By Dawn Dickson
The ancients said we do not have dreams, but rather, dreams are given to us. They believed that dreams are the original language of the spiritual path, giving us messages for our personal growth and community healing. Whenever we make a commitment to our soul, the dreamtime hears us. When we make an agreement toward growth and awakening, psyche is alerted and we are often given information for our soul’s growth and evolution. Early peoples engaged in dream incubation where a question was posed and they dreamed for an answer. You have heard the call to join the Woman’s Soul gathering, and as such, it is especially important for you to note your dreams and ask questions of the dream spirits as you prepare for our time together.
Author Rosemary Ellen Guiley writes in her book, Dreamwork for the Soul, that “dreams do more than help us understand ourselves better. They help awaken us to our full identity and potential – that we are souls, not egos.” She reminds us that dreams are a pathway to self-love, and in the process, help us to “touch the greatest expression of love” which is so needed in the world today. We do not always immediately understand the symbols that dreams provide because they speak in the language of non-ordinary reality. But if we track our dreams, we are often able to see patterns that later make sense to us as we travel on our path. Your dreams may offer information for personal and emotional healing as psyche (which means soul) always leans toward healing and equilibrium. Or your dreams may offer symbols for community healing and the greater good. We need to dream for each other and the world!
Indigenous people do not always see images as symbols representing something else, but rather consider dreams to be real, happening now, in another realm. They believe we are visited in the dreamtime by spirits and our ancestors. Are you being visited? Listen carefully!
Working with dreams is a process of inquiry. Here are some ways to work with your dreams as you prepare for our gathering:
- Keep a special journal and pen by your bedside. Record dreams as soon as possible as their memory can fade quickly. Write down everything you remember, even if you think the details are insignificant.
- Track themes and recurring patterns in your dreams. One way to do this is to use a highlighter to note which themes and patterns show up frequently.
- Make note of the emotional content of your dreams, especially content that feels charged.
- Distill the dream down to one sentence. What is the essence?
- Name the dream.
- What does the dream want? What does it seem to be asking? Is there an action that needs to be taken?
- Notice if any archetypal images appear in your dreams, i.e. The Great Mother; The Heroine; The Orphan,
- Draw, paint, collage, or dance your dream.
- Try this: Prepare for dream incubation. Take quiet time for meditation on a question. Perhaps light a candle and make entries in your journal. Take a warm bath or enjoy a cup of herbal tea. Ask the dream spirits for guidance with your question. Some people like to use an essential oil diffuser at bedtime. There are lovely blends specifically available for dreaming. You can also write your question out on a piece of paper and place it under your pillow. Have your journal ready for noting the dreams that come your way. Be sure to thank the spirits!
Ask yourself, is the dream a:
- Map dream? (Telling you about your journey)
- Mirror dream? (Reflecting on a particular issue)
- Medicine dream? (Encouraging healing)
- Mystery dream? (A very powerful image that should perhaps not be dissected)
Our gathering will be held at a powerful dreaming time of the year when the veil between the worlds is thin. We gather at a very powerful time in history when our dreams and visions are so needed. We look forward to dreaming with you at the Woman Soul gathering this autumn!