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Radio 2GB: Bare bottom and high heels

Cinderella or Goldilocks?

Cinderella or Goldilocks?

Just off air from interpreting dreams on Glenn Wheeler’s show on Radio 2GB, where one of the callers, Kerry, asked about her shoe dreams:

Kerry had three shoe dreams.

In the first she walked down stairs, unsteady in her shoes, and onto grass at the bottom.

In the second a 4-5 year old boy tottered about wearing red high heels but no pants.

In the third, Kerry saw a table covered in shoes, none suitable, but – wait – someone lifted a cover to reveal the perfect pair of shoes. Just one small problem: they had ankle straps, a bit tricky to tie up.

What did these dreams mean?

Shoes say a lot about a person. You choose different shoes for different situations, and a badly fitting pair of shoes, like a badly fitting situation, can leave you feeling very uncomfortable.

The first dream suggests Kerry was feeling unsteady about a situation, possibly a job, working at a higher level. She was keen to ‘get grounded’ or back to ‘solid ground’.

The second dream took her back to see why this might be. The 4-5 year old boy represents something that’s been in her life 4-5 years, or something that happened 4-5 years ago. The high heels represent a high position where she felt unstable back then, or a feeling of instability, perhaps being required to be ultra-feminine, flashy, showy. The bare bottom suggests she felt vulnerable at a lower level. Not grounded, not confident enough to support her higher (heels) position.

By the third dream, the shoes were on a table – a stable table? – neither too high nor too low, just right. (Is this Cinderella or Goldilocks?) Finally she knew the perfect solution: she’s onto the best situation, all she needs is to work out how to ‘tie up the loose ends’ for perfect stability.

If your current life situation was symbolised by a pair of shoes, what would they look like? Can you walk in them? Can you run, dance, make an impression? What would be the perfect shoes for you and where you’d like to be?

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Episode 29 The Dream Show: Ann discusses her pool dream

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Episode 29 of our free weekly podcast, The Dream Show, is now up.

Today I chat with Ann, interpreting her dream.  Ann dreamed of diving deep into a pool then rising up to skate gracefully on its frozen surface. A few days later she dreamed of splashing around in too-shallow pools.

Listen as Ann and I get to the bottom – and the top – of her dreams. Lots of insights, twists and turns as we unravel the meaning.  Make sure you stay to the very end for the big Aha’s!

Listen here (episode 29).

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Dreamtime Tea time

Dream time Tea time

Dream time Tea time

Breakfast on the back deck this morning reminded me of one of my favourite dreams, back in 2005:

It all started with a cup of tea. Well, that was the idea, anyway. I was trying to wake myself up to make a cup of tea to bring back to bed but my dreaming mind was brewing something a little more exotic than mundane black breakfast tea.

In dreamtime I padded down the hall in my dressing gown, boiled the kettle, opened the blinds and pondered the dewy garden. Everything was exactly as it should have been on a normal Wednesday morning. I opened the fridge to get the milk and my heart missed a beat. A rainbow coloured bird was flittering around inside, full of life and warmth despite the icy interior of the over-frosted fridge.

“Oh, poor little thing! Did you get trapped in the fridge?” I twittered, standing back to open the door wide so that he could fly out. But he didn’t fly out and so I looked closer. There were now three rainbow-coloured birds, a trio of a dawn chorus heralding sunshine and awakenings after a long, cold night.

I knew Michael was still asleep in bed and I had wanted to wake him gently with the morning tea, but this couldn’t keep.

“Michael!” I called down the hall, “Sorry to wake you up but this is just too good to miss. Come and have a look at this!

By the time he got to the kitchen, the fridge was pumping with an exotic, exuberance of wild life. Two very large goldfish, swimming in the water at the bottom of the fridge, poked their faces out and surveyed us, cheekily. I laughed and gently nudged them back into the menagerie theatre, two characters from a story yet to play their part in the whole.

“Good feng shui,” I nodded to Michael. “Did you see the size of those goldfish? Talk about abundance!”

“Look closely,” Michael whispered in awe, “the snakes are the sibilants, the other animals are the vowels and consonants, the commas, full stops, exclamation marks, paragraphs, chapters, adjectives, metaphors, all the parts that together tell a story!”

“Sibilants,” I thought to myself in the dream, “that’s the hiss, isn’t it? Like the lisp I didn’t know I had until, a few years ago, a voice coach told me she’d give me some exercises to cure my lisp. Lazily I put the exercises to one side along with a few escaped s’s and decided my voice was thimply and thtunningly unique as it was.

I woke up, still in bed, the cold trip down the hall to make the tea still ahead of me. I began to think about my dream.

Soon I was sitting on a kitchen bench in my grandmother’s house, boiling water in the kettle to make a cup of tea, pondering the dewy, English garden through the window. The house had been renovated and hugely extended over the decades since my grandmother’s death but the wonderful, nurturing smells of her kitchen remained. Michael sat beside me, warming the teapot while I plunged my hand into a tall, white, ceramic jar of mixed dried herbs, leaves, fruits and berries.

Tea time (take 2)

Tea time (take 2)

“My grandmother used to collect these from her garden,” I explained to Michael. “They have dried into this unique, exotic tea over the years.” As I reverently scattered a handful into the teapot, hundreds of rainbow-coloured birds flew into and around the two old apple trees in the back garden, an explosive fruition of birdsong as the aroma of the ancient herbal tea was released by the first drops of newly boiled water.

Waking up, yet again laying tea-less in bed, Michael still asleep and the long walk down the hall to the kitchen still ahead of me, I pondered my dreams.

Both dreams were about releasing a vibrant, multi-sensual energy that had been slowly brewing, maturing towards its moment of harvest. The first dream showed the coming together of elements that had been ‘put on ice’, frozen and stored as if arranging for all the right elements to be brought into life together at the right time. The second dream showed the coming together of elements that had been dried, again perhaps arranging for all the elements to be together in the right combinations but with the added ingredient of the time needed to mature the dried herbs, leaves, fruits and berries to create the best result.

Like any creative person I have certainly put a number of creative ideas into storage over the years, sometimes because too many projects spoil the broth and sometimes because I know some of the elements are missing.

Dream interpretation aficionados should be jumping up and down now, excited by many clues in these dreams. For example, there’s word play in ‘sibilant’ that sounds, in part, like ‘sibyl’. A sibyl is an ancient seer, a ‘mind reader’, perhaps even a dream analyst, especially one who experiences precognitive dreams. The snakes (that the dream-Michael pointed out were the sibilants, the hiss-makers, in my dream) are an ancient symbol of dream healing and a personal totem of mine.

So where to from here?

Well, I now know my unconscious mind has finished brewing something and its time for me awaken and express it. The clues in my dream are plentiful enough to point me in the right direction but being the dream alchemist I am, I have decided on my course of action and it is this:

I am living, breathing and feeling the wonderfully, orchestrated energy of my fridge menagerie only it is no longer confined to the fridge. It is within me yet seeping through my pores, singing itself into waking life fruition. By doing this I am living the language of my dreams, awakening myself to the dawn chorus I need to hear.

I walk down the hall to the kitchen to make a cup of black tea. But it is no longer just a cup of black tea, is it?

[copyright Jane Teresa Anderson, June 2005, First published as a Dream Sight article.]

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Extracting wisdom

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I’ve just had a tooth extracted, a back molar. It was a big deal: my first extraction since childhood. I know dentistry has come a long way in the last 40-50 years, but painful memories can loom large.

“But you’re so calm and cool for root canal, drilling and filling,” said my dentist. “Why so anxious this time?”

“Childhood memories run deep,” I said. “Turn up the gas.”

I have my plier-wielding, childhood dentist to thank for my usual cool and calm. I remember telling myself, as the early 1960s drill plundered into my milk white tooth, that the pain was nothing compared to being eaten by a lion in a jungle. It worked. Instant calm.

That old dentist even taught me a bit about dreams and reality when he knocked me out with gas to remove a particularly painful tooth. I had a kind of lucid dream. I was tracing a maze, the kind you got in kids’ puzzle books, and every time the dental assistant lifted one of my eyelids to check the anaesthesia, the dentist’s face appeared in my maze. I was out and not out, dreaming and awake, listening to the conversation, the crack and snap of my tooth being lifted out of its swollen socket.

So I was surprised to feel so anxious, last week.

Of course the tooth was extracted painlessly. It was days later that something really strange happened.

I remembered a story I had told many times throughout my life but had somehow mysteriously forgotten since agreeing to have this extraction. When I was 20, I had a wisdom tooth removed. The dentist cursed: my tooth had a long, hooked root. Too much blood spurted in front of my eyes, and apologies were made for not booking me into a dental hospital for a full anaesthetic.

No wonder I was anxious this time round. No matter how wisely my unconscious mind tried to claim that memory, to tuck it away for just the time it took to get me into and out of that dentist’s chair, it still made itself felt, a niggling anxiety.

Still, I’m doing pretty well considering I’m running on 75% wisdom according to my dental chart.

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Watch your feet

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“Just watch where you’re walking when you come home,” Kit said, “the dog does her business all over the lawn, so watch your feet.”

We’re  looking after Kit’s dog and house while she’s on holiday for a few weeks. Much as we love living in the city, we’re enjoying the opportunity to live closer to the sea, and working so much online, we can do this easily.

If you’ve listened to the last two podcasts, you’ll have heard the dog snuffle, snort and woof her way into the recording. We promised to stick with her routine, so she also sleeps by our bed, snoring throughout the night.

Routines. How many routines do you go through, stick with, live by, each day?

Looking after someone else’s home – and dog – means changing routines, questioning the way you habitually do things, finding new ways.

Which brings me back to the poo-laden lawn. For three weeks we did exactly as we had been instructed. Whenever we came home, we parked the car, opened the garden gate, and stepped gingerly across the lawn. We put a torch in the car to help when we came back after dark.  No matter how often we cleared up behind the dog, she randomly and abundantly deposited her little piles of poo to welcome us home.

We were so focussed on carrying out Kit’s instructions to the letter – following her lawn-tiptoeing routine every time we came home – that it was only yesterday that I saw the light: right by the car parking place there’s a little fence, so small that all we have to do is step over it onto the nice, clean, poo-clear brick pathway that leads all the way to the front door. No lawn, no watching our feet, no poo worries.

How easy is that?! The moral of this waking life story? We follow routines and focus on daily habits for the strangest reasons, many of which leave us blind to an easier way. Far from making our lives easier, routines can complicate matters, leading us the long way through … well, I’ll leave you to contemplate the metaphors while we enjoy more of that lovely sea air.

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Episode 28 The Dream Show: Dream alchemy practices

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Episode 28 of our free weekly podcast, The Dream Show, is now up.

It’s a special episode about dream alchemy practices, what they are, and how to do them. I begin with a story about a powerful dream alchemy practice I did, years ago, that had a profound effect on my life, and end with a fun dialogue exercise for you to do that will have you laughing while you learn. Insights galore, as you will discover!

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Are we there yet?

 

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

“Are we there yet?” It’s the third time five year old junior in the back seat of your car has asked the same question. You only left home ten minutes ago and with 150k still to go that’s another umpteen times you’re going to field the same question. Try telling him life’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey. In fact, try telling that to yourself too.

“Are we there yet?” is a common dream theme. How many times have you dreamed of trying to get somewhere but the journey becomes increasingly difficult?

Have you dreamed of trying to get to the airport to catch a plane only to be delayed by traffic jams, lost baggage, lost tickets and all manner of unhelpful people?

Have you dreamed of walking in circles around an unfamiliar city looking for an elusive bus stop?

Have you dreamed of walking along a simple path only to find your feet turn to lead, the ground turn to glue, or your muscles turn to jelly? You move in slo-mo, slogging against the resistance, getting nowhere fast.

Have you dreamed of trying to complete a simple task that just gets more and more complicated? You might have a meal to prepare for five people that turns into a banquet for one hundred, but you don’t have enough food, or enough time to cook it all, or enough pots and plates, or the right recipes to suit the occasion. The goal – or destination – of producing the meal seems increasingly remote as the task – or journey – gets increasingly arduous.

Take some time to think about dreams you’ve had where the original goal or destination became increasingly remote as the journey or task became increasingly challenging.

Or have you dreamed of a goal or destination that slips away forever, the last boat that leaves without you, the plane you’re flying that crashes, the child you’re shepherding that drowns before you can deliver him to his destination, the prize you were hoping for being rewarded to someone else?

These dreams all reflect your progress through life whether you’re consciously working towards specific goals or letting life lead you where it may. When you are delayed in your dream, you may be unconsciously putting obstacles in your way in waking life. Who would do this? We all do, at some point. No matter how much we want to reach a goal we may unconsciously fear the success that comes with reaching that goal, or fear the expectations others will have of us, or fear the risk of failure if we get too close to actually achieving the goal. When awake you may bemoan the fact that certain goals seem to be slipping away from you, or that opportunities you’ve been seeking seem more and more remote, but if you examine the details in your dreams for clues you’ll find the major delay factors begin and end with you. You’ll find a hidden agenda that’s operating to keep you in your comfort zone, even though that zone doesn’t always feel that comfortable to your conscious mind.

You may go round and round in circles in your dreams when you go round and round in circles in your waking life, covering the same old ground in the same old ways that didn’t work for you last time so probably won’t work for you this time either. The details in your dream will reveal why you do this. They might reveal a fear of change, a lack of self esteem or certain limiting beliefs that relate to past experiences.

The glue feet, slo-mo dream often reveals, when examined for details, your doubts or hesitations about reaching your goal, or unconscious beliefs about life being tough, or about having to work harder than other people, or about the need to earn a reward through putting in hard work, or about other people being more likely to put resistance in your way than help you forward.

The dream of the task that gets more and more complicated also reveals, when examined in close detail, your various beliefs about setting, accepting and achieving goals, and what drives all these beliefs.

And those dreams where the goal seems permanently removed – the boat that leaves without you, the crashing plane – often turn out to offer clues about how you unconsciously sabotage your own goals, though they may also reflect a growing understanding that a certain goal is no longer appropriate, and it’s time to let it go and put your energies into a new life direction. As always with dreams, it’s the details of your personal dream that provide the clues to the meaning of your personal dream.

Here’s the magical part. Oh, but I do have to tell you, magic is not for the faint-hearted!

How would you like to be done with the journey in the quickest possible way and get to your destination or achieve your goal sooner? How would you like to turn round to the child in the back seat and say, “Yes! We’re there now!”

I’ll tell you how to do this, in just a moment. If you lack courage, this is not for you. To reach your destination or achieve your goal sooner, you must be prepared to face the challenges you have been avoiding until now. You have been avoiding some of those challenges by taking increasingly circuitous journeys around the tough bits of the path you don’t want to face. No wonder you haven’t reached your goals! Until now you may have been too accepting of deeply anchored beliefs about yourself, such as I’m unworthy, I’m not clever enough, I deserve hard work, I don’t deserve to receive help, people always stand in my way, life doesn’t support me, life’s meant to be tough … and a whole host of other likely candidates. Both your dream journeys and your life journeys can teach you these things about yourself and give you the opportunity to have a Eureka moment and make the change that smoothes your journey towards your destination. Are you ready to face your home truths, or would you prefer to stick with the long journey for a few more decades until you feel more ready to accept the challenge?

If you’re ready now, here’s what to do.

Apply dream alchemy. Visualisations work best. If you have the slo-mo dream, visualise (when you are awake) yourself back in the dream only this time feel your body moving freely. Completely reverse the heavy glue feeling and see and feel yourself making fast, light progress. Add plenty of positive, uplifting feelings. Repeat the visualisation throughout the day and for several weeks. What will happen is that things will begin to shift and change in your life. The visualisation works at a very deep level to change your beliefs and you find yourself more willing to accept the journey than resist it. In accepting it you meet the challenges you had previously hoped to avoid when you slammed on the brakes. The short, sharp way through to the joy of reaching your destination is open to you. Take it, face it, learn from it, and collect your prize. (In some cases you may find that when you face these challenges the old goal loses its appeal, and you choose a new one, more appropriate to the ‘new’ you, instead.)

Apply dream alchemy in similar ways to the other types of Are we there yet dreams. See and feel yourself catching that plane, finding a straight line path to the bus stop and catching the bus, successfully preparing a banquet for your guests or calling in a chef and sitting down at the table with your guests to enjoy the feast, saving the plane from crashing, or seeing the child bob up from the water laughing, ready to continue the journey … and so on.

I have applied many of these in my life over the years, and I have witnessed the wonderful achievements of many clients who have done the same.

Oh, and there’s one further resounding truth:

When I was at university, decades ago, I had a recurring dream of missing a train. I’d arrive at the station and see the long-distance train at the platform but it would always take off while I was still waiting in line to get my ticket. On the night before our final exams began, I went to bed feeling satisfied that I was as ready as I would ever be to sit the exams. That night I dreamt I caught the train. I jumped into the carriage and sat down opposite a man. I sat there laughing out loud, looked him in the eye and said, “I caught the train!”

I woke up from that dream realising I had finally reached my goal. I had finally qualified for my ticket and got my seat on the train. As one journey came to an end, a new one, one with a new long distance goal, had only just begun.

And that’s how it is. Every time you reach a destination, one journey ends and a new one, towards a new destination, begins. Life is about change, not about standing still. Life is about challenge, not about falling asleep while deservedly resting on laurels. Life is about the journey, and the destination, and the journey, and the destination. Life is flow. Are we there yet?

(copyright Jane Teresa Anderson, May 2007. First published as a Dream Sight article.)

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Episode 27 The Dream Show: Winning and cheating dreams

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If you dreamed of winning $275,000 on the lottery, would you buy a ticket? If you dreamed your partner was cheating on you, would you confront him or her? Dreams that feel real can be very persuasive, and what’s the harm in buying a lottery ticket or … hang on a minute.

Dreams are symbolic, and isn’t it a relief to know that? So why would a dream come up with such a precise winning figure, and what’s the real, honest truth behind the very common cheating dream?

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TV: The Morning Show, Oct 09

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Every month I’m on Seven’s nationally broadcast ‘The Morning Show’, with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies, interpreting dreams.

Here’s October’s segment. You’ll see the dreamers on video clips, describing their dreams.

They include the woman who has dreamed, for 40 years, of being driven over a cliff, and the woman who dreams she’s on a train and can’t get off. Then there’s the gorgeous man who met the love of his life in his dream but – was she married? And the student who keeps dreaming he’s at school with his whole family.

What do these dreams mean?

Watch today’s video or look back through this year’s segments on video.

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The Dream Show: Episode 26 What if?

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The Dream Show with Jane Teresa AndersonHow real are your dreams? They feel real while you’re in them, don’t they? How real is your waking life? What if nothing is as it seems? This podcast gets you questioning your reality – a bit of philosophy – and then introduces a game, ‘What if?’, that you can apply to any dream to gain new insight and clever, practical solutions. A bit of fun and lots of dream interpretation tips packed in along the way too!

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(This episode of The Dream Show was released in October 2009.)

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