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Secrets of Power Dreaming

How can you find your way through the good dreams and bad dreams you meet while you sleep? What can you do to move on from anxiety dreams and nightmares? How can you open up the possible wonders of dreaming?

Research and human experience over many years have shown ways we can work with the wonder of your dream process. From such research Dr. Nielsen and Levin suggest that dreaming attempts to create ‘fear extinction’ to deal with painful or fearful past experience. The dream process succeeds at this when we do not wake from a fearful dream. When we wake from a nightmarish dream it has failed. As Dr. Nielsen points out, ‘If you feel yourself falling spread your arms and learn how to fly’.

This is not a crazy suggestion. Dreams are simply feelings put into images. Nothing can actually hurt you while you dream. If you really take that in and decide to confront your dream fears – don’t confuse this with externally dangerous things – you can transform your inner world of anxieties, heal past hurts, and open up the treasure house of your potential. When this happens it flows into confidence and pleasure in daily life. The steps to doing this are:

  1. While awake and relaxed imagine yourself back in the dream and continue it as fantasy or a daydream and move it toward satisfaction. Alter the dream in any way; experiment with it; play with it, until you find a way to fully feel at ease with it. In doing this you must not ignore the feelings of resistance and spontaneous emotion and fantasy that may occur. Satisfaction comes only when you have found a way of integrating these into your conscious imagining. See Being the Person or Thing
  2. Recognise that every part of your dream is an expression of some aspect of yourself such as sexuality, creativity, ideas, fear, and so on. In the world of dreams our most intimate fears and longings are given an exterior life of their own in the form of the people, objects and places of our dream. Therefore our sexual drive may be shown as a person and how we relate to them; or given shape and colour as an object; or given mood as a scene. Our feeling of ambition might thus be portrayed as a business person in our dream – our changing emotions as the sea or a river; while the present relationship we have with our ambition or emotions is expressed in the events or plot of the dream. So even the monsters and fears of your dreams are part of you. If you run from them you are actually afraid of yourself, of your own emotions and memories. So, in this step, you gradually meet, change, and even imaginatively become the fearful image. In that way you transform your anxiety into available energy. You overcome your fears.
  3. Your dreams are a unique area of self expression. They are a safe area to experiment and experience things in any way you wish. Often we introvert, or take into our dream life, rules and fears that have no place there. For example, while dreaming, you may fall into the sea and be terrified you will drown. But that is impossible because you are only experiencing images of your feelings and thoughts. All you can do is to feel fear. You can easily breathe under water in a dream, or fly, or die and be re-born. So remove such limitations from your inner life by visualising such changes into your dreams when awake. Imagine yourself being what you can in your dreams. Even passive people who couldn’t stand up for themselves can change as they do this.
  4. Recent research into how the brain works shows that it creates an interpretation of what you take to be a real external world. We each create our own internal reality in that way. Take time to wonder what reality you have created unconsciously and what your dreams portray of it. In doing so remember that any evil, any good, any demon or any god that you meet in your dreams, is any expression of your own potential to create. They are not externally real. So what world do you want to live in? One dominated by internal fears and demons? A life restricted and imprisoned by old habits and rigid rules of right and wrong? What about moving toward one that allows you to love and unfold your potential? Dream a new life!

See: Summing UpNothing Can Hurt You in Your DreamsPeople Animals and Objects of our Dreams are Projections - Life’s Little SecretsWe are Paralysed -



-colleen clapham 2011-08-15 7:16:33

hi tony i love your pages on dreams,you seem like you dont mind sharing the dreams meanings with everyone thats RARE to find not everyone wants to let you know more about what you are looking for,i would love to be able to get hold of your books,i am in perth, best regards colleen.


-Nicole Milton 2013-09-29 22:07:31

Hello. Im reading up on deams and I need some help with mine. when I woke p from my dream I was very disturbed.can you please help me.?


    -Tony Crisp 2013-09-30 7:45:37

    Nicole – I need to hear the whole dream and anything relevant about you.



-tina sessions 2014-10-23 11:18:42

Three weeks ago I dreamed of ann Ariel view of an grey cat being stalked in the water by a large green alligator. Right before the alligator attacked the cat turned around as if to confront it and the alligator verred off leaving the cat to swim to shore. Three weeks later( last night i dreamed Iwas in a swap swimming my boss was on shore. Suddenly. Alligator s of different sizes surfaced all around and began pursuing me the largest and closest one was huge and white. I swam frantically toward the dock asking my boss to help but she just stared. I made it onto the docrock safely in the nick of time but felt ‘very panicked and furious with my boss. What is the significance of timhe white gator. WhAt did the first dream mean. My life is overwhelming right now. I have some perception that others don’t. If I could hone in o these I would b happier. Pls email me.


-stephanie 2014-12-06 12:52:18

Hi i have been having a reoccuring dream its starts out with a super long white wooden bridge and im walking across it slowly and im wearing a white night gown i do not own one but when i get towards the middle of the bridge the rest of it disappears and i cant go any further everytime i dream this i never get any further on that bridge im just standing there wondering where did the bridge go if you could please just tell me what you think might be going on. Thank you


    -Tony Crisp 2014-12-12 8:56:27

    Stephanie – Crossing a bridge usually represents making a big change in your life. Dressed in white suggests the change you are making is positive, but sometimes we cannot foresee where changes in our life will take us.

    But if you use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/ you can gradually see/feel the way ahead and cross the bridge.



-Barbara 2015-02-12 19:25:40

Tony,I have so many dreams where I have power. A few examples are: A car going out of control,I stick my hand out the window towards it and it straighten up, A shooter is shooting /trying to kill people and when he points his gun at me i speak some words and the gun turns on him killing him, and i think things(in my awaken life too)and they be come reality. I have been told several times that this is a gift i have. What say you? thanks and have a great day.


-Kaitlyn 2015-04-06 11:36:25

It is said that dreams can not hurt us but I remember this one dream of mine – the end of it – quite clearly. I believe I was confronting someone until they pulled a gun on me, threatened me, and when I didn’t back down, they shot the gun. I remember my dream self watching the bullet come at me first in slow motion but the nearer it came, it sped up. Right before I woke up, I was impacted. The bullet hit me right between the eyes and when I was awake, I could feel the tingling of the bullet and where it hit for hours that day. It’s always bothered me since.


-Jill sinclair 2016-07-23 7:47:48

Hi i came to one of your wonderful workshops ages ago and consult your dream dictionary.
I am thinking about what you say about nothing being able to really hurt you in your dreams. The thing is that nightmsres for example, though a feeling, can be so powerful. I have tried letting myself stay in them in a dream but the feeling gets worse and stronger until i cant stand it. I just cant do it. What if the trauma is so great you cant face it?
Having said that i have a recurring dream of being somewhere snd leaving the house but forgetting to write down the address so i am somewhere i dont know without a clue how to get back and cant ask anyone. This is the most terrible feeling but in the last dream i had i called out to god to help me and would you believe my friend was suddenly on the phone to me. I was so releived and everything was fine. I had absolutely no sense if being lost any more.
This was after watching an amazing woman joyce meyer on tbc tv channel.


    -Tony Crisp 2016-07-24 10:46:37

    Dear Jill – Nightmares are certainly, from my own experience a way leading to healing, and are not sent to torment or terrify. But having said that I had nightmares years ago that I couldn’t face – that took me five or six years to get past them.

    Looking back and wondering why I couldn’t get past them a couple of things stand out. One is that the thing that started the fear in you caused you to believe in it so strongly that you cannot yet see that it is only an inner emotion – fear – and emotions don’t kill you unless you believe in them.

    To explain this – In 1887 Dr. Crile had watched helpless as his friend, William Lyndman died of shock after amputation of both legs. Crile went on to develop anaesthesia and blood transfusion to counteract death through shock. But some forms of shock appeared to be outside any physical cause. In 1898 Crile was on an army transporter off Cuba and examined a young officer who was delirious with fear due to facing his first battle. He was as deep in shock as if his legs had been crushed by a wagon as William Lyndman’s had. This led Crile to become interested in exopthalmic goitre, an illness which produces a similar type of anxiety condition. Despite the use of anaesthetics, no one had successfully operated on such a goitre condition. Every patient died. Crile discovered why when he attempted such an operation in 1905.
    While under anaesthesia the patient’s heart rate rose to 218 and the body temperature rose to a dangerous level. Despite no physical injury or infection, the patient died that night with a temperature of 109.6 F. Crile realised from his previous observations that it was fear that had killed the patient. Therefore, he told his next patient, a young woman who needed the goitre operation, that he was going to give her a simple inhalation treatment. When she breathed in the anaesthetic, she therefore thought she was having a ‘treatment’ not an operation. She was the first person to survive the operation for exopthalmic goitre. Crile called it “stealing the goitre”, and was so impressed by the influence of emotion on the body he constantly stressed the importance of self-control, and taught that calmness is strength.
    As can be seen, the woman’s fear led to a belief/conviction that could have killed her. In your case the feelings were so strong you couldn’t face them.
    There can be another cause for that – build-up of trauma. I have to use one of my own awful traumas that took years to deal with. Birth was for me a trauma because I was born two months premature at a time prior to intensive care and antibiotics and experienced dying because I could not breathe easily or digest properly. I recovered memory of these by using LifeStream – See – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/
    Then as I was brought up mainly by my grandmother because my mother worked every day, I attached to my grandmother. But at 18 months old she died, so I felt an awful feeling of abandonment. Later at 3 years old my mother, without explanation to me sent me to a hospital to become healthy. That, on top of my previous shock of abandonment deepened the wound. Later at 6 I was put into hospital for tonsil operation – a wound already deep was cut and bled. Then my mother threatened to put me into an orphanage. It led me to cut off any emotional links with my mother leading to me marry without any love – for we develop love with our mother and move toward maturing it with her. I married again with an infant sort of love and became a five-year-old following my wife/mother around frightened of losing her. My wife’s response was to see me as a weak and needy child – which wasn’t the case. It takes strength to meet and recover such things. See http://dreamhawk.com/relationship-sex/ages-of-love-2/
    I managed to recover, but we still carry emotional scars which shape the way we think and behave.
    So what lies behind the fear you cannot yet face? Your sense of being lost sounds very much like a childhood experience which needs more time to heal. I believe it is our real life’s work to meet and deal with such fears or hurts. The way I found was through exploring a dream every week and trying to integrate what I learned into my daily life. This led me to LifeStream – see http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/peoples-experiences-of-lifestream/
    But of course there are other ways, but please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/example-15-life-changes/ and – http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/lifes-little-secrets/ also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson


-Catherine Chapline 2016-10-12 15:57:24

I found these posts looking for an answer as to why I’ve dreamt of a baby elephant twice recently. I’m not one to even remember a dream. In my first dream my baby elephant was small like small cat. I was going to pick him up and take care of him. That is all I remembered. Today I dreamt of the baby elephant again and it was bigger, about the size of a small dog. Again, I was going to take care of the baby elephant. In this dream two women walked into my garage and through the garage out the back door. Before picking up the elephant, I went to lock the back door and then I was awaken by a phone call. So for the second time, I don’t think I’ve picked up the elephant, but fully intended to do so. My little elephant has grown, but still very small; much smaller than a real baby elephant. There is a lot going on in my life right now. I’ve started a business that is not earning money yet. I’m about to lose my house, but don’t really care about that as long as I am able to relocate when it occurs. I do believe my business will be successful, but I don’t always feel that I know what things I should be doing or how to do them. I don’t think this is a sexual dream for me. I don’t really notice the elephant’s trunk at all. In my first dream he was standing up and would fit in my hand. I could see the whole elephant including its truck. In the second dream, he was sleeping on his side with his feet facing me. I don’t even remember seeing his trunk. He looked up with I spoke to him, laid back down and we seemed to be able to communicate, albeit not necessarily through speak. Thanks for your insights.


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