The Powerful Usefulness of Exploring Your Dreams
Many indigenous peoples like the Iroquois, and the Senoi, regularly discuss their dreams and use the information that comes to them in their dreams. These people believe that their dreams give them useful information, guidance, and warnings of future events. They also believe that dreams are away to rehearse events that may be coming our way in the future. My indigenous teachers are extremely interested in the contents of dreams, and when I am studying with them, we share our dreams with each other over breakfast, as many dreaming peoples do.
Recently, my interest in my dream life has been rekindled by reading the works of Robert Moss. Moss gives simple and easy methods for re-entering our dreams, and harvesting and extracting the information we receive there.
I have begun copying down my dreams in the morning before my breakfast while I drink my coffee. I do this via Evernote so that I can search them quickly and re-read them on my phone when traveling, and what I have begun to notice is that the simple practice of paying attention to them has brought back many old dreams of power to me that I am now remembering as if I had just had them last night. Some of these dreams were repetitive and cyclical, indicating their usefulness and necessity. Some of them are still inscrutable. But, the power that these dreams contain has come rushing back with full force. I am now really interested in re-entering these dreams to harvest the information that they have been giving me all these years!
Dreams are places. We can revisit these places, and explore more of the landscape.
I have a deep, deep longing for many of these places, as if they are very dear to me, as if they were places where I have lived beautiful lives. In this waking life, I don't quite know what they represent yet, but the power and the luminosity but they contain is intoxicating in its strength and beauty. There is meaning here for me.
For years, I kept the dream journal next to my bed and faithfully recorded the dreams that I can remember. But, I didn't know what to do with them. I had no idea how to get the information of these dreams were trying to give me; my dreams lay, dutifully recorded, and utterly lifeless. I am stunned to find that these old dreams, ones I thought were desiccated and finished, are as fresh and new as they were on the nights when we dreamed each other. My simple practice of writing down my new dreams this past two weeks and paying attention to them has re-hydrated the dream field, has brought it a surge of renewed life.
Using Moss' dream re-entry techniques, and the simple questions that he has us apply when recording a dream has been immensely helpful and valuable at moving this process along once more; this week’s dream of the Jump Table, for example, has been incredibly helpful to me already.
At first, I had no idea what that part of the dream meant; all I knew was that it contained power, a certain glowing energy that called to me. When I re-entered the dream and began asking about this part of the dream, the imagery expanded until it became something extraordinarily meaningful to me. Waking, I immediately put the dream's information into action and created my own 'jump table’: do-able short-term activities which point directly to longer-term goals. This is something I've never been able to do before for myself, and I learned it from my dream.
This is just one single nugget from one single dream. I have so many that I can begin to mine for their gold! If this one dream gives me a useful tool, imagine what all of the others might contain! With titles such as, "Descending into the City of Light on Turtle's Back" and "Battling the Forces of Evil", I can only guess at what's locked in those dreams, ready for me to find.
If you are interested in dreams and dreaming, and want to learn some new techniques for putting your dreams to use in this waking life, consider coming to the Dream Exploration Circle that I host once a month (here's a link to my calendar page for Dream Exploration Circle dates). We use several techniques to explore what our dreams are telling us, and how to use them for our own good and for the good of us all. In doing this, we bring ourselves closer together as a community.
If you want to explore dreams on your own, here are Robert Moss' guidelines and questions for what he calls Lightning Dream Work; a very quick process for sharing your dreams with a partner and beginning to find the energy within them.
Start your dream journal! Gather the wisdom that is coming to you in your dreams!
Find a partner to share your dreams with.
Read Moss' book, "Active Dreaming" to find out more!
Come to our Dream Exploration Circle on Monday night!