Before we talk about how Inner Wisdom has taught us to extract powerful transformational messages from dreams, we will dispel some of the myths that have grown around dream interpretation over the years.
Myth #1 – Dream Symbols Have Universal Meaning
For the most part, it is a myth is that there are universal meanings to any symbol. While it is true that there are universal symbols that tell us which part of the mind is communicating, only the dreamer knows what those symbols mean. Only the dreamer can go deeply into a symbol to uncover its deeper meaning. It’s not possible to know the meaning of your dream unless you, the dreamer, describe what the symbols mean to you. Forget every list of dream symbol meanings ever created by dream “experts”.
Myth #2 – It’s Possible to Interpret Dreams Without Live Input from the Dreamer
It is virtually impossible to know the meaning of a dream without direct, live inputs from the dreamer for two reasons:
1. Because the symbols in the dream have meaning only for the dreamer, the dreamer must be actively involved in determining their meaning.
2. The dreamer knows on the surface what a symbol means. However, the surface meaning of a symbol is usually not enough to get to the deeper meaning of the symbol or dream. We call the person who guides the dreamer through the dream a DreamWork Coach. It is essential that the DreamWork Coach take the dreamer through a process of discovering the deeper meaning of key symbols. Distilling is the term I use for going into deeper levels of meaning with the dreamer. The dreamer must be present (in person, over the telephone, or by other means) to participate in the Distillation process.
Myth #3 – Dreams Are Literal
It is natural that our minds will often want to think about a dream literally. For example, a wife dreams that her husband dies in a plane crash at sea. She knows that he is scheduled to fly on a business trip the following week. She is terrified that the dream is an omen of the impending crash and death of her husband. In actuality, the wife need not fear for the safety of her husband. The dream is not literal. In the dream, her husband is most likely a symbol of her Masculine Mind. The plane is a symbol of her Authoritarian Mind. The ocean is a symbol of her Spiritual Mind. The deeper meaning of the symbols will become evident from the Distilling of these symbols by the dreamer with her DreamWork Coach.
For practical purposes, all symbols in a dream represent a part of the dreamer. While it is possible for Inner Wisdom to “blast us” with a dream that contains a powerful literal message from time to time, it is quite rare. On these rare occasions, the literal message often comes in the form of a voice or a dream so intense that it sets itself apart from even the most vivid regular dreams.
There is another type of dream that borders on being literal. We call these types of dreams Power Dreams. A Power Dream is a lucid dream, one where the dreamer is aware he or she is dreaming in the dream. On top of being lucid, in a Power Dream, the dreamer actually changes the dream to be beneficial to all involved in the dream. It appears that changes made in a Power Dream accelerate change in waking life. In a future article I’ll share with you a Power Dream that dramatically changed my waking life for the better. However, for practical purposes, we can assume that symbols in regular dreams are not literal.
Myth # 4 – I Don’t Dream
We dream every night. A great deal of dream research data supports human beings entering a dream state during normal sleep. On average, we all have between five and seven dreams per night. You may not remember your dreams, but you have them, nevertheless.
Myth #5 – Dreams Have No Relevance to Waking Life
While the surface meaning of dreams is rarely literal, their deeper meaning is intimately connected with the life we experience in the waking state. Because the human experience is created inside out (first in the mind and later in physical reality), our life experience stems from the deeper meaning that is communicated between the parts of the mind in dreams. We can make a case that the deeper meaning of dreams is in response to and even explains what we experience in the waking state we call life.
Myth #6 – Dreams Don’t Make Sense
Dreams make perfect sense. In order to understand what dreams mean, we must learn the language of dreams and of Inner Wisdom. Once we understand the language of dreams, which is mostly an intuitive language, we can translate dreams into something that can be understood by the rational mind.
Myth #7 – Understanding Dreams Is Complex and Difficult
Nonsense. Anyone can learn to do Dream Assignments and DreamWork Dream Interpretation. What’s required is an open heart, presence, and a desire to learn and grow. As with any new skill, time and practice under the watchful eye of a masterful teacher or coach are the best way to learn DreamWork, make the connection with Inner Wisdom, and begin being guided to a better, more conscious life.
Now that we have dispelled some of the myths about dreams and dream interpretation, we can begin our journey into the powerful world of DreamWork. In my next article, we’ll look at the parts of you the symbols in your dreams represent.