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Dream Interpretation / Re: Please explain a little more.
« Last post by Tony Crisp on Yesterday at 09:19:44 AM »
Amanda – To help you understand I will have to quote pieces.

One of the common features of a nightmare is that we are desperately trying to get away from a situation; feel stuck in a terrible condition; or meet fear or disgust in almost overwhelming degree, so that on waking we feel enormous relief it was just a dream. Because of the intensity of a nightmare we will remember it long after other dreams; remember even if we seldom ever recall other dreams. We may even worry about what it means for a long period of time, perhaps even years. Many people, on waking find the feelings, or sometimes even the imagery, continuing for some time. So for instance they may feel so much fear they have to switch all the lights on in the house.

A little Kuwaiti boy survived the Iraqi invasion of his country and was living without his father, a prisoner of war. But a recurring nightmare, of Saddam Hussein stabbing his brother to death, was prolonging the trauma.

One night he had a different dream: This time he carried a knife, becoming a hero who kills his nemesis. The emotional weight he carried disappeared. Altering recurring nightmares may hold a key to recovery for many victims of trauma, says Dr. Deidre Barrett, a professor of behavioural medicine and hypnotherapy at Harvard Medical School. Barrett spent a month in Kuwait City after the Gulf War training other therapists to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.  She says, “Just changing something in the dream gives people such a sense of mastery in controlling things.” See https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
Usually nightmares are caused by childhood fears and trauma such as loss of parent; being lost or abandoned; fear of attack by stranger or parent; anxiety about own internal drives such as anger. These fears or trauma may also arise from having experienced a difficult birth. These childhood emotions are, when so young, overwhelming and are usually blotted out entirely because they could not be faced. But such childhood traumas cause blockages and interfere with our ability to mature fully, and so our being tries to release them when we are older and can face them – thus nightmares. See also https://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/lifes-little-secrets/

Dream Interpretation / Please explain a little more.
« Last post by Tony Crisp on Yesterday at 09:09:16 AM »
   Thank you so much for responding..... your explanation resonates, you are right. I’ve endured many traumas since I was a child... but, I still don’t understand how I’m supposed to identify the fear that binds me. I’ve had horrifying nightmares for years, some so terrifying I prefer not to recollect them....
Could you please explain a little more.
Thank you so much.

Dream Interpretation / Re: The inner compass
« Last post by - anna - on July 13, 2018, 06:52:12 AM »
Hi Mikey  :)

I would like to add that what I see is that your dream suggests that in order to move through this period of "not knowing" with more trust, it is helpful to step back and move into the observer mode first.

I understand from your dream that your observer does not see the paraglider in the sky.

With that in mind I trust that despite the lack of visual security your inner hearing in the observer mode - "I hear the engine of a para glider" - and your inner knowing - "I then realise he has a navigation compass" - will help you through the dark patch.

Anna  :)
Dream Interpretation / Re: The inner compass
« Last post by Tony Crisp on July 12, 2018, 09:10:46 AM »
Mikey – I do not know how good you are at ‘being’ the dream image, because you certainly have got the idea of what the dream means, but I get the feeling that you lack the certainty the dream offers you if you became the compass.

The compass, what an amazing image your dream creator chose, it is an image stamped into our collective memory for centuries as humans struggled against enormous odds to find their way across unknown areas. So it sounds like you too are struggling to find your way across the huge unknown we all face.

But I feel there might be a slight Native American influence in your compass also. They call it the Sacred Circle.

In the circle
Beginning and End
Are forever together.
The beginning is an end,
And the end a beginning.
Everywhere is darkness and cold.
Everywhere is light and joy.
That is life as we
Walk the Sacred Circle.
And the circle we walk,
The Black Road,
The Rough Track of Trials,
Joins the Path of White,
As Winter joins Spring.
And that Is the Circle —
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter,
Birth, youth, maturity, death.
Sunrise, sunset, sunrise.
World upon world
Dancing the Sacred Circle,
And we dance
Life to Death,
Death to Life
In the Great Circle –
All spinning
From the emptiness
Of the Centre.

But here is another one that maybe fits your present condtion – I hope.

The Book of Life

It is so frustrating,
To only ever see the part,
The piece, the moment.
I so long to see the whole,
Not just this moment,
Today, here, now.
I am a pen in the
Hand of Life.
I look to see
The scrawl I am making,
And find a senseless mark,
A shape I do not understand.
But as the line goes on
I look and see
A word appearing.
And standing further back,
I see the word within a sentence;
The sentence in a paragraph.
And then, a wonder.
The paragraph is a statement
In a chapter.
And the chapter takes its place
In my Book of Life.

Dream Interpretation / The inner compass
« Last post by mikey on July 11, 2018, 03:38:52 PM »
Hi Tony,
Have no't been here for a while.
I had this dream today,I am currently going though a dark patch not sure about the direction my life seems to be going .
The dream.
I am outside it is dark,up in the sky I here the engine of a para glider,I wonder how on earth he can see where he is going or even where his landing field is,
I then realise he has a navigation compass and despite the lack of visual assurity he can rely on this to get him home.
On waking I felt this was referring to my state at the moment,and that despite my lack of visual security I should trust my own inner compass,I felt that the compass being round in shape and split into four was a pretty good symbol for the self.
This is my feeble attempt at interpretation,
I look forward to any feedback.
Rgds mikey
Dream Interpretation / Re: Horror, Terror, Demonic Ghost-Imported
« Last post by Tony Crisp on July 10, 2018, 10:33:48 AM »
Amanda – First of all while you dream usually nothing outside you can influence you, so it is not the house that haunts you but your own fears.
For your dream clearly states that at some time in your youth you were traumatised. An example of trauma is described in the example – but in this case it wasn’t repressed by enormous fear, but in the example released.

Example: In regard to sexual touching I would like to explain my own relationship with it. You see my father was a good man, he never hit me, he never really talked to me, and he never expressed loved to me. Love – what an enormous power for good or ill that is. Its absence in a child’s life is equal to frequent beatings and being locked up in a cellar. It is an awful traumatic event. When I relived the trauma of it I was shocked at the power of it. It also opened up my awareness to that fact that I, and maybe other children in such a love empty house, would do anything to get a sign of love – I would have let my father fuck me, anything to know he wanted me! But fortunately my father was a ‘good’ man. But for a period of my life I attracted homosexuals who were, in the eyes of ‘normal’ people pillars of society, who praised me and saw I was worth something, which my father never did, and gave no praise. Fortunately, my homosexual phase never became physical, and was cured by me using https://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/

In dreams we use scary images we learn mostly from horror films or books. Our dream producer uses what ever image suits the fear you have inside you. My own terror that I didn’t know how to meet was as follows:

Example: Dreaming, I heard the sound of a door creaking open which made me sit up. Then from behind me two black men who looked as if they had risen out of a grave with flesh peeling off them approached me. I quickly made the sign of the cross and said some sort of holy words and the figures disappeared. I lay back again thinking it was a good thing I knew how to get rid of them. I was still dreaming, but as soon as I settled to sleep again the door creaked open and the two figures appeared once more. This time all my hand waving and holy words had no effect on their advance, and their hands closed around my throat and I woke screaming in terror. My wife, feeling my fear, got up and we switched on all the lights.

It took years to figure what it was – I had repressed a massive part of my natural energies because my mother had terrified me that I would die if I masturbated. When we cannot live our natural self it becomes evil which is live spelt backwards. So the evil you feel is most likely your own life that had been tortured in some way and so held back.

How do they master our awful nightmares? In some way the dreamer has the courage to face what terrifies them, or they realise that dreams are just frightening images and so overcome their fear or fight fire with fire.

How do we face and overcome fear? By saying no to the urges of fear that make us run like frightened mice and hide from our own magnificence. We say no to what destroys our own best human self and live like tiny scared children in our own world of adults. We say no to the many shortcuts we constantly try  to take in diving into holes to protect us from pains we have ourselves created by our avoidance’s to face what we need to grow. We are so scared of our own emotions we run and fall into the fire of the pain it causes. We say no to the urge to gorge ourselves with what our basic instincts and human weakness pushes is to do with our hunger, our sexual urge, our desire to push and tread others underfoot in order to satisfy our small selves. For each day of each minute is ours to choose the way of meeting ourselves.

It might be worth, if you have courage, to face your own evil by using https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

Dream Interpretation / Horror, Terror, Demonic Ghost-Imported
« Last post by Tony Crisp on July 10, 2018, 10:30:29 AM »
Hello. I’ve had a terrifying nightmare that begins with my sister in law seeing a dead person hung on a tree outside my kitchen window… when I look it has become a skeleton hanging, I scream in terror and the nightmare progresses in ways that can only be described as a living horror movie, complete with a small blonde haired, blue eyed little boy…who demands to “ let me in mommy”… it becomes extremely frightening. He is seeing a demonic ghost, but without black eyes…. understanding if these symbols would be appreciated. I’m very shaken, and because it occurred in my own home, I’m now very scared, please help. Thank you.

Dream Interpretation / Re: Native Indian Grandmother Spoke to Me-Imported
« Last post by Tony Crisp on July 10, 2018, 09:40:18 AM »
Wendy – The elderly Native American – grandmother – is an auspicious start to your dream. For in your dream she represents that you have found how to link with all your forebears, and the wisdom gathered by all the women of your line from the far past. Her touch and love is a link with the ancient wisdom that grandmothers have inside them. It can reach through them and change your life.

But realise that dream images are like icons on a computer screen – you have to ‘click’ on your dream images to make them come alive. Thinking about them doesn’t work. You need to open yourself to the magic of them. To make them into the wonderful gateways they are you may have to learn certain skills, such as https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson and https://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/

Just as a fox cub ‘learns’ how to hunt from its parents without words, so we absorb the deeply etched negative and positive survival strategies of our parents simply by being around them. It is passed on for generation after generations. They never need to talk about it because usually the parents are unaware of it themselves. If genes come into it anywhere, they perhaps create the reflex response that instinctively draws in the survival tactics that perhaps even our parents themselves have never really been aware they live by. See https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-conjuring-trick/

That she spoke to you is a sign that her wisdom has been passed to you, for such things can be passed on, often jumping generations; but remember that to know what was passed onto you, you might need go on a sweat lodge or use the ritual of - the seed meditation. To begin you need to create the right setting and situation. You need to wear comfortable clothes which you can easily move and relax in. Take your shoes off, put a blanket on the floor area you choose to practice on, and clear a space big enough for you to stretch out in and spread arms and legs. Create a space in time also. It is important to give yourself about half an hour without other pressing issues to properly meet your inner feelings. Drop self criticism and give yourself permission to express sounds and movement freely.

This ties in with the wheat you felt – so it would be good to take the wheat seed as your starting point. When you are ready to begin, stand or lie in the centre or your space and raise your arms above your head. Hold them so they are quite extended. Then bring to mind the idea or image of an unplanted seed. It can be any sort of seed. Now notice whether your body in its present posture feels as if it is expressing the form and condition of the seed. The aim is to consider how you and your body feel in relationship to the idea and sense you have of the seed.

Many people find, for instance, that having the arms extended does not ‘feel’ like an unplanted seed. Don’t struggle with this. It is just an experiment, play with it, have fun. So if you do not feel your being is expressive of the seed, move about, explore different postures until you begin to feel more satisfied.  Explore in this way until you feel you have found a position that is right. Take your time. Notice whether the arms and head are right. Would a seed that is not growing feel alert, sleeping, waiting? See if you can find an inner feeling which for you feels like a seed. Do not attempt to think the whole thing out or consider it scientifically. Let whatever feeling sense you have guide you. If you get lost, come back to arms and legs extended and spread and again consider whether that FEELS like a dry unplanted seed. If not, work with that feeling of ‘not right’ until it gets to be ‘right’.

When you find a position and inner feeling which suits you, take the next step by letting yourself explore, in just the same way, what happens when the seed is planted in warm moist soil and begins to grow. Continue your feeling exploration to find out what will occur when the seed grows, puts out leaves, blossoms and fulfils its cycle. Explore the whole cycle of the seed’s expression. Don’t hold a rigid idea of what the growth of the seed means. What we are looking for is that you explore your own feeling sense in regard to the thought of the seed’s growth. It might be that as the seed you feel very strongly you do not want to grow. In which case simply remain in the form of the seed until you feel a change and an urge to grow, or until your session time is up.

Not only is this an exercise for our feeling sense, but it is also a way the process of LifeStream can express. The concept of the seed structures what happens, but it is still a channel for self regulation to occur. You can consider it a successful LifeStream experience if some aspect of what arises is spontaneous or unexpected. Even if the unexpected does not emerge in the first session, it will do so as you learn to let go of thinking and critical appraisal of what is happening, and leave the body open to free expression. So at first it doesn’t matter if the session feels mechanical and contrived. Having those feelings means you are sensing what is happening, and you can thereby refine your technique with their help. By letting go of the controlling urge, you can let the spontaneous and creative part of you express. Please do not try to think it out, it should happen spontaneously.

What happens may differ each time, for our inner self is very creative. In symbols, or in direct experience, something of your own nature will be expressed in the drama of growing. As you practice, any stiffness of feelings or hesitancy will lessen. The theme of what emerges will become clearer and more fully felt.

Judith, who teaches a yoga class, describes her first use of this approach to seed meditation to her class as follows:

 “….I felt as if I were the bud of a crocus. I seemed to be slowly unfolding with difficulty. Not until I fully opened did I feel a great relief. The results of this have made me feel very positive in my outlook, and far happier…..I am a trainee yoga teacher and have been teaching for three years. I have a small class of fourteen students who are keen and attend regularly. I decided to have my students try the seed meditation to see how they would react. I explained it as well as I could, and the feedback I got was: A man in his thirties said, ‘I felt I was in a womb. It was very comfortable, cosy and dark. I wanted to stay there. I didn’t want to come away – it was so peaceful. I have never experienced anything like it before.’ He was very impressed."

Dream Interpretation / Native Indian Grandmother Spoke to Me-Imported
« Last post by Tony Crisp on July 10, 2018, 09:30:27 AM »

Could you please help me with this dream? I am walking at night in a big open field of wheat–it’s night time, but the moon is full and high in the sky and I can see mountains in the distance. As I’m walking I can feel the wheat hitting my fingers as I have my palms open and forward facing beside me as I walk. (I still had the sensation of the wheat hitting my fingers when I woke up).

I come to a clearing and there is a Native American elderly lady (or grandmother) waiting there–as if she’s waiting for me. As I get closer she smiles at me and says, “All you need to know is “A ka oona an na ee chey oo.” As soon as she said that I woke up, and this has been several years ago but it is still bugging me because I’d like to know what the last part of that sentence meant! lol Side note–I do have Native American blood on both sides of my family ancestry. Would love help with this. Thank you!

Kelly – A wonderful descriptive dream, for is such a short description it tells so much.

I want to try to see if I can help you understand the profound connections such dreams make. To start with here is a description of a man remembering his life in his mother’s womb.

Example: There are memories of being in the womb, feeling like the yolk of an egg.  My genitals were the pulsing centre of that yolk, and they pulsed with gentle pleasure in time with my tiny heart.  There was no sense yet of being a person, but there was an integrity that gave a feeling of being something different to other things in my awareness.  And I remember love.  It came to me in waves as the beating of my small heart roused pleasure in the centre of me, pleasure raised high as my mother’s heart and mine beat together while the two rhythms crossed – two heart beating as one is love.

Now that will probably be seen as imagination by many who have never explored the depths of their own mind, but in Dr S. Grofs book Realms of the Human Unconscious, his Observations and Research clearly states that memory of Ebryonal and Foetal Experiences is normal. He said it in doctor language, but it means one can remember not only life in the womb, but also foetal memories also. He gives examples of it in his book.

If you can accept that we develop from a very basic start, so your love experience began in the love you felt for your mother, and then perhaps you can see that any further development and attempts at love were all influenced by your earliest experiences. Then maybe you can see from the man’s description, that the genitals were the earliest centre of your feelings and experience.

To make it clear, you were a seed in your mother’s womb. Seeds start from the very basic form and awareness and slowly grow through further stages. We are a life form and as such are immersed in a ‘river’ of constant change. If you think about it you have been carried, pushed, impelled by this current as you were moved through babyhood, childhood, teenage and adulthood, and there are more stages of growth beyond adulthood. And as we passed through these changes we died to our old self in order to change to the new. It is the current of Life. This current then carries us on through old age and through the gates of death. All the time we are faced by decisions, and each decision directs us on a different path, helping to create our future. But basically we are pushed and impelled onwards by the Life process. We can fight it or open to it - https://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/

So your dream, shows that another level of you developed which has a direct connection with you genitals - the heart. As said elsewhere, an example is that your heart in a dream does not represent a your physical heart, because dreams work in a way that doesn’t look at your life day by day, locked in the present moment, but has the ability to have an overall view of your whole life. From that viewpoint dreams can see thing differently, because it knows you too are a mammal. See https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain

As far as dreams are concerned, it sees us as being segments with different types of awareness. For instance a basic segment is the genital area. If that is destroyed or interfered with as it has been in pat generations by castration,  the individual never develops the finer appreciation of love, parental caring, giving of oneself to others.

But we are looking at the fourth section, the heart, the very centre of our being. And if it is not hurt or traumatised, its function is to take in and give out, as in breathing. Any blocks here when you lack emotional responsiveness or deny them can cause chest pain, feelings of loneliness or not being able to connect with others. Its is the heart centre.
It is just one aspect of our huge human potential. If it is lifted up from the genitals and given form, it takes in the world, just as we take in the air through our lungs. It draws from our relationship with the world and with other people. It takes what one is receiving and begins to form it into a new moving expression. In the chest questions arise as to what shape we wish to give it? What we want to do with it? Where do we want to take that life? What do we want to do with life? We may express it as feelings to somebody else through love or care. We may give it as support to another being. We may give it as admiration that is perhaps a stimulus to another being, or create out of love a new activity in the world.

I know that is a lot to take in. It might help to also see https://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/energy-sex-and-dreams/

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