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Episode 96 The Dream Show: Driving dreams

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What drives you to get out of bed in the morning? What kind of things drive you through your day? Have you ever dreamed of being the passenger in a car, and, if you have, who’s in the driver’s seat?

In this podcast we look at what you can learn about yourself and your life by looking at who’s driving you in your dreams. Don’t worry, if you haven’t had this common dream, sit back and enjoy the ride, because there’s plenty for you to learn about yourself simply by listening in and answering some pertinent questions.

We also look at dreams of trains that take a dreamer everywhere but home – what does it mean?

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Included in today’s show is an update from Linda, who was my guest in episode 89, and I consult The Compass (a good idea given the dream theme of travelling in cars and trains) to select a random reading and alchemy practice for you to do.

As always with The Compass, what appears to be random is actually driven by synchronicity, so I guarantee today’s show will leave you smiling and on the road to great rewards.

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Dream alchemy art

"Working on the painting was cathartic and powerful," Linda.

“Working on the painting was cathartic and powerful,” Linda, episode 89, The Dream Show.

Not everyone is a gifted artist, but a surprising number of my clients are either professional artists (painters, writers, musicians) or discover artistic skills during the course of their work with me. Many times I’ve experienced the joy of being shown a piece of dream alchemy artwork (over a skype cam during a consultation or emailed to me as an image), or seeing my clients’ works appear in print or in blog form in the public domain. A joy doubled as the client typically relates the fun they had creating the art, and trebled in witnessing the waking life results that naturally follow.

Perhaps we could get some of these pieces together and hold an exhibition!

Linda, my guest last month in episode 89, sent me her painting, Phoenix, to share with you here. It was her dream alchemy practice, the task we designed, during the show, to reinforce the positive essence she chose to take forward from the dream interpretation.

“Putting the feelings and symbols from the dream into a concrete form that I can look at and be reminded of has been so helpful,” she wrote. “The changes in my waking life since the interpretation have been tremendous. I’m feeling a much greater sense of calm and confidence in my life due to the decisions that the dream, along with your interpretation, helped me to make. Working on the painting was cathartic and powerful. And I sold another (different) painting during this process!”

The point of dream alchemy is to transform an unconscious belief that has not been serving you well into one that is aligned with your conscious intentions or goals. Your unconscious beliefs are laid out in your dreams, once you understand how to interpret the symbolic language your unconscious mind personally uses to express itself. Then you turn the tables, and use the same language to communicate with your unconscious mind to change those beliefs. That’s the process of dream alchemy – working with your personal symbols from a dream to reprogram your unconscious mind. In Linda’s case, painting was the chosen medium, though you can also use visualizations, writing, bodywork, dialogue, and, oh, the list is as endless as it is creative.

You can listen to Linda and me interpreting her dream, throwing light on her waking life, and designing her dream alchemy practice in this episode. You’ll understand why the act of painting the phoenix led to the “tremendous” changes in Linda’s waking life, and you’ll pick up plenty of tips about how to interpret your own dreams and design dream alchemy practices that will deliver positive results for you too.

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Episode 95 The Dream Show: Basketball tree

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My guest, Melinda, dreamed of a magical tree with a basketball hoop fixed high up on its trunk, a boy with Asperger’s syndrome who wouldn’t bend his knees, and escaping a traffic jam by magically finding a bicycle. Can you see any connection between these elements of her dream?

If you love the detective work of decoding a dream, this one’s for you. Share the excitement as Melinda gets the ahas and relates the dream to what is happening in her waking life, in particular, a challenging situation she would like to resolve.

Each night, while our dreams process our experiences of the last couple of days, they generally highlight problems or questions in our waking life and often explore a range of solutions. It’s like a brain blitz – some solutions are daft, some are workable, some are brilliant, but in a dream, of course, these solutions are presented symbolically, so we need to do a little (fun) work to make sense of them.

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Dream interpretation: Theme alchemy

Here’s an example from my life. It’s the story of three waves.

No, it’s not a drunken, lisped take on ‘dream alchemy’. It’s a way of reading across your dreams, instead of considering each dream individually. It helps you to find light when you need it most.

Here’s an example from my life. It’s the story of three waves.

Once upon a time, I had three dreams about tsunamis. Each dream was on a different night, spaced over one week, and each dream was different from the last.

As a child, I often had the classic tsunami dream – a very common dream theme for many people. Generally, this dream theme involves running away, or trying to run away, from a tsunami or huge tidal wave.

You can glimpse the meaning of a dream by summarising it in one sentence, starting with the words ‘I feel’ and including the word ‘something’. Most people who have the classic tsunami dream come up with something like this:

“I feel threatened by something huge and overwhelming that I cannot escape.”

This one sentence summary usually applies to your waking life in the day or two leading up to the dream. Like most tsunami dreamers, my childhood dream came up whenever I felt overwhelmed by issues I didn’t know how to address. Turn away and run seems the only option, but, as dream after dream goes to show, tsunamis and unaddressed issues catch up with you in the end.

My adult tsunami dream trilogy went like this:

Tsunami dream number 1

In the first dream of the series, I knew a tsunami was coming. I was on a beach and had a foreboding feeling. I warned everyone of the distant tsunami, hoping advance warning would save them. It felt good to give the warning in plenty of time.

My dream summary was “I feel thankful I have advance warning of something overwhelming coming my way.”

I could relate this to my waking life. I could feel the threat of an emotionally charged issue gathering force on the horizon. I knew from experience that you can’t escape an issue by running from it, but that you can diffuse it, and escape damage, by working out a solution to the issue. Thankful for this, I applied myself to possible solutions.

Tsunami dream number 2

The second tsunami dream came a few days later. The dream started in the same way, but then, as people listened to my warning, I saw the tsunami on the horizon start to recede. It was still big, and it would still roll on in up the beach and beyond, but the potential damage was much reduced.

My dream summary was “I feel relieved that something that felt overwhelming now seems a little less threatening.”

I could relate this to my waking life since I had spent the previous few days looking at possible solutions to this issue. This had made me feel more empowered, more capable of defusing the issue, though I wasn’t quite there yet. The dream gave me hope that I was on track.

Tsunami dream number 3

A few days later, I had the third tsunami dream. In the dream, I was sitting by a river when a whale swam by, trailing a large V-shaped ripple in its wake. I watched the ripple gathering momentum as it spread from the point where the whale’s fin broke the surface of the water. I looked closer at the fin, noticing, in the dream, that it looked like a shark’s fin but knowing, absolutely, that this was a whale. Caught in the moment I almost forgot to jump up as the ripple hit the river bank, spilled over the edge, and splashed over my legs before subsiding. I danced about at the river’s edge, like a child playing in the waves, happy, laughing loudly enough to wake myself up from my dream.

My dream summary was “I feel happy that something that appeared to be ominous was really something beautiful.”

I could relate this to my waking life as I had looked for the positive in the negative – looked for a win-win solution to the issue – and, in so doing, transformed the shark into a whale, the negative view into a positive one, the overwhelming deluge into a ripple of joy. (Did you spot the dream pun – the ripple in the ‘wake’? I was ‘awakened’ to see a ripple in place of a tsunami, a whale in place of a shark. Perhaps there was even a V for victory in that V-shaped ripple. And doesn’t laughter come in ripples?)

I danced about at the river’s edge, like a child playing in the waves, happy, laughing loudly enough to wake myself up from my dream.

I danced about at the river’s edge, like a child playing in the waves, happy, laughing loudly enough to wake myself up from my dream.

But where is the Theme Alchemy in all of this? Haven’t I just done the usual thing and interpreted three individual dreams? Didn’t I promise, at the start of this article, to show you a way of reading across your dreams, instead of considering each dream individually?

To read across your dreams, select a number of dreams on the same theme. In this example, I chose three dreams on the tsunami theme. My dreams were close together, all taking place within one week, but you can choose dreams from any time period. If you have been keeping a record of all your dreams, you might like to select all your dreams on a certain theme from the past year. Or you might just like to stay vigilant for a run of dreams like mine.

The next step is to summarise each dream using the method I outlined in my example – the one sentence summary starting with “I feel” and including the word “something”.

Then place these one sentence summaries together to produce a continuous reading – a reading across your dreams. Here are mine, as an example:

“I feel thankful I have advance warning of something overwhelming coming my way. I feel relieved that something that felt overwhelming now seems a little less threatening. I feel happy that something that appeared to be ominous was really something beautiful.”

Reading across your dreams (dreams on a similar theme) shows you how you are progressing with an aspect of your life. In my example, I was progressing well, tuning into a negative, ominous feeling, taking heed of the warning, deciding to do something about it, and, finally, settling on the solution of looking for the positive in the negative. Once I found the positive, the negative disappeared.

You take a reading like this and apply it to other life situations. In my case, I learned to see the whale in every apparent shark, long after the situation that triggered this dream trilogy.

When I woke from my third dream, I did a dream alchemy practice. I took the good ending and amped it up. I visualised the whale, the ripple and the happy sensation of the ripple splashing over my legs. I repeated the visualisation over the next weeks until my unconscious mind firmly and automatically responded to every shark by looking for the whale.

Faced with a difficult situation you can ask, “Where is the whale in this?

Faced with a difficult situation you can ask, “Where is the whale in this?

You can also simply turn an insight like this into a contemplative question. Faced with a difficult situation you can ask, “Where is the whale in this?”

Sometimes, when you read across your dreams, you’ll see they keep going round in circles, rather than progressing. You can learn from such a dream reading that you are not progressing. Take action and, when you are awake, do this dream alchemy practice: visualise changing the ending of your dream. Eventually your dreaming mind will produce a dream reflecting your progress. Keep reading across your dreams on the same theme to monitor – and celebrate – your progress.

Theme Alchemy is applying dream alchemy practices, like visualisation, to a run of dreams on the same theme. It’s about reading across dreams on a similar theme to gauge your progress, and then applying alchemy practices to hasten that progress. It’s about finding a chink of light in a series of dark dreams, and then widening that chink until enough light comes pouring in to show you the way through. Once you’ve done this, you have a magic formula ready to apply if ever that old dream theme reappears. In my case, whenever I have even a trickle of a tsunami dream, I wake up and start looking for the whale in the shark, the positive in the negative.

If you keep a dream journal and you have one or more recurring dream themes, you might like to copy those dreams into separate journals – Theme Journals. You might have a Tsunami Journal, an Animal Journal, or a Plane Journal, for example.  Practice the art of reading across the dreams in your Theme Journals, until you see the light.

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

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Episode 94 The Dream Show: Roman(y) Greek

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Margaret is my very entertaining guest today, laughing her way through her dream and its interpretation, while deeply connecting with its meaning, experiencing ahas, and ending up all the richer for the experience – oh, and she’s still laughing by the end of the show.

In her dream, Margaret looks down on a beautiful, calm, fertile patch of grass studded with grazing cattle, and then pans back to get a wider view and sees her serene patch of green is nestled high up on a ledge inside a big, steep canyon. Now, what could that mean?

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Add a couple of Greek style ranches that need a bit of love and care, and a mysterious woman from the 1970s with a letter marked ‘return to sender’, and we have all we need to explore Margaret’s unconscious and come up with meaningful insight. So, let the show begin!

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Rose alchemy – update from Ann, ep 82

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“Our relationship has blossomed into something better than it was before,” says Ann, sharing her progress since having her dream interpreted in episode 82 of  The Dream Show three months ago.

Ann had dreamed of birds trapped in her home after getting in through broken blinds, unable to find their way out again. When we looked deeply at the dream, Ann saw that the birds represented her feelings of vulnerability over a family issue and decisions about how much to make public and how much to keep private. In her dream she feared the birds would be hurt if they stayed inside, reflecting her conflicts over how much (of her hurt) to keep inside, unexpressed.

For a dream alchemy practice, I suggested Ann do a dialogue with the trapped birds, giving her unconscious mind an opportunity to reveal more and – as is the purpose of all dream alchemy dialogues – to find a healing resolution.  The dialogue identified panic as an issue that could easily lead to feelings of hurt. A win:win solution was negotiated. The birds revealed they needed Ann to have courage to lift the ‘blinds’ so they could see inside before returning outside.

So what were the practical outcomes of Ann’s dream alchemy?

Two months later, Ann had another dream with a similar theme.

“I was on the side of the bed that is next to the window. I noticed that there was a vine from a rose bush growing inside the house. The vine was just like a rose stem only longer. It grew from a small hole in the screen at the top of the window down almost to the floor, 4 or 5 feet. On the stem were many many black, sharp, rigid thorns.

I thought to myself that I really don’t want this stem growing in the window from outside. Then I thought I would check and see if any roses were blooming on the end of the stem. Sure enough there was one large, fully blooming pink rose. It was big and full and a pale pink color.”

Ann shared her interpretation:

“About 4-5 months ago a very large challenge to the health of my marriage happened. I think this is represented by the vine growing in the bedroom. It has been a path of growth but also with challenges represented by the thorns. The rose at the end represents the conversation the night before the dream when DH shared his growing feelings of lightness and hope for a brighter future. Our relationship has blossomed into something better than what it was before.”

The similarity of theme between this new dream and the trapped bird dream links this progress to the original alchemy. Ann freed the trapped birds by having the courage to look within some more, without panic, and then let go, and in doing this, her waking life relationship shifted into something much better.

Ann chose a new dream visualisation:

“I visualize planting another rose bush outside the house. It is a traveling vine bush but with less thorns. And the thorns will be softer and a reddish green color – the color of other growing stems. The birds greet me with singing and joy that they were able to observe and keep an eye on things in the bedroom during their visit. I take out the screen to the bedroom so the vine can grow uninhibited into the bedroom window. And there will be many many more sweet smelling big pink roses blooming all the time.”

Alchemy is the process of transforming life’s perceived difficulties (base metal) into spiritual wisdom and shining waking life results (gold).

Congratulations, Ann, on the blossoming of your rose gold alchemy.

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Episode 93 The Dream Show: 100 years

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Life is full of opportunity. Even when it doesn’t feel like it. Especially when it doesn’t feel like it.

In this episode, I show you how to look at your dreams to discover practical opportunities that you’re just not seeing when you’re awake. Dreams do not tell you what to do. They don’t guide you. They show you how you’re experiencing the world, how you’re interpreting the world, the shape of your unconscious beliefs. They also show you, once you apply today’s technique, the opportunities you may be missing, opportunities your current perspective is blocking.

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In today’s show, we also span 100 years of your life (yes, that’s right, a puzzle, hey?) and I give you a healing alchemy exercise for you to do to help you move forward in life in spectacular ways.

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Video dream interpretation: Kitten curry

Ingrid Arna asks me about her dream of eating kitten curry in this new short video. I hadn’t heard the dream before, so you can watch the process as we go – Ingrid describing her delectable 3-kitten gourmet dish, me asking key questions and interpreting, Ingrid responding with how the interpretation relates to her waking life, and some dream alchemy.

When I have a guest on my weekly podcast, The Dream Show, you get to hear the same process over a longer period – often 40 minutes. In today’s video you get a much shorter version and the opportunity to watch our responses, rather than just listen.

Which format do you like best, podcast or video? Why?

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