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Angels and Nightmares

Our first thought in our minds as we awaken each day is usually a residual feeling from a dream. If the dream was frightening, we may have a stressful day. If the dream was beautiful and felt angelic and prosperous, it may inspire us to take giant steps forward in our lives. How exactly do #dreams affect us and why?

From the Huffington Post: Some of the current scientific theories (obviously not including angelic and prophetic thoughts that come from the One Mind spiritual theory) of the purpose of dreaming suggest that dreaming is:

  • A component and form of memory processing, aiding in the consolidation of learning and short-term memory to long-term memory storage.

  • An extension of waking consciousness, reflecting the experiences of waking life.
  • means by which the mind works through difficult, complicated, unsettling thoughts, emotions, and experiences, to achieve psychological and emotional balance.
  • The brain responding to biochemical changes and electrical impulses that occur during sleep.
  • form of consciousness that unites past, present and future in processing information from the first two, and preparing for the third.
  • protective act by the brain to prepare itself to face threats, dangers and challenges.

I could write a blog on each and every one of these suggestions that posit that dreams affect our waking lives in dynamic, psychological ways. I make a habit of writing mine in a dream journal by my bed as soon as I wake up. If I’m too tired, I’ll dictate the dream into my phone and play it back the next morning.

Surprisingly, every time I have woken up from a dream that I thought was mind-blowing and tried to describe it in a voice recording, I end up laughing as I listen. My thought is, what the hell kind of drug was I on when I spoke that into my recorder? (I sound like the guy from “Broke Back Mountain” that spoke with snuff under his front lip the entire movie.)  I literally have no idea what I was talking about or why it felt so great.

Most of the time the dreams that stay with you, the ones you can’t seem to shake, are the ones that you should write down and analyze. Dreams can tell much about a person. I have made it a habit to ask life-coaching clients about their current and recurring dreams. Each time, the client and I find out amazing things about the internal workings of their own subconscious mind in play with the outworking of their current issues in life.

One theory of dream analysis is that everything—the people, the furniture, the dynamic content, and the most mundane parts—are all YOU in some way. You are expressing in each aspect of your dream because you are the create, the director, and writer of your dream.

If you really want to dissect your dream, you may analyze the dream by taking the salient features of the dream and imagine that you are each character or inanimate object. If you were a fish in the dream, what might that mean to you? If you don’t understand what the content may mean, consult a dream guide or look up on the Internet what a fish means in dreams.

Quite often I get great insight from dream totems. I especially love the Native American Indian animal totems. They usually connect with me on a very unique level, as I see many animals in my dreams and many cross my path during the day. They always seem to have a great story to tell.

For instance, yesterday I was sitting on my bed and a 3-foot Iguana was peering in my window from a tree limb. As they have a chameleon-like quality that keeps them camouflaged from predators, I had to look many times out of the window to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. I had never had an Iguana look at me through a window before, so I knew—just as I might know from a significant dream—that this animal is crossing my path to send me a message, either spiritually, sending me a warning, or has come with encouragement.

Even though most of the Huffington Post reasons are primarily psychological in nature, we do understand that Spirit is always working on our behalf, 24/7. For our dreams NOT to be part of that spiritual working would be to dismiss 40% of your spiritual lessons. For me, I consider sleep as the yogi consider the end pose in yoga (Svasana). We put away the body to connect with Spirit, the One Mind. If that is true, then all in every dream has a story to tell.

Namaste.

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