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Dream touchstones

When is a piece of jewellery not a piece of jewellery?

When is a piece of jewellery not a piece of jewellery? (That’s jewelry for those of you who smile at our English-Australian spelling.)

Remember Heidi, my guest on episode 68 of The Dream Show?

Heidi is a celebrity TV presenter of a cooking show in Shanghai, and also runs Sanctus Stones, a wearable energy business, with her mother and sister.

During episode 68, Heidi mentioned using a dream wristlet as a totem to help her remember her dreams.

Last week, Sanctus Stones launched the Dream Catcher wristlet (for women) and the Dare to Dream wristlet (for men), both created with me – and you – in mind.

Revisit Heidi having her dream interpreted in episode 68.

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Episode 71 The Dream Show: Glimmers of gold

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Episode 71 of our free weekly podcast, THE DREAM SHOW, is now up.

What’s the link between Inception, the movie, and Dream Alchemy?

Inception is about entering into a person’s dream and changing the storyline to create a changed waking life outcome, while Dream Alchemy is about changing the storyline of your own dream, once you’ve woken up, to create a changed waking life outcome.

In Inception, the dreamer’s changed waking life outcome is manipulated by the intruder. In Dream Alchemy, the changed waking life outcome is one the dreamer chooses.

In the first part of this podcast we look at two of the questions Inception raises about dreaming: (i) can we control our dreams? (ii) can we control other people’s dreams?

In the second part we look at ways to measure your success when you do dream alchemy. On the way to achieving the big waking life changes there are many indicators that the alchemy is working, and it’s important to acknowledge, endorse and celebrate these ‘glimmers of gold’ you meet along the way.

Oh, and I answer listener Fran’s question about whether you should apply alchemy to every dream: now, there’s a pot of gold. Enjoy.

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Your personal dream dictionary

What does an elephant mean to you?

What does an elephant mean to you?

Buying a dream dictionary from a bookshop is not really going to be very helpful to you because most dream symbols are personal to the dreamer.

An elephant in Joe’s dream might mean something completely different to an elephant in Matt’s dream, for example.

Joe might be a cartoonist who learned his first cartooning skills drawing an elephant character, so an elephant in his dream might symbolise ‘practice’ or ‘new skills’.

Matt might have been upset as a child to see an elephant trapped in a small cage at the zoo, so an elephant in his dream might symbolise ‘trapped’ or helpless’.

There are plenty of tips throughout this blog, my dream website, books, podcasts and so on to help you to discover the meanings of your very personal dream symbols, so consider compiling your own dream dictionary.

The easiest way to do this is to buy a notebook or journal with A-Z page tags, and enter your symbols as you discover them.

When you record your dreams over the months and years, you’ll notice they recycle many of your symbols, so you’ll find yourself consulting your personal dream dictionary frequently. Make writing your dictionary easy by adding just one or two symbols a day. It will soon build up into an invaluable reference, one you will use for many years to come.

Start it today!

[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips, Jane Teresa Anderson, pub 2007]

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Dream interpretation: Slo-mo with glue feet

Have you ever dreamed of trying to walk or run somewhere only your feet feel glued to the ground, or the air around you seems viscous and sticky, making what should be an easy pace into an intense gym workout? You have? It’s a very common dream theme. So what does it mean, and why is it so common?

This kind of dream tends to come up when you’re resisting progress with something in your life.

This kind of dream tends to come up when you’re resisting progress with something in your life.

This kind of dream tends to come up when you’re resisting progress with something in your life, usually a goal you’ve been working on, perhaps at work, or in your relationship. Commonly it may relate to someone else’s expectations of what you ‘should’ be achieving, and your dream shows your resistance to this, consciously or – more likely – unconsciously. When you have this dream ask what, in your life, seems delayed or slowed, and ask yourself what doubts or fears you might be holding onto, or why you might be hesitating. Look for clues in the rest of your dream.

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

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Episode 70 The Dream Show: Two pregnant men

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Episode 70 of our free weekly podcast, THE DREAM SHOW, is now up.

Kylie is my guest with a dream about two pregnant men, one, a professor, is giving birth and she is assisting.

The other, her partner, is pregnant but … who is the mother? He’s cheated on her, and it could have been with any number of women.

She’s angry – very angry – until she realises that this baby will belong to both of them. They will be a family, and that’s exciting.

What does it all mean and how does the interpretation assist Kylie with a current dilemma?

Listen in and find out! You’ll also learn some new interpretation tips and dream reading skills.

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Dream interpretation: Landscapes

A dream desert might reflect a situation where you feel isolated, or deserted, or emotionally dry.

A dream desert might reflect a situation where you feel isolated, or deserted, or emotionally dry.

How many different landscapes have you encountered in your dreams? Have you visited mountains, forests, deserts, foreign cities, unknown suburbs, rolling hills and valleys, lush countryside, steep rock cliffs, or barren wastelands? What do these dream settings mean?

The landscape in your dream helps describe the situation you find yourself in, the one your dream sets out to explore. If you find yourself in a dream desert, for example, you might be dreaming about a situation in your life today where you are feeling isolated, or deserted, or where you are feeling a bit dry emotionally. What happens in your dream desert represents your feelings about this, as well as possible solutions to your situation.

If your dream setting is a rocky, mountainous region with no easy road through, you might be dreaming about a situation in your life today where the challenges seem insurmountable, with no easy way through. Or perhaps you find yourself in a foreign city, one you haven’t visited before, among people who speak a language you do not know. In this case, you might be dreaming about a situation in your life today where you feel as if you are in foreign territory,  perhaps beginning a new university course, or finding yourself in different social circles with different attitudes.

Ask which situation, in your life today, feels like the dream setting.

Ask which situation, in your life today, feels like the dream setting.

Applying the same approach, you may find yourself in lush countryside when you are dreaming about a situation in your life today where opportunities are growing fast, or you may find yourself in a concrete, industrial suburb when you are dreaming about a situation where you feel hard work is dominating natural pleasures.

In dreams featuring landscapes, ask which situation, in your life today, feels like the dream setting.

Once you’ve identified the situation, you can  interpret the rest of your dream, confident of the subject matter it is exploring.

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

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Episode 69 The Dream Show: Old wallpaper

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Trish is my guest today with a dream about directing a movie. In the dream she moves through a house, viewing the rooms through her camera lens, and becomes mesmerised by the old fashioned wallpaper.

On closer examination she finds a hole in the wall: where does it lead?

Trish’s dream is short but packed with clues: a capital E, a capital W, an old key, and that intriguing fleur-de-lis pattern on the wallpaper. What does it all mean, and how does it relate to Trish’s life?

Don’t you just love the detective work involved in dream interpretation?

Join us as we track down the clues and create alchemy to help Trish move her life to the next level. Listen and enjoy!

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Dream alchemy for every dream?

"Twenty times a day for two weeks!" is the startled response I usually hear when I describe the procedure for a dream alchemy visualisation to a first-time client.

“Twenty times a day for two weeks!” is the startled response I usually hear when I describe the procedure for a dream alchemy visualisation to a first-time client.

“Twenty times a day for two weeks!” is the startled response I usually hear when I describe the procedure for a dream alchemy visualisation to a first-time client.

“Yes, then twice a day for another four weeks,” I add, “just first thing in the morning and last thing at night.”

(Dream alchemy practices are simple exercises, such as visualisations, based on symbols from your dream. Your dream symbols come from your unconscious mind, so these carefully designed practices work by communicating directly with your unconscious mind to transform limiting beliefs. When you do dream alchemy, waking life magic happens. Read more about what dream alchemy is and how it works.)

But, twenty times a day?

In reality, the visualizations I design take only 1-2 minutes to do, and you can choose to do them in batches if you wish.

In reality, the visualizations I design take only 1-2 minutes to do, and you can choose to do them in batches if you wish.

In reality, the visualizations I design take only 1-2 minutes to do, and you can choose to do them in batches if you wish.

Once you’ve done your visualization a handful of times, you find that you can speed them up while also amping up the required emotions.

They also make you feel good – really good – so you’ll find you’re keen to do them.

But, still, twenty times a day?

Yesterday Fran emailed me with a great question that prompted me to write today’s blog:

Fran asked, "If you had to do an alchemy for each dream, surely there wouldn't be enough time in the day?"

Fran asked, “If you had to do an alchemy for each dream, surely there wouldn’t be enough time in the day?”

“How many dream alchemy practices should you be doing?

I’m thinking if one full alchemy exercise takes six weeks, do you wait for that one to finish before starting another?

If you had to do an alchemy for each dream, surely there wouldn’t be enough time in the day?”

Of course, Fran is right. Imagine remembering five dreams a night, every night, and trying to do a dream alchemy visualisation for all of them!

So what’s the solution?

There are many different kinds of dream alchemy: visualization, affirmation, artwork, writing, poetry, dialogue, bodywork/physical, and ‘give back the belief’. Repetition is only required for visualisations and affirmations. (The designated number of reps is a result of my research and practical work with clients over the years, and I sometimes set different reps for different situations, including stepping visualisations down to ten reps for the second week.)

Visualisation and affirmation are the most powerful of the dream alchemy practices, so I usually set these for either recurring dream themes (that reflect recurring waking life issues that need to be resolved) or for extremely significant dreams.

Dream alchemy: here's what to do ...

Dream alchemy: here’s what to do …

So here’s my advice:

* Apply a dream alchemy visualisation or affirmation for (i) a recurring dream theme or (ii) an extremely significant dream.

* Begin a new visualisation or affirmation, if you wish, once you have completed the first two weeks of the current one. (You will then be doing the first two weeks of your new alchemy while you are in the twice-a-day phase of the old one.)

* Watch your other dreams closely for signs that the alchemy is working.

* For other dreams that you’d like to alchemise during this period, choose from the once-only list: artwork, writing, poetry, dialogue, bodywork/physical, and ‘give back the belief’.

* Keep a little book, separate from your dream journal, as your dream alchemy journal. Record your practices on the right hand pages, and use the left hand pages to note insights and waking life results.

That’s it in a nutshell. I could write a whole book on this. Oh, that’s right, I’ve already done that: Dream Alchemy (pub Hachette).

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Bad dreams & dementia?

 

Recent research has got people all excited about a possible link between people who thrash about in bed while they’re dreaming and the later development of dementia, in particular, Parkinson’s Disease.  Here’s a video clip of me talking about this on The Morning Show, Channel 7, this morning.

So let’s have a look at this:

Normally, we don’t thrash about in bed while we’re dreaming. We might toss and turn between dreams, and we might twitch during a dream, but that’s about it.

We’re protected from acting out our dreams by a mechanism called ‘sleep paralysis’. Your dreaming brain flicks a switch to inhibit your skeletal motor muscles from moving. You’re kept safely tucked up in bed, no matter what you’re up to in your dreams.

Some people experience a REM sleep behaviour disorder where sleep paralysis doesn’t kick in. When they dream, their muscles move accordingly. They act out the more dramatic parts of their dreams. They may kick, punch, jump, or even get out of bed. Some people experience this sleep disorder every night; others occasionally, maybe once every couple of weeks, and the episodes last about 2-10 minutes. If they wake up and describe their dream, it generally fits the movements they’ve been making.

(This is different from sleep walking and from restless legs syndrome, both of which occur in non-dreaming phases of sleep.)

It’s commonly believed that the dreams people act out are always bad or violent, but it’s more likely that all dreams are acted out but because the bad or violent ones involve more activity (punching, running away), they are more noticeable.

The dreamer, or his (people with this disorder tend to be older men) bed partner may be hurt – or killed – during one of these episodes. Controversy has surrounded cases where people have murdered their bed partners and claimed innocence due to suffering this disorder.

Back to the recent research:

Mayo Clinic researchers found a possible link between this sleep disorder and the later onset of dementia, particularly Parkinson’s Disease. They analyzed the medical records of 27 people who suffered from this sleep disorder and who all developed dementia up to 50 years later, and concluded that there may be a link.

Of course, this is NOT to say that if you have the sleep disorder you’ll develop dementia within 50 years. Plenty of people suffer this disorder and remain mentally fit and healthy into old age. However, this research may provide a clue to help neurologists understand dementia.

REM sleep behaviour disorder is treatable with drugs, so see your doctor to ensure a good and safe night’s sleep, for yourself and your bed partner.

Watch the video of me talking about this on The Morning Show, Channel 7, this morning.

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Episode 68 The Dream Show: Emeralds

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Heidi, celebrity TV presenter of a cooking show in Shanghai, is my guest today, with a dream about climbing a mountain and discovering a mountain of stones on top. What looked, at first, like ordinary stones, hid a layer of amethysts below, and when they dug deeper they found emeralds.

Heidi wasn’t so sure about those emeralds though. They were connected with someone doing something illegal. Now, the interesting thing is that Heidi also has a business called Sanctus Stones, but her dream symbols – those stones – are not what they seem!

Listen as we uncover the meaning of Heidi’s dream and as she reveals how this connects to key decisions she needs to make in her business.

Listen as Heidi experiences a dream alchemy visualisation to unblock unconscious limiting beliefs, and comes through with a new confidence about decisions she intends to make that afternoon. Along the way, hear a little more about Heidi’s success story.

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