No related posts.
Understanding the symbols by thinking about them or ‘analysing’, them will do nothing to help you deal with dreams. A dream image is simply a mask your brain uses to describe a feeling, a fear or a realisation. A dream comes from a level before words were created, and thinking is simply rearranging words. Thinking is usually done with words, and words are simply associations we have with the sound or the printed symbol. As such words are only the small associations we have with them.
But dreams are about a totally different world – your inner world – and it works in a totally different way to your outer life. We tend to believe that all the rules that apply to our physical life are the same as apply to our inner dream world. For instance in the body you can be hurt and die, but the reality of the inner world is that you can never be actually hurt or die. Like a computer game you can experience dying and yet, you the player, remains unhurt. We also often believe that animals are a separate and often threatening thing, but we are ourselves largely an animal and carry our history of animal evolution in our body. See Levels of the Brain and - Dreams are Virtual Realities
So the world of our dreams is showing in the imagery and drama of our dream the whole of our history and how we relate to it and out inner animals and creatures; some of which are creatures we create with our fears and imagination.
What we need to understand is that we all live in a very personal and unique inner world, an inner world that conditions the way you see and interact with the outer world. Dreams are like a mirror of that inner world – and in your dream you can see you can create a world that can scare you silly, uplift you, instruct you, initiate you into new realms of yourself or even look deep into your body.
This inner world is created by what you do, think and decide. Really it is the sign of what we have worked on in the theatre of life. It shows who we really are seen from the viewpoint of our very best. Also it tries to give help to create a better inner world, even in nightmares.
This inner world of dreams, creativity and imagination are very real and have enormous power. Think of someone whose inner world/feelings/thoughts is dominated and filled with self doubt, a sense of failure, of feelings of being unloved and worthless, and comparing it with someone who is not troubled by doubts, but is loving and supporting of others, who can easily express their creative ideas and loves imagination.
But our inner world is only created by what we think and believe, by what we have been taught and told, and also the crazy images we are fed by other people and the media and what we have made of them. Or it is formed by the work we have done on ourselves – work can mean the strength and purpose we put into living from our best. Best does not mean the best often defined by being good and like a wet blanket. Our best might be striking out in a way criticised by the mass, or judged as awful and yet is an expression of our core self.
I want to attempt to get this over to you as clearly as I am able. Can you understand it if I say that all that you are is consciousness? Without awareness you have no body, the whole world has gone, there is nothing!! We have consciousness of having a body, of the world around us, people, love anger – but they are all things you are conscious of – they are not consciousness.
Life and consciousness seem to me to be one and the same. Life can take any form – see the million upon million of different forms life has taken. With a complex body consciousness you can attain ’self consciousness’. And you can fill your inner world with anything – love, anger, hate, creativity, fear, awful images. But they are simply things we fill it with and have in reality no permanent existence. So why fill your self consciousness with silly frightening images. Obviously there are things in the outer world that need to be avoided – but in your inner world why fill it with fear or crazy ideas that do nothing but confuse you..
Example: I had an experience of dreaming while awake too but saw an image of a man painted from head to toe in silver with a giant box on his head.. this tells me I am restricting my intuition because of limitations I have set upon myself connected to my male energy. It was so funny looking though I was laughing to myself. T.
But the main thing to realise is that your inner world is unique and your own. It is made up of all that you think and feel. It is incredibly real and yet extremely plastic. So if you feel that you cannot do something it is like a brick wall that you cannot get through. But if you gain another perspective the brick wall of disbelief melts. And that is the world you live in and create all the time. That gives wonderful freedom or imprisonment, because whatever you believe in is the world you live in. So why not let go of the prison walls you may have created and live in a world of possibilities?
Here is a description by someone who explored the inner world.
William Lilley, was a spiritual healer. He lived an extraordinary life, uniting in his practice the use of ordinary medicine, herbs, massage, manipulation, sound therapy, vibration therapy, along with a clairvoyant ability to look into the body and diagnose sickness. He was able to consciously ‘leave his body’ and visit the ‘Inner World’. His description of this is typical of many other people’s experiences - but he can describe it best:
When I am going into trance, I breathe in the Yoga method shown me by Dr. Letari. Immediately I get a sensation as though I am falling, or being pulled backwards. As this sensation comes to a climax, I seem to be travelling through space at terrific speed.
I have opened my eyes many times at this point, but the only vision I have is of passing through a dense fog. Then, quite suddenly, the fog clears and I am at a stile. I climb over this stile and immediately there is a voice speaking to me over my shoulder. This voice is always with me, explaining everything I see and everyone I meet. The stile seems to be on the edge of a large field, which rises gradually to the form of a hill. I walk up the hill, and beyond it I visit many places. It is always the same stile, the same hill, the same voice, and it just seems like a large country with so many different towns to visit.
The most interesting and remarkable experience I ever had during these visits happened before I went into trance. Several people had been speaking of consciousness. They had asked me to describe the world I experienced. Was it solid? Did I appear solid? I promised them that if I could, I would find out.
I arrived at my stile, the voice came to me, and it evidently knew my desire, because it said “Feel the earth!” I did. It was solid. “Feel the grass beneath your feet!” I did. That was solid too, and even had dew on it. “Smell these flowers!” They were perfectly natural and had the usual perfume. In fact, everything around was natural. Then I was told, “Feel your body”. I did so. It was as solid as I am materially.
‘The voice then said, “Close your eyes; make your consciousness passive”, or as you would do when preparing for a trance state. “Now feel the earth beneath your feet!” There was nothing. “Open your eyes”. It wasn’t dark, it wasn’t light. “Feel at your body”. It wasn’t there. “Such is Spirit” said the voice. “Just a consciousness holding within it all experiences of your lifetime, all the joys and sorrows, your desires, achievements and failures, whence comes spiritual evolution. In your world of the material, you are able to examine matter; everything is matter. When you think of the spiritual, naturally you build in your consciousness another material world.”
It is an amazing inner world which offers freedom. It is ours to create, and the very core of us is bodiless awareness. See if you can imagine or picture that. If you can you are well on the way to an enormous discovery.