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Episode 54 The Dream Show: Resurrection & birth

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Episode 54 of our free weekly podcast, THE DREAM SHOW, is now up.

Angela is my guest today with a dream she had last week while her mother was receiving chemotherapy.

In the dream, her mother became well in a scene akin to a resurrection, and Angela gave birth to a baby but worried that she wasn’t prepared emotionally for motherhood. The measurements of the baby were given: 19.5, 11 and 4.

Does Angela’s dream throw light on her mother’s health, or is this dream all about Angela?

Yes, the figures are accurate indicators of past experiences that help Angela to see things from a new and insightful perspective, as you will hear. Listen to Angela and I as we do the dream detective work and create some dream alchemy to light her path.

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That reminds me

If that friend phoned you the next day, you might say, “You broke my dream!”

If that friend phoned you the next day, you might say, “You broke my dream!”

Have you heard the old expression, ‘That broke my dream’?

Breaking a dream was considered a sign of good luck. It meant something came up during the day that reminded you of your dream the night before.

So, if you’d dreamed of a cow wearing a pink bell around its neck, and the next day you were flicking through a magazine and noticed a picture of a pink bell, you’d say, “That broke my dream!”

Or if you’d dreamed of an old friend, and that friend phoned you the next day, you might say, “You broke my dream!”

Today we might call these synchronicities, serendipities, or precognitive dreams, depending on how amazed we feel by the event.

In the old-fashioned sense, though, even an everyday event like putting on the kettle – the same old kettle you put on every morning – could break your dream if it suddenly reminded you of a dream you had completely forgotten until that moment. “Oh,” you might say, “I’ve just remembered a dream I had last night! A genie appeared from the spout of my kettle!”

A genie appeared from the spout of my kettle!

A genie appeared from the spout of my kettle!

Given that it’s unlikely that a genie will actually appear from your kettle in waking life, this is not a synchronicity or a precognitive dream. So, what does it mean if this happens to you, and what good luck can it bring?When someone or something breaks a dream that you had already remembered and recorded in your journal, go back and look at your interpretation again, really focussing on that symbol. The event gives it extra significance.

When a dream you had not recalled suddenly flashes into your memory, take careful note of the ‘break’-through event that tripped your recall. Ask what you were feeling, or what issue was unfolding for you at that moment.

What were you feeling or thinking about when the dream flashed into your mind?

What were you feeling or thinking about when the dream flashed into your mind?

Your dream was probably dealing with that feeling or issue. The waking life feeling or issue resonated with the same feeling or issue in your dream, and brought back the memory.

What good luck! You can return to interpret your dream, confidently knowing the subject matter. If the ‘break’-through event was contentious, you also know your dream holds the key – the breakthrough – to handling that kind of situation in the future. Who needs a genie, especially when you are fast becoming your very own dream-genie through using these dream tips?

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

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Trash tells all

People say, "Dreams are just the brain filtering through daily stuff."

People say, “Dreams are just the brain filtering through daily stuff.”

“I don’t believe in dream interpretation. Dreams are just the brain filtering through daily stuff, sorting out the trash. That’s why you get bits of work, bits of television, bits of things you’re worried about. You wouldn’t want to analyse mine! Let the trash go, I say. Wake up fresh.”

I love it when people tell me that dreams are the result of the brain processing the day, clearing out the garbage. I love the look on their faces when I agree.

“If someone went through your garbage,” I jump in between the lines of their jaw-dropped bewilderment, “how much could they tell about you?”

Big business takes trash seriously, shredding papers and wiping hard drives to prevent secrets being exposed while many a prospective high security employee has unwittingly had her home garbage bin trawled by company detectives while she slept.

Stop for a moment and think about what you throw out with your trash and what it says about you.

If someone went through your garbage, how much could they tell about you?

If someone went through your garbage, how much could they tell about you?

Over a period of time a good garbage detective could produce a personal profile of your eating habits, what medicines you take (what conditions you suffer), your interests and political persuasions (newspapers, letters), your financial situation, what you spend your money on (shopping dockets), where you’ve been and when (train tickets, theatre tickets) and much more. And then there’s your electronic trash, the recycle bin on your computer and the decipherable ghost of every email you’ve received or sent and every website you’ve visited still etched on your hard drive way after you’ve pressed the delete key.

Trash tells all. Well, a great deal, anyway. To put it simply, everything you put in the trash represents a decision about what you decide to keep and what you decide not to keep. Sometimes you make mistakes and throw out the baby with the bathwater, or hang on to stuff that is more of a hindrance than a help to you. Sometimes you cleverly recycle your trash, finding new ways to make use of things you no longer need. Or you foolishly recycle garbage, perhaps rescuing a rain-soaked item only to introduce mould or vermin into the house, or reusing an envelope bearing revealing sender ID, for example.

When you sleep, your brain filters through your experiences of the last day or two. It filters not only the experiences you were aware of, but also the ones your unconscious mind registered.

Your dreams are a work in progress, an ever-changing sculpture of your personal worldview.

Your dreams are a work in progress, an ever-changing sculpture of your personal worldview.

Dreams do the job of sorting out your recent experiences in an effort to make sense of the world and your place in it. From babyhood your dreams have helped you to form your unique view of the world updating it nightly to accommodate your new experiences.

So, on the surface, dreams “are just the brain filtering through daily stuff, sorting out the trash”, but on a deeper level they paint a picture of the dreamer.

Your dreams are a work in progress, an ongoing, ever-changing sculpture of your personal worldview. Take time to stand aside and contemplate your sculpture, to decide which lines to enhance, which to erase, and which to change. Whether you see elements of your sculpture as trash or treasure is … well, revealing of your worldview, really, isn’t it?

Contemplations

Where and when, in your life, have you thrown out the baby with the bathwater? Have you had dreams of losing things or being lost?Where and when, in your life, have you held onto stuff (physical or emotional) that has hindered your progress? Have you had dreams of obstacle courses, or carrying heavy baggage?

What, in your life, has been the result of clever recycling: getting gold from physical or emotional dross? Have you had recurring dreams with successful outcomes (where they had previously been unsuccessful)?

Where or when, in your life, have you recycled old attitudes or patterns of behaviour to your disadvantage instead of changing them? Do you have recurring dreams with unresolved or unsatisfying endings?

Contemplate your sculpture: decide which lines to enhance, which to erase, and which to change.

Contemplate your sculpture: decide which lines to enhance, which to erase, and which to change.

[Copyright Jane Teresa Anderson, June 2004. First published as a Dream Sight article.]

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Episode 53 The Dream Show: Apples for apples

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Episode 53 of our free weekly podcast, THE DREAM SHOW, is now up.

Is there a right interpretation to every dream? If you’re interpreting your own dreams, might you sometimes interpret according to what you want to believe about yourself and your life?

Are you a stickler for seeing things the same way, doing things the same way, and is this seeing and doing taking you where you want to be? Where do you want to be? How tough does life have to get before you look for a new way forward?

Today’s show offers some universal truths, insights and inspirations to get you moving ahead with ease when things seem a bit too tough. And plenty of dream interpretation tips as always, of course.

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Reading your unconscious mind

ow to shift the elephant in the room. What? You can't see the elephant?

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Does your unconscious mind give you away? Just how much can other people read behind the scenes of what you say and do, how you respond to life, who or what you spend time with or focus on, who or what you attract into your life, the state of your health, the things that trouble and frustrate you?

Your unconscious mind is far more powerful than your conscious mind, so when there is a conflict between the two, your unconscious mind wins. When things don’t turn out the way you planned, your unconscious mind is the likely culprit. Programmed from childhood or from past experiences to ‘protect’ you, your unconscious mind can keep you locked into a false comfort zone, preventing you from moving forward.

In my work as a dream interpreter and alchemist I have had the privilege of working deeply with countless people, uncovering their unconscious beliefs by examining their dreams and helping them transform these beliefs through alchemy exercises. A spin off, during all these years, is that I have fine tuned the art of reading my regular clients’ unconscious minds by observing their non-dream lives: what they say and do, how they respond to life, who or what they spend their time with or focus on and so on.

Another way to read your unconscious mind is to notice a recurring situation or feeling in your waking life, and ask yourself specific questions about it. Here’s an example from my book, The Compass. In this example, you may have noticed a recurring feeling in your life of being weighed down, drained of energy.

CLARITY

What feels too ponderous to do?

What aspect would you prefer to avoid?

Imagine making the effort to do that thing you would prefer to avoid. How does it make you feel? What is the most challenging thing to overcome? What fears come up? When was the last time you made a big effort with something, or someone, along these lines? What was the result? How did you feel? Does your reticence to make an effort now stem from this? Are you ready to let the past go, and energise your future?

ALCHEMY PRACTICE

Ask the right questions, whisper the right words, and the elephant will move

Ask the right questions, whisper the right words, and the elephant will move

Imagine a heavy, ponderous elephant sitting down, refusing to move. He may be too tired. He may not feel like moving. He may wonder what the whole point is: why bother moving? He may fear putting in all the effort it takes to move only to end up in a similar situation. Imagine climbing a tree nearby and looking ahead, seeing a wonderful future for the elephant just around the corner. Imagine taking a photograph of that place, and scrambling back down the tree to show the elephant. Imagine the elephant’s surprise. Imagine the elephant making the effort to get up, and then finding his feet lightened by the knowledge of what he is walking towards. Watch him reach his destination.

Re-run this scenario many times a day. You’ll soon find yourself making the effort, and it will be much easier than you think.

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Episode 52 The Dream Show: Moving forward

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Episode 52 of our free weekly podcast, THE DREAM SHOW, is now up.

Today’s episode is about moving forward, freed by alchemy.

When you do alchemy, your dreams reflect the deep changes. Of course, you’ll notice changes in your waking life – some subtle, but hugely powerful, some more dramatic – but it’s always exciting to see confirmation of the changes in your dreams.

One of the first changes you’ll observe is that at least one recurring dream will present with a new and happy ending because you have broken through old conditioning that was keeping you locked in a recurring waking life issue. Sometimes this change literally happens overnight; at other times you’ll experience a period of revisiting the old recurring dreams while the old beliefs are being chipped away and transformed at a slower pace. Either way, if the alchemy is right, it happens, and you’ll see it in your dreams!

In today’s show I bring updates from three recent podcast guests, Eve, Carla, and Jennifer, reporting on the changes they’ve experienced in their lives and in their old recurring dreams. And I share some of my dancing dreams and what I’ve learned from them about recurring situations in life and breaking free from them.

In my night dreams I am the most spectacular dancer, always harmoniously partnered, cheek to cheek, heart to heart, soul to soul. Our weightless dances defy the gravity and clumsiness of waking life, as we move into every dimension of space until the dance ends and I wake up still smiling from the touch of the light fantastic.

And from each dream dance, a great lesson is learned.

Yin YangJoin me for an exploration of Yin and Yang, and the balanced middle path between the two that leads to the way forward.

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He was driving the bus from a back seat

He was driving the bus from a back seat

Some dreams are just meant to be shared, and here’s one with a universal message. One of my regular clients brought this dream to me for interpretation and alchemy, and kindly offered it to share with you all on this blog.

He dreamed he was a passenger on a gigantic bus, sitting near the back with his feet perched on a heavy metal bar. Suddenly he realised he wasn’t a passenger at all, he was the driver, driving the bus by pushing down on the bar with his feet. The mechanism was cumbersome, and he had to put a lot of pressure on the bar to keep the bus moving. He was too far back from the windscreen to see where he was heading, but he felt comfortably in control of the huge vehicle and knew he was driving safely. But to where?

Here’s the bottom line:

A dream with a universal message

A dream with a universal message

The bar in the dream represented an obstacle (bar) in his life, and that obstacle had become the driving force of his life. He had lost touch with his vision, his plan for where he was heading (he was too far from the windscreen in the dream). Instead of making decisions based on his vision, he was making decisions based on the obstacle. By paying attention to the obstacle, applying pressure, keeping it under control, he ensured his safety and was able to keep things trundling along in a comfortable, if cumbersome, way.

But to where? We agreed he needed to get back in touch with his vision, otherwise he’d end up wherever ‘staying safe and in control’ was taking him.

Of course, we dug a little deeper. Everything in a dream represents something about the dreamer, so that bar represented a belief manifesting as an obstacle, and we did the work to explore and transform that belief. See? The way to deal effectively with what seems like an obstacle in life is to understand it, get new perspective on it, and transform it into a more helpful belief.

Are you being driven by what you see as the obstacles in your life, or are you driven by a vision of where you want to be?

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Put the baggage down

What are you doing for others that they could do for themselves?

Today I invited FaceBook Fans to pick a number between 1 and 365 to get a reading from my book The Compass. (There are 365 readings in the book.)

Sarah was first to respond, picking number 256, ‘Put the baggage down’. Here’s the full reading:

 

256: PUT THE BAGGAGE DOWN
WHY?

When your hands are free, you can put yesterday to bed and build a new tomorrow.

 

CLARITY

In which situation do you feel your hands are tied?

What are you doing for others that they could do for themselves?

Imagine stopping doing this. How does this make you feel? What might you gain? What might you lose? How might others respond to you? What might happen next?  Who did you first feel responsible for in your life? Why did you feel responsible? How did this responsibility make you feel? Alternatively, are you still weighed down by unhealed feelings of guilt, remorse, rejection, disappointment?

 

ALCHEMY PRACTICE

Find some quiet time, turn off your phone, and settle down with a piece of paper and a pen. You are going to write a poem – no rhyming or cleverness required – in ten minutes flat. Turn off your brain, and just let your gut instinct write the poem. No sentences, no attention to grammar – just free-floating words on your page. Don’t think about it or plan it beforehand. Just start. The title is, Weighed Down. See what comes up.

From The Compass – your guide to your best future, copyright Jane Teresa Anderson

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Episode 51 The Dream Show: Fifteen gods

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My guest today, Tasha, dreamed of a road trip taking in a tour of a Jehovah Witness school and a Scientology centre.  At the school she witnessed (ahem) the sudden integration of black and white children who had been segregated in the classroom.  At the Scientology centre she was offered the gift of a stuffed dog if she signed up as a member. (Can you see any connections?)

Tasha imagined shocking the Scientologists: what if she belonged to a religion with 15 gods?

Here’s the thing: this dream is not about religion, and the number 15 is stunningly significant, as you will hear when you listen to Tasha and I unearth the meaning of her dream and how it relates to her waking life.

Talking of waking life, Tasha had this dream after being woken by a fire alarm drill, and, as you listen, you’ll discover how the symbolism of waking life events – such as fire alarms – reflects as surely as a dream the stuff of Tasha’s unconscious mind. This one will set bells ringing for you. Enjoy.

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Dream interpretation results: Jennifer’s news, episode 47

Samantha, from Sex and the City, helped deliver the message.

Samantha, from Sex and the City, helped deliver the message.

Here’s an update from Jennifer, my guest in podcast episode 47, The Dream Show.

Jennifer, a naturopathic physician, dreamed she was a contestant in a TV Top Model reality show, wondering whether she’d be eliminated in the final round. If you’ve listened to episode 47 (listen here), you’ll remember that Jennifer’s degree is in a new field, and she was experiencing difficulty in establishing recognition for her many years of academic training and medical expertise.

In her dream, Samantha, from Sex and the City, helped deliver the message that it’s good to get out there in public and do your thing, regardless of what other people think. No need for recognition permission first!

Once we uncovered Jennifer’s limiting beliefs, we created a dream alchemy practice to transform these so that she could move forward, beyond the need for recognition, to establish her unique career and thrive in wonderful ways.

Here’s Jennifer, reporting 3 weeks after the podcast:

“In my waking life I feel MUCH less stressed about my work viability.  I’ve been open to, and coming up with, some creative ideas about how I can put myself out there that are also philanthropic and feel really good at the same time.”

In new dreams, Jennifer discovered extra rooms in her house, and realised their potential.

In new dreams, Jennifer discovered extra rooms in her house, and realised their potential.

“First off, my dreams started responding one or two days later.  I’ve had a couple of dreams of being loved and accepted by people who’ve rejected me in the past, and whose rejection brought up feelings of insecurity.  I’ve also dreamt of finding extra rooms in my house and being so happy that I didn’t have to move out after all; that all I needed was to dust off and freshen up these gems of extra space to make them beautiful and usable again.”

Before the alchemy, shops in dreams were closed. Now they're open.

Before the alchemy, shops in dreams were closed. Now they’re open.

“The last dream was a resolution to a dream I’ve had a few times in the last couple of months of going to buy clothes and being so excited but the store is closed or moved. I’ve had a similar dream since our podcast session of finally finding a store that had many dresses that I liked and could wear to the wedding event I was shopping for.

The visualization has been great but also more challenging than I’d anticipated. Thus I’ve started creating a poster board to hang next to my bed and to create a piece of jewellery representing my alchemy, hopefully to enrich the practice as well as reminding me to continue with the visualization.

Thank you so much for the fabulous interpretation and alchemy.  I’m looking forward to sharing more good news as this positive change continues to unfold.”

When you do dream alchemy, your dreams reflect your progress: Jennifer’s dreams confirm the transformation of her old limiting beliefs about recognition, self acceptance, security, inner wealth and potential, entitlement and image. Powerful stuff: and all in three weeks. I too look forward to Jennifer’s next update, and to seeing the results of those creative, philanthropic ideas she’s developing about how to put herself out there.

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