Only the dreamer can say with any certainty what meanings his or her dream may hold.
All dreams speak a universal language of metaphor and symbol.
Also, it is the dreamers’ ‘aha’ of recognition that is the only reliable touchstone of dream work because it is a function of previous unconscious memory.
There are many levels of meanings to any dream, and as we explore these meanings together, we must remain mindful that only the dreamer of the dream can determine for themselves what it means for them. Dreams provide meaning within the context of the dreamer’s life experiences.
Each symbol or metaphor employed in the dream has specific, special significance to the dreamer, and is the best, most relevant available to convey the information to the dreamer. Dream Source has access to every symbol, metaphor, story, image, impression, idea to choose from ever expressed by the individual or the collective consciousness going all the way back to the first time man had a thought. From this reservoir, the dream brings the concept best suited to help the dreamer understand the messages of the dream.
How can the dreamer know when such an awareness arrives? When someone says something that is relevant to, or true about the potential meaning or significance of the dream, it usually invokes a physical response such as what we commonly call ‘a light bulb moment’, or a rush of goose bumps.
What is interesting about this response is that it is a function of memory. The dreamer is now consciously recalling something about the dream that was previously known only at the unconscious level when the dream first occurred.
The reason other people can arrive at possible meanings of another’s dream is because the language of our dreams is that of symbol and metaphor, which is universal to all of us. Why the dreamer is the only one who can determine what the dream means is because what may have a positive or pleasant meaning for one person can just as likely have an unpleasant or negative connotation for another.
It is helpful to ascertain the circumstances of the dreamer’s waking life, and ask specific questions about what each person, place, or thing might mean for the dreamer before one makes observations about what the dream means ‘if it were my dream’.
Take, for example, the color black. To one person, it might mean death or mourning. To another, it may evoke images of stillness, the silence, unmanifest creative potential. To yet another person, it might mean something formal or serious. When you begin to work with your dreams in a dream circle, remember to ask the dreamer what the symbols in their dream mean to them.
Dreams are impartial, spontaneous products of the unconscious psyche, outside control of the will. ~Carl Gustav Jung
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No dream comes just to tell the dreamer what he or she already knows.
This is perhaps one of the most important things to keep in mind when working with your dreams, because our dreams will refer to our current level of understanding about the circumstances of our lives. The purpose of this is to provide the context within which the new information or insight is framed. Since all dreams come in service of our healing and our wholeness, and since if we are remembering it, it is because it is important, we should never forget that our dreams – like the Universe – don’t waste energy. Everything has meaning. Everything is provided to fulfill the primary purpose: to move us as dreamers to a state of greater conscious awareness.
Our dreams will always contain new information for us to consider, and the message is encoded in the symbols and metaphors the dream presents us.
According to Jeremy Taylor, in his book Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill, the only potential exception to this assumption would be if we already intellectually understand something about our life circumstances, but have chosen to ignore it by not acting on the information we’ve been given by our Dream Source.
For example, if a parent knows at an intellectual level it is not appropriate to provide total ongoing financial support for an adult child but continues to do so anyway, perhaps a dream would attempt to move that person to change their behavior. Suppose the parent dreams of being in a boat on an ocean made of money, watching calmly while their adult offspring is drowning.
Although the parent knows this behavior is not helpful to the child, perhaps the parent is not yet aware of the very real damage they are doing to their offspring by continuing to support them financially.
As we work dreams with each other, it is important to remain mindful that we cannot ‘convince’ another of the meaning of such a dream if the dreamer is not ready to shift their viewpoint. Offer the insight in the ‘If it were my dream’ format, and let go of being ‘right’ about it. We cannot offer anything to another who is not ready to receive it. We must also be aware that as we offer our projections, we would not be able to see this in the meaning of the dream if it was not also true for us. Perhaps the exercise is to consider where in our own lives, that message applies. Where, for example, are we being overbearing, over-helpful, or co-dependent?
There is value for all of us when we share our dreams.
Dreams are nature’s answering service – don’t forget to (check) your messages once in awhile. ~Sarah Crestin
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This series expands upon the principles listed in the previous article.
All dreams come in service of our healing and our wholeness. That means every one of them, especially the really scary ones. Are you constantly being chased by some frightening creature? One of the best strategies to consider might be to sit quietly and bring yourself back into the energy of the dream. When the opportunity presents itself, turn and face what is chasing you. You may be surprised by what happens.
I recently mentored a young man with his high school project that was related to dreaming. He is a strong dreamer himself, but was only familiar with the more widely known type of dream work people call dream interpretation or dream analysis. I introduced him to the projective method, and asked if he had a dream we could work together to use as an example. He shared the following dream:
I am walking down the path to my house. I see a cat, then the neighbor’s dog escapes from the yard next door and chases me. I barely make it into the house. I know it wants to bite me.
I ask him how he feels when he wakes up. ‘Scared’ he replies.
I ask for clarifying information about the dream: is there a dog next door in the dreamer’s waking life? Yes. The dreamer further explains that the animal is a pit bull, and that he is fearful of the animal. After covering some other areas mentioned in the dream, I suggest that the dreamer may want to try an exercise using the technique of dream re-entry.
I explained how he could find a quiet place, close his eyes, and access the dream again by moving into the feeling he had while in the dream. When he finds himself being chased by the pit bull, he is to turn around and face the animal, ask why it is chasing him and what it wants from him. I also told him to believe what he might perceive or receive.
He seemed doubtful, but willing to try. I wondered if he would. He came to sit in on a dream circle the next day, and to my surprise, he had tried the dream re-entry.
He was surprised to find that when he turned and faced the dog, it actually sat and looked at him. Though he did not share exactly what was communicated to him, he did say it was profound and helpful information.
By working with the information presented to him in his dream, he was able to gain important insight. This kind of insight is available to every dreamer who remembers a dream. Dreams come in service of our healing and wholeness. They do not come to show us something we cannot do anything about. If we are remembering a dream, then the implicit message of every remembered dream is: there is a creative solution to the problem that the dreamer is not aware of, and the dreamer has the inherent ability to deal effectively with it. The dream would not have been remembered otherwise.
Begin by writing down everything you remember upon waking, even if only a snippet or fragment of a dream. You are remembering it for an important reason.
Then find yourself a projective dream group and work with the information lovingly presented to you by DreamSource.
I believe that dreams are true interpreters of our inclinations; but there is a requirement to sort and understand them. ~Montaigne
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Welcome Dreamers and Dream Seekers! This article is a great place to start especially if you are new to the world of projective dream work. This method of working with dreams has changed my life, and given me a deep appreciation for the power of The Dream.
My Dream Teacher Jeremy Taylor says that “working with dreams” means remembering and exploring the dreams from sleep with an eye to understanding their deeper meanings. Ancient societies, and contemporary dreaming societies, understand the power of developing individual consciousness and self-awareness, and the connection between the development of the individual consciousness and human consciousness as a whole. In short, if you want to change the world, consider working with your dreams in the projective style.
This work blends the values of spirituality with a Jungian perspective and integrates dream symbolism, mythology, fairy tales, and archetypal energy.
Working with dreams on a regular basis can improve relationships with friends, lovers, partners, parents, children and the broader community.
BASIC ASSUMPTIONS of PROJECTIVE DREAM WORK
All dreams come in service of our healing and our wholeness.
NO dream comes just to tell the dreamer what he or she already knows.
Only the dreamer can say with any certainty what meanings his/her dream may hold.
The dreamer’s ‘aha’ of recognition is the only reliable touchstone of dream work because it is a function of previously unconscious memory.
There is no such thing as a dream with only one meaning.
All dreams speak a universal language of metaphor and symbol.
All dreams reflect inborn creativity and ability to face and solve life’s problems.
All dreams reflect society as a whole, as well as the dreamer’s relationship to it.
Working with our dreams improves our relationships.
Working with dreams in groups builds community, intimacy and support and can impact our society as a whole.
I will expand upon these basic assumptions in another posting. Hopefully, you are beginning to understand that this way of working with dreams is not ‘standard’ dream interpretation where another person tells the dreamer what meaning the dream holds.
Honor the power of the dream. Consider working with the material being lovingly transmitted to you.
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You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you will join us. And the world will live as one. ~John Lennon