How is that journal writing going? Are you keeping track of your dreams? Maybe you woke with a certain feeling or a song in your head or a list of things to do that day. Perhaps you went on an adventure and flew over a city to see a relative from the past. What should you do with these feelings, songs, lists, or very detailed dreams? Why do we even have them?
I have always dreamed, but as a child I was often plagued by horrific nightmares of skeletal people chasing me down and pulling me into the ground. These scary dreams would bother me all day and I was often told that it was just a dream. It wasn't until years later when I attended a dream workshop led by Robert Moss, who was just developing his work with dreams, that I realized they weren't just dreams. At this workshop and through many years of training with Robert, I have learned that I do dream for a reason and that I could do something with my dreams to improve my life.
Robert is now author of many books on dreams and travels around the world sharing his wonderful techniques that anyone can use to make sense of their dreams. The quickest one is called the 'Lightning Dreamwork Game' and it can be done anywhere, with anyone in just a few minutes. Robert best describes the process in his book, The Three "Only" Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence & Imagination.
Here are the steps between the Dreamer and the Partner:
1. The Dreamer tells the dream as simply as possible as if describing a movie to a friend.
2. The Dreamer gives the dream a title.
3. The person listening to the dreamer called the Partner asks three questions: How did you feel? What do you recognize in the rest of your life, and could it play out in the future, and what do you want to know from this dream?
4. The Partner gives thoughts and associations that the dream triggered for him/her. It should be expressed as "If this were my dream . . ."
5. The Partner asks the Dreamer for an action plan. What will the Dreamer do with all this information, how will he/she honor this dream?
6. Create a bumper sticker or catchphrase to complete the process and to remind the Dreamer of the action plan.
Very often this basic technique reveals important information that we need to know in our every day lives. Sometimes it's a great story that needs to be told. Dreams can be wonderful vacations that we venture on during our nocturnal travels or they can be life-saving warnings.
No matter what you dream, you can work with them to help you in your every day life.
To read more about dreams, visit Robert's blog at www.mossdreams.com