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Episode 88 The Dream Show: Teeshirt 2011

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A special New Year’s Eve episode, designed to inspire your personal vision for 2011, so whether you’re listening on New Year’s Eve or whether you’ve stumbled upon this episode well into the year and wish to pause and reset your vision, this is a must-listen.

It’s about resolutions, but it’s NOT about making new year resolutions. Now, there’s a puzzle!

It’s about deciding how you want 2011 to be for you, and how to manifest this.

I’ve included some strong dream interpretation tips to help you read your dreams to monitor your progress and, because this is a holiday-celebratory time of year, I’ve included some fun, easy quizzes designed to help inspire the kind of life balance that creates stunning results.

Enjoy and share with friends, family and colleagues. Happy New Year!

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These funny few days

How to begin the New Year with a sharp vision and a refreshed energy to manifest it.Chocolate or detox tea? Dilemma. We’ve just about emptied our fridge of Christmas indulgences and leftovers, which is probably just as well, but there’s still an enticing dish of nuts on the dining table, and I do love nuts.

Tomorrow I’m booked for a kahuna massage, a veritable wave of indulgence and detox combined, and I do love a kahuna massage.

These are the funny few days between Christmas and New Year, where, if we follow the calendar, we’re supposed to jump back into working mode for three days before partying and luxuriating for another three. But if you have the luxury of deciding how you will spend these in-between days, I suggest they’re for clearing and detoxing on every level, so you can begin the New Year with a sharp vision and a refreshed energy to manifest it.

What did you especially enjoy or value over Christmas? How can you bring more of this into your everyday life? Write a promise to yourself, or paint or draw a vision of how your life will be when you do this. Don’t just think about it, or say That’s a good idea. Do it now.

What would you like to clear from your everyday life?

What would you like to clear from your everyday life?

In stepping away from work and routine during Christmas, did you gain new perspective? What would you like to clear from your everyday life? What would you like to change about the way you work, or about your daily routines? Draw a broom, or a trashcan, and get your inner artist busy adding pictures or words depicting the things your broom will sweep away, or the things your trashcan will carry away. Put your picture somewhere you’ll see it for a few weeks until your new approach to life establishes as routine.

Add commitment and manifesting energy by commenting here or on FaceBook to share your vision. Enjoy these special days, and watch their reflection in your dreams.

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The Dream Show: 2010 Top episodes

Announcing our 2010 Top episodesInstead of a podcast this week, I’m announcing 2010′s top episodes, so you can listen and share over the Christmas week. It’s the one week in the year where we take a break from producing The Dream Show, and we’ll be back with a new episode on New Year’s Eve.

Over on Facebook, Angela tipped ep 50 (Jeremy, The beauty shot) and ep 78 (Dewi, Dreams of death) as standouts.  Which episode did you enjoy most? Which sticks in your mind? Which inspired you? Which was the most insightful? Was there one particular episode where the art of dream interpretation suddenly all came together for you? Which guest’s story helped change your life?

Here are the most popular episodes for 2010:

January Eve, A good gossip ep40
February Carla, Bodice ripper ep44
March Barbara, Yellow ochre ep48
April Tasha, Fifteen gods ep51
May Andrea, Mutant demons ep56
June Margaret, Alchemy in action ep59
July Feature: Lady Gaga ep63
August Heidi, Emeralds ep68
September Abigail, Cheating dreams ep74
October Liza, Healing sex dream ep77
November Ann, Trapped birds ep82
December Shane, A dark presence ep 85

Top of all of these was episode 51, Tasha.

Thank you to all 41 guests who appeared on the show during 2010 (the other 10 shows were  features). You have all made a big difference in our listeners’ lives.

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Listen to The Dream Show here or subscribe to the whole series – a new free episode every week – at iTunes.

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Quick, quick, slow

Here are some things I know about myself: I think at high speed, I generate ideas and solutions quickly, I talk fast, and I read slowly. Michael can read a whole book in the time it takes me to read a couple of chapters. But that’s nothing compared to Geoff, a friend, who reads books at a rate of about five seconds a page. Imagine that, turning a page every ten seconds through an entire book!

When Geoff was a teenager, his class was taught to speed read as part of an experiment that lasted throughout his high school years. Students regularly sat tests to measure reading speed and comprehension, and those who passed continued in the experimental class.

“Speed reading is like looking at the big picture,” Geoff said, gesturing towards the ocean.

“Speed reading is like looking at the big picture,” Geoff said, gesturing towards the ocean.

Geoff told me this yesterday, during a three hour breakfast with friends, at a table overlooking the ocean. Was it a slow breakfast because it lasted three hours, or was it a fast breakfast because our conversations covered vast territories?

“Speed reading is like looking at the big picture,” Geoff said, gesturing towards the ocean. “Take one look out to sea, and you see everything: the ocean, the sky, the clouds, the boats, the people swimming, the sand, the trees. You don’t see lots of little bits and then string them together. You see one big picture, and you get it. It’s the same with speed reading.”

“Ah,” I replied, “that’s how I make sense of dreams. I stand a long way back from a dream so I can see the big picture, and I understand it. Then I go in and look at the details. The details always end up confirming my first reading, but they add so much depth, insight, texture and awe.”

But for Geoff there’s no second look, no exploration of the details, no new delight in uncovering something that resonates with the big picture. From what I can understand, Geoff gets all of that in the one and only big picture read. He says he misses nothing.

By my calculations, five seconds a page is about 12-15 times faster than ‘people who enjoy reading’.

By my calculations, five seconds a page is about 12-15 times faster than ‘people who enjoy reading’.

How fast or slowly do you read? According to www.freereadingtest.com the average person reads at a rate of 200-300 words per minute, and people who enjoy reading often exceed 400 words per minute. By my calculations, five seconds a page is about 12-15 times faster than ‘people who enjoy reading’. You might like to take the free test here before reading further.

How did you go? I’ll share my results shortly. I asked Geoff whether he felt his school training in seeing the big picture affects the way he sees life and the way he works. He said he feels it’s advantageous in every way, though he does find detail tasks like running a diary challenging. I got the impression that he meant running a diary felt superfluous compared with seeing, comprehending and moving forward with big picture vision.

Stand back a long way from your dream until you see the big picture.

Stand back a long way from your dream until you see the big picture.

Here’s the dream interpretation tip: Stand back a long way from your dream until you see the big picture (for example I’m running away from something or I keep encountering obstacles). Consider your sentence as a metaphor or analogy of your recent waking life experiences. What do you notice? Can you make a connection? Speed read your dream in this way to gain insight into how your unconscious mind is processing life. Then go in and explore the details of your dream, aided by your big picture clues.

When I did the reading test just now, my score was just over 300 words a minute, which, for someone who enjoys reading (as I do) is indeed slow. But I did learn something interesting. The test read that came up for me was all about the green pigment in leaves, chlorophyll, a subject I recently blogged about under the title Why is grass green? I found the test passage excruciatingly boring, but while I was reading the words I noticed that I was simultaneously thinking about the Why is grass green? blog, and remembering the fun I had writing that article (very speedily) to illustrate how our dreams help us create our big picture views of the world, and noticing the connection with the intent of today’s blog.

Here’s something I didn’t know about myself: I read slowly because I’m thinking and creating on many levels at the same time, simultaneously doing ‘big picture’ and ‘detailed analysis’. Now I know why I’m good at interpreting dreams LOL!

Do the test. What do you learn about yourself from this?

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Episode 87 The Dream Show: Cloned nerds

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Matt dreamed of hamburgers contaminated by spores falling from the sky, that turned the guys at a block party into cloned nerds complete with black glasses and identical clothes.

Matt is in his twenties now, but this dream, which he had when he was thirteen, has remained vivid in his memory, and he wonders what it meant and if it is still relevant to his life today.

He was intrigued because it was partly cartoon, complete with text and voiceovers describing the action.

Since that dream, he has only recalled one other, five years later, and wonders why. Listen as we discuss both dreams and Matt makes the connections and gains insight into those years. We dream every night, so what stops recall? Find out in this episode.

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Can you dream of past lives?

Can you dream of past lives?

Can you dream of past lives?

If your dream is set in a time before you were born, does it give you insight into a past life? Sometimes people dream of being themselves, as they appear today, only in historic dress to suit the period, and sometimes people dream they look quite different, or are of the opposite sex, clearly at one with the time period and not realising it is a past era until they wake up.  How should you interpret these kinds of dreams?

When these dreams lack surreal oddities, when they feel everyday except that everyday was long ago, it’s very tempting to conclude that you experienced a past life memory in a dream. Who’s to say? You may have, you may not have. But before you go too far down this track, beware!

Think of all the dreams you’ve had featuring your childhood, perhaps your childhood home, school, family life, or holiday camp. These dreams contain a mix of accurate detail and oddities, don’t they? Your childhood home might look more or less the same but have an extra room, back onto a beach instead of a suburban garden, or have a fairy living in the cupboard.

Dreams are not what they seem.

There have been many distressing cases where people have dreamed of being sexually abused in settings similar to their childhood home or school, and, because the dreams seemed so real, concluded they had indeed been abused, moving on to make accusations against innocent people.

While memories can and do surface in dreams, it’s vital to understand that most dream content is entirely symbolic. The same applies to dreams set in historic periods before your birth.

If you dream you’re a soldier in a war, ask what conflict you're fighting today.

If you dream you’re a soldier in a war, ask what conflict you’re fighting today.

Interpret the historic era in your dream as symbolic. If you dream you’re a soldier in a war, ask what personal conflict you’re fighting today.

If you dream you’re being persecuted as a witch in the Middle Ages, ask what you’re feeling persecuted about today, or how you feel about being middle aged.

Or simply summarise the historic dream setting or era in one word such as ‘stuffy’, ‘liberated’, ‘pioneering’, ‘enslaved’,  or ‘pagan’, and ask which area of your life this applies to today.

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

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Episode 86 The Dream Show: Wounded refugee

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Bob dreamed he was delivering a refugee’s baby, watched by a young girl with a wound above her ear. As the baby crowned, he heard the opening line of a hymn which then played on his mind all day.

Bob thought, correctly, that his dream reflected his difficulties in finding right-left brain balance in his relatively left-brained, analytical world. For 25 years he has wanted to develop more right brain skills, and to move from primarily thinking into deeper feeling.

Listen as we interpret Bob’s dream and deliver a powerful alchemy to enable this.

We have a lively, fun discussion along the way, pose and answer some questions about what Jesus would be up to if he was a student in today’s world, and slip, through that doorway, into the alchemy. Enjoy!

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Dream interpretation: End of the world

Many people dream of the end of the world and get really scared, assuming they’ve previewed a coming reality, but, of course, dreams are symbolic. Here’s a short one posted to the one-day dream forum last month, followed by my interpretation.

Dreams of aliens and the end of the world. What do they mean?“I’ve been having constant dreams about aliens arriving, and/or aliens influencing our lives. I see end of world, panic, spaceships. But when I wake up, it somehow gives me a sense of beginning.”

My interpretation

You are dreaming of the end of the world as you know it – some aspect of your own private world or being that is coming to an end. No wonder you wake up with a sense of a beginning. We can only grow and change in the world for the better by ending some things so new things can begin. End old attitudes, so new attitudes can begin. End old personal world perspectives so new ones can begin.

And those aliens? Easy – parts of your being that you have alienated are coming back on board. You mention panic, so your dream suggests that a panic situation in the past caused you to dissociate from certain feelings or emotions and send them into your personal outer space. Because things are changing in your world now, you’re confident enough to face the old sense of panic and integrate these feelings into your being as you step into the future a more confident, calm, (unpanicked) person. Congratulations!

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The right question

How can you escape being eaten by a hungry lion?

How can you escape being eaten by a hungry lion?

Are you looking to your dreams for answers to important questions? Do you go to bed hoping for a dream that will explain all and show you the best way forward? Are you looking for solutions to personal issues, guidance on career, or a bankable genius eureka to boost your fortune?

The dreaming mind offers all these possibilities, IF you’re looking at your dream from the right angle. And what is the right angle? It starts with the right question. The right question goes straight to the point and delivers the right answer, the best solution, the breakthrough.

Most dreams have a storyline, comprising four parts.

The first part of a dream is the opening. It’s the ‘Once upon a time …’ or ‘I was walking along …’. This is the part of the dream that sets the scene.

The second part of a dream is often a problem or question. It’s the ‘A hungry lion was chasing me …’ or ‘I couldn’t find my way …’ or ‘My car was missing ..’. Each of these can be seen as a problem or a question. For example, you might see the problem as the presence of a hungry lion, or you might see the question as, ‘How can I escape being eaten by the hungry lion?’

The third part of a dream is usually where your dreaming brain tries to work out a solution. In the lion example, you might try running faster, climbing higher, jumping into water or hiding. This part of a dream is usually the longest, as various approaches to solving the problem or finding an answer to the question are tried out.

How can I stop the hungry lion chasing me?

How can I stop the hungry lion chasing me?

Many dreams end here, without a part four, in a never-ending search for a solution. These are unresolved dreams. You wake up from these with a sense of the unfinished, perhaps feeling frustrated as if you’ve been working hard all night going round in circles getting nowhere, the hungry lion still hot on your tail.

The fourth part of a dream – for those dreams that find a solution – is the resolution, the ending. Your dream may have a happy ending (you are rescued from the lion) or an unhappy ending (your rescuer is eaten by the lion, even though you are saved).

Before reading further, think of a couple of dreams you have had recently, and see if you can break them down into these three or four parts. See if you can identify the problem or question in each dream. Write the problem or question down.

How do I know the lion is hungry?

How do I know the lion is hungry?

So far, so good. Thinking logically, all you need to do is identify the problem or question in part two of your dream and ask yourself how this relates to your waking life. For example, you might see the question, ‘How can I escape being eaten by the hungry lion?’ as being like ‘How can I escape the feeling that everyone wants more from me than I can give – that everyone wants a part of me?’ Once you’ve identified the waking life problem or question your dream is processing, you know that the rest of the dream is concerned with finding a solution to your problem, an answer to your question. Isn’t that wonderful!

Well, yes. It’s a wonderful beginning. Remember that dreams never tell you what to do. They tell you how things ARE. Your dreams are a result of your dreaming brain processing your experiences of the last 24-48 hours, so what you get from looking at a dream is an insight into how your brain processes your life. THIS is wonderful!

When you interpret a dream, you get to understand how you process your life experiences. You get to understand why your life is the way it is. If your lion dream features you running away, never finding an escape, then this is how you are processing your life – you are running away, never finding an escape from the feeling that everyone wants more from you than you can give. If your dream ends with your rescuer being killed, you get to understand that your brain sees a solution where you could ‘kill off’ your tendency to rescue people. Your dreaming brain has solved the problem of you wearing yourself out, eating yourself away with rescuing other people only to still feel pursued and drained. Whether or not you take this action when you wake up is your decision. Your dream does not tell you to do this, it simply indicates that your brain is looking at this as a possible solution and also reveals that this would bring up some unhappiness for you to deal with.

Most often your dreams travel old ground, trying the same old approaches because your brain (and your unconscious mind) is programmed this way by all your past experiences. The brain usually chooses the old way over the new. Occasionally, though, the brain will surprise you with a breakthrough – a new way of processing the same old stuff, a new creative solution, perhaps even that bankable eureka.

Your dream tells it like it is. It tells you about you and how you brain works today. You then make your decisions based on that message.

So, here’s the big thing

Why hasn’t the lion eaten before now?

Why hasn’t the lion eaten before now?

Knowing that every dream reflects how your brain is processing your life, you must question the question your dream poses! The question in part two of your dream is just as much a result of the way your dream processes your life as the rest of the dream. You ‘see’ a problem in your life and your dreaming brain brings up this ‘problem’, exactly as you see it, because that’s its job. Its job is to process your life experiences of the last 24-48 hours, and one of your life experiences in that last 24-48 hours was the ‘problem’ exactly as you experienced – and decided to see – it.

Can you see the power of questioning your dream question? When you question your dream question you question how you normally question your life. You question why you see certain things as problems. You question why you see a problem one way instead, perhaps, of from a more insightful angle.

Here’s what to do

Take the question you have identified in your dream, and see how many other questions you can get out of it. Like this:

How can I escape being eaten by the hungry lion?
How can I stop the hungry lion chasing me?
Why am I running away from the hungry lion?
How do I know the lion is hungry?
Is the lion hungry?
Why is the lion hungry?
What’s a lion’s favourite food?
Why is the lion chasing me and not someone else?
Why hasn’t the lion eaten before now?
Have I got some other food I can give the lion?
Can I tell the lion where to get better food?
Can the lion do something for me in exchange for better food?

I’m sure you can add more to this list!

Simply doing this for the question in part two of your dream may be enlightening enough. It reveals many ways to look at a situation, reminding you that some angles or perspectives look more problematic than others. It may help you to see that you’re not asking the best question. Reframing your situation and asking a different question results in a different answer.

Consider the question, ‘Is the lion hungry?’ Maybe you’ve misread a situation as threatening and you’re spending all your energy trying to escape it, and all the while the situation is not at all threatening. Maybe that lion is running after you because he needs to tell you something helpful. Like you’re running towards a very hungry tiger!

Consider the question, ‘Why is the lion chasing me and not someone else?’ Thinking about this you might realise that you tend to set yourself up as an easy target, too willing to let others have a piece of you maybe.

Consider the question, ‘Why hasn’t the lion eaten before now?’ Contemplating this, you might be baffled. Lion are supposed to be strong, they get what they want – so this lion must have lost its strength, lost its ability to be king of the jungle. You might realise that you have been forgetting to feed and nurture your inner strength. You may see that you have starved your inner strength, and that’s why you feel too weak to stand up to other people’s demands on your time and energy.

Use your dream interpretation skills to understand your dream symbols (lion, hungry …) and see how they relate to your life. Look at your dream to understand how you are currently seeing and processing your life.

Then, before looking for an answer to your waking life problem in your dream, look for the question. When you’ve found the question, reframe it many ways.

Think about those reframed questions, and answer them. Along the way, you’ll discover the key question – the right question – that shifts your perspective and unlocks the best answer.

[Copyright Jane Teresa Anderson, October 2008. First published as a Dream Sight article.]

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Episode 85 The Dream Show: A dark presence

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Shane dreams of a dark presence in the doorway of her bedroom, and of being unable to move or shout. Is she dreaming or awake, she wonders.

The dark figure connects with an abusive relationship, as you will discover, but not in the way you might imagine.

Everyone in a dream represents an aspect of the dreamer, so who is this dark figure, and what might happen if we shine a light on him to see him more clearly?

If you’ve ever been in a relationship that wasn’t nourishing for you, you’ll resonate with this episode.

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