Your dreams are a powerful means to understand the nature of your Self and help solve any challenge. A nightly dream practice will in time will become natural and yield great benefits. (See all Practices.)
- Prepare. Place an audio recorder or notepad and pen next to your bed. Before sleeping, give yourself the suggestion that your dreams are very important and you wish to remember them. If you have a specific question or problem, ask your greater Self to give you an answer through your dream.
- Capture. When you awake, try not to move. Ask yourself to recall your dreams. If you don’t recall any, ask yourself, “What was I just doing?” Then lie quietly. Capture anything you remember. Typing on your computer in a meditative state may bring out more information. You may also recall your dreams during the day: be open and listen.
- Interpret. You can review your dreams with someone you trust, or use a dream dictionary, but ultimately it is up to you to decide the meaning and value of your dream symbols. You have your own system of symbols and meaning.
Group Play: Dream Sharing
Our tribal ancestors considered reams for what they are: communications from the gods. Dreams formed the very heart of their worship, as they should: their survival depended on them. We can use similar practices as our ancestors to help the gods, our greater Selves, help us in our daily lives.
- Establish the ground rules. Everyone must agree to operate in an atmosphere of compassion, privacy, and trust. They agree that dream’s final interpretation will be entirely up to the dreamer. Participants should never assume they know better or push their interpretation on a dreamer.
- The dreamer shares their dream, without any embellishment or interpretation. If it’s not in the dream, it shouldn’t be shared at this point.
- Each member of the circle shares their ideas about the dream’s meaning. For example, if the dream includes dirt, a participant might associate it with uncleanliness or fastidiousness, while another might consider it an element important to growth. It’s important to ensure that circle members are helpfully insightful but not overly revealing of private information or pushy in their interpretation.
- The dreamer takes back the dream and shares their interpretation, which may or may not include what the circle has contributed, and continues the discussion if desired.