The study of dreams has only been around for over 100 years, since Freud published his famous book Interpretation of Dreams in 1901. At the time it was published, Freud’s book was not successful and it took many years before people started paying attention to his innovative notions on dreaming.
Freud is famous for having said that, “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious” and that most of our dreams are expressions of our deepest desires. As he developed his dream theory, Freud realized that it was not ideal to use dream dictionaries giving each individual his or her own personal symbols. Today we are immersed in many dream theories and hundreds of scientific studies have been done to try to understand how dreams work and how our bodies operate during sleep.
As I mentioned in a previous article entitled “Dreams: A Bridge Between Spirit and Ego” (2015), dreams have been my greatest teachers in life. I wrote about how one dream gave birth to my New Dimensions Trilogy and inspired my content for all three spiritual novels.
I have always depended on dreams to provide me with clear answers about my direction in life, whether in love, my career, health, friendships, travels, and challenges. Whenever I am faced with an unknown or uncertain path, I will immediately turn to my dreams for clarity and guidance. This might sound unbelievable, but dreams have never failed to provide me with clear answers to very complicated life decisions.
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Consulting dreams for clear answers is not that obvious if you have never done this before. It will take a lot of surrender, trust, and pushing the ego aside to navigate life using your dreams.
At first you might feel strange because if you ask your work colleagues, “Do you consult your dreams for answers to life’s questions?”, they might look at you funny. They might also think you need medication, the most simple solution for modern-day, stressed out workaholics.
Take baby steps and you will become a master at navigating life using dreams in little time.
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1. Ask a Simple Question
One of the keys to success in the question-and-answer dream process is to be clear about what it is you want to address. Many people ask vague questions to their dreams like, “When will I be happy?” or “What is wrong with me?”
Practice being very precise when asking your dreams for clarity. Ask questions like, “What can I do to find true love?”, “What organ is sick in my body?” and “What approach or medicine is best to heal this organ?” Be specific and clear.
Asking complicated questions will invite complicated answers, and it will be difficult to make sense of the answers your dreams will present to you. Ask short, simple, straight-forward questions and your dreams will answer in the same manner.
2. Prepare Yourself Before Dreaming
Before going to bed to receive answers to your simple questions, make sure that you have eaten a light supper, that you are sober, and that you are in a peaceful mindset. Avoid watching an action-filled movie or TV series which will leave intense imprints on your brain before sleep.
I usually light candles, put on meditation music, and meditate before sleeping. After I have emptied my brain of the day’s thoughts or worries, I then ask my question out loud three times. It usually sounds like this:
“Tonight I would like to receive a clear answer to my question X. Thank you for bringing me clarity and truth, and for guiding me in my life journey. Let me remember my dreams and the answer tomorrow morning.”
3. Keep a Dream Journal
Always have a dream journal next to your bed at night. You can wake up at any time of the night with the answer to your question. It can come as a vision, as a story with different characters, or you might simply hear the answer in your dream.
It is very important to note your dreams down as soon as you wake up because time erases dreams quickly, and sometimes, important answers are lost. I have had my dream journal for years and when I re-read it, I am amazed at how many answers I have received throughout the years and how following my dreams has given me a beautiful, fulfilling, and rich life.
4. Interpret Your Dreams
Like Freud and Jung, I strongly believe we must interpret our own dreams without the use of dream dictionaries. Write down your dream as best you can, and then circle the main symbols in your dream.
Above each symbol, take a few seconds to interpret the symbol using your intuition. Close your eyes, ask yourself what this symbol means for you, and write down the first answer that pops into your mind. Your intuition will always help you make sense of the symbols in your dreams.
When you have translated the symbols in your dreams and now understand the meaning of your symbols, you are ready to receive your answer. This step is tricky because sometimes (or often!) your ego will not want to hear the right answer. It will try to bend the answer to fit its needs and illusions. Practice pushing your ego aside during these exercises.
5. Be Ready for Honest Answers
Dreams will provide you with clear answers to your questions, but it does not mean you are ready to hear them. A dream might have told you to leave your husband and go back-packing in Australia to find your true love, and you might not be ready for this truth. Write down the answer in your dream journal, highlight it, put the date on it, and then return to your ordinary life.
When things get difficult again down the road, return to your dream journal and the answer will be waiting for you, written in your own hand-writing. The best part is that you will not need to consult a psychic, you will be your own psychic!
May your dreams be your best teachers, as they are for me.
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About the Author
Nora Caron has a Masters degree in English Renaissance literature and speaks four languages. After struggling through the academic system, she realized that her true calling was to help people live from their hearts and explore the world through the eyes of their spirit. Nora has studied with various spiritual teachers and healers since 2003 and she practices Energy Medicine as well as Tai Chi and Qi Gong. In September 2014, her book "Journey to the Heart", received the Living Now Book Award Silver Medal for Best Inspirational Fiction. Visit her website at: www.noracaron.com
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