Weeks ago, I wrote about dreaming being prolific at specific times of the year in “Dreaming and The Veil”. Now I’d like to address dreams in general, as they play such an important part in our consciousness, even if they seem merely sleeping adventures we forget when we wake.
Everyone dreams. All the time. Even if we don’t remember our dreams – or never have – we still have them. They serve many purposes. Their purposes and our ability to remember them will only increase as we move out of the logically-driven Piscean Age into the spiritually-driven Aquarian Age. In the New Age, dreams will again find their rightful place in aiding our growth and our lives as they did when we were more connected to the Earth and our inner-selves.
The most common and consistent purpose dreams have is to help us deal with what happens in our everyday lives. They help us work through upsetting experiences, get clarity, and relieve stress without having to repeat the waking events. These usually come in the weird, chaotic, disjointed, and sometimes scary dreams we have nightly – the ones most easily forgotten because they seem to make no sense.
But they give us an outlet to safely express outrage, feel incompetence, understand our limitations – any emotion or situation we have a problem expressing or dealing with when we’re awake. They can make us relive negative events or support moments of clarity and growth that help our subconscious teach our conscious how to cope. They’re like therapy sessions with our subconscious acting as therapist.
These “release” dreams most frequently come as snippets of moments or feelings, or impressions of people. They change direction and skip from place to place, person to person, event to event, without warning. They rarely make sense or have a through-line. The feelings experienced are usually remembered more clearly upon waking than the dreams themselves.
Then there are dreams with visitors. This is when another actual presence comes to us to give a message or comfort or help. It’s not just us imagining an angelic presence or a deceased loved one showing up – they actually do connect with us. What we get from them is from them, not from our imagination. And visits happen a lot more than we usually remember.
Many who experience this still find it hard to accept they’re “communing” with angels or the departed. The old Piscean Age thought-process rarely addressed or supported it. Many times I’ve had clients tell me of an experience of a recently departed loved one appearing to them. They want to believe it was real. But more often than not, they don’t, no matter how moving it was. They can’t trust their gut because most of us have gotten far away from relying on that kind of inner connection.
We all have guides, angels, and ancestors who watch over us. The easiest way for them to communicate is in dreams where we don’t get shocked by their presence or censor the experience.
Messages received in “visitor” dreams can sometimes remain incredibly clear on waking and fade soon after, or at other times seem just out of reach, as if we were aware that something was told to us but we don’t remember the exact words. Never fear. If the message isn’t clear immediately, it always comes in, sneaking through the subconscious to the conscious in many ways.
One way we get the message is we suddenly have a great idea or find a solution to a problem out of the blue as if hearing the answer in our own inner-voice. If we’re not used to hearing angelic voice, or any disembodied voice for that matter (and most of us are not), it gets really freaky to hear it out of nowhere, even if we asked for it. Hence, the communication in dreams comes when we’re awake in our own voice so the message isn’t lost in a freak-out.
The same goes for getting visits from loved ones who have passed, although we tend to remember these more clearly because we knew them in the physical realm. Most of these messages, however, will be remembered as a whole-body awareness of them – the way we sometimes just “know” – rather than as specific words. Words can be very literal. Messages from these visitors frequently come in metaphors and symbolism.
Then there are prophetic dreams. Only a few people have prophetic dreams. Or I should say, only a few people pay attention to these dreams as prophetic. Most of us have been taught that anything that psychic isn’t real. So when having a really intense dream that warns of something coming, we usually dismiss it as a nightmare or our subconscious hides it so we don’t remember it clearly when we wake. But that’s just our “civilized” conditioning.
Years ago, while talking with clients during readings, and after the event, I discovered that many had had dreams of overpowering waves or of drowning months before the great tsunami hit the Philippines. The dreams had usually come as a threat to their own homes rather than happening in another part of the world, which was a way of getting people to pay attention. We didn’t really connect that kind of dreaming as a true prophecy. Without a common denominator, in this case me, to hear dreams from clients all over the world and put them together, there was no way of knowing that this had been a mass warning. Everyone I talked to had just dismissed them.
Those who are aware they dream prophetically listen to these dreams even though sometimes it seems there is nothing that can be done about whatever is coming. Prophetic dreaming isn’t necessarily about giving the dreamer a glimpse of the future so an event can be stopped or altered. It’s more about giving a heads up so that the event can be dealt with and accepted or fully experienced because it has significance.
It might seem like a burden to be able to dream prophetically. Who really wants to know anything negative coming that can’t be stopped? But it is part of our heritage as human beings. At one time, we all accepted and used this gift consciously. It helped us survive.
Then there are dreams that are really astral projections, or out of body experiences. My favorite! These are easily differentiated from all other dreams because the experiences are vivid, usually have a through-line or story, have guest stars (not necessarily angelic presence or departed loved ones), and can be remembered in great detail for days afterward. And what is remembered is most clearly how we felt in the dream as if it was happening now. Even when an astral projection is recalled years later, the feeling then that was so vital can snap back in our inner reality as if we had the experience yesterday.
There are ways of being able to direct out of body experiences, ways to make them happen, but that takes a lot of practice. Normally, we have these experiences without having to concentrate on them.
If you want to remember your dreams more clearly, start a Dream Journal (whether that’s using a book or a voice recorder) to document what you remember as soon as you wake. Do it every day, even if it seems there was nothing but a snippet and a feeling. The more you do it – and differentiate what kind of dream it is – the more the pathways are opened and the clearer dreams become.
There is a method of becoming a more conscious human being by recalling your dreams backwards, from the time you wake moving back til the time you first fell asleep. Being able to connect this line not only helps you deal with the purpose of the dreams, but enhances your awareness and intuition. Obviously, this takes time and practice – it is an art – but it is worth it if you want to increase your consciousness.
One last note: If you’re interested in having your dreams explained, please be aware that dream interpretation books are written from the author’s subconscious opinion, not necessarily a common truth for all humankind. Many people who study dreams (no matter if they’re focused on modern psychology or indigenous cultures) are unaware they are deciding what dreams mean based on their innate sensibilities and heritage. Having a dream of Jesus Christ for Christians has one meaning; the same dream for a Buddhist or Muslim means something completely different.
Cultural and ethnic backgrounds always come into play but are not delineated as opinion because, again, they’re innate. Dreaming of a snake for many in western culture is seen as negative and threatening, yet for Native Americans it indicates facing fears and rebirth. So take that into account when relying on someone else’s dream interpretations, whether from a book or a knowledgeable person. If a specific explanation feels right in your gut, use it but try to avoid taking the entire book or person as automatically purporting fact.
I wish you happy, fulfilling and more active dreaming!
And I offer this with love and gratitude…