do you currently feel trapped? Have you been ignoring that feeling, telling yourself it’s not so bad? What wisdom is your dream pointing you to realize?
Dreams are a wellspring of self knowledge, which can propel your healing and personal growth. They happen automatically every night. Why waste this precious resource?
You might be one of those who think you don’t dream. Scientific research shows that we all dream. So it’s just a matter of improving your recollection. The easiest way is to keep a pen and notebook by the bed to record your dreams. Don’t get out of bed when you first wake up. Instead, grab the pen an notebook and write down any impressions from the night, even if it’s just a feeling or one image. By doing this consistently, you will train yourself to remember your dreams and see improvement over time. Happy dreaming!