We’ve all experienced it … that particularly strange or intensely emotional dream that made us ask ourselves ‘what on earth was that all about?’. But how often do we leave it at that and get on with our day without further reflection? As nonsensical and peculiar as they seem, dreams can help us access genuine insights, inspiration and valuable new perspectives. Many times, all we need to do is start listening to the messages with curiosity and an open mind to gain access to this more intuitive part of ourselves.
The guide within
Perhaps you have extremely vivid dreams, or perhaps you hardly ever remember them. But whichever camp you fall in, there’s potentially a lot to gain from tuning into what you do remember.
The value of dreams lies in their ‘uncensored’ nature – stripped from all conscious thoughts, our dreams provide a more complete picture of what is going with us internally than we may perceive in our waking state. Sometimes this means illuminating unprocessed experiences and suppressed emotions that we may have been ignoring to our detriment. In these instances, working with our dreams can be the first step in either making our peace with what is or seeing what we need to change.
But the power of dreams goes beyond flagging up ‘problems’. Dreams can also become a steady source of inspiration and provide new perspectives and powerful insights that can help us think outside the box.
Recalling your dreams
Some dreams have such a powerful effect on us that we’ll remember them for a long time afterwards. Most of the time though, it’s only too easy to forget a dream as soon as we’re up and focussing on the new day.
To get the most out of your dreams, keep a notepad next to your bed and jot down what you can remember as soon as you wake up in the morning. Don’t worry about remembering everything, simply write down any bits and pieces you can recall, even if it’s just the general feeling of the dream. You may find that the more often you record your dreams, the more you’ll be able to remember.
Working with your dreams
So you’ve recorded some of your dreams … now what? The analytical parts of our brain might want to rush in and thoroughly dissect our dreams to tease out their meaning, but a far simpler and possibly more effective method is to simply meditate or reflect quietly on any emotions and images that have appeared in our dream state. Recurring themes are often good clues to what our subconscious is flagging up as important and make a good starting point. Stay relaxed and let the associations and connections emerge if they will.
Sometimes sharing our dreams with others can be a very powerful way to glean more insights from them. Another person may be able to offer a completely different perspective or ask just the right question to prompt an ‘aha’ moment from us. But whichever way we decide to work with our dreams, simply making the conscious decision to ‘listen’ to them can help us become more receptive and open to their intuitive wisdom.0