I am going to discuss ways to record, analyze and dissect your dreams. Many of you are probably keeping a dream journal already. If not, then this advice will help you understand why it’s important and how to go about it. If you are keeping a journal, then here’s a much easier way to do this.
In the online dictionary, the word dissection is defined as the ‘process of disassembling and observing something to determine its internal structure and as an aid to discerning the functions and relationships of its components.’ Look up the word and you will also see it is synonymous with anatomize as well. Take a quick look at that definition too. Both of these words describe very well the reasons we need to track and record our dreams. We are supposed to dissect and analyze them. It allows us to gain mastery of our parts. All of them. We are meant to be masters of our own fates and our souls.
Admit it. Haven’t you always wanted to keep one of those fancy ultra suede covered dream journals, written down in perfect lettering? The kind you find in the book stores? Now you can! It just takes a method. There is always a method or trick. Always. Besides, you’ll come to think of yourself and how you work your own healing methods as most fine. How grand to know you have your dreams analyzed written down and dissected over the years. How grand you will feel knowing you’ve leaped mountains of issues and found rainbows to keep because you can work with your dreams. Very powerful stuff. And it’s free!!!! Well, almost. There is the little issue of buying a fancy journal to transfer your work. But that is a small price to pay for using the dreaming to heal and master your life.
True to my nature, Salome believes there is always a ‘trick’ or an easier way to do most anything. My tendency is to take the route of least resistance in anything simply because if you find a quick and easy way to do anything, the odds are you’ll keep at it. This easy method of tracking dreams increases odds you’ll succeed in receiving the answers and guidance you need regarding dreams. The universe and the cosmos at large have an uncanny way of jumping through hoops to make friends with you through dreams too.
First of all, throw out any preconceived notions of needing a dream interpretation book. That is TOTAL NONSENSE! What they are is nothing more but someone else’s interpretation of dream subjects. It’s far more reliable to use a reference book of Signs and Symbols.
Many years ago I took a dreaming class from a shaman specifically to learn how to interpret my own dreams. I wouldn’t have done this ordinarily but I received a dream that was so profound and so mysterious that it kept coming to my mind, yet I couldn’t make heads or tails of the message. Hence, the cosmos put this shaman’s class in front of me so I would be able to dissect the dream to my benefit. Mind you I didn’t pick this person out of the blue, I’d done research into dreaming and knew there were people who were actually called dreaming shamans whose soul purpose was to have dreams for others. So I went looking specifically for a dreaming shaman. I looked for signs she was authentic when I came into her class of her true ability. And Wow! Did the signs ever come and quickly!
I wore an electric salmon color short set to that first class. The woman next to me was wearing a sage colored outfit. Next to her a woman was in purple. A young man was all in black, and a little older gentleman was in a beige shirt and slacks. We all took seats in her garden that chilly June morning at 7 am sharp. Folded neatly over the back of each white plastic lawn chair was an afghan in the corresponding colors to what each of us was wearing. We were a bit unnerved, but then the shaman spoke to us softly with a smile, “I was there in your dreams last night, I saw you and you saw me. I knew the colors you would be wearing to class today.” Hmmm….. We put the afghans across our laps, exchanged surprised looks and set to work. I need not tell you we all paid very close attention to what that shaman had to say about learning to dream and recording dreams properly.
Here is the gist of that class: She had us buy a reference book called “An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols” by J.C. Cooper (no it’s not the one who bailed out over the Washington wilderness in the 1970’s with money never to be seen again) that was J.D. Cooper. Different guy.
This dreaming shaman said, “In this book or, another comprehensive signs and symbols book like it, you will find all the signs and symbols you need to get you jump started and whet your creative juices so you may properly interpret your dreams.” There was information on every god and goddess you could think of. Information on minerals, numbers, alchemy, the universal psyche, colors, geometrics, universal archetypes, myths, etc… That dictionary COVERED IT ALL. She also said universal signs and symbols are important to use in dream interpretation because as a species, we help dream up or create the archetypes and symbols in tandem with the cosmos and universe. When we use a book like this it effortlessly connects us to the dreaming world of the cosmos, the planets, the stars, and others of our kind, and some not of our kind. The galaxies talk, we listen and talk back. That is the dreaming. Universal language IS signs, shapes, symbols, numbers, myth, archetype.
She had us use a small tape recorder with a blank cassette in it and we were instructed to place it beside our beds. Then, when we had a dream, it was an easy process to reach over, push the record button and speak into the cassette. The instructions were to speak the date, note if it was day or night, note time of year or season it seemed to be, if any, a sense of how it felt overall. Happy, sad, confused, direct instruction. She also said to be sure to stay lying flat in bed, and not to get up at all. Just grab the mini cassette recorder, push the record button and speak. It was not to concern us if we sounded garbled or sluggish. The important thing was to get it down, in sleepy talk, mumbling if we had to.
I noted at the time this was an interesting instruction and remembered my beloved mother who had instructed me how to study. Her advice about retaining information was almost the same. When you woke up, it was important not to sit up too fast. Instead lie in bed and grab your study material and read it lying down. She often used to say that a lot of information from the subconscious was lost when you started to activate the physical body too soon upon waking. The idea was to do it gradually, starting from a prone position.
In shaman’s terms this would be called giving your dreaming body time to settle back into your physical body so you can feel whole. (by the way, you should never just jump up out of bed, but give yourself a few minutes to wake up, stretch and then rise). If you don’t, you’ll find yourself trying to catch up to yourself and the world all day long. Set your clock 10 minutes earlier. Your day will go much smoother.
Once the dream was on tape, then it was an easy process to transfer it to paper at a more convenient time. The reasoning was: 1. Get it down on tape first 2. Later transfer it to paper 3. Then a journal. You’ll actually do this because it’s easier. I’m always a bit suspicious of people who say they keep a dream journal and wake up and immediately write down their dreams. I mean c’mon. Are you kidding? Record them first, then copy to paper, then analyze.
We took our taped recorded dreams, listened to them and wrote them down between classes that summer. We had to give our dreams a title, always. Much like a story. Always a title. Always. Then date, time of year, if any and copy the dream. It had to be spaced 3 lines apart on the paper. Why? Because as time goes by, we were told, there would be more details pulled from our subconscious we could add to the dream.
That was an amazing summer. Every Saturday we took our reference book of signs and symbols to class, and analyzed our dreams. It was amazing how much we could tap into and/or reference in our dreams using this method. We even began dreaming one another and helping each other out. There wasn’t one person in that class at its end that didn’t have a true idea of what walking between the worlds truly means.
Dreaming and awake, it’s all the same. Our perception is what changes, not the two worlds. They don’t exist as two worlds really. It all is one.
Today I have a bunch of journals with dreams and I can still find additional meaning within the lines although, with some, many years have passed since the dreams first appeared. Also a little hint is in order here: If you just cannot interpret the dream immediately after analyzing with these tools, then place it away, as it may not be time yet to interpret. When you get good at these techniques, you’ll find this less and less of a problem and the interpretation and understanding can come instantly.
Dreams have a transcendent quality to them that run across the universe tapping into other’s dreams, wishes and fears. They tap into the logos that are the human race, and they also tap into the universal and cosmic logos as well. It really is true that we all dream together in the electric soup of energy all around us. Dreams shift and change and are added upon as to meaning as the need arises, and this is something you will only be able to properly understand if you keep a dreaming log. Suffice it to say here, it’s not important to record all your dreams because the ones you need to know will prompt you awake. The more you do this, the more you’ll walk in both waking and dreaming worlds. Your life will be yours to see fit to run as you feel best. Dreaming knowledge brings immense wisdom into your life.
If you study Bon Shamanism, you’ll find these marvelous people have the knowledge there is no difference between the waking and asleep world. It’s only our point of reference that delineates the lines. They walk between the worlds, and they can see their future and they can change it if they so choose. There is a type of Dream Yoga they do and while they are rigorous exercises I don’t recommend for the lay person to take on lightly, they do have the ability to help us tap into the dreaming during waking hours. The books are there with instruction, and so are CD’s although in my opinion, the books are much better. There are also DVD’s on Dream Yoga you can buy with the exercises that are a bit more tame than what the Bon Shamans use.
So exactly what is the dreaming? It is nothing more than the energy forming in the entire cosmos moment by moment, all at once. It is past, present and future all there for us to delve into. The most famous for knowledge of the dreaming are the Aborigines. They ‘Walk about’ and dream with the cosmos and universe and yes our Earth.
By recording our dreams, we enter into a unique agreement with the universe. We say, “We are in tune with what is, past present and future, so dream with us and we’ll dream with you.”
The dreaming is more influential than many of us realize. Adelaide, Australia is in the shape of a kangaroo that can be seen from the air. How did this happen? The dreaming guided the energy of the people living there who built it to make it in the outline of a kangaroo! Kangaroo energy is everywhere influencing even the shape of that city. Don’t doubt for one minute that the dreaming influences you and where you live as well. It does. Cultures are ingrained with the land, and the land speaks, and so does the ether all around you. It is all energy. It is us, we are it. The trouble is we humans are a stubborn fixed lot who have hard boundaries up, and the only way the dreaming can get through is in flits and thoughts during the day and on night shift while we lie in bed sleeping.
You relax at night and go into dreams. You are still awake, your body is just resting and restoring itself… but your mind, well it’s busy tapping into the energy of the cosmos. Very busy and paying attention.
Right now, we are in the 6th day of the Galactic Underworld as Barbara Hand Clow tells us. Things are shifting and changing, and the dreaming tells us so. If we learn to dream right and record the dreams that come to us, we will then take another step forward and begin to understand how much we can affect the universe and indeed the cosmos. We truly become co-creators with one another and the all. Change, positive change happens this way.
Done right, over time you’ll begin to see your future unfold, and you can make changes before, not during, or after that fact of events, if you wish. You’ll begin to understand the true reason for recording your dreams. Better still, you will ‘know and use’ the dreaming as it is meant to be known and used.
Tape into the dreaming. Get a mini tape recorder with a blank cassette. Put it by your bed, and record your dreams onto those tapes. Use a good reference book such as a signs and symbols dictionary. There are several actually, by very good authors indeed. Please toss out your dream dictionaries. The signs and symbols dictionary books are much better suited for analyzing dreams.
When you get a chance, transfer your recorded dream to paper. Always give them a title, make 3 line spaces so you can fill in notes, comments and such later as you go. In time you’ll find you have garnered a rich repertoire of work, and one you can tap into by just opening your dream journals and reading. It will astound you how solutions to issues and problems will just present themselves to you.
Don’t worry about working to remember your dreams! If you get your materials ready and have them handy, ready to use your body, spirit and soul knows what you’re doing and it will almost trip over itself handing over the information to you in dreams. The dreaming wants to be part of your life in your waking world. It wants to partner with you and guide you. Allow it to do so and you’ll find within a year of trying this method you’ll no longer view dreams in quite the same way. You will know with certainty you have a tool for co-creating your life with the universe that is like no other.
And yes, you will be walking between the worlds, wide awake, refreshed and aware. Very powerful stuff and very healing. I believe it’s called “MASTERY OF YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?”
One last thought…. those of you who do numerology, add up the word dreaming in any language and see what you get. Even the very words no matter what the tongue, vibrate to the energy of what dreaming truly is. Take it a step further and do some Gematria and it will astonish you!
Please use these dream journaling methods to benefit for yourself and each of us. Remember it’s all one. No difference. Dreaming and waking, it’s all the same. Our perception just changes to truly ‘see’.
Salome – About the Author:
As a natural born psychic and Shaman practitioner, I can heal any trauma by examining a present or past life situation. With a lifetime of ancestral training and assistance from my helper guides, I can provide guidance and cure whatever ails you. I specialize in Tarot Reading, Rune Reading, Psychic Readings, Spirit Communication, Mediumship, Channeling, Prophecy, Past Lives Regression, Future Lives Progression, Shamanic Healing, Energy Work, Power Animal Retrieval, Dream Therapy, Dream Interpretation, Pet Psychic, Metaphysical Training & Counseling. I work at the Internet’s premiere psychic reading site, Psychic Access. http://PsychicAccess.com where all psychic advisors are interviewed, verified and accuracy tested assuring you the highest quality service. You can use this link to go right to my profile page http://psychicaccess.com/salome/