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Ghost secrets

Airing it publicly

Airing it publicly

Unlike Sleep Talkin’ Man, whose wife records everything he utters in his sleep and blogs it to the world, my husband Michael has to watch his tongue. His job requires him to keep secrets.

No, he’s not a spy, though he was an undercover cop in London when he was very young, and he has been required to guard sensitive information in other career incarnations along his way. All good practice, I suppose, for being a ghostwriter.

Being a ghostwriter is tough when it comes to promoting your work. A ghostwriter can’t ask clients for testimonials or word of mouth recommendation. When you pay a ghostwriter to write your book, you pay for the confidentiality as well. Your book goes into the book shops with your name on the cover. You are the author. It’s your story, your information, and your right to pay for the skilful words to put it across in your name. And that’s exactly the way it should be. So how does a ghostwriter get the word out?

By blogging about being a ghostwriter, a decision Michael made earlier this month. And he’s doing it big, airing it publicly in his own style.

As for sleep talking, well, during the early years of our relationship Michael used to ask me about his dreams in the middle of the night. I introduced him to the concept of a notepad and pen by the side of the bed to write down his dreams – or at least a couple of key words to jog his memory in the morning – but the notepad remains blank. Or maybe the ghost uses invisible ink.

You can’t live with a dream analyst for all these years without getting the hang of interpreting your own dreams and applying alchemy, and Michael is now adept at both. And you can’t live with a ghostwriter for all these years without getting really excited when he decides to emerge and blog under his own name – Michael Collins. Enjoy Ghostwriter’s blog.

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Synchronicity: dream symbols in waking life

What does it mean when symbols from a dream appear in waking life?

What does it mean when symbols from a dream appear in waking life?

What does it mean when symbols from a dream start appearing in waking life? Here’s what usually happens.

You have a dream featuring, for example, a red bucket. You wake in the morning and trip over your toddler’s toy red bucket in the hall. You dismiss this, thinking you must have seen the bucket there before you went to bed. Later that morning, you find a flyer tucked under your windscreen wiper. It features a red bucket, and turns out to be an ad for a hardware store. You smile and think, “That’s odd!” Stopped at the lights, a boy asks if you’d like your windscreen washed. He carries a red bucket of water. And when you go to the movies that evening, you are presented with a complementary giant serve of popcorn in a red bucket-shaped container.

The appearance of so many red buckets in one day seems eerily significant

The appearance of so many red buckets in one day seems eerily significant

By now, the appearance of so many red buckets in one day seems eerily significant and deeply meaningful, only you have absolutely no idea what they mean. This phenomenon is synchronicity.

The interesting thing is that some dreams produce far more synchronicities than you might normally notice. The theme of a dream is its ‘motif’. If you look deeper, you’ll often see your motif dream symbol repeating the next day in modified or cryptic forms. Here’s an example.

Imagine you dreamed of a ‘memory stick’ computer accessory. The next day, you hear someone on the radio talking about memory sticks, then you see an article on memory titled ‘When memory sticks’. An hour later, you notice a child playing a memory-improving game featuring stick-like figures. At work you keep getting someone’s name wrong (as if your memory is stuck), and at home in the evening a CD sticks, repeating the same piece of music. Only one of these synchronicities looks anything like a memory stick, but the others are equally significant echoes of the dream motif.

Sometimes you experience the synchronicities in the absence of a dream, or so you think. In these cases, it is most likely that you have simply not recalled the dream. So what does synchronicity mean?

Many people think of synchronicity as a positive sign to follow. Not necessarily so!

Many people think of synchronicity as a positive sign to follow. Not necessarily so!

When you experience synchronicity, go back to the dream and interpret it thoroughly, because the dream theme is so powerful that it is already symbolically manifesting in your life.

Many people think of synchronicity as a positive sign to follow. They will follow red buckets and memory sticks as if they lead to pots of gold. But synchronicity is not necessarily a sign to follow. It is a symbol shouting loudly from your dream, spilling into your waking life. It is the symbolic beginning of a manifestation. If you interpret your dream and you like the way the wind is blowing, follow the signs. If you don’t like the way the wind is blowing,  apply some dream alchemy and change your future.

[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, Jane Teresa Anderson]

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Episode 49 The Dream Show: Dance partner

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Mary is my guest today, with a dream that begins with a song and ends with a dance, oh, and a kiss from a dream stranger named Piers.

It’s twenty to six on one clock, and five forty on another. Beginning to sound a bit like Alice in Wonderland? You bet, as Mary dreams of waking up only to continue dreaming.

Join the adventure as we explore Mary’s dream and the significance of the man in the check shirt.

Yes, every detail counts, as we work out how Mary’s dream relates to her life, and create a dream alchemy practice for her to do to open the way to where she wants to be.

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Dream symbols: Spot the theme

Hunt a dream for words that play on a theme.

One way of working out the meaning of a weird dream symbol is to hunt the rest of the dream for individual words that play on a theme. It’s simple to do and hard to explain, so the easiest way to understand this is to follow the example.

Weird dream symbol: Red shark

Marc’s dream

“A red shark is swimming in a pool. A child is who is wearing a ‘Save the Whales’ t-shirt has taken an interest in the creature. He seems to think the shark is a whale. He wades out into the pool until he is up to his neck in water. I am terrified the shark will hurt him. A man in a vest offers the boy a loan of his fishing net to catch the shark. He throws it to him from his rowing boat, but doesn’t take account of the currents and loses his balance.”

Did you spot the theme?

Did you spot the theme?

Did you spot the theme? It’s finances. Let’s start with the obvious finance words. These are save, interest, offers, loan, net, account, and balance. Once you’ve seen the obvious words, look for less obvious ones. In this example these are shark (loan shark), pool (pool your money or resources), ‘up to his neck’ (like ‘up to his neck in debt’), in a vest (invest), currents (currency, current account), loses his balance.

You’ve worked out that the shark symbolises a loan shark, so why is it red? Red is the colour of debt – ‘in the red’. So the red shark dream symbol emerges as a loan shark that will get you into debt, or a threat of debt. Marc’s dream is about his feelings about his financial situation.

When you see an example like this, it looks ridiculous, but when you look at the dreams you’ve recorded in your journal, you will be amazed at how many are crowded with words playing on the same theme. Why is this?

In the example, many of the words are visual symbols from the dream (such as shark, save, net), but most are words Marc has unconsciously chosen to use to describe his dream when writing it out (such as interest, loan, currents, and balance). Marc might just as well have written, “is attracted to” instead of “has taken an interest in”, or he might have put, “loses his footing” or “topples over” instead of “loses his balance”.

When you write out a dream, your unconscious mind often scatters clues into your write-up, so wake up to taking a second look at the words you use to express a dream. It’s a profitable exercise.

[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, Jane Teresa Anderson]

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Interviewed on Positive World Radio: Podcast

I was interviewed in-depth last week by neurokinesiologist Margaret Stuart on Positive World Radio. Listen here. Margaret asks me about my past, how I recognised my gift, what turning points in my life helped me to identify my purpose and decide to work with it, how I got published, what kinds of challenges I’ve faced and how I’ve overcome them, and much more. Oh, and of course, Margaret asks me to interpret a couple of her dreams, which I do. It’s a bit of a fireside chat with a lot of laughter thrown in, so pop on your headphones, sit back, and listen in.

Now for the longer version of this story!

I first met Margaret when I was doing the research for my book, The Shape of Things to Come, which was published by Random House Australia in 1998. My first two books on dreams had already been published, and I was now tackling the curious, tricky and challenging subject of precognitive dreaming – of dreams that later come true in specific detail. As part of the research, I decided to interview four very different clairvoyants to compare the way they see the future to the way some dreamers (I being one of them at the time) see the future in their dreams. Margaret was recommended by several people, and she graciously agreed to the interview.

The Shape of Things to Come, pub Random House 1998

There’s a whole chapter devoted to that interview with Margaret in the book. The book sold well, and is now, 12 years down the track, technically out of print (though I have a few copies left). However, the  eBook version is still a popular buy from our shop, so I receive regular requests from people asking how they can contact Margaret for a reading. So Margaret and I have stayed in touch, and I was honoured to return the compliment and sit in the interviewee chair for Episode 11 of Margaret’s show on Positive World Radio.

More info:

Direct link to the interview    Margaret Stuart’s website

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Episode 48 The Dream Show: Yellow ochre

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Today’s guest, Barbara, dreamed she was organising paints, particularly yellow ochre, when an old woman with leprosy appeared, on the verge of death.

Barbara knew she needed to burn and bury the body. The dream tantalisingly offered a number – five – a clue to interpretation.

As you will hear, the dream reveals an unconscious belief that has been holding Barbara back, and I offer a dream alchemy practice to change this and free her to … to what? Listen in and find out!

A colourful and deeply meaningful dream in every respect.

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Sleep Talkin’ Man

"Don't leave the duck there. It's totally irresponsible. Put it on the swing, it'll have much more fun."

“Don’t leave the duck there. It’s totally irresponsible. Put it on the swing, it’ll have much more fun.”

Do you talk in your sleep? Adam Lennard does, not that he remembers anything about it, but his every utterance is recorded by his wife, Karen, and blogged on a daily basis.

Millions of people have visited the blog, Sleep Talkin’ Man, (4,481,944 unique visitors according to the site’s counter today)  to catch Adam’s unconscious wisdoms – or wise cracks – such as:

“Don’t worry. I’ll find it. That’s what I do, find things. I find you annoying. See?”

“Hmm, linguini on the ceiling! It adds a certain texture. Interesting … Just don’t use penne. Or those crappy twisty ones.”

“Squid wrestling: all tentacles and no substance.”

“Don’t leave the duck there. It’s totally irresponsible. Put it on the swing, it’ll have much more fun.”

If you’ve ever worried about what you might let slip while you’re fast asleep, worry some more. Then worry lots more. Or see the funny side and laugh it off, as Adam and Karen do, because most of what slips from Adam’s mouth on a nightly basis is crass, insulting, totally x-rated and very funny when you realise that Adam is – apparently – a mild mannered, polite Londoner.

One of our Dream Show podcast listeners emailed me to ask if I’d seen the blog, and wondered how sleep talking may or may not relate to dreaming. A good question.

Adam says he doesn’t remember his dreams, and he’s been observed in sleep labs and it turns out that his sleep talking occurs outside REM sleep. So Adam and Karen feel his ramblings are unrelated to dreams and therefore just – well – just what? Just unconscious? Aha, but the unconscious is always interesting, and revealing. But don’t worry Adam, I’m not going there.

Everyone dreams, but not everyone remembers their dreams. It used to be said – and it is still said by many – that we only dream during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of sleep. The first REM sleep phase occurs about 90 minutes into sleep.

Hands up everyone who has had a full on dream during a half hour nap. Or less.

Dreams often occur during REM but they also occur during other sleep phases, and it’s during these other sleep phases that our motor muscles stir from sleep paralysis, enabling us to move a little, whisper a few words maybe. People do report waking from a dream sleep talking, and able to relate what they were saying to the dream content.

What do you think? Check out the Sleep Talkin’ Man blog, watch the Today Show video.

I leave you with one last unconscious gem from Adam:

“I’ve got a really terrible terrible feeling about this custard tart. Terrible.”

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Reveal your saboteur

Tom and Kim both dreamed they were running late for their plane.

Tom and Kim both dreamed they were running late for their plane.

Imagine that both Tom and Kim had the same dream. Each dreamed he was on his way to the airport to fly to another city for a work meeting when he realised he had left his ticket at home. He wondered whether he had time to go back home and get his ticket, or whether he would miss the plane. The dream ended there. What does it mean?

The in-depth interpretation depends on how Tom and Kim each felt in their dream, and this applies to most dream interpretations.

Tom felt excited by the challenge.

Tom felt excited by the challenge.

Tom felt panicked by the delay, and then excited by the challenge. The adrenalin rush of racing back home to get the ticket in time to catch the plane would put him on a high that would energise him right through the meeting, and impress his work colleagues with his ‘can do’, risk-taking, adventurous approach.

Kim felt relieved and took the afternoon off.

Kim felt relieved and took the afternoon off.

Kim felt immediately relieved. He was off the hook with a perfect excuse. Forgetting his ticket meant he didn’t have to face his colleagues. He fleetingly wondered whether he had forgotten his ticket accidentally-on-purpose, but dismissed the thought as soon as he realised he could now spend the afternoon relaxing and playing golf.

Tom and Kim’s dreams were about why they have been experiencing delays in achieving their goals. Both dreams reveal a saboteur element: both Tom and Kim are creating the very delays that daily despair them. “Why,” they each moan, “does life keep blocking me?”

Tom craves praise for achieving against the odds.

As you can see by examining their dream feelings, Tom loves the thrill of an obstacle course and believes the challenge of the added difficulties gives him a performance edge and wins him praise.

He unconsciously creates delays to experience a high because he believes he needs the rush to perform, and craves praise for achieving against the odds.

Kim creates delays to safeguard himself from pressure.

Kim creates delays to safeguard himself from pressure.

 

 

Kim, on the other hand, fears achieving his goals or facing up to his abilities, whether or not he’s equal to the task.

He unconsciously creates delays to safeguard him from this pressure, though he won’t admit this to anyone – including himself – in daily life. Sometimes he catches a glimpse of his modus operandi, but then swings denial into place deftly with his golf clubs.

Here’s the tip. When you write out a dream, add your feelings. Make sure you don’t write about how you would feel if this happened to you in waking life. Write the feelings you felt while you were in the dream. Then highlight the feeling words, and link them together in the same order to form a flow.

For example, Tom’s would read: panicked -> excited -> high -> energised -> impressive -> risky -> adventurous.

Kim’s would read: relieved-> excused-> dismissive->relaxed.

Do this for your dreams, and ask where this pattern is playing out in your life. You will see your life in quite a different light. Once you are aware of this pattern, you have the power to change it.

[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, Jane Teresa Anderson]

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Episode 47 The Dream Show: Top Model

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Jennifer, today’s guest, dreamed she was a contestant in New Top Model: but would she be eliminated?

Samantha, (from Sex and the City), has something to say about the matter.

Jennifer revisits the place where she grew up – so much has changed! Is this the past or the future, the way things were or the shape of things to come?

And why does that old friend from school become increasingly dark and evil as the dream progresses?

Listen as Jennifer discovers how to approach a dilemma in her waking life through understanding this dream and applying alchemy. Jennifer – and Samantha – may change your life in wonderful ways: have a listen.

During the podcast, Jennifer describes her professional work as a Naturopathic Physician in Toronto, Canada. I asked if she’d like to offer a link to the clinic where she practises. Here it is.

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A powerful presence

The horse seemed to challenge me, to demand that I acknowledge his powerful presence.

The horse seemed to challenge me, to demand that I acknowledge his powerful presence.

This is the story of a very simple dream that had a profound effect on my life. The powerful factor was not the dream itself. It was what I did with the dream – I applied the very simple magic of dream alchemy. You can do this too. Here’s the story – and the formula.

Once upon a time, long ago, I dreamed I was walking along a road when a horse came up from behind, overtook me, and galloped playfully on. He galloped right past a turning that would have taken him to a meadow ripe with food. He reached the end of the road and came galloping back, again missing the turning. He was playful, burning up his energy on the road he knew – up and down, up and down, oblivious to the ripe meadow where he might rest, eat and enjoy a sense of home.

Suddenly he drew up right alongside me, so close we almost touched. I felt a small shudder of fear at his proximity, yet also a small shudder of excitement. The horse seemed to challenge me, to demand that I acknowledge his powerful presence.

That was all there was to the dream. I woke up and interpreted it, as all good dream analysts do.

The more I thought about the horse, the more I felt the fear, no the excitement, no the fear, no the excitement. Well, was it fear or excitement? The two feelings were so close as to be almost indistinguishable. So close, as close as the horse nudging up alongside me with his powerful, fear-excitement presence.

And that’s when it happened – a long lost memory came into clear focus, a memory of being about ten years old, standing in a field, talking to my horse-mad friend, Helen. Helen dreamed of having her own horse. She spent her Saturdays mucking out stables in return for rides. Her passion was contagious, so I listened to her stories and read several books about horses and about how to ride and care for them. Mucking out stables wasn’t for me, but the idea of riding was inspiring, so Helen took me to the field to get up close and personal with a horse. I was very excited until the horse stood close beside me and I realised just how big it was. Nothing was going to get me onto its back, so high above the ground. Reading about horses was one thing; reality was quite another. The horse nudged me with his head and elicited not love, but pure terror. He was big and strong. I was weak, powerless and scared.

Too powerful and scary to ride ...

Too powerful and scary to ride …

As always with dream interpretation, I asked myself what was happening in my life to remind me of that time. I recognised the situation immediately. I was about to go public with some new ideas and yet I was holding back, thinking small scale to ‘be on the safe side’ rather than big scale in case that big scale turned out to be too powerful and scary to ride.

According to the picture painted by my dream, I was just going to amble along that road in a small scale way, creating, at best, an unfocussed, playful ‘horse’ energy that would burn itself up galloping around on safe known territory, always missing the road that led to the rewarding meadow.

How silly can that be, making decisions as an adult based on an experience at age ten? Not silly at all, of course, because the fears that drive these decisions are unconscious. Dreams, once interpreted, help us to remember experiences and recognise how they have programmed our behaviour.

Let’s take stock. I had a simple dream. As a dream analyst, I interpreted it. The interpretation enabled me to recognise an unconscious fear that was about to hold me back from doing something in a big way.

I asked myself if that was what I really wanted.

I wanted to find that meadow, that place of ripe rewards.

My answer was no. I wanted to find that meadow, that place of ripe rewards.

As a dream alchemist, I then applied alchemy to my dream so that I could reap the rewards I desired. This is what I did.

I closed my eyes and visualised that dream horse coming up close beside me, just as he did in the dream. I felt the same small shudder of fear at his proximity, and also the same small shudder of excitement. As in the dream, I visualised the horse challenging me, demanding that I acknowledge his powerful presence. Then I visualised walking even closer to the horse, feeling the excitement more than the fear, walking closer and closer until I absorbed his being into mine. When I did this, I felt a jolt of energy pulse through my body, a sign that the alchemy was working. I then visualised – and focussed on feeling – moving along the road as if I was riding that horse.

An amazing thing happened.

An amazing thing happened. As I did this visualisation and focussed on feeling the power, I felt a steadiness flow through my body. I had expected to feel an all-powerful, high energy, as if nothing could stop me. Instead, I felt steady, supremely confident. So confident, in fact, that I slowed the horse’s gallop down to a relaxed walk, and that meant we were at exactly the right speed to notice the road leading to the meadow. Instead of whizzing around and never seeing the road, we made the turn, the horse and I, as one, and entered the meadow. In my visualisation, I focussed on how good it felt to finally reap the rewards I desired.

As per the formula for dream alchemy practices, I repeated my visualisation for a few weeks more. Day by day I found my confidence improving, and gradually I began to make bigger scale decisions.

My feelings had changed. What on earth was there to fear about reality turning out to be bigger and better and more powerful than I had imagined?

And that’s exactly what dream alchemy does. Once it’s worked its magic and changed a fear or belief, it leaves you wondering how on earth you ever thought differently. It transforms you. The new you shakes your wiser head in amazement at how the old you lived your life. And things move forward as life delivers greater rewards.

[Copyright Jane Teresa Anderson, October 2007. First published as a Dream Sight article.]

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