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Dream interpretation: Recurring dreams

Do you have a recurring dream theme? I asked this question on my Facebook page on Monday, to gather some material for today’s blog and to provide some glimpses into what these dreams mean. So thanks for your contributions, guys, and read on!

First up, remember that a dream reflects your conscious and unconscious experiences of the last 24-48 hours of your waking life. So, when a dream theme recurs it’s because your waking life experiences are recurring. If there’s an unresolved issue in your life that keeps coming up, you probably have a dream theme that goes with it, appearing one to two nights later.

So if you have a recurring dream theme, look back over the previous two days each time you have the dream until you see a pattern. Your quest is to note the issue that precedes your dream. You’re halfway there before you even interpret your dream.

Next, ask yourself when you first had this dream. Think back to that time. It’s probably when the issue first raised its head, or when it really became important.

Let’s have a quick look at some of the dream themes listed on Facebook:

Kellie dreams she's forgotten about the fish and they're barely surviving.

Kellie dreams she’s forgotten about the fish and they’re barely surviving.

 

This recurring dream has plagued Kellie for years. She finds one or two fish aquariums that she’s forgotten about and the fish are barely surviving.

Everything in a dream reflects something about the dreamer, so Kellie might ask herself, when she has this dream, what she has been neglecting to nourish in her life.

Daniell dreams she’s just had a baby but keeps losing him in odd places like a couch or another state. I’d say that Daniell has plenty of ideas and ‘births’ new projects but loses touch with them, or holds back for fear of losing interest. A clue might be to look back to the first time she had this dream to identify what was new in her life then and why it didn’t work out as she had planned.

Talking of lost opportunities, Renee’s recurring dream is of a delivery man who delivers her a package. She’s signed for it a few times, but never opened it.

Renee might like to look over the two days prior to each return of the dream and ask herself what opportunity she signed up for but didn’t pursue.

Of course, dream interpretation goes much deeper than this, but in each example, the dreamer gets to ask a question that helps them identify the waking life issue.

Here are some more:

For the past year Cathie has had a recurring dream that her husband is going to die from cancer. She wakes with a deep heartache and sobbing. So, first of all, Cathie can ask what change occurred in her life a year ago, as this probably triggered the dream. Death in a dream is often about something ending in our life, not the death of a person, but an end of an era, attitude, belief, study course, hope, goal … anything. There are times for letting the old die so the new can enter into our lives, and there are other times when we may let things end prematurely and need to energise them back to life. Either way, there is grief to feel, and that is why Cathie wakes up sobbing. To move on, we need to release grief for our old hopes, plans, attitudes or ways of life. Again, this is a superficial interpretation, but a starting point for Cathie as she contemplates her dream.

Bonnie Belle looks for toilets or even pees in public in her dreams, often accompanied by celebrities, so she’s releasing or letting go of some issues around the difference between her public and private life, I’d say.

Beverley used to have her dream “very, very often” but not so much now. She might like to look back to when the frequency of the dream began to slow, and ask herself what changed in her life then. Whatever changed softened the waking life issue, so that it only comes up now when it occasionally becomes more pressing. There’s a big clue for Beverley here. In her dream, she is happily doing craft with children when a man arrives and she’s happy to see him: a classic case of finding your passion (being creative, in the flow).

Barbara dreams of lots of cameras. I’d need to hear more about the dream, but it probably reflects the way she frames her experiences, different perspectives and views. What would she see if she stepped back from life to look at the big picture? What would she see if she focused on one area? Why is she not in the picture herself, perhaps taking an objective view of her life? If Barbara answers these questions she’ll gain some insight into a recurring waking life issue. 

Christine comes face to face with a harmless crocodile after rescuing a baby that turns out to be herself from its mouth.

Christine comes face to face with a harmless crocodile after rescuing a baby that turns out to be herself from its mouth.

In her dream, Christine comes face to face with a harmless crocodile after rescuing a baby that turns out to be herself from its mouth. My feeling is that Christine may have had recurring dreams of crocodiles but this dream looks like a once-off, a healing dream, the end of the issue. Christine overcomes a sense of danger that has been holding her back in some way, and feels able to move forward without ‘bite’ and without fear of being bitten.

Jennifer has several recurring dream themes, one being living back in the Bronx (NYC) and walking up a hill, rather unsuccessfully, back to the apartment building where she used to live. The issues going on in Jennifer’s life whenever she has this dream most probably began when she used to live in that apartment building. That’s the key to healing the issue, yet Jennifer resists exploring those times: the hill, and the difficulty climbing it represent her hesitation and fear.

These are tip of the iceberg interpretations only! Listen to The Dream Show podcasts to get a feel for how to explore your dreams deeply and meaningfully.

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Dream alchemy results: Jennifer’s update

"I'm no longer preaching to the barren lands but to an area extremely ripe and ready to harvest much earlier than normal." Jennifer, ep 47

“I’m no longer preaching to the barren lands but to an area extremely ripe and ready to harvest much earlier than normal.” Jennifer, ep 47

Jennifer was my podcast guest in episode 47. She reported results after three weeks – her glimmers of gold – and has just emailed me with her final outcome.

Here’s the power of dream alchemy in action:

“The issue I’d been struggling with when we had our dream interpretation was my work and how to best continue practicing in a viable and enjoyable manner. I had been hoping for salaried work or for a private practice set up with open-minded conventional doctors to help build practice and teach people about medicine as being integrative not exclusive.  As I was in the  middle of deciding to move I came into contact with a company who went out of their way to bring me on as a salaried employee in the location I have just moved to.  Since this is part-time work I also have the opportunity to start a private practice. As of November I will be working with my old MD and 3 other physicians in their  medical clinic. They are very respectful and supportive of my work and looking forward to an integrative practice.  The owners of the clinic have been kind, completely down-to-earth and generous.

Interestingly, I’m staying in my childhood home as a temporary transitory space. Since I’ve arrived, the field behind my parents house has been tilled and bare like in my dream but the field next to it, the field where for some reason I’d been imagining my beautiful white sphere as assigned in my visualization exercise (dream alchemy), is full of corn that has gone from green to completely ripe since I’ve arrived!  I guess the universe is working with my psyche and our dream interpretation.

I’m no longer preaching to the barren lands but to an area extremely ripe and ready to harvest much earlier than normal.

Thank you again for your sharp insight and inspiration.  What a fabulous path you’ve chosen.  I’m so glad ours converged.”

When you do dream alchemy, things shift and change in ways that seem to conspire to produce results. Jennifer explained what happened in the lead up to her successful outcome:

“I had let you know earlier that I was thinking of beginning a part-time practice in the smaller city where I’m from and was feeling very peaceful with that.  Also I’d been having some great changes in my dream life.

Since then the universe decided to ‘help’ me along with my decision by way of almost slapping me in the face.  Within one week’s time, at beginning of the summer, a near family member had two separate medical emergencies while my landlords did a complete flip from their plans and out of the blue informed us they wanted their house back at the end of the summer. So with that, my husband and I decided to move back fully to our hometown to be with family and raise our little one near her loved ones.”

And that, as you have seen, is when the magic really started flowing.

Listen to Jennifer having her dream interpreted in episode 47

Read Jennifer’s original update,  3 weeks after being on the show.

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Episode 75 The Dream Show: Jekyll and Hyde spider

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A new podcast every Friday. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes.

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Episode 75 of our free weekly podcast, The Dream Show, is now up.

Leigh is my guest with three recurring dream themes that have haunted him for many years so intensely that he often wakes up believing the frightening dream is actually happening. He’ll jump from bed, choking, or leap out of bed terrified that spiders are hiding in his sheets.

In a short while he calms down and realises the choking or spiders were in his dream, but he wonders why the choking and fear seem so real when he wakes that he’s fooled again, and again, each time the dream recurs.

In today’s show, I explain what is happening here, and why, and then we look at the three recurring dream themes, interpret them, and relate them to Leigh’s waking life so he can gain useful insight and do dream alchemy to transform beliefs and fears that are limiting his waking life outcomes.

The three dream themes are related: there’s the slo-mo fight, the Jekyll and Hyde spiders (Leigh has no problems with handling spiders in his waking life, but those dream spiders are terrifying), and the choking.

Listen in to hear just how they’re related, and what Leigh can learn from such a sinister dream spider.

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The art of dream interpretation

What feelings come up for you as you look at this image? What is the ant thinking? What is the watch feeling?

What feelings come up for you as you look at this image? What is the ant thinking? What is the watch feeling?

Ready for some instant personal insight into your life? Simply contemplate this image and let it speak to you. You may hear a response, you may not, but either way, after a minute or so, take this simple quiz (at the bottom of the page). You’ll get results.

And here’s the extra magic: if you apply this process to a freeze-frame image from one of your dreams, the results are even more powerful because you’re interacting with personal symbols that are vitally important for you at the time of your dream.

Intrigued? This image is one of many in my Dream Gallery, a rich resource where I guide you through the images and ask you questions that deliver personal insight while teaching you about dream symbols and dream interpretation. Enjoy and share!  Now, take the quiz!

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Dream interpretation: Sex with a celebrity or colleague

Have you ever dreamed of having sex with a celebrity or colleague? What does it mean?

Have you ever dreamed of having sex with a celebrity or colleague? What does it mean?

Have you ever dreamed of having sex with a celebrity? Or have you ever turned up at work, looked a colleague in the eye, and suddenly remembered a dream you had last night? You know, the dream where you two were having sex and … Mortified you avert your eyes, blush, stutter, wonder if it was a shared dream, a deeply buried fantasy, or a telepathic desire beamed out by your colleague while you slept.

Admit it. Everyone, absolutely everyone, has had, and will have, this kind of dream. It’s normal and natural, and the only reason we think it’s not is that everyone’s too embarrassed to talk about it.

It’s also 100% symbolic, so don’t follow through with ‘I had a precognitive dream about you last night’, or treat the poor, unsuspecting, innocent colleague with disgust. It’s all about you!

(This article continues below this video of me talking about sex dreams:)

Sex in dreams is about what qualities or attitudes you are integrating into your life, as sex is a brilliant symbol of integration where two bodies become one. Ask what three words best describe your dream lover’s personality or approach to life. Go on, do it! Then write them down! These are the qualities your dream is integrating into your being. Good sex: good integration. Bad sex: warning, think again about your new approach.

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Episode 74 The Dream Show: Cheating dreams

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Abigail is my guest with a dream about wanting to make love with a man who is not her husband, a theme that recurs from time to time in her dreams. She wonders whether this cheating theme is wish fulfillment, coming up when she’s angry with her husband. Dreams are never what they seem though, as you will hear.

In the same dream, Abigail is faced with an endless and difficult task, another common recurring dream theme for her (and for many people). What does it mean?

And who is the severe lady with a tight bun? And who is Dorothy, the one name singled out from a long list on a whiteboard? Abigail doesn’t know anyone called Dorothy except for … aha!

Listen in to see how Abigail’s dream relates to her waking life, and to hear how we create a dream alchemy visualisation to help Abigail release key limiting  beliefs.

If you know anyone who has cheating dreams, you might like to share this episode. Enjoy.

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Dream Alchemy – secret spells

I’m about to give you some magical formulae you can use to transform your life.

I’m about to give you some magical formulae you can use to transform your life.

I’m about to give you some magical formulae you can use to transform your life. They’re simple, yet powerful. They’re serious, and they work, but for a bit of fun I’ve arranged them as magic spells from an imaginary book of alchemical secrets. Before we delve in, though, let’s look at the theory so you understand why these work and how to apply them.

Imagine you dreamed of a huge dark cloud. The cloud was suspended above you, throwing its darkness and gloom all around. The air was oppressive, heavy, and still. What is the meaning of this dream?

You might have this dream if you were feeling oppressed by dark, gloomy, negative feelings. You might think about your dream and see that this is indeed true. You might then think about where these dark, gloomy, negative feelings are coming from. You might decide they’re coming from you and your negative thoughts about life. You might suddenly see that you have been going about your life dragging this negative outlook with you wherever you go. Other people in similar circumstances might see the sunny side or be uplifted by the silver lining in life’s challenges. Rather than being motivated to create something wonderful from the silver lining, your dream shows you bogged down in the heavy stillness of your negative outlook on life. Okay, so far so good. You have interpreted and understood your dream.

You may even go further and say the dark cloud is the gloom cast by a relationship break-up, job loss, or major disappointment. You may think about this and decide the gloom is your anger about the disappointment (like a thunderous cloud before an angry storm) or you might decide the heavy cloud is your unexpressed grief (like a cloud that hasn’t rained itself free of its tears).

Okay, so far even better. You have interpreted and understood your dream even more deeply. Is this enough then? Is this the power of dream interpretation?

Does it end here? Does going forward in your life understanding your gloomy, negative outlook help you to dispel it and substitute an uplifting, positive outlook in its place?

Maybe, maybe not. Sometimes awareness is powerful enough to enable you to make a change. For example, each time you feel the presence of the gloomy, black cloud pervading a situation you might think, “Enough! Where’s the silver lining? How can I look at my situation positively?” Some people can make the switch effectively. Many need a little extra magic to make the change.

It’s better to cry away the black cloud, to feel the grief and let it go, or to feel the anger and let it go, so that looking at the world positively becomes natural rather than forced.

It’s better to cry away the black cloud, to feel the grief and let it go, or to feel the anger and let it go, so that looking at the world positively becomes natural rather than forced.

Sometimes you cannot effectively make the change until you get in touch with associated emotions and work through them. For example, if you have not cried away your grief, then when you switch from negative to positive outlook you push your grief further down into your being and this will certainly give you discomfort at a later stage in your life. It’s better to cry away the black cloud, to feel the grief and let it go, or to feel the anger and let it go, so that looking at the world positively becomes natural rather than forced. If there’s no grief or anger in your way, then naturally things look good. If there’s still grief or anger hanging around, it’s hard work to keep remembering to switch on a positive outlook, and, besides, your grief or anger will keep returning in your dreams until you hear it, feel it, learn from it, and let it go.

So how can you do the magical bit to move from simply understanding your dream to transforming your life in a long-lasting (deeply healing) way? The solution is dream alchemy (those alchemical spells).

Dream alchemy is the magic of transforming symbols from your dream. In this example, you might visualise transforming the gloomy, black cloud by letting it rain itself away over a dry field, causing beautiful sunny flowers to bloom. Dream alchemy practices always sound far too simple, silly even, but they work because they involve symbols that your unconscious dreaming mind understands. When you do dream alchemy, you are talking the language of your unconscious mind and it is listening, responding, and transforming. These alchemical spells, correctly done, change the beliefs you carry that are affecting the way you see the world and the way you act in the world. When these things change – when you see the world differently and act in the world differently – your experience of life changes accordingly. In other words, your life changes for the better.

You can get quite creative with your dream alchemy practices. In the example, I added the flowers blooming to ensure that something wonderful blossomed from the release of grief.

You can get quite creative with your dream alchemy practices. In the example, I added the flowers blooming to ensure that something wonderful blossomed from the release of grief.

If you had the black cloud dream and you did the dream alchemy visualisation described above according to the correct method you may first feel the grief or the anger, but this will feel deeply cathartic and healing. You will naturally traverse through these feelings, and emerge feeling light and free. From there forward, you will move through the world in a different way.

You can get quite creative with your dream alchemy practices. In the example, I added the flowers blooming to ensure that something wonderful blossomed from the release of grief.

The key to designing the best dream alchemy practice is to understand your dream first. When you understand your dream you gain self-awareness, a precious gift, and when you understand your dream you are best-equipped to pick the right symbol to transform through dream alchemy.

As a general guide, be inspired by these secret formulae from my imaginary book ‘Alchemical secrets’.

Alchemical Secrets

Dream
dark cloud,
understood by dreamer as negative outlook due to grief

Alchemy
let the cloud rain its tears away over a desert, making flowers bloom

*

Dream
starving horse,
understood by dreamer as a passionate energy you are not feeding

Alchemy
feed the horse until you can feel its strength and passion in your body

*

Dream
old man close to death,
understood by dreamer as a belief you need to put to rest

Alchemy
embrace the man and thank him for all he has taught you

*

Dream
old man close to death,
understood by dreamer as old values you want to revive

Alchemy
give the man a job or role that restores his sense of value and vitality

*

Dream
going round in circles,
understood by dreamer as needing a new approach

Alchemy
half way round the circle take a straight route to an exciting place

*

Dream
unable to fly beyond power lines,
understood by dreamer as trapped by power games

Alchemy
fly around the power lines to the place you want to be

*

Dream
shaky ground,
understood by dreamer as losing your sense of confidence

Alchemy
make the ground firm and feel its solidity beneath your feet

*

Dream
shaky ground,
understood by dreamer as changes around you feeling exciting

Alchemy
shake that ground into where you would like to be

*

Get the picture? As you can see from the dreams of the old man close to death and the dreams of the shaky ground, the secret is to understand your dream before creating your dream alchemy practice and casting your alchemical spell. (Two people may each dream of shaky ground, but the different details in their dreams reveal the different meanings.)

Remember to check the detailed methods for doing your dream alchemy practices, and if you need a little help from me in understanding your dreams or creating dream alchemy practices you can consult me by Skype or phone.

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

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Episode 73 The Dream Show: Air bubble

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Melanie is my guest today with a healing dream, though you might wonder why a disturbing dream involving death can possibly be a healing dream.

It all goes to show that dreams are not what they seem, and the most distressing dreams can sometimes be the most healing.

Melanie dreamed that she administered an injection to a man who was having an allergic reaction, but there was an air bubble in the syringe and it killed him. If that was not bad enough, he turned into a little girl who also died.

You’ll be amazed when we uncover the meaning of that air bubble when Melanie provides the waking life details that relate to the dream.

You’ve got to hand it to the unconscious mind: it may seem nonsensical at first glance but it is deeply intricate, complex, and an accurate reflection of our waking experiences once you understand how to read it through dreams. And once you understand how to read it, you understand how to communicate with it (by applying dream alchemy) to create positive changes that ripple through into waking life. You’ll witness this as Melanie goes through a dream alchemy process during this episode.

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Dream interpretation: UFOs and aliens

Some experiences seem so strange or difficult to understand that they might as well have happened on other planets.

Some experiences seem so strange or difficult to understand that they might as well have happened on other planets.

Have you ever seen a UFO or an alien in your dreams? Have you communicated with extraterrestrials, or visited other planets? Or do you have a vague feeling, perhaps even a memory, of having been abducted by aliens, or of travelling in a spaceship before being returned to wake in your own bed at home? Do you believe you can communicate, telepathically, with beings from other worlds while you sleep, waking up a little wiser or, alternatively, feeling a bit disconnected as if something is missing from your life? In summary, how do you feel about your alien encounters – are they real, or dreams?

They’re dreams, symbolic dreams. They’re about what feels alien or foreign to you. They’re about experiences you have had that were so strange or difficult to understand that they might as well have happened on other planets. These dreams can also be about experiences where you were so hurt, emotionally or physically, that you despatched your pain far, far away, beyond your senses, beyond your everyday memory, beyond planet-you, only to return in dreams in vague, non-human form. Children brought up in very strict religions often push natural beliefs and feelings they have been taught to believe are evil far, far away, disowning them.

These dreams use symbols that play on words. They introduce you to parts of your self or your life experiences that you have alienated, or they remind you that however far you banish certain experiences and feelings, however much you refuse to identify with them, they still hover, as UFOs – unidentified flying objects.

Take back on board and ground a part of yourself that has been hurt and missing, and nurse it back to health.

Take back on board and ground a part of yourself that has been hurt and missing, and nurse it back to health.

The experiences you have alienated may have been huge and awful, or they may have been small misunderstandings that you felt uncomfortable keeping on board.

Welcome these dreams, and set about interpreting them using the other tips in this blog, because they offer you the chance to have another look at what you have rejected, to understand and heal, and, finally, to take back on board and then ground a part of yourself that has been hurt and missing, and nurse it back to health.

 

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

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Healing with dream alchemy

Helen Thomas, a gifted Brisbane psychic medium, recently blogged about the healing power of dream alchemy.

Helen Thomas, a gifted Brisbane psychic medium, recently blogged about the healing power of dream alchemy.

What kind of results are you getting from doing dream alchemy? Doing, is the important word. You can read about it, understand how it works, design one for yourself, but it’s only when you actually commit to doing a dream alchemy practice that magic – healing magic – happens.

Helen Thomas, a gifted Brisbane psychic medium, recently blogged about her experience of the healing power of dream alchemy following a skype consultation with me:

“What I loved most about the session with Jane Teresa was the time spent on dream alchemy. This was a very powerful and healing aspect to the consultation and has already brought about great healing and releasing for me. Through a series of visualisations, Jane Teresa helped me remove the blocks associated with the symbols in my dreams. I’ve been practising the visualisation repeatedly since our session about two weeks ago and have felt major personal changes as a result.”

You can read the rest of Helen’s blog about her dream alchemy experience here and explore her site to discover her story.

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